Feng shui (traditional Chinese: 風水; simplified Chinese: 风水; pinyin: fēng shuǐ; pronounced /ˈfəŋˌʃueɪ/ foong-shoy in Chinese Mandarin, "fheng-schway" in American English) is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to utilize the Laws of both heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi. The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (traditional Chinese: 堪輿; simplified Chinese: 堪舆; pinyin: kānyú; literally: Tao of heaven and earth).

The words feng shui literally translate as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty:

Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.

Traditional Feng Shui practice always requires an extremely accurate Chinese compass, or Luo Pan, in order to determine the directions in finding any auspicious sector in a desired location.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Garden Fountains - Feng Shui For Your Healthy Being

You may be surprised but fountains and Feng Shui are closely associated. With Feng Shui gaining popularity among people the world over, the fountains too have assumed a new importance. Many of you must have heard of 'Feng Shui', but are you aware of what exactly this practice is all about. Let's know here.

Understanding Feng Shui

Feng Shui is a common ancient Chinese practice. Simply explained, it is based on the placement and arrangement of space in a way that brings about harmony in the surroundings. This facilitates the flow of positive energy, called 'Chi'. Presence of Chi is a sign of health,

The practice divides everything in the universe into Yin and Yang. This is similar to the western concept of duality. Yang is dominant and growing while Yin is calm and subtle. It is essential to maintain a balance between the Yin and Yang at home as well as office to achieve health and prosperity. If either of the elements is in excess, it can throw your life out of gear. Excess of Yang will not let you relax while Yin in excess can be extremely boring.

Implementing Feng Shui Principles

Feng Shui believes that outside living spaces are an extension of indoor spaces. Therefore it is important to balance these elements when landscaping a water feature.

Fountains in Feng Shui represent the water element and are said to bring the energy of water which is associated with abundance and prosperity. It is also believed that a working fountain can help diffuse healthy negative ions into the air.

Water fountain can be either Yin or Yang. A waterfall, for example, releases Yang energy, while a garden pool evokes Yin. You can add Yin or Yang to your landscape water features.

The position of your water fountain is another important point of consideration. You can select the area with the help of Feng Shui energy map and the interplay of five elements. East symbolizes health; South-east reflects prosperity; and North denotes career. Placing a fountain in the South direction is not advisable since South represents fire element and introduction of water element will result in conflicting energy.

You should also remember that Yin and Yang are constantly changing with the changing of day or season. You need to therefore rebalance your outdoor landscape as the season changes. You may consult a Feng Shui expert for guidance.

Other basic considerations for buying a fountain such as ease in maintaining and cleaning, material, design, cost and others are also important. So beautify your home and experience health and prosperity with a water fountain.

Autor: Bruce D Hunter Bruce D Hunter
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A successful entrepreneur, Bruce Hunter co-founded one of Iowa"s largest digital imaging companies, Digital Data Resources Inc., specializing in the transfer of paper documents into ... ...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Feng Shui and Karma

Early in my Feng Shui schooling, I learned that your home mirrors your life. Very simply, if there is a lot of clutter in your home, your life will probably be one of confusion, indecisiveness and exhaustion. However, I was skeptical about the correlation between a new home and a client's long-standing issues. Being a very rational person, my initial reaction was, "What if a client had financial trouble before they moved into a home that has a missing Wealth corner?"

I found I wasn't the only one who pondered this question, as my colleagues also revealed their skepticism. The professor's response was enlightening as well as inspiring, for it brought full circle what I've learned about in my esoteric studies. "Karma," he said. Yes!

When we have a karmic situation (recreating similar circumstances until we can work past them), we are drawn to those circumstances, again and again. According to Herman Kuhn, quoting from Tattvarthasutra, he describes karma as - a mechanism that makes us thoroughly experience the themes of our life until we gained optimal knowledge from them and until our emotional attachment to these themes falls off.

So, if you have karma with finances, you will subconsciously connect with a property that has issues with the Wealth area of the Bagua. Unaware of this connection, you may purchase this house and continue your pattern of financial trouble.

I have seen this pattern oftentimes with my clients. Not only will they move into a home that exacerbates their current problems, but there are repeating patterns within their homes and sometimes, workspaces!

For example, one client asked me to help with her marriage. After a time of trying to work through their differences with each other, they had finally gone the traditional route of marriage counseling, but to no avail. When I surveyed their property, I noticed that the property line sliced through the "Partnership/Romance" area, cutting most of it out. In addition, the room in their house that represented "Partnership/Romance" was unusable because it was filled with clutter - the husband's clutter! And if that wasn't enough, their master bedroom was symbolically disconnected from the rest of the house. Their relationship was weakened by the lack of support in the property, the positioning of the bedroom and was stuck (clutter in Romance). Once I gave them cures for each of these areas things started moving in the right direction.

Using a Feng Shui consultant in your home or workspace will help create awareness of how your current challenges are linked to your environment. You can then make Feng Shui adjustments to improve the energy. Or, better yet, use a consultant when you are ready to find the most harmonious home or workspace, freeing you to move beyond any barriers! The International Feng Shui Guild (ifsguild.org) is a great resource to find a professional Feng Shui consultant that will help you in your home or workspace.

Autor: Maureen Calamia Maureen Calamia
Level: Basic
"Creating Healthy Spaces with Feng Shui" Maureen K. Calamia is founder of Luminous Spaces, a Feng Shui consulting firm based in Saint James, New York. ... ...


Maureen K. Calamia is founder of Luminous Spaces, a Feng Shui consulting firm based in Saint James, New York. From simple recommendations, to renovation and building projects, Maureen works with her clients to create spaces that promote physical and psychological health. Incorporating nature into the built environment, Maureen provides guidance on the use of layout, the five Chinese elements, objects, colors, materials, shapes and textures. Through the ancient principles of Feng Shui, Maureen restores balance and harmony. How an environment feels is just as important as how it looks.

Maureen offers a unique perspective in her work. By balancing her twenty years in a traditional corporate marketing career with her passion for studying Eastern philosophies and esoteric thought, Maureen has integrated her ideology into a thriving business. As a certified Feng Shui consultant, writer and a speaker at workshops and business meetings, Maureen works with corporations, non-profit organizations, small businesses and individuals who want their buildings to emanate positive energy for its clients, employees and inhabitants. Maureen teaches lectures and workshops on Feng Shui all over Long Island, including the New York College of Health Professions. She is a regular guest speaker at SUNY at Old Westbury, Long Island, NY. She authors a monthly Feng Shui column in Canvas LI Magazine (http://www.canvasli.com) and suite101.com. Maureen continues her study of Feng Shui, Space Clearing, eco-friendly products and systems, and related topics.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Feng Shui Your Children's Space - Some Basics

September can be the worst month in a home with children. In the process of transitioning into a new school year, parents as well as children can be overwhelmed. With a change in schedules, new schools, new teachers, new expectations, and new friends, this time of year can really test a family's coping skills.

