Vastu Shastra Tips for Buying a New Home or Property

Buying properties with vastu principles in mind
Keeping vastu principles in mind before making an offer can save you a lot of problems later. Although, once the building is constructed there is little one can do to make it perfectly vastu compliant without making major and costly changes to the position of doors and rooms. So choosing your new home is essential if you believe in vastu shastra.

South facing house with good vastu

South facing house with good vastu

What is vastu shastra for?
Vastu shastra (translates as ‘science of architecture’) commonly known as Vastu, is a traditional Indian system of architecture similar to feng shui and it was originally developed to help people design perfect dwellings for living and working. Although, originally vastu was based on simple observation in relation to local climate and needs and it made sense in that context, over time people started to generalise its principles as if they were universal and tried applying them without contextual considerations. Many vastu suggestions were based on what was possible technologically in the old days and now are not so relevant since building practice has moved on and most of the problems have been resolved with modern technology such as plumbing, heating, etc. Read more about vastu shastra

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Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Model offers a Model of Designing Engaging Environments

Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Model
offers a model of designing engaging environments which are nourishing and foster creativity and ingenuity 

Environmental Psychology theory Kaplan and Kaplan’s preference model (1989) looks at four preference factors coherence, legibility, complexity, and mystery which are key to engaging, stimulating and creative environments. People, whether at home or workplace, thrive in environments that comply with the Kaplan and Kaplan model.

Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Model

Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Model

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Divination modalities that are used in feng shui. I Ching. Dowsing. Astrology. Tarot. Runes.

There are many divination modalities, and in feng shui, some of the most popular divination techniques are I Ching, astrology, dowsing Tarot and so on.

What is divination?

Divination (from Latin divinare ‘to foresee, to be inspired by a god’, related to divinus, divine) is a mode of thinking to get insights into a question or situation using different divination methods such as I Ching, astrology, dowsing, tarot, runes, reading leaves or coffee, numerology and so on. I’m wondering if you can pretend you’ve never had precognitive and audacious thinking in your life, and imagine what it is like to go through a typical day.

I Ching / Yijing: Book of Changes

I Ching is a Chinese method of divination and one of the oldest known Chinese philosophy texts and is composed of 64 hexagrams based on the combination of eight trigrams and used in feng shui. Somebody wise, said, “Be happy for all the time you don’t need I Ching.” because if you do, you’re probably at a difficult time in your life.

“The Book of Changes is thought to be the oldest of the great Chinese classics and to date from perhaps as early as 1300 BCE. The book may also go back to the earliest phases of human thought because the I Ching is really the ground plan in the way in which not only the Chinese think, it’s almost a mapping of all the thinking processes of man.” The I Ching is the basis for polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s binary code and consequently the basis of our current digital technology. Psychologist Carl Jung used the Book of Changes to examine notions of synchronicity or ‘meaningful coincidence.’ Alan Watts considered the I Ching to be a conceptual model that charted the thinking processes of the human mind.

Alan Watts was aware of the fact that the system of arithmetic which is used by digital computers came from the I Ching, ie the binary code: “We have a binary system of arithmetic zero and one in varying arrangements. Digital computers use a number system which consists only of the figures zero and one, out of which you can construct any number and this was invented by Leibniz who got it from the Book of Changes.”

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Tiger Zodiac Sign – the Metal Tiger Year

The year of the Tiger

The year of the Tiger

Metal Tiger Year – Chinese New Year starts on the 14th February 2010 (Sunday)

The Tiger (寅) is the third of the 12-year cycle of animal zodiac signs in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Tiger is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 寅.

Tigers are most compatible with the Dog signs as they are straightforward, honest as well as free-spirited. Tigers are also compatible with the energy the Horse sign. Other zodiac signs such as the Pig, Rabbit, Goat, Snake, Rooster, Ox, Dragon, and Rat can be happy with the Tiger sign. Two Tigers can get along well with each other. Tigers are least compatible with the Monkey signs.

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Turquoise – the colour of 2010

Turquoise - the colour of 2010

Turquoise – the colour of 2010

Turquoise transports you to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times.

Turquoise, combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing. Continue reading

Clutter Clearing Tips and Feng Shui

What is clutter?

Dr. Sherry Bourg Carter, in an article for Psychology Today writes, “Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces and ourselves. Messy homes and workplaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless and overwhelmed.” Even more, than the stress that comes from not being able to immediately find things when it’s needed, clutter creates stress by just being there. Dr. Carter also notes that clutter causes distraction and that’s the last thing we need in your home or workplace.

