And one of my favourite sportsmen, Sir Geoffrey Boycott, swears it helped cure him of cancer:
"People who don't know anything about it say it is rubbish, but it worked for me – I'm alive!", he said.
What was he talking about?
The ancient Chinese art of feng shui.
You might be sceptical. But these are intelligent people.
Geoffrey is still going strong at 72 and my friend is extremely wealthy.
So shouldn't you at least consider it before you buy your next home?
The developer of the Vista del Mar in Phuket, Thailand claims his villas have perfect feng shui.
I’m no expert, so let’s have a look at some of the most important aspects of this ancient art...
1. Your house needs to have plenty of space around it, so clean, positive energy (chi) can flow into your home.
Plots at Vista del Mar are 400m2 to 810m2 with at least 10 metres between each villa, often more.
They have perfect Ming Tang - an open sea view at the front and mountain at the back.
2. The entrance to your home is essential.
That is because all the energy of your home comes through the front door.
Vista del Mar has wide doorways to help positive energy flow into the villa.
There are water features on either side of the entrance, to create a stronger energy flow into the house.
3. Your garden should be neat and tidy, but you should also have some natural areas with wild plants and vines.
It is important to have the five elements of feng shui; water, wood, fire, earth and metal, in the garden.
Vista del Mar use plenty of strong plants, such as bamboo, to bring youth, perseverance and good luck and Happiness for prosperity.
They also include a barbecue; it represents both fire and metal. It is also pretty handy when you are entertaining friends.
In feng shui, the inside of your home is just as important as the outside.
The direction the room's face, where you put your furniture and even the smallest decoration can all have a huge effect on your well-being.
4. Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It provides nourishment and helps bring wealth and prosperity.
The kitchens at Vista del Mar are simple and uncluttered.
Appliances are built-in, leaving worktops free and they have good lighting, to prevent accidents.
The hob is on a central island, so wherever you are in the kitchen you can see people as they come in.
5. Your bedroom is where you relax and sleep.
In feng shui, a well-designed bedroom can trap positive energy and bring prosperity and friendly relationships.
At Vista del Mar it is next to the living room, the best place according to feng shui.
The developer has made sure the bed does not face the door.
That would be the 'death position' - referring to the way you are carried out of the room when you die. Obviously that would be very bad feng shui.
Vista del Mar bedrooms face west. They get the relaxing rays of the setting sun, helping you get a good night's sleep.
The room is decorated in light, soft colours with white walls and floors. The wardrobes are natural wood.
The developer made sure there are no sharp objects pointing directly at the bed. These are known as 'poison arrows' in feng shui and are very bad luck.
6. Your bathroom is the room that creates wealth.
It should be clean and uncluttered, and have good natural light.
Here, Vista del Mar have a unique solution - a sky light under the Jacuzzi.
There are also large windows, to let in as much light as possible.
The Jacuzzi in the master suite adds energy and promotes a feeling of well-being, the very essence of feng shui.
Of course, there are many other things to consider, such as the direction your home faces and your own 'lucky' areas of the house.
The best thing is, at Vista del Mar they will custom design your home, so it matches your personal feng shui and with any luck bring plenty of health, wealth and happiness.
If you would like to know more about Vista del Mar, just drop me an email and I’ll send you all the info.
Or if you are in Phuket and you’d like to have a look yourself simply give me a call.
(C) OVGM Jan 2012
Article source - http://blog.phuketoceanvillas.com/
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