Our living spaces can benefit immensely from feng shui, an ancient Chinese practice that harmonizes individuals with their surroundings. Let’s explore how to effectively incorporate feng shui’s principles and five elements – water, wood, fire, earth, and metal – into your living room to foster a more balanced and serene environment.
The orientation of living rooms
The best places compass-wise are south, south-west and west facing. West direction has a relaxing quality of energy.
The layout of your living room will depend on the shape of the room. Work with the function first and see how it looks and how the energy will flow.
Strong focal points
A strong focal point or points are essential for establishing the context and ensuring that you can relax and orient yourself in relation to key features. The focal point can be organised around anything when done well and with thought. The TV set is no longer a focal point in many living rooms.
Scientists discovered two fault lines under London that could trigger an earthquake
Two major fault lines in London
The feng shui of London is very good. However, in 2018, researchers at Imperial College London found two fault lines running under London that could potentially cause a magnitude 5 earthquake. These fault lines move between 1mm and 2mm every year. The faults run directly under central London and under Canary Wharf. The researchers were using Persistent Scatterer Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (PSInSAR) and believe that London is overdue for a quake but suggest that there is a one-in-a-thousand-year chance of a tremor. “The faults were initially inferred from geomorphology – drainage patterns, etc. – [along with] borehole records, and site visits,” Ghail told IFLScience. He noted, though, that they “detected their motion using satellite Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI) radar data,” a technique that tracks even small changes in displacement over time.
The last large earthquake in London happened on the 6th of April 1580, and it had a comparably large magnitude 5.5. A magnitude 5 earthquake is comparable to shaking, similar to standing on a platform between two passing trains. However, a magnitude 6 earthquake could cause damage to buildings. New buildings in London will be made so they can withstand a quake registering 6.5 on the Richter Scale. Dr Ghail, a researcher at Imperial College London, said the greatest risk to Londoners is not the earthquake itself but the knock-on effects.
This West-East distribution shows the movement over an eight-year period from 1992 – 2000. Red implies the land moved westwards, whilst blue shows an eastward shift. If a magnitude 5 earthquake hit, the shaking would be similar to standing on a platform between two passing trains.
Feng shui for Valentine’s Day. Top feng shui tips for love and romance.
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Feng shui for Valentine’s Day
Feng shui is a very powerful tool for optimising your home for love, and for helping to boost – as well as harmonise – your relationship. Valentine’s day is a perfect occasion to boost your relationships. As a result of using feng shui and feng shui remedies, you can improve an existing relationship or marriage or find a new partner.
Valentine’s Day / Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is an annual celebration of love, romance and friendship – on 14 February. Originally it was as a Western Christian feast day (nothing to do with a large meal) set up in honour of one or two early saints named Valentinus. So the spiritual connotation of Valentine’s day is a significant aspect. Valentine’s Day is an important and popular cultural, religious and commercial celebration of love around the world.
Top love and Valentine’s Day feng shui tips include:
1) Activate the love/relationship/marriage area of your bedroom or home
Firstly, sort out and energise the love/relationship corner of your home/apartment/bedroom. The love/relationship area of your bedroom is the top right-hand corner from the door. Make sure that you don’t have any clutter here. Keep this area vibrant, alive and sexy. For example, feng shui remedies for energising your love/relationship corner are: light (lamps, not candles), crystals (add sparkle), plants (help to grow the relationship), meaningful images which represent love (e.g. hearts / a couple kissing / the word ‘LOVE’ / a pair of doves, pairs of things, etc) help to inspire love and harmonious relationships.
Are you exposing your body to sha chi (cutting/knife) energy?
You most likely are – with food high in oxalates, such as spinach, almonds, dark chocolate, etc. (read the list below). You may never have heard of oxalates, but if you’re a feng shui enthusiast you’ve heard about sha chi / cutting chi/knife energy, etc. Oxalates are to your body what cutting chi is to you in your environment.
What is cutting chi?
In classical feng shui, sha chi/qi (煞气) refers to a negative type of chi/qi or negative environmental influence. Objects or environments that have cutting/killing chi are usually characterised by sharp corners and pointy, sharp, shard-like shapes. There are also other environmental factors that have knife chi, or bad vibe or disharmonious energy if you like, such as electrosmog, geopathic stress, clutter, T-junctions, telephone poles or trees that block light or the flow of energy in front of your home/business, tall building with corners pointing at your property, mirrored tiles or mirrors that dissect your body, beams above your bed and so on. In short, anything that is not harmonious and drains your energy can be called sha chi or, as the translation suggests, killing/cutting/knife chi.
New year – new beginnings – new challenges – and new opportunities. Chinese New Year 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, more specifically, Yin Water Rabbit, starting on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, and lasting until February 9th, 2024. Traditionally, the celebrations of Chinese New Year last for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival. The most notable dates of the Lunar New Year 2023 are these three days: Chinese New Year’s Eve on January 21st, 2023, Chinese New Year’s Day on January 22nd, 2023, and The Lantern Festival on February 5th, 2023. If you don’t know your animal sign – check the Chinese zodiac.
Read the key lesson that rabbits have to offer us in 2023 below: have a bigger view of life and be vigilant (something to do with rabbit’s eyes).
Top feng shui tips to make 2023 your year.
1. Identify your feng shui (gua) star– there are different ways, but the easiest is to look at this chart below. If you’re running a business, look for the feng shui star of your business when it was set up.
Christmas is a great time to boost the feng shui of your home and office/business or workplace.
Rituals are panculural, and the psychology of ritual has been studied extensively. In short, feng shui = intention + positive energy + ritual.Since light is one of the top feng shui remedies, you can use it strategically to enhance different zones of the feng shui bagua (relationships, career, family, wealth, health, helpful friends/travel, projects/children, wisdom and knowledge, and success/recognition). Or better still, use the Christmas tree to boost specific parts of the bagua.
Styling your home for Christmas and boosting feng shui at the same time Styling your home for Christmas can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Just focus on the key areas that your guest will see: the entrance, dining room and living room and, of course, the Christmas table. From a feng shui perspective, you can utilise the festive season to boost your feng shui at the same time. Any greenery will decorate your home, and traditionally bringing foliage into your home was intended to ward off any evil spirits – so place it around on mantelpieces, staircase, above frames, ceiling lights, etc.
Feng Shui of the Battersea Power Station, Battersea London
The Battersea Power station was opened today, Friday, 14 October 2022, at 10 am and this is my first take on it. The old Battersea power station has been converted into a shopping mall that is branded as iconic. This building was made famous (and iconic) by the cover of the Pink Floyd album Animals (apparently, one of the band members bought one of the high-end apartments in the building but we know for sure that Sting lives in an apartment next door on the west side in the Circus West Village ).
Basically, it’s just a much smaller shopping mall than Westfield with fewer places to eat (at the moment). There are about 100 shops but half were open today. In short, the feng shui of the place was okay today. Let’s unpack… and see if the Battersea Power Station has been feng shui-ed?
NLP works with metaphors. Your home and workplace is also a metaphor and an anchor on the physical, environmental logical level. By unpacking your metaphors, eternal factors and constraints of your home and workplace, you’ll be able to transform them to work better for you – to become more efficient and effective at using your time and effort.
Environmental psychology, semiotics and feng shui study how environments affect your performance, health and ultimately your destiny. How you perceive your home and workplace (consciously or unconsciously) will affect the relationship you have with them. Learn how to use NLP to decode your home/workplace to represent your values, identities and empower your life on all logical levels.
The New Chinese year – the Year of the Yang Water Tiger starts on 1 February 2022
and will last until January 21, 2023, when the Year of the Rabbit begins.
How will you make 2022 work for you? How can you navigate it better, smoother and smarter? How will you enhance and boost your personal and professional luck? How can you protect yourself from negative influences, energies and environmental stressors? And most importantly how can you apply all these in your daily personal and professional life to have a great year?
A Scientific Understanding of Feng Shui
Presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Environmental Psychology, Siracusa, Italy, Friday 8 October 2021, 13:45-15:00
by Jan Cisek, MSc Location: Room B – Siracusa Municipal Theater
Via del Teatro – Siracusa (Italy)
ICEP 2021 International Conference on Environmental Psychology
Feng shui is a 3000-year Chinese practice for creating harmonious environments conducive to optimum human flourishing. Environmental psychology, an interdisciplinary study, focused on the interplay between individuals and their surroundings (Gatersleben, 2011), has similar aims as feng shui. In the last 30 years, feng shui has gained international popularity and prematurely has been dismissed as merely pseudoscience (Matthews, 2019). Instead, it can be more useful to examine this traditional practice for what it might offer. A scientific vantage point enriched by feng shui insights can be made useful to modern sensibilities. I will present evidence for some of its claims by drawing from relevant scientific disciplines such as environmental psychology, sleep science, biophilia, spirituality, semiotics, priming, placebo and epigenetic. I’ll also re-examine feng shui in its indigenous context to see how some of its concepts accord with modern Western understandings of place identity, place attachment, urban planning and human behaviour, nature-based solutions and inclusive design. My approach is transcultural (Glover & Friedman, 2015) and transpersonal (Friedman & Hartelius, 2015). I’ll examine how people who practice feng shui consciously acknowledge the connection between external surroundings and inner being to benefit their productivity and wellness.
As you probably know Feng shui works on many levels, from physical to emotional to mental and to spiritual. Spiritual feng shui deals with the spiritual and transpersonal environmental aspects of individuals or organisations.
In classical and modern feng shui, humans are placed between heaven (spiritual/transpersonal/virtual) and earth (material) dimensions as part of the trinity of luck: heaven’s luck (spiritual), human luck (your skills, mindsets, beliefs, etc.) and earth luck (feng shui). Initially, when feng shui was conceived, it was considered as a spiritual discipline because it was used for sitting for burial places, so the ancestors’ spirits could rest in peace. Modern feng shui aligns itself with modern spirituality and transpersonal psychology in a holistic understanding of the interaction between environments and individuals.
Researchers such as (Koenig, 2012) suggests that when people have organised their homes or workspaces with spiritual understanding and connection, they feel better, are happier and healthier. Some of the research refers to creating sacred spaces for peace, harmony and wellness. In May 1984, the Thirty-Seven World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA37.13, which made the ‘spiritual dimension’ part and parcel of WHO Member States’ strategies for health.
Spiritual feng shui is here to help you connect with spiritual and transpersonal dimensions and realms and anchor them in your home or workplace. The function of spiritual feng shui is to remind you to balance your personal needs with your spiritual and transpersonal needs to create more connection, peace of mind as well as care and compassion.
In my talk on Spiritual feng shui I’m going to cover:
What is spirituality for? Health benefits of spirituality – there are over 3300 papers on the benefits of spirituality (people feel better, are happier and healthier when they take care of their spirituality)
What is spiritual feng shui for? Benefits of spiritual feng shui
Top practical tips for your spiritual feng shui How to enlighten your home/workplace
What is ultimately spiritual feng shui for? which will help you with your personal feng shui
and if there is time, I do have about 100 slides with very comprehensive and evidence-based information – I’ll finish with Q&A
Looking forward to meeting you and showing you how you can boost you spiritual feng shui and enlighten your home and workplace
Jan Cisek (MSc, FSSA) is a leading international feng shui consultant and expert, trainer, mentor, feng shui researcher and writer with 30+ years experience in feng shui and a background in interior design, design and branding, electromagnetics and geopathics as well as environmental psychology. He specialises in Holistic and Integral Feng Shui which works in many domains: environmental or physical, emotional, intellectual or psychological, social, cultural and virtual or spiritual. Jan is one of the very few feng shui consultants in the world with a Master’s degree in Environmental Psychology thereby combining the scientific rigour of the west to the ancient eastern art of feng shui. Most of his advice is evidence-based so you can trust and have confidence that it will work because it’s based on solid research.
Over the past 40+ years of studying and working with feng shui, I’ve realised that one of the best ways to understand it and have better results is to go beyond it. Albert Einstein and others have recognised that in order to solve a problem we need to go to a higher level of thinking or beyond it. Otherwise, as Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” In short, a problem can’t be solved on its own level. Personal problems are notoriously difficult to be solved from personal perspectives – one needs to go beyond to transpersonal, spiritual domains.
Beyond feng shui
The key question is: what is feng shui for? Feng shui is considered many things: philosophy, art, science, design, cosmology and more. “What is feng shui for?” is the question: “What does it mean to live in a physical environment? “and “How are humans placed/positioned between Heaven and Earth?” and ultimately, “How to live (in harmony with the world)?
For me, feng shui is to affirm life. The function of feng shui is to create a lifestyle you want. Feng shui is a physical affirmation. We do things physically to get results in our personal and professional lives. Most people (consciously or unconsciously) use feng shui or variations of feng shui in order to better themselves. Yes, you can change and improve your life by moving furniture in your home or workplace AND you can get the same results by mentally affirming life – by rearranging or improving the interior (design) of your mind and soul. Feng shui is a holistic interior design of your exterior environment and interior milieu. Obviously, working on both (interior and exterior) can bring better, quicker and more powerful results, not to mention the fun of the journey.
Feeling safe and secure is critical to our health, development and success. Feng shui aims at creating safe, healthy and harmonious environments for working and living to allow us to thrive as well as feel happy and secure.
Albert Einstein asked this very potent and as always a current question:
“I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.
12 February 2021 (Friday) marks the New Chinese Year of yin metal ox. New year, new hopes, new dreams and goals. Optimise feng shui of your home and workplace to position, align yourself with and harvest the best energies of the new year. Traditionally, the New Chinese Year is celebrated for five days to enjoy and implement some of the feng shui tips and rituals for 2021.
2021 the year of yin metal ox
Key feng shui tips for 2021
Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual Feng shui can be described as a holistic interior design where you read and employ your home or workplace to help you manifest your dreams and goals through priming yourself with positive environmental anchors, primers and cues and representational rituals.
