IN TIMES OF TROUBLE
By Jenny Liu, M.A.
Out of the blue, an old friend calls and tells me that there is a street that runs
directly towards his house, that a giant tree shades the light from coming in from the
window, and the kitchen is on the right hand side when one enters the house. He
wanted to know if these things affected his house's feng shui. I smiled, "As I
recall, no matter how I explained, you remained skeptical about feng shui, why the sudden
interest?" He replied, "I know what I have said in the past, but I have
moved into this house for less than a year and too many unexplainable things have happened
to me! I remembered you once told me some things just cannot be explained by
science. Is it true, that having a road running directly at your house brings
harmful energies?" In good humor, I chuckled, "So, someone who does not
believe in harmful energies is now being affected by harmful energies." He
laughs, "Can we meet somewhere and talk?"
We meet at a vegetarian restaurant. I tell him that the energy caused by a street
aiming at his house is a strong negative force that induces financial loss either in work,
by robbery, illness, lawsuits, or car accident. Having a path where cars are
constantly charging directly towards your house causes the house's energies to be weak and
unstable. Under this type of stress, the people living inside tend to feel insecure
and unfocused. They are prone to making mistakes and attracting negativity such as
bad people or health problems into their lives. As seen in many cases, a house at
the end of a street is known to be a weak spot, vulnerable to burglary or a head on
collision from a drunk driver.
The large tree outside the window causes darkness or lack of energy or sun into the
house. Originally, as outdoor beings, we require natural energies to survive and
maintain our health. Becoming indoor beings and lacking this vital source of energy
lowers our immunity systems and
causes depression which often results in illness.
Generally speaking, the right hand side when one enters a house is known as the
masculine or "dragon" side, it is where energies that guard health and
relationships are contained. Having a kitchen here is a source of pollution that is
a potential cause of health problems, arguments and money loss. This should be an
open space that is balanced with the left hand side for family gatherings and where guests
The more I explained, the longer his face got. I paused and asked, "What has
happened to you recently?" He took a long sigh, "I don't even know where
to begin. Ever since I moved into my house, I kept getting sick, my family and
friends use me, I lost my job, my wife left me, and
I'm in debt over my head. I really do not know what to do anymore and then I thought of you. I wanted to see if you can point me in the right direction." I respond, "In times of distress, it is natural for you to seek advice. This can be more helpful than mulling the problems over and over in your bothered mind. You are a wise and open-minded person, it is always best to ask for several opinions and then judge for yourself who offers the best guidance for you."
Very often in times of trouble and desperation, we may run to the closest source of
solace and expect it to resolve our problems. However, we must understand that just
as most problems or illnesses do not occur over night, solutions also require time to work
its healing ways. Feng shui can offer us guidance in understanding why certain
things happen. Creating an environment that reinforces our energies is a step
towards sharpening our intuition and abilities to better cop
with, solve or prevent problems in our daily life. Too often, feng shui is not considered from the beginning to "prevent the fire," rather used when it is too late to "put out the fire." In considering feng shui in our planning, we can gain insight on how to best pave a road to success.
About the author: Jenny Liu holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 5,000 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) 282-8536.
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