Today I devoted my day to the Garden Project. For the last week I’ve been emailing my friend Anna (my Feng-Shui advisor!) to confirm my first impressions and ideas on the entrance garden we will be working on in the first place (in fact, the women who work in the garden have already started clearing that area, which was quite bushy and neglected).
Just to give you a rough idea before we get straight to the matter in hand, Feng-Shui is about becoming aware of how the energy flows through the different areas of your house (which, in fact, represent the different areas of your life), in order to harmonize it doing some adjustments. It’s a way of becoming aligned with the natural flow of energy, of life.
The entrance to the International House is located to the East, in Feng-Shui the Thunder area. This area has to do with progress, with things that develop and grow full of vitality and activity; the energy is that of awakening, that of strong movement. This area is also related to family relationships and health.
Taking into account that we want this piece of garden to be a welcoming and protected area, an area that invites you to come in (because it’s the entrance), and also an area containing messages of progress, upward movement, new and alive energy, and qualities or things that we want to grow more of, I’ve been doing some research to find out what flowers have a message that matches these concepts. And here is what I found!
– New Creation (strong, lasting and fragant, it rises straight towards the sky) Polianthes tuberose, Tuberose
– Progress (this is why we are on earth) Catharanthus roseus, Madagascar periwinkle
– Protection (let us give ourselves entirely and sincerely to the divine and we shall enjoy His protection) Bougainvillea comm., Bougainvillea
– Aspiration for the right attitude (energic, willing, determined) Clerodendrum thomsoniae, Bag flower
– Peace in the cells (the indispensable condition for the body’s progress) Ixora thwaitesii, White ixora
– New birth (birth into the true consciousness, that of the Divine Presence in us) Origanum majorana, Sweet marjoram
– Successful future under the supramental influence (full of promise and joyful surprises) Gailardia pulchella, Indian blanket
– Victory (will triumph over all obstacles) Allamanda cathartica, Golden trumpet
I’m really excited about combining Feng-Shui and the Mother’s flower messages. I’ve known Feng-Shui for some years now and we have been applying it to the several houses we have lived in. The results are always so amazing that I can’t help being thrilled about it! Imagine if we add to that the consciousness of flowers! I’m just curious to see what’s going to happen with this powerful combination! Wow…
So back to the practical things, this morning I went to the Auroville Botanical Garden to check if they had any of the chosen flowers. There I met Santo, the person in charge of the nursery, and told him about our project. He kindly gave me some advice on what to do to the bougainvillea there is at the entrance gate of the International House and which doesn’t seem to be doing so well…, and he also confirmed they have one of the flowers I was looking for (“Peace in the cells”). Well, that’s a start.
When I got back home I realized that at the International House there are quite a lot of “Progress” plants, some of which could be easily transplanted. So that makes 3 already! And I’ll keep on searching…
By the way, in one of her emails, Anna told me that from March 4th to April 3rd it’s the best time of the year to work on the Thunder area. Isn’t that cool? I just love synchronicities! Yeah!!
And to close, let’s go back to Mother…
“Flowers are extremely receptive. All the flowers to which I have given a significance receive exactly the force I put into them and transmit it. People don’t always receive it because most of the time they are less receptive than the flower, and they waste the force that has been put in it through their unconsciousness and lack of receptivity. But the force is there, and the flower receives it wonderfully.”
The Mother, in “The Mother’s Flower Blessings”