Guidelines for Spiritually Productive Living Arrangements
The following are suggestions for how spiritual students might go about arranging their living areas to optimize energy flow and conservation. These hints have been developed by Petros based upon a study of the principles of Feng Shui and other traditional disciplines, with certain cultural characteristics universalized for use of modern students.
The importance of space arrangement should not be overlooked as it is an integral part of practice, just as is meditation, diet and general health guidelines. Though these rules are derived primarily from Feng Shui, we don't believe it is necessary to subscribe slavishly to every tenet of that philosophy in order to benefit from it. It is more important to trust one's intuition. One will note that the ancient Indian philsophy of Vaastu Shastra (Dwelling Teachings) contains rules and metaphysics very much like Feng Shui, although there are differences in details relating to things like the significance and meaning of the compass directions and so forth. Nevertheless, the fundamental rules (preserve one's energy, allow for natural space) seem to be universal.
The bed, desk, etc. should face the entrance door; your back should not be to the door. If you can't rearrange, put up a mirror to enable you to see the entrance. (Octangonal is best.)
Don't let large or tall objects in a room tower over occupants or obscure the main line of vision to the entrance.
It's imporant to be able to see the outside world from where you work; if not possible, put up a nature scene photo/painting/calendar or a nice potted plant.
Have one or two kinetic items in your workspace -- windchimes, a fan, etc.; or allow an open window to rustle a plant's leaves. Small moving energy that does not interfere with work gives energy to those who work in the space.
Bathrooms are eliminatory areas; they can potentially sap your energy. Keep bathroom doors closed; also keep the toilet cover down and plug drains when not in use. Keep you energy from going "down the drain."
One should not feel confined or trapped when entering a room. Push large items of furniture (couches, tables) away from the entrance, allowing a large open space in the center for movement.
In Chinese restaurants you will almost always see good use of Feng Shui, for instance: use of the auspicious color red; strategically placed mirrors to open up lines of sight; a fishtank near the front entrance to block incoming/outgoing energies. Most techniques also apply to the home.
As for home/building placement: A square/rectangular lot is most auspicious, preferrably aligned to the four cardinal points. The front door should be easily accessible from the road, but should not be in a straight line from the road. Neighboring buildings should not have any corners pointing at your home; if there are, place an object like a large plant or statue to "shield" your structure from the pointing corner. A home should not be at the end of a "T" intersection; if it is, block off the line of attack with a low wall or statue or fountain of some sort.
Always protect the front door of your house, either by a curved path or a plant or statue of some sort.
Bedrooms should be places of privacy, security, rest and refuge from the business of the world. A bedroom or sleeping area should be well away from the main living areas, or at the very least a shield of some kind should be set up, i.e. a folding divider if nothing else is available. Also, the bed should be on the opposite wall from the entry and enable one lying in it to see the entrance.
In living areas, avoid having to sit with one's back to the main entrance. If unavoidable, put up a mirror (preferably octagonal) on the opposite wall.)
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