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.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Feng Shui House - Principles of Feng Shui Energies

When you study Feng Shui design in order to apply it to your living space, "chi" will be a term you see frequently. Chi is referring to universal energy. Basically this means the ancient Chinese believed that everything around you - the buildings, trees, and land - has energy of its own.

There are two sides to Feng Shui Chi, just like yin and yang, meaning that there is a good and bad Chi. Chi also exists in various shapes based on nature's elements - fire, wood, earth, water and metal. To take it a bit further, Chi can be broken down more than just to the five elements of nature to the elements corresponding Feng Shui colors.

Feng Shui House has several goals but the most important one involves Chi, and learning how to guide it in the area where you live and work. You want good Chi in your living and work space because it keeps the energy flow positive and feeds your spirit too. The positive Chi that enlivens your environment is called Sheng Chi. There is negative where there is positive as well. This negative energy is called Si Chi and it is also called Sha Chi which means depressing, attacking, and low.

Sheng Chi in detail

The word Sheng actually refers to energy with a rising movement. This means that Sheng Chi is uplifting and vibrant energy. This positive life force is is good for your entire well being.

There are many forms of Sheng Chi, most derived from nature or clean and simple indoor environment. Keep in mind, Chi is that energy contained in everything. Well nothing has more powerful energy than parts of nature that thrive such as the beach.

Si Chi and Sha Chi = Bad Chi

When you have bad, you'll have good too. Si Chi is energy that is festering and depressing. It can make you feel stifled, almost like you are going through a slow death. If you spent much time in this environment, you would start becoming ill.

Sha Chi refers more to the architectural elements or decorative elements in or out of your home that is of violent nature. Outside structures that have corners or sharp points pointing into the space for living or work are Sha Chi.

The whole purpose of understanding the good and bad Chi is so that you can use the practices of Feng Shui decorating to combat energy that is destructive and negative and turn it into a cleansing, well-balanced positive energy.

Many Feng Shui consultants, who have studied Feng Sui tradition for years, will be your Feng Shui guides to help you balance the Sheng Chi and the Sha Chi and achieve an hospicious Feng Shui House.

Autor: Clark Meyer

Clark Meyer is a Feng Shui enthusiast and is devoted to teaching the best Feng Shui practices to his readers. You can see more of his practical, to-the-point Feng Shui writing on his blog Feng Shui House. To use Feng Shui in your life and benefit your life's 4 major areas - money, health, relationships; sign up for his acclaimed and popular free Feng Shui House newsletter today.

Added: November 29, 2009
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Baby Nursery Feng Shui - Create a Space Full of Health, Harmony Happiness

Imagine creating a space within your home for your baby to grow and develop while being healthy and at peace.

I've consulted on many nurseries for existing and expecting parents. Here are 9 tips to consider when creating a nursery for the new baby.

1. Crib Position: The crib should be placed in the command position of the room. To be in the command position, the location should have a view of the door but not be in direct line with the door or on the same wall as the door. There are a total of three command positions for a room, view this recent article about the command position of a bed.

2. Flow of Chi: Make sure the door into the nursery can open a full 90 degrees. This may mean no coats or clothes hanging on the back of the door. Also, make sure that you can easily move around in the space and open dresser drawers and closet doors with no obstructions.

3. Color: Consider light colors to soothe and multiple colors to inspire the baby's development. Light blues, pinks and greens are recommended. Keep in mind that a bedroom and nursery are yin energy and should be created for relaxing and rejuvenating.

4. D�cor: Pay close attention to what you hang above or around areas where the baby spends a lot of time. Don't place shelving above the crib or changing table as this can create a downward pressure, reducing the baby's development. There's also the potential for heavy objects or shelves to fall.

5. Lighting & Ventilation: Make sure you have enough light during each part of the day and night. Nurseries often don't have enough light, especially in the middle of the night when parents want to check on the baby. I personally recommend Himalayan Salt Rock lamps for the perfect night light. It produces soft shades of pink, peach and orange, warmly lighting a room while infusing the space with negative ions to remove pollutants and adding chi or life energy.

6. Development: To help a baby develop motor skills, consider purchasing a baby-safe mirror at the two-to-three-month stage.

7. Access: Be sure all items you use frequently - diapers, wipes, blankets, first aid essentials, etc. -- are accessible. You don't want to hunt for the thermometer in the middle of the night. Keep a stock of diapers and wipes close at hand, with extras in a convenient place. Don't place these baby essentials in awkward spots, where other items fall on you when you reach for them, or where you'll have to stretch to the back of a drawer or closet for them. This just increases frustration when the most important task is to be present for your baby.

8. Electrical Overload: Dozens of tech gadgets available today help you monitor your baby around the clock. Even so, keep electro-magnetic fields around your baby's crib to a minimum. This includes heart monitors, baby monitors, video cameras and multiple plugs within an outlet; decide which devices you really need and choose products that serve multiple purposes. Also, pay attention to what is on the other side of the wall as this can have an impact on the baby's development and sleep.

9. Parent's Room: Creating a nursery for the baby is an exciting time. When the baby arrives, the nursery can easily carry over into the parent's room, especially when a baby co-sleeps. Make an effort to keep your own bedroom for relaxation, sleep and rejuvenation without permitting the nursery to take over the room. You'll be glad!