May 2020, lockdown in the UK – Prince Charles makes headlines with his desk which is a wonderful example of a perfect feng shui in action. Unfortunately, people and ‘journalists’ who follow Marie Kondo minimalistic, decluttering cult, found it too messy. How wrong they are.
Einstein, famously said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
Can feng shui and environmental psychology enlighten us about the significance of the metaphoric representation of desks of famous people? What is the semiotics of office desks?
Working or studying from home can be challenging (but it doesn’t have to). Your home working environments can affect you on many levels and more specifically, how you manage time efficiently and your productivity. Winston Churchill boiled it down to, “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” If you don’t take conscious control of your home environment, your home office might be working against you. Optimising your home office for a less stressful, more effective, ergonomic, highly functional and more enjoyable way of working and studying is more important than ever since working online is becoming a dominant mode of working.
It looks like working from home (WFH) or home-based work is here to stay. It’s now more possible and desirable in a digitally fluent and flexible office to work from home. Most people like to have the choice of working from home because it gives them more control over their life-work balance and most employees like it too since their employees can be more productive. But can feng shui give any insights or tips on how to optimise your home office?
44% of all work-related ill-health cases in the UK are due to stress, depression or anxiety according to Health and Safty Executive (2019). Another survey of 1015 UK adults in employment suggests that 48% of British workers do little or nothing to relieve work-related stress. On top of that, poor mental health costs employers up to £45 billion a year in the UK with at least 12.5 million working days lost, according to research done by Deloitte with a 16% increase since 2016. Mental health-related absenteeism and staff turnover, as well as ‘presenteeism’ where employers attend work but are unproductive, are the key factors. A study done in Sweden (2011) suggests that people who commute to work for 45 minutes or longer are 40% more likely to divorce.
The upside is that studies show that working from home can increase productivity by13%. With feng shui tips, you can study smart and have extra time for relaxation, etc.
Feng shui tips for home office
This blog will demonstrate how to improve the way you work or study from home and how to optimise your home working environment to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. The tips can benefit people who work or study from home and are serious about improving their time management skills as well as productivity and reducing work-related stress.
My curiosity about the feng shui of Geneva stems from the general good feng shui of Switzerland. Switzerland is luckily surrounded by mountains which makes it an ideal feng shui location. Mountains, water, clear air and obsession with timekeeping, what else would one wish for a feng shui setting?
Geneva is surrounded by three mountain chains, each belonging to the Jura: the Jura main range lies north-westward, the Vuache southward, and the Salève south-eastward. Mountains give
Geneva, Switzerland is a beautiful and historic city with plenty of attractions to explore. Here are some of the top attractions that have good feng shui and positive energy that you might want to consider looking into:
Watch two best researchers on electromagnetic radiation and the dangers associated with electrosmog: Prof Olle Johansson and Prof Tom Butler speaking at Galway, Ireland Conference in November 2019
They both quote a lot of research about the dangers of non-ionising radiation, suggesting the most basic strategy to the problem ie avoiding the use of mobile phones, wifi and so on and calling for governments to review the standards that are not adequate according to the latest research.
Prof. Olle Johansson – Adverse Health Effects of Artificial Electromagnetic Fields
Olle Johansson, associate professor, head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, at the Karolinska Institute (famous for it’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine) in Stockholm, Sweden, is a world-leading authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects. He has published more than 500 original articles, reviews, book chapters and conference reports within the field of basic and applied neuroscience. He has worked with a number of international colleagues that, later on, became Nobel Laureates, including professors Andrew V. Schally and Roger Guillemin.
If you don’t have the time to watch the videos, I’ve included a few top slides to summaries their findings after the videos.
Summary of Happy Starts at Home Change your space, transform your life by Rebecca West
This book is about feng shui without feng shui in it.
The TOC (table of contents) clearly illustrates what you can expect from it. Happy starts with you and how you define your perfect place. Are you financially fit – establish an abundant life in your home. Do you want to be healthy and well-rested – discover the geographic cure (move things out of sight that might trigger temptations). Do you want to have more friends? Create an inviting place for social gatherings. The big one: love. How to create romance, companionship or starting a new relationship. Interested in creating a family identity? More people work from home now so how do you make sure that your workspace work for you and how to set the scene for success. On spirituality: how to create care for your soul connection in your home? And finally, how do you build your self-worth and represent it your home? Say yes to your happy home.
Use your home as a tool to make better changes happen in your life. Through aligning your heart, home, and health, experience first-hand how small changes make a big difference.
Summary of EMF*D: 5G, Wi-Fi & Cell Phones – Hidden Harms and How to Protect Yourself by Dr. Joseph Mercola
The long-awaited book by Dr Joseph Mercola about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation is here (almost, published on 18 February – and only £1.82 on Kindle). Read the summary of the key points and more importantly, key solutions and five steps you can take to take control of your electromagnetic life.
1. Measure radiation levels already present so you know what you’re dealing with. You can do it yourself, by getting some measuring gadgets or hire an expert (such as myself) to measure levels of radiation in your home or workplace. The cheapest meters are Trifield TF2 meter and Acousticom 2 EMF Detector. It’s also an investment for the whole family, friends and neighbours (yes, you’d have to educate your neighbours to switch off wifi for the night!).
2. Reduce your local electro-smog emitted by your devices. Connect your computers and printers to the internet using a hard-wired Ethernet cable. Yes, I know, you won’t have wifi – that’s the point. Avoid any high electromagnetic fields by using a grounded Cat7 Ethernet cable. Turn off wi-fi in your modems and routers – they’re wifi-enabled by default but you can switch if off via the software and you can set when it works during the day only. You can purchase your own modem and separate router. Or, get a router that doesn’t have wifi at all. And then switch off wifi in your laptops, computers and devices by putting them into airplane mode. Disable Bluetooth on your computers. If you have to have your router on, you can cover it with RF-shielding material or wire mesh box. Laptops emit high levels of EMFs, but there are things you can do to make them safer for everyday use. Extra precaution: make sure that your computer has a grounded alternating-current (AC) power cord.
Toyota’s Woven City will explore human interaction in urban spaces, study smart city infrastructure and driverless cars. This sensor-laden metropolis, a 175-acre high-tech city – built from the ground up, at the bottom of Mount Fuji in Japan will be ready in 2021. As you can see from the video below, it has good flowing lines, plenty of nature, clean air and clean water – all feng shui compliant. And the grid is based on the bagua model.
Toyota’s Woven City
At the consumer electronics fair CES 2020, Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s CEO, announced a plan to build an intelligent city at the foot of Mount Fuji (watch the video below). The Woven City will contain all the technologies of the future: autonomous cars, robots, the latest electronic devices, intelligent equipment in apartments and an innovative communication system, consisting of roadways for vehicles, routes for bicycles and electric scooters and separate pedestrian paths.
The Venus Project devised by an American futurist and social engineer Jacque Fresco, is a futuristic vision of humanity and life on the Earth based on the resource-based economy as opposed to a money-based economy. If /when this happens you might choose to live in one of these futuristic cities and homes which are fully feng shui-compliant with lots of curves, natural materials, sustainable and ecological – healthy for people and the planet.
The Venus Project by Jacque Fresco
“… this visionary idea of a future society has many characteristics in common with the utopia. … the word utopia carries a double meaning, since in Greek it can mean both the good place (eutopia) and the nonexisting place (outopia). A good place is precisely what Fresco has devoted his life to describing and fighting for.”
Morten Grønborg of Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, about the Venus Project
Watch the documentary on this project below – The Choice is Ours.
Alex Depledge, CEO & Founder of RESI commissioned a project called The Science of a Happy Home. They’ve identified six qualities of a Happy Home after they’ve surveyed 4000 UK residents, taking their answers and combining them with the best existing research, to develop The Science of a Happy Home Report (download the full report at the end of this blog).
RESI findings confirm feng shui insights and environmental psychology research about happy homes. You can take part in RESI The Science of a Happy Home survey – go to the end of the blog.
The Science of a Happy Home checklist
1. Adaptable – Can meet changing needs
Adaptable homes are able to meet our changing needs and respond to our daily rhythms, as well as the long term changes in our lives.
2. Connected – Provides space to interact
A home is a place to connect, giving us the space to interact with family and friends while also maintaining our relationship to the outside world.
3. Mirrors – Reflects who we are
Who we are should shape where we live. A home should be a mirror which reflects our values and personalities – uniquely tailored to who we are.
The Year of Yang Metal Rat The Year of Yang Metal Rat starts on 25 January 2020 and ends on 11 February 2021.
2020 The Year of Metal Rat
Classical feng shui suggestions
Classical feng shui has all kinds of suggestions for 2020. Obviously, these are just opinions and suggestions so if they don’t resonate with you or don’t make any sense, don’t do them. The 5 yellow star is in the East in 2020 so you may want to minimise feng shui remedies in that area and remove any remedies you’ve done in 2019, especially interventions that might be enhancing the energy in that area. Hang a 6-tubed hollow metal wind chime in the East of your home or your workplace.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi’s quote about walking your talk
Colours for 2020
According to feng shui astrology, metal rat belongs to metal element so silver, gold, grey and any metallic colours are good. Check the supporting (earth) and controlling (fire) aspects of elemental influences if you believe in that sort of thing. According to Pantone colour specialists, the colour of 2020 is classic blue. Read more about the colour of 2020.
A new decade – new challenges. A change of decade is no small event. Use this feng shui checklist to fine-tune your feng shui of your home and workplace. If you’re already doing these feng shui interventions, treat it as a reminder and perhaps pass it on to your family and friends. New year, new start, so get clear about what you want to keep and what you want to change (check the tip number 5 below) and put some practical, feng shui means in place for making your goals and dreams happen in 2020.
Career success, financial freedom, improved health and a passionate relationship as well as thriving life. These results don’t just happen. Invest in yourself by adding feng shui into your life to get the knowledge, values and mindset to realise and actualise your dreams and goals, present and future.
1) Keep the air clean in your home and workplace.
Feng shui translates as wind-water. If you’re living in a town or city and near a busy road you’re most likely exposed to air pollution. Install an air purifier and a negative ion generator. Don’t use candles or chemicals. Get more air purifying plants such as peace lilies, spider plants and ferns. Open windows – indoor air is much worse in most homes compared to the outdoor one. Learn to breathe coherently. There are apps and VR app BreatheVR uses virtual reality to train you breathing in optimum ways or learn coherent breathing. Become a clean air activist – put pressure on local MPs and join campaigns. Plant trees. Be optimistic, it can only get better.
2) Filter your water.
Feng shui = wind-water. Earth and our bodies are mostly water. Staying hydrated to keep your digestive and urinary systems healthy is an essential lifestyle. Get a water filter – ideally, you should have a whole house water filter (you absorb more chlorine from showering than from drinking water because of water droplets). http://itdoesthejob.com/water/filtration/ Mention my name (Jan Cisek) and you’ll get 15% off the price.
3) Reduce EMFs exposure, electro-smog stress The latest research suggests that the most dangerous pollution affecting us is the invisible sea of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) or electromagnetic radiation. You are exposed to EMFs all day long, not only in public but inside your home, too. Most of the radiation comes from cellphones, cell towers, computers, smart meters and Wi-Fi, to name just a few. There are many ways to remedy electro-smog such as:
• Connect your computer to the internet via a wired connection and be sure to put it in aeroplane mode.
• If you must use wi-fi, switch it off once you are done, especially at night when you are sleeping.
• Switch off the electricity to your bedroom at night. Or install a demand switch for your bedroom – which will cut off unnecessary electricity/electro-smog during sleep – if possible.
• Get a large wall-mounted headboard with extra protection behind to shield some electrosmog from your neighbours.
• Use grounding/ earthing whenever you can. Research suggests that grounding reduces inflammation (read tip 11, below about vagus nerve and the role of inflammation in most diseases) and helps with protecting from electro-smog. Watch The Earthing Movie: Remarkable Science of Grounding (full documentary) at the end of my blog about grounding / earthing
• When your body is under stress and electrosmog is a stressor, magnesium is depleted from your body (magnesium helps the body to relax) so you need to replace it. My favourite tip is the magnesium spray that I use when I feel I need, usually, just before going to sleep. Bananas are packed with magnesium, which relaxes muscles and boosts melatonin.
“How much more radiation penetrates your body today, compared to 10 years ago?” The answer: “Quintillion times more – that is 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 times more!” (18 zeros)
Olle Johansson, PhD, Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Academic performance is the key to good career prospects and ultimately to wealth creation. Can feng shui principles be applied in boosting academic success? The short answer is, yes. How? Read the top feng shui tips on how to boost academic performance.
1. Personalise your space.
Research suggests that students who personalise their dormitories are happier and perform much better who don’t. In one study, researchers could predict who would drop out from the university by the amount of effort students put into personalising their rooms. Students who took the time to make themselves at home and personalised their rooms were happier and preserved in their studies. Top tip Display anything that will make your space your own. Put a corkboard and stick anything that has emotional or sentimental value.
Feng shui for academic success
2. Look after your sleep.
The latest research is very clear about the importance of sleep for learning, memory and general wellness. The more you learn the more you have to sleep. Don’t compromise on your sleep – especially, before the exams. Sleep in total darkness to optimise the release of the dopamine, the sleep hormone.
PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue – the colour of 2020
According to Pantone: “A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. Imprinted in our psyches as a restful colour, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centres our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.”
“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.” Leatrice Eiseman, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PANTONE COlOR INSTITUTE
These comedy classics that have stood the test time provide a useful reminder on the perils of building or owning a home. Ultimate feng shui goes wrong.
One Week (1920) staring Buster Keaton and his new bride trying to build their marital home from flat-pack form (IKEA-like precursor) with predictably hilarious results and timely feng shui warnings. The key lesson is about placement non-attachment.
