Re­ju­ve­nat­ing the home

> Learn­ing how to har­ness the en­ergy flow into your house or of­fice can help en­hance the feng shui of the space for the oc­cu­pants

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

THE process of con­trol­ling the move­ment of en­ergy (a com­po­nent of feng shui) is said to have been first con­ceived dur­ing the be­gin­ning of Chi­nese civil­i­sa­tion, as far back as 5,000 years ago.

When en­ergy moves too quickly it in­vites nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, such as avalanches that crash down the slopes in the mid­dle of the win­ter, or the rush­ing del­uge from rivers that over­flow their banks in spring.

Chi­nese ex­perts in en­gi­neer­ing and achi­tec­ture were among the first to de­vise ways to con­trol such en­ergy flows, to avert dis­as­ters for the vil­lagers liv­ing along the river banks or un­der­neath moun­tain slopes.

En­ergy, also known as qi in feng shui, en­ters struc­tures in a va­ri­ety of ways. It can seep in through cracks or vents, or it can rush in through large win­dows, and it can be gen­er­ated within a room by elec­tric lights or a fire­place.

En­ergy can even be pro­duced by ev­ery­day hu­man in­ter­ac­tions, such as from an ar­gu­ment be­tween two or more peo­ple.

The sur­round­ings and the en­vi­ron­ment have a great im­pact on our well-be­ing and frame of mind.

Some places we visit make us feel rest­less, leav­ing us with a sud­den urge to move away.

Yet there are some places that have an invit­ing feel­ing of tran­quil­ity and calm­ness, mak­ing us want to re­main there for a longer time.

The en­vi­ron­ment we are liv­ing in can im­prove our over­all well-be­ing, by gen­er­at­ing a pos­i­tive flow of en­ergy in our homes and of­fices.

The best way to achieve this is by ar­rang­ing the five el­e­ments around us – fire, wood, earth, wa­ter and metal – in places or po­si­tions which will cre­ate bal­ance and har­mony.

The best rec­om­men­da­tions for a house to sus­tain good en­ergy and en­hance the luck of its oc­cu­pants is to recharge or reen­er­gise the space, ei­ther by simply mov­ing the furniture around, re­paint­ing and re­fur­nish­ing the rooms, or even by simply re­plac­ing the main door.

For those who can­not fol­low any of these ad­just­ments and changes, they can still get the stag­nat­ing en­ergy to move by clean­ing the space and re­mov­ing un­used furniture.

The process of recharg­ing the place to ac­ti­vate the en­ergy level is very much a part of an­cient Chi­nese cul­ture, which is of­ten re­ferred to as a “spring clean”, or in other words, an “an­nual cleans­ing”.

S.BS.Suren­dran is an ac­cred­ited master feng shui con­sul­tant and tra­di­tional vaastu prac­ti­tioner. Read­ers can con­tact him at life­style. feng­shui@the­

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