According to a study conducted by the APA (American Psychology Association) in 2006, nearly half (47 percent) of Americans are concerned with the level of stress in their daily lives and those with children living at home were more likely to be concerned about stress than those without.

So if you're stressed out, just imagine how your children feel! Feng Shui does not come with a magic fairy wand (unfortunately, there is no "Easy" button like the commercials), but there are some things you can do to make their spaces a safe haven that will provide support and nurturing during these challenging times.

Some Basics
Be sure to check that your front door entry (both inside and outside) is welcoming. Check that it's free of clutter, well-lit and attractive. A welcoming entry allows opportunity to come in and reach all the members of the home, so this is the first step to ensure your children have the best chance for success.

Feng Shui their Bedrooms

Own Space - If your children share a bedroom, be sure that they have a sense of their own space. Often, a visual "divider" such as area rugs or different, by complementary, wall colors can achieve this effect.

Color - Paint the room a calming color. Light colors work well with young children. Teenagers can have deeper, more mature colors, but watch that they aren't too depressing (dark browns and blacks are not recommended!). According to Sarah Rossbach, in Living Color: Master Lin Yun's Guide to Feng Shui and the Art of Color, children should be focused on obtaining knowledge, so the blues and greens of the Wood element work well. Black furniture (representing the Water element) can also be incorporated into the scheme.

Size of furniture - If they have a tall armoire or other large piece of furniture, be careful not to place near the head of the bed. This can have an oppressive effect on the child and may lead to nightmares and disturbed sleep.

Slanted ceilings - Slanted ceilings, popular in Cape Cod-style homes, can lead to oppressive energy. If you must place a bed beneath such a feature, paint this section the same color as the ceiling (rather than the wall). There are some transcendental cures a Feng Shui consultant can provide for this as well.

Bed position - It's very important to have the bed positioned so that the child can easily see the bedroom door, without straining his/her head. Also, be sure that the bed is not directly in line with the door. Poor bed positioning can lead to a feeling of vulnerability and contribute to poor sleep, illness and stress. Young children can have one of their bed sides along a wall, to give them extra comfort and support. However, teenagers should have only their headboard along the wall. This placement represents taking on more responsibility.

Minimize electronics - EMF's (electromagnetic frequencies) are emitted even when the appliance it turned off. Be sure to minimize the electronics in your child's room (computer and accessories, television, game system, VCR, air conditioner, fan, even an alarm clock), and pull the plugs out when not in use. Electromagnetic radiation exposure is a lead contributor to health problems. According to the Institute of Building Biology (http://www.buildingbiology.net), "these manmade energies have become part of our lives and as such are superimposed to our subtle body energies. The result of this development seems to be an increase in certain illnesses that have been unknown or at least rare before the electricity age".

Desk position - This is the same as bed positioning: it's best for your child to have full view of the bedroom door, but not directly in line with it.

Storage under bed - It is most beneficial to have a free flow of air and energy around your child's bed. In addition, items stored there can preoccupy the child while trying to sleep. Clean out any items stored under the bed, but if you must, limit items to linens.

Quality of Air and Light - Of course, fresh air and natural light is imperative in your child's room. Limit air conditioning to those unbearable nights. Otherwise, keep windows open for fresh air flow and curtains pulled back.

Positive images - Look around your child's room. Typically, young children will have positive images that can inspire them: a hero or heroine, gentle characters, and landscapes. With teenagers, that can be another story. See if you can influence your teen to get a positive image of something they have interest in.

Bagua positioning - Just as with your home, the Bagua represents nine areas of life in your child's bedroom. Using the Bagua, you can determine where the Knowledge corner is. While standing in the doorway facing into the room, it should be the corner to your left. You can enhance your child's studies through a number of ways, some of which are placing books in this location or enhancing the Earth element (which represents Knowledge) through the use of earth tones, furnishing with a low table, or adding a crystal.

Even as I say all of this, it is difficult to impose Feng Shui principles on either of my teenagers. You can suggest and offer a rationale to convince them, but ultimately, it is his/her room and they have a strong influence to the design.

Autor: Maureen Calamia Maureen Calamia
Level: Basic
"Creating Healthy Spaces with Feng Shui" Maureen K. Calamia is founder of Luminous Spaces, a Feng Shui consulting firm based in Saint James, New York. ... ...


Maureen K. Calamia is founder of Luminous Spaces, a Feng Shui consulting firm based in Saint James, New York. From simple recommendations, to renovation and building projects, Maureen works with her clients to create spaces that promote physical and psychological health. Incorporating nature into the built environment, Maureen provides guidance on the use of layout, the five Chinese elements, objects, colors, materials, shapes and textures. Through the ancient principles of Feng Shui, Maureen restores balance and harmony. How an environment feels is just as important as how it looks.

Maureen offers a unique perspective in her work. By balancing her twenty years in a traditional corporate marketing career with her passion for studying Eastern philosophies and esoteric thought, Maureen has integrated her ideology into a thriving business. As a certified Feng Shui consultant, writer and a speaker at workshops and business meetings, Maureen works with corporations, non-profit organizations, small businesses and individuals who want their buildings to emanate positive energy for its clients, employees and inhabitants. Maureen teaches lectures and workshops on Feng Shui all over Long Island, including the New York College of Health Professions. She is a regular guest speaker at SUNY at Old Westbury, Long Island, NY. She authors a monthly Feng Shui column in Canvas LI Magazine (http://www.canvasli.com) and suite101.com. Maureen continues her study of Feng Shui, Space Clearing, eco-friendly products and systems, and related topics.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Feng Shui Stage Your Home to Sell Quickly

If you are like many Long Islanders, you wonder how you will ever sell your home in the current marketplace. Feng Shui can help! Read the following tips to reduce the amount of time your home is on the market:

Curb Appeal - A logical first step in selling a home is determining and improving its curb appeal.

A well-manicured lawn with planter boxes
Freshly painted home
Front entry area should be clear, door open easily without creaking
The bell or chime at the front door should be pleasing to the ear and in working order
The front of the house should be well lit
A water feature by the front door is very auspicious - pleasing to both the eye and the ear!

Entry Area - The entry area is consider the "mouth of ch'i" in Feng Shui due to the central role it plays to allowing opportunity from the external world to reach its inhabitants. The entry area is the vital to the initial impression a buyer has of your home. Make sure it:

Is free of clutter
Has a pleasing smell
Is well lit
Has plants in entry that are welcoming (rounded, rather than sharp, leaves)

There has been a trend for houses built with large entries. With such large spaces, be sure that it does not appear cavernous. Be sure to incorporate soft elements, such as area rugs, curtains, and plants to make it feel cozy.