Autor: Ken D Lauher

Celebrity Feng Shui Consultant and Speaker, Ken Lauher, helps individuals and their environments enhance their quality of life through time-tested techniques. His inspiring work with celebrities and corporations has made him a sought-after speaker on Feng Shui and life enhancement. Visit his site for your free Feng Shui Tips, guide, or to hire Ken for a speaking engagement.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Feng Shui Colors and Elements - Beginners Tips

For your good Feng-Shui home, the directions in your home should be mapped out with the Feng Shui Ba-Gua. Based upon those directions from the Ba-Gua, you would then use the Lo-Pan or Feng Shui compass to find out more about which elements will go with the eight different directions. Because a color goes along with each element, then you can figure out which colors will help to promote good Chi.

Employing the different Feng Shui colors is the best way to produce positive energy types bringing prosperity, health, and other things associated with good Chi. Light is quite important when working to produce good Chi. As you learn more about Feng Shui House, you will learn more about the eight directions on the Feng Sui Ba-Gua map and how the elements are related.

The five elements

The five natural elements each have specific colors that embody them. Keep in mind that different shades or hues of these colors can also be employed in your Feng Shui decorating plan.

1. Wood element - Browns and greens

2. Water element - Shades of blue and black

3. Fire element - deep yellows, reds, dark purples, and oranges

4. Earth element - Light browns and yellows, and sandy shades

5. Metal element - Gray, white, and gold and silver can be included

There are two cycles that rule the five elements - the destructive cycle and the productive cycle. Within the productive cycle, the wood elements is nourished by the water element, going on to create a fire element. The earth element is produced by the fire element burning , from which the metal element is formed and then the metal feeds back to the element of water. This cycle continues to revolve.

How to Feng Shui your house with these element colors

The colors of these elements give a boost to certain characteristics, including wealth, health, and more. In addition, certain directions as pointed out by the Ba-Gua specially correlate to the elements. For instance, the Southeast and East are represented by the wood element.

Feng Shui room is all about creating positive energy in the work or home area that is favorable. This means that particular colors should be used that correspond with the elements of that direction. You will also discover that certain colors are naturally pleasing and can be used outside the element if they are a part of that cycle. Red is one example, the color of fire and an energizing Chi. If you are faced with an unfavorable configuration of your home, the color red may help turn around that negative Chi.

These colors and elements have a complex relationship. The information listed above is just the beginning. Feng Shui design and it's complex nature are one of the main reasons people end up spending years studying to understand the principles behind Chinese Feng Shui.

Autor: Clark Meyer

Clark Meyer is a Feng Shui enthusiast and is devoted to teaching the best Feng Shui practices to his readers. You can see more of his practical, to-the-point Feng Shui writing on his blog Feng Shui House. To use Feng Shui in your life and benefit your life's 4 major areas - money, health, relationships; sign up for his acclaimed and popular free Feng Shui House newsletter today.

Added: November 27, 2009
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Three Garden Feng Shui Magic Tricks For a Healthier Happier Garden

These three garden Feng Shui "magic tricks" aren't exactly magic tricks per se, but they can do wonders for the way your garden thrives and can also attract more of the good energy vibes you want to have flowing toward you and your family!

The neat thing about implementing Feng Shui for your garden? The benefits don't just stop there...your family and your property derives ongoing blessings from the efforts you put forth in your garden.

Remember the goal of Feng Shui--to always create positive Chi flows that nourish your health, your wealth and your emotional and spiritual well being. By extending these principles to your garden spaces, you and your plants have a wonderful opportunity to thrive with Feng Shui!

1. Balance is the reigning principle. Those who live by the principles of Feng Shui understand the importance of balance in all aspects of life. Likewise, you want your garden to have a balanced feel and harmonious design.

On thing you will want to keep in mind is to maintain a balance of yin and yang energies in your garden. For example, aim to create a garden where plants receive good sunlight, and other areas where there is more shade.

Sunlight is yang and shade is yin. Some plants love lots of sun and others don't require as much. Having accommodations for both in your garden creates good yin and yang balance. If need be, add lights to your darker garden areas. Being sensitive to the energy balance will help you know when you've reached a nice equilibrium.

2. Be creative with paths within your garden, as well as the paths between your plants. What I mean by this is don't just settle for the commonplace--straight rows in a straight line! Straight line rows will rush the good Chi out of your garden and off your property, or even directly at your house which isn't good. This is why this concept is so important to understand and take to heart.

Chi enjoys flowing in paths that are curvy and meandering. Curving paths calm the energy and help nourish your plants. For a practical application of this principle, picture your garden in your mind. If your garden is rectangular in shape, as many gardens often are, start by rounding the four corners.

Picture your outermost row as turning gently, following beside the curve of each corner and beyond so that instead of the row ending, it actually continues parallel all the way around the outer perimeter and eventually meets up with itself. Do the same for your interior rows until you have an open area in the middle.

Doing this creates a healthy artery through the garden...it builds in a circulation path for the energy instead of the row being in a straight line.

If your garden is an oval or circular shape, planting rows can also follow the same shape as the perimeter, working their way toward the center. For you open area in the middle, this is a great location for an outdoor fountain, a creative design with rocks and wood...a colorful array of your favorite flowers...use your imagination!

If your garden is already planted and it is not feasible to make these design changes right now, another workaround is to "break up" your straight line rows by planting a vegetable or your choice or flowers somewhere in the line so that the Chi is forced to flow around it.

