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The Importance of Flooring in Vaastu

 Vaastu and Feng Shui are not just about building structures that are supposed to usher in “luck”; they encompass a lot more than that. Both feng shui and Vaastu, the Indian art of placement, focus on positioning, planning and orienting not just the structure but also the furnishings to offer greater support to the occupants. In short, it deals with the study of the energy around the occupants, its cause and effect, and the effect of the immediate surroundings.

In simple terms, Vaastu is the reflection of love between the occupants and their abode. The “Swastik” and “Om” represent the flow of auspicious energy and create an opportunity for the proper development of the mind, body and soul, and in turn generate positive thoughts for all round development. Similarly, Vaastu science harmonizes the Universal cosmic energy for the benefit of mankind and most importantly, the well documented and logical tenets ensure that all buildings and structures are in harmony with nature and the immediate environment.

There are many types of Vaastu imbalances in a place of dwelling as we are subjected to many kinds of energy fields like, solar energy fields due to movement of sun, geo-magnetic fields due to the magnetic field interaction and rotation of the earth, thermal imbalance due to temperature rise etc.

Research has discovered that most often, one side of a house is subjected to intense solar radiation, while the other side remains in the shadow region. This gives rise to the formation of what is known as “thermocouple” in the space around the house and leads to an energy imbalance in the premises. The higher the imbalance, the more severe its effect on the occupants. This kind of imbalance gives rise to the formation of “nodes” which are nothing but distorted energy fields. These nodes trap the sub-atomic particles traveling along these fields and start resonating to give rise to micro-level hazardous radiations which affect the existence of life forms, or in other words, the occupants of the home.

When left unchecked, these thermal imbalances impede the smooth flow of energy in and around the place of dwelling. The art of restoring the imbalance or equalizing the thermal difference is the key to Good Vaastu. Some of the general guidelines to counter thermal imbalance in a place of dwelling are:-

•    More open spaces in the     North and East direction.
•    Thicker walls and no openings on the South side.
•    Planting more greenery or trees in the South to have a humid environment.
•    Most importantly, choosing good flooring.

The flooring in a building not only breathes life in terms of décor and aesthetics but also defines how the Energy (known as chi in Feng Shui) flows there. Careful selection of materials means that you can fine-tune the atmosphere of your house or apartment. Big surface areas such as flooring will have the greatest influence, and it is worth taking great care over the materials you use.

 Flooring thus plays a significant role in beautifying the look of the house. Flooring can be natural wood, stone, wool or earth. Among the natural segment flooring we have marble, granite and slate. Marble has never been out of fashion and is available in a variety of colours. Bricks are available in different shades of red and orange can also be used as ethnic flooring. In some parts of the world, bamboo flooring is used to give a feel of staying connected to nature.

Natural materials tend to carry the chi energy more easily than synthetic materials. An example of this is wood, where the Energy (chi) continues to flow along the grain.

Some of the synthetic materials (e.g. nylon) impede the passage of chi and create stagnating energy fields within the home building up static electricity, and this interferes with the feng shui of the home and your personal energy field or “aura”. If it is a rough textured surface (such as a wool carpet) it will slow down chi, making it more yin. On the other hand, hard or shiny surfaces (such as ceramic tiles) speed up the flow of chi, creating a more yang atmosphere. One can comprehend from this that the type and colour of flooring contributes towards better energy flow and in turn good Vaastu or feng shui of the place.

Vaastu prescribes the use of natural materials so floorings out of natural earth out of materials like mosaic, ceramic tiles and marbles are acceptable. By adapting Vaastu we can harmonize the sectors of the home based on the five elements by choosing the appropriate material and colour of flooring. Each type of material encourages a certain flow of chi, hence applying the transparency of the eight directions; you can establish which materials naturally suit each part of your home. Using specific materials will lead to a more harmonious exchange of chi and develop distinct atmospheres in each part of your home. For example you could think of:-

•    White marble which enhances positive energy and reflects and polarizes sunlight well in the Northeast sector. The Northeast sector in Vaastu termed as “Eeshanya” (also referred to as God’s corner) is the sector which is earmarked for underwater storage tanks in Vaastu.
•    Shades of yellow, like the popular Indian “Jaisalmer Yellow” towards the Southwest is good. Southwest is the sector which is earmarked for rocks, high walls and heaviness, as it is referred to as “Niruthya” (negative corner) hence it is said in Vaastu that the Southwest should be heavier, so colours which are brighter and look “heavy” are chosen.
•    Shades of blue or grains with a tinge of blue on a white base or marble like the popular “Kota or Blue Tandoor” from the State of Rajasthan at the Northwest sector is preferred. Northwest in Vaastu is referred to as “Vayu” (wind energy) hence such lighter shades of colours are chosen.
•    Red stone or shades of pink are considered very appropriate for the Southeast sector of the building.

By knowing the compass directions and relevant sectors in your plot, you can adapt a blend of design and aesthetics by choosing appropriate flooring. On the other hand, you can also introduce the colours required for the sectors in the form of floor décor in case you prefer to have a uniform floor colour throughout the house.

Vaastu or Feng Shui is not “faith healing” or a “superstitious” practice but a tool to harness the nature’s energy to resonate with the occupants. By doing so, your “Nest” is not only vibrant with good energy and prosperity but motivates the occupants to “Think better, Live better”.


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The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (May/June 2008)". To subscribe, please click here.