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If your property has "feng shui problems," how much can these problems really affect you?

  • M., from Manhattan Beach, CA


People that regularly employ feng shui consultants understand the concept of a person’s life force intimately mingling with the environment’s energetic field, and that, indeed, a place can either weaken or support a person’s energy. 

There are almost always some minor feng shui adjustments that can significantly improve the lives of the people that live in the average American house or building.

Less Stress = Less Sickness

Feng shui is ONLY about making human beings comfortable and relaxed in their environments. Let’s briefly think about the “built world” for a moment. In light of considering how most of us live, and how many hours we all spend indoors, ask yourself some basic questions:

  • How much fresh air do I breathe all day?

  • How much natural sunlight do I receive in a day?

  • How much clutter do I avoid in that drawer/closet/room because the thought of it exhausting or anxiety-provoking? 

  • What room do I avoid? Why?

  • Does my bedroom encourage good sleep?

  • Does my kitchen invite easy food prep?

  • Does my dining area invite gathering for meals?

  • Do I feel happy and energized in my apartment/office/house?

  • Are my children able to concentrate in their rooms?

  • Do my children sleep well in their rooms?

If you feel like your home isn’t functioning as a health-and-happiness-promoting  “retreat,” then you and your family are probably suffering unnecessarily- look to improve your environment. And take a “macro” view, so it’s not overwhelming.

Don’t see problems where there are none.

This is my feng shui rule #1.  It is very rare that “everything is all wrong” in a given space. Concentrate on only the root issues that need correcting. More often than not, there are a few bigger issues, and by simply addressing those issues, you improve the rest of the space. Some examples:

Lighting: Find the happy medium between “lit by candlelight” and “interrogation room at FBI headquarters.”

Check the lighting in your environment. Try to have a balanced mix of natural light, good task lighting, and atmospheric decorative lighting. On the flip side, make sure you’re not getting bombarded by a harsh amount of sunlight or relentlessly bright lightbulbs. Light should feel like it’s surrounding you, not coming to get you.

Clutter: Deal with it. It truly affects your energy and prosperity. (Just writing those words makes me shudder at my own clutter I have to deal with pronto. My bank account will thank me later.)

Furniture: That thing you constantly stub your toe on? It’s telling you something.

Move your furniture around a little (or a lot)- it’s tired of sitting in the same place for all these years. Rooms get stagnant. Get rid of things you can’t stand. Recover furniture and give it a new lease on life. Make sure you have a good pathway and easy entry/exit through every room.  

Grandmother’s ashes: Please don’t put her on your living room mantel. This is the wrong energy to bring into what’s supposed to be the most buoyant, social room of the house. Honor Granny by putting her in a quiet corner or altar-like place you can visit periodically. Better yet, put her outside, in the ground, and plant a beautiful tree over her. An urn of death, no matter how beloved, does not contribute to the life-circulating mojo we’re going for at home.


We tend to treat buildings like they are pet rocks, when they are really more like living pets. Counterintuitively, a built structure functions much like a living organism- there is a life-cycle or state of “health” it experiences. People are organisms, inhabiting houses, other organisms. Organisms either get along or they don’t. Organisms affect each other.

So, sometimes feng shui problems affect people in significant and noticeable ways, and sometimes the effects of certain building issues are subtler, giving the inhabitant a "creeping sense" that something is chronically "off." Some people have constitutions like superheroes, and no amount of bad feng shui seems to affect their health, prosperity, or ability to fly; other people have their first good night’s sleep in twenty years, once they move their bed five inches to the northeast… Feng shui definitely affects people, but the degree to which you attune to its effects in your own life is entirely personal and unique to you.

If you need some clarity, some change, or a refresh either inside or out, you’re in the right place. Aubrey Thorne is an astrologer, integrative coach, and feng shui designer in Los Angeles. She works with clients all over, both in-person and online. Feel free to contact Aubrey to ask a question or to schedule a consultation.