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The business of selling and buying a house is one of the most stressful processes we can undertake. But it need not be. Thomas Coxon, Feng Shui Master and practitioner reveals his cosmically inspired, yet practical insights from his many years of implementing this art. By wisely orchestrating our physical world – the things we need to live, we can better navigate and manipulate the flow of energy all around us, to ensure a smoother, happier and ultimately more rewarding move from one home to another, for all involved…

Preparation is key. My first teacher told me that when people are looking for a new property the auspiciousness (potential good fortune) of their prospective properties is determined by the auspiciousness of one they currently occupy. In other words, ‘the ‘better’ the one you’re in now, the more likely you will find something equally pleasing.’ That’s especially relevant if you’re planning to sell first, move into rented and then buy. You have to pay attention to the feng shui of the rented place as well! All this means that it’s important to improve the energetic flow of the current home, before you start looking, and typically that will take 3-6 months.

Generally places that look nice and feel nice have good feng shui and vice versa. So at the very least you can start by making your existing home look and feel engaging, inside and out. Some easy to apply tips would be to de-clutter, ensure doorways are not blocked or the doors themselves are not difficult to open and close, and that communal areas, like landings, hallways, entrance halls are ‘spacious’ – keep furniture in these places to a minimum.

spring2014hColours are elemental. Another overarching of feng shui is the use of colour and there connection to the elements. Principally there are five pairs; Greens/Wood, Reds/Fire, Yellows/Earth, White/Metal, Blues & Black/Water, all of which play a part in the orientation of rooms within a property. For example East and Southeast are both associated with Wood element and the colour green, so you could decorate these areas in Green enhancing energetic flow and restoring balance. This in turn helps the people and activities with connections to that space. However please note that once you move outside the building the relationship between colours and directions differs and other environmental factors come into play, advice from a practitioner should be sought.

Patterns of feng shui influences run in buildings, usually influencing successive occupants in similar ways. Actually you are attracted to patterns of energy which match your patterns of energy, which is half of the reason that you need to improve the feng shui of your existing house – it improves your energy patterns. The other half of the reason is that you also improve things for the next people to live in your house, and that piece of altruism gets logged in your Karma. From there it helps improve things for you, by helping you find a house with better feng shui.

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Now selecting the right house to move into is even more important, as you and your families future is going to be greatly influenced by it. There are two very quick ways to get an overall impression of the feng shui of prospective property; it’s reputation and how it feels. When it comes to reputation, properties are a bit like people, they have their strengths and weaknesses, and there is an easy way to find out what they are. Look at how the previous owner got on. Maybe their careers ‘took off’ after moving in or their children did really well in school. Maybe there was a breakup or they got into financial difficulties.

Generally houses with a predominance of good feng shui feel welcoming on approach, so when first looking at potential properties notice how each feels and how the surrounding area grabs you. Sometimes it’s not that clear cut. The property ‘ticks enough boxes’ but it has some significant snags when you look at the previous occupants. Before you reach a decision it’s helpful to know what’s causing the problems, what needs to be done to improve things and by how much they could be improved. That’s when a pre-purchase assessment, or email consultation by a professional practitioner can be of use.

So remember, for the home you’re buying, pay attention to how the previous people got on there. Pay attention to how it feels both inside and out. If you’re not sure, it’s cheaper to ask a feng shui practitioner to assess the house before you commit yourself, than it is to move again because you picked a ‘wrong un’. For the property which you’re selling, the better its feng shui, the easier it is likely to sell and just as importantly the better the houses which will be attracted to you to move into. If it’s realistically priced and still not selling, remember that there are some specific things that a feng shui practitioner can advise on to help ‘unstick’ a house sale, and it costs a lot less than knocking a few percent off the asking price!

Find out more about Thomas Coxon and what he can do for you www.fengshui-consultants.co.uk