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The Story of 8 Feng Shui
As long as I can remember, my life has been centered around my spiritual practice and my work with metaphysics. I recall, at the early age of 6, looking up at the vastness of the starry night sky and receiving a flash of spiritual clarity. We live in a world of infinite possibilities. Gradually, over the ensuing years, it became clear to me that there is so much more to us, our lives and our world, than meets the eye. I also came to see that there was a path that I was called to follow to fulfill my life’s purpose. I would need to learning to listen on a profound level, and to be totally open. Have I done a good job of following that path? At times I have and at other times I have not. However, events would always guide me back on track.
In 1982, I lived in Toronto’s Yonge-Eglinton neighborhood and worked for IBM Canada. One evening, in my local bookstore, I came upon one of the earliest books on Feng Shui in the English language. It was a British book - Stephen Skinner’s “Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui”. It made a big impression on me and so much sense! I began working with the principles in the book in my own apartment. The results were dramatic, but also very logical. When you correctly channel the energy of your environment, it produces clear benefits. After that, I felt driven to read everything I could find in English, French or Spanish that even touched upon Feng Shui. I also began my formal Feng Shui studies, eventually receiving a number of certifications, including Professional Certification by the Feng Shui institute of Canada, Master Practitioner Certification from Grand Master Lillian Too’s Institute of Feng Shui in Malaysia, and Certification by Grand Master Raymond Lo's School of Feng Shui and Destiny in Hong Kong. Prior to starting my professional Feng Shui practice, I had a very successful 18-year career in information technology. During that career, I changed positions several times. My resume often evoked comments like “your career has really sky-rocketed.” I knew that my success “secret” was good Feng Shui, and I was determined to someday share this “secret” with the world! How, where and when, I really had no idea.
In September, 1999, I made the decision to leave my computer career and start my practice of Feng Shui on a full-time basis. Things took off quickly, and my career was guided by the Universe in uncanny ways. At the beginning, I would only be hired for very simple projects – small apartments and simple boxy houses, whose occupants had concerns that were straightforward and easy to remedy. Gradually, the projects became more complex, and they always came in pairs. I would work on a mobile home, then soon after came another mobile home. A new construction design project was followed by a similar design project for another new structure. A veterinary office was followed by a public animal shelter with similar issues. As the projects gradually became more complex, they continued to come in pairs. For example, an extremely large suburban home was followed by a bed and breakfast with almost the identical floor plan. Since I started in September, 1999, I have been practicing authentic classical Feng Shui across the northeastern United States, and in many other parts of the world. Today, the projects no longer come in pairs. Over the years, I have gained confidence in working with the most complex structures and the most intricate life and business situations. I have also learned to turn to my spirit guides whenever necessary, to ask for help with a specific situation, and I’ve become adept at listening for the answers that always come right back to me. Most importantly, a week does not go by without my hearing from several clients with reports of excellent, and in some cases very dramatic, achievments, healings, successes, and wonderful results of all kinds! That is what makes it all worthwhile!
In March, 2001, I began to write my monthly column, which is today called “Ask Aaron: About Feng Shui and Life”, in which I answer reader questions on Feng Shui, new thought, and related subjects. The column has been in several and new age publications over the years, and has been appeared continuously every month in upstate New York’s NorthEastern Holistic Resource magazine.
The name “AmeriChi Feng Shui” dates back to September 11, 2001 (yes, 9/11!). I had plans to register the company name on that day. The collapse of three buildings in New York City’s World Trade Center that morning was a major shock for our entire country. Nevertheless, the guidance came - trust God and just keep going. Why AmeriChi? At that time, I saw the concept of “chi” as an advanced idea that was being introduced to America from the outside. I saw myself as instrumental in the importation of that concept.
In the late fall of 2001, I started The American School of Classical Feng Shui. I was guided to do this because there was, and is, a real shortage of properly trained practitioners of Classical Feng Shui in North America. What was often “passed off” as Feng Shui in America were a number of simplified practices that had little to do with the real thing. Authentic Classical Feng Shui is always based on compass directions, and always considers the impact of time on the nature and flow of energies. Classical Feng Shui is something that you must be called to practice, and I am often told that I have a special gift. Only so much can be learned from a teacher. However, others have the same calling and gift as I do, and they need the opportunity to study and learn the basics of Feng Shui, without having to travel the world as I had to do, to seek out that education. I have an undergraduate degree in secondary education and, before my IT career, I taught for several years in the New York City school system. I did not expect to again make use of those teaching skills, until I was called to start the School. Now, in 2014, The American School of Classical Feng Shui has not been heard from much recently. This is due to my extremely busy consultation schedule. The School very much still exists, and I am working on a new educational Program that will help spread this important knowledge much further than before!
In April, 2012, my book “Feng Shui Secrets for Glowing Health, Serious Wealth & Great Relationships”, based on the first 6 years of my column, was published. The book is still available on amazon.com and bn.com in both soft cover and electronic versions, as well as in selected bookstores. However, a much more comprehensive book is in the works and will be out soon!
Now, much has changed in how North American's see Feng Shui. “Chi” is not the "foreign" concept it once was. I have for years been surrounded by people who truly understand the importance of working with the environmental energies that affect our lives. It’s now time for the next step – 8 Feng Shui. Feng Shui is all about the number “8”. Feng Shui works with 20 year energy cycles, and the “8” represents the current energy period that we are in until 2024. The “8” also represents timeless good luck! “8” is also the symbol of infinity, and is a key to opening up infinite possibilities in all areas of our lives! In western numerology, “8” is about balance, especially balance between the material and metaphysical worlds, and that is the real goal of authentic Feng Shui! It is also about karmic balance – reaping what you have sown! Bringing to fruition that which you deserve! AmeriChi Feng Shui is now 8 Feng Shui. It's more than just a name change. It represents a broader and more universal perspective, with infinite possibilities! And the time is right ... now!
Aaron Lee Koch