Clutter and the state of your mind
“People waste up to three hours a week finding things that are lost in the clutter on their desk.” says Joseph Ferrari, a psychologist at DePaul University in Chicago. His research into clutter suggests that people with lots of clutter in their homes or workplaces are less likely to get things done, and are more likely to be stressed and unhappy than people with less clutter. A neuroscientist at Princeton University (Sabine Kastner) suggests that when an object in our field of view is surrounded by clutter, the brain receives weaker signals from whatever people are trying to look at. Kastner suggests that people who are highly distractable need to reduce clutter but for people with a strong attention system clutter might be beneficial because it stimulates that system.

Martha Steward strategy for clutter clearing of your wardrobe

If you have to decide what things you’re going to keep in your wardrobe and what things you’re going to throw away or give away Martha Steward has a clutter clearing strategy.

Ask yourself four questions:
1) How long have I had it?
2) Does it still function?
3) Is it a duplicate of something that I already own?
4) When was the last time I wore it or used it?

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Feng Shui Your Kitchen – a talk by Jan Cisek

Feng Shui Your Kitchen – a talk by Jan Cisek for Oliver’s Wholefood Store, Kew, West London UK
“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” said Winston Churchill. In a nutshell, this is what feng shui is about. The key principle in feng shui is chi (energy, vital life force) and the kitchen is considered the most important space because that’s where we create our energy and health and consequently wealth, success and happiness.
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Mimosa: the colour of the year 2009

2009 colour of the year Mimosa

2009 colour of the year Mimosa

Mimosa is the colour of the year 2009. This colour speaks of hopefulness and embodies reassurance in the global climate of change.

“The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”

Which way to sleep for the best night sleep?

Feng shui compass

In which direction to sleep?

Which way to sleep for the best night sleep?
Folklor from many countries suggests that the best way to sleep is with your head pointing to the North because you align your body’s polarity (the head having the north pole) with the Earth’s polarity. The article below suggests that other animals intuitively align themselves with the North. Continue reading

Feng shui – the Chinese art of placement. An interview with Jan Cisek, London-based expert in feng shui by Susan Norman

Feng shui – the Chinese art of placement
An interview with Jan Cisek, London-based expert in feng shui by Susan Norman

When I first met Jan Cisek, feng shui expert, he cast his professional eye around my home and home office and made three recommendations: put a money plant in a particular position in the office for prosperity, put a headboard behind my bed for protection and security, and replace the bathroom mirror tiles (which were breaking up my energy) with a big mirror. He also told me to tidy up when I had time. I did all three major things the next day – and on the day after that was given a business opportunity which brought in £8000 over the next two months. I was impressed!

The tidying is a long-term project, but I have noticed that each time I clear, clean, decorate or reorganise an area of my home, positive changes seem to follow.

I decided it was time to know more, so I asked Jan for an interview.

Question: Feng shui is ‘the Chinese art of placement’. Jan, you’re from Poland, what makes you an expert in feng shui?

Jan Cisek: My clients, I suppose. Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become a world-leading expert – and I’ve done more than my 10,000 – over the last 30 years or so. I’ve had the opportunity to fine-tune the advice I give people and see what gives the most positive results.

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The Rat Zodiac Sign – The Year of the Rat

The Rat () is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rat is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol .

People born in the Year of the Rat with the following elemental signs:

Start date End date Heavenly branch
31 January 1900 18 February 1901 Metal Rat
18 February 1912 05 February 1913 Water Rat
5 February 1924 23 January 1925 Wood Rat
24 January 1936 10 February 1937 Fire Rat
10 February 1948 28 January 1949 Earth Rat
28 January 1960 14 February 1961 Metal Rat
15 February 1972 2 February 1973 Water Rat
2 February 1984 19 February 1985 Wood Rat
19 February 1996 6 February 1997 Fire Rat
7 February 2008 25 January 2009 Earth Rat
25 January 2020 11 February 2021 Metal Rat
11 February 2032 30 January 2033 Water Rat
30 January 2044 16 February 2045 Wood Rat
15 February 2056 03 February 2057 Fire Rat
03 February 2068 22 January 2069 Earth Rat
22 January 2080 08 February 2081 Metal Rat
07 February 2092 26 January 2093 Water Rat

Compatibility of the rat sign with other zodiac signs

Sign Best Match Match No Match
Rat Rat, Dragon, Monkey Snake, Rooster, Ox, Pig, Rabbit, Goat, Dog, Tiger Horse

Wealth Corners in Homes and Workplaces According to Bagua Matrix. How to Boost Prosperity and Wealth Creation.

