There is a phenomenon in Feng Shui that occurs when we are too close to a thing to see it clearly. We become blind to the things that we notice in our daily surroundings and that is one of the benefits of hiring a professional to analyze a space. A Feng Shui consultant is able to see the items that have become invisible to our clients. We are not attached so these things pop out at us. I know all this and yet, I recently noticed something in my own home that I had never noticed before. As is usually the case, now that I have made the connection, I have made a swift and non-negotiable decision to let them go.
It occurred to me recently that I have been taking the same artwork along with me to every single place that I have lived since my divorce way back in 2002. One of my favorites was of two Japanese cranes hand-painted on silk. In East Asia, cranes are symbols of love, happiness, marital fidelity and longevity that mate for life.
Each time I moved, I made sure to hang the cranes in one of the many relationship areas that can be found in a home, and I have always loved it. I felt like it was a beautiful symbol of what I should want, a permanent mate for life. I say it is something that I feel like I should want because this is the message that society teaches and preaches. We should want to get married, have a family and grow old together. Coming from parents who divorced when I was five, and then getting divorced myself, this idea of relationships has often felt just out of reach for me.
One day, I was standing near the kitchen and for the first time, I noticed the stark dichotomy of the art on my walls. On the wall opposite the cranes was a framed poster of a whimsical drawing of the Patron Saint of the Kitchen, also known as San Pasqual. This piece has been in my kitchen as a faithful companion almost as long as the cranes. However, for the first time, I actually looked at the scene with fresh eyes. I don’t know a lot about monks, but I do know that they do not typically get married or have intimate partnerships.
In the print, the monk is standing in the doorway of the kitchen, looking outward away from the viewer with a halo of sorts around his head. The kitchen behind him is full of pies, fresh loaves of bread and cats. The cranes and the monk do not go together. They are sending mixed messages about this area of my life. It was truly a holy shit kind of moment! It’s times like these that I just really get goosebumps about the power of Feng Shui. It reflects the subconscious like no other healing system I know.
Within moments, I had taken San Pasqual off the wall. As much as I like my alone time, I am not interested in being the poster child of pious solitude. It has been a few weeks since San Pasqual left. I can already feel the shift. At first, the walls looked forlorn and empty. Now, they are like a clean slate where anything is possible. The beauty of life is that we are the creators of it. We are not at the mercy of the unfortunate events that have led up to this moment in our personal evolution. Feng Shui is powerful medicine when you are ready to shine a light on your shadow self. Are you ready?
Do you have a patio at your home or apartment? Are you curious how to make it a positive part of your home’s overall Feng Shui? Patios can be problematic if we don’t make the most of them. A patio in this particular discussion is one that has a covered roof above it. When the patio is covered it is often included as part of the roofline of your living structure, which means it is also part of the Feng Shui bagua of your home. Just because it is outside, does not mean that it is separate. Let me say it in another way, the patio is just as important as any other part of your home. Whatever you do, don’t disregard it.
If you are in a house, the covered patio is most likely in the back. If you live in a condo or apartment, it could be in the back, on the side or in the front. Without getting too technical, let me give you a few tips that will be helpful regardless of its location:
One of the things that will help the most when it comes to a patio, is to actually use it. Sounds logical right? However, you would be surprised at how many people shun that part of their home. One of my recent remote clients was exactly in that group. She flat out refused to put outdoor furniture on her patio even though in her case, it would have been very helpful for her relationships. She did do a few things that I suggested, but she was not willing to commit to going outside to enjoy the outdoors from her patio. So the first step is to use your patio.
Second, because it is outside and not something you will use as frequently as you indoor spaces, I suggest that you invite nature to use the patio when you can’t. Hanging a bird feeder on your patio is a great way to keep the chi active. If you don’t like seed feeders, try feeding the hummingbirds or leaving a little pile of acorns or peanuts for the squirrels. Animals represent the fire element, and their activity on your patio will keep the chi circulating, even when you are not there to use it.
