The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room by Room Paperback – Oct 1 1999
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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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When asked to define Feng Shui, I often begin by saying that it is "the study of how to arrange your environment to enhance the quality of your life." Read the first page
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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!
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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Although some of the pictures are a little outdated, all the content is fantastic! All the elements of feng shui are described in great detail in an easy to understand way, and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cheryl Kuzik
A fantastic author of classic feng shui. I have read nearly all her books now and they merit a re-read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jan Irving
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
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 morePublished on Jan. 15 2003
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... Read morePublished on Dec 11 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! Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2002 by Bridget Leong
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 morePublished on Sept. 3 2002
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 morePublished on Nov. 21 2001