Boost the pos­i­tive en­ergy in your home

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Vastu shas­tra is of­ten known as the ‘In­dian feng shui’, but it pre­dates the Chi­nese prac­tice by about 1500 years. The In­dian prac­tice aims to en­hance pos­i­tive en­ergy and elim­i­nate neg­a­tive en­ergy around a per­son or place, as the more pos­i­tive en­ergy around a per­son, the more abun­dance they at­tract. It was orig­i­nally de­signed to be used in tem­ples, but you can ap­ply the prin­ci­ples to your home.

Un­der vastu shas­tra, each di­rec­tion in your home is gov­erned by a planet, while each in­ter­me­di­ate di­rec­tion re­lates to one of the el­e­ments. For ex­am­ple, north is ruled by Mer­cury, while south-east is as­so­ci­ated with fire. The cen­tral part of the house or room is con­sid­ered the most pow­er­ful, as all di­rec­tions meet here. Be­cause of this, it should be kept open and un­clut­tered to bring pros­per­ity, har­mony and hap­pi­ness.

When it comes to the bed­room, sleep­ing with your legs to­wards the west is thought to bring men­tal har­mony, while sleep­ing with your legs to­wards the north is linked with pros­per­ity. It’s not rec­om­mended to po­si­tion your bed with your legs to the south as this is be­lieved to cause night­mares and neg­a­tive thoughts.

Much like feng shui, the idea be­hind vastu shas­tra is to live in har­mony with your sur­round­ings, and the two prac­tices share many sim­i­lar­i­ties, such as re­mov­ing mir­rors from bed­rooms and keep­ing your home free from clut­ter. How­ever, vastu shas­tra is con­sid­ered to be most pow­er­ful when it’s used in a home that’s de­signed from scratch, as the di­rec­tion in which the house is built and where rooms are placed are very im­por­tant in bring­ing har­mony. On the other hand, feng shui’s phi­los­o­phy fo­cuses on find­ing for­tune and suc­cess through be­ing in tune with your en­vi­ron­ment, and so it’s con­sid­ered more adapt­able when it comes to ex­ist­ing homes and rooms.

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