Third, keep it clean. Many people treat their outdoor spaces as a storage area for overflowing garbage, a catch-all for kids toys, gardening tools, & unused flower pots, to name a few. Some other items that I have recently seen on my neighbor’s patios are rotting dog beds, broken furniture, brooms, and dirt-covered knick knacks of all sorts.
A patio can be a place to unwind at the end of a long day with a glass of wine or at the beginning of the day with your trusty pooch and a hot cup of coffee. If you can find a way to make your patio space colorful and inviting, you will be amazed at the benefits it will provide.
First off, let me apologize for the 1 1/2 year vacation I took from writing this blog. I guess you could say I’ve been making some changes to the way that I share my knowledge on Feng Shui, and I needed a little break from writing about it. At any rate, I am back and ready to write! P.S. You may have noticed that I also changed the name on the blog to my actual business name instead of Feng Shui Girl in the City. Once upon a time, I was trying to link my title to the success of the show Sex in the City, but nowadays, I just want to share my knowledge without all the hype!
Today, I had the entire afternoon with nothing scheduled. I’d been wanting to do my annual space clearing ritual for a few weeks, but it wasn’t until today that I felt like the time was right. One of the tools that I use to determine “rightness” is from the World of Feng Shui website. It offers a calendar with the most auspicious dates for marriage, but I use these dates for everything from space clearing, to buying a house and last but not least, for making big furniture-placement changes.
Another resource that I use for this ritual is from the Pensacola Paranormal Society. They have a wonderful space clearing prayer that I like to recite when I clear each area of my home. I have asked their permission in the past to share from their site, and I will make sure to give a full link to it as well.
If you have never done a space clearing, let me start by saying that there are many different ways to get it done. One of the most common is to burn sage; however, the method I am about to share is my personal favorite. It is an epsom salt space clearing, and I have had a lot of success with it. There are a few things that you will need in order to get started. First, you need a pyrex bowl. I got mine from Goodwill because I knew I was going to ruin it, and didn’t want to spend much on it. You will also need some sort of trivet or bricks to place under the Pyrex bowl. This will ensure that you do not burn a hole in your floor, so make sure you don’t skip this step. Other ingredients include plain epsom salt, 91% isopropyl alcohol, and a lighter or extended fire clicker.
Once you have your auspicious day, another way to add benefit to the process is to do it between the times of 11 – 1 in the a.m. or the p.m. The way I would describe this is to say that it is something of a doorway or a time when there are less energetic disruptions. When I am moving furniture or doing anything else Feng Shui related, I try to do it during this free zone, although that isn’t always possible. It just so happened that for this space clearing, I was able to honor this part of the recipe.
If you have a two-story home, you will want to start downstairs and work your way upstairs. This time, I decided to simplify the process. Instead of doing the salt burn in all nine (9) areas of the bagua, downstairs and up, I mentally divided each floor into four (4) areas. This entire process took me over 3 hours, so you can imagine how long it would take to do it 9 times on the bottom floor and 9 times on the top. Now that we have all the little details covered, here’s the way to begin:
Say your prayer for protection and intention. Here is the one I used from the Pensacola Paranormal Society.
“Mother, Father, God, I command that all negative energy and energy that is not condusive to my well-being be removed through this process. If there are any attached spirits to this home, I evoke Archangel Michael to use his sword to remove them and their tie to this place. I ask for your protection and guidance in the process. Thank you, it is done, it is done, it is done!”(pensacolaparanormalsociety.com/heavy_cleansing.php)
Once you have said your prayer, you are ready to go. Put a layer of the epsom salt in the fireproof bowl, cover it completely, but don’t drown it, with the alcohol, and light it up. Just for fun, I decided to time the duration of the flames and photograph the results. Some areas seemed to take much longer, and some were done in less than 15 min. The amount of black residue on top of the salt at the end of the burn is supposed to represent the amount of negative energy present that has been burned away. It would seem that certain areas of my home had way more negative energy than others! The good news is that after this process, my entire home feels purified and energetically clean.
