“Every home is imbued with the consciousness of its tenant.” – Deepak Chopra, New York Times, October 20, 2013
“If you are a writer or any kind of artist, if you change something as fundamental as where you live – the way you live – then I think you change the very instrument that is trying to make the art” – Dani Shapiro, New York Times, October 27, 2013
I was so inspired when I read these two quotes because they encapsulated so concisely two main things I think of (and feel for) when I look at homes. I have no doubt that how we live our daily lives leaves an energetic imprint on the living space and that the configuration of our space as well as the external/environmental conditions surrounding the space impacts our relationships to our inner and outer selves.
As a real estate professional, I see lots and lots of houses. One of the services I provide my clients is to preview homes on their behalf so that clients don’t waste time looking at houses that don’t live up to the potential of their photographs (just as some people on online dating websites post information and photos that do not accurately represent who they are, photos of houses often only tell part of the story). And I’m not just looking at the stats and criteria; I’m looking (or more accurately, feeling) for something a little more. To me, there is no denying that some houses just have better energy and that’s something I take into consideration. Which is not to say that the energy is fixed; it is possible to clear the energy of a space (maybe through burning sage or incense, or chanting mantras and playing sacred music, or hiring vastu or feng shui experts, or various other possibilities, depending on personal preference and what’s going on in the space). And certainly anyone who meditates or engages in any kind of spiritual practice over a sustained period of time in the same space knows very well how those practices shifts the energy of the space, imbuing it with a powerful energetic charge.
Just as a space is imbued with the energy of its occupants, the space in turn can influence occupants in such a way that a greater commitment to wellness practices may be encouraged, a deeper connection to creativity may be fostered, and work/life balance may be more easily attained. That’s the flow of a specific dwelling as well as the location in which it is situated. Part of us getting more connected to our inner selves and tapping into our wisdom is learning how to identify what kind of space we need and being attuned to when our needs change.
Again, let me quote Deepak Chopra: “We [Chopra and his wife] have a big house that overlooks the ocean. It’s idyllic. You can walk on the beach and see the dolphins, and to a visitor that would be amazing. But to me at my state of life, I can get almost brain-dead after a while. I need the stimulus of the city to keep my mind dynamic.” (NYT Oct. 20, 2013)
Sometimes we need to be closer to nature, sometimes we need to be in a more urban environment. When we are aware and true to ourselves, we know which kind of environment we need to bring the balance we want in our bodies, mind and spirit.
How do you cultivate energy in your home? When you look at houses, do you feel for their energy? What have you observed about the relationship between the energy of your living space and the wellness of your being, the flow of your creativity, the ability to access and follow your dreams?