Luminous Spaces and the Power of Presence
by Maureen K. Calamia
What I have found, in my years of practicing Feng Shui and living in this abundant, beautiful world, is that the pain and suffering in our lives is mostly attributed to the inability to truly see and connect with the abundant beautiful world around us. For many of us, our daily grind has taken over our lives and we are no longer living in the present.
We’ve heard many others talk about presence, like Eckhart Tolle in his landmark book The Power of Now. I read this book a few months ago, while my book Creating Luminous Spaces was going through its last round of edits. And Wow! I thought. I need to write another book to integrate my new train of thought into my work!
And yet, I have covered some of this in my work. The act of connecting to the natural world requires our presence – body, mind, and spirit. And in that connection, we become one with our environment, our surroundings, the earth we live upon, the earth we gaze upon, the earth we absorb through all of our animated senses. We become fully alive and engaged. We become our authentic selves again.
I hope you enjoy this excerpt from my book, Creating Luminous Spaces: Use the Five Elements for Balance and Harmony in Your Home and in Your Life. It takes me back to my precious moments of presence.
A luminous space is a place that is restorative and nurturing. It is a place that emits a light from within. It’s a place that feels like home and is secure and safe. It is a place you have affection for. It’s playful and inspirational as well as where you can breathe and expand your vision. A luminous space is full of vitality and life. A luminous space supports you in achieving your highest goals and igniting your personal power. Pristine nature contains the highest quality of energy available. Some call this light or luminosity. For thousands of years, our ancestors intuitively sought out luminous places to create villages and habitats. This land had abundant clean water, good quality soil, and mountains and hills to offer protection from harsh winds and approaching enemies. This land had rich, healthy vegetation and wildlife. It had vitality and all the conditions for a thriving human settlement.
Nature also has a hidden intrinsic power that gives it luminosity. Nature contains a sacred geometry of mathematical ratios, harmonics, and proportion. Patterns are evident in everything from seashells and trees to butterflies and flowers. These patterns are also found in music and light, throughout the human body, and throughout the universe. By studying these patterns, ancient humans found ways to incorporate this wisdom into sacred buildings, music, artwork, and sculpture. Some of these patterns are still incorporated into consciously constructed buildings today. Luminous spaces engage the senses in a positive experience. They possess natural harmony, are often awe-inspiring, and allow for direct connection with the heavens. They are places where the heartbeat of the Earth is palpable and resonates with our body, mind, and spirit. For millennia people have talked about the “light” that shines from those experiencing higher consciousness. It is often depicted as the halos above saints, prophets, and deities. Some people can see this light, or aura, emanate from trees, plants, other living things, and even objects. Most of us don’t actually see the light, but we can often still sense it or the lack of it.
Artificial spaces can sometimes be luminous. Sacred places such as churches and temples typically have a higher energy and luminosity. However, the standard home or building is usually not a luminous space. Our homes should be places of sanctuary and restoration. They should be places where we can develop and set out to accomplish our hopes and dreams. Our homes should be sacred, and therefore we should treat them with the care they deserve. Imagine walking in darkness and struggling to find your way. The light, as in religious scripture, can show you the way. It can enlighten you and clarify your direction. Although light is often used as a metaphor, it is also a real thing. You can learn to feel the light in things around you. You can enhance your ability to see the invisible—or rather, what was invisible before.
If you want to increase your energy, your sense of well- being and peace, consider the significance of your home environment. Our homes are a reflection of ourselves and absorb a large part of our identity. They illustrate to us where we are and how we feel about life. They are our refuge from the stress of daily life. Gain a new perspective and identify how you can raise the quality of light in your home to ignite your true nature and personal power.