Last week I talked about the different layers of feng shui: Space, Time and Quantum. Another important component to an effective feng shui consultation is dowsing.

Dowsing is an art that dates back over 8,000 years and is most commonly associated with looking for water. If you've ever seen pictures of (or seen someone) walking across a piece of property with a forked tree branch they were probably dowsing (looking for) water. There are a number of bottled water companies that employ dowsers to look for natural springs as a water source for their products.

Dowsing was originally used in conjunction with feng shui to look for naturally occuring environment stress caused by fault lines in the earth which create cracks in our sidewalks, driveways and building foundations and create earthquakes, underground bodies of water like lakes or aquifers, underground caves and even different types of soil (like sand and clay) butting up against each other. These situations create what is known as Geopathic Stress (geo meaning Earth and pathic meaning Disease).

With the invention of electricity, cell phone and satellite technology we have additional stress in our homes and offices that are man-made. These types of stress are known as negative Hartmann lines (discovered by Dr. Ernst Hartmann in the early 1940s), negative Curry lines (discovered by Dr. Manfred Curry and Dr. Whitmann in the late 1940s-early 1950s) and interference lines.

Like the Earth, our bodies are made up of over 70% water, so just like the Earth our bodies react to these negative areas of energy, too. Each of these energies have their own way of affecting us depending on whether we're directly sitting in their line of fire or outside of it. If you're directly in their line of fire for 3 or more hours a day, over time this exposure can result in the breakdown of soft tissue in your body where the stress is "hitting" you which can result in problems including chronic fatigue syndrome, fybromyalgia, MS, cancer and dementia to name a few.

If you are not directly in the line of fire but the stress is strong enough then you'll experience this stress as on-going fatigue, feeling weak on a regular basis or being chronically sick. Studies have even shown that man-made environmental stress from interference lines alone increases the incidence of cancer by as much as 50% depending on how concentrated it is. People who are more sensitive to this negative energy will be the most affected.

Some buildings have offices or work stations that are particularly negative. When that's the case it's usually hard to keep that office occupied. The people who are hired and assigned to work in that office never seem to "work out." They quit after a short period of time, they're out sick more often than other employees leaving you to wonder if you hired the right guy or gal for the job or they come across as negative even though when you hired them you didn't see any signs that this kind of behavior. If you're a manager you may wonder why you can't seem to "fill this position" with the right person. More than likely it's not the person you're hiring but rather the office or work space you've assigned to them that's the problem.

Using dowsing, I block these stress lines both outside and inside building that are causing you grief so that everyone working in your business can feel their best and do their best work for the company. When your employees are happy turnover declines, they feel better, are more productive and they treat your clients better. Now your clients are happy and are more likely to buy from you.

Also, because environmental stress reduces the energy level in a building it can actually prevent your feng shui from working in a worst case scenario. In a best case scenario environmental stress limits the effectiveness of your feng shui activations because feng shui works with the energy that's already in your building. If the energy is low or negative then the positve energy generated from your feng shui activations is having to counter this negative energy being created by the environmental stress. When you block this stress with dowsing you actually lift the energy level and then the positive feng shui activations are enhanced by the new positive energy in the building. It's a total win-win.

There aren't too many Classical Feng Shui Experts who also dowse here in the U.S. but it was important to me to learn both pieces because of the measurable difference in results and feeling created when dowsing and classical feng shui are used together.

Author's Bio: 

After spending 13 years in alternative investment management as a Certified Financial Planner, Chriss left the world of finance to open up a hedge fund research practice. Using Feng Shui to set up her office she had over $120,000 in business in less than 3 months without spending a dime on marketing. Driven by requests from friends and acquaintances for Feng Shui consulting, Chriss founded Palm Beach Feng Shui to help others create the ideal environment to support their dreams of abundance, good health and great relationships.

Chriss Barr is a Feng Shui and Dowsing Expert, national speaker, founder of and the creator of The Palm Beach Feng Shui System®, the most complete Feng Shui consultation program for homeowners and entrepreneurs.

Chriss is also the celebrated author of the e-book 4 Easy Ways to Ignite Your Love Life and Fatten Up Your Wallet and two home study systems: “The Buyer Magnet System for Professional Realtors” as well as “Feng Shui the Green Way® for Homeowners.”

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