Can water in your immediate space affect you?

Water is an ancient feng shui symbol of wealth and prosperity. Its power is enhanced by its ability to change form—from liquid to solid to gas—and its freedom of movement or expression. Every living thing on earth relies on water for life. By activating the water element in your home or office, a water body nourishes Chi energy and can help enhance your life journey, foster new beginnings, promote abundance, and more.

But what is the best form of water body in the house and where?

The answer is simple. One can use indoor fountains, fish tanks, or even a large bowl of water with some floating candles as a decor. Here are some tips of where to place water bodies in the house:

1. East: This is the Health & Family area and is home to the bagua element of wood. Wood is nourished by the water element. A cure in this area promotes physical as well as spiritual and mental health and helps maintain peace and harmony within the family.

2. Southeast: Southeast is the area of wealth and money, or abundance. It shares the element of wood with the east bagua area. Placing a fountain in the southeast area is good not only for monetary wealth and abundance but also a wealth of blessings.

3. North: The north area is associated with your career and path in life. Its element is water—perfect for a feng shui fountain or a small fish tank.

Much as Water can bring us so much prosperity, it can also cause harm if not placed in appropriate settings. It is not advisable to place a feng shui fountain (or any water feature) in the south area because this area needs a strong energy of the fire element. Bringing water here creates conflicting energy—water puts down the fire in the five element cycle.

It is also bad feng shui to have a water feature in a bedroom, regardless of the bedroom’s feng shui location in the home. The water feng shui element brings the energy of worry and sorrow into the bedroom and can contribute to colds and respiratory problems. Also do not place a fountain in an area directly below a bedroom. If a fountain is in a room adjacent to a bedroom, you should not hear the fountain from the bedroom, particularly while you sleep.

Finally, do not position a fountain directly under a staircase, as this can promote negative energy that can lead to health problems and other misfortunes for the children of the household.

The make of the fountain does not matter. Fountains can be made of almost any material, such as metal, stone, wood, ceramic, plastic, and even concrete. Avoid fountains with sharp edges or corners. I sometimes recommend my clients to place crystals or stones in the base of the fountain. If its conducive, even fish can be put in the fountain, provided they can be well taken care of. I tried to put Gold Fish in my outdoor fountain(picture below) but soon the raccoons got hold of them for dinner! Not a good idea, so now we have floating lilies in the fountain in the summer.

The fountain does not have to look Chinese or Asian. I get that asked a lot. It just needs to be in sync with the home decor, whether indoor or outdoor! So, bring some water body into the home this holiday season and stir up the Chi of home by inviting some abundance!

Love and Light
Kanika Babal

What is a Kua Number?

We all know that different people have different energy needs.  In classical Feng Shui, the energy of most people can be divided into two groups: the EAST Group and the WEST Group.  So what does that mean for you?  Finding your Group and your Kua number assist you in finding the correct success, wealth, health, love, growth, and even your unlucky direction.

To give an example, if you are female and your birthday is May 9, 1991, you are part of the WEST group and your Kua number is 6.  Great, what now?  This group and number tells you that your success and wealth direction is West, so creating a wealth bowl in the west sector of your house will bring you success.  If your door is in the west section of your house, this will bring prosperity.  Your love direction is southwest.  Decorations in pairs in this sector as well as a fountain will bring love your way.

This is only a part of what the Kua number tells us and as you can see this information is essential to improve the Feng Shui of your home or office. You can position your bed so that it faces one of your best directions, as well as rearrange your office so that your desk is facing a lucky direction. And, if you are looking into buying a new house, you can also check if the direction of the front door is good for you.  In our sessions together, I find your Kua number which allows me to optimize the Feng Shui process.

EAST Group numbers are: 1,3,4,9

WEST Group numbers are: 2,5,6,7,8 

What is Feng Shui Art?