One other thing that I did this time around, was to stare into the flames and focus on each life area with a specific intention. Alternatively, you can think about the things that aren’t working in your life and give them to the flames to be transformed. The part that I love the most, is the photographs. The images that emerge within the flames are sometimes a little spooky, but always interesting. It reminds me of cloud-watching and how a single cloud can look different depending on the person watching it.
After the first burn has stopped completely, move your bowl and trivet to the next area, add another layer of salt and alcohol, say your prayer, and light that layer. I suggest that you have one bowl for the bottom floor and one bowl for the top floor. After you have completed all four areas downstairs, and the bowl has cooled, you will need to flush the salt mixture into the toilet. This can be a little bit daunting because it will be as hard as a brick. Just add a small amount of water, stab it with a fork to break it up, and flush a little at a time into the toilet until it is all gone.
I’ve heard it said that when the flames leap very high and seem to be dancing, that it is a clear sign that there is spirit energy on the site. I do not claim to know this for certain, and I could not find anything on the internet to corroborate this, but I wanted to mention it just to be thorough.
I recommend that this type of space clearing be done at least once a year, or anytime that you feel the energy getting stagnant. If you have a lot of visitors in your home, keep in mind that you may need to clear your spaces more frequently. This would also be a great tool for realtors or for someone who is selling their own home, as well as if someone has died in the home. If you have a question or comment that I didn’t address here, please email me at email@example.com.
‘Helpful People’ sounds like an ancillary benefit to Feng Shui until you find yourself in need of some truly reliable and helpful people in your life. To be honest, more people become curious about Feng Shui because of the allure that it will improve their finances or love life, than for the probability that it will allow them to ‘receive it forward‘. In fact, the Helpful People/Travel/ Service area may be one of the most overlooked areas on the Feng Shui bagua. We all need to be able to give and receive stellar service as we move through this thing called life, and when this area is in sync, things just have a habit of going your way.
So who are these “helpful people” anyway? Let’s run through a few scenarios where helpful people are very appreciated. You were just in a wreck, you call your insurance company and they jump through hoops to make sure that all of your needs are met. Need a tow truck, car rental or doctor? Chances are that your insurance agent is acting as a very helpful person in your life in that moment. Here’s another example; let’s say that you walk out of your apartment and your car battery is dead. One of your neighbors has jumper cables, and offers to give your car battery a jump with their’s. They just did a “pay it forward” and they helped you out of a frustrating start to your day. A helpful person could be the girl taking your order in the drive-thru window or it could be the contractor in charge of your home’s plumbing needs. Regardless, it is always a good idea to tweak this area BEFORE it becomes a issue in your life.
“When this area is in sync, things just have a habit of going your way.”
Now that I have your attention, let me give you the 411 on this area. If you mentally visualize an imaginary tic tac toe box around your home, it will then be divided into 9 evenly placed squares (the example below is not perfectly even, but at least it gives you a visual). The Helpful People area is located in the bottom right hand corner in relation to your front door. Using your mental bagua, go to each room, locate the helpful people area and do an inventory of your findings. Your home is an overlay of multiple helpful people areas, and they all matter! Once your inventory is complete, you’ll want to analyze the data. Did you find your daughter’s collection of headless Barbies or did you find a chaotic table full of un-filed papers, bills, receipts and other symbols of overwhelm? Whether you found your meditation pillow and yoga mat, or your son’s legos scattered like land mines all over the floor, it doesn’t take a Feng Shui license to know what you need to do in order to bring some balance back into your life.
