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How to Create a Positive Environment in Your Home With Vastu
By Robin Mastro
Our homes, carefully oriented, have the power to give us comfort and security
and to be one of our best investments. We spend a great deal of time and
money to accomplish this. However, many of us do not know if we are creating
a positive and life-supporting place to live and work. Many people have reported
health and financial problems after they had moved into a home or have done
home improvements. Unknowingly, we may be doing more harm than good! Vastu
Shastra, the architectural science with roots in ancient India, takes into
account environmental factors that we may be unaware of yet influence the
quality of our lives.
Vastu is the oldest and most complete system of architecture known to man.
It involves assessing all environmental influences that affect us, such as
geopathic stress, the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space),
the sun, moon and the planets in our solar system. It considers building
orientation, placement of rooms, proportions and measurements, slope and
shape of the land, location of bodies of water and other environmental and
According to Vastu Shastra, the sun creates different qualities of energy
on its path from east to west. These different energies influence and enhance
specific functions and activities that correspond with specific areas of
your home. Where you enter a house or room, where you prepare and cook your
food, where you sit while eating, the direction in which you sleep, where
you face while studying, the placement of bathrooms and areas for socializing
and meditating are more optimally supported in specific parts of your home
than in others.
Vastu not only takes into consideration the environment in which we live,
but how our environment affects the health of our bodies and our ability
to create in the world. The earth is a magnetic force and is composed of
the five elements, as is our brain. The thalamus is the relay center for
all sensory and motor signals (except smell) in the brain. Neurological research
has shown that firing patterns of neurons in the thalamus of the brain function
differently depending on which direction one is facing. Our mind then is
the interactive result of the affect of the magnetic field in our brain cells.
By placing our bodies and environments in alignment with the magnetic axis,
we can think and act more in tune with nature, which can benefit us in the
most amazing ways. Our actions and decisions will be successfully supported
by the forces of nature, much like swimming with the current of a stream
is easier than swimming against it. We all know or can imagine what it is
like to swim up-stream, meeting with resistance to our success!
We live on this earth, but we also live in a sea of electromagnetic and cosmic
influences. Our actions are affected by every shift in the cosmic atmosphere.
Every particle of energy in the universe is linked to the next. Designing
using the principles of Vastu Shastra, creates environments that are more
open to life supporting influences and more protective against influences
that are harmful. Unfortunately, most present day architecture is based on
function alone. Even so-called green architecture may only take into account
forces of the sun, wind, water and climate. It does not, in most instances,
account for that which affects us such as planetary, geomagnetic and geopathic
forces. Homes and offices that have been designed or corrected using the
principles of Vastu Shastra are not intended to conquer the
environment but to obey the forces of nature.
When we plant a seed it takes all five elements to be in harmony for the
seed to sprout, grow and be healthy. The proportion of too much or too little
of any element, whether it is the quality of earth (soil ph), the amount
of water, wind (air) or sun, will inhibit its growth. Just as the balance
of the five elements affects success in nature, the balance inherent in our
environment affects our success in the world. Vastu takes into account all
influences to create an environment in harmony with nature that supports
our quality of life, including our success.
About The Author
Michael and Robin Mastro's synergistic approach successfully assists people
in living in peace and harmony with themselves and others, and in creating
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