Feng Shui  changes the elemental energy of your living space, and is not only about placement of your furniture.  Feng Shui works primarily with form and color apart from the design element. In my Feng Shui Artwork, I create paintings that integrate form and color to enhance the achievement of my client’s objectives. Each element in Feng Shui is represented by a shape and color. For example, Fire is represented by a red and a triangle. So to enhance this effect in a room, I paint those 

features in an abstract form, creating the same effect as having that specific element in the room.  Sometimes a painting may contain more than one element, if a solution requires it.  These paintings are intentional and confined to Feng Shui principles. 

If you are seeking harmony, abundance, or some other solution using Feng Shui, this art can increase the balance and attraction in your space.  The five elements of Feng Shui are wood, fire, earth, metal and water and our bodies and spaces are constantly striving for the balance of these five elements.  The colors, shapes, symbols and images in my paintings encourage and attract this balance.  

Let’s say that you are wishing for love in your life.  An intuitive painting containing water, butterflies, a feather, purples, reds, pink and strong yellow could be a powerful solution.  Water beckons deeper connections and abundance, while the butterflies manifest ample suitors and the freedom to choose your best partner and in relationships they exemplify commitment and devotion.  The feather invites lightheartedness and truth.  Purple draws romance, red embodies joy, passion and sexual desire.  Pink attracts universal love and sweetness, as well as inner peace.  And finally, strong yellow captivates happiness and warmth.

As you may now realize, Feng Shui art is a very important and influential part of the process and solution Feng Shui presents.  These paintings are very specific to my clients needs and are painted after a thorough evaluation of the space. It may take from 10 to 60 days to complete a painting. Being an artist brings an edge into my practice and has created wonders for my clients.

Home Naming Ceremony

Times have changed—20 years ago, people saw yoga as a strange practice with no tangible physical benefits. Since then, we’ve been so widely exposed to its positive effects both on the body and mental health that it’s become as mainstream as green juice. Similarly, the ancient Chinese spatial laws of Feng Shui in houses have only proliferated, with practices like home naming and home purification getting special attention as their benefits get known.

A Naming Ceremony is the event at which an infant, a youth, or an adult or relatives is given a name. A Home naming ceremony is where we name our home, just like that. The essence of Home naming emerges from the fact that we consider our home as an individual or a person that is named and we give it love and respect, just as how we would, a person.

So the question is, why do we need to give our home respect and love? The answer is simple. What we love, manifests. In this case, its our home. We want to show love and respect to our home by taking care of it, by keeping yards manicured, closets decluttered, bedsheets changed every so often and keeping the general area organized and clean. In return, our home gives us back a free flowing Chi, a positive environment, growth and prosperity.

Home Naming is art which is not very prevalent however, Intuitive Feng Shui believes strongly in naming a home, so as to give it an entity and identity that people can relate with. It also entails respecting every room of the house, in that , not using the bedroom for eating or dining room for doing office work. The house energies get thoroughly confused when such things are practiced.

The process of Home Naming ceremony is simple. Take a piece of a blank paper and write the chosen name of your home in RED ink. Then create strong intentions around the name by visualizing your home as an individual, thanking it and asking for his/her blessings. Ask the home to always keep you safe and protected. Smudge some Palo Santo or Sage in the home right after.

This is a powerful intentional exercise that creates a strong bond between you and your home and immediately connects the two of you. The house now takes onus for your wellbeing and prosperity. The magic is endless!

Table Centerpiece for Abundance!

The coffee table center piece is a much neglected concept. However its well to remember from time to time, that not only does it beautify our coffee table and makes it look more inviting, its also a symbol of abundance in Feng Shui.
What catches your attention, what makes your heart alive, what makes you want to sit by the centerpiece? Ponder over this and let the creativity in you come alive. There is never anything wrong in the way you do your centerpiece.

The more alive and heartwarming your center piece, the more abundance it attracts. And the best part is, its what makes you feel good, that attracts abundance. So let your creative juices flow. I love the peacock feathers in my centerpiece. The colors in the centerpiece balance the rest of my earthy living room , making it one beautiful place to sit and have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine!

