A Feng Shui Haunting on Long Island--part two

Home Stager with Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island #888

For part one:  A Feng Shui Haunting in Long Island

I had chills just being NEAR that room.  Although he had tried his best to clean it, you could see bits of tin foil, towels, boards and apparently anything else she could find to try to avoid the cameras she was sure were "spying" on her.  She was truly very ill.....her clothes and personal items remained and were scattered about.  My client explained that she now lived in an apartment and could not fit her things.  She also did not take the medicine prescribed for her.

Clearly, this man was very torn.  In his Country, he told us, it is forbidden to divorce for ANY reason.  Yet he felt he had to protect his child.  He took the child every week for a visit but had not seen much improvement in his soon to be ex.  It was heartbreaking listening to him.

We climbed up to the next floor which had just two rooms---and that bathroom that had been "sealed" to protect against all the prying eyes.  Upon reaching the landing, there was a door; I thought perhaps because it was an older home it had been put in but noticed it was an unusual place for a door.

We next entered what was formerly the master bedroom...with the door that "made noises" of opening and closing and sometimes pounding....and her things were everywhere in THIS room as well.  He needed to move on somehow and although she didn't have space, he had to remove her items from the home.  It felt as if she were still there-and all around him.  He looked so sorrowful but realized I was right.

We went into his child's room next and it was an oddly shaped room.  We began to rearrange some of the furniture.  His child had no headboard but instead just a window behind him.  There was nothing to back him up.  I found It interesting to hear that his son did NOT hear the noises although he was fearful in the home and would not stay alone in a room.  I offered other suggestions for things to change and thought his son should help him and have a say in his territory. 

Turning around to go downstairs my client closed the doors behind him.  That's when WE heard it-the door opening.  We were stunned and turned so fast---and saw nothing.  The door hadn't moved.  Not an inch.  I went back to open that door wondering WHAT it was-and walked back through both rooms.  On my way back out I noticed his son had a small crawlspace that I hadn't seen and asked permission to open it.

The door opened easily and we saw MORE storage of his mother's things left behind.  I STILL didn't know what it was but knew this energy was powerful.  I asked him to remove that as well-as soon as he could and he agreed.

I did several forms of space clearings for this home, making sure not to miss anything and asked my client to participate as well which he did.  I asked him to call me as I have had to go back on several occasions when the energy is as strong as in his house. He looked so sad that we were leaving but I reminded him that while I wasn't sure what was in his home, I felt it was his wife's energy that had remained behind.  

I was NOT expecting a call early the next morning-very early.  With one happy man who told me it was THE FIRST NIGHT IN THREE YEARS he had NOT heard noises and slept the night through.  I was thrilled but cautious....not being sure exactly what it was, I didn't know if it would return.

He kept in touch with me for a very long time and was so grateful.  The lights didn't flicker anymore and he reported that he slept well EVERY night - which enabled him to get to work earlier and get HOME earlier to spend more time with his son.

His last phone call was to let me know he was taking his son away on vacation, had removed the last of her things left behind and felt like a "new person."  I learned so many lessons from this consultation, one being that while I always think of Predecessor Energy, I had not realized how strong it could be with someone who was unstable.  Let's Talk About Predecessor Energy: A Feng Shui Post from Feng Shui Long Island  Even more so, in this case then in some of the homes where I believed there was Spirit Energy.

When moving, please CLEANSE your homes.  Do it again if there is a life changing event.  Put your intention into it, use Sage, Sound or one of the other methods but DO IT. 

For Space Clearing Advice, Denise Lin

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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

It is difficult to let go when someone is so deeply committed to holding on. This is a very sad story though the man finds relief in the end. Glad you could help him to move on and find peace.

Nov 02, 2008 03:24 PM #9
Marie Meyer
Keller Williams Realty - Central Valley, NY
Orange County New York Realtor

Suspenseful story, Carole.  Amazing also ... such incredible negative energy causing such distress for the man and his son.  How sad for his wife also, so ill and so beyond help.  Her illness is like death ... her essence destroyed.   

Nov 02, 2008 11:06 PM #11
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Carole ~ I'm glad to hear this man had a happy outcome (as far as the house goes anyway).  I don't know how I would have felt if I had heard the door.

Nov 03, 2008 12:44 AM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Mary, I'm sorry, I should have been more clear.  His mother was very much alive but living somewhere else.  My client didn't know the history of the home so I had no way to determine if that's what made his ex worse.  I had to really think about this because I've felt all kinds of energy before but this was so intense, I believe, because of her illness.  I think some people suffering from paranoid schizophrenia had intense highs--and lows and it was there in that house!  I would love to contribute, thank you for asking!

Gayle, Yes I did actually.  It wasn't quite as intense but it was also by a person who was alive---I think "hauntings" come from intense energy.

Joan, It was life changing for me as well to realize (for the first time) that someone alive could produce these types of activities in a home.

Tom, Very cute :)  This was quite an experience for me.

Linda, We think of energy left behind by former occupants.  Sadness or grief or fighting and it will give you a heavy feeling.  This energy was so intense it was amazing, I'd never seen that from someone who hadn't actually passed.

Alisha, Sorry to "chill" you.  You should have seen ME :)

Cheryl, The energy doesn't necessarily have to be in the house, it can be on the land and is often impossible to trace.  I know animals and children are more suseceptable to energy so I'm glad nothing happened with your son!  I am still amazed that animals can pick things up we can't.

Rich, Last I heard he was better although he'd felt such regret and sadness.  He was taking a vacation with his son and I was thrilled to hear it. And that he was sleeping :)

Deborah, If this man was helped it was by this therapist--who believed him as well and recommended Feng Shui.  It was the second time a therapist had sent a client to me--or to a FS consultant I should say.