One AM (1916) Charlie Chaplin after a night out, finds his home transformed into an obstacle course, with stuffed animals becoming alive, an animated table having a mind of its own, an unmountable staircase and a foldaway bed providing the biggest challenge. Feng shui nightmare.
Big Business (1929) with Laurel and Hardy starts with them trying to sell a Christmas tree which evolves into a row with a suburban homeowner, leading to the gleeful trashing of valuable furniture, priceless objects, even the fabric of the house itself. The home theme as a site of destruction to warn us about holding a grudge, not letting go and ultimately not sweating the small stuff. Lesson: small things can lead to big things – the yin and yang of things.
In the theory of five elements or energies, wood or tree element is usually placed second in the supporting sequence of energies.
The energy of tree or wood
Five elements theory
The Five Energies are symbols of the relative attributes of manifestations of energy – physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. This is the backbone of Chinese medicine and astrology as well as feng shui. A more accurate name for this theory would be Five Energies (Going/Moving) or Five Transformations since these energies are constantly moving and changing, they’re not static.
• provides an overview of hoarding, defining what it is―and is not
• explains the difference between clutter and hoarding
• describes different types of hoarding in detail, including impulse shopping, “closet” hoarding, and animal hoarding
• debunks myths about hoarding and hoarders
• explores the effects that hoarding has on relationships, on work, and on physical and financial health
• presents a practical, step-by-step plan of action for decluttering
• contains dedicated advice from individuals who have successfully overcome their hoarding disorder
Taking inspiration from nature, architect Ma Yansong designs breathtaking buildings that break free from the boxy symmetry of so many modern cities. His exuberant and graceful work – from a pair of curvy skyscrapers that “dance” with each other to an opera house that looks like a snow-capped mountain – shows us the beauty of architecture that defies norms. Watch Ma Yansong talk about nature-inspired architecture.
“Nature is by far the richest source of inspiration and knowledge that we have.” Dr Rupert Soar
Obviously, Ma Yansong is not the only architect who takes inspiration from nature. Over the course of architectural history, many designers and architects where inspired by nature and its beauty, efficiency and wisdom.
Ginkgo biloba’s DNA hasn’t changed for over 270 million years, making it the oldest tree on this planet (also known as the maidenhair tree). It survived the ice age and the Hiroshima nuclear bombing – that tells you something about its energy and longevity for which is famous (and it has many other benefits). I take ginkgo biloba – as protection for environmental pollutions and radiation. Research suggests that ginkgo is highly resistant to air pollution and can be grown in areas within its introduced range where air pollution damages other species (Shepperd, Wayne, 2008). I also drink the tea made from ginkgo biloba leaves and eat ginkgo biloba nuts. Find your local ginko biloba trees.
My holistic and integral feng shui style: modern, integral, person-centred and evidence-based approach – in short, based feng shui
Quite often my potential clients ask me what kind of feng shui I do. Obviously, I’ve studied all kinds of feng shui schools, starting from classical feng shui which includes form and compass as well as other forms of feng shui including modern, intuitive, holistic and so on. I’m also a scientist, an environmental psychologist. My approach to feng shui style is very eclectic and contemporary as well as person-centred. When I work, I incorporate three feng shui schools of thought – classical feng shui, modern feng shui and virtual feng shui – plus environmental psychology. As well as drawing on his extensive experience working with top brands and corporations he also introduces elements from other fields in which he has extensive expertise: geopathic stress, electromagnetic radiation (EMR) /EMF pollution, space clearing, vastu shastra, dowsing, fractality/coherence and earth acupuncture. I have produced many innovative solutions and integral improvements in feng shui (and even in branding and logo design). I also work virtually, providing feng shui consultancy online.
Based feng shui – down to earth, practical feng shui
Storytelling has been around since the beginning of humanity, to help people to remember, learn and explain how things work and pass on timeless wisdom. These stories below explain how feng shui works. Enjoy.
Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual. These stories show that sometimes the intention and positive energy are enough to make a positive change and sometimes all three are required
Many centuries ago there was a feng shui master who was known for his skill but who was also easily moved to anger. One hot summer he was commissioned to assess a burial site in the mountain far from his home. It had taken him three days to walk to the site and a day to carry out his work. After sleeping in a small mountain shelter, he had packed his compass and papers and set off for the long journey home. On the second day, he had run out of water in the overbearing heat, but as he surveyed the fields of rice ready for harvest that lay across the plain before him, there was no sign of a well.
In the distance, he saw a woman and three of children working in the fields and so he headed in their direction. The woman stopped winnowing the long stacks of rice and her three sons lay down their scythes and baskets to stare at the strange.
The importance of the front door
The front door to your property or workplace is important because in feng shui it is considered the ‘mouth of chi’ ie the energy that will nourish your home or workplace needs to be channelled well through the door. There are many considerations when working with your front door. Here’s the ultimate guide to making sure that your front door works for you, as opposed to against you.
Feng shui directions for your door
Once you have your property there is little you can do about the direction it faces. Some people who follow dogmatic feng shui principles sometimes change or reposition the way the door faces. From holistic or integral feng shui perspective, this is too dramatic and unnecessary. There are many interventions and solutions to adjust the energy of the direction to allow for the best entrance for the energy to your home or workplace.
For example, you can paint the door a colour that would align you with your best direction. Obviously, if you believe in that sort of feng shui. There are more important, aspects to consider, than the compass directions.
Do you want your front door to be bold or cautious? This depends, what kind of energy do you want to attract to your home or workplace. You already know what you want to achieve, so use your common sense and find the door that works for your needs and wants.
Do you want your front door to be a lifestyle statement? Front doors are symbolic – you can curate your front door. Feng shui works with symbols, metaphors and energies. People have attachments to memories, childhood memories and places.
In the ‘look at me’ and Instagram era, doors have become statement symbols. In London, Notting Hill Gate area, you can see tourists flocking to take selfies in front of famous doors.
Feng shui of a city is told by its people, buildings and landmarks and Edinburgh has a lot tell and show from Edinburgh Castle to the Scottish Parliament to the medieval settlement to a masterpiece in Georgian architecture and town planning as well as ‘Scottish feng shui’. Let’s evaluate.
Feng shui of Edinburgh
As usual, I started at the Edinburgh castle which is sitting atop an extinct volcano, to witness the best panoramic view of the city. The castle, which also houses Edinburgh’s oldest standing building, St Margaret’s Chapel, built in 1130 by King David I, has witnessed many Scotland’s tumultuous episodes of its history. And now over a million annual visitors can appreciate the views.
Why start with feng shui intelligence? Over the past 30 years of training and teaching feng shui, I’ve realised that the best way is to start with feng shui intelligence – as opposed to teaching feng shui principles and techniques. Starting with feng shui tools is like putting a cart in front of the horse. A quick look online and you’ll discover a massive amount of feng shui nonsense – myths, superstitions and false problems being propagated by so-called feng shui ‘consultants and experts’.
Feng shui ideology and dogma
Ideology does not necessarily refer to a particular political belief like communism or capitalism, but rather to the general use of the word, whereas ideology is a series of discourses that give people false ideas about the nature of reality, providing them with a ‘false consciousness’, how it works, and their place in it. In this manner, ideology is like the way most people see the world in the film They Live, unaware that they are being brainwashed by an infinitude of subliminal messages. Unfortunately, feng shui ideology or dogma has developed over the years starting with classical feng shui and been propagated by ill-informed people.
There have been many rumours about 10 Downing Street, probably the most famous address in London. It is not true that Cherie Blair had Downing Street feng shui-ed, for example. Although Donald Trump used feng shui in his business, it’s not clear if he feng shui-ed the Oval Office or White house.
Is feng shui of 10 Downing Street working?
This is a good question. In short, judging after the last two years, not really. But with a new PM, things might change… for better or worse. Hopefully, for better. Let’s not be ‘doubters, doomsters and gloomsters’. The door of 10 Downing Street is facing south, which from feng shui perspective is the direction for success, reputation, clarity, spiritual outlook, illumination, enlightenment, positivity and fame. Well, all those attributes will be at stake when Boris Johnson make it his home. Mr Johnson’s feng shui star is 9 and element of fire (born 19 June 1964) and south is his lucky, auspicious direction. So far, so good.
Feng shui of 10 Downing Street
The shape of the Cabinet Table – coffin-like
Boris Johnson and his ministers will gather around the coffin-shaped cabinet table and decide on the future of Brexit and the UK. Boris Johnson has written a book about Winston Churchill and his very familiar with the famous saying of Winston Churchill, “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” Boris Johnson is fond of Churchill and Churchill was fond of this saying.
We are our hormones. We are our bodies. We are our minds and souls. We are also social beings. Life is complex and there are many dimensions to it. So it’s natural to think that our immediate environments will affect us on different levels from physical to hormonal to emotional, to mental to spiritual to social and beyond. Let’s start with how does feng shui affect our hormones which are responsible for our behaviour, mood and state of mind. We have many hormones but let’s focus on dopamine, endorphin, oxytocin, serotonin, melatonin and cortisol.
Dopamine Dopamine is a hormone responsible for motivation, performance, success, focusing, memory and is a state-changing feel-good substance. If evolution hadn’t developed dopamine, humans would probably still be living in caves. Dopamine is our brains’ most powerful pain killer. Just notice when you’re in a new place, a new city how you feel. You’re more focused and stimulated.
What does activate dopamine? Novelty, joy and feeling good are key aspects that boost dopamine. Every time you learn something new you’re creating thousands of new neural connections in your brain and this is mediated by dopamine. And the biggest factor elevating your dopamine is change – any change. Also, breaks or change of activity such as having a cup of tea. In feng shui, we like to change things. Any environmental change will activate dopamine which in turn will help you with achieving your goals and dreams.
Photos of happy kids boost endorphine effect
Endorphin Endorphine is a happiness hormone. Endorphine effect is a state of body-mind-spirit where you’re in euphoria. Yes, endorphine is a euphoria hormone. Every single cell in your body releases endorphins. Anything that makes you happy will help with the release of endorphine in your body. So love your home, make it a happy place. Actually, happy memories will activate your endorphine effect too. Surround yourself with happy images, happy faces, visual memories of happy holiday and people. Smiling helps to release endorphine. When you’re looking at the above photo of these happy kids, even if you’re not smiling, your body is releasing endorphine via your mirror cells, which are designed to mimic human emotions.
Unfortunately, to feng shui and feng shui enthusiasts, there are many feng shui myths, superstitions, unconscious biases and false problems within the feng shui tradition. Over the last 30+ years, when I’ve been practising feng shui professionally, I’ve received thousands of letters and emails from confused people asking me about feng shui. I could easily write a book based on false problems that feng shui can give the public.
The best way to deal with feng shui myths, superstitions, biases and false problems that feng shui can give you is to apply a very tested scientific method for sorting out what is true and what is false and that is the scientific method and research. There is not much scientific research into feng shui and the next best thing is to see if another discipline such as environmental psychology – which I’m trained in – has any answers or can offer some clarity on it. Below is a growing list of feng shui myths, superstitions and false problems and my scientific explanations and answers.
Feng shui superstitions. Do numbers have the power of your life?
Feng shui astrology
There is no evidence that astrology works. There are also many astrological systems that don’t overlap, which gives us a clue that it’s not a science. Anything evidence-based works universally. It looks like different astrological systems (Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Vedic, Western, etc) were developed as an early way of defining human typology or personality types. If ever any systems seem to correlate to each other is a pure statistical coincidence. And if it seems to work at all – it’s a placebo effect in action or just a priming effect or confirmation bias (read below).
Studies have shown that we spend 24 per cent of our time thinking about the future, compared to just 5 per cent recalling the past (O’Mara, 2023). Anticipating the future is more important than learning from the past, hence the popularity of astrology and other divination systems.
The water element (shui) is the second most important element in feng shui after the air element (wind). In the five-element theory, the water element is first in the creative cycle. Life starts with water. Water covers about 80% of the Earth (it should be called the Water, not the Earth). Our bodies are mostly made of water. Humans can’t live for long without water. Water is key to everything from our bodies to transport, to prosperity and opportunities in general. Countries, cities and towns with access to water or rivers thrive more than the ones which don’t have that environmental feature.
Learn how to use water feng shui adjustments to create more opportunities for any area of your life, career, prosperity, relationships and more…
Ieoh Ming Pei, FAIA, RIBA was a Chinese-American architect was born in Guangzhou in 1917 (and passed away at the age 102 this week) but raised in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Pei got his architectural inspiration at an early age from the feng shui-rich garden villas and mountainside shrines at Suzhou. His architectural style is characterised by proportions, simplicity, geometry and audacious angles with structural daring – designed for a dramatic impact – and some would argue with innate feng shui principles.
“Life is architecture and architecture is the mirror of life.” I. M. Pei
Pyramid in Louvre, Paris
Pei’s glass pyramid in Louvre was criticised for almost a decade before it opened in the 1980s and many years after as a sacrilege for the 17th sensitive palace. From feng shui perspective, it’s a perfect balance between yin and yang energies, old and new. The pyramid itself has a perfect yin-yang balance since it’s an ancient structure made new. As a master of surfaces and planes, what’s more important, he reorganised the entrance, so the traffic flow (energy flow) is more efficient and less taxing so it works better for thousands for visitors. Read more about feng shui of Paris
“François Mitterrand was a student of architecture, he had done a lot of research before he called me. He said, “You did something special at the National Gallery of Art in Washington – you brought the new and the old together.” But John Russell Pope finished the West Building in 1941, so when the East Building opened it was only about 40 years old. But the Louvre is 800 years old! A much bigger design challenge.”I. M. Pei
IM Pei’s Pyramid Louvre, Paris – yin and yang in action
Sleep scientists agree that sleep (and especially deep sleep) is THE most essential part of sleep cycle for rejuvenation, DNA repair, feeling rested and staying healthy Sleep make us healtier, happier, less stressed, learn better, remember more, be more productive and much more. There are hundreds of factors affecting your sleep. Sleep is considered now as the most important health factor, especially deep sleep when you rejuvenate and reboot your health systems and immune function. For example, wakefulness is associated with mitochondrial stress and without sufficient sleep, neuron (DNA) degeneration sets in, which can lead to dementia and other health problems. There are now thousands of studies about the importance of sleep and the researchers agree that sleep is THE most important aspect of overall health and lower your risk of diseases.