A Home that Heals

The first thing that comes to our minds when we are not well, physically or psychologically, are doctors, shrinks, alternative medicines, masseuses etc etc etc. Have you ever thought about the fact, that your home can actually heal you? Its both amazing and empowering to know that all you really have to do to feel better is, make your living surroundings or home better.

Let me start by telling you a small story. One beautiful Fall afternoon, a few years ago, I got a text from Marissa (named changed for privacy). She had recently had a hip surgery that did not go well. Her body was not able to handle the pressure of the surgery and medication, topped with the fact that she lived alone. There was no one in her family apart from a son, who had also separated his way. Long story short, she reached out to me for desperate help. When we first met at her home, I realized that she was not feeding her mind the right food via her senses. Her house seemed cluttered and damp. We worked on her home and specifically health section, which soon lifted up her spirits and she started enjoying being home. The home was balanced with the right elements according to her Kua number. We made adjustments on her relationship section which brought love back in her life. We used intensive color therapy in her love and health sections of her home. Today she is a fully healed woman, living with someone who deeply cares for her.

This is literally what your home can do to you. Nothing less, nothing more! It can heal you in unimaginable ways. It can bring love back in your life, it can make you healthy and fit, it can make you prosperous, or even attract a job you desire. The possibilities are endless. One of my favorite success story is of a couple that was trying to have a baby for years and Feng Shui came to their rescue too. When I first met Sally and Bruce( names changed), they both started to cry at their initial consult with me. Today they are blessed with a son who is 3 and a daughter who just turned one! Voila!

So the question is…How does this happen? How do you get what you want from life, by simply hiring a Feng Shui consultant? How do you heal from aches and pains by simply making adjustments in your home? How do you get money back from people who owe you, just by moving furniture and placing some plants in your home? How does all this sync together? What is the magic behind it?

The magic is simple. Our senses feed off of our environment. We recreate in our lives what we see around us. There is no rocket science here. Feng Shui as a part of Pseudosciences has already proved that we train our senses to believe what we see. For time immemorial, the dictum, seeing is believing, has made an impression on us. Our Feng Shui environment sends subtle signals to our mind, whether about health, wellness or relationships, and makes it believe that we have that. Universe and intention follow up naturally and we get what we want.

Now this is extremely powerful and done right by a person who has the knowledge, it can create a ripple effect of energy and power in your life. I strongly advocate not consulting too many books or people at the same time. If there is any place the saying ” too many cooks spoil the broth” holds true, its Feng Shui!

Your home must be your paradise. You should want to come back to your home at the end of the day. And a huge part of this comes from balancing your home with the five elements, wood, water, air, earth and fire. A balanced home is welcoming and nurturing. Keeping your home clutter free and inviting the energy of sun into the home makes wonders happen. One of my favorite home rituals is giving your home a name. Treat it like a person, love it, keep it clean and healthy. I am often caught telling my clients, not to confuse your home energy about where you eat or sleep. Its not uncommon to sometimes eat on the bed, or sleep on the couch. I do not recommend that. You are confusing the Chi of your home by doing this. The time when people eat in bed, is the time when they are sick, so eating on the bed is easily equated with ill health. If you are used to working on the dining table, a place were you should gather with family for food and conversations, the silent message delivered here is, work is coming in the way of your family. It is interesting to ponder over these things and see how much can just be adjusted or corrected by honoring the spaces in your home and doing what they are meant for.

Before I put an end to this chapter here, let me share a secret with you. The secret of intention. Each time an adjustment is made, feed it with your intention. I do the same with myself and all my clients. And when I know that the client struggles with this part, I place one of my Feng Shui paintings in their space, so their mind is constantly fed by the intentions, color and shapes in the paintings, in making their dreams a reality, creating a home that truly heals!

-Kanika Babal