3. Variety is the spice of life! Whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden or a combination of both, having a nice variety and selection is beneficial and invigorating. Have fun choosing from various species, and vary the colors and shapes of your plants. Doing this also ties in with creating a healthy balance.

Discovering different plant species that respond well to sun and shade can take a bit of research upfront, but it is well worth the effort.

By implementing these garden Feng Shui "magic" tips and tricks, chances are you'll have more of an interest in your garden, a healthier happier garden...plus you'll be more attentive and attracted to it!

Autor: Ling Meng

Ling Meng is a Feng Shui enthusiast, practicer and author. For more garden Feng Shui tips to help you get the most from Feng Shui, sign up for her free 10 part Feng Shui ecourse designed to help you easily live your best life in a beautiful environment of your own creation. Home page for ecourse: http://www.fengshuipearls.com. Thank you for reading and taking value from this article.

Added: November 26, 2009
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Feng Shui For Hard Financial Times

These are hard times for everybody... unemployment, layoffs, foreclosures. We all need money, and work, and some financial help. But you can actually make more money using Feng Shui. I am not saying that Feng Shui will cure all your woes and make you rich overnight, but you can improve the energies that influence the wealth in your life by using it.

Spend some time studying the areas that might affect your wealth to decide what you need to do.

The most important areas are: Wealth and Prosperity, Fame and Reputation, Career and Helpful People and Travel. (Consult the Bagua Map in the site)

All these cures will apply to every room in your house, and of course, especially to the rooms where these areas fall on your house or apartment.

First thing to get rid of: clutter. Check that there's no clutter in any of these areas of any of your rooms, even the garage!!!

For your Wealth and Prosperity area:

If you don't have one by now, this is a good time to set up an aquarium. If it's possible, make it big enough to house 3 Goldfish or more, always in odd numbers. Use rocks and plants to decorate it. Make it beautiful. Of course, if you have money problems, maybe you can't afford an aquarium, but you can always find a picture or a painting of fish or an aquarium. If an aquarium is not something you really like, think of a table fountain. Flowing water is key. It can also be the picture of a waterfall.

Use things in shades of purple, red and blue: flowers (silk or live but never dried), candles, curtains, any decoration with these colors. Look around your house, move your furniture around, make it a comfortable corner.

Leave a lamp on in that corner 24/7. A lamp with low wattage will suffice, but keep it on. Obviously, if the wealth area of your home is in your bedroom, this would not be advisable, but do it in the wealth corner of your living room, or home office.

How about repainting that old dresser you have lying around, painting it red or blue or purple and using it in the wealth corner of your living room, bedroom or den?

We all collect our pennies and other coins somewhere in the house. Well, get a nice container (a copper bowl, a purple box or something nice) and put all your change in that corner. This is a great area to put valuable collections, antiques, pictures of stuff you wish to have like a car, a boat, etc.,

You have red or purple cushions lying around? Make sure you put them in this area.

If one of these areas (wealth, fame or career) happens to be a bathroom, it doesn't mean that you will forever have money problems, it just means you have to use cures to make the energy flow in the right way.

Keep the toilet lid down AT ALL TIMES. This is a rule in Feng Shui, but it's of the outmost importance if the bathroom is one of these important areas that are directly related to money.

Avoid all clutter as you would in any other part of the house.

Put a plant (silk or real, no dried flowers or herbs) in a place that is higher than the toilet.

Make the bathroom a comfortable and pleasant place to be.

Use the colors related to the area to energize the Chi. Candles with these colors are perfect. Towels, bath rugs, a picture.

Keep the bathroom door closed at all times.

For your Fame and Reputation area:

This area is important because your reputation is what gets you work, so you need to energize the Chi there.

Red, red and more red.... fire is key. Avoid using a lot of black (water color) in the Fame and Reputation area, since water extinguishes fire. If you already happen to have something black there, keep in mind that there always has to be a balance of all the elements, so although fire is the ruling element in that area, you need a bit of all the elements in every area, so don't forget to add earth, wood, water and metal elements.

This is another good place to put all your red cushions, flowers, and set up a nice plate with red candles and light them once in a while. A healthy plant works fine here too.

No clutter!! Try to avoid large mirrors. No fountains, aquariums, or pictures of water in any form.

Anything that has to do with fire is good. Electronics are considered fire elements, as well as animals and animal prints.

Great place for diplomas, awards, pictures or figurines of animals, triangular and pyramidal objects.

For the Career area:

The reasons to energize this area are obvious!

Here, you can use all the black and dark colors you want.

The area is ruled by water, so a fountain is also recommended here. For wealth, I personally like to have my aquarium in the Wealth and Prosperity area, but the Career area is also a good place to put it.

You can also put pictures of oceans, rivers or waterfalls.

If your front door is in this area, you have to make it super welcoming! Nice round rug, a mirror, a healthy plant (or a healthy looking silk plant), crystals objects .

Absolutely no clutter!!

Think of ways to energize your Career area. Get your creativity flowing and if you already have a table there, maybe you can paint it black or dark brown or blue.

Remember that if you can't afford a table fountain, or a painting, you can even use a piece of paper of the color you need and lay it on a table or hang it on the wall!

Try to keep mementos related to your career in this area. Keep in mind we are doing this in every room, so if you can't keep your diplomas near the front door, maybe you can do it in the career area in your bedroom, or your home office, just make sure that the career colors and elements are represented in every room.

