By Cheryl Oed, firstname.lastname@example.org
The EAST sector of the home represents FAMILY and HEALTH in Compass
Feng Shui. In the Black Hat Tibetan School of feng shui it is
in the middle (1/3 part) left-hand side of your home and each
room. This area of the home is represented by the WOOD ELEMENT,
so items with the colors green, blue and teal are especially good.
Energizing the wood or east sector of your home with lush green
accents, such as pillows, rugs, or window treatments bring positive
healthy energy to the space.
If the east sector is the living room, dining
room, or any room other than a bedroom, it is a great location
for a beautiful potted plant as all plants are the Wood Element
in the 5 Element Theory. Live plants
are considered too yang for the bedroom. In an eastern bedroom
use solid wood furniture as well as green accent colors instead.
Wood is nourished by the WATER ELEMENT. It takes
water to grow a tree or plant. This is a great place for anything
relating to water such as a vase with fresh flowers, a water fountain,
fish tank or an image, picture, or painting with water or a water
color painting. Remember to keep the flowers fresh and live plants
trimmed and healthy looking. Remove any dying plants and leaves
as soon as possible. Remember water is a conductor of energy so
putting water in the bedroom is not best especially if one has
trouble sleeping. In this case, only use pictures of water instead
of ‘real’ water items. The flow and or bubbling effect
of water in this area can help reduce addiction and release old
The east is also a great place to put photos of
you and your family looking healthy, vibrant and happy. A painting
or sculpture showing a group of people is a wonderful symbol.
Remember feng shui uses metaphor and symbology. Have fun with
it by placing a “peace sign” or a peace lily in the
health area bringing peace among family members, to self and peace
of mind, body and spirit. If you suffer from constipation de-cluttering
the area and putting a lava lamp will support, along with a good
diet and plenty of drinking water.
Longevity symbols such as a turtle, deer (strong
health), or a statue of Sau, the Chinese God of longevity work
well. Fresh fruit, peaches, cornucopia and things that bring abundance
to mind are especially good energy. A lamp shining upwards is
good for alcohol addiction. Leave it on all the time; it will
help to give the addict more energy and to see the light. A green
candle can be burned when you want some guidance or when you want
send extra energy to someone in need of help. An aromatherapy
burner or diffuser has a revitalizing effect on all aspects on
Red and yellow flowers placed in glass or crystal
is good for strengthening the stomach and the digestive system.
Shades red and yellow are the color of healthy skin tones and
help to prevent slowing down of organ function. A crystal butterfly
or butterflies dancing among flowers symbolize long life, immaculate
beauty and keeps us agile and flexible. Cranes, pine (especially
good for men’s health), evergreens, tortoise, mushroom and
deer also represent longevity and strengthen the mind in old age.
Bamboo is seen as a giant old man and when the wind blows it is
said the plant bends in laughter and brings a long healthy life
A lotus flower is good for combating depression.
The Chinese goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin is said to help those who
seek relief from pain and is known as the one who will save those
who are lost and hurt, no matter what they’ve done. Kuan
Yin is the protector of women and children and keeps children
from temptation. Kuan Yin holds a vase that contains the essence,
of children waiting to come into the world and she helps those
who truly want to have children. Jade worn when traveling protects
Remember feng shui is meant to nourish and bring
balance into one’s life. Adding feng shui to one’s
environment brings harmony and raises healthy chi (energy) creating
a sanctuary in which one feels supported. Have fun with it! I
delightfully call it “fun shui.”
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