The movement of the sun produces different qualities of energy in its path from east to west and can influence our daily life. In addition, the five elements which are associated with compass direction have an influence on our activities, be it lifestyle or business. Hence, understanding our building and the immediate environment is vital. This study is called “Bau-biology”, literally meaning “building biology.”
Research into the link between Feng Shui, Vaastu and modern science has found interesting and fascinating truths about how directions impact life.
The geomagnetic flux lines, temperature gradient and structural dimensions of a structure form a helical shape when plotted graphically against the four directions. This helix has a width to length ratio of 1:1.618, and is referred as ‘Golden Ratio’ in Vaastu. This Golden Ratio is consistent with other naturally occurring forms, right from the microscopic, double helix DNA molecule, to the shape of galaxies.
Building a structure strictly according to Feng Shui or Vaastu principles is easier said than done. Altering an existing building can be difficult. However, one can get rid of the defects by integrating principles of Vaastu and Feng Shui in the décor, and by the use of Feng Shui symbolism and counter areas with bad Vaastu which cannot be structurally altered. As part of Mother Earth, we are surrounded by an ocean of electromagnetic and stellar influences. Every subtle change or shift in the atmosphere has the potential to affect thoughts and actions as each particle of energy is linked to the other in the atmosphere. Inside the brain the ‘thalamus’ is the relay centre for all sensory and motor skills. Research in neurology has found that the firing patterns of neurons in the thalamus function differently, depending on which direction the person is facing. In other words, our thinking is the interactive result of the effect of the magnetic field on our brain cells. By aligning ourselves with the appropriate magnetic direction, we can think and act more in tune with nature.
Some of the general guidelines of Bau-Biology can help you organise your space and maximize positive energy. These are:
1. Avoid recurring cycles of accumulating and discarding clutter as they don’t promote good chi.
2. Keep all appliances, from the kitchen stove to your bedside clock, in good working order.
3. Pay particular attention to clogged drains and leaky pipes. As conduits for energy, they should be kept clear at all times.
4. Check periodically on your foundation and roof—you need a solid base below you and a secure roof above you to be steady and secure.
5. Replace burnt-out light bulbs immediately and try to keep bright lights on in dark corners.
6. Make sure the ‘breathing’ mechanisms of your home operate properly: keep heating, cooling and ventilation systems in top shape.
Good fortune occurs when positive energy is focused on creating it. Actively create your own good fortune and experience the joy of good Feng Shui and Vaastu.
The writer is a master Feng Shui consultant