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Feng Shui For Dummies [Paperback]

David Daniel Kennedy , Lin Yun
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Nov. 22 2000 For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
Take a look around you. What do you see? Whether or not you’re aware of it, your environment profoundly affects your health, wealth, family life, relationships, and yes, even your destiny. Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway), which means wind water, is the ancient Chinese study of harmony and energy flow between you and your physical surroundings. You can enrich every aspect of your life by applying Feng Shui principles to your home (inside and out) and workplace (from window office to cubicle).

Feng Shui For Dummies is for anyone who seeks a better life. This clearly written, concise, and easy-to-understand guide can help anyone to

  • Create harmony and happiness in your relationships
  • Increase your prosperity
  • Eliminate chronic patterns of failure, difficulty, and stress
  • Energize your home or workplace
  • Enjoy better health

This book shows you how to feel and access the energy of your environment (it’s easier than you may think!). Find out how your environment influences your life right now. Use the solutions in this book to overcome obstacles and enhance the positive. You'll be sure to feel the before-and-after differences.

Feng Shui For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:

  • The meaning and history of Feng Shui
  • Making the most of the space in your home, both inside and outside
  • Tapping into the power of the five elements
  • Boosting your career
  • Jazzing up your bedroom for increased health, energy, and romance
  • Performing blessing ceremonies
  • Cleansing and curing with meditation

Within the past 10 years, Feng Shui has gained widespread popularity in the West. Today, more and more people from all walks of life are practicing Feng Shui and experiencing the positive benefits of auspicious placement. This book shows you everything you need to know to help improve the flow of harmony, creativity, and abundance in your life.

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Praises for Fen Shui For Dummies
"If you've ever wanted to know anything about Feng Shui, this IS the book to read." —Deborah Rachel Kagan, President, Sacred Interiors

"David Kennedy has certainly come up with a gem with Feng Shui for Dummies. I highly recommend this read." —James Moser, CEO, Feng Shui Warehouse

"David has a unique way of organizing the increadible amounts of Feng Shui information into clear, concise, easy to understand principles..." —Ileen Nelson, Director of the Feng Shui Studies Department, The Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design

Energize your home or workplace and watch your life improve!

The ancient Chinese art of harmonious design —demystified at last
Feng Shui can help bring positive energy into all areas of your life, from family and relationships to money and work. But how do you get a handle on this complex Chinese art? Relax! Packed with ready-to-use Feng Shui tips and remedies, this friendly guide features over 100 illustrations and diagrams so you can arrange your home or office for maximum energy — beginning today!

Discover how to:

  • Apply pratical Feng Shui principles
  • Improve your home's energy flow
  • Use color and everyday objects to promote harmony
  • Boost your career by repositioning your desk
  • Enhance your health, wealth, and sex life
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About the Author

David Daniel Kennedy (Berkeley, CA) is a professional Feng Shui consultant, teacher, and speaker, as well as a columnist for Feng Shui, a journal devoted to the art, and a contributor to Natural Health magazine. He is the author of the best-selling book, Feng Shui Tips for a BetterLife, and has had considerable experience translating Eastern concepts for mass consumption.

