Your heart is the supreme ruler of your body, mind and spirit. Think of it as the emperor or empress and your body as the palace residence of all three entities. The heart function is a trifold system in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and we can draw meaningful analogies between our heart and our home. A feng shui diagnosis will reveal whether you are blessed with all the optimum features of a healthy home.
In the trinity of comparison, there is the organ, the heart itself, with its chambers, muscles and blood vessels. In your home, the heart space is the area where the most important activities take place. It could have the family room or great room; it could also be a large eat-in kitchen. It's the place where people gather and enjoy togetherness.
TCM recognizes the importance of the Heart Protector, the Pericardium which is the membrane that surrounds and protects the heart. In feng shui we consider safety and protection one of the primary prerequisites for a healthy home. Your heart space is usually centrally located and is surrounded by the extremities which are the buffer zones that protect the inner sanctuary. These could be the main entry area with the foyer, the garage, the mud room, the porch or veranda, sometimes an office or media room and a deck.
The third and significant aspect of TCM's heart trilogy is the Triple Heater which is not an organ or physical part like the heart, but rather the vital stream of energy and circulation that connotes all body parts to the central function. Chinese medicine as well as feng shui is always concerned with blockages or obstacles that may interfere with harmonic flow or qi and thus disrupt connectivity.
All three parts, the heart, the Heart Protector, and the Triple Heater resonate with the fire element and are responsible for a positive outlook on life and its joyful participation in surroundings and activities. In esoteric belief systems, the divine spirit lives in the heart which maintains the emotional connections between humanity and the divine.
The fire element in its capacity to rise and expand is responsible for emotional well-being and all perceptions of love and joy in all of what we do and experience. Additional helpers in guiding our emotional roller coaster are the small intestine on the inside and the ears and tongue which are the ports that connect to the outside. The small intestine separates pure from impure and truth from untruth and that causes us “to have a gut feeling” in judging questionable situations.
The emotional connector between the heart and the brain is the vagus nerve. Recent scientific research has revealed that “vagal tone” is a measure of our capacity to connect with other people. Neuroscience has also discovered that neuroplasticity is responsible for recording and molding our habits and for leaving imprints in our physical makeup. They have discovered that variations in our heart rate reveal the strength of our brain-heart connection. Tao connections, as we recognize in feng shui, are there before extremely important in maintaining our physical-emotional health. The triumvirate of our heart function will rely on tao connections to influence the “genomics” of our home.
Since external influences from the fire element are stronger during the summer season, feng shui recommends a healthy balance to avoid the dangers of overheating the system. Our feng shui tips are designed to protect and shield the triumvirate of the heart from negative influences, ie “sha qi” of excessive fire. The Triple Heater senses the “vibes” of external heat and sends a message to all viscera and connective tissue. Our home, ie the Heart Protector, is the safe refugee where we can flee to and find shelter from the excess tumult of summer activities.
Feng shui tips for the triumvirate of the heart:
• Avoid excess of any kind
• Seek shelter, a shade tree, a parasol, a wide-brim hat, a tiki hut, a portico or any other protection from the scorching summer sun.
• Use sun block to protect your skin from burning.
• Use plenty of moisture after sun exposure.
• Select cooling nutrition, ie salads, cold soups, fruit, refreshing smoothies, and lots of water.
• Since excessive fire can raise blood pressure, chose cooling colors and fabrics for your summer home environment. Earth colors will gently reduce the fire effect while the water element in colors and patterns will keep fire under control.
• If you feel that your psyche would benefit from occasional fire input, carefully chose accent colors or fresh blossoms to boost your passions.
• Clear the heart space from all threatening or undesirable objects or images.
• Check the geometric center of your floor plan and clear away debris and clutter.
• The tai ji, or great great as it is called in feng shui, should be identifiable by special demarcation, ie a light, a crystal or a special object.
• And remember that pets and animal prints are always your direct connection to the fire element.