Can you believe its June already? On June 21st we will reach the mid point of the year – the summer solstice, the longest day of the year extreme yang, expanding energy. Then we begin the journey back again toward extreme yin, contracting energy on December 21st, the shortest day. Mother nature shows us that everything is a balance between yang growing energy and yin receding energy.
At the centre of this expansion and contraction we need to retain our own sense of centring and balance. In feng shui, the central core of our homes represents this central hub of the wheel of our lives. This is the stable centre from which balance radiates to every area of our lives.
This central core of our living space, is, therefore, crucial to radiating light and balance into every area of our lives. Keeping it free from physical and mental clutter (in the form of things to do, imagery which drags us down etc.) will set us free to enjoy lightness of spirit and joy. This is where we have the opportunity to create focus vs confusion. Like the open palm of a hand ready to give and receive, this area needs to feel open and bright, ready for new possibilities to emerge. Space in which to breath-in new life and possibilities.
The essence of the word “home” is a place of sanctuary, where we feel nested, supported and held. Having worked with aromatherapy oils for 30 years, I have found them invaluable in providing a sense of connection to space instantly. Scent brings you right back into memory, into feeling, connecting us with a particular emotion. It can transport us to another place and time. We all have personal associations with scent in the same way as we have with colour.
There are a myriad oils to choose from and it is important to find the right one for the right time, but there are a few that work particularly well in this area of the bagua in my experience. They include:-
This essential oil has been treasured almost since the beginning of time. Dedicated to the sun god RA in ancient Egypt, it has an association with the solar plexus chakra, at our central core – our “gut-reaction” centre. Sweet and dry with an apple-like tinge, camomile is warming and calming.
Fresh and crisp, lemon is excellent when feeling sluggish or stuck in a rut. It was used in ancient times to perfume clothes and repel insects. Said to stimulate our immune system, it sharpens our focus, clarifies and uplifts. It brings in sunshine, joy and boosts self esteem,
lemon is uplifting and anti-depressant
To learn more about the use of essential oils to enhance the essential energy or feng shui of your home, join us in October for our workshop.