His Holiness Grandmaster Lin Yun is highly regarded as the leading authority on Feng Shui. His Feng Shui theories, also known as the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui School, are the most widely practiced Feng Shui school in the United States. For the past forty years, Grandmaster Lin Yun has lectured extensively on the subject of Feng Shui at many distinguished universities, businesses, and professional organizations throughout the world. Due to his introduction,transmission, and continuous promotion, Feng Shui has drawn tremendous interest; its popularity continues to grow worldwide. Numerous Feng Shui authors, teachers, and consultants are his disciples and/or students. Grandmaster Lin Yun's pioneering contribution to spreading theknowledge of Feng Shui has earned him the reputation as the father of Feng Shui in the West. In 1997, he received an honorary Ph.D. in Human Psychology from Northern California Graduate University. In 1998, he was enthroned as His Holiness of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism in its currentand fourth stage of development.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great "compass-free" Feng Shui book! July 10 2002
This is an excellent Feng Shui book, particularly for beginners. If you've been browsing the many feng shui books available, you'll quickly notice that there are MANY schools of thought. Some more complicated than others. The beauty of this book is that it combines the schools into a user-friendly guide to Shui your home and surroundings. It does so in a way that is organized, and just "feels right", in other words, it's not taking bits and pieces and throwing it all together to make a book. It's a great start to understanding this ancient art, then you could supplement with other books for more hints, and apply those tips to this "for dummies" way. The best thing is that you won't need a compass or birthdates to shui your home. I found this to be a problem with other books in which people's birthdays are taken into account, I often found my husband's and my own "best directions" (as in the compass school of thought) were conflicting, so it was difficult to put remedies into effect. Throw out that compass and get your hands on this book instead!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Place In This World May 19 2002
There's an old adage about always being able to spot a 'bachelor' simply by the fact that he comes to work from a different direction every day. Well, my social life not being quite as adventurous as that I find it necessary ( and oddly fulfilling! ) to delve into the world of interior design and basic home management in an effort to put together a home that for me is not just a place to 'hang my hat' but also an enviroment where I can feel comfortable, secure and even, at times, feel strangely proud about the space that I've created. Obviously, by purchasing, and in using some of the theories found herein of " Feng Shui for Dummies " it's helped me tremendously in 'sorting out' my domestic priorities and in creating a home....not just a place where, as comedian George Carlin wittily observed ' we can put all of our stuff!'
Creating a home out of a vast, empty space can be challenging enough but for most single men, who may be considered 'domestically challenged', this is a task of herculean proportions that, sadly, many of us are simply not up to. Decor, lighting, colors ( swatches!? ) and other terms of design are some type of bizarre foreign language that have made more than one good man throw up his hands in exasperation ( and surrender! ) after just one afternoon of shopping for home-goods and the like. I mean, what is a 'valance' and why do I need one? Well, what " Feng Shui for Dummies " has taught this aspiring home owner is a sense of self and how you can use that acute awareness to create surroundings that are unique to you as an individual.... yet also create an enviroment that 'works' in tandem with who you are, to promote self, prosperity and ultimately inner peace. And while I'm aware that some of this sounds slightly 'new age' it does, to some degree, actually work very well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, senseless, repetitive drivel June 27 2003
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The author goes on and on without getting to the point for 90% of this book. What I like about most Dummies books is they are entertaining enough to keep you reading. This one is an exception, it just never winds up or gets going. The author could have written this book in 20 pages easy. He repeats the same stuff over and over again yet many times never explains his point. This book seems more like an avertisement for the authors "consulting" services than an information source. This is the only book in 10 years that I've taken back for a refund. The information the author does present is just silly. Even the die-hard Feng Shui people in this forum cant seem to like this book. I'd say concentrate on your cleanliness and diet if you want to enhance your life. Then, sure go ahead and read about Feng Shui for interest sake but forget this title. Theres nothing in it. I'll give it 2 stars for the picture of the author and his "master". They both made me laugh at least.
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If only I'd purchased this book sooner. Believe me, there is more clear and practical information in this book then in the many workshops I've attended, costing me hundreds of dollars.
In trying to learn feng shui, I have been frustrated by the lack of clarity surrounding this subject. Other books I own, review a lot of history and theory, but lack when it comes down to implementation or assume that you know more about the subject then is actually written in the book. Not this book.
Feng Shui for Dummies is well written, has humor and leads you step-by-step in each situation, just what a do-it-yourself book is intended to do.
This book does what it is suppose to do, teaches the novice how to implement basic feng shui one step at a time. HOORAH!
If your the kind of person that purchases a do-it-yourself book to get things done, not to be bogged down with theory then this is the book for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great July 28 2001
I am a little mixed about the book. One on hand it is excellent for giving down-to-earth, easy to understand Feng Shui principles. On the other hand, it fails to mention many important aspects about Feng Shui itself, such as the Elements. The book talks about what to do when the energy for a certain room is negative because of certain placements like the kitchen or the bathroom. But it fails to talk about the elements of each room and how to balance them. In fact the book recommends bamboo for nearly every "treatment", but that is really impractical because it doesn't even explain the elements. The elements of water is briefly discusses, but the others: fire, air, metal, and wood arent even mentioned. I was very discouraged when I read the book and found this out. Please if you are looking for a book on Feng Shui, find another one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
My sister-in-law, who has been hitting on me ever since I managed to divorce her sister, gave me this book as a "Thanksgiving present". Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by redd
1.0 out of 5 stars Mc Feng Shui
Although easily digested, this book is full of fluff! The book is rife with empty remedies. If you're skeptical, look at some of the rituals that the author touts. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Entertaining, easy to read & very helpful!!!
It is very easy reading (thank you), entertaining (more gratitude) and very helpful. The book has plenty of diagrams and detailed steps allowing me (the reader) to follow along... Read more
Published on July 7 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT MY CUP OF TEA !!!
No loupan, no feng shui. As simple as that can be, feng shui is about physics, intuition and scientific data that corroborates the effects of the application. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by alexander ransom
5.0 out of 5 stars superb!
As a new student of Feng Shui, I found this book along with D.D. Kennedy's Feng Shui Tips For a Better Life to be extremly informative & easy to understand. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars It sounds ridiculous, but, ..................
This is a wonderful introduction to Feng Shui basics. Highly recommend for EVERYONE! My husband and I were fighting for months, we watched a program on television that piqued... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2002 by Judith A. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Rearrange your life!
Very easy to read and understand. Great for beginners who are interested in what feng shui is all about. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2002 by "reinhartsr"
5.0 out of 5 stars Feng Shui for Dummies review
Excellent book. Easy to read and reference for later use. Great layout of information. You will definitely have this one dog-eared!!!
Published on March 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched, no-nonsense approach to Feng Shui
I was delighted to find this book well researched and well written, given the complex and often oversimplified subject. Read more
Published on March 4 2002 by "susanbranner"
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