Throughout the Home:

De-clutter - Obviously, it's much easier to create a nice environment when you remove the piles of laundry, unpaid bills, papers, and unfinished projects. When you clear the clutter you are actually allowing stagnant energy to be displaced and fresh, positive energy to take hold.
De-personalize - It's hard for prospective buyers to visualize themselves in your home. Make it easier for them by removing personal collections and family photos.
Bathrooms represent yin, or unhealthy, energy. Keep toilet lids closed and bathroom doors closed while you are showing the house.

You can also enhance your chance for sale by doing these additional ideas:

Review the Wealth/Power corner of your house - If there are any problems in this area (clutter, broken items, etc) be sure to clean this area out. If this area is in good shape, then you can enhance your chance for sale by adding plants or a water feature, among other things representing the Wood element. (You can locate the Wealth/Power corner of your house by standing in the front doorway of your home. The Wealth/Power corners will be in the far left corner of your house.)

Enhance the Helpful People area of your home, which represents the realtors and prospective buyers. You can add objects representing Metal or Water elements in this space, such as a metal sculpture or water feature. (You can locate the Helpful People area by standing in the front doorway of your home. The Helpful People area will be immediately the near right corner, along the same wall as the front door).

With all these great Feng Shui ideas to stage you home, you should be selling your home in no time!

Autor: Maureen Calamia Maureen Calamia
Level: Basic
"Creating Healthy Spaces with Feng Shui" Maureen K. Calamia is founder of Luminous Spaces, a Feng Shui consulting firm based in Saint James, New York. ... ...


Maureen K. Calamia is founder of Luminous Spaces, a Feng Shui consulting firm based in Saint James, New York. From simple recommendations, to renovation and building projects, Maureen works with her clients to create spaces that promote physical and psychological health. Incorporating nature into the built environment, Maureen provides guidance on the use of layout, the five Chinese elements, objects, colors, materials, shapes and textures. Through the ancient principles of Feng Shui, Maureen restores balance and harmony. How an environment feels is just as important as how it looks.

Maureen offers a unique perspective in her work. By balancing her twenty years in a traditional corporate marketing career with her passion for studying Eastern philosophies and esoteric thought, Maureen has integrated her ideology into a thriving business. As a certified Feng Shui consultant, writer and a speaker at workshops and business meetings, Maureen works with corporations, non-profit organizations, small businesses and individuals who want their buildings to emanate positive energy for its clients, employees and inhabitants. Maureen teaches lectures and workshops on Feng Shui all over Long Island, including the New York College of Health Professions. She is a regular guest speaker at SUNY at Old Westbury, Long Island, NY. She authors a monthly Feng Shui column in Canvas LI Magazine (http://www.canvasli.com) and suite101.com. Maureen continues her study of Feng Shui, Space Clearing, eco-friendly products and systems, and related topics.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Learn Correct Feng Shui Garden Landscape Design For Maximum Chi Power Around You

Feng shui ("wind and water") is a well known ancient Chinese art of placement. According to this art, the way in which energy flows through a garden or a home has a negative or positive effect on the owner of the place.

Nowadays, according the modern feng shui, marital bliss, business success and even fame can be a part of one's life if the furniture is placed properly in the house and there is a balanced Feng Shui Garden landscape design.

Deborah Gee, an expert in the art of using feng shui has made a video to aid people tie together and use chi, the "life force" properly. The concept of chi is central to the principles of Feng Shui. To correctly handle and apply chi in a garden requires handling of three basic elements:-

  • Water - it is represented by ponds, streams or fountain in feng shui, (feng shui fountains) or also a river of stones; and symbolizes wealth and prosperity.
  • Mountains - it can be symbolically signified by planting beds that are raised, shrubbery and tall trees and symbolizes energy.
  • Greenery - this can be represented by the green grass and anything which is green around.

One of the key factors that need to be considered with feng shui is balance. The three basic elements of water, mountains and greenery should be placed close to each other. Sharp items should be placed near pathways.

They direct sharp chi at people who pass by and disrupts the internal flow of energy, in turn causing a lot of stress and tension. Circular or meandering pathways in the garden are much better; straight ones and the latter create a wave of fast moving chi that may be the cause of feeling uncomfortable.

Making the garden flat is a common mistake that most of the garden designers make. A flat garden does not encourage chi flow in the garden. Haven different levels and layers make chi flow smoothly in the garden. Also, having curves in the garden helps in improving the chi flow.

Another important aspect of feng shui gardening is the various areas of the garden and their importance. The different parts of the garden can be related to the specific parts on one's life. For example, the far left corner of a garden signifies wealth. The center of a garden signifies reputation and fame, and the far right corner represents marriage and love related parts of one's life. Chi is attracted to bright colors, so planting red, blue or purple flowers in the feng shui garden landscape design can improve chi flow.

Autor: Vincent Yim

Vincent Yim is the founder of http://TropicalHomeImprovementIdeas.com, he created this home improvement blog is aimed to provide a FREE guide or tips to homeowners to convert the house into a unique home. Just follow his weblog regularly, you can save yourself from making the usual mistakes that others often do.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Brilliance of the Bagua

Today, people are folding more and more Feng Shui practices into their lives. Restaurants, malls, shops and even public places have realized the remarkable usefulness of Feng Shui and its many facets. One of the most important aspects of Feng Shui is the Bagua. The Bagua is an octagonal mapping system that is designed to help you understand how to maximize your energy. The Bagua is a great tool to bring all the elements of Feng Shui into perfect synchronization.

The nine aspects of the Bagua, and thus Feng Shui, correspond to integral parts of our life and must be harmonized for optimal results. It's an accepted fact that

subtle vibrations play a very important role in our lives. The right vibrations can help is achieving prosperity while the wrong ones can create problems in our lives. According to the Bagua, there are nine areas of our lives, namely: family, health, relationships and love, prosperity, fame and reputation, creativity and children, skills and knowledge, helpful people and travel, and career.

Feng Shui and the Bagua suggest people with money problems concentrate on prosperity. The associated elements are water, wood, and the color purple. When you want your fame to grow, then the area of fame and reputation is to be concentrated upon in Bagua. This aspect is governed by the elements of fire and wood. The color of this aspect is red. If you want to enhance or initiate a new relationship, then you need to concentrate on the area of relationship and love in Bagua. The color of this aspect is pink and it's ruled by the elements of earth and fire.

These days there are a lot of divorces happening across the world. If you have a family issue that needs to be sorted out then you need to concentrate on the family area of Bagua. This aspect has the main element as water. The colors associated with this aspect are green, black and blue. If you are suffering due to your health, then you can harmonize the health aspect of Bagua. The colors related to this area are yellow, brown and orange. Health is governed by the components of fire and earth.