For the Helpful People and Travel area:

Helpful people here could be your boss, your potential boss, a contact that might get you a job, even a religious figure. Use colors in the shades of white, gray and black in this area.

This is the place to put any images, paintings, posters or figures of spiritual guides, gods, goddesses, saints and angels. Pictures of mentors and influential people in your life. Maybe the picture of someone that you are hoping will give you a job, or who you would like to work with. Since it's also the Travel area, this is the place to put pictures of your favorite vacation spot or a place you want to travel to.

The important thing to keep in mind is that Feng Shui works, and if you take a serious look around and make an effort to avoid the clutter in these areas of your life and energize the Chi, your situation will improve.

Autor: Rebeca Rambal

If you want to learn more about Feng Shui and find more very useful information, please visit me at http://www.lifewithfengshui.com

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Monday, November 23, 2009

7 Feng Shui Tips For Good Luck

Are you looking to change your ability to attract good luck into your life? Some people seem to be able to attract good luck into their lives whilst others seem to be unable to attract any good fortune into their lives. Have you ever wondered why this is so! The Chinese art of Feng Shui reveals why this happens and how to attract good luck and fortune into your life.

Feng Shui is the placement of items in a certain manner which attracts and abundance of good or positive energy into your personal and living environment. The Chinese people believe that attracting anything into your life depends on the energy or chi which surrounds you and your environment. This includes all areas of their lives - health, wealth, money, love, relationships, happiness and good luck.

In Feng Shui there are principals which govern how to arrange the interior and exterior of you home and office to attract extra luck into your life.

7 Feng Shui Tips For Good Luck

* Cleanse and clear all clutter from your home or work environment. To attract good luck and fortune in your life the chi needs to be able to flow freely around your living environment. Donate to charity or throw away all old or unwanted books, clothes or unused items

* Spring clean your living environment so the house is sparkling clean.

* Place an ornament of a dragon in your home or work environment will assist in attracting good luck to you. Ensure the dragon is not facing outwards towards the door or window as this will send the luck away from you.

* Place Chinese gold coins on a red ribbon will assist in attracting good fortune with money into your life

* Especially clean out your wallet. Remove all old dockets and unnecessary items from your wallet and handbag. If the wallet is old or shabby replace it immediately.

* Place a healthy pot plant with shiny round green leaves in a gold pot in you home to attract positive chi into your environment

* Lucky bamboo is also considered in Feng Shui as a wonderful aid to attracting luck into your life.

The energy or chi of your environment greatly affects your own personal energy field and consequently has a major effect on your ability to attract good luck into your life. The Chinese spend thousands of dollars perfecting the art of Feng Shui into all areas of their lives. This practice is a spiritual belief and has now spread across the world.

Autor: Yvonne Handford

There are Feng Shui methods to attract good luck into all areas of your life, health, love ,wealth, prosperity and anything you wish to have; To learn more about the ancient art of Feng Shui and how you increase good luck into your life using these techniques into your home and work environment visit Feng Shui Tips or visit http://www.Universalhealingcentre.com

Yvonne Handford is an Author, Speaker, Soul Healing Coach, Psychic and Healing Master trained in Usui Reiki and many other healing modalities and alternate therapies. Yvonne is a Healer who specializes in promoting the "Golden Keys" to Healing Within and assisting others to live the life of their dreams.

Added: November 23, 2009
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Create a New Love Relationship With Feng Shui

Years ago I became interested in and began reading about Feng Shui. I became a believer as I read and tested some of these ideas. I've found that it has improved all areas of my life, especially romance. The idea that by moving objects around in my home could bring friendship and even love into my life intrigued me.

We each have different ideas of what is romantic. You decide what is romantic to you and do that. When I was single, my dining room was the relationship area. I hung a large picture of a knight in armor leaning from his horse to embrace a lovely young woman.

I painted my bedroom a lovely soft peach and placed a peach hurricane lamp on my bedside table. I called it my Love Lamp and put a heart shaped rose quartz next to the lamp.

One day when still dating my now-husband, I was feeling a bit insecure when he hadn't called. I turned on my Love Lamp and the phone rang. "This is really woo-woo" I thought. Woo-woo or not, I tried this several times and it always worked. It's another way of setting your intention and then allowing it to happen.

Our relationship area is in the kitchen. What can you do to make the kitchen a romantic spot? My husband and I found a poster of a couple dancing the Flamenco which we have had framed and hung it in the kitchen. Colors for the Love and Relationship area are red and pink, burgundy, or red-orange. We also hung a red metal Chinese love symbol on one wall that we found on a particularly delightful excursion to Cambria, California. In your relationship area do everything in twos, two roses, two people in pictures, etc.

If you want a new romance, use only paintings or photos of two happy people in your relationship area. Do not hang a painting of a lone person no matter how beautiful it is. The bedroom is not a place for family photos- only photos of the two of you taken in happy circumstances.

My husband and I have been and continue to be blessed in our relationship. I believe that is because we honor each other's space. Our own bedroom is painted in a warm soft terra cotta. A Himalayan salt lamp lends a soft warm glow to the room. A soft scarf over the chest of drawers and silk and velvet pillows on the bed give a luxurious feel to the room. Our room feels warm, comfortable, restful and inviting to us. That's the way yours should feel to you.

