Lighting up for luck
> The feng shui of a house or office can be easily enhanced to draw in good qi through the intelligent and creative use of lights
ABRIGHT and well-lit house always gives off a cheerful and warm atmosphere compared to a dull and dimly-lit one.
This is because it attracts positive qi, or energy, giving the occupants and visitors alike a good feeling.
In this respect, feng shui principles can be employed to enhance your premises, attracting good qi to promote success in life as well as improving health, wealth, happiness and harmony.
Besides the lighting, we also need to look into the ‘cause and effect’ prior to changing any orientation, layout and colours, or going about making any other geomancy changes.
While architecture and interior design looks at the structure, function and visual impact of the building, feng shui takes into consideration the conscious and unconscious associations you may have with the space, as well as its immediate surroundings.
It also coordinates the placements of objects within the building to encourage or draw in the good qi.
What we see affects us either positively or negatively, and at times, we may not even be aware of the effect subconsciously.
A good view, clean air, colours which are bright and interesting, pleasant décor, and warm lighting, are all said to create a positive atmosphere and usher in happiness.
The converse of the above situation would be a dark, cluttered and smelly home, the epitome of improper lighting, which would bring in a sense of resentment, dejection and negativity in the minds of the occupants.
While feng shui design and décor plays a vital role in enhancing the feel and energy of a place, proper lighting will not only bring in positivity, but also activate the luck of specific sectors in your home.
Lighting is an effortless feng shui ‘cure’, or remedy. Lamps, scones, and chandeliers are simple lighting fixtures for the home which can be utilised for maximum effect.
You can even bring yin or yang lighting into your home to activate or deactivate the energy of a specific life area.
Most often, you will find homes having dark corners, low-light living rooms, or rooms with columns, or even irregular- or Art of vaastu & feng shui L-shaped areas which block natural light, and also homes where the internal lighting is insufficient.
Such dark corners or irregular areas are generally corrected using spot lighting and healthy green plants, but they can never really replace a good window, which has a pleasant view.
Lights in feng shui can also be used effectively to overcome many afflictions and defects in a building, and create a ‘feel good factor’.
Here are some useful feng shui tips you can use to change the energy level in your home:
Soft lights create positive energy. You can have more than one such light in a room to generate this feel. Paper and cloth lampshades make the light appear softer and create a quiet atmosphere.
Use lighting to brighten up dark corners. This way, you can alter the effect of negative energy in certain sectors of the house.
Use coloured lights of varied sizes. Colours denote different moods. Pink has a calming effect, purple can activate passion, while yellow generates a feeling of warmth, and would be ideal for the living space as yellow also gives the feeling of a relaxed atmosphere.
Use red crystals to increase energy. Placing a red-coloured crystal chandelier at the beginning or at the end of the room will increase the flow of energy within the place.
Adding crystals to attact energy. Suspending faceted crystals, or having stained glass panes, can bring in sparkles of colour and add energy into a dark room, transforming it.
Use of intelligent lighting. Most certainly, automated lighting can be preprogrammed to light up certain areas of your home when you most need it.