Soothing Environments with Essential Feng Shui, November 11,
It is a real act of courage to open your Feng Shui eyes and take
a detailed look at what your home is saying about you. It
usually leads to extraordinary insights, immediate calls to
action, and deeply empowering inner and outer changes. ~Terah
Feng Shui (fung shway) is a 3,000-year-old Chinese design
philosophy that encourages you to analyze and change your
environment for personal growth and relaxation. As your mind
starts to change, this change is reflected in your environment.
You can also change your environment and adjust your viewpoint
or even bring more success and peace into your life.
Terah Kathryn Collins is an internationally recognized
consultant, speaker and teacher. Her writing style is highly
creative and filled with positive energy. Her ideas are
enlightening and comforting and they changed how I viewed my
environment. Through the application of her ideas you can
improve your creativity, change your health, bring positive
energy into your home and create a home that reflects who you
are becoming. This is a practical approach with personal flair.
You can personalize the ideas to suit your goals. There are 125
black-and-white and color photographs to give you ideas and to
explain the text.
Dance of Rainbows Crystal
After a quick introduction to this art, Terah Kathryn Collins
introduces "The Bagua Map." This was great fun to draw
(This just looks like a tic-tac-toe board drawn over a footprint
drawing of your home.) and by the time you have your house
mapped out, you can start to map your office and bedrooms. Then,
you can make notes around the drawings. Additional chapters
Yin and Yang and the Five Elements
Romancing the Home - art, color, crystals, lighting, living
things, mirrors, nature objects, sound makers, water features
and wind dancers.
The Front Entry and Foyer
The Living Room
The Dining Room - Nurturing Body, Heart, and Soul
The Kitchen - Nourishment's Birthplace
The Family Room
The Home Office
Laundry Rooms and Garages
Attics, Basements and Other Storage Areas
Hallways and Stairways
Windows and Doors
Cleansings and Blessings - Creative ideas for making a home
yours, especially if you are not the first owner.
This book also explains why you can buy dried flowers, but
presents the idea as a long-term arrangement instead of a
permanent arrangement. There are also cautions against placing
crystals in windows with direct sunlight and other cautions that
can keep your home safe.
Essential Oil Blends for Feng Shui
I realized the power of Feng Shui personally when I moved my
desk so I could see the door and the window. The gift of a
wonderful Zen fountain and the placement of a lamp on the desk
also brought more serenity to my writing experience. It is
amazing how much more relaxed my relationship with my husband
has become just because I moved my desk. Now I can see him
entering our home and even when I'm deep in a writing trance, I
can acknowledge his presence and Princess Sasha cat now enjoys
looking out of the window while I'm typing. Air can flow more
freely into the room and the scent of flowers from the planter
drifts over the desk as I type. Just one simple example of how
Feng Shui changed my immediate existence. The desk on page 167
was my guide for arranging a more effective writing space.
Feng Shui Red Romance Candle
This book would make a wonderful house warming present!
Especially with a Zen
fountain, plants or candles.
Personally, I'd recommend making changes over time. Moving
furniture could be the first step and then you could purchase
items over a few months or years. Even the author explained how
she made small changes at first and planned for changes in the
future when she could afford to buy a new couch, etc.
Half the fun is making changes over time and seeing wonderful
energy start to flow into your life. The author promotes inner
and outer work. She explains how "you" breathe
"the magic" into the changes you make. When your
environment is more positive and nurturing, you will feel more
creative and this can lead to lasting changes.
If you love to decorate you are going to love this book! This is
my favorite Feng Shui book because it has ideas that have
changed my life.
Also by the same author: Feng Shui for Romance
and Audio Course and Workbook
Ideas about Feng Shui that I've tried recently and they
Take a mirror out of your bedroom. They say having a mirror by a
bed hurts your heart. My bedroom
does feel better now and I placed the mirror in another location
outside the bedroom to open up a space.
Items I'm still working on:
Front Door - Plants with jade color
Plants in bathrooms
8 Plants on deck
HOME STUDY COURSE
Feng Shui Home Study Course
Feng Shui for Enhancing Energy, August 28, 2005
David Daniel Kennedy's Feng Shui Home Study Course is based on the
BTB (Black Sect Tantric Buddhist) Feng Shui taught by Grandmaster
Lin Yun Rinpoche. The Ba-Gua map used in this course is the Later
Heaven Ba-Gua (octagonal arrangement of trigrams).
A compass is not used so it seems easier to understand. The Ba-Gua
is the compass of the heart. I compared the Ba-Gua map to the one
I had been using and it was the same one that had worked well in
the past. Once you draw a floor plan, you can analyze your
environment and decide on colors, placement of items and
additional "cures/actions" for areas of concern to add a
new vitality and Qi/Energy to your home.
