A Feng Shui Journey
How my interest in feng shui piqued
When I first began researching feng shui (pronounced fung-SHWAY) I did so not because I believed in its practices but because I knew nothing at all and yet heard a lot of people call it hooey. Logical and detailed as I usually am, I wanted to know why and decide for myself if I agreed.
I soon learned that it wasn't something with which you agree or disagree. It's a set of practices, many of which have been demonstrated over the past several thousand years, that help make a happier, healthier, stress-free atmosphere from your current home and work environments.
As I researched and began learning more about the ancient art of feng shui, I began sharing it with others. First I created a website (which I later took offline because I felt it took too much time to run) in which I began selling feng shui supplies and cures and Chinese gifts. Then I began writing articles for my site and for ezinearticles. When I discovered Squidoo, feng shui lenses where among the first I made.
Below I've gathered my feng shui lenses onto one page. These lenses include feng shui basics, such as the definitions of a feng shui bagua and loa pan compass, and more specific aspects of feng shui, such as which scents represent and mimic each element. I've also made a few book reviews of books I've read.
Check out the topics that interest you, take the polls on each page, and say hello in my guestbook below.
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A quick jump into feng shui: Joey Yap's Pure Feng Shui Tips
As I was surfing online for feng shui articles I came across a February 11 article covering an interview with Joey Yap, author of Joey Yap's Pure Feng Shui (Hardie Grant, $14.88 at BN.com). As reported in The Brisbane Times, he thinks China and the world should dismiss the practices of Western Feng Shui and get back to the "pure" form of feng shui as practiced by the Chinese Tang Dynasty of 618-907 C.E.
Whether or not you agree with his thoughts on Western Feng Shui, his tips can help create a positive environment in your home. Here are some of Joey Yap's feng shui recommendations:
To avoid disruption of concentration, don't sit with a door behind you (or, if you must, then close the door).
Don't place your desk directly under a beam or under a slanted ceiling (or, if you must, sit where the ceiling is highest).
Don't sit with your back directly to a corner.
If you are accident-prone, sleep in a bed with a metal frame.
If you and your partner consistently squabble add a red rug or a red lamp to negate bad energy.
Keep the stove and the sink at least 30 cm apart to avoid creating blood pressure problems.
Avoid an island with a stove to help avoid health problems..
To avoid frequent illness, don't buy or build a house with a kitchen in the center.
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