Children tend to have a number of developmental adjustments to deal with as they grow. Feng Shui and the Bagua has an answer to a number of age-old problems. The Bagua is designed to help children by optimizing their space and their environment. Child development is governed by the color yellow and earth tones. Life skills and knowledge and prosperity can all be enhanced by the use of this powerful design mechanism.

Autor: Herbert Reich

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Monday, January 19, 2009

How to Select a Feng Shui Master?

Feng Shui is a quite a sophisticated and abstract subject to the average man in the street. To the layperson, hiring a Geomancer is quite a challenging task because he would not know how to assess the competency of the Geomancer. Yet, if he did not get a highly competent Feng Shui practitioner, he would, at the minimum, be wasting the fees he is going to pay for the Fengshui audit. However, if he gets really unlucky, he could hire a practitioner that accelerates the death of his son or the rape of his daughter.

Feng Shui being such a highly abstract and yet unregulated industry, has naturally seen to the proliferation of quacks who are in this industry to make easy money. It is unfortunate that these quacks are giving the Geomancy profession a bad name. For the benefit of our readers who are believers in Feng Shui, I have come up with some simple questions and considerations for clients to ask and consider the professionalism of their prospective consultant.

For a start, customers may ask if the prospective Feng Shui consultant knows Ba Zi (4 Pillars) and Zi Wei Dou Shu (ZWDS). It is highly preferred that he knows both these art of Chinese Astrology. The next question is ask is for him whether he thinks consideration of Chinese Astrology affects the Feng Shui recommendations he is going to make. The acceptable answer is only yes.

Following this, the customer may ask him to describe how he would use Ba Zi and Zi Wei Dou Shu to carry out the Feng Shui recommendations. Admittedly the answer to this question may be beyond the comprehension of most customers but yet it is pertinent to assess his confidence and the reasonableness of his answer. Stay tune for my next article for more tips on selecting a Geomancer.

Autor: Ken Toh J

I am a Fengshui Practitioner in private practice and I specialise in Ba Zi, Zi Wei Dou Shu ZWDS, Feng Shui, I-Ching, Qi Men Dun Jia QMDJ and other Chinese Metaphysics tools. My blog site is at: http://fengshuiforward.com and http://fengshuiforward.com/forum

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Learn How to Create Harmony Tranquility in Your Home Office - Feng Shui Can Transform Your Life

3 Steps of Feng Shui:

Feng Shui is the Chinese art of detecting Chi, the energy in and around our physical world that affects our well being, sense of comfort and peace of mind. The spaces you live and work in are powerful forces in your life. Home is where you physically manifest your beliefs about the world, and it affects you just as you affect it. You can shift its energy to restore balance and encourage growth by integrating feng shui into your design choices on many different levels, depending on what resonates with you. Each design choice has a physical aspect, a psychological/emotional aspect, and a cultural aspect.

Step 1: Ready your space by clearing it of negative energy. Most experts agree space clearing will improve the quality of our lives more effectively than any other feng shui technique.

- Thoroughly clean and organize the space as much as possible.
- Focus your mind on your intention to clear and energize your space.
- Light a sage wand or incense and walk through the entire space, saturating the atmosphere with the cleansing smoke.
- Ring bells at a slow steady rhythm while moving around the space.
- Refocus your attention to what your intention is for that space.

Step 2: Consider how Chi flows. Some physical aspects should be considered at the outset.

- Doorways and windows that are directly across from one another allow Chi to flow straight through the space. Redirect the energy back into the room with screens, plants, crystals, etc.
- Long hallways that dead end may block the flow of Chi. Move the energy back out of an enclosed space through mirrors, chimes, and/or crystals.
- Rearrange the placement of furniture that blocks walking through a space.
- Arrange rugs to direct movement through the space.
- Soften sharp corners with plants, crystals, chimes.
- If there are any unused doors, place a folding screen in front of it.

Step 3: Locate the areas in your space that relate to the areas of your life you wish to enhance. Begin with laying out the space in relationship to the Baqua Map.

- Sketch a floor plan of your space
- Sketch the areas of the Bagua Map over the plan
- Place the main entrance to your space in line with the bottom of the map.
- Small sections may extend beyond or intrude into the map
- Determine what specific life aspect(s) you wish to enhance.
- Place objects that have meaning and reflect those aspects so your intention for enhancing that area of your life is personally significant

An important note: Only use those feng shui adjustments that make sense to you and reflect your intentions. Placing something in your home that you don't like just because it is "good feng shui" will not enhance your home or support your personal growth.

Autor: Rick C Osborne

Owner : EnerChi Living Spaces & Gallery. We are a unique Home & Garden decor store. Specializing in Feng Shui design and consultation. We offer one-of-a-kind gifts and personalized ideas for decorating your home, garden and office. We offer workshops in Feng Shui decorating, meditation, journal writting, and manifesting your dreams. We support our local artists and musicians with shows and vignettes. Our merchandise is selected from all over the world with an emphasis on Asian Western design. The store exhibits a unique blend of products in a tranquil peaceful setting. We have just launched a home staging service for our local market. We have just completed an expansion to over 2,000 square ft. and our new website is under construction. http://www.enerchilivingspaces.com

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Is Feng Shui For You? Find Out Now

I was eavesdropping on a group of friends recently and one was talking about how they were doing a bit of redecorating at home and moving the furniture around to try and freshen things up. One of the group piped up 'You should use Feng Shui to help you decide where everything goes'. Now didn't that get the conversation going, where do you get a Feng Shui consultant, do you really need one, won't the house look weird, what does Feng Shui do anyway and so it went back and forth. In reality their level of knowledge about Feng Shui in the group was very low and a lot of it based on popular misconceptions.

There are probably many of us in the same boat, somewhat intrigued by the idea of Feng Shui but a little unsure of what exactly it is and how you go about using it. Well the good news is that it doesn't need to be complicated and if you understand some basics then you can even try a few things out today and get an idea of whether it is for you. What I am going to give you here is a little bit of history, a bit of theory and then some practical tips on the types of things you can do to incorporate Feng Shui into your life.


Feng Shui has been around for literally thousands of years. It seems to have originated in China and is possibly a derivative of Taoism. As you would expect over time thing evolve and several different streams of Feng Shui have developed over time and this can lead to apparent contradictions between some streams of Feng Shui at times. With our faster paced, more stressed lives these days, Feng Shui has become more popular as the attraction of a home that is free of clutter and calming has a greater appeal.

What is Feng Shui?

In very simple terms Feng Shui is about getting the Chi flowing in your life. Chi is the natural energy that is flowing all around us. The theory is that by changing the position of different items, closing doors, having certain colours in the garden and so on can enhance the flow of this natural energy. Certain symbols and pictures in different locations can also help. This flow of energy will help you increase or improve your health, wealth, family unity or find a romantic interest.