Marie, She had improved for the short time she took medication and while I believe some doctors absolutely push these anti-anxiety drugs on people, in this case she really did need it.  It may have helped--I don't know.  It was very, very sad.

Kathy, I'm surprised I headed back in...If someone had asked me what I'd do I'd have thought I'd run!  You never know how you're going to react until you're faced with something.

Nov 03, 2008 12:33 PM #13
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Carole - What an amazing story!  Your strength to face this kind of challenge clearly shows the faith you have in what you do and that it proved to make such a difference for this man and his son.

Nov 03, 2008 03:37 PM #15
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Carole, Thanks for sharing an amazing incident. I will read part one again and mention the story to my friends.

Nov 03, 2008 10:01 PM #16
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Carol - Just one time in my life I want to be able to experience something like this. I will not be a believer until it happens.

Nov 03, 2008 10:28 PM #17
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Deborah, He must have been quite a therapist.  He believed his client (I'd hate to think how many don't!) and knew what might help.

Donna, I wasn't so brave, I was thankful to have someone to GO with :)  He's dealth with patients that have told him things and after experiencing that himself, looked at things in a different light as well.

Gita, It happened...every word.  And it was more of a learning lesson for ALL of us!

Bill, I think I always believed it, experiencing it IS a  different thing.  But you're in homes all the time, I'll bet some FEEL better then others........

Nov 04, 2008 12:32 PM #18
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Carole, you are so very brave...and such a blessing for every space!

Nov 05, 2008 02:41 PM #19
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Carole - that is a wonderful description of negative energy.  I believe in it, but there are some that don't and will call us crazy.  I don't care.  I can feel it and that's all that counts.

To my normal friends I refer to those feelings as "Aha!" moments.  That they tend to understand.

You did a wonderful thing in helping this man.

Nov 06, 2008 02:39 AM #20
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Wow, congratulations on your wonderful ability to help this family.  Space clearing is so important and most times it is easily overlooked.

Nov 06, 2008 05:54 AM #21
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Although I remember you telling me this story once, I enjoyed reading it in a post and ESPECIALLY thank you for mentioning about the space clearing. As you know, I'm in the process of moving and once I settle in, I'll do what you've recommended.



Nov 06, 2008 11:37 PM #22
Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Carole, this is a great story. Not only because of your great writing skills (love that cliffhanger!) but also because it is so clear from reading it how much you care about your clients! He was obviously lucky to have found you and you must be thrilled that you were able to change his and his son's lives for the better!

Nov 07, 2008 05:58 AM #23
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

With everything that happened this week, I almost forgot about part two. I'm so glad I got to finish it. I have been in homes where the negative energy was so strong, it almost knocked me down. I did not hear or see anything  strange...but I felt it. In one case, I felt that I could not get a breath until I was outside. Thanks for sharing! GBU!

Nov 08, 2008 02:05 PM #24
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA
Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate.

Carole - holy moly !  That is pretty eerie and cool... you are a great writer !  Have you considered writing some sort of story or novel ?  You should... my heart was beating faster as I was reading.  On another note, your client is lucky to have you.  It really shows how much you care and put into your work - that is awesome : )

Nov 09, 2008 12:54 AM #25
James Wexler
wexzilla.com - Scottsdale, AZ

I actually have a lot of out of state (potential) buyers who ask me to buy new construction homes , homes that have never been lived in, due to similar 'feelings'

Nov 09, 2008 01:33 AM #26
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Carole--Bipolar is a very scary and powerful illness robbing so many wonderful people of their lives. Your story and the outcome kept me on the edge of my seat. I wouldn't have thought that someone's energy from an illness would stay with the home when they moved. Amazing story.

Nov 09, 2008 07:36 AM #27
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Cleansing the home and getting rid of the negative stuff left behind is surely the best way to start off in a new residence! I'm sure it was a hard and unsettling task before you but isn't it rewarding in the end. So glad it all worked out!

Nov 09, 2008 01:50 PM #28
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX


My sister-in-law once remarked that if you allow evil in your home than your home will become

evil.  I feel for the man and his son.  Of course the wife and mother.

Nov 10, 2008 12:48 PM #29
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Mara, I don't know about brave :)  I did what I had to do that I hoped would help--and thank goodness it did!

Carol, I would have thought by now most people at least believe in Energy.  But I guess there are always some that still think they are "coincidences" or just your "imagination."  THAT to me is a scary thought :)!!

Kim, It is often overlooked and one of the BEST things you can do when moving into a new space.

Jo, I know, this story still reminds me how strong Energy is.  You might want to clear your new place before you move in if you can.......

Annie, He is grateful to be sleeping at night--I can't imagine not getting one good night of sleep in two years!  But I learned as much from this consult as he did!

Elizabeth, I know most real estate agents can FEEL something in a home...I always wonder about the history of a home and would certainly try to at least find out what I could about previous owners.  GBU, hope things are well!

Christopher and Stephanie, Thank you for the compliment, I have been working on a book on Feng Shui.  But not on my clients, more to enlighten people and teach basics which will benefit everyone.

James, They still have to think of the LAND---funny that they're not considering that.  But I'm sorry they won't look at a previously owned home, they can be cleansed--space clearings and ones for the land are very powerful.

Teri, It is a very sad problem that people have to cope with.  This energy was beyond that and it was SO strong it actually felt like a haunting.  I heard that door and saw those lights..........

Sally, I was glad it worked too...for my client and for me.  It taught me a lot--I never realized the pure power of energy with people that suffer from some types of illnesses.

Brenda, It's interesting that most of the "things that go bump in the night" is NOT evil.  It is more playful spirits or those that are "stuck" here.  I have very rarely felt threatened.

Nov 11, 2008 08:42 AM #30
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