I became interested in Feng Shui through my aunt.
When I first came to Canada, I lived with my aunt for two years.
She once told me that after moving into her house (she had divorced her husband), her financial situation improved markedly due to the open space in front of her house (her house was facing a school playground).
Her comments made me think about the principles of Feng Shui.
Since then, I’ve started to learn about this fascinating subject and haven’t looked back since.
My knowledge came from self-study.
Here are some tips for having good feng shui:
1. A house is always better than a condo, but don’t live in an isolated area or place which is too quiet just for the sake of owning a house.
It is best to be surrounded by amenities and conveniences like access to subways or buses.
The rationale for this is that living in a house makes you closer to earth “chi” and having more space = having more wealth.
In general, it is very rare to see millionaires living in condos.
Most of them (regardless of their country of residence) tend to live in houses/mansions.
Don’t buy a house in the middle of nowhere.
2. One classic external ‘landform’ of wealth is: when a house is backed by a mountain or higher hill (“Black Turtle”) and an open space in front (“Red Phoenix”), a house on its left side (Green Dragon) should always be a little bit higher than the right side (White Tiger).
To determine that, stand inside your home and look at your main door facing out.
On your left is the ”Green Dragon” side.
Here is a link to illustrate this principle: http://www.absolutelyfengshui.com/fengshui/green-dragon-and-white-tiger/
3. Personally, my house’s external landform fulfills this condition: at the back there is a small hill, at the front there is an open playground because it is a cul-de-sac, the left side has trees that are higher than the house, and on the right side is another house.
The left side should be ‘moving’ and right side, quiet.
This means that it is better to have a walkway or path on the left side than on the right.
In my case, on the left side there is a path to a park (highways, roads, paths all count as “water” from a Feng Shui perspective, and water symbolizes wealth).
The back of the house should never be downward sloping or backed by roads, rivers or any body of water.
Being backed by mountains or anything higher than the house indicates having support throughout one’s life (e.g., maybe your work or performance is recognized and as a result, you got a promotion.)
4. When you open a door, you should not see another door or window on the other side of the house. It is called ‘穿堂煞’in Chinese. (Chuang Tang Sa).
It indicates a huge outflow of money (e.g., it will be hard to save money.)
If you have this problem, have a flat-looking screen to avoid seeing the window/door when opening the front door.
5. A main door should not open to a toilet, kitchen, dining room or stairs.
Seeing a toilet indicates health issues, seeing a kitchen/dining room means spending a lot of money and time on guests and friends (i.e., big financial outflows) and seeing stairs means having difficulty saving money.
A good book on interior Feng Shui is by Joey Yap
The best way to verify the principles of Feng Shui is to observe the layout of your own home and the homes of your friends/relatives and see for yourself if the principles of Feng Shui play out in people’ lives.
In my personal experience, I see it play out again and again.
But without personal observation, it is very hard to believe that you can tell a lot about the inhabitants of a place, just by its layout alone.
Last, learning and knowing about Feng Shui has nothing to do with religion. I’ve known Buddhists and Christians who employ Feng Shui principles (some of them employ Vaastu) to achieve harmony and peace in their homes.