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Sunday, July 17, 2005

101 Feng Shui Tips for Your Home

Amazon.com: Books: 101 Feng Shui Tips for Your Home

Amazon is a warehouse of information, however its quite rare you find a true gem upon their shelves. It seems like in their brave endevour to collect and sell every book in the world they've lost the plot and forgotten about the quality attraction factor.

This book however bucks the trend! 101 Feng Shui Tips For Your Home is packed cover to cover with great information and I highly recommend it.

Check it out today!

Sam, Feng Shui Tips

Don't Skip This Critial Step In Your Feng Shui Success!

Categories : Calculate your Kua Feng Shui Chinese: "Calculating your Kua Number"

I can't believe I've never even heard of this before? Why didn't anyone tell me? Find out your Kua number now!

As always, you'll hear it last on Feng Shui Tips, but at least I'm trying =)

Sam, Feng Shui Tips

Using Feng Shui in Offices and Stores

Using Feng Shui in Offices and Stores - New York Times: "Using Feng Shui in Offices and Stores

FENG SHUI seemed destined to go the way of hippie communes, ridiculed as a bourgeois lifestyle fad. Instead, like yoga and organic food, the ancient Chinese practice of positioning objects, buildings and even whole communities to maximize the flow of energy, or chi, has penetrated the culture beyond the New Age world of crystals and chimes.

"Growing up in Brooklyn, the closest I came to feng shui was the Chinese laundry," said Robert A. Levine, president and chief executive of the RAL Companies, a real estate development and management firm. "I thought of feng shui as a lifestyle for certain people versus something to implement in terms of commercial development projects."

But his perspective changed when he met Alex Stark in 1999, after one of his joint-venture partners wanted to use feng shui on a commercial project. Mr. Stark, he said, "changed my thought process."

Mr. Stark, who has a private feng shui consulting practice based in Brooklyn, began studying feng shui in the late 1980's and has been riding the feng shui crest as it has flowed from an esoteric residential practice primarily used as a self-help tool to offices and retail spaces and to entire commercial projects. He has worked with Mr. Levine on several commercial and residential developments, including RAL's offices at 86 Chambers Street.

Walking through the offices, Mr. Levine said that even before he started consulting Mr. Stark, the firm's corporate-identity color was red, which he was pleased to learn is a feng shui symbol of authority and power. Red paint is used throughout the 10,000-square-foot office space on the seventh floor of a building that RAL bought in January 2001. To break up the long, monotonous corridors so common in offices, Mr. Stark recommended hanging some ceiling panels below the ceiling level and putting lighting fixtures at angles to the ceiling. To maximize the flow of light to interior spaces, dividing walls are made of frosted glass.

Mr. Stark, who charges $300 an hour, recommends both minor solutions - for instance, not letting a clock be the first thing one sees on entering a space, except a train station or an airport, because it raises stress levels - and major design changes, like relocating a building's entrance.

"It's much better to be in on a project from the beginning, so you can do true site planning, rather than trying to come in after the fact and fix things," Mr. Stark said. "Beautiful ancient Chinese buildings aren't filled with kitsch. It's the problematic spaces that require chimes and crystals."

One client that brought Mr. Stark in from the beginning was the Institute of Integral Nutrition, a school that takes a holistic approach to teaching dietary theories. Founded in New York in 1994, the school tripled its enrollment in the last three years and needed to relocate its headquarters to a larger space. Mr. Stark visited potential office spaces and prepared reports on their pros and cons from a feng shui perspective.

The school's offices moved into 5,000 square feet on East 28th Street early last month, after spending about $100 a square foot on construction. The arrangements closely follow Mr. Stark's diagram, called a bagua, which indicates how energy forces are distributed throughout the space.

According to feng shui principles, harmony is achieved when the use of a space is compatible with its energy sector. For instance, because of the school's curriculum, Mr. Stark positioned the kitchen in the fame and reputation sector, which was determined by the bagua, or floor diagram. He put the conference room in the networking and helpful-people corner.

To determine how individual offices should be arranged, he interviewed the entire staff. From those interviews, Mr. Stark also determined what color to repaint one wall in each office (preferably the wall behind the occupant's desk), to maximize its potential. For instance, green represents growth, a good color for a person handling daily business matters and revenue.

"There are so many camps of feng shui," said Nathan Patmor, the school's managing director. "It can get very detailed and miss the big picture. Alex gives practical, usable recommendations." "

Great article about how Feng Shui is being used in commercial applications, don't you think?

Sam, Feng Shui Tips

Ecstacy In The Bedroom

Feng Shui Tips- 30 free tips, updated monthly.: "Bedroom Ecstacy

I have often been asked for tips on improving the Feng Shui of my clients and students’ bedrooms. As one of the key areas that is focused upon in a consultation and the very fact that we spend one-third of our lives in the bedroom, means the question is a very relevant one.

So, what are the taboos for the bedroom? What should a person do or not do within the scope of their bedroom?

There are two aspects of Feng Shui that we need to assess when analyzing the Feng Shui of a bedroom. The first being the typical formulae based assessment to determine the type of Qi affecting the room. The other aspect of bedroom Feng Shui is the room layout and placement of the door, bed and window.

It would be too extensive to go into the numerous aspects of a bedroom, so I have taken the liberty of compiling some of the more frequently asked questions.

They asked: Is water in the bedroom a bad thing?

Answer: I would have to say, yes and no to this. I know it’s a grave concern for many people and couples might very well end up at odds, arguing over this. But the fact of the matter still stands, if a room is not conducive for water, you are going to feel its negative influence. An example of this would be if the room has negative facing stars, where water is only going to bring about a more disastrous consequence.

My usual advice is that if the water is still and it is not very large, it’s usually nothing to worry about. Otherwise, every person who had a glass of water next to him for a midnight drink might awake to find his wealth gone. Also, if the water used is placed correctly, if the room is suited for it, then there is nothing to worry about.

More commonly, I am asked if this water will result in a bad relationship. Only in exceptional cases, where the room has peach-blossom stars, can having water in your room lead to relationship troubles. Otherwise, you’re on safe ground with that midnight drink you like to have.

They asked: Are flowers in my room considered too much yang energy?

My answer: Flowers are neither yang nor yin Qi and they do not create anymore Qi in your room than there already is. As long as you are not allergic to them, go right ahead and have them in your bedroom.

They asked: Do ensuite bathrooms create yin Qi in my room? Does it suppress my good luck?

My answer: I will need to take you way back to the days when toilets were really outhouses and sanitary systems involved some bucket of sorts. They were smelly, dirty and hygiene was not a primary concern of these ancient toilets. A cleaner had to come in the mornings or evenings to clean these foul smelling places and it was only natural that they were a breeding ground for diseases.

Back in the 21st century, we now have designer toilets. They are, thankfully, beautiful, clean and do not pose a health hazard unless something get backed up along the way.

What yin Qi do we have to deal with?

Look at it this way. Your toilet occupies a miniscule area of your home in which you spend a grand total of 45-60 minutes a day. So, there is nothing to worry about and your ensuite toilet is not emitting any bad feng shui so long as you keep it clean and pleasant.

And here are the key aspects you DO want to look out for:

The most important thing in your bedroom is quite obviously the bed. As far as possible, locate your bed against a solid wall, align your headboard to your favorable direction and locate your bed in a sector where there are good mountain stars.

Also, make sure your bed is not aligned in between two doors; that is do not have your bed in such a position that a door opens to your right and another to your left. Its also a good idea to position your bed in such a way that it is not directly aligned with the door or sitting under a beam. "

Create a sanctuary in your bedroom, you'll never feel better!

Sam, Feng Shui Tips