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The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room by Room [Paperback]

Terah Kathryn Collins
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Oct. 1 1999 Feng Shui
A step-by-step, room-by-room journey through your home and office, opening your "Feng Shui eyes" to see the problems and solutions in your environment. This book explains why the arrangement of your home and workplace affects every aspect of your life.

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After reading Terah Kathryn Collins's The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room by Room, you'll never look at your home the same way again. Under Collins's caring and perceptive tutelage, the home becomes more than just a box to move around in; it grows into an entire ecology of meaning and encouragement. To begin, Collins explains in clear language the principles of Feng Shui and how it can be good or bad. After detailing a number of items used as traditional Feng Shui enhancements, Collins proceeds to walk us through all the rooms of a house, from foyer to attic, to family room, bedroom, and kitchen. She explains the significance of each room, common problems, and, most importantly, effective solutions. In westernizing her Feng Shui, Collins dispenses with some of the more bizarre and ungainly traditional practices, always keying in on the straightforward and pragmatic. By including inner practices as well as outer, Collins offers one of the most profound and enriching Feng Shui books yet.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST First book to read on Feng Shui May 9 2004
This is the first book I read about Feng Shui. I found I really enjoyed Collin's breezy style of writing, but more than that, after reading 10 other books on feng shui, I can honestly say this is the best book out there for the beginner feng shui reader.
Collins goes over all the feng shui basics in this book - the bagua, enhansements, colors, the five-element theory (nourishing and destructive cycles), etc. She then goes on with the theories of each Room beyond the bagua (such as that bathrooms are watery, etc, and how to prevent them from being overly watery). I found this very helpful. I also enjoyed how Collins had affirmations for each gua and each room. The affirmations, for example, for the bathroom, involve letting go of toxic thoughts and emotions.
This book is also full of photos, both black and white and color, that are really helpful in allowing you to see what the author means when she gives an example of good or bad feng shui. The photographs are really gorgeous, too, and simply make the examples stand out really well!
After reading this book, I went back and read her book, "The Western Guide to Feng Shui", but didn't enjoy it nearly as much. It doesn't has the photographs, the writing is stilted, and she doesn't go into as much detail with enhansements and color theory as she does in this book. If you had to choose which book to start with, start with "The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room by Room"! Simply the best First book to read about Feng Shui!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent followup to her first book June 2 2000
I loved The Western Guide to Feng Shui, but I was unsure what more the author could say in Room-by-Room. I had no cause for concern! Collins continues her breezy and easy to understand style of breaking Feng Shui into quickly digested pieces (in The Western Guide, it was Bagua regions, in Room-by-Room, it's the common rooms and exterior areas of a house). For each piece, she explains the basics of Feng Shui as applied in that situation, gives real life examples (both success and failure stories), and ends with a quick reference list for your later use. Room-by-Room also contains great color photographs that make the descriptions come alive.
Although The Western Guide is a better all-over explanation of Feng Shui, Room-by-Room gives you enough information to get started. Where Room-by-Room really shines is describing how to pick out the pieces to enhance the bagua areas. It is not enough to simply slap artwork depicting a naked couple in your relationship area -- if that area happens to fall in your entrance foyer, you'll be making guests uneasy with an overly intimate piece of art. If you're serious about giving your home a Feng Shui makeover, you should probably get both books.
The first guests I had in my home after its makeover used words like "cozy," "comfortable," and "homey" to describe their impressions of the house. Feng Shui really works!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too basic and repetitive. Dec 11 2002
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I was very disappointed with the content of Ms. Collins book, which is an extremely quick read. After buying this book on impulse, I felt swindled by this amateur feng shui consultant.
The book focuses on the practical elements of Feng Shui: don't place your bed or desk so you can't see the door, don't buy furniture with dangerously sharp corners, clear away clutter by throwing away what you don't need or love. These common-sense ideas are repeated ad nauseum for each room of the house. A good writer would have cut half of the text.
If you like books such as "Who Moved My Cheese?," which I hated because it was overly simplistic and made a two-page paper into a book, you will not like this book.
If you want a very quick read, simple ideas, and some horrifyingly bad pictures, be my guest.
Maybe I'm a hypocrite; I did follow one bit of her advice. After reading the book, I threw it in the trash.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Actual case studies make this a great book Sept. 6 2006
Many Feng Shui books will present cases that you can't help but suspect are hypothetical. Terah Collins presents before-and-after photos of her clients, and includes their testimonials. It's a great introductory book for the Feng Shui newcomer, and complements any serious Feng Shui library.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room by Room Oct. 13 2002
I purchased "The Western Guide to Feng Shui,Room by Room" by Terah Kathryn Collins back in August. Since that time, my finances have gone all out of whack! I made changes that were to benefit my financial well being, but instead, by the end of each month, I have maybe $5 left in my bank account. A lot of the money has gone towards car's been in the shop three times in the last month, and the repairs have reached the $1,000 mark.
Also, just purchasing the supplies to make the changes ... crystals,fountains, linens, paint, etc. have taken it's toll on my wallet. A friend suggested that it takes time for the energy to change for the better, however I would expect status quo, not a total reversal of fortune!
What did I do wrong...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good first book for Feng Shui Sept. 20 2000
By A Customer
While this book is good in providing real-life examples, I found her examples were too situation-specific. She shows real situations that don't apply to my own, hence, most of the book was unhelpful. This is not a particularly good book if you want to know what to do specifically - unless the examples in the book match your own. Her suggestions of what you can do to improve a room are either too broad or too specific to the particular case she uses. I've seen more helpful hints on the Internet than in this book, and do not recommend it unless you have other Feng Shui books. Not completely useless, you can use this as a supplement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very basic
this is good for beginners.very basic,it doesnt tell about cures,a little disappointed with this book,may be because karen rauch carter book is super!
Published on March 1 2012 by jessielyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for those new to feng shui
I read several books on feng shui before this one-mostly slogging through all the history and technical information that was not at all useful to me. Then I found Ms. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003 by "alwaysjuhl"
3.0 out of 5 stars This book was excellent!
I read 5 different Feng Shui books before I found this one. It was excellent. Very useful... we were actually able to make effective changes. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002 by "aw2photo"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant place to start
I found this book to be an excellant place to start on a study of modern feng shui. She touched on most of the major points of the study, and gave appropriate examples. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
I really enjoyed Feng Shui Room by Room. This was very informative, and easy to read. This was the second book I ever read about Feng Shui and it taught me allot. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2000 by "jaejae21"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read; Easy to Follow
... I read most of it on a recent flight and found it helpful, insightful, and easy to read/understand. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2000 by William E Lorca
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good first book for Feng Shui
While this book is good in providing real-life examples, I found her examples were too situation-specific. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good first book for Feng Shui
While this book is good in providing real-life examples, I found her examples were too situation-specific. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2000 by Patricia Barreiro
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