FENG SHUI CONCEPTS
Buying A House
By Jenny T. Liu
Having foresight in buying a house with good feng shui can prevent many mishaps. Oftentimes, people take for granted that their environment impacts their well-being; not recognizing this fact until something goes wrong. In feng shui, everything around us should naturally stimulate our health and growth. Anything that contradicts this development is a violation of the natural laws. Thus, it is self-defeating and illogical to live in an environment that does not give us peace of mind and the ability to focus on excelling in life.
In selecting a house according to feng shui, we must first understand the energies of each family member. Depending on their year of birth, their body’s frequencies are either in the Western or Eastern Direction Pattern. The body’s frequency pattern serves as a guideline for where the main functions of the house should be located.
For those born under the Western Direction Pattern, this means their body receives the strongest frequencies from the west, northwest, southwest and northeast. The main door, where energy comes in, and the master bedroom, where people re-energize themselves, should be located in these directions. The kitchen and bathroom — sources of negative energy or pollution — should be away from the positive Western Direction Patterns and be located in the opposite directions: south, southeast, east and north.
People born of the Eastern Direction Pattern should have their main door and bedrooms in the east, southeast, north or south. The kitchen and bathroom should be in the northeast, southwest, west or northwest.
Depending in which direction the rooms are actually located, there are different effects on the residents. Special considerations are taken when there are people of both Eastern and Western Direction Patterns in one family.
In addition to having the correct orientation, an ideal site should sit on stable, flat land. Having distant hills behind a site protects and gathers energy. Having small balanced hills and a gradual upward slope in back of a site help to contain energy — like an easy chair in the landscape. Keep in mind that the different shapes and locations of hills will have various effects on the house’s feng shui.
In the neighborhood, try to avoid houses located near sources of yin, or negative energies, such as a hospital, cemetery, mortuary, landfill, or power plant. Houses surrounded by tall buildings, at the end of a cul-de-sac or a deadend street usually lack energy. The economic and environmental health of a community can reveal its viability.
Architecturally, the shape of the house should be symmetrical and balanced, and deeper than it is wide to contain energy. The entry or foyer should be open and spacious to allow energy to flow into the house. Inside, doorways should not line up. This places two potentially conflicting mouths of energy against each other.
Hallways are best kept short and few. Long hallways are narrow spaces where energy tends to be stagnant. The kitchen and bathroom produce pollution that requires windows for ventilation — they should not be located in the center of the house. Staircases are also sources of danger or unstable energy that should not be located at the heart of the house.
When buying an existing house, if 50-60% of these general guidelines are met, the rest can usually be adjusted. Please be aware that these guidelines are general and do not necessarily determine if the feng shui is good or bad. They are only some of the basic pointers.
Because every one of us is unique, and the energies around us are constantly changing — every home has a different effect on the various individuals who live in it. For example, in one house, a family may live a prosperous life while another family moves in with the opposite fortune.
There are over 60 factors involved in a comprehensive feng shui analysis and a final on-site evaluation is required to determine which house has a feng shui that promotes a particular family.
Living in an environment that has good feng shui vs. bad feng shui is like the difference between eating organic food vs. processed food. Organic foods are free of pesticides and their nutrients are in a natural form that the body readily digests and converts to usable energy, allowing our biological system to function efficiently.
Likewise, good feng shui allows you to live in sync with and absorb natural
energies so you can live a progressive life. Finding or creating an environment
with good feng shui is a vital part of living a heal-thy and prosperous
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, see www.liu-fengshui.com
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