Call your feng shui consultant to feng shui your bedroom now
There are three areas that are important for good, healthy sleep:
1) lifestyle (everything you do during the waking hours and building rest time into your daily schedule),
2) your sleep environment,
3) the state of your mind when you go to bed.
Below there is a very comprehensive list of environmental and lifestyle factors that can affect your sleep and top tips to remedy these adverse factors.
Low melatonin – light and electrosmog affect melatonin production – these are the most important environmental factors which need to be reduced
Here’s almost a complete list of the top lifestyle factors and environmental stressors affecting your sleep. The list focuses not only on things that can go wrong or are harmful but also what you can do to remedy them. If you’re already having problems with sleep and that is affecting your life, you know how important sleep is, so employing as many of the positive behaviours and minimising environmental stressors will greatly improve your sleep. If you’re not sure, feel free to contact me.
The complete list of environmental factors and lifestyle behaviours that can affect your sleep or are NOT good for you (and what to do about them)
Electromagnetic pollution – electrosmog will affect melatonin production – reduce electro-smog; check the levels of electromagnetic pollution in your bedroom
Wifi radiation – switch off wifi for the night!
Dirty electricity – electrosmog will affect melatonin production
Metal beds – any metal near your body can amplify electro-smog
Metal spring mattresses – any metal near your body can amplify electro-smog
Smart meters – unnecessary electrosmog
Lack of total darkness when sleeping – sleep in total darkness if possible; but stress, not feeling safe at night can be linked to darkness, so if you don’t like darkness use the red/orange light (or a small Himalayan salt lamp) which will NOT affect melatonin production
Air pollution – get an air purifier and negative ions generator
Humidity – get a dehumidifier
Noise pollution – get double glazing windows or earplugs
Feng shui is applicable to any living setting, whether it is the home or workplace or a yacht or any type of housing, including bankers and underground shelters. In times of radical uncertainty, people who are worried about the end of the world and have plenty of money to spare are investing in luxury doomsday bunkers. The bunkers are complete for every possible scenario to keep people alive for years to come – with wine cellars, hydroponic farms, a shooting range, a gym, a classroom, the rock-claiming wall, the art gallery, the cinema, the 75ft swimming pool and even casinos. Watch the video below about Larry Hall’s The Survival Condo in Kansas. But Larry Hall is not the only developer cashing on the trend. A Californian company, Vivos, has purchased a Cold War bunker on a hill in Thuringia, Germany and also repurposed a former US Army munitions store in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The trend among preppers/survivalists for bunkers and underground shelters is visible in other countries too.
Feng shui, wind-water for bunkers
As the name suggests, in feng shui, air and water are the most important elements, and these are also for any bunker or underground shelter. Super fresh, ionised air and pure water can be easily produced with the right air and water filters.
Full-spectrum natural lighting is key for a long time underground.
Reduced electro-smog and geopathic stress
Staying in one place that has high levels of geopathic stress and electro-smog, without means of escaping, should be the top priority for any bunker or underground shelter.
Environmental psychology for your emotional, mental and spiritual needs
Once all the basic physical needs are met, our homes need to nourish our souls as well. As an environmental psychologist, I specialise in full optimisation of any dwelling for emotional, mental and spiritual needs.
Watch this video about this 90 feet into the Earth luxury doomsday bunker (based in Kansas, a 2-hour drive north of Wichita, called The Survival Condo), which was designed by the developer Larry Hall (Engineer and Software Developer) to sustain life for up to five years. They thought about almost everything there, including the living room’s faux views.
If you’re looking to boost feng shui of your bunker or underground shelter, please email me or call on +44 7956 288574.
Update in March 2022 Gary Lynch, the general manager of Texas-based Rising S Co., told The Sun that demand for underground doomsday bunkers is up more than 1000% since the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Bunkers start as low as $40,000 and can reach multi-million-dollar, depending on the client’s needs (feng shui is not included). Super rich in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom are panic buying ‘doomsday bunkers’. The Google trend search exploded to highs not seen in years at the end of last week.
Doomsday bunkers 2022 trend
Did you know… Switzerland has enough nuclear bunkers for its population
In Switzerland, most houses built after 1963 have to have nuclear bunkers by law. The government passed legislation in 1963 that required nuclear shelters in all types of housing in Switzerland. Switzerland is the first country in the world to have enough bunkers to shelter its population from a nuclear blast. In 2012 the Federal Council approved a new law that only required bunkers for buildings with more than 38 apartments. Although some shelters are now defunct, the law in Switzerland stipulates that Swiss residents must be “guaranteed a shelter in the vicinity of their place of residence.” There are around 360.000 communal bunkers in Switzerland that are operational (the population of Switzerland is over 8 million). Recently, when I was working in Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich), I witnessed and checked a few properties which indeed have nuclear bunkers.
There are many books on electromagnetic pollution, EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) and solutions to the problem of electrosmog. I suggest starting with these three books that cover most of the subject and offer simple solutions and preventive measures.
Overpowered The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation What You Can Do about It by Martin Blank
Keys, wallet, cell phone . . . ready to go! Cell phones have become ubiquitous fixtures of twenty-first-century life—suctioned to our ears and stuck in our pockets. Yet, we’ve all heard whispers that these essential little devices give you brain cancer. Many of us are left wondering, as Maureen Dowd recently asked in the New York Times, “Are cells the new cigarettes?”
Overpowered brings readers, in accessible and fascinating prose, through the science, indicating biological effects resulting from low, non-thermal levels of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (levels considered safe by regulatory agencies), coming not only from cell phones but many other devices we use in our homes and offices every day.
Dr. Blank arms us with the information we need to lobby the government and industry to keep ourselves and our families safe.
Colour of the year 2019 – feng shui. Lucky colour of the year 2019
The Pantone Colour of 2019: Living Coral
The Pantone colour of the year 2019: Living Coral
Colour of the year 2019 – feng shui
Vibrant and mellow Pantone Living Coral colour supports us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and resilience in 2019 and in our constantly changing environments when this small planet is boiling and when every change is immediate and global. If you want to bring some positive changes to your home or workplace, include this bright and cheerful peach colour.
Feng shui of Madrid
Madrid, Spain’s golden capital, is a city of beautiful boulevards and open, well-manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s famous for its rich treasuries of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. Madrid is in the centre of Spain and the feng shui heart of Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory. Other important plazas are Gran Via, Plaza de la Cruz Verde and Plaza de Oriente. Madrid is also the largest city in Spain before Barcelona. Let’s examine how the feng shui of Madrid compares to Barcelona and other Spanish cities (Valencia and Seville).
My interest in feng shui of Zurich stems from general feng shui of Switzerland. Switzerland is nicely surrounded by mountains which makes it a perfect feng shui location. Mountains, water, clear air and obsession with time, what else one would wish for a feng shui landscape.
Feng shui of Zurich Switzerland
Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich is famous for milk chocolate, velcro, vegetable stock cube, Dada and fondue (invented here 390 years ago).
Can feng shui boost happiness and joy and then ultimately abundance? Yes, and there is now scientific research backing up the claims. From a traditional feng shui perspective joy and happiness is attributed to the Lake section of the bagua or West sector or offspring if you like. But you don’t have to just limit feng shui those unique spaces in your home or office. You can spread the elements of happiness and joy throughout the whole home or workplace and make your life more abundant. Different interior design elements can enhance your happiness and joy in different ways and ultimately making you healthier and more successful and ultimately more abundant.
Why balloons make us happy? Not a good idea to release them outdoors, since they can pollute nature and are health hazard for animals.
Happiness and Joy
Happiness is defined as positive and encompassing emotions ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure that you feel over a long time. So when asked, ‘Are you happy?’ you need to scan and evaluate a period of a current lifetime to answer this question. Happiness is an overall feeling or state of being happy in general and it is built over time and consists of and covers many aspects and dimensions.
“Life is probably round.” van Gogh
Joy is defined as a momentary experience of positive emotion that make you smile and laugh, right now. Joy can make you feel like you want to jump up and down which some psychologists use as a measure of joy.
Feng Shui Bed. Feng Shui Mattress. Top Tips on How to Feng Shui Your Bed. Get the Right Mattress.
The most important feng shui furniture is your bed and your mattress
The most important interior design feature in feng shui is your bed. Sleep is the key to health, wealth and success. In feng shui, energy is the primary concept and the best way to ensure that you have good energy during sleep and then, as a result, during the day is to sleep in a safe place without geopathic stress and with low electro-smog. Metal spring mattresses can amplify electro-smog and geopathic stress, so the ideal mattress is latex or foam. After years of research and testing different mattresses, as a feng shui consultant and environmental psychologist, I can recommend Abaca mattresses as the best mattresses for feng shui purposes.
The Ultimate Feng Shui Master Algorithm. Feng Shui = Intention + Relationship + Ritual. Top Feng Shui ‘Recipe’ for Success and Solving Problems.
Theories about how feng shui works
There are many theories about how feng shui works and I have at least half a dozen. My favourite, because it’s so simple and it covers all aspects of feng shui, boils down to this: feng shui = intention + relationship + ritual. If you’re a beginner feng shui enthusiast, this will give you a good initial understanding of how feng shui works.
Unlock the secret of feng shui with the master key algorithm
Other classical feng shui theories of how feng shui works include qi/chi, yin and yang, five elements, bagua, compass approaches, form schools, time aspects and so on, but, by the logic of chunking up or generalisation, they all fall into the category of intention, relationship and ritual, which to me is the ultimate master algorithm. Let me be very clear, I’m not against any type of feng shui. My goal as a feng shui researcher and environmental psychologist is to gather all pieces of the feng shui puzzle, understand where and how they fit from multi-disciplinary perspectives, as well as being very mindful that none of the blind men can see the whole elephant and not throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
“The grand aim of science is to cover the greatest number of experimental facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.” Albert Einstein
Does feng shui work?
Yes! But it all depends on the feng shui algorithm you use – or your assumptions if you like. In the same way, as “does a recipe for baking a cheesecake work?” it all depends on both the recipe and the way it is made. Even the worst cheesecake in the world, even if it’s inedible, is still a cheesecake – it’s just a bad cheesecake. Thinking about how feng shui works in terms of algorithms is a very useful and instructive way of understanding how feng shui works as well as deconstructing and decoding it.
Feng shui = intention + relationship + ritual
What is an algorithm?
An algorithm is a process or set of specific rules to be followed to solve problems (and calculations, especially by a computer). Algorithms are step-by-step instructions given to a computer when you also feed it with data. In short, an algorithm is a very specific and unambiguous recipe. To be factual, I’ve used the metaphor of a recipe as a starting point to get a general idea across. A ‘cooking recipe’ may not be exactly an algorithm because, quite often, a recipe doesn’t exactly specify the precise quantities, the order of the steps, etc. As experience shows, especially with new recipes, the outcome might be delicious or a mess. An algorithm always produces the same results if followed correctly in its context. And context is everything.
Machine learning algorithms are the future of humanity and are responsible for the future automation of every possible job. They’re behind all the technology you’re using and they are getting better and better because of machine learning or AI. Algorithms can make deductions that human brains cannot. For example, it takes about 10 000 hours (10 years for about 3 hours/day) for an eye specialist to learn to diagnose eye disease with about 90% accuracy. An algorithm developed by researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London is 94% accurate at diagnosing common signs of eye disease and it took less than one minute for the algorithm to learn that! Another algorithm developed by researchers in Los Angeles is 90% accurate at predicting suicides and again, it took minutes to learn how to do it. There are machine learning algorithms that create new art and paintings and even whole films. Watch a video about master algorithm
Generation Zapped is an eye-opening documentary, which reveals that wireless technology poses serious health risks, from infertility to cancer. Through interviews with experts in science and public health, along with people who suffer from high sensitivity to wireless radiation, the film suggests ways to reduce your exposure and protect your family.
It starts with Olle Johansson, PhD, Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden asking a simple question: “How much more radiation penetrates your body today, compared to 10 years ago?” the answer is: “Quintillion times more – that is 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 times more!” (18 zeros).
Now AVAILABLE on digital and DVD and iTunes and Amazon
“The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation: what we know, what we need to find out, and what you can do now” Presented by Dr Devra Davis, Visiting Professor of Medicine at the Hebrew University Hadassah
Are you confused by feng shui?
If you haven’t been confused by some feng shui claims or suggestions, you haven’t been around feng shui for long. I’ve been studying and practising feng shui for almost 35 years and I’ve been puzzled by many contradictory statements from different feng shui schools. That’s why early on I’ve decided to figure it all out using logic, science, intuition, instinct and commons sense, as well as practical observation. And to date, I’ve done over 10 000 feng shui consultations onsite and remotely, for homes and workplaces. I’ve studied Environmental Psychology, psychology, NLP, ergonomics, priming, placebo effect, cognitive sciences and more to give me a good framework and background to think clearly and systematically about feng shui. My approach to researching and using feng shui is to be open-minded and sceptical at the same time. Otherwise, one can be easily duped by all kinds of false problems, half-truths and superstitions.
