House on sloped propertyOur body contains energy or chi that is sensitive to our surroundings. The shape of our bodies, our facial features, our posture, and physical appearance are clues that tell us about the energy we possess. Likewise, a building’s form, structure, and interior layout reflect the energies that it embodies. Feng shui is a study of the cause and effect phenomenon that occurs in the interaction between various people in different places.

When a house’s energy matches your body’s energy, you feel comfortable and there is a sense of security and confidence. Very often when people shop for a house, they tend to settle for houses with energy that is similar to their own energy. This does not necessarily mean that the house is good for them. For instance, people with negative energy may feel most at home in a house that also has weak energy. This unfortunately causes them more trouble or illness. People with a pattern of money problems may unknowingly choose to live in a house with energies that cause financial instability. The following case about Simon illustrates this.

Simon bought a new house and asked me to check the feng shui. As I drove towards his home, there were several hints that the house I was about to see is a house of money loss and loneliness. First of all, the house is located by itself on the top of a hill. Although the view is magnificent, the site has no energy because it stands unprotected. There are no surrounding mountains or hills to shield it from harsh winds or to act as a natural container of energy. On all sides of the site, steep slopes let energy or chi descend from the house. To compound the isolation, the number of his address adds up to one - a symbol of being alone.

The house is an extremely awkward shape, which creates an irregular flow of energy conducive to malice and illness. The building’s width is greater than the depth and there is a profusion of windows. Both these aspects, compounded by the house’s shape and site conditions, lead to energy loss. I tell Simon that this usually results in catastrophe such as financial difficulties and ultimately, bankruptcy. Simon raises his eyebrows and tells me that he bought this house as a foreclosure because the previous owner had gone bankrupt.

Exploring the house further, I see that the main door is in the correct direction for Simon’s energy field, however it opens onto a driveway overlooking a cliff. More energy loss. There are also no bedrooms in directions compatible with Simon’s energy. How did Simon end up buying a house like this that does not support him at all?

Looking at Simon’s aura and birth chart, I see that his energies are weak and that this is an exceptionally bad year for him. Any sort of movement or dramatic change in his life potentially leads to unforeseen challenges that will cause him misery and pain. I regretfully tell Simon that it was not a good idea for him to move this year. Simon replied that he had to move. Last year, there were four deaths in his family, he was involved in a lawsuit, and he suffered severe stress. He felt he needed change.

Simon then asked if there was anything he could do to adjust this house’s feng shui. I explained to him that it is very difficult because even if the house is dramatically remodeled, the draining geography of the site cannot be changed. The best thing he can do for himself is to postpone moving and use this year to strengthen his personal energies through meditation, proper diet, and good deeds. Practices of enlightenment and awareness will release some of his negative energy and protect him.

Simon sadly smiled at the prospect of moving again. He tells me that out of all of the houses he saw, this is the house that he felt the most comfortable in, so how can it be so negative? I explain that sometimes when we are in times of trouble, our energy is scattered and unfocused and we may not make the wisest decisions. In the beginning, Simon may feel comfortable in this house because the negative energies are similar to his own. Though he doesn’t detect the negativity at first, after a while, the house’s energy will adversely affect him physically and emotionally, making it hard to progress.

In conclusion, from our own perspective it may be hard to know what is good or bad for us. Rather than be stuck in a hard situation, achieving peace of mind can be as simple as inviting a trained pair of eyes that can see more clearly than we can at the moment. In feng shui, by understanding our body’s chi and how it responds to its surroundings, we can objectively select an environment that is most suitable to enhancing our well-being.