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Practical Psychic Self-Defense: Understanding and Surviving Unseen Influences
Practical Psychic Self-Defense: Understanding and Surviving Unseen Influences
by Robert Bruce
Edition: Paperback
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15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It another book on a subject matter...and..., July 19, 2006
It has its good points and not so good points. The comment by E. Mcnair "lamcnair" makes accurate points not much more to say on that..

..one thing to be clarified.

"And unfortunately, saying prayers, using crosses or other holy objects, having priests or preachers say prayers or blessings, or other attempts by religious means to rid yourself and your home of these hateful entities does not work".

They DO..HOWEVER..

This depends on what is meant or desired by the term "work" AND what one is up against...also when and how these things are utilized and in the stage or process. Its too simplistic to say they don't work or that they simply do.

Prayer and such cannot be expected to do EVERYTHING or to be all powerful unto themselves in all cases.

Prayers do work positively to help keep a good spiritual defense and light around you...and to make it clear that you are on the side of benevolence and the light...to encourage that.

Prayers and such abovementioned..are usually used or included as an intergral part of a larger applications.

One way how prayers and other factors mentioned work is their use to build or instill CONFIDENCE, FAITH, BELIEF...to deter the lack or negative of that...thus also meaning one has to make the effort to NOT be full of low esteem, doubt, contradictions, quiverings.

Be it psychic attack one way or the other: NOT NECESSARILY EASY TO UNDO or unravel..so easily or instantly...it depends how deeply and intricately the situation one is dealing with..especially once passed a certain point.

If the prayers and objects are solely depending when you need more and/or no match for the situation even so...then that is a problem. They must match or outstand the situation at hand. Thus applies "Gentleman..choose your weapons".

Another reason why certain prayers and other such things are recommended or used is because of how they are consturcted, the technique to activate or do them...and for the LIFE energy that is be put to them when done.

Psalms, for example, can go along with certain rituals or applied in a variety of cases...depending on ones need and the psalm itself. Psalms were also songs..sound is life...vibration. But a lot depends in some cases on what, when, and how it used and by the knowledgable.

Mantras are another way. The thing about manevolent situations is that certain mantras and chanting have a mind soothing; numbing effect that enables "negatives" around you to communicate. This applies to those with these kind of spiritual issues as per this commentary. Many people do them with no problem because they have not these issues.

One reason why certain things end up seeming or being ineffective also is because in one heart of hearts the true INTENT behind/within it..is contrary or other than what is being said, thought, or enacted topically. This is something most people do not realize or feel except at certain moments of passion, jealousy..etc...but otherwise goes undetected..for good sane reason..however it is still one of the reasons certain "sincere" attempts fail or don't seem effective.

Even "personal" prayers are useful in many instances...you can also make some of your own prayers too charged with your hearfelt and sincere prayer coming from your own person..there can be no pretense...and thus makes your aura and energies, will, stronger in that way. Harm is done usually with little or no compromises which is what makes it so lethal. The purer, sincere, and unfettered by doubt, fear, insecurities the innate intent for good or light, blessing, protection..etc the better.

We also have to remember that many ways or remedies exist to deal with "negatives" depending on the discipline, religion, etc and the nature of the situation.

We cannot simply cross off or judge the effect one way or another of a priest or spiritual person generically. There are many people with good experiences that have been in the trenches.

Depending on the situation certain "religous items" can keep some kind of temporary (or ongoing..but not without proper revitalization)protection or ward off negativity...IF they are charged, blessed, or consecrated PROPERLY..in general but especially for the person in need. The level and/or energy of the person charging it is also initiated into the process so its another good "back off of this person" throw to the negative situation. The blessings and such bring up the auric force and bring in light and positive energies and are to resonate literally in a certain way for the better.

The positive participation of the person in need is imperative . You cannot slide on this one and expect miracles.

