Today, our modern cities are testaments to a chaotic world of unbridled growth. Electromagnetic stresses, pollution, and negative vibrational energy currents plague us to a degree that is unprecedented in human history. These conditions hardly seem conducive to carving sacred spaces out of our steel and iron jungle. However, by using the science of yoga and the wisdom of the ancients, it is possible to create a space of harmony in our own homes.
While yoga restores the flow of Ch’i through our bodies, the same yogic practices can also create balance, flow, prosperity and peace in our homes. Below are some simple Yogic principles to help bring harmony and balance into our homes:
Clear the Clutter: One of the first steps in any yogic practice is to clear and still the mind. This allows us to align with the Source of our Being. Similarly, when we clear our homes of external clutter, we allow the vibrations of a natural order to permeate our surroundings.
Breath: The cosmic breath is the rhythm of life itself. The cycles of the seasons represent the inhale and exhale of Life. By synchronizing our home activities with the cycles of nature, we align ourselves with the natural pulsation of Life.
Movement: In yoga, certain movements of the body can stimulate the production of certain hormones, and restore the flow of Ch’i in the body. Likewise, homes that incorporate aspects of sacred movement will rejuvenate the environment. For instance, in properties containing labyrinths, there is a curious absence of negative earth energy currents. Similarly, rituals such as sacred dance, like the twirling of the Sufi dances, when done with awareness and intention, can transform the negative vibrational energies in an environment.
Balance: Creating a balance of mind, body and spirit in our homes is achieved by paying attention to the five elements. Become mindful that your home has a balanced representation of each of the elements as a balanced home will bring its inhabitants into balance.
Sound: Nada Yoga means “union through sound” — the ancient art of inner transformation through sound and tone. When we offer sound as vibrational medicine for our homes, the result is a harmonizing of our environment with that “music of the spheres.” Throughout the world, temples have employed sound to vibrate heaven into the sacred meridians of the earth.
Form: The asanas of yoga were first devised to mirror the forms in nature. In so doing, our bodies and minds were put into tune with that natural order. The same is true of architecture that patterns the harmonics found in Nature. Nature does not have straight angles, it flows in curves and spirals, and so when we see examples of spirals, like a winding staircase, or the flow of water in a waterfall, we feel an instant harmony in environments that pattern Nature. Certain mathematical harmonics attuned to Nature achieve similar results. The architectural harmonizing with nature has been a main focus in the building of cathedrals and temples throughout the world.
Ceremony: In yoga, the yajnas, or fire sacrifices, are a ceremonial bridge between the inner and outer worlds, between human and the divine. Fire transforms all things into their most subtle essence. The simple ritual of placing a problem at the fire of a candle each night relieves the mind of the problem. Rituals dedicated to the divine fire, are known to purify the environment on physical as well as subtle levels. By harmonizing the vibrations of our space, and creating sacredness among the mundane, we can transform our homes into sanctuaries of harmony.
Christan Hummel is the creator of the “Do It Yourself Space Clearing Kit” and an international lecturer and workshop leader. She has taught thousands around the world how to create sacred space in their homes and cities through connecting with the divine in nature and ourselves. For information visit: http://www.earthtransitions.com