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By Alex

I would like to relate a couple of Feng Shui stories from my own personal experience. One is from a while back, and the other is from today. Although they were different places, there are some similarities between them.   

About 12 years ago I decided to move up into the mountains. I found a nice one bedroom apartment. It was in the basement of a house, close to a highway. I could get to work in 13 minutes. I was worried about snow, but my car had good tires and as it turned out later, everything was pretty much ok in that area. Anyway, I signed the lease with my landlord and moved in. The next day he called me up. He was really mad. My deposit check had bounced. I made it good (I was overdrawn only a few dollars), but when I went over there to give him the money, he was drunk. He told me that he wished he had held out for a higher rent. This is not a good thing to hear from your new landlord. There was nothing I could say or do about that, but I did resolve to pay the rent in cash, on time, every single time after that, just so he wouldn’t have anything else to complain about. So you could say I was intimidated by him.   

When I moved in, I realized that here was a major authority figure in my life and I’m having a confrontation with him. I’m not the type that likes confrontations. I started wondering about the Feng Shui of my apartment. Up until this point in my understanding of Feng Shui, I had not really been concerned with the directions or elements. I had been pretty much using Black Hat Feng Shui and just the 9 Cures method of balancing things. This situation required more investigation.

It turned out that the kitchen had an unusual shape. There was a triangular corner in the kitchen that pointed North. The triangle is the shape of Fire, and since this pointed North, which was the direction of Water, it indicated that there was a conflict between Fire and Water, which are opposites. I had to look up in a Feng Shui book what to do. In order to balance the conflict between Fire and Water, which are opposites, you need to introduce the Wood element. I put a hanging plant in that corner and after that things got better. I can’t say they were ever great, but I did like that place in many ways. I lived there about a year and a half, and had to move out because the landlord wanted his mother to live there.

 My next story is more recent and is about where I live now. Yesterday I started thinking about something that I noticed a while back. My front door opens to a street that runs past my house, parallel to the front door. My house is set pretty close to the road, probably about 10 feet back from it. On the other side of the road is an embankment, about 10 feet high, covered with some kind of bush. This embankment runs the length of the street, parallel to it, probably about a quarter mile in length. Up on top of this embankment is another street. There is a white picket fence that runs along the top of this embankment, which abuts the sidewalk on the side of this upper street.

Almost directly across from my front door is a narrow set of steps set into the dirt of the embankment, leading down from this upper street to the one running past my house. So when I look out the door I see (from bottom to top): porch, sidewalk, street, embankment, narrow steps, white picket fence, then some apartment buildings. I was looking out my front door at this situation a couple of months ago and wondered if it was affecting the feng shui of my house somehow. I figured it out today. I had read some more of my Feng Shui books last night and found a situation just like this.

It turns out that if your front door faces North and there is a hill in front of it, this will block the energy in the career area of your home. (North is the direction associated with Career.) Hmm. Sounds familiar. I started looking for a job earlier this year and after a few months I noticed something. Of all the applications I put in, nobody called me back. I found that very strange. When I did find a job, the people seemed very controlling and I felt quite stifled. Now I know why.

It’s because of that hill and fence in front of my front door, and the narrow little opening with the steps coming down. This indicates blockage in the career area and a very narrow, difficult path to go upwards. Sounds like my job and the people I work for…. Now you will probably say “But the economy is bad….” and you would have a point. However, I did check my theory out with Cat (one of Foretell’s psychics) and she said I was correct.

The next question was what to do about it. In Feng Shui, it is commonly suggested to put an aquarium in the wealth area to increase wealth, so I thought perhaps an aquarium (the career area is in the North, and the element of the North is water) would increase the energy of that area, since it apparently was being blocked from outside my house. Again I checked this with Cat and she seemed to think it would work. It will probably cost at least $100 to try this out. There are other ways to activate the energy in the North area of my house. One other option might be to put a lamp, or a mirror in the North, but I think the aquarium would be the more appropriate choice.

There are a few other strange incidents that happened in the last year that I think might be related to Feng Shui. About 6 months ago I heard a loud “thump” on the side of the house while I was asleep on the couch. I got up and opened the front door to look outside and see what was going on. There was a guy up on the steps across the street. I knew he had thrown something at my house, I just didn’t know what it was. (It was a beer bottle.) I yelled at him to stop. He started yelling and swearing at me but he didn’t make any sense so I figured he was on drugs. He said “this is America. You can’t just live anywhere you want.” I closed the door and waited because I didn’t really want to get into a fight with him. Eventually he went away. I called the police and they sent a patrol car down the street. I saw him one more time about 2 days later, and never saw him again. Kat said that he mistook me for someone else that he was mad at.

Another time, a couple of months ago, I came home and there were about 10 kids sitting on those steps across the street. I left the door open and watched them. I felt that not all of them were bad, but there were a few that were up to no good. I wasn’t sure what they were going to do, but I just wanted to make sure nothing happened to my house. I got on the phone. I wanted them to think I was calling the police. I pointed to them, to make them think that I was talking about them. I went back into my office to look up the phone number for the police, and sure enough there was a knock on the door.

A young girl who was part of the group was on my porch and wanted to know what I was doing. She was concerned that I was calling the police when the kids had done nothing wrong. I told her basically that I hadn’t seen them do anything wrong, that they were free to do whatever they wanted, but that I just wanted to make sure nothing bad happened to my house. I figured that was fair, logical and reasonable. She went back to them and told them what I said. After a few minutes they went away and I never saw them together again.

For the most part, ever since I moved in here I have been afraid that someone would burn my house down or break into it. It was to the point where I was sleeping on the sofa so if someone came in I would hear it right away, and there were times I was afraid to leave because I thought someone might be watching me and waiting for an opportunity to break in. Now I am pretty sure these incidents and feelings are related to the Feng Shui here.

My house has a big open doorway from the living room into the kitchen, so that the front door, this doorway and the large window in my kitchen are all in a line. What that means is that a lot of energy from the North can go very quickly into the South. It’s similar to the basement apartment – a conflict between Water and Fire.

It is possible that I should have a curtain across this large doorway into the kitchen, but I am reluctant to do that because so much light comes in to the kitchen from the south facing bay window. It would make the rest of the place pretty dark, unless it is a translucent beaded curtain. In the last week or two I put two large plants (Wood) in this doorway, to slow down the energy coming from the front door (North) into the kitchen (South.), and I feel like I can relax more now. It’s kind of interesting because it’s basically the same conflict (Water and Fire) that I had going in the basement apartment 10 years ago, just with a little different twist to it.

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