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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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552953
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I have been practicing Feng Shui since 1992 (when I read a single page article in a magazine). I have studied both traditional Compass and Black Hat. This book uses Black Hat - which I find is far simpler and with which I have had great results.

There are some EXCELLENT tips in this book that I had never heard before. For example...

(1) Putting a mirror above your toilet. Had no clue to do this and/or why.
(2) Chapter 22 about empowerment. One of my favorite chapters and a "must read" section.
(3) Working with your lot and landscape. I knew your lot had some involvement: this contains new information.
(4) Skylights and why/how to use crystals in them. (I have 7 skylights in my home - built in the mid-1970's.)
(5) Not seeing the toilet when you enter a bathroom. I think almost every home as this issue. While it's not feasible for me to change the doors on my 4 bathrooms, I'm going to follow the suggestion of the spring hinges. (I have no kids but I can see the cats rushing in behind me and then getting stuck when I leave the bathroom! LOL)

As with all "Dummies" books, there is just right the combination of text and images. It's easy to read the author makes the concepts simple. I like the way you can somewhat jump around in this book and pick out cures (aka solutions) that are relevant to what you need. For example, if you find that more money seems to be going out then coming in, check all the drains in your house and make sure they are covered. This includes bathroom sink, bathtub/shower drains, etc. Most importantly: keep the toilet lid closed.

I really do recommend this book to anyone who wants to or has dabbled in Feng Shui. My best advice: pick one area of your house to start on, read about it, and then grow from there.
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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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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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