A Feng Shui Haunting in Long Island

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A Feng Shui Haunting on Long Island New York  

I've been reading many stories of Hauntings...it's Halloween, after all.  As a New York Feng Shui Consultant, I have seen my share of homes which my clients claim are haunted---and I never doubt them. ALMOST never doubt them....

Please note:  This is a True Story with a former client.  I am not showing pictures of his home or sharing his name or even his town out of respect for privacy. 

One day I received a call from "Sam."  He sounded like a very nice gentleman who lived on Long Island and was advised to call a Feng Shui Consultant by his therapist. Red flag?  I wasn't sure but continued to listen to his story.

He had purchased his home three years ago-and hadn't had ONE full nights sleep since the day he moved in.  He had lights constantly flickering in the kitchen despite three electricians. He also heard noises, his door to his bedroom opening, to be exact.  Though he could see the door from his bed and it WASN'T opening, he'd heard it over and over, every night.

For some reason I was a bit leery to go on this consultation by myself.  He lived in the house with his child and was going through a divorce.  I asked a friend of mine who is a Certified Social Worker if they would go with me and I asked my client if he would be allowed to come as well.

We arrived at his home in Anytown, Long Island to find a well mannered, educated, well dressed man who I could tell was somewhat apprehensive as well.  Prior to his therapist, he's never HEARD of Feng Shui he said.  His home was lovely, well furnished and thought out with his child's artwork and hobbies displayed throughout. 

He told us that he and his soon-to-be ex wife had purchased the home three years ago.  She had at the time, an as yet undiagnosed mental condition which they thought to be bipolar Bipolar disorder - MayoClinic.comAlmost from the day they moved in, she got considerably worse and her eventual diagnosis was paranoid schizophrenia.   As she became worse, so did the house, he claimed.  The lights were flickering more often and the noises were almost intolerable.

At first he believed he had electrical problems due to the flickering but no one that he called was able to stop it.  His wife eventually got to the point where she believed there were cameras installed in the home and she began putting up paper and tin foil on all the windows.  He cared a great deal about his wife but was too concerned for his child to allow this to continue and she was finally removed from the home.

I felt very sad for him and knew he was speaking from his heart; this was obviously very difficult for him but I believed him about the noises AND the lights started flickering while we were in the kitchenHe was so relieved to have others see it as well!  As we were touring the home, I noticed all the doors to the rooms were closed off down a long hallway. 

He walked ahead opening each door to allow us inside until we reached one of the doors.  I DIDN'T WANT HIM TO OPEN THAT DOOR and didn't know why....I am so careful to try not to allow a client to see me react to something but in this case I couldn't help it and almost involuntarily stepped back.  Both he and my friend noticed.

I got chills without knowing why when he explained It was his ex-wife's former room, still filled with her things.  The energy was so intense it was difficult for me to stay there very long.  I couldn't quite figure it out---what was going on with this HOUSE?

To be continued...........



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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I'm with Katerina....you left us hanging!  :)  I will patiently await.....the continuation....WHAT IS IN THAT HOUSE???

Oct 31, 2008 05:11 PM #2
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Okay Carole,

You have me hooked! I'm waiting with baited breath for Part II.

Oct 31, 2008 07:37 PM #3
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

Are you kidding me???   You leave us (your loyal friends and readers) hanging???

(That poor man..)

Oct 31, 2008 08:40 PM #5
Linda Jandura
Raleigh Cary Realty - Apex, NC
Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist

Carole--- you better finish this story TODAY!!!! We're all dying here!  This could be a chapter on the book of stagers- or even a whole book!

Can't wait for the next installment.

Nov 01, 2008 01:29 AM #6
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Carole ~ I never figured you for a teaser! : )  This man's family situation is very sad, but the goings-on in his home sound freaky.  Can't wait for the next part now!

Nov 01, 2008 02:40 AM #7
Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

A teaser?  No Fair!

Nov 01, 2008 03:09 AM #8
Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate

Oh Geez! It was getting so good! This was your best story yet!  When are you continuing?  I can't stand it and you know I am dying for a picture!  Though I undersand!  On the edge of my seat for part two!

Nov 01, 2008 03:12 AM #9
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

hi Carole,

I remember you telling me about this house in a telephone conversation...it never ceases to amaze me how energy is transferred onto objects and into surroundings and can remain there for a very long time affecting all of those who enter the environment.

I went into a house a few weeks ago  (a 2yr old upscale townhouse) that had an extremely negative energy drain in it and the longer I was there, the worse I began to feel. It was like an energy vacuum sucking the energy out of all who entered and had a very sad, heavy, forboding feel to it. Yet everything was immaculate and brand new. I was so glad to leave there and it took me over 40 minutes to begin to feel like myself again.


Nov 01, 2008 07:19 AM #10
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Oh my --  I can hardly wait to find out what happened next!  There are a lot of home that have a different energy when you enter them -- and when you walk around them!  Buyers often comment on that as well!  There are just some homes you want to leave as soon as possible.