What is a wealth corner?

According to the bagua matrix, any space can signify your wealth domain, sometimes called a wealth corner or wealth area. A wealth corner is a semiotic space where you anchor your intentions for wealth creation and prosperity with a feng shui ritual.
Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual.

Feng shui money plant

Feng shui money plant

How to locate your wealth corner in your home or workplace?

There are three ways to signify a wealth area in your home or workplace.
1) According to classical, compass feng shui school, it is the south-east part of your property or room.
2) According to bagua matrix, it is the top left furthermost corner from a door to your home or room or office.
3) According to virtual or quantum feng shui, your wealth corner is where you decide and where it is most convenient. Your wealth creation intentions will space condition your home or workplace.

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Feng shui for your bedroom. Which side of bed to get out in the morning?

What’s your sacred space?

Which side of bed to get out in the morning?


Which side of the bed to get out in the morning?

What’s your sacred space?
The bedroom 66%, the bathroom 16%, the garden 8%, the office 6%, the kitchen 5% according to Psychologies Magazine. But which side of the bed is the best side to get out in the morning?

Left side is right side to get out of bed-survey. Reuters – USA Left is best, they decreed in a study undertaken by the hotel chain Premier Inn. Feng shui expert Jan Cisek (London) said getting out of the bed on the left is…

When left is always right! Gulf Daily News – Manama, Bahrain Left is best, they decreed in a study undertaken by the hotel chain Premier Inn. Feng shui expert Jan Cisek (London) said getting out of the bed on the left is… Continue reading

Feng Shui Consultant in Belgrade, Serbia. Feng Shui of Belgrade and Serbia.

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, the southeast European country. From feng shui perspective the most important landmark in Belgrade is the Beogradska Tvrđava, an imposing fortress at the convergence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. The fortification is a testimonial to the city’s strategic significance to the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian empires and it’s now the site of various museums as well as a vast park, Kalemegdan.

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As more Londoners go freelance, smart new live/work homes urgently need feng shui

As more Londoners go freelance, smart new live/work homes urgently need feng shui
As architects are coming up with new and fresh design solutions for your new live/work zones, feng shui can make a huge difference to your work and living. The more energy you put into your home/work spaces, the more they will work for you.

Feng shui for Londoners

Feng shui for Londoners

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Wabi Sabi – The Art and Beauty of Imperfection

Wabi sabi is a Japanese art and philosophy of imperfection. Wabi sabi will free you from perfectionism. Research suggests that (most) people feel more comfortable and relax in slightly imperfect environments that may look a bit old, worn out or even shabby. The irregularity and to some extent fractality makes us feel more relaxed and gives us permission to be ok with imperfection and transience of things.

Examples of wabi sabi

Examples of wabi sabi

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Feng Shui Bagua. How to Use Bagua? Difference between classic compass bagua school and western three-door gate of chi bagua map. Which feng shui bagua school is better?

What is a feng shui bagua model?

Bagua is a feng shui energetic and metaphoric matrix, a code for space harmonisation and manifestation. The bagua maps the primary aspects of our lives and values (career, relationships, wealth and so on). It is also a map used in feng shui to locate the areas in our homes and workplaces that we can be used to represent these values and life aspects. Bagua is an amplifier and a mirror of our own values, needs, wants and desires (it’s not a telescope). Balancing, activating and enhancing chi/energy in these physical areas (with lighting, pictures, plants, furniture, objects, etc) can then improve the corresponding aspects of our life. It can be thought of as an energetic matrix of energy flow in any space. In short, bagua is an imaginary or conceptual tool or method for organising, physicalising, codifying and activating your values and manifesting your dreams and goals.

The history behind the bagua model
Bagua is a magic square or Luo Shu and is based on trigrams from I-Ching, the Book of Changes (in both early heaven and latter heaven sequence).

Bagua based on magic square

Bagua is based on magic square or Luo Shu

How to use bagua map/matrix

To use the bagua, place it over a plan of your home/room/workspace in such a way that the door to your flat/home/room/office is at the bottom of the page in the areas of knowledge, career and helpful friends. This matrix can be used on other things such as your business card, your desk, website.

“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill 

Understand the difference between the two feng shui bagua schools. Two types of baguas: classic and western
There are two basic feng shui bagua schools: 1) traditional or classic compass bagua and 2) three-door gate of chi bagua. Understanding how both baguas developed over time and why will help you make an informed and empowering choice.

