In the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui energy management, the center, or heart, of any space is critically important. The heart of the home is the meeting place of different strains of energy and thus becomes the focal point for how you experience that home's energy. Just as it is critical to take care of the energies of the eight different bagua areas in feng shui (love life, career, health, etc.) it is even more important is to be sure that the heart of your home is well loved, well treated, and has a vibrant, high-quality energy to it.
The Importance of the Heart of Your Home
If the center, or the heart (also called the yin-yang point), is in a difficult energy state, all other bagua areas will be depleted, since they are all very much dependant on the quality of energy in the heart of the home. A happy heart will spread strong energy and nourishment throughout the whole home, while a sad, constricted heart will not be able to support the energy necessary for a healthy, happy home.
In some homes, locating the heart is a fairly easy matter, requiring simply that you determine the exact center of the floor plan. This is an easy enough matter when the home has a simple rectangular or square shape. In other cases, you may need some help to determine the heart of your home. When the heart of the home is located in an inauspicious location, such as a bathroom or closet, be reassured that there are always good feng shui solutions to help you create better energy. One such challenging situation is when the heart of the home is in a wall.
When the Heart of Your Home Is in a Wall
While you might be discouraged to find that the very important heart of your home is found in a wall, it's important to realize that the heart is not a point in space, but rather a radiating, pulsating energy vortex. Its strength depends on many factors. Here are three tips to open and "liberate" the heart of your home.
- Move any heavy furniture, decor, any other obstructions away from the wall where the heart of your home or the center of your space is located. It is important to create as much free and open space as possible around this very important wall.
- Make sure the wall is in good condition, with no chips, scratches, or other damage. Repaint the wall, if needed, with a fresh coat of paint. You might even choose a paint color of either the earth element (earthy and sandy colors), or the fire feng shui element (red, coral, orange, yellow, etc.), as both these elements provide very nurturing energy for the heart of the home.
- Create a focal point that expresses the energy of beauty and love, using images or decor items that speak to you strongly of love and happiness. This can be a piece of large artwork, a display of various photos, a sculpture, a beautiful silk wall hanging, or similar item. Explore a variety of modern feng shui decor solutions for this very important wall, but be sure to avoid expressions of metal and wood elements in strong proportions. In simple terms, this means to avoid a strong presence of decor items made from metal or wood, as well as the colors of white, green or brown.