Feng Shui can be applied to many areas of your home including the entire floor plan, a room, or even a single piece of furniture. Building a home? Feng Shui on a vacant lot? Absolutely. Find out more from Carole Hyder.
Most Feng Shui consultants will agree that the “typical” appointment they facilitate takes place in someone’s existing home. The client may have just moved in, or are thinking about remodeling, or they feel they just need a change.
However, that’s not to say that Feng Shui has no value if the house has not been built yet. Truthfully, it is never too early to engage a consultant. In fact, a consultant should be involved prior to any building and, if possible, prior to selecting the land on which the home will be built.
Below are a few actions that I’ve learned are most beneficial to help when building a home that is meaningful and intentional.
SELECTING THE PROPERTY
- Opt for a square- or rectangular-shaped lot. These are the most stable and balanced shapes—which translates to a stable and balanced life.
- Ascertain that the lot is not at the end of a dead end or a cul de sac so that the ch’i can easily flow. Nor is it near a cemetery where the ch’i is too yin potentially creating a health issue.
- Consider doing a blessing on the land which could take the form of simply walking the property. It is a way of introducing yourself to the land and asking permission to live there. Walking the perimeter of the lot (if possible) is another way to claim the land. Spreading birdseed while you’re walking underscores the intention of growth and expansion. A Feng Shui consultant can assist with any of this or you may have your own ritual.
DESIGNING THE HOUSE
- Find the exact center point of your new home while it is still under construction. Place something in the ceiling (a special stone, a poem you’ve written, a photo, etc.) or draw something on the under-flooring at that exact point to mark the heaven-and-earth connection of your home.
- Place coins or money in each of the 4 corners of the structure before they’re sealed up with concrete. This is a message about abundance. How many or what they amount to is up to your discretion, however, the larger the dollar amount the stronger the intention. (I had a client who put the equivalent of $99 in each corner of their home—-never to be seen again. Just an idea!)
- Write a letter to your home outlining your goals and dreams for this new home and for your life and that of your family. Tuck it into the wall somewhere—or maybe that’s what you put in the center of your home. It doesn’t matter that you may never see it again.
The suggestions I’ve outlined above can be done privately when you’re feeling grateful, thoughtful, and excited about the prospects this new place will bring. You could also engage your family to be part of creating the energy of your new place.
When you work with your home in these very beginning building stages, it will become accustomed to your presence and your intentions. The payoff is that it will help you create not only a new home but also a new life.