Lets examine the reason why feng shui regards funeral houses as a 'bad'. Funeral Houses deal with the dead and as such, all energy that can eminate from it is dead energy, classified as yin energy. In feng shui, yin energy invites all sorts of undesirable luck that can cause illness, death, theft, etc. Hence it is often advised that we do not live near cemetaries, graveyards, hospitals and retirement villages because these are where yin energies collect and eminate stale chi. Hence, if I were the law firm, I will indeed object to this new change.
Having said that, let us recognise that we live in a world where balance cannot be found without the Yin and the Yang living harmoniously together. If the funeral parlour is not built here, then where can it go without causing harm elsewhere? Therefore, if the consent is indeed granted and there is no other alternative left, I would focus on ways to correct the feng shui on my building to deal with the Yin energy coming from the funeral parlour!
Remember that feng shui is about balance and not about the complete absence of YIN or YANG. Here are some encouraging ways to deal with the problem:
A) Assess Yang Energy of the Main Road
If both the funeral parlour and law firm are divided from each other by a very large and busy main road, then there is plenty of Yang energy created by the main road to subdue the Yin energy coming from the Funeral Parlour. This will reduce the amount of Yin energy that will affect the law firm.
B) Changing Main Door
Consider changing the main door of either or both of the buildings so that they do not directly confront each other. Two doors confronting each other creates a quarrelsome "confrontational" arrangement - evident already in this objection coming from the firm. Building a screen to block off the view to the funeral parlour will significantly reduce the harmful Yin effects coming.
C) Install a bright light at the Main Door/Porch
Because Yin is countered by Yang, install a bright light at the main door to counter any Yin energy which comes. Yang Light also attracts more business. This is an appropriate cure UNLESS your main door is located in the Northwest, West, Southeast and East.
D) Install a Pakua or mirror to deflect bad energy
If indeed your main door is on the Northwest, West, Southeast or East, then a better solution is to install a convex or concave mirror above the door to either absorb or deflect the yin energy coming through. This is a classical cure used by feng shui masters worldwide to minimise the bad effects brought about sources of yin or shar chi.
Lawyers object to funeral parlour
by Anne Beston
An Auckland law firm has discovered death can be bad for business.
Dawsons Lawyers of Howick is going to court to block the opening of a funeral parlour because its location directly opposite the firm's offices goes against the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui. The firm said it would lose its Asian clients once the parlour opened.
"A significant proportion of our clientele are Asian and they have real concerns and objections to, and in fact won't do business next to, a funeral parlour," said Dawsons partner Bill Endean.
The parlour has recently been granted resource consent from the local council and the firm says its appeal to the Environment Court against the consents was the only way to protect business.
"The caskets would be carried right outside our offices in full view of clients," he said.
"We respect our clients' beliefs, it's a cultural thing and we don't want our business damaged because the funeral parlour's front door is directly opposite our front door."
Mr Endean said the firm also had traffic and roading concerns about the parlour.
Feng Shui is about harmonising the negative and positive energies in life. The Chinese believe contact with death or "bad spirits" can lead to bad luck and that negative energy could flow from the funeral parlour into the law firm.
Mr Endean estimated 40 per cent of Dawsons clients were Asian. Feng Shui beliefs are taken into account by banks, real estate companies and featured in this year's Home Show.
Estate agents have learned not to try to sell Asian buyers properties near cemeteries, funeral parlours or churches.
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