"Negatives"...its also their "job" and pleasure to desecrate and ridicule whatever you hold scared. PEOPLE can do that too!. Theres nothing mystical about it..except our ignorance and myths are shattered or for the moment challenged. This is also done to bring anger, fear, confusion..keep you out of light..help you keep negative attachments, build dirt into your aura and that effect us physically.

Lets not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

DEEPER and more SERIOUS applications are necessary in HEAVIER situations....PRAYER AND CERTAIN ITEMS OR METHODS ARE NOT NECESSARILY A CUREALL...BUT the they should NOT be abandoned or undervalued especially for self-help..in the meantime of and during professional spiritual help.

Being there or living it...is not the same as talking about it.

Peace.
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Rodney Yee: Yoga Burn
Rodney Yee: Yoga Burn
DVD ~ Rodney Yee
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YOGA BALLET, December 24, 2005
This review is from: Rodney Yee: Yoga Burn (DVD)
There is a "burn" to this yoga session in the repeation of the asanas. I thought for sure I would miss the seaside atmosphere but had no problem with this newer approach in his dvd. As usual his dvds have are IMHO beautifully and professionally excecuted and he has a wonderful presence and voice for voice-overing.

This dvd is for intermediate level at the very least because it starts of already at that level. Its not one of those warm-up slowly beginner prep dvds. Boat poses make up the immediate opening movements. I love this dvd as much as his others in its own way. However, I found the repetitons to be a bit overdone and uneccesary. At that point I use the opportunity to move into some other yoga asana or skip to the appropriate section for me.

There are soooo many yoga asanas could have worked here...DO SOMETHING ELSE..NEW! Rodney...and please Stop forward bending into eternity. If you want to work out your arms alot then all those "push-up" positions into slowupward/downward dog will suit you as well as the leg extentions while in downward dog. The corpse pose section when I first did this dvd is nice but a bit longer than I expected..perhaps because this was my first time experiencing it then.

I found that I finished the dvd with my spine and waistline feeling quite nicely warm and glowing. This I would say is from wide angle stretch done a bit differently than his usual.GREAT!.

Overall, I kept the dvd because of the benefits of the slow movement. I've been waiting for something new from Yee. The wide angle stretch version and timing really helps my back and flexibiity. I appreciate other parts of the dvd...just not past my own limit for boredom. I am pleased with the music and visual aesthetics of the dvd.


Flying Star Feng Shui Made Easy: Third Edition
Flying Star Feng Shui Made Easy: Third Edition
by David Twicken
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EASY... NOT SO..., August 25, 2005
Every books title is there like the baited hook to catch the reader fish. "Easy" is the bait used her and it soon wears thin. If you have no knowledge of Flying Star this book will not really help except to get you running to the bookstore to find one(s)that do. Secondly, if you were hoping for some easy step-by-step instruction book..you ain't really gonna find it here.

The book is like a paperback manual or pocket compendium of Short List of Flyer Star Feng Shui "things to know". In the start of the book you are introduced to elements, cycle, Qi...Yin/Yang and so forth. The author uses a "family" tree scheme..mother, father, oldest, youngest, elders..etc to explain the elements. Gives a brief background information on four branches of traditional Feng Shui and names of founders/ contributors to classical Feng Shui. So far, so good right..wrong. Despite its good points of diagrams, variety, and what seems like little gems of information..the problem is that this book is rather more like a showcase. Different applications Flying Star Feng Shui trying to pass off as indepth or magically demystifying book. A smorgesbord menu with scanty "how to" feel.

This book STARTS off easy enough then just seems to gradually become complicated in part due to its disconnectedness of chapters that serves to further confuse. Also the "remedies" are very short lived, sometimes irrelevently unappliable.

Its an interesting book because its so all over the place you think that you might be onto something. However, this book is NOT going to help the newbie or "get me there fast" Feng Shui person out the unenchanted forest of Feng Shui...(more like into it!)