Solving the feng shui puzzle
If your premises are false – your conclusions are likely to be false too
Luck is often defined as being in the right place, at the right time, and doing the right things. But how do you achieve this kind of synchronicity with so many factors at play? By being in the right state of mind, which is under your control. Luck is a skill which can be learnt and how it works has been demonstrated scientifically (read below). Following this definition of luck – if you’re reading this article, you’ve just demonstrated and confirmed that you are lucky and you can still boost your luck further by applying some of the principles and ideas listed below.
Lucky symbols: horseshoe
Three types of luck: heaven luck, human luck, earth luck / feng shui luck
The oriental people believe that there are three types of luck: heaven luck, human luck, and earth luck. Heaven’s luck is what we are born with. Human luck is the luck we create with our intentions, behaviours and actions and is mostly within our control. The earth luck, which is another way of describing the function of feng shui is to a large extent within our control too.
What is luck from a scientific perspective?
For ages, people have been trying to understand and harness luck (in games, gambling, casinos, etc). Luck has been studied scientifically. Dr Richard Wiseman studied hundreds of exceptionally lucky and unlucky people and has employed various methods – including psychometric questionnaires, laboratory experiments and extensive interviewing – to better understand the psychology of luck. He identified four factors that affect luck. Lucky people 1) maximise chance opportunities, 2) listen to lucky hunches, 3) expect good fortune and finally, 4) they turn bad luck into good luck. There are some sub-factors for each of these four key luck factors, which are listed in his highly recommended book ‘The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman
“Ability is of little account without opportunity.” Napoleon Bonaparte
Green Bank, a four-hour drive from Washington DC, is a census-designated place in Pocahontas County in West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands inside the Allegheny Mountain Range. Green Bank is located along WV 28 and is home to the Green Bank Observatory and the Green Bank Telescope which is used by astronomers to listen to galaxies in the outer space.
Green Bank, the National Radio Quiet Zone = no electromagnetic radiation
Green Bank is famous because it is located within the National Radio Quiet Zone, which means that radio transmissions are restricted by law to facilitate scientific research and military intelligence. This simple town, with a population of 143, has no phone, no radio signal, and hardly any wifi. Therefore, many (about 40) people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, come to Green Bank to rest, and some moved in for good to live a life that is essentially of the grid. Even the use of microwave ovens is thrown upon. So perhaps, with little electro-smog, the feng shui of this town could be very good too.
Green Bank, West Virginia – No Electro-smog Town
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS)
Diane Schou suffered from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and she moved to Green Bank to escape electrosmog and “be a normal person”. The word about Green Bank, EMFs safe heaven, spread among the global EHS community and others started to come. Mountain Quest Institute offers a kind of sanctuary for electrosensitive people. The owner Alex Bennet, Co-founder of Mountain Quest, says that many guests arrive desperate to have a break from their symptoms and some have relocated to Green Bank. Norman Phillips is one of them, who was very sceptical about electromagnetic hypersensitivity but had to move in Green Bank since he became affected by EHS himself. He now feels comfortable, energetic and youthful, and he doesn’t experience any headaches and ringing in his ears anymore in this place of quiet.
I’ve visited Lisbon to teach feng shui at a feng shui conference. And feng shui is very popular here with many people interested in studying feng shui. Let’s examine Lisbon from feng shui perspective…
Feng shui of Lisboa, Portugal
Lisboa – the creativity area of the bagua of Portugal
Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and the largest city (before Porto), with a population of about half a million people (the population of Portugal is about 10 million). Lisbon is located in the western part of Portugal, which from feng shui bagua directionology perspective is the creativity, new future project area of the bagua. Lisbon is a city built on seven hills. Hence, it’s also named as a city of seven hills. Lisbon is four centuries older than Rome and a leading producer of cork.
Feng shui consultant in Valletta, Malta. Feng shui of Valletta and Malta.
As a feng shui consultant, I’ve evaluated the feng shui of Valletta and Malta as well as home and businesses of Malta. Valletta (or Il-Belt) is the small capital of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta that basks in the year-round sun. The walled city was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. Valletta is known for grand churches, museums, and palaces. One key landmark is the Baroque St. John’s Co-Cathedral, whose rich in gilt interior houses the Caravaggio, brutally realistic masterpiece ‘The Beheading of Saint John.’ Let’s look at feng shui of Valetta and Malta in more detail.
Looking for a feng shui consultant in Valletta or Malta. Call/text/Whatsapp Jan on +44 7956 288574 or email him
The Maltese archipelago occupies the centre of the Mediterranean, with Malta 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa and consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of 475,000 inhabitants over an area of 316sq km and a coastline of 196.8km (not including 56.01km for the island of Gozo). Malta is the biggest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre of the country. Gozo is the second biggest island and is more agricultural, with fishing, crafts and tourism. Comino is mainly uninhabited. The weather is mostly sunny here, and with nice beaches and nightclubs, tourism is on the main industries here.
I’m visiting Porto, Portugal for the first time and I’m most curious about feng shui of this city. Porto is Portugal’s second-biggest city. My feng shui highlights are the bridges with spectacular vistas, the most beautiful bookshop in the world, fat sandwiches, pastries and some amazing views of Porto, as well as the wealth of ancient churches and contemporary museums. Portugal actually took its name from Porto which was given by Romans meaning Porto’s cow.
Kanso (簡素) is the ancient Japanese aesthetic system, which has similar aims to feng shui. Kanso means simplicity and minimalism – in every possible way.
The ultimate minimalism
If you’re not into minimalism, kanso is not for you. This Japanese interior design and the aesthetic concept is all about getting rid of all non-essential stuff and has a great appeal to all perfectionists. The less, the better kanso. Rooted in Zen philosophy, kanso suggests choosing minimal furniture and modest artwork to achieve calm and peaceful environments.
Kanso – the art of simplicity
Minimalist philosophy is also a reminder of the impermanent nature of things. Kanso is about being mindful of what you possess and choosing carefully the most essential items that you need: a table, a chair, a bed – and all simple. It must be every hoarder’s nightmare.
‘Shui’ in feng shui translates as ‘water’ (feng = wind). Water is one of the most prevalent elements on this planet Earth. Actually, this planet should be called the planet Water since it’s covered by about 80% of water. Our bodies are mostly made of water (about 80%, some organs are even 85% of water). All cultures and traditions regard water as the key to life. While we can’t survive without air for longer than a few minutes, without water we can’t survive for longer than a few days.
Water and chi/qi
Classical feng shui suggests that energy or chi/qi gathers on the surface of the water and they were right. Charge which is modern physics is chi will be drawn to water. There is a huge emphasis on using water and water remedies in feng shui.
“Information is physical.” Rolf Randaur
Research suggests that water is a carrier of information. Charge is chi / qi. Watch how charge affects water droplets.
Feng shui = wind-water
Feng shui translates as ‘wind-water’. Not ‘wind and water’ as some feng shui authors and consultants incorrectly translate, which changes the original intention behind this concept. It’s two words, not three. Feng shui sign or image is composed of two elements of wind and water, representing the spectrum of life, from matter to spirit. “All that is solid melts into air,” said Marx, echoing feng shui wisdom. Air and water are the most basic and ubiquitous elements that are essential for life.
Feng = wind or air
Air element on a bad air day
Wind or air is the most important element in life. Without air, we can only live for a short while. Oriental people knew how air pollution would affect people in the future. For example, London has suffered from illegal levels of air pollution since 2010, where 26 people die every day from air pollution-related conditions and according to a Friends of the Earth study from 2017, Londoners to be more clued up on the topic of air quality than people anywhere else in the UK. In cities, short of using electric cars, there is little one can do to improve air quality. But you can improve the quality of air in your home. Most people don’t realise that according to research indoor air can generally be between two and five times more polluted than the air outside!
Air pollution cuts short 40 000 lives/year across Britain and costs the economy £20 billion, according to the Royal College of Physicians
Scientisits suggests that the world faces air pollution pandemic with more deaths from dirty air than the total from wars, malaria, Aids and smoking combined.
How to give your home the clean air cure
Clean breathing is becoming the number one trend in the world. You can control how you organise your home and have a water purification system and choose to eat organic. The air we breathe is a much more difficult element to control. “The air in our homes has a much bigger impact on us than we realise.” says Ron Ro, co-founder of Awair, which makes indoor air monitors. There is a ton of research now on the harmful effects of air pollution affecting your health, sleep and productivity (see below), but there are solutions.
From ancient times, people have been interested in divination practices such as astrology, I Ching, dowsing, tarot, runes, numerology and so on. Why? One obvious reason is to know the future. Why? From the evolutionary perspective, for survival purposes. It makes sense. Nowadays, most people feel secure in this left-brain domain, so why are they still interested in astrology and future divination? Is it just an unconscious reflex? Superstition? Habit? Or something else. Neuroscience has one suggestion: to avoid uncertainty.
Astrology and divination were developed to avoid uncertainty
Studies have shown that we spend 24 per cent of our time thinking about the future, compared to just 5 per cent recalling the past (O’Mara, 2023). Anticipating the future is more important than learning from the past, hence the popularity of astrology and other divination systems.
The colour of the year 2018 is ultra violet Ultra violet promotes healing and expression – it energises and inspires. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet relates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking (a favourite colour of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright) that points us toward the new future.
Colour of the year 2018 – Ultra Violet
Ultra violet is a complex and simply contemplative colour at the same time. It’s complex “because it takes two shades that are seemingly diametrically opposed — blue and red — and brings them together to create something new.” Ultra Violet implies the mysteries of the cosmos, the support discoveries to go beyond where we are now. It is symbolic of infinite possibilities as the skies above us.
“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute
Sleep matters – we spend a lot of time in our bedrooms or sleeping
On average, a person sleeps for about 8 hours a day, which means that one sleeps for one-third of one’s life. Sleep is very important. Sleep research suggests that with bad sleep (especially the lack of deep sleep), your blood pressure rises, you eat more calories, your immune system suffers, your mood deteriorates and even you become less attractive to the opposite sex. There are tons of research on the importance of sleep for our health, wellness, relationships, learning and memory, as well as performance and success at work. If sleep was a drug, doctors would prescribe it for virtually every ailment.
Sleep is recognised as THE most important aspect of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health
As a feng shui consultant, I believe that our bedrooms are the most important rooms for feng shui for our health, wealth and success. After feng shui-ing over 10 000 bedrooms in my 28+ years career as a feng shui consultant, I can testify that most problems in life start in our bedrooms, with inefficient and bad sleep. Feng shui your bedroom and optimise your sleep and you’ll be in a better position to sort out any issue in your personal and professional life. As a feng shui consultant, I look at bedrooms from a classical feng shui perspective and modern feng shui by checking for geopathic stress, electromagnetic pollution and dirty electricity, among other things.
How to feng shui your bedroom – top expert tips
Sleep in the power position ie as far as possible from the door with the view of the door to feel safe.
Sleep in total darkness – or get an eye mask from Amazon. Ban the blue light from mobile phones and devices because it mimics daylight and inhibits the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Most people sleep but not well because they confuse the body with lights which don’t produce the optimal levels of melatonin and they don’t go into deep sleep, which is the sweet spot for rejuvenation, detox and rest. Melatonin is your body’s sleep onset hormone and it’s sensitive to light and wifi radiation.
Switch off the wifi internet broadband for the night to minimise the electro-smog.
What is Chi / Qi / Prana / Lifeforce? How does feng shui work? How environmental factors affect us, our biology, genes, and behaviour? If you’re still wondering about these questions watch this brilliant presentation by Dr Bruce Lipton (author of Biology of Belief). Bruce Lipton is an American developmental biologist best known for discovering that genes, DNA and behaviour can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs and environmental factors. More on Dr Bruce Lipton
Summary of the video
What is chi / qi / prana?
In one scientific word, it is charge and in layman’s term, it is life force or simply ambient and radiant energy.
Read more about what is chi / qi / prana
“Information is physical.” Rolf Randaur
Charge is chi / qi. Watch how charge affects water droplets.
How does feng shui work?
In short: because of epigenetics – ie our bodies and specifically our genes adapt every day to the changes in our environments, affecting our beliefs (placebo effect) and behaviours and every aspect of our lives, starting from our health.
More on how feng shui works and the placebo effect behind feng shui
Feng shui works on many levels, from physical to emotional to mental and to spiritual. Spiritual feng shui deals with the spiritual aspects of individuals or organisations. In classical and modern feng shui, humans are placed between heaven (spiritual) and earth (material) dimensions. One of the original applications of feng shui was sitting for burial places, so the ancestors’ spirits could rest in peace. Modern feng shui aligns itself with modern spirituality in a holistic understanding of the interaction between environments and individuals.
Spiritual Feng Shui
Benefits of spiritual feng shui
Research suggests that when people have organised their homes or workspaces with spiritual understanding and connection they feel better, are happier and perform better.
Drawing inspiration from the V&A’s collections, Julian Melchiorri has developed the world’s first living and breathing chandelier utilising novel bionic-leaf technologies. Julian is an innovative design engineer and entrepreneur and CEO of Arborea, a London-based biochemical technology company, which has received international recognition for its products that are both beautiful and ecologically beneficial.
Exhale, Bionic chandelier by Julian Melchiorri, Arborea
It purifies the indoor air through photosynthesis through its bionic leaves where microalgae living organisms absorb carbon dioxide from the air and with the help of light, transform it into breathable air and glucose (read more about air purifying plants). Julian explains: “The structure that you see is connected by the branches that deliver water and nutrients to the micro-organisms. The shape of the bionic leaves is also essential; they contain veins, and it’s not because I wanted to make them look like leaves, but so that they have more surface area and are more efficient for photosynthesis.” Technological biophilia in action – a chandelier that is alive. Genious.
“My biggest inspiration is nature, and my style of design and engineering is always to allow form to follow function. This is what the old Italian Masters caught, but it’s also the way nature does things. Trees, pebbles – they’re all essential beings, and they’re so beautiful because of that.” Julian Melchiorri
The feng shui of the new Apple HQ in Cupertino is worth a quick look.
