By Jenny Liu
Where Does My Money Go?
The other day, I met with Dr. Thomas to do a feng shui analysis on his home and office. He told me, "It's not that I'm not making money, it's just that I don't seem to be able to save any. I make over $200,000 a year and I don't know where it all goes. It just doesn't make sense. My wife and I recently moved into a new house. We have lived here for a year and things have started to go downhill. We seem to argue all the time. I am always sick and there are so many problems that cost money."
After doing a full analysis of Dr. Thomas' home, I pointed out a few of the main factors that might be bringing on his problems. First of all, I explained to Dr. Thomas that he lives in a backward house. His front door faces hills and mountains that block energy from coming in. Also, the back of his house is lower than the front, allowing very little energy in through the main door, or mouth, of the house. Any energy that does come in is lost because of the natural incline of the land behind. This is one factor that allows incoming money to be easily lost. There is also a busy street right behind his house that is a source of unstable energy. Ideally, he should have mountains behind him to provide support and gather energy, and the street should be in front to allow energy to be absorbed.
I told Dr. Thomas that he could reverse his house by coming through the back or side entrances. This would put the mountains behind him and a street in the front. A site with good feng shui should have protection of mountains behind and a source of energy, like a river or body of water, in front. In modern times, the street is the river.
The orientation of the house is facing southeast and sitting northwest. These two directions are conflicting energies. The southeast belongs to the Eastern Direction Pattern while the northwest belongs to the Western Direction Pattern. Southeast is associated with the wood element, the eldest daughter and the liver. Northwest is associated with the metal element, the father and the lungs. These energies are as conflicting in nature as a metal ax is to a tree.
In this house, it is easy for the females and males to be in conflict. The father or eldest daughter will also be susceptible to health problems. Since Dr. Thomas was born under the wood element and he is the father of the household, he is affected by these energies. I told him that it is easy for his wood, or liver, energies to be interrupted, causing him poor digestion, tiredness and hot temper. His wife quickly agreed that this was true. I recommended that they avoid using the front door, and use the north side entry instead.
I also pointed out the construction of a new house going on across the street on the east side of his house. This ground-breaking activity will affect his feng shui as well, for any time the earth is disturbed, its energies become unstable. According to the Flying Nine Star Charts, the East direction has negative star energies. The house under construction compounds the already negative star combinations which can affect Dr. Thomas' home. This usually results in financial loss due to robbery, accidents, lawsuit and other external problems. A set of three chi-lings can be placed facing east to deflect negative energies.
The master bedroom is located in the southwest corner of the house, which is a positive direction for Dr. Thomas' wife, but does not match his wood energy. The southwest is associated with the earth element, the mother and stomach. An Eastern Direction Pattern person sleeping in a Western Direction Pattern area can cause his or her energy to be distressed. Dr. Thomas also sleeps in front of the bathroom door and is absorbing the negative energies of the bathroom. It is no surprise that he is having problems. His weakened energy makes him unfocused and capable of attracting negative frequencies. I told Dr. Thomas that living in this house can make him prone to making wrong decisions, saying the wrong things, and having bad luck. He sadly nodded.
At his office, the feng shui was fair. The orientation and interior layout matched his energies. This makes it easier to improve. I told Dr. Thomas to move his desk to his strongest direction for this year. Every employee was relocated to their best directions as well. I suggested specific images of art, decoration and color schemes that promote Dr. Thomas' energy. I told him it was mainly his home that was causing the problems. The money he made was paying for a lot of the troubles from his house's bad feng shui. Aside from making the adjustments I recommended, I also advised Dr. Thomas and his wife to meditate and use creative visualization to alleviate their stress and attain their goals.
I reminded Dr. Thomas that it is important for him to readjust his feng shui annually, because every lunar year, the planets shift and the energies change. A year later, he called me to check the feng shui of his new branch office. Dr. Thomas tells me that after he made the changes I recommended, his life changed. His income literally doubled and although there were still some annoying problems, they were nothing compared to the problems he had before. He wanted to make sure the feng shui was good in his new office before he moved in. This time around, he wanted to make sure he prevented any unnecessary troubles.
Jenny Liu holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Master's Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who also shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the Internet. Awarded for her Master's Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information, please see her website http://www.liu-fengshui.com or for the library of her articles http://www.spiritweb.org/spirit/feng-shui.html If you have questions, you can also reach her at (626) 282-9829.
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