The next step is to eliminate the most obvious problems first. If your area is filled with clutter and broken items, clean it. Don’t wait for your kids to call Hoarders, and embarrass you on national television! Next, remember that this area revolves around being of service. From a Feng Shui point of view, all areas can be enhanced by balancing the elements. Helpful People is strengthened by the metal element. The colors that enhance this element are obviously metal tones like silver, bronze and gold, and metal items like bells or metal Tibetan Singing Bowls as well as white and light pastels. The shape that represents the metal element is a circle, so adding round, metal items would really pack some punch. Obviously, whatever you add, needs to be able to fit in with the decor that already exists within your home. Placing a Feng Shui “cure” in your home just because the store clerk assured you it will bring good luck is not nearly as powerful as finding a way to allow the cures to be blend seamlessly into your surroundings. It is much more desirable to have your friends walk into you home and feel great about it without knowing why, than for them to walk in and be confronted by all sorts of kitschy Feng Shui Chinese items that have no relevance to your life or culture.
Feng Shui may have its roots in some of the more esoteric and secret aspects of Chinese culture and lore, but at its most basic level, it is a very common-sense way to add a little peace and happiness into your life. Have fun with it, and whatever you do, don’t take yourself too seriously!
There are those who practice Feng Shui from a scientific perspective, however, I am not one of them. For me, Feng Shui has always been faith-based. That may sound strange since we usually associate ‘faith’ with religion. Yet, in my life, Feng Shui shifted into a transformative process when I let go of the belief that I had to see it in order to believe it, and instead followed the philosophy that “you’ll see it when you believe it”. (Wayne W. Dyer) I am a natural skeptic, and analytical to the core, but on the flip side, when I tap into my intuition, go with my gut and trust that I am doing what my creator intended, I interpret my world in a whole new way.
When I first discovered Feng Shui, some of the claims were so outlandish that I felt I needed to prove them to myself in order to believe them. My house became my own personal guinea pig. In order to benefit fully from this ancient system intricately woven into the fabric of life, I had to open myself up to trust and faith, two concepts that were not welcomed in my mid-20’s. I was recently married and a new homeowner when I first discovered Feng Shui. I came home from my first week-long Feng Shui intensive and started to put all that I had learned into practice.
The house we lived in was on three acres and the previous owners had added on a partial sunroom to the back of the house. With my newly-learned knowledge about Feng Shui, I discovered that this was not ideal. I also discovered that the shape of the three acres was not complete and that the place of its incompletion was in what is considered the money section of the bagua. Little by little, I discovered tiny flaws, but luckily, I also knew that most Feng Shui issues can be adjusted. How? Well, over the years, I have come to view Feng Shui as a mathematical equation. When the equation is incomplete, you have to add or subtract something from it. In Feng Shui, the elements of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal are the variables that are used to balance the Feng Shui equation.
In the end, no amount of Feng Shui could save my marriage, but what a blessing that was! The changes that have occurred as a result of that process have made me into a person that I really love. As I created balance in my home, the people in the house who were not in alignment with those changes had to either adjust and shift up or stay the same and shift out. That is what happened, and that is why from one perspective, it might appear that Feng Shui did not “work” for me, but in reality, it did.
The art of Feng Shui is one that typically brings subtle changes, along with a new awareness of the things that we value and believe. It is not a quick fix by any means. It is a life-long process that shifts you toward your authentic self. While it is rarely going to create sweeping dramatic changes, it can put you on a path that you never saw possible for yourself. It can bring awareness to the source of your greatest challenges in your career, your health, your finances and your relationships. Awareness in itself can be somewhat unsettling because once you know something, you can not Un-Know it, no matter how hard you try. You can ignore it, but you can’t stop knowing it. However, if you view the process of Feng Shui as a way that the God of your understanding has chosen to communicate with you, then you might be able to see it as a way to increase your faith in your Self and in a Higher Power.
I’ve been discovering everything I can about Feng Shui, and helping others do the same for over 14 years, and I’ve been discovering the joys and challenges of doing and teaching yoga for over 7 years. The thing that strikes me about both of these ancient, and thoroughly modern day practices is how well they go together.
