Are “Feng Shui” Fish Tanks Good?

Are “Feng Shui” Fish Tanks Good?

Q: Aur, you said that feng shui fish tanks and water features in the hallways could make people sick.

Should I put it somewhere else or remove it completely?

Great question!

I’ll answer in two parts:

Firstly, I’ll share why traditional Feng Shui says water is good to have and…


I’ll explain what has changed that makes this wrong in today’s society:

Traditional Feng Shui

Thousands of years ago, when Feng

Shui first appeared…

Most of our ancestors grew plants for food and commerce.

For them, having water meant the difference between starvation and prosperity.

If you had water…

You could grow crops, raise animals, provide for your family and create value for your community.  

The richest people were those with fertile land and a constant flow of fresh water.

This is why original Feng Shui Masters would say it’s good fortune to have water on your land.

By the way

This is also where the idea came from that it is auspicious (lucky) to have a hill at the back of your property.

When there’s a hill…

It protects your crop and topsoil from harsh winds that could destroy a harvest.


So there you have it:

That’s why Traditional Feng Shui practitioners say it’s good to have water in your house – for “good luck and prosperity”.

They’re simply following the old Feng Shui rules from back when we grew our own food.


Do we still grow and sell food to survive these days?

For most of us, no.

We thankfully don’t need a water source (or a hill). We have modern plumbing and completely different livelihoods.  

This popular Feng Shui principle is hugely outdated.

…And misunderstood as something “esoteric” or to do with “chi” energy….

That’s why: 

I never teach my students to have fish tanks or water features in their home.

On the contrary, I tell my students to get rid of them asap.

Here’s why:

The Truth About Feng Shui Fish Tanks

Any unnatural body of water is bad to have in the house. 

Think about it…

Even when a pump circulates the water in a water fountain or aquarium…

…After a short period:

You will see a build-up of algae and bacteria forming in the water.

Here’s the Problem:

All bodies of water collect bacteria and germs. 


As the water naturally evaporates due to surrounding heat sources, the germs and pollutants are dispersed into the air, carried by the water particles. 

We can’t see it with our naked eye, but…

This doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect you. 

Once the germs have entered the surrounding air, they spread throughout the house.

As we breathe in the contaminated air, the germs go to work on weakening our immune system. This leads to:

* Frequent illnesses for all of those in the house.

* More common arguments between those in the house due to emotional instability caused by the subtle bacterial bombardment your body experiences.

 Moral of the story:

Don’t buy a Feng Shui fish tank or water feature.

You’ll just end up with a weakened immune system. This will leave you prone to allergies, illness and mood swings leading to arguments with others in the house.

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What Your Kitchen Reveals About Your Eating Habits [Kitchen Feng Shui]

What Your Kitchen Reveals About Your Eating Habits [Kitchen Feng Shui]

Did you know that the location of your kitchen reveals what kind of food you like?

And Actually…

Simply from knowing where someone’s kitchen is in the house, you can gain lots of insight into their life.


  • Whether they like to cook
  • How often they eat at home vs out.
  • If their food tastes good or lacks creativity
  • How close they are to their family.
  • and even whether you would be a welcome guest for dinner (or not).

So, how is this possible?

Because your home is connected to you and is a physical representation of your life.

For example:

The living room is the area in your home where you entertain friends and guests. So, it makes sense that this room represents your social life.


The kitchen and dining areas reveal a person’s eating habits (for obvious reasons). But, they also tell us something about a family’s dynamics.  That’s because it’s literally where the family comes together.

Although this relationship between our environment and our selves is now being explored through psychological studies, the truth is that it has been known for thousands of years.

As Feng Shui.


What is “Feng Shui”?

Feng Shui is the popular name for the ancient study of the relationship between nature and people. Although commonly associated with China, the concept of this study has been around since the beginning of civilization. Dating back as far as ancient Mesopotamia.