Now let's get down to the practical stuff, what do you have to do to get this energy flowing? Feng Shui can become complicated, involving measurements, consultants, truckloads of symbols ... and lots of expense. If you are reading this then you are probably at the point of wanting to try Feng Shui without the last bit - lots of expense - and the good news is you can. What I am going to do here is give you some things to try in your house, garden and the rest of your life. Now remember Feng Shui only needs to be as complicated as you want to make it, if some of the ideas don't appeal don't use them try the next one. There is no point in doing something that you are not comfortable with. Anyway enough rambling on lets get down to it:


Bedroom - this is the one room or place to do even if you don't do anything else

  • Your bed should be accessible from both sides.
  • If possible it should not be in line with a door.
  • Keep the air fresh in the room - open the window or get an air filter.
  • Remove electrical equipment like TV's and computers.
  • Use candles
  • Close the door when you sleep.

Living Rooms

  • Ideally have a flat ceiling.
  • Close adjoining doors.
  • Try and make sure you have an even number of chairs.
  • Remove the clutter.
  • Have some plants in the room.

Home Office

  • Avoid setting up your desk so your back is to the door


  • Keep it as clean as possible.
  • Keep the toilet lid down.
  • Use candles and music.


  • Have a welcoming entrance.
  • Keep it tidy.
  • Add some water and somewhere to sit.


  • In your car, keep it clean, remove the clutter and play harmonious music.
  • Jewelry - if you have crystals wash them regularly.

So where to from here?

Obviously the points here are the real basics and are only touching the surface of what can be a very complex subject. The idea has been to give you a few things to try or give you an idea of the sorts of things that might be involved in changing your life to incorporate Feng Shui. If you have tried these and feel comfortable with the ideas and feel it is working for you then you may wish to get into the subject more deeply reading books or getting a consultant involved. There is no shortage of resources out there to assist you. One that I would suggest is Feng Shui Decorating : More than Furniture Placement available from Top Line Publications. This ebook goes into more detail on the principles we have covered here and then also talks about how to select a consultant. Choosing a consultant can be challenging with a range of qualifications and experience offered. Trying to sort out what matters and what to look for can be confusing so a little assistance can save you a lot of headaches.

Good luck with your Feng Shui journey. I hope this has given you some basic information to help you decide if Feng Shui is something you want to incorporate into your life.

Autor: Nicky Foote

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Turn Your Bathroom Into a Spa Oasis With Feng Shui

In Feng Shui, the bathroom is a sanctuary where you nurture yourself.

Does your bathroom rejuvenate you in the morning and help you relax and unwind in the evening, or does it create chaos, increase stress and promote tension in your life?

Consider the following aspects of your bathroom and implement some of the suggestions to create a spa-like experience that uplifts your energy and renews your spirit.

1. Colors: The best colors for a bathroom include lighter shades of green, yellow, blue, silver sage, lavender, and yellow.

The bathroom already has an enormous amount of water energy represented with the sink, tub, shower and toilet. Colors that incorporate the "wood" element, such as light blues and greens, feed the water element and create a sense of balance.

Avoid colors such as red, purple, emerald, navy, brown and black; they make the room feel smaller. Additionally, red, purple and black represent the fire (red and purple) or water (black) element, which can make the water element in the room undesirably strong.

I recently worked with a client who had a small bathroom decorated entirely in red. The room felt tight and constricting. I felt my body tense as soon as I entered. I suggested that she paint over the red with a lighter cream or white and introduce green accents in the form of a shower curtain, rug and towels. Her bathroom now feels like a lush, personal oasis that she loves.

2. Life Energy: Many homes I visit have a lot of candles in the bathroom, especially on top of the toilet tank. While it's relaxing and romantic to soak in a tub by candlelight, candles represent the fire element, which actually strengthens the water element already in the space.

Instead of candles, bring live plants into the bathroom to balance the water element. You can even replace those candles on top of your toilet tank with a lush green plant.
Of course, you can keep candles in your bathroom. Simply store them of sight when you are not using them, or keep only a few displayed. This change is easy and inexpensive to implement, and you'll notice a difference right away.

3. Proper Ventilation: You want good air flow throughout your whole house to promote the flow of chi, but it is especially important to have proper ventilation and fresh air circulating in the bathroom. Run the fan when you take a hot shower so you don't create mold and mildew in the bathroom.

4. Scents: Your bathroom experience should encompass all your senses. Small pots of fresh herbs, such as lavender, rosemary or sage, add a relaxing scent to the space, while offsetting the water element in the room. Try to avoid using air fresheners that may add toxic chemicals to the air; look for natural alternatives whenever you can.

5. Organization: What do you see when you walk into your bathroom: the curling iron, makeup and brushes scattered across the vanity? Or do you notice bath salts, folded towels, organized baskets and soothing lotions?

Consider organizing the space to display items that are pleasing to the eye. Keep your hair dryer and other styling tools tucked away out of sight. Even when they're not turned on, these items emit electrical energy that can energize a space too much.

6. Lighting: Make sure your bathroom is well lit and that you have additional lighting options such as multiple lights or lights on a dimmer.

7. Mirrors: Bathroom mirrors should permit you to see your entire face. If the mirror is not hung at the proper height, and the image cuts off the top of your head or chin, it is slicing your energy. This can lead to problems of self-esteem or feeling "incomplete." It's best to have one mirror rather than multiple panes of mirrors, so the mirror does not cut your image into segments.

8. Etiquette: The toilet seat should always be down with the toilet lid closed. Do you really want that bacteria going into the air when you flush the toilet?

9. Proper Maintenance: Fix any leaking faucets and keep the fixtures clean. Dripping water is said to "drain" your wealth and can lead to financial difficulties.

Autor: Ken R Lauher Ken R Lauher
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Placing Your Feng Shui House

If you are thinking where to locate your feng shui house and you are lucky enough to be able to choose the land to build it then you should apply the feng shui principles when selecting your block. If you haven't the luxury of choosing your own block don't despair there are ways with feng shui that provides alternatives to offset anything that may not fit feng shui principles of house siting.

The ideal fenq shui site is said to be where the descending heaven qi meets the ascending earth qi. There is no hard and fast rule about the perfect site but there are some general conditions you can look for. Generally, half way up a hil facing the sun is considered a good location for your feng shui house because you will have a distance view and you will get cool summer breezes and warm winter ones.

The best feng shui house location is called the xue (shu). It incorporates an open space in the front, called the "bright hall" or ming tan, with four mythical animals or spirits around it. A spirit called the red bird provides the distant front view. Another the black tortoise is the hill at the back which provides protection. On the left is situated the azure dragon with the white tiger on the right. Ideally you should have a stream flowing across the front of the feng shui house site as water is regarded as a source of food and method of transportation. It is also believed that the heaven qi descends down the hill and is held back by the water.