The Merrium-Webster dictionary defines yoga as “a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind.” When you get right down to it, Yoga is like Feng Shui for your Body; and Feng Shui is like Yoga for your Home. The difference is that the inner peace we seek through yoga, through the active participation of the body through movement and breath, is applied to the home by controlling, or supporting our surroundings based on the placement of rooms, the elements of the bagua, the 9 life areas, etc. The common result of both Yoga and Feng Shui is inner peace, and Feng Shui, just like yoga, is always evolving for the individual. There is always another level for us to shift out of and into. Feng Shui and Yoga also share another thing in common. They don’t ever end, because they are essentially a lifestyle choice.
Through the physical action of asana, we learn to quiet the mind and allow a sense of peace to pervade every area of our body. We say in yoga that we learn to practice this peace on and off our mat. How we handle the stress of driving in bumper to bumper traffic or a busy schedule with no gaps or breaks can become our”yoga” of the day. It all begins with the breath and with awareness.
The way that we can apply this same principle to our homes is simple, but requires a re-envisioning of a typical flowing yoga sequence. We begin with a moment of silence and a connection to the breath and our intention process. During a flow practice, we typically move the body gently at first to stoke the inner fire with twists, with breath-connected movement and action that resembles a wave. In our homes, we start at the front door. How does the house breath? Does it take a “breath” that fills the home evenly? Or does it take a breath like a smoker with asthma?
In yoga, we learn about our body’s chakras or energy centers. According to Wikipedia, “Chakras are part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle (non-physical) energy channels, called nadiis. Nadiis are channels in the subtle body through which the life force (prana), or vital energy moves.” With this in mind, it is good to point out that Feng Shui is also a subtle energy system, and it thrives on chi as its vital energy. Chi is a life force energy that meanders throughout nature, and when we build homes, it filters in and around our homes as well.
Using Feng Shui, our ultimate goal is to create a sense of balance in all areas of our lives. We want our careers to be balanced with our health, our family and all our personal relationships. We want adequate financial abundance to balance with our creativity and passions, and we want our sense of well-being to balance with the flame of our reputation. Understanding and discovering the yoga of your home is a way of combining Feng Shui principles with yogic wisdom to create a common ground that unites these two ancient practices and philosophies, and gives us endless opportunities to evolve and manifest the life of our dreams!
Here’s an absolute truth about Foreclosed homes; most of them are not Feng-Schwayically sound. What does this mean? I’ve looked at a lot of houses over the years, and while poor Feng Shui design is not always why a home goes to foreclosure, when you know what to look for, foreclosed homes host a higher number of the ‘usual suspects’ that tend to drain money out of a home, than homes that do not have them. Because a home can have as many “prosperity” areas as it does separate rooms, there are many places to look for these financial energy drains.
Without exception, every foreclosed house that I have ever “inspected” has more than its share of financial energy drains. In the photo below, there is something about the dead trees & overgrown grass that add to the desolation of this foreclosure, but there is something more significant that could be a cause. The one thing that every house requires is a Mouth of Chi. Look closely. Do you see one? Well, there is a mouth of chi, but it is very much hidden, and not in one of the usual three areas in the front of the house. It is located on the far left, about halfway in the middle of the house. When chi has to work this hard to enter the house, its going to be weaker than usual.
1. A hidden or blocked mouth of chi is one of the top 5 contributors to possible foreclosures.
2. Unfortunate placement of a door, the stove, or both! In the example below, the kitchen is in the back of the house, along with the back door. This particular door has a piece of wood covering the doggy door, but it is the placement of the stove in line with the door that is a bigger problem. As we know, the stove represents our abundance, and our potential to increase it. Placing it in this type of location is like placing a stack of cash in front of a large vacuum. It just gets sucked out!
3. Missing areas that never get used is the third in the top five contributor list. When you have a house that is not a perfectly square, which includes most houses, you are bound to find what we call in Feng Shui a missing area. Basically, the space that is considered missing, is not underneath the roofline of the house, and almost looks as if it were a piece cut out of the whole. What you do with your missing area, is what truly matters. If you incorporate it into a beautiful garden design or create a relaxing sitting area with it, then that missing area becomes a part of the whole, and feels complete, regardless of the home’s design.
