Fragrant spaces usher in positive energy
The concepts of feng shui were developed in China thousands of years ago. Where once people lived among mountains and rivers, we now have skyscrapers and roads, where once they looked out on rural fields and open country, we now have parks and suburban landscapes, yet the basic guidelines and principles behind feng shui are the same as they are simple logic and common sense and they don’t change. A Chinese landscape, with Yang Sky, yin land, dragon mountains and a ‘white tiger’ lake is said to be the most ideal and conducive formation for good energy.
The important aspect of feng shui is not just the décor, style and flow of chi (energy) but also the way the home smells. By checking the feng shui of your home one can tell if everything is in harmony and make the changes if not, to achieve balance.
Animals excrete pheromones to attract their mates and to demarcate their movement and territory. Similarly our homes also have their own unique identity in terms of smell and it is not surprising that even if you are blindfolded you can tell which friend’s home you are entering.
The feel and the fragrance when we first enter a home or office creates a very strong impact on those who enter. Hence, if the home smells less than fresh, it can affect the comfort levels of those who come in.
The fragrance should be natural and create a feel of serenity. Think of the subtle smell of lavender as you walk past it in a garden when compared to artificial lavender scented air fresheners. Natural smells affect us in a way that those commercially sold perfumes never can.
Cleansing your place of dwelling or work space with aroma sticks periodically ensures that stale air is taken away and brings in a sense of freshness. The Tibetan school of feng shui considers this a very important process and is essential for ‘space cleansing’. Having plants, which emanate a good fragrance in the garden especially near the back door, is good.
The use of aroma sticks, and burning of aroma oils quite often is referred to as aroma therapy; flowers, even a fruit bowl on the dining table have in them a unique sense of smell which in feng shui stimulates the sensory system of the occupants.
A space which has been cleansed and smells pleasant ushers in the positive chi and brings about a change in the feel of the environment and strengthens our aspirations and dreams by motivating us to move further in our lives.
The writer is an accredited Master Feng Shui Consultant, Bioenergetician and Traditional Vaasthu Practitioner.