(Ps. Unfortunately, 99% of “Feng Shui” information on the internet is hogwash. This is because the currently popularized Feng Shui is based on 2,000+ years of Chinese whispers and profiteering. More about that in the full Feng Shui Guide)

Read on.


So How Does Feng Shui Predict My Life From My Kitchen?

To answer that question:

We first need one more piece to the puzzle: HOW the location of any room influences a person’s behavior in specific and different ways. The answer to this is already in your mind…

…Or, more accurately:


Your Brain.

You’ve probably heard about how the brain’s left and right hemispheres have different functions, each with their own cognitive strengths and weaknesses

The creative hemisphere and the analytical hemisphere. Right?

What people don’t realize is that it isn’t logic vs. creativity.

It’s masculinity and femininity…. Ying and Yang.

Everything in this universe is a balance of two opposing forces There’s a masculine and feminine side to everything. Including your home.

The Male and Female Sides of Your Home

Every building in the world has a male side and a female side.

The right-hand side of any structure is masculine. So, anything you do in this area of the building is guided and affected by unseen masculine forces.

On the other hand…

A feminine influence steers your action and thoughts when doing anything in the left-side of a building. That way, if your kitchen or any other particular room is in this area, the way you interact with the objects in the room will have certain characteristics aligned with universal female traits.

(We’ll get to how this impacts your eating habits in a moment). 

It is because of these influences that your home reveals everything about you. Once you understand the symbolism of the room combined with the way its position affects your behavior, you’re able to accurately predict a person’s lifestyle.


Let’s use all of this to finally answer the question:


What Does Your Kitchen Feng Shui Reveal About Your Eating Habits?

If your kitchen is on the right, masculine, side of the property:

It shows that you tend to like variety over routine, in the kitchen. Knowing this, we can predict that someone with a kitchen on this side of their home will enjoy trying new foods and get bored easily if they had to have the same thing every night.

They are also likely to try new foods they have never had before.


That’s just how men are.

Males seek variety. They are always interested in new and unexplored things and areas. Males also tend to be more boisterous. This means that if you are dining on this side of the property, it’s more likely that you will have friends over for dinner and enjoy lively conversations at the dinner table.


This is all in contrast with someone whose kitchen is on the left-hand side of their home.

If your kitchen is on the left side, you are more influenced by universal feminine qualities. This means that you would rather stick to what you know, instead of trying new foods when at home.
People with a kitchen on the left-hand side of the property are more likely to eat according to routine and to generally be more conscious of how everything is presented.

Because these are more universal feminine traits of seeking stability and being more attentive to how something looks than their male counterparts.


Simple, isn’t it?

You can go through this same exercise with your living room, bedroom, bathroom etc to see what these rooms reveal about your habits and lifestyle.


This is all just scratching the surface of what your home reveals about you.
Even better,

You can use actually use this Feng Shui connection to have your life the way you want. By making small changes to your home, you are able to change your own behavior and lifestyle to be the way you would like.

This gives you the ability to make effortless improvements to your life, from the outside, in.


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The Psychology of Color Vs. The Feng Shui of Color

The Psychology of Color Vs. The Feng Shui of Color

Human Psychology Colors Use

There’s a lot of scientific research about the psychological effects color. Many big companies commonly use these findings in their branding and marketing decision making.You’ll notice that most fast food chains often have mainly red and yellow in their logos.

This is because many studies firmly suggested that red triggers hunger, stimulation, and is an “attention grabbing” color. Whereas people generally associate yellow with happiness and friendliness. Combined, these colors create the perfect psychological effect most fast food chains want: happy and hungry customers.

In contrast, companies often use blues and greens for trust, tranquility, and relaxation. That is why accounting and insurance companies commonly use blue and green logos. On the other hand, most people consider white as pure, creating mental clarity and wiping the slate clean which is why companies always use it for cleaning products.

In the Mind

All of these color effects are simply in our mind. Most associations we have of each color are the product of thousands of years of experience interacting with our surroundings.  Plus we’re trained culturally and socially every day to further deepen our associations between particular colors and certain products, actions, scenarios, and brands.