The book's worth is devalued by trying to be too much to everyone or too much of all of Flying Star Feng Shui instead of just presenting one platform and doing well with it. At best this book might serve as some kind of adjunct or back up for those who have more working knowledge of Flying Star Feng Shui.

Theres are two old saying that applies here "Too many cooks spoil the broth"..."Easy come..Easy go".


Feng Shui For Skeptics
Feng Shui For Skeptics
by Kartar Diamond
Edition: Paperback
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BE SKEPTICAL, August 25, 2005
This review is from: Feng Shui For Skeptics (Paperback)
This book basically proports "Flying Star" Feng Shui. However do not be fooled into thinking that a few pages of any book is really translating or teaching you the hills and valleys of Feng Shui.

The strong points of this book are (1) illustrations; the shapes of various living spaces; floorplans, drawings, charts and so forth are generously given, bold, visible, and clear to understand thoughout the book. (2) The book stays consistant on the subject matter once it starts. (3) It keeps a consistant focus on the effect of various number/element combinations of a living space. (4) The book offers a few years look into the Flying Star auspicious and inauspicious years. (5) It explores basically various "house types" as per the Flying Star perspective that might be of interest to some readers. (6) It is not full of ridiculously overly repetitious "cures".

However, the title of the book, designed to attract the reader, this time using the lure of the "superstitions" (vs "real solutons") angle. We are sneakily drawn into "Flying Star" Feng Shui without any mention of it in the titles...in fact the words "Flying Star" are even absent from both chapter and subchapter titles of the table of contents...and even avoided in the back of the bookcover!.

The author states that there are about 600 "schools". She should leave it at that. The so called "schools" are a vast subject matter to themselves..the cheap mention of a few as if no other book will say it..gets old. It would be wiser to just stick to the school of Feng Shui that is being presented in the book.

After a brief introduction, the first chapter "Ground Rules" very briefly mentions six "schools" of Feng Shui : Form School, Yin Yang Theory, Five Element Theory (this has more explained..making up most of the chapter), The Flying Star School, The East-West School, and finally Black Hat Tantric Buddhism Sect. The author can't seem to decide for or against the Black Hat school in this chapter, although onwards into the book its clearly thumbs down.

"This is not to say that Black Hat practioners do not attain good results. Many of them achieve positive results, in spite of their not always understanding why".

Does the author even understand why?...if so she doesn't elaborate.

"This is not Feng Shui, rather a board game version. It works for several reasons, including the fact that a good percentage of the population is easily influenced and will respond to the dreaded placebo effect".

I would love to know the several reasons..but we are never really given such.

The authors arguements against Black Hat and Compass are weak, vacilitating, and unneccesary. The book's scope not provide space for proper comparison. Also the author remains back on 18th century mainland china sexist based feng shui perpsective. She needs to get with it and stop brown-nosing in this book.

This book would have been truly amazing had it spent its time on delienating the more basic points of Flying Star Feng Shui and its deeper rational behind its theory and practice.

The author confronts many commonplace Feng Shui dos/don'ts and superstitions that one often hears or reads about. However, when she states that "The year of the Horse" means such and such, the number 5 means this or "a crack on the west ceiling could effect the youngest daughters health"...What makes the author think that that is not taken as superstition as well?. If it were another school of Feng Shui saying these things...the author would have a fields day not solutions.

Towards the end of the book the author admonishes people who take quickie courses and become overnight "masters". The same author also mentions about people having to take extensive courses in Feng Shui and needing to use software due to the complexity of it all.

Yet, in the "About the Author" page. It says that in 1992 the author began formal study in Feng Shui. It also says that in 1993 the author launched her own consulting business...in Feng Shui. I'm sure you can count, but just for the record,..thats ONE YEAR!.