We express our personalities in our homes. You are the one who is living there. Make it feel good to you. Make it beautiful warm and inviting to you. Have fun with Feng Shui and see how it can transform your life.

Autor: Gail Manishor

Gail Manishor is the author of From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life, Gail's mission is to help people come to the realization of the Truth of who they really are and guide them through her counseling and writing to a place of peace and serenity. Visit Gail's website at: http://gmanishor.com

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Feng Shui Mistakes - Avoid These 7 Feng Shui Mistakes to Create a Calm, Serene, and Peaceful Life

Creating good feng shui in your home is one of the most important aspects of improving your chi and attracting positive energy in your life. Only when you have facilitated smooth flow of positive energy around your home, you can focus on creating positivity in your life.

In order for this to happen, your indoors should be facilitate flow of positive energy rather than debilitating it. Here are the 7 brutal feng shui mistakes most people make when it comes to decorating their home:

1. Place your sofa"s at an angle rather than at sharp square like blocks. Placing them directly opposite to each other creates confrontational energy and blocks the optimal flow of chi.

2. Place your dining tables in a place where they have sufficient space around them so that they don"t appear cramped. It is critically important to not place them directly under the toilets or next to toilets. If you are in shortage of space, place a mirror next to dining table so the space is extended visually.

3. Avoid placing water to the right of the front door - doing so attracts infidelity. The right side of your door is the right hand side when you are inside looking out. When this rule is broken, man of the house tends to start looking around and may secretly start a second family. Read this article to learn more on the secrets of orientations and placement of water features.

4. Avoid placing mirrors facing the beds in your bed room. Also, avoid placing mirrors that reflect your beds anywhere in your bedroom. This kind of arrangement brings third party in your marriage - it is considered to be one of the main reasons of break up in marital relationships. If you have large reflective surfaces in your bedroom, try to cover them up with decorative screen or curtain.

5. Avoid Windows behind your bed. It is believed that having windows behind your bed makes your vulnerable to yin spirit formations, thereby making your short tempered and stressful. If you have a window behind your bed, close it when you go to bed and cover it with heavy curtains.

6. Bedroom televisions disrupts relationships. A bedroom television is considered to be reflective surface and thereby acts as a mirror. It has similar affects of having a mirror reflecting your beds, i.e. causing marital disharmony and disturbances.

7. Use circular dining tables instead of sharp edged dining tables. Circular wooden dining tables result in harmonious meals and family accord. Families quarrel and disagree less when the dining tables are circular and made of wood.

Avoid these 7 mistakes to create a life filled with harmony, love, and peace!

Autor: Amy C.

Amy C. is an expert on feng shui applications of water fountains. She has experienced potent benefits by applying easy-to-implement feng shui principles in her day to day life. Amy invites you to browse her personal favorite collection of bamboo fountain kits and feng shui fountains at http://www.TabletopFountainStore.com

Added: November 19, 2009
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Feng Shui Bed Fire - Four Fabulous Ways to Ignite Your Love Life!

Having a Feng Shui bed and bedroom based on sound Feng Shui principles can transform a dull and dreary love life into hot sizzling passion and fun. If you've been missing out on this exciting dimension in your life, take action and put these tips into practice for reviving a waning romance or attracting a new passionate love partner!

The master bed, where lovemaking traditionally takes place is a huge power center in Feng Shui. Your bed is the most powerful piece of furniture that you own because your essence and energy is contained within your bed...(remember, you spend one-third of your time there!).

The master bed is the place where you and your partner experience the intense passion of romance...(or soon will!). Here are four easy ways to multiply the Feng Shui power quotient of your master bed and experience more intense passion than you've ever had before:

1. Strengthen your bed. Your bed is weak if your headboard is flimsy or loose. Best headboards are made of solid wood and do not move when touched or grasped. Having a weak headboard translates to a lack of support and weakened foundation for rejuvenation. This can compromise your sleep and health, draining away the energy you would otherwise have for passion and romance.

If you cannot strengthen your existing headboard, invest in a new one as soon as you can. Feel free to wrap your solid headboard in a soft fabric or upholstery to lessen the "hardness" of the wood. Make choices that draw and retain the energy of romance.

2. Mood lighting for love. The best Feng Shui choice for bedroom lighting and romance are candles. Candles are often associated with romance. Choose candles that are heart shaped or serve as romance instigators. Choose candles that are not strongly scented, as these could be overpowering and detract from the ambiance you are looking to create. Light your bedroom candles often and visualize your romantic life the way you want it to be.

3. Decorate with romance colors. Sizzle up your bed with pink or red sheets! If red is too overpowering or intense, pink is a good choice that will attract and hold the energy of love for your bed.

4. Eliminate bad Chi aimed at your bed. Sit upright on your bed and take a look around. Are there any sharp corners pointing at your bed from furniture pieces? In other words, does your furniture have right angle corners directly facing your bed?

If so, drape an attractive cloth or fabric over the offending corner, or remove the piece from the room. Is there a mirror staring at your bed? Mirrors cause confusion in bedrooms and detract from romance. Remove mirrors or cover them with an attractive fabric that heightens feelings of romance.

These four Feng Shui bed tips will help you get the most from your bed and bedroom and bring in the energy of romance. Try them and ignite your love life for more passion and fun!