Imagine, you’re in the local supermarket. You’re about to buy a cleaning product for the bathroom. There are two cleaners available. One has a dark brown label. The other has a bright, white label. Which one would you pick? Most would almost automatically buy the white label product. We associate brown with dirt and excrement. This isn’t clean. While white is associated with clean tiles, white sheets, and healthy teeth. More aligned with or goal of “clean.”

Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean your new white product does a better job of cleaning the bathroom. It’s only your psychological reaction and preference. It isn’t the color’s true effect on its surroundings.


Feng Shui Colors Use

Everything in nature is made up of the same four elements. Even colors. We all know at least some of them instinctively. Like blue is water. Red is fire.

From the viewpoint of Feng Shui Colors work similarly to the elements they represent. They affect each person, and house, differently. Because, every person, and house, has their own elemental strengths and weaknesses, or “elemental makeup”. For a person, it’s based on the moment they were born. The Sun and the Moon’s positioning at the time of their birth influence the levels of water and fire in their body and sets them up for life with certain key physical and mental characteristics. That’s what makes each one of us unique, and why one person can eat all the cake they want and never get fat whereas others eat a cracker and become immediately bloated.

For an individual, this is based on the moment they were born. The positioning of the Sun and the Moon at the time of their birth influences the levels of water and fire in their body. Unbeknownst to them, their birth time sets them up for life with certain key physical and mental characteristics. That’s what makes each one of us unique. It’s why one person can eat all the cake they want and never get fat whereas others eat a cracker and immediately becomes bloated.

Be Careful with Feng Shui Colors

It’s all because of the levels of different elements in our bodies. If any Feng Shui consultant or Interior designer tells you that a particular color will make you anxious, or powerful, or “attuned”, or energized, or otherwise, ask them how. Ask them why YOU specifically will experience this effect and how this is different from another. If they can’t explain it in further detail, then they don’t know nature’s true use of Feng Shui color. They’re only referring to the known psychological effects of color. In reality, colors can make a person sick to the point of no return or abundantly rich, and everything in between.

Feng Shui Colors affect each of us differently

That’s why a fire color such as red will affect each one of us differently. For someone who has higher levels of water in their bodies, fire colors will affect them one way. It could make them more active (think of boiling water). Whereas for people with more fire in their bodies, fiery colors can result in more attention from friends (think of a flame becoming brighter).

To add to all this, a house has its own unique elemental makeup too. That’s why a person’s life can change completely when changing where they live. Each house’s elements interacts with the individual’s elements differently, and the right colors for that house will depend on 1. The elemental strengths and weaknesses of the property and 2. The inhabitants own elemental characteristics.

That is why, Red in one house may make Person A rich but Person B, sick. Whereas if they both move to a different house, that same Red color might make Person A lose their money and Person B spends all or most of their time out of the house.

Colors aren’t as simple or harmless as they seem. Without the correct guidance or true knowledge of Feng Shui colors, it is difficult to use them correctly. Be aware when asking for color advice that the person actually knows what they’re talking about. For God’s sake. Please, don’t buy any colored items for a house because they say it brings “good luck” or something just as ludicrous or ambiguous. Ask for real reasons and real results.

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Can Wind Chimes Save Lives?

Can Wind Chimes Save Lives?

Feng Shui consultants often recommend buying wind chimes to dispel “negative energies” and even attract money, health, friendship.

But what the hell are they talking about?

If wind chimes were so great, wouldn’t shop owners who sell wind chimes be secret billionaires who never had a bad day?

The truth is, even most self-professed “Feng Shui Masters” don’t truly understand how wind chimes (or many other “Feng Shui cures”) actually help. That’s why when you ask them about it, they’ll give you vague answers and…

have trouble explaining what the real benefits of having wind chimes are and how to use them.

We asked Feng Shui Expert, Aur, what was really going on with the little wooden and metal songbirds.