Some of the Sessions Include:
Meditation for Qi Circulation
The Human side of Qi
Natural Healing Practice
The Front Entry
Freeing Your Life from Clutter
There are ways to enhance energy through seasonal rituals like
sprinkling orange peels on the floor. The rituals draw on a
mindful approach and with the power of intention they can become a
powerful force leading you towards more success. Transcendental
solutions are reinforced with body, speech and mind.
Areas of the house you can enhance include: Career, Knowledge
Cultivation, Family, Wealth, Fame, Marriage, Children and Travel.
Each area has colors and items, like the Fame area has the color
red and you could add more candles for the "fire"
element. The phases of energy from wood to fire, earth, metal and
then to water is taught in a way that is easy to understand.
This program emphasizes intention and there are segments that
include practices to enhance your energy and gives methods for
shaking off negative karma. The Heart Sutra Meditation with a
heart-calming mudra (hand positions you may recognize from yoga)
was incredibly interesting and I could feel energy moving in my
body. After the meditation, I felt renewed and it was the same
experience as when you work with Chakras and visualize colors. You
will go into a beautiful peaceful state that renews and refreshes.
There are times when you will be using your voice to heal your
body (chanting, mantras (sound vibrations) and other unique
sounds) and this course goes into healing practices that make
complete sense. There is also information on the colors to wear if
you want more romance in your life and a variety of ways to solve
You may find yourself changing the positioning of your house
numbers on the front of your house, putting more candles in your
kitchen or moving your bed to the commanding position in the room.
David Daniel Kennedy encourages the reader to seek balance when
removing clutter. While listening to this course, I reorganized my
entire house and threw out at least nine bags of items I no longer
needed. "Nine" seems to be a significant number in Feng
Shui. This is great to listen to as you sort out your file
cabinets. I feel like a weight has lifted.
Feng Shui Chime
The illustrated study guide provides diagrams and additional
information. There are examples of how people changed their home
and instantly realized a new sense of comfort and security.
One of the issues discussed in this course is how living in an
apartment can affect your life. The people above us (who used to
fight and were very noisy) finally moved out and the energy in my
apartment below is now much calmer and we seem to be able to relax
David Daniel Kennedy's Home Study Course is comprehensive and
healing. It goes beyond simple furniture placement and color
design and enters the realm of spiritual considerations. The
meditations can be adapted for any religious belief system. The
information could help you Prevent a Divorce, Enhance a Career,
Allow more Financial Security into your life, Create a more
Harmonious Living Space or even Clear out Negative Energy left by
former tenants. There is a "Home Finders" checklist if
you are looking for a new home. Lot, house shapes and color
schemes are discussed.
The first time I tried Feng Shui it was to increase income and I
remember putting a fountain by the front door and then receiving a
surprise check in the mail. I now see the connection between
intention and the physical reality of my life.
Scent of Oranges and Roses
Feng Shui Harmony Rose and Orange Spray
A good way to imagine how this will change your life is to imagine
a dark room and then to imagine a room filled with sunlight and
yellow flowers and the scent of oranges. There are subtle ways to
increase energy flow and more dramatic ways. You can decide on
what you wish for and then you can create the means by which the
results will manifest themselves. This is all about making you
feel happy, safe and comfortable in your home.
After 24 audio sessions, Feng Shui will be much less mysterious
and you will be able to apply the principles to your daily life.
The book is wonderful to refer to after listening to the CDs, but
you may find yourself listening to various CDs numerous times
because the information is so interesting.
Feng Shui for Skeptics
and Balance, October 10, 2004
Of all the things we have at our disposal in these modern times,
feng shui is just one more feature to help us live to our
potential. For instance, if you are trying to be healthy, not
only will you want to eat nutritious food, but you will
recognize how your physical surroundings affect your health. ~Kartar
When my husband worked as a real estate agent, he encountered
Feng Shui at full force. Not only would clients shy away from
certain styles of homes, they loved the number 8 in a price.
Can a house truly affect your wealth and health? Well, in my
case it seems that the last location was detrimental to my
financial health and the new location has encouraged not only a
more healthy financial situation (even though it costs more to
live here), it has in fact improved my marriage and has
increased my creativity. How does this work? Is there a reason
Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) works and why does this
3,000-year-old Chinese design philosophy change lives?
Not only will a simple change in the placement of a desk improve
your mood, it could also make you more productive, increase your
income and encourage a healthier work environment. By changing
the position of my desk in my work area, I not only created a
calmer environment (no more startling experiences with someone
walking in my room from behind), I also can now open a window
(therefore increasing the shen-chi/good energy) and Princess
Sasha (living energy enhancement) enjoys the view and she also
seems to be enjoying my new interest in this topic. So, not only
can a study of Feng Shui improve your life, it can improve the
life of everyone living in your home, pets included.