Autor: Ling Meng

Ling Meng is a Feng Shui enthusiast, practitioner and author. To learn the top 3 Feng Shui bed mistakes you don't want to make and to help you get the most from Feng Shui, sign up for her free 10 part Feng Shui ecourse designed to help you easily live your best life in a beautiful environment of your own creation. Home page for ecourse: http://www.fengshuipearls.com. Thank you for reading and for your appreciation.

Added: November 18, 2009
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Using Feng Shui When Cleaning Your Home

When you need to do some serious house cleaning, you may find that it is hard to move forward without a plan, and this is where Feng Shui can come in. Feng Shui is the practice of arranging your home so that a positive flow of energy is encouraged. If you are interested in both thorough house cleaning and in maximizing the flow of positive energy through your home, take some time and make sure you incorporate some important tips from this energy positive philosophy into the cleaning of your home.

When you want to put some positive energy flow into your house cleaning, start by taking all the clutter out. If you have trashy lying around or clothes that need to go to a charity, now is the time to get rid of them. This is essential when you want to make sure that your home has an opening and welcoming look, so take some time and make sure that you consider what you need to get rid of. This is something that many people neglect to do, and at the end of the day, you will discover that it can keep your home looking much tidier than it did before.

If you are going to be moving you furniture so that you can clean underneath it, it might be a great idea for you to consider moving it around a little bit. Make sure that you do not have any furniture that is blocking the doors, even partially. Look at the way that people move through your home. Can they move in straight lines or do they need to take detours around poorly placed furniture? This is something that can make a huge difference in the way that you clean your home, and at the end of the day, you will find that simply rearranging your furniture so that you can access the room more comfortably can make a big difference.

When you are cleaning your home, consider anything that you have hanging up. One fairly common Feng Shui trick that you can use involves using wind chimes to bring positive energy into your home. However, if you allow your wind chimes to become dull or cluttered, or if you find yourself in a place where you need to think about how dirty they are, you need to change it! Make wiping down your wind chimes part of your regular house cleaning and your fortunes are sure to improve.

Finally, if you want to keep your home looking bright and fresh, look into how bamboo and other plants can liven it up. Plants are a great way to freshen up the air and you can bet that they will help open up the look of your home. Take some time and consider how you are going to place them, and once they have grown, remember to take good care of them and to trim off any wilted parts immediately.

Consider how helpful Feng Shui can be when you are house cleaning and take some steps towards including it in the way that you take care of your home!

Autor: Marli Paes

Marli Paes has been cleaning homes in the Greater Boston Area since 2002

Added: November 16, 2009
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Three Feng Shui Secrets to a Welcoming Entrance

In feng shui, a door can be a symbol of change and transformation. For many of you, your business is all about creating a space through health or education where people can transform themselves. But first they need to either literally or figuratively walk through the door to get your services.

Making the outside of your building attractive entices people to your business. Even if you work from home you'll want to create an entrance to your home workspace that your customers would be attracted to. Here are three secrets to creating a welcoming transition into your business from the outside. Eliminate Mixed Signals. Sometimes we send mixed signals with the design or signage at our front entrance. We've got everything set up beautifully and then a big "Closed" sign turns people away. It would be better to have an "Hours of Operation" sign instead. Are there other items you can find at your entrance that say "go away"? For example plants with spiky leaves or a fountain that flows away from the entrance. The plants give people a "prickly" feel when they approach and the flowing water encourages people to head away from the door. Take the time to eliminate or reposition items that may be unconsciously turning people away. Balance the Five Elements. People are attracted to spaces that are balanced. If you have items that represent metal, water, wood, fire and earth your entrance will have great energy. For example:

  • A black door (Water)
  • Metal hardware and concrete steps (Metal)
  • Green doormat (Wood)
  • Ceramic planters (Earth)
  • Red flowers in the planters (Fire)
There are thousands of combinations to create five element balance. Have fun with that! Make Sure Everything is in Good Repair. Peeling paint, doorbells that don't work, and unfinished projects hanging out at your door can cause people to wonder about your business. If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, make sure you make time in your schedule for maintenance and upkeep. If you are not, find a good handy-person and schedule them to come periodically to take care of projects at your entrance and everywhere else.

Follow these simple secrets and enjoy the benefits of feng shui at your business.

Autor: Ann Kucera

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEBSITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Feng Shui Practitioner Ann Kucera, "The Feng Shui Coach", publishes the ezine; 'Creating Healing Spaces: Your Guide to a Space that Promotes Health, Abundance and Harmony'. Get more great articles on feng shui and healthy homes at http://www.The-Feng-Shui-Coach.com.

Ann Kucera is passionate about helping people initiate change and transformation through the use of feng shui. She offers home and office feng shui consultations and is also available for custom designed classes and speaking engagements. Her mission is to transform buildings into spaces where people thrive. Ann began her feng shui studies in 2001 with Terah Kathryn Collins at the Western School of Feng Shui in San Diego. In addition she has a Masters in Library Science and over 15 years of experience organizing people, events, data systems, books and homes. She is the Chapter Director of the International Feng Shui Guild - Michigan.

Added: November 15, 2009
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Friday, November 13, 2009

8 Feng Shui Bedroom Tips to Ensure a Deep Sleep Every Night

Innumerable studies have shown that a good night's rest is vital to happy and healthy living. By applying these 8 Feng Shui Bedroom Tips don't be surprised if you find yourself sleeping better, and feeling more rested and refreshed than ever before.