Aur, is it good to have wind chimes?

First, let me ask you something…

Do you have government provided electricity at the front of your house? Like low-voltage power lines or transformers? If so, you might need a wind chime.

Here’s why:

All wires, transformers, and power plants emit various forms of electro and/or magnetic radiation. Engineers have found great ways to reduce most high-frequency radiation Ultrasonic (with shielding and insulation), which was believed to be the most dangerous. Until recently.  

You Can’t Stop All Radiation

The problem is…

…By nature, certain radiation cannot be stopped with insulation.

And now, scientists are only just realizing how damaging these subtle electromagnetic waveforms can be (that’s a link to an interesting scientific article on electromagnetic energy and our health).

Some studies have gone so far as to suggest a link between certain cancers, including childhood leukemia, and prolonged exposure such electromagnetic radiation.

Some studies have gone so far as to suggest a link between certain cancers, including childhood leukemia, and prolonged exposure such electromagnetic radiation.


Sound Disrupts Radiation

Fortunately, there is something that can lessen the negative influences of radiation:

Sound.  Like radiation,

Like radiation, sound is also a waveform which affects and travels across the same air particles as radiation.

When the two opposing waveforms meet, they disrupt each other. See how we are slowly circling back to the wind chimes? Anything that makes a sound can counter radiation to some degree.


The Wind

The wind carries many things, including electromagnetic radiation.

This is because:

The charged energy in the air affects the tiny air particles which move with the wind flow (Feng Shui).

Starting to see the real reason wind chimes are such a great natural remedy?

When the wind blows to your home (carrying the charged particles with it), the wind chimes start to tinkle, lightly disrupting subtle negative EM effects.


Size Matters

Read this before you go to Amazon looking for wind chimes.

A small wind chime won’t help much if…

There is a large power station at your doorstep.

Be aware when you choose a place to live that there aren’t any large transformers or power stations in front of the building.


Harmony and Tones

Don’t worry too much about how loud or softly your wind chime is or what tone they make.

Any wind chime should fine.

Remember, some of the most powerful sounds are those which we cannot even hear, like Infra & Ultrasonic sounds, which are created by the natural harmonic overtones produced by wind chimes.

Wind Chimes Go Outside

Before you comment below asking about placement, let me say this.

There’s no need to place it in the South West, South, East or whichever direction’s corner. Unless…

That’s where the wind blows from. If there is no wind, there is no sound from the wind chime.

No sound… no point.

The best place for wind chimes is outside between yourself and the source of the electrical pollution. Otherwise, what’s the point? Real Feng Shui isn’t about pleasantries. It’s about results.  

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Breaking Free of Western Thinking

Breaking Free of Western Thinking

Aur’s personal observation of the differences between the Western thinking of her Australian students compared to her Asian students, by mentor Aur and how Asian thinking could maybe help. (8-10 min read).

 Safety doesn’t Help

In Western culture, people train themselves to look good – at least on the surface. Their government keeps their streets clean. People keep their homes freshly painted, and lawns mowed. Everyone tries to speak and act politely with each other. In the Western world, everything is perfect on the outside.

Most Western countries have support systems in place for those in need and a decent government that takes care of people’s basic needs if they’re have nowhere else to turn. Life is not too bad in an average Western Country.

But in Asia, most governments aren’t that sophisticated or helpful. They don’t take care of their people who have nothing to spare. Each family has to fend for themselves. That’s why, as Asians, we’re raised to fight for our survival and be strong mentally. We don’t have time to be worried, sad, or depressed. We are forced to be mentally strong and cope with pressure. It’s we live closely as a family. We help each other to survive. A large family also means a large network of people to help you succeed in whatever you do.


Be Respectful of Success

The problem with Western culture is that, although most people want to be rich and successful, their society doesn’t train them to be entrepreneurs. They’re trained to be employees. Because they still want success but don’t have the mind to achieve it, they start calling others with success greedy or selfish.

