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Health and Feng Shui
There has been a lot written about wealth, relationship and family
enhancement utilising feng shui, but what about our health. Can we use
feng shui to help us achieve optimum health? In answer, let me share a
little story with you...
I have always been actively involved in the complementary medicine
field, having owned and operated my own Complementary Health Centre for
over 8 years. While living in Malaysia I was constantly 'not well',
suffered so called migraines and spent a huge amount of time in bed.
Despite all my knowledge, commitment to diet, juicing, taking herbal
and allopathic medication etc., I simply could not make any major
difference to my health or rather illness status. My doctor, while
simply wonderful and supportive, was equally dumbfounded as all blood
tests came back displaying excellent results. Then I read some of
Lillian Too's books, attended her master practitioner course and learnt
about feng shui and the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle fell into
So to answer my own question, YES... feng shui can definitely nudge
your health in the right direction, although of course, a healthy diet,
appropriate exercise and regular check-ups are also essential
components. I now incorporate feng shui as part of my health regime and
trust this article will give many of you insights to do the same.
Possible Afflictions Of Health (P) & Solutions (S)
House Layout :
- (P) Is
your house a regular shape, rectangle or square, or are there sections
missing? Modern architecture often veers away from the so-called 'box'
look, resulting in poison arrows (shar chi) and/or missing sectors.
(S) Fill in missing areas of house or garden with lights
placed where the missing corner/s would normally be. Deflect any poison
arrows from columns, sharp corners etc., with plants, material drapes,
anything that softens/covers the 'sharp edges.'
Front Door :
- (P) Which way is it orientated?
(S) Try to orientate your main entrance door to face
(inside looking out) your best direction. If it faces any of your worst
directions, try using another door to enter and leave your home.
Failing all this try, when you exit and enter your house, to angle your
body to face one of your best directions. If you drive, you could also
try parking your car so that you approach it from (walk towards) a
- (P) Identify any poison arrows 'hitting' your
front door? These can be in the form of an electrical pole, footpath,
street, wall/roof angle from another building etc., 'aimed' directly at
your front door.
(S) Screen your front door from any poison arrows. Use
shrubs, pot plants, trees, but remember to keep the overall harmony.
Lillian Too's book, Feng Shui for Gardens offers some excellent illustration and solutions.
Master Bedroom :
- (P) In which sector of your house is your bedroom located - is it in one of your worst directions?
best solution is of course to move into a bedroom located in either
your best or second best directions. If this proves absolutely
impossible, the best you can do is improvise. Try to ensure your bed
head is against a solid wall facing (inside looking out) your Sheng Chi
or Tien Yi direction. Wu Lou
are excellent for health, protection and longevity, so place a Wu Lou
next to your bed or buy a small jade one to wear around your neck.
- (P) Which direction is your bed head against as you lie in bed?
(S) Make sure your have something solid behind your head as
you lie in bed. Have your head be against your best direction or your
second best directions. If your bed head is under a window, keep the
curtain or blind closed, to form a solid background (support).
- (P) Is your bed in the coffin position (feet directly facing the doorway)?
(S) Put some kind of screen/shield between the bottom of
your bed and the doorway. If you don't have enough room for a solid
screen, why not buy a beautiful pashmina and hang it from the ceiling to create a colourful, light screen?
- (P) Do any poison arrows 'hit' you while you
are sleeping? Watch an open door does not inadvertently create a poison
arrow. Beams can also be 'suppressing' and therefore 'poisonous.'
(S) Alter the angle of the open door to stop it 'piercing
you' in your sleep.Soften any corners from pillars, protrusions etc.,
by draping with scarves, pashminas, material etc. NOTE: No pot plants
in the bedroom please. Place wind chimes, 2 bamboo flutes or a fan on any beams to counteract the negativity.
- (P) Can you look into a mirror while you lie in
bed? It is like always having another person in the room at night,
someone who never sleeps - very unsettling!
(S) Cover the mirror up at night or move it to another
location. Modern design often means that mirror wardrobe doors are
placed at the end or on one side of a bed. For a simple solution put up
some plastic covered spring wire across the front of the robe, made a
curtain to cover the doors and threaded this onto the wire. When you
need to access the wardrobe, simply pull the curtain back, but know
that you will sleep really soundly at night when the curtain is drawn
across the mirrors.
- (P) Your cooker (rice cooker) is connected at (wires coming in from) one of your worst directions.
(S) Make sure you predominately cook in an appliance that plugs into
your Tien Yi (second best) direction.
second best, or Tien Yi, direction is the direction to tap if you
headaches, migraines or any other health issues. This would be the best
location for your sleeping area and placement of one's bed head.
Medicines can keep on enforcing the fact that we are 'sick'. We all
need medication at some time or another, but keep them in a cupboard or
drawer. Better rename
them in your mind to something like 'health pills'. You could
even make a label of this new name and place it on the cupboard, drawer
and area that you keep your medications. The power of the mind is never
to be underestimated
so watch how you program yours. Do you talk 'well talk' or 'ill talk'?
- To learn more about determining your auspicious directions and locations to create excellent Feng Shui, purchase Lillian Too's book "Applied Feng Shui".