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Feng Shui is not the only discipline to explore and study the relationship between our physical surroundings and our lives, and to put those ideas into practical application. Many cultures and religious groups have practices, theories, and systems of discovering and adapting natural energies in the home to increase the positive energy of the space.

VASTU SHASTRA: is sometimes referred to as the "Indian Feng Shui," but although they share some similarities the two systems are not related. Vastu Shastra is an ancient science based on Hindu beliefs and focused on the connections between material forms (design, architecture, materials) and the resulting energies manifested by the interplay of form, shape, space, and time.

WICCAN / PAGAN: Wiccan and Neo-Pagan belief systems vary greatly in their practices, but generally agree that when the balance between the four elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth) is in equilibrium in any space, the energy of that space will provide a positive influence. Energies can be balanced through the use of material/decorative objects, ritual/prayer and the cleansing or removal of negative influences.

SPIRITUAL / PSYCHIC THEORIES: Many different belief systems incorporate an understanding of the relationship between physical and spiritual aspects of the home environment and their influence on residents. Angels, spirits, demonic presences, negative energies and emanations are some of the many factors that some believe impact our physical environments.

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