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The Feng Shui Handbook: How to Create a Healthier Living and Working Environment Paperback – January 18, 1996

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Literally "wind and water," feng shui is a Chinese belief system dedicated to finding harmonious siting plans for buildings by taking into account the metaphysics of energy flow, geography, and a complex calculation of time cycles and the influence of the five elements of the cosmos. Architectural historian Lip has written an information-packed introduction to classical Chinese architecture replete with diagrams, photographs, and her own beautiful brush paintings. After a detailed dissection of the way Chinese structures function, she explains the core concepts of feng shui and then examines actual Ming and Qing temples and palaces in terms of their placement and structure. British feng shui consultant Master Lam Kam Chuen has produced a more practical book designed with the homeowner or apartment dweller in mind. Short text blocks are interspersed with vivid watercolor examples of siting and energy flow, with tips for improving the harmony of many common living situations. Although he cautions that without the services of a good geomancer we are dealing with a simplified knowledge of feng shui, he gives such hints as how to assure restful sleep by solidifying the tortoise placement of our beds and how to avoid a stagnant social life by not locating dwellings on cul de sacs. Journalist Lagatree provides a very quick and simple overview of feng shui. Oriented primarily to interior rearrangements rather than house sitings, the book might provide tips for realtors dealing with Chinese buyers or advice for designers who do not want to imperil clients, but it doesn't provide a thorough grounding for readers new to an intricate and foreign way of looking at the physical spaces that surround them. Because of its historical insights and in-depth analyses, Lip's book would be appropriate for academic libraries while Chuen's thorough but readable advice would be the best choice for general readership.?David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gaia Books Ltd (January 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856750477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856750479
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,376,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a newbie, I found this book to very helpful to understanding the reasons behind feng shui and inspirational in making me want to apply it in my life. He brings up things noone else I've read (yet) does, and has a more individual approach. Is he offbase? Are the others? Who knows? I tend to be skeptical of the "band-aid" feng shui cures such as mirrors and flutes, he hardly mentions them. The other books I've read, seem to have all gotten their material from the same source, I suspect that he actually knows what he is writing about as it not the same cookie cutter feng shui.
The book is very visually appealing and illustrations help you to actually understand the underlying principles involved.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Giant Panda on October 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
One can find many misleading Feng Shui books today, claiming ancient wisdom while in reality written by modern charlatans wishing to make a buck. Not this book! "The Feng Shui Handbook" is one of the best books I have found on the subject, and it seems to be accurate and trustworthy, in addition to containing many beautiful and useful color photos and illustrations, making it a very interesting read. It is written by an authoritative master of this Chinese art which, even now, is taught in architecture universities throughout China.
I was reading this book prior to moving into my present residence a few years ago. The book gave me practical knowledge and advice on choosing which apartment to rent, how to arrange my furniture, and how to decorate the place. The advice given is practical and makes sense. For example it points out that having a wall behind one's seat feels much more comfortable than having empty space (try it!). Another recommendation I gleaned from the book is buying a screen to partially block the front door, an experiment that made my living room much more comfortable and cozy. The end result of using this book's advice is years of enjoyment in my residence, and an endless stream of compliments by everyone who visits me about how comfortable and cozy my living space is. This in turn has contributed much to my satisfaction with life and well-being over the past few years.
I have since used this book to rearrange my office space at work, and again the result is much more comfort and better productivity than my previous arrangement. The book gives you advice not only about positioning things, but choosing the appropriate colors and material for furniture and surroundings. I definitely will refer to this book soon when I go looking for my first house. It is the next best thing to hiring a real Feng Shui expert from China, and it works!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By thiscantbegood on March 15, 2002
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This book is really good for anyone who just wants the basics. It also has plenty of illustrations to help train the reader's eyes. Master Lam Kam Chuen does an excellent job explaining energy flow, location of doors, furniture placement, etc. and how it affects us. But this book is not just about houses. He also gives advice for the office, as well as how to break up space if you have a one-room dwelling.
I knew absolutely nothing about Feng Shui before I bought this book, which I admit I bought for the colorwheel. I changed my bedroom around based on the master's advice, and now I sleep like a baby! I'm glad I bought this book BEFORE I redecorated. It really saved me from making some expensive bad choices.
This book is easy to carry around if you are shopping for a new apartment or house. A handbook for sure.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Malnar on July 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
First book on Feng Shui I ever bought, must have been some 6 years ago, and it is good that it so happened, cause this boko lays down the fundamentals (5 energies, 4 animals, energy flow, cycles of change, numbers and triagrams) and then gives practical examples and modes of employing your newly acquired knowledge. After almost a dozen feng shui books bought and read, this one is still fresh and equally as good as the first time I read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon Zuck on October 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've browsed or read many different books on Feng Shui, but none of them speaks to me the way this one does. I'll admit I'm quite partial to Lam Kam Chuen, whose book on Qigong, (The Way of Energy) changed my life, and continues to impress me as the "must-have" book on qigong.

In the Feng Shui Handbook, Lam uses an authentic Chinese Feng Shui paradigm (the five animals map) which is very simple, practical, and makes intuitive sense, as opposed to the mind-bending intricacies of other schools such as lo-shan, bagua, magic squares, Chinese astrology, compass directions, red strings and octogonal mirrors, which seem to me based more in superstition than practical effect.

Lam's Feng Shui Handbook is the only feng shui handbook I've ever needed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dwight on November 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought a stack of casual feng shui books and I used them for guiding furniture placement so really, for me, it was more design than superstition that this philosophy is useful. This is by far the most readable and most engaging. I'm not crazy about the cover photo but the interior uses pastel water color illustrations to describe furniture placement and energy lines. It was a fun experience and I don't regret the purchase.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1996
Format: Paperback
Livining in harmony. Somehow in our city apartments or our
suburban houses. Amidst the clutter and clatter that is
life, to be at peace...to have our lives run smoothly....
Isn't that what we want? Feng Shui master Lam Kam Chuen
explains (and doesn't it make sense?) that much of our inner
and outer disharmony comes from the physical environments
that we create: what colors we paint our walls, where
furniture is placed, whether we live in a house facing an
intersection. Starting with a clear explanation of the
properties of yin and yang: the fundamental forces and
energies (the seasons, the animals, the directions, etc),
Master Lam presents the fundamentals of arranging your
home (and thus your life) in harmony with yourself and
with the universe.
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