As found in many indigenous cultures, there is a strong tie to the exterior environment when considering Feng Shui. The land is usually considered sacred, and much care and attention returns blessings to those who take the time to understand this. When building a home or attempting to purchase an existing one that is in tune with both Nature and Feng Shui, there are quite a few things to consider.
Here are 5 ideas for creating balance:
1. What was the land used for before the home was built upon it? This may seem like a difficult question to discover, but, worth investigating. Ideally, the land should have been vacant, unfertilized, and without chemicals being poured on to it. If it was farmland, it is likely that fertilizers were sprayed on it. If you have young children, consider the soil that they might be playing in outside. If there was another building(s) there that was torn down to build, what type of buildings were they? And, if possible, who may have lived or done business there? Energetic lingering of less than scrupulous prior occupants can impact you in ways you may not realize! Soil testing and research at the local town zoning department can answer these questions. Ceremonial clearings can remove the energetic influences that you would not want impacting you, too.
2. What is on the adjoining properties to your land? If there are residential neighbors on either side or rear, how are their homes positioned in relationship to yours? Are they set off on an angle, with a corner pointing towards your home? This can send ‘Sha’ (negative) chi towards you. Is there a school or a church next door? The energy of these two becomes very yin at night, and can diminish your chi if you don’t properly plan a counter-balance. For both corners and schools/churches, planting trees to effectively shield you are simple Feng Shui adjustments. Without them, life may feel more challenging.
3. What is the shape of your lot? Is it a ‘Money Bag”/wider at the rear shape? Or is it a ‘Dustpan’/wider at the front shape? Is it irregularly shaped or missing some corners? Do you have to drive DOWN a deep slope to get to your home? The first shape is ideal, the others are something to consider BEFORE purchasing. If you’ve already purchased the less than supportive shaped land, Feng Shui can help with specifically placed landscape, lighting, colors or ceremonial adjustments. Many people have discovered their financial, health or personal difficulties relieved upon ‘curing’ an ill shaped lot.
4. How close are you to elevated electro-magnetic fields? This would include high tension power lines, transformer boxes, sometimes older underground electrical cable that is improperly shielded and cell towers. Feng Shui works hand-in-hand with Building Biology. A trained, Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant can help you discover the levels of EMR’s (electro-magnetic radiation). That is the first line of action for EMR’s. I also look to authentic dowsing adjustments for situations that cannot be resolved, but only as a second option. There are many impacts that elevated EMR’s can have on human health, and certainly an advised protocol to consider when building, purchasing or leasing.
5. Finally, implementing good Feng Shui design into your landscape, out building placements, walkways, and exterior furnishings will all lead to a positive outdoor experience. Creating a harmonious approach to the entrance of your home, as well as the layout of your exterior living areas and buildings all go a long way in helping you leave a stressful world behind when you arrive home every day. Meandering rather than rigid paths, welcoming colors/sounds/smells as you approach your front door, and comfortable layouts in your private back yards will all help you enjoy a life that takes you from Chaos to Calm!
Take time to get to know your land. Investigate the above mentioned ideas, and create a place of Calm in your outdoor life. With the added daylight of summer, you’ll be grateful that you took the time to get to know the land. It will reward you by bringing positive Ch’i into your life!