As imagined by the late Steve Jobs, it looks like a space ship – very appropriate for the space age. The future of design, mobile devices and new frontiers of innovation is probably going to happen there – Cupertino, the Californian city in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains – that is home to Apple.
Apple New HQ, Cupertino
The new Steve Jobs Theater was unveiled today with the announcement of a couple of ‘new’ products (in spite of the leaks) such as iPhone X, iPhone 8 and Apple TV and the world’s first proper glimpse of Apple Park. Disappointingly, it’s not a theme park but the new company campus, build to the tune of $5 billion.
It all started on June 6, 2011, when Steve Jobs presented the proposals for a new Apple H.Q. He said then, “We’ve come up with a design that can put 12,000 people in one building,” saying the structure would look like a little spaceship that had just landed. That council meeting was his last public appearance and unfortunately, he died four months later.
No cutting or shar chi
True to feng shui principles of avoiding ‘cutting chi’ or sharp corners or straight lines, Steve Jobs said: “There’s not a straight piece of glass in the building, it’s all curved.” Curvilinearity rules. My own MSc environmental psychology research confirmed years ago that people prefer curved shaped to angular ones, not to mention that feng shui has been going on about it for the last 4ooo years and the late Zaha Hadid, the undisputed queen of curves have been famous for them.
For the past 25 years, Ra Paulette has been carving out man-made caves from the sandstone hills of New Mexico, and then sculpting these spaces into works of art he calls wilderness shrines. Lee Cowan has the story of an artist who does his best work underground. Ra Paulette charges only $12/hr for his work but his caves sell for close to $1m. I just hope that Ra won’t pollute the caves with too much dirty electricity. Usually, natural caves have low electrosmog, low cosmic radiation with a strong Schumann resonance which makes them an ideal environment for sleeping and rejuvenation. For example, healing Ravne tunnels in Bosnia and Herzegovina or some other power places on this planet have been known to have healing and rejuvenating properties.
What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You: Uncover the Message in the Mess and Reclaim Your Life by Kerri Richardson
What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You- Uncover the Message in the Mess and Reclaim Your Life by Kerri Richardson
What does your clutter say about you? It all depends on where you hide your hoard, says an intriguing new book by Kerri Richardson. This new book suggests how gaining control of mess can help to reclaim life. It also suggests that wardrobe clutter often means you’re holding on to a fantasy self, whilst attic clutter suggests that you feel like your betraying your loved ones!
What is clutter
Let’s start with what is clutter. If you use it on regular basis and it makes you smile when you see it, it’s not clutter. For example, your mementoes have been sitting in a box for the last five years, they can’t mean much to you. Re-evaluate their worth and either say goodbye or make them a daily part of your life.
Emotional issue: nostalgia What this means: Wardrobe clutter often means you’re holding on to a fantasy self — one that was more youthful, thinner, or happier. Maybe your old dresses remind you of a time when you felt as if anything was possible. Struggling to get rid of them is more about your desire to feel that way again than actually wanting to wear those dresses.
When you look at your skinny jeans, they may remind you of your ideal weight, or times when you and your friends would go out and have fun.
The real question is, how can you have the same fulfilment in your current life that those old clothes represent?
What to do about it: See if you can find five items you haven’t worn for six months. Now ask yourself why you keep each piece of clothing. Is it a just-in-case item? Do you still love it? Maybe you can throw out the jeans but plan a girls’ night out, or a romantic dinner with your partner, to recapture the feelings stirred up by the clothes.
Excerpted from Mold Money: How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Mold Remediation and Make Sure the Mold Is Gone by Dan Stih. The book is available both in print and in the Kindle format
PART 1: MOLD 101
DEBUNKING MYTHS AND DISINFORMATION
CHAPTER 1 MOLD BASICS
What Mold Remediators Don’t Want You to Know First I want to give my regards to the good mold remediators out there. You know who you are. You earn your money honestly by doing quality work.
Now that I’ve cleared the air, here’s what those doing mold remediation the wrong way, don’t want you to know. What they are doing is not that difficult. They make lots of money charging you what a good mold remediator does (remove mold) and they don’t remove the mold or all of it. Many charge for equipment they do not know how to use, equipment that might as well not be used, and equipment that could be contaminating your house with mold from the last job it was used it on.
The average remediator does not want you to know this – they are doing the same thing a general contractor can do: tear out drywall and make a big mess. A good mold remediator ALSO does an impeccable job of cleaning. It’s time consuming. That’s not the norm. The norm is, let’s charge a lot of money because it’s “mold”, then get in there and tear things out while the owner thinks we are doing some kind of specialized, technical work.
Some remediators scare you to the point you can’t pause to ask yourself, “Is it that bad? Do I have to do this?” You’re like a deer in the headlights panicking for the safety of your family. You may feel like just writing them a check. The trouble is, “Just getting it done,” doesn’t mean it will be done right. Sometimes remediators make things worse.
I’ve worked in various states across the country and it’s the same wherever I go – good intentions by mold remediators that do not understand how mold is supposed to be removed. I find companies that complain about how difficult (more expensive) it will be to remove mold after I explain how it’s supposed to be done.
Most states do not have mold laws. Laws aren’t the answer. All the remediator has to do is pay a fee and they get certified.
2.5 million tourists come to Naples (although it doesn’t feel very touristy) and I’m one of them – an avid enthusiast of Italy and Italian culture as well as food. My main interest apart of all the touristy bits is also checking the feng shui of the Italy 3rd largest city, it’s history, culture and the vibe.
The energy flow of Naples
Like many Italian places, Naples is hilly with flowing energy which nourishes different parts of the city. The best way to experience Naples is to use one of the four funicular lines and other public transport in the city. Or you can use a vespa (if you’re brave enough to ride of city’s cobbled streets and you don’t mind its relaxed approach to safe driving) to meander through Naples avoiding chaotic traffic and feeling free to stop anywhere you like to enjoy the many views of the city.
Feng shui of Naples Italy
Predecessor law of Naples
Settled by ancient Greek, approximately 2000 years BC, Naples is very old with a huge predecessor chi. Herculaneum offers great insight into the history of Naples.
Feng Shui of Reykjavik. Feng Shui Consultant in Reykjavik. Feng Shui Bagua of Reykjavik. Feng Shui Bagua of Iceland.
Feng Shui Consultant in Reykjavik
I’ve just visited Reykjavik, Iceland and as a feng shui consultant and environmental psychologist, I couldn’t help noticing some interesting feng shui aspects of this small but beautiful city and the stunning scenery of Iceland, waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, whales and taste of a rotten shark food if you’re into interesting foods.
Looking for a feng shui consultant in Reykjavik. Call/text/Whatsapp Jan on +44 7956288574 or email him
Reykjavik – the relationship area of the bagua of Iceland
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the largest city, with a population of 123,246 people (the population of Iceland is only 332,529). Reykjavik is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxa Bay which from a feng shui bagua perspective is the relationship/marriage area of Iceland. Feng shui bagua model can be applied to your home, office, even your desk and in this case, on the whole country and the city of Reykjavik. Since Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and a major tourist attraction, it can make sense from bagua perspective that this city would establish good relationships with the rest of the world (everyone speaks very good English). The main international airport Keflavik is even further to the southwest of the country. For the residents of Reykjavik, according to statistics, marriage is not that important though. The birth rate is dwindling as well. I haven’t noticed many children or babies.
Why come to Palma de Mallorca
Palma is Mallorca’s vibrant capital with stylish architecture and bubbling with life. Half of the island’s population lives in Palma. Palma is sometimes compared to Barcelona with a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport, and it offers a perfect location for a mini holiday. Let’s explore the feng shui of Palma and how we can learn from it.
Feng shui consultants in Palma de Mallorca Majorca
Wind – water of Palma de Mallorca Palma is located in the south of the island overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with an enormous harbour which begins in front of the cathedral and borders the west. The sea promenade stretches all the way to the ferry port and cruise terminal, making it perfect for a stroll or cycle ride. The water element and the island air elements are well established the feng shui of the place is defined well.
What is good lighting for the best feng shui for your home and workplace?
Light is key to life and good lighting is essential for optimum feng shui for homes and workplaces. The lighting technology has changed dramatically with the invention of LED lights which is now a dominant type for homes and workplaces. At the same time, the dangers of LED lighting have been highlighted by recent research. It’s time-consuming to keep well informed and abreast of all the different viewpoints out there as new LED technologies develop.
How does feng shui work? Short answer: placebo. The secret of feng shui is the power of intention, belief, self-fulfilling prophecy and placebo.
Feng shui = the power of intention
One way of explaining how feng shui works is through the power of your intention, belief (watch Dr Bruce Lipton explanation below), self-fulfilling prophecy or placebo. The placebo effect has been researched more than any other healing and medical modalities and meta-studies suggest that placebo outperformance many forms of medicine. Many doctors admit to regularly prescribing placebos (a 2013 survey showed that 97% of doctors in the UK have prescribed placebos at least once, in Germany 40-80% of doctors prescribe placebos on regular bases). A placebo is defined as anything that appears to be medicinal but actually is not and could take any form, be it injections, surgical procedures, pills, topical creams, etc. The way that a doctor interacts with a patient taking a placebo can have a significant impact on whether or not placebo is perceived to be working. It works even when people know that they’ve taken a placebo. For example, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Basel found out that those who knew that they were taking a placebo (called open-label placebo) believed in its healing powers as much as those who thought it was medicinal (the study was published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain). This adds to a huge body of research proving the placebo’s healing powers. The opposite of placebo is nocebo which is basically a negative suggestion, belief or a false problem. So in the same way, as positive expectations can lead to positive outcomes, negative expectations or limiting beliefs can lead to undesirable outcomes.
Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual
This short story below illustrates the concept of placebo in feng shui as well as the priming effect.
The wicked feng shui master and a trusting woman
The story of the wicked feng shui master and a trusting woman shows how the placebo effect works in feng shui.
Many centuries ago there was a feng shui master who was known for his skill but who was also easily moved to anger. One hot summer he was commissioned to assess a burial site in the mountain far from his home. It had taken him three days to walk to the site and a day to carry out his work. After sleeping in a small mountain shelter, he had packed his compass and papers and set off for the long journey home. On the second day, he had run out of water in the overbearing heat, but as he surveyed the fields of rice ready for harvest that lay across the plain before him, there was no sign of a well.
Indoor Air Pollution – Indoor Air Pollution May Be More Dangerous than Outdoor Pollution
Feng shui means wind-water, two most important elements for sustaining life. You can live without water for a few days but not without air. Indoor pollution is sometimes worse than outdoor pollution.
Watch this video about indoor air pollution from Mercola.com
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air pollution may be two to five times higher indoors than you experience outside, as I explain in this short video. In fact, some pollutants may be as much as 100 times greater indoors.17 Poor indoor air quality is one of the top risks to public health, as it contributes to the development of dangerous health conditions. As newer homes are more airtight to reduce energy leaks, they also reduce the amount of air exchange.
In fact, some newer homes come with instructions teaching homeowners to properly ventilate the home in order to reduce indoor pollution.18 The problem affects not only residential homes but also office buildings and schools.
Danshari (断捨離), or if you like the art of decluttering, is a Japanese concept that is gaining more and more popularity (although it is about less and less). The term is difficult to translate and it’s composed of three ideograms (断捨離), meaning “refuse”, “dispose” and “separate”. In a conventional sense, it is rendered as “cleaning” or “tidying up”.
Danshari – Japanese concept of decluttering or minimalism
Fume Sasaki – the minimalist guru
The king of danshari is Fumio Sasaki, 37, Japan’s most radical minimalist, who lives in a 30 square meter room that houses all his 150 positions. His book “Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living” is destined to become a bestseller, similar to the queen of decluttering Marie Kondo’s New York Times’ bestseller “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” which is published in 38 countries.
In feng shui, we use many different plants to attract wealth and prosperity into your home and workplace (depending on culture and preference) as well as to activate different areas of the bagua model:
Money plant (Crassula ovata), is probably the most famous money plant used in feng shui
Pothos which is an Indian money plant, which is also an air-cleansing plant
Swiss Cheese Money Plant
Silver Dollar Vine
1. Money Plant (Crassula ovata) The most popular feng shui money plant is crassula ovata, which is commonly known as the jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant, or simply money tree. This money plant is a succulent plant which flowers twice a year with small pink or white flowers. Its steady growth will increase wealth and prosperity in the house. Propagate it from its cuttings.
Yin Fire 丁 酉 鷄 Rooster Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
2017 The year of the fire rooster
Characteristics of the Rooster sign
People born in the Year of the Rooster have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. They like to be independent and don’t like to rely on others. They get enthusiastic about new things, but can soon become indifferent. This means they need to have enough resilence, perseverance and patience to follow through their plans. People born in the Year of the Rooster are deep thinkers and are quite observant. They tend to see things in black and white – which in turn can make them perfectionists which can make them appear arrogant. Rooster people make loyal and devoted friends. The Rooster is the tenth of the twelve animal symbols in the Chinese zodiac and is the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac.
There are many different types and schools of feng shui. Many feng shui schools don’t agree with each other and sometimes they even propose completely conflicting solutions. This is usually because they address different levels of thinking about space and time in different times and places Think about feng shui as a form of art or cooking – no art/cooking style is better than the others – they’re just different expressions of the same function and the form follows the function depending on circumstances. There are universal feng shui truths and there are local/cultural feng shui truths. It’s best to follow a checklist of how to choose a feng shui consultant for your needs, a person-centred feng shui consultant (read about how to choose your feng shui consultant).
Classical feng shui vs modern feng shui
There are basically two approaches in feng shui at the moment:
1) Classical feng shui which includes form school and compass school based on ancient Chinese classical feng shui texts.
