When it comes to preconception health the same principles of Feng Shui apply for overall health and wellbeing. Preconception health is tailor-made for each couple, depending on the apartment/house’s energy blueprint. Feng Shui is not a one-fits-all approach, especially when it comes to preconception and pregnancy. Nonetheless here are some extra precautions one can take when preparing for conception:
· Do not sleep under a ceiling beam
· Avoid clutter
· No TV or water feature in the bedroom
· No Fire-Water Clash in the kitchen (stove-sink alignment)
· Avoid any negative/threatening features outside the bedroom window (sharp edges, corners, pylons, etc)
Classical Feng Shui uses the factors of direction, location and time to harness and tap into the Qi (life energy) in our environment to improve our quality of life. Most people believe that Feng Shui is only used to increase your wealth prospects – but Feng Shui can do so much more!
According to this ancient Chinese science, the Qi of your house feeds your own energy, and thereby affects your health and wellbeing. It goes without saying then that we would like to have positive Qi present in our homes, because when Qi is blocked – by clutter or poor placement of furniture, for example – you may be thwarted in your attempts to improve your health and wellbeing. And without good health, your career and wealth prospects are usually also very low!
So let’s take a look at a few very simple things we can all do to ensure better health and wellness in our homes – and especially for families with small children:
Clear clutter: Nothing is more harmful to a free flow of energy than clutter. Clutter creates “energy blockages” and turns positive Qi into negative Qi, resulting in stress, anxiety, arguments and a general feeling of discomfort. When de-cluttering, pay special attention to the Main Door area, because this is where the Qi enters your property. Get rid of old, broken and useless things that only collect negative energies. Similarly, makes sure that the foyer or entrance area inside your apartment is spacious, uncluttered and bright. And of course, we need to ensure unobstructed Qi flow in our bedroom because this is where we spend 1/3 of our lives in. Traditionally, Chinese families thoroughly clean their living spaces before Chinese New Year to welcome the fresh energy of the coming year.
This does, of course, not mean that you need to keep your children’s rooms in pristine order! Children play, and it’s ok to have toys lying around. Just make sure to keep the area around the children’s beds tidy and unobstructed to facilitate a calm and soothing Qi flow.
When it comes to a baby’s crib, it is tantamount that a Feng Shui Master calculates and measures out the correct crib placement. This helps not only ensure the health and wellbeing of the newborn, especially in the first few months that are crucial. It can also help the baby sleep through the night!
Natural light: Natural light brightens your mood and we would like to see a lot of natural light around the entrance area of your apartment, your study and the living room. Artificial lighting can also lift your energy levels, but only when it is directed towards the ceiling. Downwards directed light creates oppressive Qi and should be avoided.
When it comes to bedroom, though – and especially the area where your baby is sleeping – I recommend not too much light, even during the day. A bedroom should remain calm and quiet, and not too active. Too much light during the day brings energies into the bedroom that are not conducive to sleeping, resting and recuperating.
Plants: Sharp corners in an apartment can upset the Qi balance and result in feelings of discomfort – especially when pointed directly at a room door, your bed or your desk. Use plants to obscure and soften these sharp corners.
Separate your sink and stove: The kitchen is of major importance in Feng Shui, since it is in the kitchen that the food for your family is prepared. If your kitchen has stagnant or unhealthy Qi flow, it will affect the quality of your food, resulting in health issues. As such, the stove remains a pivotal point in any kitchen, so ensure it is placed in a favorable and suitable location. Most importantly, it should not be placed directly opposite the sink as this situation creates a serious affliction called “Fire-Water-Clash”, responsible for a wave of food-related health problems for all members of the household.
While this might not be of great concern for the adults in the family, it is nevertheless important to adhere to this rule when a newborn is involved. All food that is prepared on a stove that suffers from a “Fire-Water-Clash” will automatically be contaminated. This can lead to baby colic and other gastro-intestinal difficulties.
Ceiling beams: Sleeping or sitting directly below a ceiling beam for extended periods of time can cause considerable discomfort. The beam compresses the Qi flow and directs negative energy downwards. Sleeping underneath a ceiling beam can cause nightmares and restless sleep, while working at a desk underneath a beam often results in migraines, neck and shoulder pains. The simple solution is to just move your bed or desk from under the beam to benefit from free flowing and harmonious Qi flow.
Never place a crib under a ceiling beam. The energies emanating from a ceiling beam are far too harsh for a baby and will disrupt its sleep and cause nightmares.
by Susanne Schutz, Founder & Managing Director
Suzhong Consulting Ltd.