Nov 01, 2008 10:19 AM #11
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Carole - I'm standing by anxiousy awaiting to hear the rest of this story.....I'm dying for you to post the continuation...hurry up plese!!!

Nov 01, 2008 10:47 AM #12
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Is this sweeps week and the rating need to go up?

Cliffhangers are negative feng shui.

Nov 01, 2008 12:19 PM #13
Gayle Balaban
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E - Chattanooga, TN
E. TN Waterfront Real Estate

Hi Carole This sounds definitely creepy.  I do believe that it was real however.  Just recently I went to a client's home to meet with he and his wife.  From the moment I got in front of the house I began to feel unsettled.  Now I am far from shy or timid, but, I really didn't want to knock on the door.  Once inside I sat in a chair in the LR and barely heard a word of the discussion because I was overwhelmed with the feeling of just wanting to leave  It waas alomost a panic attack which I don't get.  This was the first time that I met the wife who was recovering from a brain tumor.  I made short work of our business and left as quickly as I could without being rude.  It took several hours for me to settle down.  Why?  I haven't a clue.  I called a friend of mine and told her that it made me depressed and heavy.  Right then and there I determined that the financial gain was not worth feeling that way and he is now with another agent.

Nov 01, 2008 12:40 PM #14
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Katerina, I couldn't see anymore to finish it :)  Besides, it was starting to look like a "wall of words."  I'll finish it very soon!

Sally, I will finish it soon!  I realized at the last minute I hadn't written a scary story for Halloween!

Susan, Thank you, I'll finish it as soon as I can-- it was quite a house!

Deborah, Halloween isn't my favorite day--but I DID have a story for it!

Kris, I think I really overcommented but I couldn't see to finish it...it's coming, honest!

Linda, I will try, it's long (and people HATE long posts!).  Besides, I was bleary eyed.

Kathy, This consult really scared me--not at all usual for me!

Brenda, I'm going to finish it soon, sorry for the cliffhanger (but it was SO long!).

Jo, This house terrified me--and the poor man and his child.  I should have blessed it first but I almost never do that.  The house (except for the lights) didn't feel so awful until he started to open that door...........

Joan, I know and most people DO feel them I believe.  I think they don't know WHY they felt that way--but I too can feel it in certain homes.

Donna, I was out all day but I will try to write it tonight---sorry!!

Brenda, I left about 35 to 40 comments yesterday---and it was getting SO LONG.  I will finish it very soon!

Nov 01, 2008 12:49 PM #15
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Oh my gosh, you can't just leave us hanging and waiting.  Reminds of Jo's "to be continued" sagas.

Nov 01, 2008 01:24 PM #16
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

...I am trying not to be impatient...should we submit our twisted endings in a contest type manner??? OK, I think there really was no wife or she was deceased and the husband had been pushed beyond the breaking point and was really the one with mental health issues. And the supposed child...where is the child? was there a child? See what happens to my mind when there is no conclusion. I would be perfect as that dying man in the hospital who stays awake each evening because the story that was being read to him is left unfinished.

Nov 01, 2008 01:51 PM #17
Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business

No ! No ! No ! You can't leave me hanging there ! hurry, waiting, parked, biting my nails......

Nov 01, 2008 02:19 PM #18
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Okay...I'm on the edge of my seat. I need to know what happened. I'm with Melissa...give us more!!! GBU, my precious friend!

Nov 01, 2008 03:38 PM #19
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Gayle, Believe me, I know the feeling and if you think about the energy of this person going through such an awful experience, it may well have been the pain, grief and anxiety of her energy you were feeling.  I had not until that consultation felt and heard anything like that before.

Cynthia, I had to get a Halloween post in--and thought of one of my most unusual consults.

Rich, My goodness, you DO have quite an imagination!  There WAS a wife, I can assure you...I was surrounded by her things everywhere.  And there was a child (and quite talented he was).  "Sam" was a wonderful person going through a horrible time.

Melissa, It was quite a consultation--I learned WAY more then my client did that day and will never forget it.

Elizabeth, I love that we all have such diverse lives and love each other--not being able to get on here today made me realize it really IS about the friendships.......GBU!!

Nov 02, 2008 12:16 PM #20
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Carole- I read both this and the concluding post... very interesting. It reminded me of the time I spent the night at a friends house. His parents told stories of the young woman who was haunting the place. Though they said she was a nice and respectful ghost I can't say I ever wanted to spend the night there again.

Nov 03, 2008 01:55 PM #21
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Carole, I read part two first. This is truly amazing. I had a listing once and a neighbor came to my open house and said this is The Divorce House. Everyone who lived in it got divorced. My sellers were breaking up and I strated worrying about the next person who bought it. I sold it myself and thank God they are still married.

Nov 03, 2008 10:11 PM #22
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