2) Modern feng shui is an applied feng shui which includes and transcends the classical feng shui and also utilises modern, evidence-based environmental sciences and approaches such as environmental psychology, Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), electromagnetic pollution and radiation, dirty electricity (DR), geopathic stress, ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, space conditioning (in feng shui called space clearing and clutter management) and more. Evolution of any discipline follows a similar pattern of transcending and including what came before it (not repressing the past, not hating the past, just transcending and including it). Modern feng shui understands and validates classical feng shui contributions and goes beyond and evolves this discipline further into a truly universal and holistic study as well as evidence-based discipline Modern feng shui prehends classical feng shui and makes its a subject of study because only modern feng shui has scientific methods available to study and understand classical feng shui.
Dr Detrich Klinghardt estimates that 80% of all health problems are caused or contributed by man-made electromagnetic radiation.
A body of more than 6,000 studies has been accumulated since the 1930’s producing an overwhelming conclusion that exposure to microwave and electromagnetic fields is significantly harmful to all health and life itself.
Health risks of smart meters
Dr Federica Lamech, a GP from Victoria in Australia where smart meters were made compulsory in 2006, looked at 92 detailed reports from patients who believed they had suffered health problems such as insomnia, headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, cognitive disturbances, abnormal sensations and dizziness after being exposed to smart meters. She herself suffered from “palpitations, chest pain insomnia, dizziness, inability to concentrate, memory loss and fainting spells. I [later] found out it was [when] the smart meters were remotely turned on” according to The Ecologist.
Remember, smart meters are not mandatory in the UK – you can refuse to get one.
Why does Donald Trump, the President-Elect of the United States of America, use feng shui? Donald Trump – Feng Shui Enthusiast.
When Donald Trump becomes the President of the United States – is he going to use feng shui and space clearing practices in the White House?
Why Donald Trump, President-Elect of the United States of America uses feng shui?
“You don’t have to believe in Feng Shui for it to work. I just know it brings me money.” To me, the answer is very clear. Most of the property developers in the world now use feng shui (I have worked for many top developers in London and worldwide), and whatever else he might be – Donald Trump is a smart businessman who understands this. He originally discovered feng shui because of a deal going wrong, and said “I was in the process of selling very expensive apartments to a group of Asians and all of a sudden they back out because of something called Feng Shui; and that was a word that, at that time, I had never heard of. I said, what is Feng Shui?” On another occasion, Donald Trump, clearly a feng shui enthusiast said, “I would guess that it might have made a difference. It certainly didn’t hurt us in any way. Feng shui creates a balance that I believe adds to the comfort zone of rooms and space, and that is felt by guests and residents.”
When Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States – will he use feng shui and space clearing techniques to create a more harmonious White House?
Feng shui is about optimising space and chi (energy) flow. This novel concept takes it to the next level where you can reposition furniture in a small apartment. On the metaphoric level, you won’t feel stuck, positively speaking.
All over the world fish and especially koi carps are regarded as lucky fish that brings prosperity and can boost wealth creation since they relate to the water element (feng shui = wind-water). Koi carps are also famous for their longevity (one famous scarlet koi, named “Hanako,” was reported to be 225 years).
If you have the resources, have a fish pond with koi carps. Or a painting or photo with koi carps is also good for boosting the wealth area of your home or workplace.
Feng shui fish Koi Carps 3D picture – for your wealth corner in your home and workplace – get it in our feng shui shop It’s a limited edition so get it now while the stock last.
Top Power Places and Sacred Sites to Visit – for Healing, Clarity and Balance
The following is a list of some of the sacred sites and power place around the world that can be used for healing, gaining clarity and balance.
England: Arbor Low stone circle, Derbys.; Glastonbury Tor, Somerset; Stonehenge, Wilts.; Avebury, Wilts; Worcester Beacon, Malvern Hills, – Worcs.; Canterbury Cathedral, Kent; Castlerigg stone circle, Cumberland; Lindisfarne Monastery, Northumberland; Roughtor, Bodmin ‘ Moor, Cornwall; St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall; St Paul’s Cathedral, London
St Paul’s Cathedral London
Wales:Cader Idris, Gwynedd; St David’s, Pembrokeshire Scotland:Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh; Ring of Brodgar stone circle, Orkneys; Callanish, Western Isles; Iona Cathedral, Hebrides, North Uist’s stone circle of Pobull Fhinn, Glasgow Cathedral Ireland: Rock of Cashel, Tipperary; Glendalough Monastery, Wicklow; Innishfallen Monastery, Kerry; Newgrange burial mound, Meath; Tara, the seat of high kings of Ireland, Meath, burial tombs in Co Clare, megalithic art near Dublin
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Forest bathing – shinrin-yoku
‘Forest bathing’ is a translation of the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, developed in the 1980s for the good of public health. Recently forest bathing has become popular in the US and the UK with other Japanese lifestyle concepts such as wabi-sabi, the art of imperfection, kanso and danshari.
Forest bathing in birch woods with grounding/earthing effect
Ground yourself with forest bathing to naturally solve city stress
Forest bathing is basically a form of meditation in the natural world based on the biophilia hypothesis. ‘Forest bathing essentially means taking a leisurely trip to an area of woodland and having moments of stillness,’ says Samantha Lyster of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (rspb.org.uk), which offers forest bathing sessions at various locations around the UK. ‘Listen to the sounds, breathe in the smells and concentrate on the colours. Forest bathing is designed to help people to stop, be still and feel joy.’
26.7 million tourists per year come to Hong Kong, making it the most visited city in the world. Is it because of feng shui and eight thousand skyscrapers (that’s double of New York) or because there is no fourth floor (unfortunately, the Chinese word for death is similar to digit 4, making it ‘unlucky’)? Let’s find out.
The sales of superyacht, yachts and boats are rocketing thanks to brilliant British craftsmanship and all the tycoons or ‘high net worth individuals’, who are spending fortunes fitting them out with all imaginable luxury and features. Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich spent £1.6 billion on a 533ft yacht Eclipse which has two helipads, 24 guest suites, two pools, three launch pads and a mini-submarine (just in case).
Homes on water
Like mobile homes, on water, feng shui can be applied to every aspect of a yacht or superyacht. Similar feng shui principles apply, with a few exceptions since the yachts require extra care regarding certain aspects of the interior design and energetics of the space.
The choice of accessories and design features is so huge for yachts that some owner are overwhelmed by the choice. According to Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman of Princess Yachts in Plymouth, one customer became so confused by the endless paint colours on offer for his two 30 and 40-metre yachts that he asked his six-year-old daughter to be in charge of choosing the colour palette. ‘They’ve got multiple homes with gyms, but the boat is the crowning glory, so the gym has to be of the very highest spec,’ says Edward Thomas, a former crew member who set up bespoke superyacht gym-fitter Gymmarine.com. ‘They’ve got multiple homes with gyms, but the boat is the crowning glory, so the gym has to be of the very highest spec,’ says Edward Thomas, a former crew member who set up bespoke superyacht gym-fitter Gymmarine.com. He supplies everything imaginable for yachts’ gyms from bench presses hand-covered in Hermes leather and kettlebells in leopard print as well as golf balls made from fish food so clients can practise their drives into the water without worrying about the impact on the ecology.
Feng shui of superyachts
Adding feng shui criteria might help or hinder the process of designing the ultimate superyacht. Since the personalisation of superyachts is an essential aspect, feng shui can offer more clarity and focus when it comes to the final design.
Athens, the capital of Greece (the oldest capital city in Europe), has a spectacular ancient history and feng shui to go with it. Greece and Athens, in particular, gave us democracy, Olympics, western philosophy, political science, theatre and comedy, algebra and lots of tourist attractions and monuments that belong to the Greek Ministry.
Parents and staff from schools and nurseries are becoming concerned about mitigating the health risks of WiFi and enquiring about surveys at their schools.
Watch this video by Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe, MD who explains in simple terms why wifi at your school or nursery might be bad for your children.
Richard Wilhelm (the sinologist and translator of I Ching) was once in a remote Chinese village that was suffering from severe drought. The villagers had invoiced every kind of prayer for rain, but nothing worked. In desperation they sent for a well-known rainmaker who lived in a distant area. Wilhelm was on hand when the rainmaker, a wizened old man, arrived in a covered cart. He alighted, sniffed the air with disdain, then asked for a cottage on the village outskirts. He gave instructions not to be disturbed, and that his food was to be left outside his door. Nobody saw or heard anything of him for three days. Then the villagers awake to a downpour of rain mixed with snow, which was unheard of for that time of year.
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA (Arabic: زها حديد Zahā Ḥadīd; 31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) was an Iraqi–British architect. In 2004, Zaha was the first woman architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She also received the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011. Her bold architectural designs are famous for curves and daring, futuristic shapes. She was often called the Queen of Curves. Curves are considered favourable in feng shui and most recent research suggests that humans prefer curves over the straight (cutting chi) lines.
The Capital Hill Residence
Watch this video about The Capital Hill Residence which was the only private residence designed by Zaha Hadid, that was built in her lifetime (in Barvikha forest, three kilometres west of Moscow). Vladislav Doronin, Russian businessman, art collector and philanthropist, explains what was behind the process of designing and building his home with Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher describes why the Capital Hill Residence adds to the architectural legacy of Dame Hadid.
Wireless wake-up call by Jeromy Johnson at TEDxBerkeley
This TEDx talk presents some of the dangers of the electromagnetic pollution and some simple solutions as to how to protect yourself from the electro-smog.
Jeromy Johnson is an expert in mitigating the negative impacts of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure. He has a leading website on the topic and consults with individuals, families and organizations around the world to implement solutions that reduce and eliminate EMF pollution. Jeromy has an advanced degree in Civil Engineering and has worked in Silicon Valley for 15 years. After becoming what medical doctors call “Electro-hypersensitive” (EHS) in 2011 after extensive exposure to EMF radiation, he embarked on a journey of regaining his own health and educating others to critically evaluate theirs.
Feng Shui Tips 2016 – Feng Shui Tips for the Year of The Fire Monkey – Starting Monday 8 February 2016
What are the characteristics of monkeys? There are many different characteristics and traits that come to mind when we think about monkeys. Monkeys are full of curiosity, adventure and often mischief and perceived as being cute, as well as highly intelligent animals who have developed adaptable abilities. On the other hand, they can be irritable, impetuous, easily frustrated or bored.There are 264 known species of monkeys in the world at present and are often included with apes but they are different – i.e. the apes don’t have tails. Monkeys and humans share a common ancestry and nowadays even some modern human behaviours such as cooking, using money, prostitution, gambling, head shaking, using tools, cultural transmission, sign language, use of computers and fishing. Remember that monkeys are wild primates and can be unpredictable – so keep your distance from them. Monkeys tend to express affection and make peace with others by grooming each other. So what kind of trends can we expect in 2016 – the year of the monkey…
Summary for personal action • Use a headset or a wireless headphone with a low-power Bluetooth emitter. Using a wired headset with a microphone reduces the amount of radiation to the brain, as does using a speakerphone with the phone held a hand’s distance away. If you use a wireless headset, turn it off when you’re not using it.
There are two basic colour trends for 2016: colours according to feng shui and the Pantone color/s of the year 2016.
Feng shui colour trends for 2016: red 2016 is the year of the fire monkey (starting on 8 February 2016) so the key colours according to feng shui 5-element system are red and shades of red, ie pink, rose (see the Pantone colours of 2016 below) purple, lilac, burgundy. To connect to the energy of fire monkey via the fire element and it’s colour just get some brand new red items for your home, for example, red towels, red door mat, and for yourself ie red clothes, as well as candles which represent fire element. If red colour is not your colour – read below about the Pantone colour trends for 2016.
2016 – The Year of Fire Monkey – Red Colour of 2016 – Read top feng shui tips 2016
Top feng shui tips for auspicious business cards design
1. Use credit card size/ golden mean proportion. Credit cards are designed with golden mean section which is perfect for attracting money. Hence credit cards make a lot of money. Coincidence? No. If you want to spend extra money on your card you can have the corners of the card rounded which can be expensive. This will add a metal (money) element to your card design – read tip number 9 below about the use of shapes and colours. 2. Make it legible and user-friendly. Make sure that the card is easy to read i.e. the font is not too small to decipher. Don’t you hate business cards that are difficult to read?
Top feng shui tips for auspicious business cards design
Geopathic stress is a distorted electromagnetic field of the Earth (Schumann Resonance). The Earth resonates with an electromagnetic frequency of approximately 7.83 Hz – Schumann resonances (SR), which falls within the range of (alpha) human brainwaves. Underground streams, sewers, water pipes, electricity, tunnels and underground railways, mineral formations and geological faults distort the natural resonance of the Earth thus creating geopathic stress.
Portable Helios3 USB + charger
Helios3 USB is a powerful Schumann Resonance generator that mitigates geopathic stress (GS) and electrosmog.
Watch a documentary about Schumann resonance, geopathic stress, electromagnetic pollution and electrosensitivity below.
I’ve been to Copenhagen several times and I love feng shui of the Danish capital (voted the coolest city by the Lonely Planet). Copenhagen is the most visited destination in Scandinavia and voted the greenest city in Europe. The population of Copenhagen is just under two million and it’s the largest city in Scandinavia and one of the happiest places on Earth.
As a feng shui consultant, I’m fascinated by feng shui of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city (after Barcelona (in some ways it’s a smaller version of Barcelona but with better weather) and Madrid, and before Seville which is the fourth largest city in Spain), with its history, parks, architecture, culture and cuisine, as well as drinks (the powerful local cocktail agua de Valencia). Not to mention, 100 bell towers to space clear this amazing city. It is also a citrus capital of Europe, producing 1.37milion tones of oranges. Valencia’s motto is Vivir Sin Dormir ie “Live without sleep”
Feng Shui Consultant in Valencia
History of Valencia
Valencia was set up in 138BC and it’s one of the oldest cities in Spain.
