It’s almost as if the world is intentionally trying to pull us away from ourselves and our true home in the here and now. Our need for shelter and places we feel safe is high, yet often we can’t find peace even in our own home.
Ironically, it can be quite simple to transform our home into exactly what we need. It doesn’t require a big budget, professionals or anything outside of ourselves. Infact, we are our own experts when it comes to ‘home alchemy’. Over many years, I have explored this term as a way to describe the transformation (alchemy) when we come home to our inner and outer world. Essentially it’s a self care practice, made up of tools that are personally meaningful.
In my toolkit, I draw on things like feng shui, natue (essential oils, crystals, flower essences, herbs etc), shamanism and energy healing such reiki, clearing/dowsing techniques to name a few. Another important tool is less tangible – discernment. Sometimes it is more about what I don’t allow in my space than what I do.
These are some tools I use to keep my home base resilient and refreshing to me. However, I always advocate finding your personal formula rather than following someone else’s.
Having said that, I recently found myself (a student of feng shui for over 20 years) defaulting back to it for assistance.
Rather out of the blue I’ve had a significant health matter/jaw issue. I’ve been working through it with a number of specialists and remembered a book I have on using feng shui to disarm illness and accelerate recovery.
Curious, I looked up my health matter and sure enough there is a door configuration that in feng shui terms, specifically correlates to TMJ issues. A rather uncommon and annoying door configuration that I had noticed in my current space and that was also in my previous home!
In case you aren’t aware, feng shui is one of the 8 branches of traditional chinese medicine (which includes meditation, exercise, diet, cosmology, feng shui, bodywork, herbal medicine, and acupuncture). It’s not usual for there to be connections like this. Thankfully, there was a simple fix (I literally took one of the doors down) and am now on the path to recovery.
If you are navigating a specific health challenge, it might be worth exploring if feng shui is something you’d like to add to your own home alchemy toolkit.