If you're curious waste your time for the stronger apsects of this book abovementioned then...move on.
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Feng Shui and Money: A Nine-Week Program for Creating Wealth Using Ancient Principles and Techniques
Feng Shui and Money: A Nine-Week Program for Creating Wealth Using Ancient Principles and Techniques
by Eric Shaffert
Edition: Paperback
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31 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another black hat feng shui trap, August 19, 2005
"Feng Shui and Money" would be more honest and better off leave OUT the so-called Feng Shui since the book far better as what it really is: A book written by a phychotherapist who basically uses a "soul searching" self-help approach to deal with and suface ones particularly more "negative" ideas about money.

The reader will do lots of journalling/writing, thinking through ones core issues, answering questions in the simple fill in the line manner to get to the heart of what ails or aids you where money/wealth is concerned.

The "Feng Shui" part of the book deals with the "Ba-gua" sections. The information is skimply and simplistic. On its own it would only amount to several pages not worth bothering with.

The author includes mantras, mudras, meditation, visualizations, and empressing energies into ones efforts. This is all good and fine on its own. It has been ADDED to Feng Shui..but its not part of the system of analysis of Feng Shui. Yet, its being marketed as such.

In the first week of the nine week "program" the author is already offering shallow "cures" and telling readers to apply them. Of course, theres no real mature explanation as to why or how these cures work or the deeper theory behind them...e.g:

"Hanging a small wind chime in the tai chi area (center of home) will intergrate the flow of chi for the entire home. Since the area is associated with the number 5, a wind chime with five metal tubes is ideal. By hanging a chime in this position you send a vibration that balances all the areas of the bagua at one time".

The tai-chi area of ones home could be the living room or the toilet!...It could be a back room some odd place. Then what!?. If there is no air; windows, or breeze then there are no moving of the chimes!. If the air; vibration hitting the metal is not strong enough or if the metal is of cheap quality...then there is NO vibration to go anywhere...much less "all the ba-gua at once". What if you live in a large space or a small tiny cramped apartment?. What size chime to use?. None of these issues or related are address in this book..so whats the point.

The author claims to make a living advising people..in person... in their home..yet writes nonsense.

The author advises for the Hsun area (aka..prosperity corner) to put fro e.g. nine plants, purple colors, mirrors, and water;fountains. What if this Hsun area is in the kitchen near the stove...or the area has no windows?.The use of his contant placing of mirrors and plants is cute to redundant. "Good Housekeeping" magazine does better!.

This book is rife with telling what to put in which area without much consideration to anything else.

The author repeats the generic "keep the bathroom door closed at all times". What if you have not windows or general ventilation in your bathroom?. Plants in the bathroom has its pros and cons...but without natural light and air..plus a perpetually closed door makes no sense for most plants..much less general unhealthy hygeine conditions. It makes less sense that such suggestion are doled out like candy; many authors never even address these issues.

One reviewer mentioned that author uses "authentic" feng shui terms. The author uses the chinese names each section of the ba-gua. The rest of the book is in plain english. There is nothing in this to be overwhelmed about.

There A LOT of things in this book that are NOT Feng Shui. Like "Moving Water Cures": call a certain number of people for a certain amount period of time and take on any invites. Maintain this and you'll be instantly popular..money will flow. Yes..to the phone company!. Actually this is really just socializing, networking; its someting teens do all the time...its NOT Feng Shui.

Another one of the authors suggestions is putting bowls of flowers around the house. This is nice. It could be one of grandmas things to do or "101 things to do to decorate or uplift your living space".

Balance and promoting beneficialness in ones life is what these things and Feng Shui have in common. Thus, certain activities or ideas have been INCORPORATED along side or with Feng Shui.. but they are NOT Feng Shui.

Feng Shui like Martial arts is a vast and whole study/world to itself with many areas of substudy. Bruce Lee reruns and Chuck Norris is NOT Martial Arts.

"Feng Shui and Money"..its strong point is as a money management helper book with a "spiritually" and "looking-within" type of approach.

If you are interested getting to your inner issues regarding money and wealth..with a holistic touch then get a book that frankly cuts to that chase. You can get this book of course but for any hope worthwhile Feng Shui instead of the "ancient chinese secrets" lure....look elsewhere.


Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness
Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness
by Karen Rauch Carter
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.93
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars read, compare, grow, July 30, 2005
Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life has several good points. It is not filled with unecessary or common place information in the introduction. The author kindly gets to the point not soon after the introduction. The author focuses the book on one subject of Feng Shui; the sections of Ba-gua per Black Hat. Each section of the Ba-gua is a chapter to itself that is amply dealt with and uniformly organized consistanly. The drawings of floorplans are clear and understandable. There is a large graph crossection of the basis of each qua that is straighforward and clear. The authors approach maintains it congenial user-friendly. The author does a good job of making connections between the gua/sections instead them being isolated. There are a lot of useful,interesting suggestions and explanations in the book. The Ba-gua sections begin with the "Prosperity" followed by "Fame and Reputation..then "Relationships and Love"..positioned to meet the book's (sub)title.

On the other side of things the subtitle of the book reveals a typical problem that arises; materialistic and instant gratification waterdown approach. The author continues throughout the book with a condesending, sterotypical, unnecessary, and cheesy use of marketable well-known names of people and slang expressions. Tacky and presumutious suggestions like "You can even use one of me (photo in back of the book)" in reference to what images to put on an altar, namely herself. There is in too many instances in this book of a lot of stupidity in expression, suggestion, and approach.

Three stars is for its good points about this book. However I would encourage anyone to not limit themselves to it..read, compare, grow.


Feng Shui Step by Step : Arranging Your Home for Health and Happiness--with Personalized Astrological Charts
Feng Shui Step by Step : Arranging Your Home for Health and Happiness--with Personalized Astrological Charts
by T. Raphael Simons
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ok book to have on Feng Shui, July 29, 2005
Feng Shui Step by Step is a book of some 200 or more pages...most of which are informative and useful. The book is a good size so you don't get that small print overpacked info feeling when reading. The author invests ample explanation clear and understandable about the basics. It doesn't have a lot of boring introduction but gets straight to it without skipping essentials. The introduction actually has a handy "Personal Data" sheet in which you can write down all your relavent information for organize and clear reference. While it gives the read a taste of what is to come with the "personal data" sheet..what good does it do there so early in the book?. It Better off as a tearout if itis going to situated right at the start or it could be within or after all the necessary information.

The first 85 pages including the intro proves the reader with a sturdy foundation. There are drawings for visual reference througout the book. "The Five Elements" chapter goes through each element in detail via the subheading: Your Season of Birth, Mental and Physical States, Occupations, Shapes and Colors, Weather, Flower, Directions in Space, and Parts of the Home. In this chapter also you learn about the cycles. There are "Excerices" after each chapter.

The next chapter "The Nine Stars" is where the reader is introduced to finding their Kua number or Birth Star. The author maintains consistancy with what has been introduced in prior pages. Each Birth Star is dealt with in detail via subheadings. His subheading approach is very helpful as it provides a clean and organized view for the reader. Also in this chapter you learn about your doorway directions and how to harmonize. The following chapter after these is for harmonizing the situation for two people.

The next parts of the book "Diagnostic Methods" involves staking out your space. The author has been up to now basically following Compass School. He is better off staying with this as it is by far the most useful, clear, and accurate method in the book. Using this method we learn about applying colors to balance areas. The other two methods are "The Eight Point Method" and "The Stick Figure Method". As a very basic beginners excercise the stick figure approach is cute and interesting since it correlates with health/the body with areas your space. I can see how that works..but thats as far as it goes.

The Eight Point is none other that a watered down Black Hat Ba-gua. Whats even worse is that the author suggests "reassigning" the eight points to take up more space if it doesn't fit your floorplan as it should. This is fraught for problems, unprofessional, and regresses. Not to mention that this "Eight Point Method" has NO HEALTH section...how great is that!?. Black Hat often puts Health as center of the trigram ..however that works. The stick figure methods also uses the eight points..not recommeded.