These Feng Shui bedroom tips are all about attracting and channeling energy through and around the room. Done correctly this energy will work toward a health restoring, restful sleep experience.

Feng Shui understands that all aspects of life contain levels of energy. Science, within several independent studies, agree that "all matter in the universe is connected on the subatomic level through a constant dance of quantum energy exchange."

In other words what scientists have discovered within the last few hundred years, the Eastern practice of Feng Shui has known and applied for 1000's of years.

So, let's get started on creating the positive energy effects of getting a good night's sleep by applying these Feng Shui bedroom tips.

Bedroom Tip 1: Rearrange Your Bed

The foot of the bed should not point directly to the door.

The door is the entry way for Feng Shui's life energy. Blocking or stopping that energy with objects or doors will only create limited access or stagnant air pockets.

The goal is to allow the positive energy (known as Sheng Chi in Feng Shui) to easily move around the room and over your body as you sleep.

Position the bed in a way you can easily see but does not block the door.

Bedroom Tip 2: De Clutter

The fewer items you have strewn around the room the more conducive your room will be to peace, rest and sleep. Surface clutter goes beyond Feng Shui in that the subtle emotional reactions will agitate your inner space. But, with Feng Shui in the bedroom clutter acts as a energy breaker or blocker.

Imagine your room as a road. If you have to constantly maneuver around objects such as rocks, tree limbs, or animals...the drive becomes exhausting. If you can cruise down a clear country road for miles without distraction, the drive is relaxingly enjoyable. Chi energy works in the same way, when the space is free of clutter. Don't forget to clean and clear under the bed. Though a great storage area, stuff under the bed will block energy from circulating properly.

Bedroom Tip 3: Use Soft Edged Furniture

Anything with "points" is understood to generate Sha Chi energy which is the negative counterpart of Sheng Chi.

This type of energy drains and weakens. It's the place of depletion, sickness and poverty. If you are experiencing feeling of depression or general malaise, it is understood by the followers of Feng Shui that you are under the influence of Sheng Chi energy.

Pointed edges from furniture, head boards or anything in the room that is pointing toward you as you sleep are referred to as "poison arrows".

Evaluate the rooms layout and either replace your furniture with softer edged ones or reposition those points so they are not facing you as you lie on your bed.

Feng Shui Bedroom Tip 4: Close the Master Bathroom Door

Water is full of moving energy, when a master bathroom door is open it will attract and pull any positive energy quickly through the room and down the toilet.

Think of this as acting like electricity. Electricity always takes the path of least resistance, so will Feng Shui in the bedroom if you do not keep the bathroom door closed.

Bedroom Tip 5:Move The Electronics

Keep computers, telephones, televisions, cell phones at least 5 to 6 feet away from the bed. These items give off electromagnetic fields (EMF) which will take a toll on your overall health and well being over time.

If you cannot move these due to a small spaced bedroom, try to separate or break up the path to these EMF waves by using a portable wall divider or large floor plant.

Bedroom Tip 6: Remove Activity

A desk with a computer or an exercise treadmill is a constant reminder of work or exercise. Remove any items that do not create the attitude and expectation of rest and sleep.

Once again if there is no room in the rest of your house, find a way to block or divide the visual awareness of these items also by using a large plant or room divider of some sort.

Bedroom Tip 7: Paint the Walls

Color effects your mood and emotions. By painting your walls a soft robin egg blue or warm neutral, the mood in the room will invite peace and slumber. Accent the walls with soft edged paintings with further soothing colors. Do not include mirrors as a wall design accent.

Bedroom Tip 8: Open Those Windows

If at all possible circulate fresh air through the bedroom each night. By circulating air you are circulating Cheng Shi in your Feng Shui in the bedroom.

These are just a few important steps to inviting the positive life changing power of Feng Shui in your bedroom.. By implementing these simple steps to bring Feng Shui into your bedroom you are well on your way to experiencing more success, improving your health and of course, getting a superior nights sleep.

Autor: Sue E Krippner

Sue Krippner is a Free Lance Artist, Home Staging and Redesign Professional. She is attracted to "all things beautiful, especially as it relates to interior decorating and design.
Visit http://frugalhomedesign.com to see samples of her art and find plenty of professional design, tips hints and secrets to help facilitate your personal interior design goals with money saving frugal flair!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

About the Feng Shui Way of Interior Design

What we see is actually transmitted right up to the brain, which in turn provides us with how we feel of the place and helps create a perception of the visual. The same applies to the designs and arrangement of things that make up the interior of the room, which is why they must be emphasized in the right manner so that we are able to derive the feeling that we want from them.

Every aspect of a room is decorated so that a feeling of a particular type grows in us. For instance, a bedroom is the place to rest and relax. So a nice warm bed is what we are likely to expect the most in a bedroom, and the bed helps imbibe a feeling of relaxation in us. The same thing applies to the kitchen or study room as well.

Feng Shui is a Chinese system of aesthetics that has been in use from times immemorial. It involves all the elements that surround us like, geographical, religious, astrological and mathematical and aims to strike the perfect harmony between these so that we get to have relaxation, a sense of well-being and prosperity. It is an art form the sole purpose of which is to provide us with a lifestyle that is expressed through interior decoration.