In fact, Kartar Diamond even goes as far as to show how certain
types of homes can promote infertility or increase the
likelihood of crime. Why do some houses attract ghosts and
should you take down that wind chime? How can you separate the
superstition from the life-changing principles?
Kartar Diamond addresses Western Skepticism with her own
skepticism. First, she explains scams, shows how incorrect
information can be harmful and even includes a touch of humor
where you would never expect it to appear. She is just as
skeptical when it comes to companies that are not teaching the
correct principles (there are apparently more than 100 different
schools) and exposes a variety of scams where Feng Shui experts
took advantage of people who were truly seeking good in their
lives. So, even if you hire a Feng Shui expert, I'd highly
recommend reading this book.
Lotus Blossom Essential Oil Diffuser
Before reading this book I wondered why you could have wood
furniture (see page 13) and not dead plants in the form of
potpourri (you can still have dried flowers - page 118). You
might also be wondering if you have to use all of the five
elements in each room. Kartar Diamond says you don't have to
include all the elements in each room and explains how you
should not try to decorate each room with equal does of the five
elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal. I didn't
actually realize I even had significant metal items until I
realized how many tables and bookshelves I have that are made of
metal. So, after reading this book, I now understand which
element to increase. I have enough wood, but need to increase
the "water" and "fire" elements.
Should you paint a front door red?
Should you place a mirror behind a kitchen stove?
Is it harmful to store things under your bed?
Can books in your bedroom cause insomnia?
This book will be especially helpful for designers, interior
decorators or anyone considering the purchase of a new home.
There is a detailed chapter on using a compass. You may want to
hire a professional if you are serious about an extremely
accurate reading. The "Actual Case Study House Types"
shows how specific house types can contribute to romance or even
If you enjoy this book and are looking for pictures of Feng Shui
furniture placement , I think you will also enjoy The Western
Guide to Feng Shui: Room By Room. I have arranged my desk like
the picture on page 167 and found the book to be especially
helpful in setting up my desk space and living room. After
reading a few books on this subject, I've started to realize
that you may even be currently practicing a form of intuitive
Feng Shui without even reading a book on the subject. Many
decisions about furniture placement, just feel right.
Lyrical Beauty, September 18, 2006
"Lacquer is a natural sap from a sumac tree...growing in
southern and central China between elevations of 1200-1500 feet.
Applied in layers over logs, beams and furniture, its protective
qualities preserve the wood over time. And, its transparent
sheen enhances surfaces, while reflecting light." ~pg. 33
Chinese Style is a mingling of ancient beauty with modern
functionality that still embodies a spirituality evident in the
rich symbolism within the designs. Camphor wood cabinets,
apothecary chests, softly rustling silks, intricate screens,
fragrant teas, exquisite porcelain and richly colored lacquered
antiques fill the pages with beauty.
You can imagine yourself wandering through an Antique store
filled with warm colors, rich crimson accents and comfy soft
fabrics covering chairs in which you could read for hours. The
details on the chair on page 44 are very intriguing and the
complexity almost becomes serenity.
The main chapters include:
What is Chinese Style?
China's Export Trade
Recognizing Authentic Chinese Antiques
Poetic Imagery as Design Symbols
Rooms that Welcome and Entertain
Rooms that Nurture and Heal
Rooms that Celebrate Memories
Beauty in the Details
The pictures throughout are the highlights, but each section
describes the designs and gives a deeper understanding to the
furniture's purpose that goes beyond simple form and function.
The bathroom with a fireplace looks very inviting and the author
explains how a statue of an elephant gives the room a sense of
peace and prosperity.
Sunamita Lim also explains the meaning of bats, bees, bears,
butterflies, cranes, dragons, eagles, fish, dogs, lions,
goldfish, horses, ducks, roosters, peacocks and tigers. The next
time you see a rug with various fruits like cherry, pomegranate
and persimmon, you may think of a long life instead of just a
display of fruit. Foods also have deeper meanings as do plants
and symbols from the natural world.
"Bamboo, in symbolizing nature's purity and steadfastness,
is most significant for the higher ideals that scholars seek,
such as integrity and noble action." ~ pg. 72
If you are decorating, you might want to consider a beautiful
moon window that gives a room such a nurturing quality. If you
love reading poetry, the symbols from nature will be
enlightening all on their own. This book can be enjoyed for its
spiritual and aesthetic dimensions.
~The Rebecca Review
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