The remainder of the book addresses spacial and placement issues decently via several chapters. Its not heavy on the cures approach but deals with it sparingly or generally..e.g "Lighting and Mirrors". It also deals with case scenarios (which are given according throughout the book as well) with more than one person living in a space. Each persons' "Personal Data" and their doorway are taken into account. The end of the book deals with a case scenario in "Making a New Home and Alterations"..which is good for those especially in the position to do so. Also miscellaneous adjunct information is offered. In the back Appendices...are charts and visuals that basically repeat the info given earlier but in a more comprehensive; full circle way.

This is is good to have around in terms of its sturdy information and consistancy throughout the book. It doesn't seem to loose itself much..expect for the "Methods" section. Its good on how to understand and apply the elements and directions to your space. The author is more focused on the color interior design, however, he does offer other decorating guidelines in the opening chapters.

Advanced folks would already know much of what this books has to say..so its a good one for advanced beginners to the novice. It will keep them very busy for starters!.


Creating Home Sanctuaries with Feng Shui: Sacred Spaces, Altars, and Shrines
Creating Home Sanctuaries with Feng Shui: Sacred Spaces, Altars, and Shrines
by Shawne Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No wonder only one review!, July 28, 2005
This book like so many has an inticing and inviting title. Like so many books thats about it..since a numerous amount of people especially with buying off the net, will never be able to sift through a book so they will have to go by the title and cover design (the latter being more subconscious effect). Its really not about Feng Shui in any deep sense. Lots of talk but when it gets down to it the Feng Shui is only a vehicle and marketing cash cow.

First off..yes we have the introduction/peptalk formality as in most books. So we're all hyped up and luckly the next chapter gets into the Feng Shui Ba-gua areas (Black Hat school); useful information to help the reader know about each gua, briefly what are some appropiate things to go in the respective gua, and some reasons the help clarify the want or need to focus on a particular gua.

After the Ba-gua areas chapter, comes two misplaced chapters. "Space Cleaning and Santification" and follwing it, "Feng Shui Energy Enhancements". Both are not skimpy which is good..but so wordy it seems to just go on and on into a miriade of things that comprise basic information to everything from oils, pets, plants..etc. The "Enhancements" chapter has an explanation on the 5 Elements.

The 5 Elements would seem more fitting on its own chapter or part of the Ba-ua chapter but definitely...BEFORE both the "Space Clearing" and "Enhancements". The information these authors provide has a bearing on what and why you chose the space you do..so where and when the information is placed can be heaven or totally maddening in the process of application. Basics first...after you choose and clear a space is not the time to then know about the 5 elements..much less everything in the "Enhancements" chapter suggests.

The next chapter, the "power tools" chapter,is generous as well, but it goes into all sorts of things to place on an altar; talimans to diety/statues..instruments...almost the kitchen sink!. The author then goes room by room (not many)and is quite skimpy. Little or no mention of creating an altar per the Ba-gua areas. Instead, Ba-gua areas and Feng Shui, are mentioned here and there in stories about couples, families, individuals...in the usual "happy ending, Feng Shui (consultant) saved the day".The authors do include a niffy short list "Feng Shui Tips/Do's Don'ts". The book focuses more on material objects. However, there is ample attention put toward centering oneself and taking stock/going within...surpising placed well in the book. There are drawings throughout.

This is not really about using Feng Shui. It is a book with an esoteric focus about picking some area (some times Ba-gua and often just some/any area) and making an altar. Feng Shui is a "just passing through" chapter in the book..and an angle. The book is not heavy on the same repetitious cures;its got everything else to talk about...except Feng Shui. The authors offer perhaps way too much information; as if its the only book that exits or that they'll ever right. I wouldnt' completely disqualify the book on the grounds of other mention information in the spirituality, esoteric, self-help genres. In that vain it could be a paperback compendium or dictionary...NOT on Feng Shui..but with Feng Shui mentioned along with all the other things. It professes to be about something it truly isn't...has you looking for something that isn't really there. Glad I didn't pay a lot for this book.