All the above provides a protective armchair shape that can be applied not only to your feng shui house site, but to the feng shui of a particular room, where the chairs are placed so the backs are protected and there is an open space in front of you or your garden. At the rear of your garden can plant protective trees if there isn't a hill. Being safe and secure is a large part of being happy.

The shape of your block of land plays an important part of the feng shui house. Symmetrical shapes are the best. An L shaped piece of land poses problems because it is incomplete and unbalanced. If this is the case you need to look at ways of balancing it.

A rectangular block of land that is wider at the northern and southern ends is considered to have the best shape for siting your feng shui house. If your block is not a true rectangle then it is better that the back be wider than the front. With feng Shui you will find there are several ways of balancing a block of land that is not an ideal feng shui shape. You should investigate the best ways for your particular block for your particular feng shui house.

Autor: Wilf Gerrard-Staton

Wilf Gerrard-Staton lives in Country Australia. Where he purchased land and built a house conforming to Feng shui principles. He now has created a blog that provides simple explanations to all aspects of Feng Shui. You can view his blog at http://www.fengshuidecor.how-do-you-do.info

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Why Feng Shui Can't Be Considered a Science

When I first started speaking publicly about feng shui in 1992, I was very enthusiastic about promoting it as a natural science, mostly because I believed it to be so. I was also reacting to the mounting trendiness of feng shui, as it was being marketed by people who referred to it as "magic" or a spiritual practice linked to Tantric Buddhism. I could not stand these comparisons because I knew they were not true and I also felt they tarnished the integrity of feng shui. I did not want to turn off potential clients who could accept feng shui as real, but with a clear conscience that it is grounded in laws of nature and a time-tested methodology transcending Chinese culture. I wanted to educate the public that feng shui theories and principles would not be in conflict with anyones' spiritual or formal religious beliefs and is as relevant, or more relevant today, than its discovery thousands of years ago. That part I still do believe. Feng Shui is no more in conflict with any organized religion than say, the laws of gravity. Feng Shui is a natural phenomenon on this planet. But is it a science?

A friend with an impressive scientific background gently told me years ago that it cannot be considered a science because the circumstances which we evaluate and interpret cannot be guaranteed to repeat or be identical all of the time. Like a science experiment where a set group of compounds are combined with a repeatable and identical outcome, feng shui includes too many variables which cannot be repeated or guaranteed.

For example, I can say with confidence that a house which was built in the 1970's and which faces South is one where there is a strong tendency for a couple to divorce in. And yet, I cannot guarantee that outcome 100% of the time or say exactly with 100% accuracy when the separation will occur, even when factoring in annual cycles. With two houses that were built the same year, same orientation, and same floor plan, we still cannot guarantee the two houses would be decorated the same way or used the same way. One family might use the Northwest bedroom as an office and another might use the Northwest bedroom as a sleeping room. That alone will change the influence of the houses on the two families. Nor can we repeat the exact same exterior environment. One house might have a park across the street and another house a hill. These outside features would affect the same floor plan differently. And finally, with all of us having some measure of free will or destiny, we cannot place the identical occupants in two separate but equal living spaces. Perhaps the closest we could get would be occupants for each house with the same birth dates.

And yet, feng shui gets pretty darn close. I call it a "predictive art," like astrology, because there are tendencies, strong ones, when certain circumstances are similar or when enough variables are identical.

My books cover many case studies of certain house types that I have evaluated, documented and have seen with great amazement that their "personalities" are well defined. There are house types that can undermine fertility, house types that seem to attract legal problems to their occupants and house types that can suggest infidelity, just to name a few examples.

There are 144 different house types based on the 20 year era that they have been built in and their magnetic compass alignment. For instance, a house built in 1985 facing east is different in its influence than a house built in 2004 facing the same direction. Or a house facing West at 260 degrees is different than a house facing west at 265 degrees.

Within these 144 house types, there could be hundreds, maybe thousands, of different basic floor plans. This is why every house is truly unique. As well, houses change their influence on occupants over long periods of time. A house built in 1903, without any remodeling or decor changes, will affect people differently in 2009. Houses go through their own "maturation" process and the the biggest cycle repeats every 180 years.

Even though feng shui is not an absolute science, I have been impressed at how close it gets, with clients confirming the influence of their home or business based on the traditional calculations of time and space. When I ask the occupants if they are experiencing certain health issues indicated by their environment, the affirmative response is about 90%. When people experience a certain event, like a robbery or fire, the timing of these events can be corroborated with almost as much accuracy. In the same way that our weatherman can predict a 70% chance of rain or a pollster can predict the likely outcome of an election, feng shui can be considered a "predictive art" without diminishing its authenticity, usefulness, and relevancy in our modern world.

Autor: Kartar Diamond

Kartar Diamond is a classically trained Feng Shui consultant, author and senior Instructor at the American Feng Shui Institute. Her website showcases all the types of services she offers, locally, nationally, and internationally. http://www.fengshuisolutions.net

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Most Important Feng Shui Rules For the Bedroom

Feng shui rules for the bedroom advocates creating space for couples and not solitary furnishing. Having only one nightstand or space on one side of the bed indicates solitude, which can hold your single status in place. If you are single, but don't want to remain one, work at decorating your bedroom like there is a partner there.

Symmetry is the key in feng shui where light stands and lamps have to be positioned on both sides of the bed. Work at decorating the bedroom in pairs or multiples. Instead of placing a single flower in a vase, place a bunch of flowers. Feng shui rules include hanging art showing romance and unity as this art creates a sense of balance and abundance in the room.

According to feng shui rules, the right corner of the bedroom is the love center. So no matter if you are single or a couple, you have to build a love shrine in this spot. This can be done by placing a table, dresser or shelf in this corner. Place a picture of yourself and your partner, a heart shaped box, books on romantic poetry and a pair of candles on it. Maybe even a thriving plant with wound and not spiky leaves or some silk plants or flowers could be added to this love shrine. However never leave any sick flowers or dried foliage as this obviously symbolizes that your love life is sick and dry too!

It is quite normal for one to have double beds in a bedroom; however feng shui rules condemn the use of king-sized beds. This is because using these beds in the bedroom tends to form a physical gap between you and your partner, and not promote your relationship. Moreover, these beds are usually split in the middle with two box springs. This can create a symbolic line between partners and in turn, affect their unity. However if you can't afford to change your king bed, bedroom feng shui suggests placing a red sheet over the box springs. Feng shui rules say that this will help unify the two different halves of the bed.

While positing your bed, feng shui rules suggest avoiding placing it under a window as this does not have the symbolic support that is offered by a solid wall. This in turn leads to your getting a fitful sleep with energy entering and leaving through the window.

