Feng shui and infrared lamps
Feng Shui is the ancient geomantic art of Taoist China that considers various aspects of the home in order to make it more livable. The stress we are subjected to in our daily activities is forcing the rediscovery of certain principles for a healthier life. In light of this it might be somewhat surprising to know that the use of infrared lamps follows some of the principles of Feng Shui. Which? Let’s find out.
- Why Feng Shui today?
- Feng Shui: basic principles of a home
- The infrared lamp and Feng Shui: a surprising correlation
Why Feng Shui today?
In recent years, the hectic pace imposed by today’s society has led to a re-evaluation of paces and styles of life that are more harmonious and respectful of man as a whole. In light of this, many Eastern philosophies and practices such as Buddhism and yoga have experienced unprecedented popularity. Among these is Feng Shui. Very similar to Western geomancy, it is a discipline considered auxiliary to architecture and takes into consideration psychic and astrological aspects.
The origins of this discipline are very ancient and date back to the Neolithic period (3000 BC). There are no pre-established texts or doctrines to follow, but there are different schools. The two most important are: San Yuan Pai and San He Pai.
Feng Shui makes it possible to locate the right place to build a house, determine its orientation according to the cardinal points, and to modulate the interior to meet precise specifications. The ultimate goal is to create a home that is as much in line as possible with the “energy” needs of man.
Feng Shui: basic principles of a home
Feng Shui means “wind and water”. These two elements, being indispensable for life, determine the healthiness of a place. Alongside this basic cardinal principle there are 5 elements, each of which corresponds to a cardinal point: fire indicates brightness, creativity, spirit and warmth (south); the earth symbolizes nutrition and health (north-east/south-west); metal, financial assets (north-west/west); water is associated with rest and interiority (north); wood recalls inventions and trade (east/south-west).
Feng Shui maintains that inside a house there are certain “directions” that are better for each activity, as well as for furniture, objects and their color. Everything should be as harmonized as possible with the 5 elements mentioned above.
A house, to take full advantage of its potential, should have a regular shape (square or rectangular), have tall plants that protect it to the east, plants that are low in the west, a hill to the north and have the south wall exposed to sunlight.
The 5 elements and their characteristics determine the activities to be performed in each area of the house. Rest will be better with the head facing north (water) and the feet facing south, the kitchen facing north-east or south-west (earth), and so on.
So what is the common thread that links Feng Shui to infrared lamps?
The infrared lamp and Feng Shui: a surprising correlation
Today it is not possible, due to economic issues and scarce availability of building land, to build a house from scratch that fully respects the geomantic principles of Feng Shui. On the other hand, with modern technology, it is easier to harmonize the interiors and systems in the home. In light of this, infrared lamps are a very useful tool. Although at first glance we might be surprised by the correlation between Feng Shui and infrared lamps, this has its own precise logic.
First of all, infrared heating uses simple electromagnetic waves that turn into heat in contact with a body. These waves are completely natural and not at all harmful (electromagnetic waves are also emitted by the sun). Many studies to date confirm that infrared rays strengthen immune defenses and increase vascularization (better blood circulation, with benefits for the skin, muscles and tissues). Infrared lamps are a totally natural heating method, which has obvious beneficial effects, following the principles of Feng Shui to the letter in not altering the balance of our body. The heat emitted by an infrared lamp has a very precise color, in the red/orange spectrum, i.e. the color of fire. Not surprisingly, in Feng Shui fire and red indicate a good state of physical fitness.
Furthermore, the infrared lamp follows the principles of Feng Shui both for its function and for the way in which it operates. The function of infrared heating is to emit heat and warm up people and environments, making spaces more livable: the same characteristics that Feng Shui attributes to the element of fire. An infrared lamp emits energy, in the form of heat, in a uniform and continuous manner, without generating harmful substances, and is able to sustain a high energy level for long periods. Again, in Feng Shui, fire has these characteristics. In fact, in the interaction of Ying and Yang, during the five phases of energy, fire represents the energy that flows with constancy and uniformity, without producing negative elements.
Another principle behind Feng Shui is the aesthetic aspect of the interiors of one’s home. These must be as sober and pleasing as possible and must not interfere with the surrounding environment. Infrared lamps, today, seem more and more like real works of art, thanks to their harmonious lines. They are now pleasant and discreet pieces of furniture, which do not obstruct the view, fully respecting the dictates of Feng Shui.
Finally, as mentioned earlier, the ultimate goal of Fen Shui is to improve the lifestyle of man by bringing economic and psycho-physical wellbeing, thanks to the rediscovery of natural principles. Infrared heating shares the same basic principles and objectives. Infra-red lamps are, in fact, an affordable choice from an economic point of view and are also an ecological choice. With less heat dispersion, there is a considerable saving in costs, there is no dispersion of energy and there is no emission in the air of greenhouse gases. A totally natural type of heating.
The initial question thus has a clear and obvious answer: infrared lamps follow many of the principles of Feng Shui and, in the hectic lives we lead, they are an undoubted added value for our well-being.