How to Transform Difficult Spaces

I want to talk about a  way you can resolve those difficult spaces in your home that don’t feel right and where no one wants to spend any time.

This method also awakens natural forces to create healing energy in your life.  The forces are powerful and are based  on ancient understandings of natural harmony and balance in the world.   When you use this understanding in your home, your spaces begin to feel much better and dramatic shifts can occur in both the energy of your home and in you. They bring you into alignment.

There are many, many ways you can draw on natural  ways of promoting wellbeing in your environment.  For instance you can use the 5 elements of  Feng Shui or use Environmental Space Clearing.

But this way is particularly powerful.  It uses a specific kind of ratio to organise and design your spaces. This ratio is known as  The Divine Proportion or The Golden Mean.

It occurs over and over again in nature and in our world.   It can be found in the arrangement of musical sequences, and architectural formulas dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans.  It can even be seen in the human form.

Pythagoras, philosopher and mathematician, observed it in nature, realising that certain proportions appeared everywhere. One of the most common ways the principle can be seen is in the conch shell where each section has the same shape and proportion as the one next to it.  

The Ratio of this divine proportion is 1: 1.618. When it is used, the object or space, feels right and gives us an enormous sense of satisfaction.

The same proportions can we can see reflected in the human body. Each part of the human body conforms to these proportions 1:1.618. Even a part, like a hand or an arm, conforms.

 

Give   Difficult Spaces a Magical Feel

Pythagoras realised that these same proportions could be used in the design of a building because they were aesthetically appealing to human beings. He was the one who calculated the proportion and came up with the ratio 1:618.   He believed it was responsible for generating harmony and a divine sense of unity, hence the name divine proportions.  Ancient cultures used them in buildings which today have a powerful, magical feel. The Parthenon, The Taj Mahal, The Pyramid of Cheops all comply with this ratio and have a sense of balance and beauty.

Artwork that uses the principle has a timeless appeal.

The Divine Proportion for Rooms That Don’t feel Right

If a room just doesn’t work for you in your home and you don’t know why, or it’s a room that no one wants to spend time in, it may just be that applying the golden mean, or the divine proportion is  exactly what you need to make all the difference.

How do I Calculate The Divine Proportion?

The divine proportion is a calculation you can do easily. It’s particularly good to use when you have a long room that is difficult to arrange with furniture and other decorative objects.

Measure the width of a room. Multiply this width by 1.618.

This gives you the natural length. Yes length, to match this width.

The room will be longer than this natural length but the idea is to place furniture or the edges of rugs, decorative objects, plants and art work, to emphasise the natural division of the room.  You are effectively creating ‘two rooms’, one which is the divine proportion and one with the remainder.

In this image  from Feng Shui for the Soul by  Denise Lin you can see how the divine proportion has been set up by a couple who felt ‘squeezed and constricted’ by the proportions of a long skinny room before they applied the calculation.

After identifying the natural length, the owners moved furniture, rugs and plants to emphasise it and even painted the divine proportion of the room, a different colour. The dotted line shows the natural length after the ratio was applied. Each part is a separate room without a wall, but with a clear delineation.

If you don’t want to do the calculation yourself,  you can use the following website to calculate the ratio. You might have a different kind of problem but the website can help you divide up any length. Even a part of the whole can be divided, using this calculation.

http://www.miniwebtool.com/golden-section-calculator/?n1=330&n2=&n3=&n4=

You can apply this principle to your desk. Here is mine. After doing the calculation, the division is created by the edge of the pink tray and the right hand side edge of the yellow and orange tile. The dotted green line shows you the division.

The divine proportion even helps you design your garden. Using arrangements of pots, hedges, garden furniture, gates and arches you can divide up spaces such as long narrow spaces, to create resonance and harmony.

 

Would like to find out more about how to revitalise your rooms and learn how to create  a sense of safety, love and harmony?

I am runnng WORKSHOPS called FENG SHUI ROOM BY ROOM  in September. You can check them out by clicking here.

 

 

the parthenon- goldennumber.net

arm- www2.rgu.ac.uk

The Mona Lisa- hongkiat.com