Autor: Siang Kwang Foo

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Feng Shui Decorating

Feng Shui, you have heard it mentioned but still are unsure what it really is. Well let's find out the true meaning of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement and stands for wind and water. The Chinese used this system to balance out the energy patterns of their physical environment with spiritual forces. Their ultimate goal was to achieve harmony, comfort, and balance, first within their environment and then within their lives. In the Chinese culture the gentle wind and the clear waters have always been linkedwith good health and a good harvest. So from this good Feng Shui means good livelihood and good fortune. On the other had bad Feng Shui means misfortune and hardship. So Feng Shui is a very important part of the Chinese lifestyle. Feng Shui is based around Taoist and their vision and an understanding of nature. This focuses specifically on the belief that land is a living being and is filled with Chi. The ancient Chinese felt that the land's energy could either help the kingdom prosper or cause it to fail and fall apart.

There are three principles behind Feng Shui. They involve design, placement, and proportion throughout the space. Without these three principles everything would become unbalanced and interfere with a person's health and happiness within their environment. The main tools that are used during the Feng Shui analysis is the Ba-Gua which is an octagonal grid that contains the acient symbols of the great I Ching and the compass. The I Ching is an ancient oracle which is what Feng Shui is based around. Knowing the Bagua for both your home and also your work space will be a great help to you to completely understand how the connection of certain specific Feng Shui in certain areas of both your home and work space can be linked to certain areas and parts of your overall life.

Now we move on to putting the Feng Shui into your home. Generally a consultant would come into your home and look at the five elements wood, fire, earth, metal, water (xuan kong flying star (north star), color, positioning of all the furnishings, and offer out cures for the problem areas). The colors associated with Feng Shui are: wood is blue and green, fire is red and some of the items for this would be a tea light or a tamp lamp with a red shade, earth is beige and yellow and the items for this would be a terra cotta pot with soil and a rock statue, water is blue and black and the items here could be a fountain or aquarium, and metal is an accent color made up of silver, gold, copper, and bronze.

When it comes to the positioning of your furniture you should always face it in the direction of all the action such as the front door or street. This will give you the perfect flow of Feng Shui. Yang is considered to be the most active energy. It is usually lively and busy such as a public place or a flowing river. This is generally the most windowed side of your home. It should contain a nice view and it is usually a living or family room. Ying is considered the least energy. This is usually found in the sitting direction of an alley or backyard. Shade trees highlight this area making it quiet and relaxing. This can be the side of the property and you would find the bedrooms in this area.

Autor: Helena Topolova

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Use Feng Shui to Enhance Your Thanksgiving Feast

You can use Feng Shui to create a complete sensory experience for your Thanksgiving guests even before they walk in the door. Make sure the path to your home and the entrance is well-lighted, open and inviting. This welcomes guests, as well as prosperity and abundance, into your home.

Make sure the path to your home and the entrance is illuminated. Bells on the door will greet guests with a cheerful chime. Consider all five senses as you use these additional Feng Shui tips to inspire a festive mood in your home this Thanksgiving.

Before Dinner
When guests arrive, they will be greeted by the aroma of comfort foods. Offer them a beverage and snacks, such as an arrangement of nuts and other seasonal treats. Create color balance in your display of food to enhance guests' appetites. For instance, serve beige or off-white foods in brightly-colored, festive bowls, and arrange a vegetable tray with an assortment of peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery to present a range of colors.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Pay careful attention to the seating arrangement. A round table, with no beginning and no end, is best, but don't worry if your table is rectangular. Position it so everyone has enough space to sit. You don't want guests pushed into a corner or feeling trapped.

Glance around the room and consider each seat. Is a buffet table or china cabinet with sharp corners pointing directly at a guest? Corners create "poison arrows" known as Sha Chi or "killing energy." In the short term, these could make the person sitting in their path feel uncomfortable. You can drape live greenery across a sharp corner to lessen the negative energy.

Arrange chairs so that no one has his back to the door. You can move the table out into the center of the room if necessary. The host should sit in the command position, which is at an angle from the entrance into the room. This position allows the host to see the door but not be directly in line with it.

Positive Energy at the Table
Unscented votive candles placed around the table create a sense of warmth and joy. A lively centerpiece of fresh flowers, pumpkins, gourds and fruit activates the energy at the table. A creative arrangement will also spark conversation. Make sure centerpieces are low to the table so they don't block your guests' view of each other and inhibit conversation.

Hanging a mirror on the wall next to the table "multiplies" your feast, encouraging abundance in the year ahead. Serve a unique dish that has significance within your family. You can also ask your guests to bring one of their own "signature" dishes and share the recipe with everyone.

Enhance the atmosphere with fun holiday music or a playlist of your guests' favorite songs. Keep music low so it doesn't interfere with conversation.

After-Dinner Activities
It's okay if everyone wants to retire to the living room and watch the football game, but consider other social activities you can enjoy while the game plays in the background. Play a board game or put together a puzzle. Remember to snap lots of photos and share them with your guests after the event.

Why not start a tradition of taking a walk outside to appreciate the scenery and the cool autumn air? After all, the practice of Feng Shui teaches us to celebrate our environment, both natural and manmade.

Autor: Ken R Lauher Ken R Lauher
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Feng Shui - The Power and Goodness of Natural Light

A person without light lives in darkness. So it can be said with Feng Shui. In the traditions of Feng Shui light represents energy and goodness. Light is good - yet natural light is best and the best choice of all. Natural light is good Feng Shui. Sure artificial light can help adjust or fill in missing qi in dark or difficult spots. Yet just like organic foods and organic vegetables and fruits are best, so is the choice of natural light and working with natural light sources rather than jumping on the artificial and artificial light bandwagon right from the get go. You are what you are and you are best to shepherd, focus, amplify and utilize all of the natural light you have - for natural goodness.

An antenna does not create energy or better radio signals - an antenna serves to focus. In the same manner take all the effort and work you can to focus the natural light sources that you have available. For example a choice of light colored walls , drapes , carpets and furniture can help reflect and amplify the incoming natural light that you have available for your purposes. On the other hand if you're living areas face the sun and are just "too bright" for comfort, then use the reverse. Darker walls, furnishings and even drawn drapes can soften an otherwise harsh environment. Darker walls can actually absorb heat on a cold winter day and give warmer more comfortable living areas as opposed to simply drawing the drapes or blinds and reflecting out this wonderful source of natural light and natural warmth and goodness, in the end it can be said that balance is key. A stabilizing effect between the wonderful effect of natural lights and fill in artificial lights, which must be used as a fill in at times, is the desired result.

If there is glare from the outside then this can be softened through the uses of drapes, curtains or blinds. In cases where harsh overhead or even floor lamps create an air of oppression or restraint - then simple standard table lamps can be used to create wonderful organic soft soft pools of nourishing light. Rooms flooded with these pools of soft light make a room feel immensely relaxed as well as most inviting. It's as if the room itself with its soft light beckons the visitor in.

