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

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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