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 are entertained.

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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