4. The back left of the house (in relation to your front door) represents the main area that corresponds to your finances. If that happens to be where your master bathroom is placed, then you will have to use a combination of the proper elements, Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal, in order to balance out the overwhelming water and draining energy that is present in this room.
5. If the shape of your lot is incomplete in the area that corresponds to wealth and accumulation, then you will need to use the Method of Minor Additions to balance it. This method changes with the house, and can be as creative or as dull a correction as you would like to use.
The bottom line here is that one or two of the above listed characteristics is more of a nuisance that can easily be overcome by using Feng Shui knowledge of color, elements and other placement techniques to create wholeness and balanced. When a house has all of these and a few that aren’t listed, there is a high probability that money goes out faster than it comes in, and the probability of foreclosure is likely.
Ideally, all future homes would be built based on principles of Feng Shui that align specific rooms with the life areas that match them. For example, build so that the children’s rooms are located in the part of the home’s bagua that relates to Children/Creativity. Let the master bedroom be located in the Relationship area of the house, etc. A home that doesn’t need a Feng Shui correction would be so amazing. The homeowners would have balance in between their work and the relationships, good health, enough money, happy and creative children and great friends and family all around them.
When you consider that your home is most likely your biggest investment, it makes sense to use all available resources to protect it from foreclosure. Just imagine how much the property values might increase if none of the homes in your neighborhood looked like the ones posted above! For every imbalance that is created when Feng Shui wisdom is ignored, there is a corresponding and highly effective solution that you can implement to correct it.
You’ve probably been to someone’s house that just made you feel really relaxed and happy. You can’t really figure out what it is about their house, but you feel good when you are there. It may have been really fancy, or it may have been small and cozy. Either way, it was inviting, and the time you spent there was enjoyable. That is really what Feng Shui is all about. It isn’t some arbitrary way of forcing you to see the world or all the rooms in your house. It’s about enjoying the spaces where you spend your time, living a full and happy life and never settling for less than you want or deserve.
If you would like to learn more about learning all the Feng Shui secrets that will make your home and your life more balanced, contact Logynn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plans are in the works for a Practitioners Course in Austin in 2014!
“You live in a world of energy. You experience and are affected by the energy around you all the time.” ~ Sanaya Roman, Soul Love
The question posed in the title above is one that I was asked recently from a returning client, and I thought it might have some universal applications, so I am sharing it. The client in question, invited me into her home a few years ago for a personalized Feng Shui consultation. She had several correctable issues involving money and relationships. At the time of her consultation, she and her husband had made several bad investment decisions, and she had discovered that he had been unfaithful to her. Her home at that time, was an accurate mirror for the events that were occurring in her life. A sample of these were visible in the missing areas in relationships and wealth, and other symbols of energy drains that were built in via the placement of the master bathroom and the stove/back door.
Over the next several months, she started making the changes that I had recommended. With each one that she completed, she began to feel happier and more empowered about her life. With each adjustment to the energy of the space of their home, the house began to reflect balance in relationships and balance in finances. While things improved financially, the relationship did not. As the house’s energy shifted and became whole and complete, the house no longer matched the deep-seated energy of the couple’s relationship.
As we are energetically drawn to the energy of our homes, we come to understand that each place we live has gifts for us. They are gifts of growth, awareness, and of change, but only if we are willing to accept them. As the energy of the house shifted, one of two things had to happen. Either, the relationship would shift up to match the energy of the house, or it would shift out because it no longer matched the energetic frequency of the house. In this client’s case, the result was divorce. She sold the house, moved into a home that matched her new energy around relationships and money, and eventually found a partner whose energy matched hers. Today, they continue to shift, and grow using Feng Shui to help them do it.
I’ve spent a lot of time and energy attempting to help people understand what Feng Shui is all about. Today, I am going to take some time to clarify what it isn’t. In my experience, there are two types of people interested in Feng Shui. There are the ones who are curious and open-minded about change, and there are the people who see it as a last-ditch effort to “fix” all the problems in their life. Today, this blog is dedicated to those people in group number two.
