Co-written by Michael and Robin Mastro
Vastu Shastra is the 7,000-year-old science of building that comes from the wisdom of the Vedas. Vastu predates feng shui and all known religion and is like yoga for the home. For thousands of years, homes, entire cities and some of the world’s most enduring structures have used Vatsu Shastra principles. Elements of Vastu can be seen in structures ranging from the Taj Mahal, to the Greek Parthenon, to the Roman Coliseum. Even the Egyptian and Mayan Pyramids display some tenets of Vastu. Just as yoga reduces stress in your body, Vastu reduces stress in the environment leading to increased success and productivity in all areas of life.
Vedic knowledge tells us that all things are made of the five elements of earth, air, water, fire and space. Ayurveda, the science of healing, comes from the same part of Vedic knowledge as Vastu Shastra. It aims to balance these five elements within your body for good health. Vastu complements Ayurveda by balancing the five elements in the body and balancing the body of your body: the environment. This reduces any physical and environmental stress you feel, which supports your success on all levels.
Vastu aligns your body and your home or workspace with two forces of nature: positive solar energy from the east and magnetic energy from the north. These two forces set up an electromagnetic grid system that covers the surface of the earth, similar to the longitudinal and latitudinal grid lines. We are all electromagnetic beings living in a sea of electromagnetic energy. Our nervous system is electric, and our blood contains iron, making us sensitive to electromagnetic changes in our environment.
Aligning your body and buildings to this earthly grid system allows nature to support you in all your endeavors, including the rays from the north and the east that support cellular growth. The rays coming from the south and west can be detrimental to your health. When a home or office is aligned with the forces of nature through the science of Vastu, you feel like you are swimming with the current of a river and not against it.
There are some simple ways to align your body to these two forces of nature. The direction you face when you work creatively (writing, artwork, cooking) can have an effect on the positive outcome of your endeavor. Facing east appears to improve creativity and digestion and promotes better health. Facing north is more conducive to analytical left-brain activities, like paying bills, doing accounting, math or any logic-based process. In general, Vastu says north and east are better directions for successful outcomes to your creative and logic-based projects than facing south or west.
Vastu also says the direction you sleep will affect whether or not you feel rested when you wake up. As stated above, our bodies are electromagnetic. The positive polarity is in your head and positive magnetic energy comes from the north. Sleeping with your headboard on a north, northwest or northeast wall is like bringing two positive ends of magnets together: they repel. This disturbs your sleep, digestion and circulation. Sleeping with the headboard in any direction except north, northwest or northeast promotes better sleep. If you are not feeling rested when you wake up, or have trouble sleeping, it makes sense to experiment sleeping in a different direction. If your bed cannot be moved, try sleeping on the opposite end for at least a few weeks to see if you get a better night’s rest.
A hospital study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that bipolar patients whose rooms were on the east side of a corridor exposed to morning light were released from treatment on an average 3.7 days earlier than patients in rooms that received only light in the evening from the west.
Positive solar and magnetic energy enter spaces through the northeast area of any home or workspace and move throughout the structure to settle and build in the southwest area. The energetic movement of these two combined forces benefits people living and working within the environment.
Unfortunately, as the energy moves through the building, it slows and becomes congested due to the shape of the structure and placement of elements. Stuck energy can create a buildup of stress that will affect different areas of your life, including health, career, finances and even relationships.
According to Vastu, energy moves most harmoniously in a rectangular or square structure. In nature, all five elements: earth, water, fire, air and space, are in balance. In a rectangular or square structure harmony between these elements also exists.
When a building or lot is not rectangular or square, the five elements will be out of balance. The result of this imbalance is environmental stress caused by any jogs, such as missing corners, cuts or extensions in the structure, similar to when water eddies and stagnant areas form at a bend in the river. This environmental stress impacts your life, affecting the way you think and feel.
The misplacement of openings, doors, windows, toilets, stoves, fireplaces, furnace, hot water tank, AC units, electric meters and clutter will also cause this energy to get stuck and create stress as it moves through your building. When buildings are built in alignment with the Vedic forces of nature or rectified by a certified Vastu practitioner, people living and working within them will enjoy success in their life, good health and productivity.
Much of the information presented in this blog comes from The Way of Vastu, by Michael and Robin Mastro, two of the foremost Western scholars, teachers and practitioners of the science of Vastu Shastra. The Mastros have been helping people reduce the stress in homes and workspaces, eliminating the need for remodeling or demolition, for over 40 years. Their individual and corporate clients experience more peace, productivity and success in all areas of life.