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Go green for good luck!

Eco friendly homes designed with Vaastu and Feng Shui bring luck and prosperity!

We want to live in calming sancturies that bring peace and success. We want our spaces to be connected to the nature. Living by the riverside, close to luscious green woods, growing organic food, breathing fresh unpolluted air - signifies emotional well-being that brings good luck into lives.

The ancient methodology of building homes always got positive results, as homes were made of natural materials, walls were simple lime mortar, sand, clay. It allowed transfer of natural energy; doors and windows were positioned to ensure maximum flow of energy, sunlight and cross ventilation. Many homes had the concept of open court yard in the middle of the house to channelize nature's energy and this open court yard was a very important aspect of vaastu principles and Feng Shui. Homes that had large spaces, surrounded by greenery, signified freshness, serenity.

Ancient scriptures reveal that thousands of years ago the monks, saints and hermits lived amongst trees in forests. They grasped the deep connection between nature and humankind and it's not surprising that in the western culture such a serene place was referred to as "Paradise" a transliteration of the Persian word "Pairidaeza" which referred to a walled Garden. In the Hindu mythology it is mentioned in the ancient scripts that "god resides and enjoys places where groves exist near rivers, mountains and ponds and in townships which have such pleasure gardens". This in simpler terms or the modern day context means having a harmonious surrounding filled with nature's beauty and living the natural way to a more fulfilling healthy and peaceful life.

In the present day style of living, with many skyscrapers, housing colonies, shortage of land space, every inch of land being used for construction and lack of garden space the past remains a dream and the future looks scary with the weather changes and shortage of natural resources. Having garden, space around your building, plenty of windows, use of natural materials in construction bring in better lucky buildings.

There was a time when we all lived connected to the nature with a sense of deep gratitude for all that the bountiful earth had given us. Green architecture or green design is an approach for reducing the harmful effects of building on human health and environment. Vaastu and Feng Shui emphasize harmony and balance between human and nature moreover the concept of green architecture has been supported by these ancient sciences for thousands of years. What is so special about the word "Green" is it just a color in the spectrum? Green in Feng Shui is the color of renewal, fresh energy and new beginnings. Green represents Wood element it also is said to nourish growth, health, it calms your nerves and balances your whole body by bringing healing vibrations from Nature. From fresh spring color of the newly opened leaves to the strong Green of a mighty oak tree - there are literally hundreds of greens to choose from in your Feng Shui applications. A great way to bring color Green in Feng Shui is with actual plants that have lush green foliage. The Feng Shui color of growth and healing, Green should be freely used in the East, Southeast and South Feng Shui areas of your space.

There are many ways one could adapt Vaastu and Feng Shui to derive the positive benefits and also follow the principles of eco-friendly and Green homes.
  • Adapt a design so that maximum entry of sunlight and proper cross ventilation exists.
  • Create rain water harvesting pits in the property in the East and North sectors or the Northeast quadrant which is considered good from Vaastu perspective and ensures that the ground water is replenished.
  • Water features are very powerful cures to attract abundance and fresh Chi. Images of flowing water - waterfalls, seas, rivers, etc are also very good, as water is a symbol of abundance.
  • Keep furniture's made from natural materials which are renewable or sustainable material like bamboo or cork and arranging them such that they don't block the flow of energy or sunlight ,
  • Keeping a green or earth element candle burning in the east as often as possible is an excellent way to energize healing energy. Candles also create an atmosphere of serenity and help to sooth and calm the emotions.
  • Energize the wood sector (east) of your home with lush green accents, such as pillows, rugs, or window treatment. If the east sector is the living room, dining room or any room other than a bedroom, this is a great location for a beautiful potted plant. (Live plants are considered too yang for the bedroom). In an eastern bedroom, use solid wood furniture as well as green accent colors.
  • Pyrite, the "sun mineral" to attract the energy of abundance in the Southeast area (Abundance & Prosperity) or South (Fame) of your home or business.
Eco-friendly construction can not only help to create a better outdoor environment, it can also help to build a healthier indoor environment. Chemical pollutants from paints, solvents, plastics and composite timbers, along with biological pollutants such as dust mites and moulds are known to cause symptoms such as asthma, headaches, depression, eczema, palpitations and chronic fatigue syndrome. Green buildings eliminate these problems through good ventilation design, breathable walls, and the use of natural, non-toxic products and materials.

Adapting Vaastu and Feng Shui designs in the layout, decor and landscaping one can effectively implement an Eco-friendly "Green home" and it would not be just an intelligent approach but a necessity in the future.

Author
S.BS.Surendran An Accredited Fengshui Consultant, Bioenergetician and Traditional Vaastu Practitioner

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