The Magical Thai Spirit House

Anyone viitsing Thailand will notice miniature buildings everywhere. net to stores, every house and regular size building. no it’s not for the borrowers (a children’s book about tiny people who live behind the walls of every home, borrowing our possessions. Meet the magical Thai Spirit House. If you travel to Thailand, do track one of these little items down. try the weekend market in Bangkok, as I did,  or ask the locals for their favourite store. Armchair travellers can find one here. the  the beauty of the the Thai Spirit house lies in the traditional beliefs of the people. THESE beliefs, while spiritual, revolve around protection from spirits to make the home a happy place. Not strictly a Buddhist practice, keeping the house requires devotion. in fact it’s a tiny shrine to the spirit of your home, to keep it happy. all you need is fresh flowers and incense. If that clashes with your own religious beliefs, you can simply add images from your own culture. I was moved to have mine blessed by a monk at the nearest Was or temple. When in Thailand.. I also found a few small figurines, meant to represent the happy inhabitants of my home. I managed to find a store in Bangkok which sold tiny wooden fruit, meant as an offering. I’ve not set up my house yet. In fact, I don’t have a house, like many big city dwellers. As I’m about to move, it seems like a great time to think of these things. Like good placement and Feng Shui, even predecessor energy can be very important.  I was told once, when painting a room, to first paint positive words or phrases on the walls, then finish the whole room in the same colour paint, so the words would be invisible. this kind of magic or blessing is easy to improvise yourself. For more advanced energy work, hire a Feng Shui professional, or read about space clearing yourself.Goldfish Picture - Five Minute Feng Shui

Lucky goldfish, another good symbol for the home in Thailand, with monks and angels.

Malai Rotsaniyom: Be More Malai

Malai, or flower wreath, sewn together by flower sellers at night, and bought fresh every morning and hung from car mirrors, door handles and home shrines. As the designer of Rotsaniyom told me, even the young find tradition very important.

before even packing my things to move, I’ve been marie rondo-ing all my stuff in sasdvance. why wait till it all piles up in future/ I've recycled so many bags of clothes in stores which give a discount for every beg go textiles brought i. No surprise that these are Scandi stores: H&M sand all their progeny, like Cheap Monday, and & Other Stories are very keen recyclers, with a zero-waste policy, which I saw everywhere when living for a time in Sweden. Every Commune or housing development has its own garbage disposal centre where items are divided into different rooms and bins by tenants. It’s quite fun actually, making one feel part of the solution. I even heard that they are so efficient at waste recycling that some Scandinavian counties have to actually buy waste from other counties, in order to build land for houses, literally landfill.

SO that’s a Scandinavian way of living in harmony with nature. the The spirit house is the Thai way. these beliefs may seem a little strange to some, but really they are no different to making an altar, which we all do, with flowers and pictures of loved ones or special objects, like crystals. Time to make your own traditions, or allow other to guide you into blending and concocting your own practices. Many gurus and spiritual figures I’ve seen advise us not to leave our own beliefs or even lack of belief: simply be kind. Sound advice indeed. Start with creating a loving atmosphere around you and welcoming the energy of your home; a kind of higgle, if you will. While mumbo jumbo is not required to create a happy home, it is magical, the difference a small effort can make.