Feng shui is the art and science of arranging your environment to enhance your life. It’s about the quality of energy that flows through your space as well as the placement patterns of your furniture and possessions. A key premise is that your space reflects your inner self, and you reflect your space. Patterns have been observed for thousands of years.
There are many patterns related to your health and overall well-being. They are rooted in the Five Element system as well as the practice of placing a body image over your house. In addition, particular house systems such as your plumbing, electric and the placement of doors, windows and toilets also influence your health.
Here are five methods for identifying how health issues are mirrored in your physical space:
- If you don’t sleep well or have health issues, check your bedroom for geopathic stress. If your bed is located over geopathic stress, it is best to move or shield it. You can check for geopathic stress via dowsing. (Peg can map dowse your floor plan for geopathic stress too.)
- Lay an image of the human “body” over the floor plan of your house face down, beginning at the front door. Place the head of the body at the front door, even if the door in not centered. Place the feet in the far left and right corners and the arms and hands along the sides. Depending on the shape of your house some body areas may be stressed, compressed or simply uncomfortable. Note anyassociation between body parts and the specific area of your house.
- Looking at your house and land, the left side is related to the female and the right side is related to the male. Is the house balanced? How does the land slope? How does the house look overall: happy and uplifting? Are the windows/doors balanced? Steep drop-offs on either side can impact health of the associated person. For example, a steep drop-off in the land on the left side has been associated with breast cancer. A steep drop off on the right side can impact the male’s health.
- Use the health bagua to correlate body parts, organ networks and common ailments and emotions to your space. You can lay the bagua on multiple areas: your land, your house, every room in your house, desktops and tabletops. See if you can find a pattern related to your problem area.
- Correlate your chakras to your environment. Note the patterns. The lower chakras (Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus and Heart) are about safety and security. They correlate to your wealth, family, career and relationship guas. Higher chakras are about truth/integrity, intuition, spirituality (Throat, Brown, Crown).
- Assess the Flying Stars (compass feng shui) and how they relate to your house. The “5-2, 2-5” combination represents excess Earth energy and relates to illness. You have to put it into context of the location within the house and who is impacted by it (family members via the I Ching). To bring into balance, you typically reduce “Earth” with “Metal.”
The Health Bagua is packed with information and patterns. It may be overwhelming at first. A good way to work with it is to highlight the topics that jump out at you or the topics that align with health areas you’d like to shift. Note where they’re located in your home and then audit that area. Eliminate clutter, check for anything needing repair (doors, windows, plumbing and electric in particular), look for physical obstructions, study pictures and art for symbolic blockages, assess the overall quality of chi. Is there anything that needs to be fixed, repaired, or adjusted?
In particular, it’s preferable that your bed is in a Command position (solid wall behind, view of the door, not aligned with the door) and that it’s not in alignment with any toilet. In addition, make sure your plumbing and electric are in working order. Leaky plumbing and electrical shortages are associated with health problems. Emotional imbalances are another big category. Study these in both the Health and Chakra baguas. Note your patterns. Foggy windows are associated with blurry vision and a lack of clarity. Blocked doors represent obstacles.
It’s a challenge to assess your own space. The reason is that it’s easy to overlook patterns or simply not notice them. A feng shui practitioner is trained to listen to your intentions or wishes, study your space, and identify the imbalances and blockages. It’s like putting the pieces of a puzzle together. When you step back and observe from a distance, it’s easier to see the patterns.
When it comes to health, your intention, thoughts, and feelings are very important. Set an intention for vibrant health. Choose to think positive thoughts and choose to feel healthy. You can prevent situations from manifesting by maintaining a clear focus and addressing obstacles and blockages early, before they turn into something bigger. If you are immersed in a health challenge, adjusting your space can help the chi to flow better. In turn, this may lead you to better outcomes, including information and skilled health practitioners or specialists.
As Esther and Jerry Hicks and Abraham write in Ask and It Is Given, Hay House, 2004:
“There is no condition so severe that you cannot reverse it by choosing different thoughts. However, choosing different thoughts requires focus and practice. If you continue to focus as you have been, to think as you have been, and to believe as you have been, then nothing in your experience will change.” p. 95
“When your desire feels so big that it feels unreachable, it is not on the verge of manifestation. When your desire feels to you like it is the next logical step, then it is on the verge of manifestation.” p. 122
Feng shui is showing up more and more in mainstream healing spaces. This story about the application of feng shui in the design of the South Denver Heart Center in Littleton, CO, to create a healing environment, is worth reading.
If you’d like help assessing your home or workspace, contact Peg Donahue to schedule a free 15-minute consultation about how feng shui may help.