Getting Back to Classical Feng Shui. ~ Jennifer Bonetto

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on Mar 29, 2011
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Health and wellness, from an energetic point of view.

Where we live, work, or sleep affects our health and wellness in a positive or a negative way.

Have you ever walked into a mall or a store and felt so uncomfortable that you wanted to turn right around and leave? Have you ever lived somewhere or even worked a place where it just seemed like you were sick all the time? You are far from alone.

These occurrences are not coincidental. They are real phenomena that can be attributed to unseen energy in our environment. Energy affects us on a daily basis in ways that most of us are unaware.

What is this energy, you ask?

Feng Shui.

Contrary to popular belief, Classical Feng Shui is not the sort of Chinese-style interior decorating that’s popular amongst Westerners. It doesn’t, of course, just involve painting the South wall red and placing Asian symbols of wealth like Buddha’s, frogs with coins in them, and crystals in your money corner.

That’s too simplistic. Various elements in our environment, such as building orientation, sleeping direction, and the direction we face while at work, to name a few, affect each of us differently.

All edifices are unique, just as all people are unique. The structure of a residence or office will support each individual differently. Depending on when you moved into your home, your birthday, and the facing direction of your home, you will see that your home or business has different effects on money, relationships, and health.

The energetic influences in our surroundings are a very real and tangible force in our lives, and they can easily affect all aspects of our health and wellness.

When analyzing your environment to ensure greater health and wellness, it is best to use the less is more principle; if something in the environment looks odd or out of place, this could be an indicator of things to come. In Classical Feng Shui, the first factor to consider is how your home or business is placed in the environment.

For example, if you are the only home around for miles, you want to ensure that you’re not left vulnerable, energetically. Shore up the front, sides, and back of your home with a retaining wall, thick landscaping, or wood fencing.

Keeping things simple by living in areas that have been developed is the most beneficial to occupants. Staying away from jails, hospitals, cemeteries, high traffic areas, and other places that may upset the nervous system are ideal for ensuring great health and wellness. After all, who wants to live next to a cemetery, a hospital, or a jail?

The next important step is to consider the inside of the home. Extreme home designs and floor plans are usually not beneficial for residents. Energy has to be able to flow uniformly.

If there is any kind of obstruction to the normal energy pattern, problems can begin because it forces the energy in the home or business to flow destructively. This destructive energy pattern, in turn, manifests itself in health, money, and relationship issues. If you follow these basic principles, it will keep you and your family healthy and out of trouble.

Considerations for the Inside of the Home:

  • Toilets or laundry rooms in the center of the house—can cause blood related diseases and kidney problems.
  • Staircases that are located in the center of the house—can cause back, spine, and joint problems.
  • Fire in the center of the house or on an island such as a stove, kitchen or fireplace—can cause high blood pressure and heart problems.

Considerations for the Outside of the Home:

  • Structures with a circular driveway (extremely arched)—can indicate that a rare disease is supported or beginning.
  • Homes or businesses located on a T-juncture—can cause fighting, hypertension, anxiety, and panic attacks.
  • Homes too close to a huge mountain or built directly on top of a mountain—can indicate career and health problems, especially with bones.
  • Homes located near graveyards, police stations, excavation sites, etc—can create lethargy, depression, and mental illness.
  • Water features—improperly placed water on your site can cause illness.
  • High-tension towers—living too close can cause cancer.
  • Robbery Mountain Sha, which is an offensive looking tree, telephone pole, or light pole usually located in front of your house around the 10 o’clock mark—can indicate that a rare disease begins or is supported, and/or the family is injured by knives.


Since 2008, Jennifer Bonetto has been the soul behind Real Feng Shui SOULutions. Her mission is to bring “true” Feng Shui to the world and help as many people possible with the tools she’s acquired. Currently, she is part of the 400 year old Wu Chang Pai mastery lineage of Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, through American Feng Shui Master, Denise Liotta-Dennis.


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9 Responses to “Getting Back to Classical Feng Shui. ~ Jennifer Bonetto”

  1. yogiclarebear says:

    Interesting stuff Jennifer! Having recently moved, I considered a few points from the Feng Shui energy concepts when setting up in my new place. While I can't adhere to all of the facets (I love my laundry room and bathroom in the center, easy access!) and I don't believe this will cause me disease, I do very much appreciate the mindfulness regarding living space. There are some glaring differences between my new home and old home that I know have affected my health in a more positive way.

    Thanks for putting this out there. Feng Shui is something we could all consider toward more mindful living.

  2. Melissa says:

    I subscribe to Jennifer's, blog-!/realfengshui and personally have had her over to my house- she is simply amazing! My house was ok for me but not for my mate and there were serious issues going on! Jen came over and without any knowledge of what was going on in his life told us the difficulties our house could present, well they were already presenting themselves on a grand scale. She helped us make some simple and do able adjustments, moving the stove, bed, using a different door to enter the house and put in a fountain.
    Thank goodness for her! Really we were at out wits end on how much more dreadful our lives could get. She explained to us in a simple and understandable fashion how the energy was working in our house. No mumbo jumbo stuff, she made it all logical and easy to understand. (me being the scientist and all)
    It's all fascinating stuff, I consider myself lucky as I live near the same town she lives in, so I get to go to her lectures around the area and read her blog. Close or not close, I suggest you subscribe to her blog, if you can have her out to your house, I highly recommend it. The decision to have her out could save you in so many aspects of your life, it sure did in ours and we are grateful for people like her. Blessings Melis
    I can honestly say we are a far cry from where we were last year and its getting better and better.

  3. The center of the house should always be kept clear because that's where the energy flows once it comes in from outside, it begins in the center and then there's a certain pattern that it flows towards. When you have something in the center blocking the energy flow, it forces the energy to flow destructively. In the case of the bathroom, since a bathroom, has to do with water, that's why it affects the parts of our body that have to do with water, like the kidneys, bladder and so on.

    If you want more tips and tricks, follow me on facebook: or on twitter @realfengshui. Anyway, food for thought. It's fascinating stuff!

  4. With anything, including energy, it takes a while to build. Unfortunately bad energy happens quicker than good energy. If you're bathroom and laundry room are truly in the center of your home, you may feel the negative affects. If you're young and healthy then chances are you'll be fine. I had a client who has lived in her home for 10 years and they have a bathroom in the center of her home and she's in her late 40's early 50's, for years she's had issues with her kidney, including stones and frequent urination. She could never figure out why. When she hired me, I advised her to stop using that bathroom and use a different one that didn't affect her health. Miraculously or as I would say energetically, her health issues all cleared up. I had another client with the bathroom in the center of the house, and she was always bloated, swollen and also had frequent urination. Once I advised her to stop using that bathroom, her symptoms cleared up too.

  5. Tamara says:

    I'm not sure I like your "real feng shui" marketing approach. Black Hat Feng Shui as well as Compass School have both been around an extremely long time. The term "western decorating feng shui" is insulting. I find your article to be like most feng shui books out there~a list of problems with no solutions. Fear based so that someone will call you for a consultation with no real tips for success. You can list as many masters as you like but putting down other feng shui practices and marketing your own as real is an ego trip.

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