I love Barcelona, and as a feng shui consultant – it’s one of my favourite cities that has excellent feng shui on all fronts. Few other cities can compete with Barcelona’s Mediterranean charm, vibrancy and elegance. So, let me unpack. Perfect location ie by the sea with glorious sunshine, amazing and recognisable buildings and architecture (dreamy, curvy Gaudi), for football lovers (FC Barcelona) the spiritual vibe (enlightening La Sagrada Familia), history, far-out, epic cuisine including Cava tasting, a great market and a beach, art, including surrealist artist Miro and more…
La Sagrada Familia and spiritual feng shui
You can get to Barcelona by bus and even train to Barcelona Sants train station (via France), but air travel is the most efficient. 7.5m tourists come to Barcelona every year to create a buzzing nightlife. Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region, which has its own language and flag (where they invented Chupa Chups).
“To do things right, first you need love, then technique.” Gaudi
Seville, the Andalucian capital, is the sunniest city in Europe (nicknamed the frying pan of Europe) and the birthplace of flamenco. From a feng shui perspective, this city full of chi or charge, if you like, requires full attention. Seville is the fourth biggest city in Spain (after Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia).
Feng shui consultant near you – top feng shui tips for travel
If you are looking for a feng shui consultant near you – with 30+ years of experience in feng shui, vastu and environmental psychology, feel free to call/text me on +44 7956 288574 for a quote for feng shui consultation for your home or workplace. Although I live in London, I do remote feng shui consultations, and I do travel. Email me
If you’re looking for a feng shui consultant near your home or business, here’s a list of places where I work onsite or/and remotely.
When I visit different cities, I tend to look, from feng shui perspective, at the same things and aspects, noticing sameness and differences and all the details such as:
• the map of the city, the layout of streets and general shapes; I try to get hold of local honey, which is said to contain a fractal map of the place to embody the energetics of the city
• highest points to give me an overview of the place; there is something about seeing and sensing the whole city from one high point and best if there is a cafe or bar to enjoy the vistas (for example, the Esplanada do Teleférico Porto Portugal, positioned on a clifftop overlooking Porto or ONE Dine at One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, NYC or one of the four restaurants at Shard in London or free view from Sky Gardens in London)
• energetic points or power places
• chi/ energy level
• yin and yang
• five elements and how the shape the place; for example, street lighting can inform me about the fire element and safety aspects
• (shui) water element with rivers, lakes and water features as well as free water fountains which show that the mayors care about clean water, and are ecological, saving on plastic water bottles, etc and (feng) air element with trees, parks, greens
• biophilia effect: nature, parks, trees, city wildlife, plant life, window boxes; a great example is The High Line in Manhattan, NYC or secret gardens that you need to discover in every city
• people, values of the people; “What is the city but the people.” Shakespeare wrote in Coriolanus
• city branding; how cities and their mayors brand the spirit of their cities is essential to how visitors will perceive them; for example, Paris hasn’t changed the metro’s cleaning liquid because people have a familiar association with that scent
• the spirituality of the place, usually churches and sacred sites
• the processor law ie the history of the place and any traumatic events
Art, music, coffee, chocolate cake and feng shui
Vienna is home to Mozart, Hayden, Beethoven (2020 marks 250 years since the birth of Beethoven), Strauss and other musicians as well as the birthplace of the sowing machine, slow motion, psychoanalysis, croissant (not Paris) and the snow globe (yes, Schneekugeln was invented in Vienna over hundred years ago and there is a museum to prove it).
Feng Shui of Vienna’s Town Hall
13 million tourists flock to Vienna every year. About 2 million people live happily and comfortably in Vienna which has been voted the most livable city in the world for several years now (five times until 2019). Is it something to do with the feng shui of Vienna? I’m going to find out.
Feng Shui Tips for 2015
The Year of the Wood Goat (Sheep / Ram) starts on 19 February 2015 (it finishes on 8 February 2016 which is the start of the Fire Monkey Year)
Is 2015 the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram?
There is no consensus on the naming of the actual animal that represents this year – goat, sheep or ram (although most feng shui experts agree it’s the Year of the Goat). But according to the five elements theory, it is very definitely a yin wood year. Personally, I think that at this time we are in need of a strong goat energy – so we can climb mountains and look around to get a clear healthy perspective on what is happening in the world. Now more than ever we need people (especially leaders) who have the big picture, people who are not restricted to the detail but can see what is happening in the world on the many different levels: environmental, social, financial, political, historic, spiritual, personal and so on.
What are the qualities and tendencies of the Year of the Wood Goat? In the orient, the goat is considered an auspicious animal, so the Year of the Goat brings promise and prosperity. Consider some of the goat qualities: vitality, virility, curiosity, sturdiness, endurance, guardianship, independence … Goats love to climb – representing progress and achievement. Goats will move around a lot and can ‘reach those places other animals can’t reach’ (just think of them balancing at impossible angles and elevations on cliffs and mountaintops). Goats approach a precipice with ease and enthusiasm. Continue reading →
I love Amsterdam for all kinds of reasons. Feng shui is one of them, with the most amazing architecture and rhizomatic canals that make this city so vibrant and friendly. Let’s explore why Amsterdam is a model feng shui city.
Feng shui consultant in Amsterdam
Eurostar to Amsterdam Central Station made Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, a very popular place to visit with 14 million tourists a year. What’s the attraction?
Electromagnetic Hygiene in 12 Easy Steps – Summary of Light That Heals: Energy Medicine Today & Beyond by Donna Fisher
Electromagnetic Hygiene in 12 Easy Steps – Summary of Light That Heals
Light That Heals: Energy Medicine Today & Beyond by Donna Fisher is composed of two parts: the first part is about electromagnetic radiation and health issues caused by it and offers 12 easy steps to remedy the problems and the second part is about light therapies (EPRT – Electro Pressure Regeneration Therapy, SCENAR, COSMODIC, PEMF, NIIT, Radiowave Therapy, Oncothermia, Therabionic Therapy, TTF Therapy, etc) that may shape the medicine of the future. For feng shui purposes read the 12 useful tips for electromagnetic hygiene taken from the book. For more information regarding specific problems caused by electromagnetic pollution and research about it, read the ebook (or if you’re electrosensitive get the paper book – see the link to Amazon after the tips).
1. Electric equipment
Increase distance from electrical cords and electric equipment. Move the power bar at least 1 meter away from your feet. Use a wired extended keyboard to increase your distance from the computer screen. This will reduce the magnetic field.
Try to work with the fluorescent tube lighting turned off. Remove CFL (compact fluorescent bulbs) from your work area. LED lights (ones that don’t use transformers) are the lights of the future. In the meantime use incandescent light bulbs, as these do not generate poor power quality. NOTE: the original incandescent light bulbs are no longer available in Canada as the government has mandated that only energy efficient lights can be sold.
Mercury retrograde in 2015 – be extra careful during these times
Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. When Mercury is retrograde, there is a tendency to notice more problematic issues in the areas of communication, in the way you interact with family, friends and colleagues, and in your surroundings or business, as well as in travel and transportation. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past (since retrograde means going backwards). Intuition is high during Mercury retrograde periods and coincidences can be extraordinary. When Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow additional time for travel and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury retrograde is finished to make any final decisions. In short, be extra careful during Mercury retrograde times – check important things twice and avoid doing anything dramatic. Note that the effects of Mercury retrograde start building up several days before and take several days to subside after the actual period – there are Mercury pre-retrograde, retrograde and post retrograde periods in 2015.
2015 is the Year of the Wood Goat (Sheep/Ram) starting on 19 February 2015. Top feng shui tips for the Year of the Goat are coming shortly – so check this blog again soon.
Light, fire and fireworks as a feng shui remedy
Light is one of the top remedies for activating your feng shui. It can also be used for space clearing and boosting different parts of your bagua areas.
Feng shui ritual for the New Year
• Wear something brand new on New Year’s Day (and throw away something old on the 31st of December)
• Do something different on New Year’s Day: experience something new e.g. eat or drink something you haven’t tried before, visit a new place, etc
• Make a checklist/wish list for the new year: what do want in the new year. Make a list of key desires for the new year, for example, if money/prosperity is important, see the next tip/ritual. Whatever is your most important value, find a relevant image or symbol and make it the home screen on your computer and mobile devices.
We get more of what we focus on!
• Get a new wallet for prosperity or put something new in the old one e.g. brand new banknote/s, your symbol for prosperity, an image that symbolises (read what they do in Poland below).
• If improving your health is important to you, do something healthy or make a health plan for the year. Short fasting or intermittent fasting is a great way to boost your health – especially after the excesses of Christmas – and it will make a difference to how you feel.
How other nations celebrate the New Year – interesting rituals from around the world
At midnight, people go out and take 12 cents with them and standing with their backs to the street, throw the coins behind, believing that this will bring them lots of money in the new year.
Feng shui research includes numerous scientific papers on feng shui (see some references below) and more than reference feng shui as well as related research from environmental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive ergonomics, social psychology, priming and so on. There is a new Academic Journal of Feng Shui, and several international conferences on Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment have examined feng shui from a scientific perspective.
Feng shui research
Feng shui research includes:
1) Descriptions and definitions of feng shui
2) An understanding and explanation of how feng shui works
3) An evaluation of different feng shui schools, classical and modern and their methods
4) Applications of feng shui for homes, workplaces and public spaces
5) ‘Not only proof’ – alternative and interdisciplinary ways of looking at feng shui
6) Ways of disproving feng shui claims
7) Cross-referencing feng shui with other environmental sciences and disciplines
Types of potential feng shui research There are many types of research methods and approaches, and depending on what is studied; an appropriate research method should be employed. For example, action research develops from the perspective that research should not be driven by an academic agenda with the aim of producing journal articles but needs directly benefit those whos lives, environmental circumstances and experiences are being studied.
There are different types of numerology. The most popular one in the west is the Pythagorean numerology system which looks like this where letters are associated with numbers and colours. Numerology is any belief in a relationship between the numerical value of the letters in words, names and ideas.
A documentary on Schumann Resonance, electromagnetic sensitivity, electromagnetic radiation and health
Watch the very informative documentary at the end of this blog (Resonance: Beings of Frequency by James Russell) about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation and the role of Schumann Resonance in balancing your health and well-being. Research on the effects of mobile phones, mobile masts, DECT cordless home phones, microwave ovens, WiFi broadband, etc – is shown as a possible cause for all kind of health issues including cancer (research suggests that 3-30% of the population are already electrosensitive). Cancer clusters around the mobile phone masts are discussed, showing that women can develop breast cancer more in those areas.
Feng shui studies how environments such as homes and workplaces affect our well-being, success and health. Feng shui is also about being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things and with the right mindset (which is a short definition for luck factor). On a larger scale, living in a good country helps too, since feng shui promotes living in harmony with the Earth and Heaven. Do you live in a good country that does the most good for the world? Watch this TED talk and find out. If you want to know right now – just check the chart for the Good Country Index just click on Read more > below the video clip.
Six key factors that can affect the sale of your property:
1. Owners – i.e. attachment of the owners and family members to the property 2. Strength of the market 3. Estate agents 4. Price 5. Poor feng shui and Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Geopathic Stress (GS), Dirty Electricity (DE), Electromagnetic pollution (EMF) 6. Kerb appeal ie location, location, location
Dirty electricity (DE) are high-frequency voltage spikes (transients) caused by plugging electrical devices into the mains supply. Dirty electricity is a by-product of modern electronic equipment and appliances, such as computers, refrigerators, plasma TVs, WiFi routers, Sky boxes, DVD players, video recorders, set-top boxes, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), solar panels and dimmer switches – all of which corrupt the electricity they use. Dirty electricity can also enter home and offices through wiring from nearby sources, including your neighbours’ WiFi, TV antennas or nearby mobile phone base stations (transmitters) connected to the power grid. Dirty electricity is also known as dirty mains, dirty power, or electrical pollution that describes the problem of electromagnetic noise on the mains wiring of houses.
In simple terms, every electrical gadget that you plug in into your home or workplace ads different frequencies on top of the electrical system of 50/60Hz and changes the power factor. That kind of ‘noise’ on your electrical cables is called dirty electricity.
Dirty electricity is caused by electrical appliances and can have a negative effect on your health
Earth or ground yourself to protect yourself from electromagnetic pollution and boost your health (reduce inflammation and stress)
The science behind grounding/earthing
Studies have shown that grounding or earthing can alleviate inflammation, improve heart rate variability (HRV), blood viscosity, cortisol dynamics, sleep, and autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance and reduces the effects of stress as well as boost academic performance at school. In short, when walking barefoot outside, negatively charged particles in the earth neutralise positive particles in your body, which can have a negative effect on your health. Read the scientific research supporting the claims for grounding and earthing at the bottom of this blog.
Grounding or earthing has many health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and stress
The benefits of grounding/earthing
Studies suggest that earthing or grounding can help with a host of health issues (watch the video about the scientific research about earthing) and these are: Continue reading →
8 Feng Shui Conference London UK 17-18 May 2014 (Sat-Sun)
There is a very exciting feng shui conference Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 May 2014 in London UK with a host of amazing presentations on a variety of feng shui subjects (feng shui for bedrooms, feng shui metaphors, feng shui for doors, timeless feng shui principles, etc). Continue reading →
Feng Shui for attracting love and romance as well as new relationships and marriage
Feng shui tips for love and romance
Feng shui offers useful tips in terms of boosting your chances of meeting your ideal partner, as well as improving the existing relationship. Before you make any feng shui changes in your home to maximise chances of finding your ideal partner or improving the existing relationship one important step needs to happen. You need to know exactly what you want. Your intention for the new relationship is very important. