ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PHILOSOPHY, HOLISTIC ART FORM, SPIRITUAL ENERGY ANALYSIS...Many names for similar concepts
The Chinese call it "Feng Shui" (literally "Wind and Water"); Vedic-based Hindu cultures call it "Vastu Shastra." Wiccans and new-age practioners of spiritual arts follow the "Hermetic Principle of Correspondence," ("as without, so within"), generally taken to mean that when one's inner life is in balance, one's surroundings will reflect it, and vice versa. The basic theme of all is that when our surroundings are aligned and arranged in accordance with Nature, it allows life energy to flow in a free and unimpeded manner, leading to abundance and happiness in all areas of our lives.
While some people consider them to be spiritual belief systems, many also follow some of the practices as interior design theories as well. There are
similarities and differences between the varying systems and their practices, but all are grounded in the idea that by becoming more aware of the flow of energy
within our living space, we can make subtle changes and modifications that can ultimately improve not just the feel of the space, but the quality of our lives.
THE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS:
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BASED ON: The flow of Chi energy, itself influenced by the balance between Yin and Yang energies
ELEMENTS: Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood
METHODS: Positioning, decorative elements, use of color, amount/direction of light
BASED ON: The flow of Prana energy wthin geographic and structural elements
ELEMENTS: Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Space
METHODS: Positioning, physical renovation of space, decorative elements, use of color, amount/direction of light, astrological charting
WICCAN / PAGAN:
BASED ON: The flow of spiritual energy as influenced by the elements
ELEMENTS: Air, Fire, Water, Earth
METHODS: Positioning, decorative elements, use of color, amount/direction of light, astrological charting, spells and charms
SPIRITUAL / PSYCHIC THEORIES:
BASED ON: The flow of spiritual energy as influenced by current and past events and entities
METHODS: Positioning, decorative elements, use of color, prayer, spells/charms/exorcism
While the above do not represent all the different methods, they will give you an idea of where to start in the analysis of a home's energy
and energy flow. Our section on Energy Cleansing
discusses different ways of de-cluttering the physical spaces as well as the "feel" of them.