“The energy of human consciousness may share an affinity with light that we do not yet understand. Turning toward that light, we might find it the source of all our inspiration and creativity.” – Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom
I came upon this quote years ago. I confess I don’t completely understand it, but is has inspired some thoughts on how light applies to Feng Shui.
- The sun is the primal fire of our solar system.
- Fire is the element of Fame and Reputation of the Feng Shui ba-gua – being in the spotlight.
- Yin and Yang: dark and light. We would not know what light is if we did not have the dark.
- In northern China the Feng Shui for entrances to ancient homes were oriented to face south. This provided heat and light to the interior of the house from the sun.
- Navaho hogans (homes) are oriented with the door facing the east, so they can greet the morning sun with prayers.
- Ancient Chinese sages and Feng Shui practitioners knew that sunlight was a form of energy.
- Modern physicists have demonstrated that light is sub-atomic photonic energy.
- Light is a metaphor for seeing reality clearly and moving beyond illusions and confusion.
- Eco-psychologists note the importance of connection with nature, sunlight and fresh air by calling it “Vitamin G”.
How do you make the most of light and chi in your home and in your life?
- Do you have a special outdoors place for relaxation and reflection?
- Do you have beautiful window views of nature and make the most of them with an inviting chair nearby?
- Do you bring nature indoors with plants in your home and/or workplace?
- Do you have appropriate lighting for nighttime and overcast days?
There is something nourishing – just as chi energy is nourishing – about sunlight. Maybe someday science will identify it. In the meantime connect to the energy of sunlight and nature every day.
How do you experience the nourishing energy of light? Share in the comment box below.
Photo by Sean MacEntee