Feng Shui Revealed: An Aesthetic, Practical Approach to the Ancient Art of Space Alignment
Feng Shui Revealed: An Aesthetic, Practical Approach to the Ancient Art of Space Alignment
by R. D. Chin
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous .. for the home, condo owners..builders, July 26, 2005
This is one of those visually lovely books. Well made, photos are perfect, colors and home are sumptuous. This is a Black Hat Feng Shui derived book as mentioned in the introduction which gives you a "family" or homey type feel as pictures of collegues and the authors ancestral lineage picture is also presented.

The book is basically about case scenarios with spaces that present typical and specific issues that you can find almost anywhere. The author is chinese as well as both and architect and interior designer. So, the rich look of things is not so surprising nor the chinese lore and cultural applications which have been incorporated with Black Hat along with a lot of other things which are to themself like chinese culture are whole subjects. The author as he is involved with other cultures in this book..mostly Europe/American...neverthless has many example of cross cultural additions to the Feng Shui applications such as things from other parts of the world that can be incorporated into the picutue as well.

You can get a lot of tips on how you can furnish your home the interior design perspective. Today thrift shops are all the rave and with a few dollars and creative/common sense you can do the same as the big bucks do if you like. Add in the Feng Shui principles and now you have a reason and purpose behind why, how, where, and what you choose to decorate. Most of the focus is on addressing problems with the space and the Ba-kua area needs.

Overall, this is not a first or beginners book and its not pretending to be a primer. It also has floorplans..some are juvenille and hardly understandable while others that are much better quality. At times it seems to go on and on in the descriptions of the in interior design details of places. This might interest some , bore, or agitate readers who might find it irrelevant. Its a good book once you've spent more vaulable time getting some introduction and comfort with Feng Shui. Its ideal for people with lavish spaces with outdoor or split level situations. This book is a good adjunct, a good leisure reading Feng Shui book. This book is also good experience for those who are afraid to explore and be creative with what they can do.


Feng Shui for Your Apartment (Feng Shui Series)
Feng Shui for Your Apartment (Feng Shui Series)
by Richard Webster
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.95
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Better books ...short book...but a long review, July 26, 2005
There are many books that do much better. If you are looking for anything that diverts from mainly speak to home or condo owners but rather to fixed/unrenovatable apartment renters...find another book!. Since so many books on Feng Shui are directed to home owners or buyers who can renovate at will...this "Apartment Living" is a definite hook. The "catchy title" routine strikes again in this case.

The book starts off with the usual/general information about Feng Shui; a bit of historic lore and then to the elememts, cycles and so forth. However...it then goes into what is the first real chapter pertaining to the subject. "Choosing an Apartment Building". Its a bit shallow but its not really the subject of the book and thus need not be more than basic. While apartment dwellers usually are the "beggars can't be choosers" the chapter encourages Form Feng Shui which is can be very handy even to apartment dwellers before renting. Certain things can be taken into account even if you must get a place that is not the best building you would desire.

The next chapter is "Your Most Positive Directions"...which is basically about the trigram and figuring out personal Kua numbers and names...which basically relate to the eight compass directions.

But, why was this not in the beginning of the book with the Feng Shui basics section?....makes no sense after the "choosing a building" to know the ones "most positive directions".

The next chapter is "Inside the Apartment"..its a total of FOUR pages!!...in which we are told a bunch of shoulds for how an apartment should be..e.g..."Front door should not directly face windows". Its ok!..and great that the shoulds and nots are mentioned..but for an apartment dweller then what?. The author unfortuntely does this thoroughout the book. The author does save the reader here and there with a few remedies...ad nauseum Pa-kua mirrors, chimes, some bamboo flutes, and a hanging crystal or two he suggests for nearly everything and every scenario he offers of course calls for these.

