I visited an old client of mine a while ago after they had just bought an old barn in the outskirts of a quiet village to convert into a business and home. I was amazed when I first saw the barn, I arrived and it was beautiful, the views were stunning and the barn which is around 3000 square feet with two acres of land has so much potential along with hundreds of ceiling and wall beams, overall this barn was perfect in my eyes and from a Feng Shui point of view also pretty good! This was a big project for the both of us but I am always enthusiastic about this type of work.
I always make sure that I take many photos so that I can build an electronic library to use when I speak to clients in the future on every consultation I go to. It can also help me when I am writing their report up, as sometimes you cannot see the woods for the trees and looking at the photos later may show up some points that I can inform the client of in their report. Anyway, I was taking these photos thinking how great this place was and will be and thought of a great article for you all.
If I had read the hazards of beams 25 years ago, I suppose, I would have panicked aswell. But nowadays I have thousands of clients who have hundreds of beams in their home and they live very happy, healthy and wealthy lives. If you look at the photo below that I took a while ago, you will see some perfect examples. Think about the people you may know who have beams; all those large country homes with beams that would hold up a skyscraper, they really aren’t as bad as you may think.
The books and websites usually need something to fill the pages and they sometimes tend to exaggerate problems. This is extremely unfair in my opinion as it worries so many people. I have had people crying over the phone with worry that their child has been sleeping under a beam and they may have caused them bad luck or caused them to be bullied at school or similar trauma.
So what is good and bad?
If you look at photo #1 and #3 below you will see a large beam that I have marked with a red arrow, these types of beam you should avoid sleeping, working or even just sitting under, this will cause you problems and it is like sleeping under a guillotine. Photo #2 is the more common beam, these are fine to sleep under and I have hundreds of clients who sleep under these and it causes them no problems at all, just avoid big intense low beams, it is common sense really.
I have been to so many homes where they have had a Feng Shui Practitioner come along and advise the client to paint the beams the same colour as the wall which is normally a standard white colour to match the ceiling, I don’t know about you but the attraction of beams to me is the fact that they are a dark or wood colour standing out from the ceiling, I think they look lovely and add character to the building, if they are in a modern home they do not have the same affect for me but I suppose we all have different tastes.
It is far more important to sleep, work and sit in a good magnetic compass direction which is calculated from your personal Min Gua (life Trigram). This is one of the reasons why we produced our Feng Shui software so people can instantly calculate their best four directions, colours, elements and so much more; this is real traditional Feng Shui that we practise, not the Mickey Mouse Feng Shui that is so often written about.
I find myself continually looking at land formations and buildings; I was in a coffee shop in Bicester (UK) a few weeks ago called “Pret a manger” apparently they are a very large chain, I am not sure if this was standard décor for them but this place was kitted out in great big shiny stainless steel beams and large old style ventilation pipes the types that most Feng Shui books and websites would be spitting blood over. this coffee shop was packed though and the quality of food and coffee was pretty good too, but if they had read the Feng Shui books about this type of décor they would have had condemned this business and according to my son Daniel they are extremely successful.
Try to think of all the homes you know with beams, they normally belong to manor style homes with fairly wealthy owners, how many old English successful pubs with beams? How many successful businesses do you know with beams all over the place? If you really think about it, they cannot be that bad, just think carefully where you would place your bed, chair or desk, do not let it sit right under a large heavy beam and if you are not sure about where you are sitting, sleeping etc hang a pair of bamboo flutes or crystal spheres to weaken some of the negative energy, it will not be the perfect cure but it will help.
The reason for this article is so you do not get worried about small things as the power of the mind is exceptionally powerful and if you have something in your mind that is negative you can make small things grow into very large monsters.