So many Westerners are too afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone, and because they want to look good, they hide their weaknesses and failures. Unfortunately, they’re trained like this since childhood. This is a big reason why so many living in Western countries to feel depressed in day to day life and lack true self-confidence.

Asia is not perfect by any means. But, because we don’t have the systems and safety nets Westerners have, Asian’s have created a fighting entrepreneurial spirit out of their need to survive. When their lives suck, they work hard to change it. Otherwise, they may not survive. That’s why Asians openly respect rich people. They know that no matter Asian, Western, or otherwise, the only thing that makes people different are their minds.  In Asia, we see people who have made themselves rich trained themselves to be that way, and worked hard to get there. That’s why we bow to rich people in Asia, we know there is a great deal to learn from them which we can use in own lives.


Learn First

I teach a form of Feng Shui which reveals how everything in your life is determined by the colors you use and the structures you live and work in, with guaranteed results.

When teaching in any country, I always prove first that everything I teach is real with live demonstrations. That way all my students can immediately see how their lives are tangibly connected to the world around them. Within the first day of learning, all my students agree that nothing in life is a coincidence. No matter where they’re from.

The difference between Western and Asian students happens after the class has finished. Here in Asia, students always want to continue learning as much as possible so they can find out how to make their lives better. But, they’re usually too afraid to apply it on their own, in case they make a mistake and somehow ruin their lives. So, they bug me each day with more and more questions. I like how they try to learn as much as they can and to get as much value from their teacher as possible.

On the other hand, Westerners are afraid to contact me. They assume I’m too busy to teach. So they start fixing everything in their lives without any further guidance. In their minds, they’re not afraid of making mistakes.

On the one hand, they see that Real Feng Shui affects every area of a person’s life. But on the contrary, they still feel like it’s impossible for something like this to be real.  So, they don’t think enough of it to be afraid of the consequences if they make a mistake. But the truth is, if something can elevate your life for the better, it can also destroy you. Learn first. Have patience. Be afraid to make mistakes.


Deal with Problems

In Asia, we are trained to be disciplined and impeccable with our word. This is why in Asia, no matter how painful something is, if we have done something wrong, we accept the consequences.

Whereas, many of my Western students want to make their lives better but are afraid of facing their problems or sharing them with others. They cover the real problems and tell themselves that their problem is something else. Here’s an example:

An overweight student once told me that, she wants to be thin and have a great body so that she can be more confident in herself. She justified spending her family’s savings on a detox retreat in Bali for this reason. I told her that she didn’t need money to lose weight. She could easily go for a run every day to lose weight. It’s free, and within four months she would have a great body. But, I asked her, would she be satisfied with herself once she was thin? The answer was no.

Truth be told, she didn’t care about losing weight. She wanted to have more money and spend it on herself for things she wanted to do and have. But, she didn’t want to admit being greedy or wanting money.

A lot of Westerners deny who they are. They deny wanting to be successful and deny wanting money. This comes back from the point that they want to look good. But, how are they ever going to get what they want if they start with denial?


Be Honest With Yourself

I wonder. If you want to fix your life but you don’t open up to others or even yourself about your problems, who’s ever going to help you? If you can’t tell the truth about how you feel, you won’t fix it no matter how hard you try. If you want money, or you’re greedy, then be greedy. So what? You can want whatever you want. It just doesn’t mean you’re going to get it.


Be Real

The other problem I see a lot in Western culture is day-dreaming. People say they can do something without thinking first. Someone told me once that he was going to open a shop, but didn’t know the details yet. If it were in Asia, we would think to ourselves, what will we sell? How will it be different from everyone else on the market? Why will my customers have to pick me instead of others?

Many Westerners don’t do that. They never question themselves about how they’re going to make something successful. They only think on the surface.

Think about what the other person gets. If you have a business partner, think what that person gets and why that person needs them. Or if they have a customer, what will their customer get? What unique value do they give these people? If you don’t think about this, there is no way you will succeed.

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