In our fast-paced, technological world, many of us are living in a state of disconnection, lost in the mind and out of touch with our body and spirit as well as the extended network of which we are a part: plants, animals and nature. Not only there is a disconnection between people and nature, but also between buildings and the Earth energy.
The past years have been characterized by the “race for wellness”, where most of us are trying to find ways to improve their health and wellbeing by eating organic food, joining fitness or healing centers, working with therapist and life coaches, to heal the mind, body and spirit.
The environment is considered one the key factors affecting our health (among food, exercise and emotions), however It does not seem considered as important as the other three factors, despite the alarming increase of the sick building syndrome, environmental illness and multiple chemical sensitivity among people.
At Energy & Space, our philosophy is to embrace both ancient and contemporary sciences to help people and companies create healthy environments that support happiness and well-being.
In this article, we will focus on ancient sciences, as now more than ever is necessary to understand how these inform the design of the physical environment, so that spaces resonate with the spiritual dimension and express the synergistic relationship between the Earth and our own energy bodies.
In our hectic modern times, ancient practices are the missing link in creating environments that support health and wellbeing.
Our homes are our “third skin”, a very important layer of protection where we should feel nurtured, safe and energized: how do we expect to be healthy and happy if our environment is not?
Our indoor environment should be revitalizing and uplifting, and if you don't feel energized and at peace in your home, it means something needs to be improved.
From the geographical location, building and furniture materials and aesthetics, indoor air quality, use of technology and electromagnetic radiation levels, to the home's energy and Feng Shui potential, our homes have unique sets of environmental conditions that affect the overall wellbeing of the home, and therefore of the residents.
We must analyze and understand the biology of our homes to optimize health and wellbeing, as our buildings are living organisms that breathe and exchange energy with the external and internal environment.
Ancient sciences like Feng Shui and Land Energy (known as Geomancy as well) were used to align our physical environments to the Life Force, Qi, the healing frequencies of the Earth and Nature that support our life and health. Nowadays, we build boxes of cement and steel on top of the Earth surface instead, with no connection to the land energy nor the environmental Qi.
Feng Shui is a Chinese metaphysical science that harmonizes people and buildings with the surrounding environment. Using the same principles of acupuncture, Feng Shui works with the Five element (Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, Metal) combined with spatial arrangement to improve the energy flow of the space, which will benefit our overall prosperity and support our aspirations and health. By living in harmony, we are able to harness the beneficial energies (known as Qi) to better our lives.
The tools used the determine the energy flow is the Feng Shui compass, an ancient device that dates back to 2000 years ago, essential instrument for any Feng Shui assessment.
Land Energy sciences are used to connecting the building to the Earth energy grids to ground the space and design with the shapes and forms of Nature, to avoid geopathic stress areas and create buildings that are an extensions of the Earth beneficial energy. Working with the Spirit of Land, it is possible to build sanctuaries that nourish the soul and are aligned with nature.
Through the use of dowsing rods or pendulums, the energy of the space is analyzed and Geopathic Stress lines or points can be identified and located, and then remedied with a specific techniques to fix a particular stress of the Earth energy, that affects our health and wellbeing, especially when found in the bedroom.
For new build projects, the energy of the plot of land is assessed to identify the most favorable areas, while avoiding the less favourable ones, and connecting the property to the energy grids of the Earth, extending and magnifying the Earth energy, rather than suppressing it.
In the same way as Energy medicine and Integrative/Functional medicine have become more and more popular in the past years, as they support balance and harmony in the energy flow of our bodies through the integration of different disciplines, it is a must to integrate ancient sciences in the design and architectural practice, to optimize the health of our physical environment, and therefore our wellbeing.