The next chapter is "Positive and Negative Locations" in which we are presented with two methods:

The first using the "Magic Square" is basically finding the Kua names and thus the direction for your living space by using its sitting/facing direction. This book stresses sitting direction. Basically, it doesn't matter if you use sitting or facing as both are relative to each other. It all boils down to as follows:

*If your door is an East Group..then the West locations are the "bad" ones..and the East the "good". The same goes if you're an East group Kua.

*If your door is an West Group then the East locations are the "bad" ones..and the West the "good". Same goes if you're a West group Kua.

The author then goes on to instruct the reader to superimpose the "Magic Square" over the floorplan of their apartment. However, now that you've finally let the reader know, after the fact!, that they need a "floorplan"..now they have to go make one. This whole floorplan approach can be annoying and time consuming for some people. On the other hand it can be a great education and learning tool if its done properly and if the person is able to do it on their own..these latter issues are never really taken into account with the floorplan idea in most Feng Shui books.

We've already, by the use of sitting/facing direction, figured out where the eight compass directions fall in terms of ones living space. The superimpose is repeatious but also a visual using Kua names/directions.

The second method which the author calls "Aspriations of the Pa-Kua"..otherwise, known as the Black Hat "Ba-Kua Map". This method is static in comparison to the first method. It uses the "Magic Square" ..number "1" placement for the front or beginning of anything.

All this hoopla about not using a compass..when that is exactly what you are doing but without the compass itself...either way you are using something to guide you...why not just get a basic compass and figure it out..see it for..experience it..understand it..for yourself..not just "superimpose".

Two setbacks with this book is that 1) one method or the other could have been presented ..or in two seperate chapters. Otherwise its is very confusing, especially for beginners. 2) the methods' information is presented AFTER...the "Choosing a Building" and "Inside the Apartment". Whats the point?.

The next chapter is "Individual Rooms"..again theres the shoulds that are nice but nothing really apartment dweller can do if a toilet is structurally not in good Feng Shui. Again are the pat remedies of ba-kua mirrors and such. Nothing new..and nothing so specific to apartments that isn't said when addressing home owners in any other Feng Shui book. This book has the usual dos and don'ts. Many cultures share the same or similar dos/don'ts (e.g. no feet to door or window..too much like the dead/corpses). Most books I've read on Feng Shui seem to just repeat things that are branded as "superstitions".. but spend little time in any explaination or even theroy as to the deeper workings.

The next chapter is "Studio Apartment"...FOUR pages!...nothing that doesn't really apply to a regular room anywheres, in terms of Feng Shui.

The next chapter is "Conducting a Feng Shui Evaluation" basically two case histories of people in apartments .. nothing you can't find in a general Feng Shui information addressed to homes.

The next chapeter is "Furniture Placement". Ok..whats its doing after the evaluation chapter!??.

The last chapter is "Feng Shui Problems"..(yes this book being one of them)..much of what is said could be in the beginning of the book information and is also very repetitious. The rest of the book is basically supplemental; chinese astrology animal names/birth info...index.

It makes use of the "Aspiration of Pa-Kua" or the Black Hat "Ba-Kua Map"..mainly. The focus is more on pat cures and relative things to place in ones "family or weath location". Two small credits to the author/book 1)is the use of the words "area or locations" instead of "corner"...as all places do not end up as corners. 2) There are drawings in the book as visual reference. The author makes no real use of the personal Kua number/element in relation to the space...The five elements open the book..but thrown to the back of the book is an almost last minute rush like information on the elements. The author makes no use of colors, shapes, and deeper Feng Shui priciples in relation to the space. Makes basic use of the "good/auspicious" or "bad/ inauspicious" directions ..a light here and crystal there and then its all fine.

Overall the book is a farce..disjointed...presented backwards half the time which gives an crammed information disoriented feeling...poorly organized does not help...has nothing really original to offer..much less for "Apartments"..you can find better books.


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