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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552953
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

Feng Shui has finally been demystified!
Martha Rohl
This book has been very helpful to me...and it's so easy to read!
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If only I'd purchased this book sooner.
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134 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Amber McCann on July 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Tonder on October 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Why are some reviewers here so hostile that they almost seem to be venting their anger here? Feng Shui is a philosophy... it may not be a religion, but it is a philosophy, so it requires a certain amount of belief from you if you want to make use of what it has to offer. If you don't believe in it, fine... just sell your book secondhand through Amazon Marketplace.. why get frustrated??

Personally I think this book is not the best out there on Feng Shui. Hanging crystals everywhere is plain silly-looking and hanging baguas around the house give me a creepy feeling, not to mention that guests might feel the same, etc.

With over 300 Feng Shui titles sold in the market, it can be very tricky deciding which book to buy. Some people buy them for the beautiful colours and pictures of the examples in the books, others for the knowledge. If you're like me wanting to really get into the subject and apply it to your interior designing, there are much better Feng Shui books sold out there which give a much more proper treatment of the subject - you won't feel silly after reading them. They are "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Feng Shui" by Elizabeth Moran and "A Master Course In Feng Shui" by Eva Wong. And if you want to know more, "Flying Star Feng Shui Made Easy" by David Twicken is good and so is "The Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui : Chinese Geomancy" by Stephen Skinner are really great books geared to the Western reader with authentic Oriental knowledge.

I am agnostic (I don't believe the existence of God can be proven although I don't rule it out either) but I found Feng Shui to be a deeply spiritual subject with close links to form and functionality of objects and space, and aesthetics. I have a great deal of interest in design...
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Price on January 11, 2001
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I've worked with David Kennedy on three houses over two years. Each house was bigger and better than the last, a testament to the feng shui advice I received. I've learned a lot from David, studied with Profess Lin Yun, David's teacher, and have read many feng shui books. This is the best resource I've found. I use it to refresh my memory of details on cures I know. It reminds me of cures I forgot . And it has taught me new cures and principles. Anyone can benefit from the knowledge generously given in this book. Many thanks for a truly worthwhile effort.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2002
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David Kennedy has written an exceptional book on Feng Shui and it is a must read for anyone interested in improving their life. It is clear and easy to understand and full of incredable and helpful information on transforming your life through this ancient art of Feng Shui.
I have performed many of the cures recommended in this book and my life has changed dramatically. My relationship with my husband is more loving than it has been in years. My husband's career is taking off as a result of cures done in his office and I feel much more in control of my life. All this has happened in a short period of time.
I recommend this book to anyone seriously looking for positive changes in their life.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Terri on February 26, 2001
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This book makes Feng Shui much easier than any other book that I have tried to read. If you've been looking for a book that will guide you step by step, this is it. It has so much information pack in it, I haven't been able to put it down! I highly recommend it to everyone, so much so that I have purchased several copies as gifts for friends and colleagues.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. Marsteller on July 10, 2002
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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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