A few basic rules define the Feng Shui way of interior design, the prominent among them being creating the perfect balance between nature and us. So it entails having a plant or flower in every room that we live in so that it provides a visual relief to the eye. This is the easiest way of developing a positive feeling in us while it also acts to clean the air inside the room, so we have clean air to breathe.

Another important rule is the use of the right colors for the furniture and everything else so that the environment within the room is soothing to the mind. This rule is easy to implement and is also known as Yin and Yang. There are many other such beliefs that make up the Feng Shui way of interior design. These have proved to be highly effective in bringing about a positive change in the lifestyle of those who have adopted them and is being used by many throughout the world.

There are numerous books available on Feng Shui, going by the immense popularity of this system of interior design around the world. These are easy to comprehend the subject and help you achieve it in your home or office with the minimum of fuss. Then there are specialized websites that can prove invaluable in incorporating possibly the best interior design that might be applicable to you.

One benefit of studying the approach to interior design is that you'll have a better idea of the many facts that contribute to the collective well-being of our homes right from the beginning, such as why our homes are built in a specific direction or where the television or bed needs to be placed since each of these aspects has a meaning and are done for a precise reason.

Autor: Sarah Winter

To learn more about Feng Shui interior design and Feng Shui chimes check out also bamboowindchimestips.com, where you can find this and a lot more information about how bamboo wind chimes can help to improve the well-being of our home.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Analyzing Part of a House Versus the Whole House

In order to enter the State of Colorado or Montana, first you have to get inside the United States. And in order to understand what is going on in a single room in a person's house, or a single office within a suite, I have to first assess the entire floor plan. Clients sometimes request that only a PART of their house or business be looked at-- and usually this is based on financial concerns. What most people do not know until they are informed is the following:

A single room is usually a smaller version of the whole space, so calculations must first be performed on the whole structure.

A single room could also be assessed according to where it is located in the bigger picture. As an example, there could be a work station area within a building where many of the secretaries tend to get married or pregnant shortly after working there. Or there may be a section of a commercial space that is always hard to lease because of where it is within the building.

Sometimes it is determined that the most effective remedies need to take place OUTSIDE the structure, once the building has been analyzed as a whole.

Sometimes the most important remedies need to be in areas of the house that are not even heavily used spaces, because the remedy can influence the whole house.

A client may want a feng shui assessment done on a room that has been deemed negative, but the best alternative may be to use another room entirely (when available).

People still confuse feng shui with some kind of mystical interior decorating so they need to be educated about the effects that a whole house, lot, or building can have on the occupants.

There are certain circumstances, when a room has been completely sealed off or separated from other rooms, then it should be viewed as its own unique space. But the interior feng shui will still be affected by the immediate exterior surroundings as well.

It is true that there are priorities. The bedroom is the most important room in the house because most people sleep a third of their lives in that one spot. The commonly used entrance is really important, called the "ch'i gate" and a home office where people spend at least an hour or more per day also ranks higher than what we do with dining rooms, kitchens or bathroom.

Autor: Kartar Diamond

Kartar Diamond is a classically trained Feng Shui practitioner who helps individuals and businesses world wide. For more information regarding Kartar's products, books and services, go to http://www.FengShuiSolutions.net

Added: November 11, 2009
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How Feng Shui Can Bring About Harmony in Your Home

Most people think of Feng Shui in terms of a system of religious rituals to safeguard their property. It is that, of course, but it is also considered more than that. Basically, Feng Shui is based on the ancient Chinese belief that the power of natural forces, called 'chi', can be harnessed to act favorably on any kind of property. Proper use of its prescribed techniques, it is believed, can foster physical and spiritual wellbeing, success, happiness and other positive aspects of life amongst the property's occupants. The actual name, loosely translated, means 'Wind' and 'Water' - the two elements most influential in the presence or absence of harmony.

Feng Shui practitioners undergo an intensive learning process before being able to advise others on the correct use of its techniques. However, the baseline precept is that every room of one's home has a special significance, and therefore special guidelines.

The bedroom is considered very important. Correct layout and internal specifications can, it is believed, ensure domestic bliss and harmony within the family. Modern practitioners of Feng Shui warn strictly against the presence of a television set within the bedroom; having a mirror directly facing the bed is also considered extremely harmful. Both of these can cause serious disruptions in conjugal harmony. Having a solid wall at the bed's head-side is considered to be beneficial in many respects.

Children's bedrooms also have special requirements. For instance, it is thought of as highly inauspicious to allow children to sleep on the floor, and double-bunk beds should not be used. In either of these, the free flow of spiritual energy is allegedly compromised - thereby affecting children's performance at school and peace of mind at home.

The entrance to a domestic household should be free of any obstruction, and the storing of any kind of footwear here should be strictly avoided. Great attention should be paid to keeping this part of the home clean and hygienic. Also, there should ideally be a visible source of flowing water in this area - this is why small indoor fountains are evident in many Feng Shui-compliant homes.

Since Feng Shui places particular importance on the proper confluence of the basic elements of water and fire, there is great potential for clash in the kitchen. For this reason, locating sources of the two within proximity of each other is considered inauspicious. This means that water cisterns, the kitchen sink and refrigerator should not be placed directly opposite or near to the kitchen range or stove.

Autor: Arun G. Chitnis

Arun Chitnis is a professional writer with interest in a wide swath of genres. His fields of interest include real estate, self improvement, short fiction and parenting issues. He is based in Mumbai, India and writes whenever he can.

Added: November 10, 2009
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