Even if you feel that you are limited in the physical geography and limitations of your living or work space - with the help of simple Fen Shui principles and some simple basic thought much can be done. For example simply cleaning a wall through a thorough washing may well increase the lightness of color of the wall and the natural , healthy light reflected and indeed bouncing off the wall to the center of the room. In a similar means simply adding a hanging mirror, or even mirrors on a wall or even a ceiling areas may greatly focus the available ambient light you already have - bringing up greatly the lighting values, colors and indeed apparent friendliness of living or working areas. Lastly always remember and note that in a pinch - candles will always add great amounts of yang qualities to a "ying" area.

In the end it can be said that a person who light symbolizes warmth and goodness. Light symbolizes education and moral values. A person, family, home or business without light lives in darkness. Feng Shui.

Autor: Morris E. Brown

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Feng Shui and Your Homes

Everybody in the world wants to achieve harmony in the home or in anyplace they are staying. Harmony is achieved when the right energy flow is done. Feng shui as the principle that shows you this achievement of harmony will also bring a positive energy flow in the environment. The arrangement of things in your home can bring negative energy, so that's why feng shui is here to help. The placement of things that gives positive energy is the goal. Don't confuse yourself as it is for decorating purposes only.

Feng shui in translation means wind and water. Wind in the ancient time is said to carry energy consequently changing and transforming nature. Water is said to trap energy thus it represents constancy. There must be a balance between this two to attain harmony and rhythm in the home.

It's living with nature and not opposing to it. We know very well that we can greatly benefit out of nature. Our environment is helping us to live, so there must be harmony in all aspects. Physical and emotional characteristics affect our lives and how we live in our home. Beauty is what we need in our surroundings and we should not damage the balance in our homes through things that brings misfortune.

Some people may think that this is just a waste of time, but there's no harm in trying. Either way, if it proves to be true then it's a gain for you. Feng shui only teaches the homeowners how to put things in perspective, making it possible for positive energy to stay in the home. There are different unbalanced situations in the home. One of which is how to arrange everything in the bedroom so problems may possibly not occur. If there's trouble between lovers in the bedroom, few things might be move so as to keep the bedroom energy flowing. Yes, there is positive energy in the bedroom. There is energy everywhere in the home.

They say that we have to associate feng shui with architectural planning before making an establishment. Some architects doesn't support this they say that the law of physics is still important for them and not metaphysical principles.

We always wonder and hope for balance and harmony to flow in our homes. It is essential to keep the family in tact after all the years together. Living a harmonious life can lead to vast experiences of luck and prosperous future. The blessings we long for and the chance to provide ourselves a flourishing life is made possible through feng shui. Feng shui is ideal for using the environment or nature, working together with you.

Feng shui is not telling you to trust them but it is enticing you to try. Have the confidence and comfort that you know there is positive energy around you. This energy and the principle of feng shui might give you that luck you deserve. Feng shui is attracting you to try their method and maybe it will provide solution for the problem at your home.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Feng Shui - Healthy Bedroom Tips

Since you spend approximately one third of your life sleeping your bedroom is the most important room in your home. If your bedroom is filled with clutter and chaos, your body will identify with that energy so, rest assured, you won't sleep soundly.

Here are 7 bedroom health tips to keep in mind.

  1. If possible, don't position the foot of your bed in direct alignment with your bedroom door. Since the chi (energy) enters each room through a doorway you don't want this energy targeting your body as your sleeping. You do want your bed positioned so that you can view the doorway. This keeps you in a power position. If you must keep your bed aligned with the door, place a large plant, bench or other object in front of the bed to create a shield between you and the door.
  2. Given that desks, computers, and exercise equipment are associated with activity it's best not have them in a bedroom as the feeling of rest will be forced right out of the room. If you no other option, then try to place your equipment behind a screen or large plant to create a partition.
  3. Don't sleep with a clock radio, telephone/cell phone, or computer near your head. Keep them 4 to 6 feet away from your body, particularly your head. This equipment emits electromagnetic fields (EMF) which will affect your health and well-being over time.
  4. No white or beige walls in the bedroom! Make sure to paint the walls a soothing color that you love. Stark walls create a feeling of depression.
  5. Find furniture with flowing curves rather than pointed edges. In Feng Shui these points are known as "poision arrows." You don't want points coming at your body. This can lead to body pain and health issues.
  6. Don't keep clutter in your bedroom. Allow space for you to breathe. Clutter can affect your health and your mindset even if it's hidden under your bed. In fact, lots of stuff under the bed might disrupt your sleep.
  7. Keep the master bathroom door closed. Water energy in the bathroom is active energy so you don't want that active energy interfering with your sleep. It's also important to keep that door closed because you don't want that "waste energy" flowing through your bedroom. This is especially important if your bed is in direct alignment with the bathroom.

Since you spend more than six hours each night in this room, the Feng Shui flow of energy in your bedroom has a huge impact during sleep which subsequently affects your overall health and happiness. The quality of your life will be elevated by following the basic bedroom tips and you can start enjoying positive results immediately.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Feng Shui - A Beginners Guide

The ancient Chinese art of energy balancing, feng shui, has attracted the modern Western mind by its variety of applications for life improvement.

Even if it could seem basic, feng shui is pretty difficult to define as it involves complex knowledge of the elements, the environment, the energetic structure of the body as well as of the principles governing the functions of the universe.

Feng means wind and shui is water in Chinese; these two elements, gentle wind and clear water are symbols of fulfillment in terms of health, wealth and fortune.

People speak of "good feng shui" and "bad feng shui" depending on the way the energies are respected and put to work for you.

The basis for feng shui is the complete understanding of nature and the taoist vision, both embracing the idea that everything is full of the life energy or light, called "chi" or "qui" (in Chinese) or "ki" (in Japanese).

The basic factors that could influence a feng shui analysis of a location, person or situation include the five elements and the yin and yang rule. Feng shui is created on the ancient symbols present in I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle.

These symbols are used in the octagonal grid, the Ba-Gua, that helps you understand or determine the various relations between the feng shui locations in the home or office and the various parts of your life.

Feng shui is common to several different schools, and it involves several levels of learning and understanding, depending on the complexity of the information you have access to and actually get to internalize.

The cures offered by feng shui for life improvement vary from the use of fountains, aquariums and crystals to the energy improvement by means of clocks, colors and mirrors.

Light and colors make an important combination by the power they can bring to a certain location. Most places characterized by "bad feng shui" suffer from lack of light and color.

The interaction of the universal elements is another crucial aspect of feng shui; wood, fire, water, earth and metal can create productive or destructive circles depending on the preponderance they have in one's space.

Each of the elements has a corresponding color; it is basic feng shui knowledge to know how to complement colors and balance an environment.

The location of the elements in a space is not randomly done as it has to be determined by the octagonal grid, the Ba-Gua.

Autor: Darren Bardsley

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Added: January 1, 2009
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