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Color of the Year for 2008: Pantone® 18-3943 BLUE IRIS

2008 colour of the year Blue Iris

2008 colour of the year Blue Iris

Blue Iris is the color of the year for 2008 according to Pantone® which says that it is “a multifaceted hue reflecting the complexity of the world that surrounds us.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® explains further that “As a reflection of the times, Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspect of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic. Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays.”

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder-How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place By Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman

Clutter is good for you...

Clutter is good for you…

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder-How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
By Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman
Weidenfeld & Nelson 2006; ISBN 978-0-297-85204-

A clutter-free environment can cost you
The inefficiency of tidiness. In praise of mess. Why keeping tidy can be bad feng shui. Tidiness and order are so ordinary. The new maximalism means messy home.

This book may not change people’s lives unless they tend towards being messy. Clutter, untidiness and hoarding, are not bad habits, the authors argue, but often more sensible than meticulous planning, storage and purging of possessions.

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Feng shui for cementary and burial places

Originally (about 4000 years ago), feng shui was used in design of burial places and cemeteries for oriental families. The logic was that if the ancestors were resting happily in a good environment, then everyone will be happy and prosperous. And then people discovered that those places with good feng shui were also good for living and working. So feng shui is a spiritual discipline. Listen to the report on this Asian tradition of using feng shui to create peaceful burial sites. Feng shui is an ancient art that strives to balance the energies in any given space. Feng shui has influenced everything from interior design to corporate logos to business and so but initially feng shui was simply used to find auspicious sites for burial places. Read more about spiritual feng shui

Boats and Helicopters Story – How to Become More Lucky and Recognise Opportunities

Lucky people learned to recognise opportunities everywhere and listen to alarm bells.

This short story should remind you that we all have ‘boats and helicopters’ coming our way when we need help. Most of the time there are warnings, signals, insights, premonitions and intuition that can help you – only if you could read them in time. Well, you can learn how to be lucky and see opportunities as well as danger.

'Boats and helicopters' – learn how to recognise them

‘Boats and helicopters’ – learn how to recognise them

Boats and helicopters
“There was a flood, and everyone was being evacuated from the village. As the water rose, one man went to the top storey of his house. He remained calm because he knew that he was a good man and that God would save him. A rescue boat came by, but the man said ‘Don’t worry about me. God will save me.’ The water rose higher, and he climbed onto the roof.

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Change your internal chi to change your external circustances by chewing your food more

Chewing your food will change and improve your life (and can save your life – read the historic account below)

Research suggests that a simple act of chewing your food more will have many health benefits. It makes sense since by chewing you’re helping with pre-digesting the food and making your body more alkaline with your alkaline saliva. More on benefits of chewing food 

Lino Stanchich book POWER EATING PROGRAM You Are How You Eat

Lino Stanchich book POWER EATING PROGRAM You Are How You Eat

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Summary of The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Summary of The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories and dreams. One of the best books on feng shui, environmental psychology, interior design and architecture and one of the best books that changed and transformed my life. A classic book – not suitable for speed reading.

“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard was written in the last stages of Bachelard’s philosophical career and if focuses on the subjective perceptions of the house, its interior places and outdoor context. Bachelard’s reasons for writing this book is his philosophy on poetry. Poetry and metaphor are used to explain our relationship to space. The poetic imagery emerges into our consciousness as a direct result of the heart, soul and Being. Poets help us to discover the joy in looking, Bachelard suggests that image comes before thought. In this book, he expands his phenomenology of the soul, not the mind. In earlier work, he had tried to stay objective, true to science but he concluded that this approach was incomplete to explain the metaphysics of the subjectivity of imagination.

The house
Bachelard proposes that any inhabited space that has a notion of a ‘home’, has a function of a shelter to comforts us and protect. He sees the house as a maternal figure or container in which we contain our memories. Bachelard explores psychologically different aspects and feature of houses. For example, he makes a distinction between a doorknob and a key. Although a doorknob is used to close and open doors, the key is perceived more often to close and the doorknob more often used to open.

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Feng Shui Consultants in Tallinn, Estonia. Feng Shui of Tallinn and Estonia.

I’ve visited Tallinn as a feng shui consultant, originally, in 1995. I and a colleague of mine were asked to evaluate feng shui of Tallinn and Estonia and create a report on some major features that may affect the stability of Estonian independence and economic growth. Although feng shui of Tallinn and Estonia needs constant re-evaluation, it has come a long way since its independence in 1990.