Everything around us is energy. I am no physics genius but this much I do know, and based on this, everything is susceptible to change. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that everything that is f*cked up in your life can be 100% fixed by using Feng Shui, but it will definitely change in some way, shape or form. How it changes is dependent on each person.
For example, making changes to the areas of your home that relate to finances and abundance doesn’t mean that you will win the next lottery. What may change however, is your understanding of how you spend the money that you earn. Likewise, using Feng Shui adjustments may not cause you to meet the man or woman of your dreams, but it might help you understand why you have chosen certain types of relationships in the past, and give you opportunities to make better choices. Some people go through their life moving from one bad relationship to another. Feng Shui can tell you why you have this pattern.
Many people think that they are you are ready for a new relationship, but they don’t realize that some aspect of their home may be sending the Universe a different message. For example, I once had a client who insisted that she was ready to start dating again. However, several rooms in her home had items that were inconsistent with this statement. For starters, the structural shape of her home created a missing area in relationships. Also, her furniture was not inviting for two people. Just remember, a soft, cushy love seat in the relationship area is always more inviting that a single, wooden chair. Even the artwork on her walls was sending a subtle message that she was not aligned with her intention. The thing about life that is true for all of us is that once we know something, we cannot UN-know it. We can either make changes based on what we now know, or we can ignore what we know, and live the rest of our life feeling victimized and powerless.
I have only touched on two of the areas of our homes that are included within the grid of Feng Shui. There are a total of nine! When a person is ready to make deep changes, they will adjust their surroundings in such a way that makes it possible for them to make their own wishes a reality. That is empowering and that is all that Feng Shui is capable of doing. Feng Shui creates awareness. The rest is up to you.
While it is true that most homes can be adapted to Feng Shui principles of balance and completion, it is equally true that there are some houses that are way more work than they are worth. Even when I am not consulting on an individual client’s home, I am always observing and mentally correcting the Feng Shui imbalances that I see around me, and it is my observation that some houses have so many Feng Shui issues that even a Feng Shui consultant couldn’t love them. Here a short list of my top 5 least lovable house designs:
Sometimes a house is just fine, but there is something around it that is causing a problem. One thing that comes to mind involves things like giant electricity transformers and huge city water towers. These type of structures have a very ominous energy about them, and they can cast a sha-chi or poison arrow shadow onto a home which has a cutting effect. When we see this type of issue, it can be helpful to notice what part of the home receives the shadow being cast or where the structure is located within the property’s bagua by focusing on the area of your life is receiving the disruptive spike of energy from the sha-chi.
A house with a yard that slopes down in the back, and due to city ordinances involving water drainage, cannot be corrected by adding dirt to level it. This is a biggie! When you consider that the back of a yard encompasses the Big 3 sections of a bagua, including Wealth, Fame and Relationships, these are some of the key areas of life that need stability and balance.
A house with a major freeway on the other side of the fence is a Feng Shui nightmare. I have actually seen an example of this in person. I’m not sure which came first, the massive toll road or the subdivision that had a row of houses backing up to it, but I know that no number of wind chimes could alleviate the noise or disruption created by this type of structure, and thus, it belongs on this list without a doubt.
A house shaped so that either Abundance or Relationships is excluded under the original roofline requires a lot of mental and physical shifting and changes. While it is possible to activate missing areas by creating living areas such as a covered deck or garden when a home’s original design left these areas out, it would not be my first choice for a new home.
And finally, we have the classic Feng Shui no-no’s such as waterfall stairs in line with a front or back door, front and back doors that are directly aligned and opposite one another or all of the above with a road pointing at it as well. Why go there? With the number of houses that do not have these structural imperfections, there is only reason that someone would chose a home like this. They simply don’t know any better, or they don’t believe it will matter. If you fall into that last category, let me know how that goes for you. The fact is, some things are true whether you believe in them or not.