14. A House that Brings Good Health
Written by Living Buddha Lian-sheng, Sheng-yen Lu
Translated by Janny Chow
14. A House that Brings Good Health
The relationship between health and feng-shui is a very wide-ranging topic. It will not be possible to cover it entirely in this book, so in this chapter, I will discuss in detail some of the most important secrets.
Listed below are some correlations between certain illnesses and the conditions of a house:
- Tumor Case ?examine a house for any asymmetrical, protruding objects
- Surgical Case ?look for missing corners, the installation of skylights, and examine the remodeled or rebuilt parts of a house
- Metabolic Illness ?pay attention to the position of incinerators and purifying troughs
- Urology Illness ?pay attention to the drainage of water from the house to see if there is any blockage
- Mental Illness ?pay attention to the placement of beds and shrines
- Ear and Nose Illness ?pay attention to the positions of windows to see if there are problems in their placements
- Bone Illness ?pay attention to horizontal beams and the structure of pillars
Although it may not seem apparent, a house definitely can influence one’s health. Ordinary feng-shui practitioners, perhaps, are unable to point out these intricate connections, but a true master knows that the inhabitants of a house are profoundly influenced by the home in which they live.
First of all, the pathway of chi circulation inside the home will affect its inhabitants.
Secondly, a magnetic field is created when a house is built. The human body itself is also a magnetic field. Whether these two magnetic fields are compatible and harmonize, or whether they repel, is another key factor.
Thirdly, the inhabitants are subjected to the influences of the earth chi or energy from the land upon which the house sits.
I have been studying the positions of bathrooms for some time. The function of a bathroom is actually comparable to that of a purifying trough. If a bathroom is positioned incorrectly, it will predispose the inhabitants to illnesses such as dizziness, eye disease, tooth infections, pneumonia, heart problems, diabetes, gastro-intestinal diseases, hepatitis, and nerve problems.
When we draw a cross at the center of a house and extend the arms of the cross so that it divides the house into four sections, it is very important that a bathroom not be located anywhere along these lines. A bathroom located on the lines of the cross will definitely affect the health of the home’s inhabitants.
Incinerators do not refer to stoves in kitchens but to fireplaces, rather common features in American households. Fireplaces are related to hot tempers. It is critical that the fireplace not be placed directly across from the front door, because the sight of fire entering the house immediately raises one’s temper. This factor plays an important role in causing the kind of disharmony that leads to the break-up of many families. (There is a connection between the high rate of divorce of American couples and the fireplaces in their households.)
Because fireplaces are of the fire element, they should not be positioned on the northern end of the line bisecting a house. This is because the elements of fire and water are incompatible. Neither should a fireplace be placed on the southern end of the middle line bisecting the house because the elements of fire and fire together will be too ferocious.
The best position for fireplaces is the east direction.
Incinerators that can stir hot tempers also should not be placed anywhere along the lines of the cross. Fire can significantly affect one’s health, so it is best to locate such a feature at the east, southeast, and northwest positions.
The fire element has the most important role in one’s body. Fire is temperature, and all types of inflammation and infection are related to fire. We should install bathrooms and incinerators at positions that will not bring us disasters.
It is also important to pay attention to the water drainage of a house. When water drains smoothly, without any obstruction, decaying matter will not accumulate. Poor drainage will result in bad quality air inside the house and, when the air is poor and smells of mildew, people living in the house will definitely become ill.
Regarding the positions of beds and shrines, these I will discuss in a subsequent chapter.
Another issue to consider is the placement of plants inside and outside the home. In my opinion, both indoor and outdoor plants are valuable, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for their abililty to enhance the vitality of a house, as with the example of having a vibrant plant at the money-reserve spot. Placing a houseplant next to a door or in an unclean location also signifies `purification` and the removal of unlucky and violent matters.
If a dwelling is completely lacking of any surrounding vegetation, it is necessary to plant trees and shrubs outside one`s house. On the other hand, trees that are too tall or dense are undesirable because they create a dismal atmosphere. When tall and dense trees block out sunlight, the yin energy of a house increases and becomes inviting to evil spirits and ghosts. Living in a house that produces such gloomy feelings adversely affects one`s health.
Windows should be installed based on the principle of providing sufficient air ventilation and optimal sunlight for the house. Too many windows are just as bad as too few. A house that is too bright or too dim is undesirable. If the house is too bright, chi dissipates. If the house is too dim, decaying chi gathers and invites evil spirits.
The most auspicious scenario for a house allows an optimal amount of light and good air circulation. In such a house, air flows slowly through, without obstruction, even through places where chi accumulates. Achieving such a state is a great art.
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