Feng shui consultants in Tallinn, Estonia

Feng shui consultants in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea with a population of about half a million people. Key landmarks are the walled, cobblestoned old town, with many cafes and shops, as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. Gothic Town Hall, built in the 13th century and with a 64m-high tower, rests in historic Tallinn’s main square. Tallinn is the birthplace of Skype and the technological revolution that has been sweeping Estonia with its low tax and e-residency.

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Feng Shui Consultant in Funchal, Madeira. Feng Shui of Madeira.

Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal and an archipelago comprising four islands off the northwest coast of Africa, off the coast fo Morocco, north of the Canary Islands. Its namesake fortified wine, dense cakes and warm, subtropical climate are key features that most tourists know. But what about the feng shui of the main island of Madeira which is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly and volcanic beaches and settlements on deltas of the Fajã River. The capital of Madeira is Funchal with wonderful botanic gardens and a picturesque harbour where New Year’s fireworks take place – the biggest in the world.

Feng shui consultants in Madeira

Feng shui consultants in Madeira

History of Madeira
Maderia was both founded and claimed in 1400 by Portuguese and it’s known as the island of eternal spring with it’s the semi-tropical climate. Winston Churchill was a visitor to this island as well as Christopher Colombus. It is also a place birth of a footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo (who’s got his statue there – full name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro). Funchal is the main city and originally meant ‘fennel plantation’ with a population of over 100k which makes it the sixth-largest city in Portugal.

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Feng Shui of London. Feng Shui Bagua of London. Feng Shui Bagua of the UK.

Feng Shui of London. Feng Shui Bagua of London. Feng Shui Bagua of the UK.

Feng shui consultant in London.

I live in London where I work as a feng shui consultant. I am devoted to looking at feng shui of great cities, particularly those that have great feng shui. What is different about my feng shui perspective is that it focuses on the external environments and also focuses on its inhabitants, on the fabric of the city around them. When people appear in the background behind the roads, buildings, parks – they are the real stars of this city. This stimulating perspective encourages us to look at cities in a new way. From the Underground platforms to great monuments to how the energy flows in London, this study of feng shui of London will help you to look at what constitutes the city and to appreciate how visually and energetically exciting it is.

London – the wealth area of the bagua of the UK
London is the capital of the UK and the largest city, with a population of over 8 million people (the population of the UK is 65.8 million). London is located in the southeast of the UK, which from feng shui bagua perspective is the wealth, prosperity area of the UK. Since London is the capital of the UK and a major tourist attraction, it can make sense from the bagua perspective that this city was established as one of the top global economic centres of the world. The key international airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stanstead as well as City Airport provide excellent travel contact with the rest of the world. For the residents of London, according to statistics, wealth is important.

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What is feng shui? What is feng shui for? Short answers.

 

Feng shuiFeng shui is wind-water. Feng = wind/spirit, shui = water/matter.

Feng shui is a holistic interior design.

Feng shui is the art of placement or more accurately the art of positioning yourself in the world.

Feng shui is a physical affirmation.

Feng shui = intention + power/energy + ritual.

Feng shui is a way of ritualising power.

Feng shui is space conditioning.

Feng shui is a method of solidifying and physicalising your energy and power.

Feng shui is about two things: empowering yourself and balancing yourself. Empowering: managing your power, your energy. Balancing: staying in harmony with nature (the yin and yang of things).

Feng shui is the management of power and perceptions about your environment.

Feng shui is the psychology of space.

Feng shui is NOT about keeping the toilet lid down.

Feng shui is a metaphor for your home and workplace.

“Feng shui is the art of placement.” Sarah Rossbach

“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill‘s all-embracing definition of feng shui

Key Feng Shui Principles and Concepts

Key Feng Shui Principles and Concepts 

Feng shui is a discipline that studies the relationship between people and environments (similar to environmental psychology) with the aim of optimising working environments to boost focus and performance as well as job satisfaction and reduce stress and staff turnover among other things.

“Our day-to-day concepts do not capture what a concept is because they do not allow the full force of what a concept can do.”
Dr. Claire Colebrook, Cultural theorist

Energy and energy flow
Qi or chi or energy and energy flow is the key concept in feng shui. Human attention and focus is attracted and moderated by physical elements such as paths, focal points, shapes, colours, plants, lighting and so on.

Yin & Yang
Yin and yang is about balancing complimentary elements on every level and avoiding too much of anything. For example, angularity should be balanced with curvilinearity, warm colours with cooling colours, natural daylight with artificial lighting, etc.

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Holistic Success Design: Coaching – Branding – Feng Shui Training

HOLISTIC SUCCESS DESIGN: COACHING – BRANDING – FENG SHUI TRAINING
9-day training with Jan Cisek

Success in business depends on the congruence between you and your brand and the environment. Holistic Success Design allows for maximum benefits from the minimum effort because it is based on the key business areas such as branding, coaching and feng shui.

The aims of the training are
• to significantly increase the number of clients and customer loyalty (revenues and market share)
• to ensure that your name is ubiquitous in the business world (brand awareness and effectiveness)
• to improve brand’s authority (brand value and relevant differentiation)

Change can be best initiated in three key domains: environment (feng shui), appearance (branding), and inner mind (coaching, values, behaviours). Holistic Success Design will improve the reputation of your brand and it will affect the quality of your services. With feng shui the feeling in the office will improve, people will become more enthusiastic and productive.

Successful people are made, not born. The research suggests that successful people don’t necessarily have an especially high IQ, but they almost always have 1) very supportive environments, 2) they have important mentors and 3) they always put in a lot of effort. So in fact, people who have good coaches or mentors always achieve more than those without. You might even say that good coaching makes success certain.

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Feng Shui Dictionary, Feng Shui Glossary Terms

Feng Shui Dictionary, Feng Shui Glossary

Essential feng shui glossary terms, concepts for architects, interior designers, environmental psychologists

Feng shui A discipline that studies the relationship between people and environments (similar to environmental psychology) with the aim of optimising working environments to boost focus and performance as well as job satisfaction and reduce stress and staff turnover among other things.

Energy flow Energy and energy flow is the key concept in feng shui. Human attention and focus is attracted and moderated by physical elements such as paths, focal points, shapes, colours, plants, lighting and so on.

Yin & Yang Yin and yang is about balancing complementary elements on every level and avoiding too much of anything. For example, angularity should be balanced with curvilinearity, warm colours with cooling colours, natural daylight with artificial lighting, open spaces with closed spaces, hard surfaces/textures with soft surfaces/textures, etc.

Change The only constant is change, noticed Heraclitus in 500BC. Heraclitus’s theory of flux suggests that we never step into the same river twice because the river has changed and we have changed in the process. The same applies to our homes. With space conditioning, we change it all the time. It’s a co-creating process, working both ways. The relationship with your home or workplace is the key to your resilence, especially in radically uncertain times. Is your home/workplace supporting you? Are you supporting yourself by co-creating a harmonious and balanced working and living environments?

Five elements According to oriental philosophy there are five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal which are based on seasons and have corresponding colours, shapes, directions and materials. The aim of feng shui is to have a balanced combination of all the elements in any workspace depending on the needs of people working there.

Bagua model In feng shui, different space can represent different aspects of business such as clients, partnerships, collaboration, innovation, projects, legacy, teamwork, wealth and profits, expertise, success and reputation and so on. Depending on the needs of the company these areas can be energised to boost the corresponding aspects.

Shapes Research suggests that people have a preference for curvilinearity vs. angularity. Adding round or oval shapes will naturally balance angular environments. Sharp corner and patterns should be minimised.

Positioning  How workstations are positioned in space can affect the performance of the workforce. Sitting in ‘a power/commanding position’ where one has the support of a wall and clear, diagonal view of doors is preferred. Sitting with one’s back to the door or opposite the door or with a window behind can instil feelings of insecurity, stress and even anxiety.

Electromagnetic pollution A man-made radiation that can have negative effects on humans according to a huge body of research available.

Geopathic stress A general term for describing geological abnormalities, related to Schumann resonance that can affect health and performance. More on geopathic stress

Workplaces as metaphors and semiotics Feng shui works through energies, symbols, metaphors, affects, sensations, narratives, anchors, images and expectations. Semiotics is a study of meaning-making and is a very useful tool to help not only to elicit people’s perceptions of any workplace but also to manage those perceptions.
 How people perceive their workplaces will affect their performance, work satisfaction, staff retention and so on.

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What is feng shui for? What is feng shui?

What is feng shui?

Feng shui is a holistic, multidisciplinary domain that works in partnership with the person, their families and makes a holistic, person-centred and systematic assessment of environmental or physical, emotional, mental or psychological, social, cultural and spiritual or virtual needs, which includes risk and together develops a comprehensive plan to optimise and harmonise their workplace and home environments.

As much as people would like to reduce their issues to the ‘one problem = one solution’ equation, the complexity and richness of life negates such a simple quick fix mindset. Our lives are an expression of far deeper, wider and more complex undercurrents that run through it. And feng shui is one of them.

Feng shui definition

There are many defintions of feng shui – see What is feng shui – short answers

Feng shui definition
Feng shui is a complex art based on the Chinese understanding of the dynamic flow of energy throughout the universe. It examines how people are affected by the environment in which they live, and consciously acknowledges the connection between our external surroundings and our inner being. Feng shui is about 4000 years old.

“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.”
Winston Churchill

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What is Qi / Chi in Feng Shui?

What is Qi / Chi in Feng Shui?

Chi Qi

Chi Qi

Qi as the key feng shui concepts

Feng shui is an art, philosophy and science of creating healthy, safe, resourceful homes and workplaces. This art is based on fundamental principles of balance and harmony. The purpose of feng shui is to increase your overall vitality or life force, called by the Chinese Qi or Chi. This concept is present in many cultures, for example, the Japanese call it Ki, in Hindu tradition it is called Prana and Christians call it the Holy Spirit.

Ambient and radiant energy is present everywhere and like art; it is expressed in many forms and behaves in different ways. In fact, everything could be said is one energy in motion (E=mc2). There is a distinction between your personal chi, other people’s chi and the environment’s chi. Potentially our personal chi has the most power over others and the environment.

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Chinese Zodiac Signs and Astrology Chart for All Years

Year Associated
Element
Heavenly
Stem
Earthly
Branch
Associated
Animal
Year
1924–1983 1984–2043
1 Feb  5, 1924 – Jan 23, 1925 Yang Wood Rat Feb  2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985
2 Jan 24, 1925 – Feb 12, 1926 Yin Wood Ox Feb 20, 1985 – Feb  8, 1986
3 Feb 13, 1926 – Feb  1, 1927 Yang Fire Tiger Feb  9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987
4 Feb  2, 1927 – Jan 22, 1928 Yin Fire Rabbit Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988
5 Jan 23, 1928 – Feb  9, 1929 Yang Earth Dragon Feb 17, 1988 – Feb  5, 1989
6 Feb 10, 1929 – Jan 29, 1930 Yin Earth Snake Feb  6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990
7 Jan 30, 1930 – Feb 16, 1931 Yang Metal Horse Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991
8 Feb 17, 1931 – Feb  5, 1932 Yin Metal Goat Feb 15, 1991 – Feb  3, 1992
9 Feb  6, 1932 – Jan 25, 1933 Yang Water Monkey Feb  4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993
10 Jan 26, 1933 – Feb 13, 1934 Yin Water Rooster Jan 23, 1993 – Feb  9, 1994
11 Feb 14, 1934 – Feb  3, 1935 Yang Wood Dog Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995
12 Feb  4, 1935 – Jan 23, 1936 Yin Wood Pig Jan 31, 1995 – Feb 18, 1996
13 Jan 24, 1936 – Feb 10, 1937 Yang Fire Rat Feb 19, 1996 – Feb  6, 1997
14 Feb 11, 1937 – Jan 30, 1938 Yin Fire Ox Feb  7, 1997 – Jan 27, 1998
15 Jan 31, 1938 – Feb 18, 1939 Yang Earth Tiger Jan 28, 1998 – Feb 15, 1999
16 Feb 19, 1939 – Feb  7, 1940 Yin Earth Rabbit Feb 16, 1999 – Feb  4, 2000
17 Feb  8, 1940 – Jan 26, 1941 Yang Metal Dragon Feb  5, 2000 – Jan 23, 2001
18 Jan 27, 1941 – Feb 14, 1942 Yin Metal Snake Jan 24, 2001 – Feb 11, 2002
19 Feb 15, 1942 – Feb  4, 1943 Yang Water Horse Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003
20 Feb  5, 1943 – Jan 24, 1944 Yin Water Goat Feb  1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004
21 Jan 25, 1944 – Feb 12, 1945 Yang Wood Monkey Jan 22, 2004 – Feb  8, 2005
22 Feb 13, 1945 – Feb  1, 1946 Yin Wood Rooster Feb  9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006
23 Feb  2, 1946 – Jan 21, 1947 Yang Fire Dog Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007
24 Jan 22, 1947 – Feb  9, 1948 Yin Fire Pig Feb 18, 2007 – Feb  6, 2008
25 Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949 Yang Earth  Rat Feb  7, 2008 – Jan 25, 2009
26 Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950 Yin Earth Ox Jan 26, 2009 – Feb 13, 2010
27 Feb 17, 1950 – Feb  5, 1951 Yang Metal Tiger Feb 14, 2010 – Feb  2, 2011
28 Feb  6, 1951 – Jan 26, 1952 Yin Metal Rabbit Feb  3, 2011 – Jan 22, 2012
29 Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953 Yang Water Dragon Jan 23, 2012 – Feb  9, 2013
30 Feb 14, 1953 – Feb  2, 1954 Yin Water Snake Feb 10, 2013 – Jan 30, 2014
31 Feb  3, 1954 – Jan 23, 1955 Yang Wood Horse Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015
32 Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956 Yin Wood Goat Feb 19, 2015 – Feb  7, 2016
33 Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30 1957 Yang Fire Monkey Feb  8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017
34 Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958 Yin Fire Rooster Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
35 Feb 18, 1958 – Feb  7, 1959 Yang Earth Dog Feb 16, 2018 – Feb  4, 2019
36 Feb  8, 1959 – Jan 27, 1960 Yin Earth Pig Feb  5, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020
37 Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961 Yang Metal Rat Jan 25, 2020 – Feb 11, 2021
38 Feb 15, 1961 – Feb  4, 1962 Yin Metal Ox Feb 12, 2021 – Jan 31, 2022
39 Feb  5, 1962 – Jan 24, 1963 Yang Water Tiger Feb  1, 2022 – Jan 21, 2023
40 Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964 Yin Water Rabbit Jan 22, 2023 – Feb  9, 2024
41 Feb 13, 1964 – Feb  1, 1965 Yang Wood Dragon Feb 10, 2024 – Jan 28, 2025
42 Feb  2, 1965 – Jan 20, 1966 Yin Wood Snake Jan 29, 2025 – Feb 16, 2026
43 Jan 21, 1966 – Feb  8, 1967 Yang Fire Horse Feb 17, 2026 – Feb  5, 2027
44 Feb  9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968 Yin Fire Goat Feb  6, 2027 – Jan 25, 2028
45 Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969 Yang Earth Monkey Jan 26, 2028 – Feb 12, 2029
46 Feb 17, 1969 – Feb  5, 1970 Yin Earth Rooster Feb 13, 2029 – Feb  2, 2030
47 Feb  6, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971 Yang Metal Dog Feb  3, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031
48 Jan 27, 1971 – Feb 14, 1972 Yin Metal Pig Jan 23, 2031 – Feb 10, 2032
49 Feb 15, 1972 – Feb  2, 1973 Yang Water Rat Feb 11, 2032 – Jan 30, 2033
50 Feb  3, 1973 – Jan 22, 1974 Yin Water Ox Jan 31, 2033 – Feb 18, 2034
51 Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975 Yang Wood Tiger Feb 19, 2034 – Feb  7, 2035
52 Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976 Yin Wood Rabbit Feb  8, 2035 – Jan 27, 2036
53 Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977 Yang Fire Dragon Jan 28, 2036 – Feb 14, 2037
54 Feb 18, 1977 – Feb  6, 1978 Yin Fire Snake Feb 15, 2037 – Feb  3, 2038
55 Feb  7, 1978 – Jan 27, 1979 Yang Earth Horse Feb  4, 2038 – Jan 23, 2039
56 Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980 Yin Earth Goat Jan 24, 2039 – Feb 11, 2040
57 Feb 16, 1980 – Feb  4, 1981 Yang Metal Monkey Feb 12, 2040 – Jan 31, 2041
58 Feb  5, 1981 – Jan 24, 1982 Yin Metal Rooster Feb  1, 2041 – Jan 21, 2042
59 Jan 25, 1982 – Feb 12, 1983 Yang Water Dog Jan 22, 2042 – Feb  9, 2043
60 Feb 13, 1983 – Feb  1, 1984 Yin Water Pig Feb 10, 2043 – Jan 29, 2044

Feng Shui For Homes. Top Feng Shui Tips for Homes. How to Feng Shui Your Home?

Feng shui-ing your home is easy and fun. You already have done some intuitive and instinctual feng shui on your home. Every one does. You’ve organised it so it works for you. Now it’s time to fine-tune it and optimise it so it works even better for you. Here are top feng shui tips for all homes that will make you healthier, more relaxed, focused and ultimately happier.

Feng shui tips for homes

Feng shui tips for homes

Declutter
Obviously. Feng shui is about clarity and flow of energy and reducing stress. Cluttered homes can be stressful. Every time you look at clutter it is a potential stressor – you know deep down that you need to declutter. Also, another common-sense feng shui principle is that when things are not working or not flowing, we feel that life stagnates. So, clear clutter – you’ll feel better, have more space and clarity and positivity fill flow in your life. Don’t obsess about decluttering though. It’s natural to have some clutter, and mess here and there.

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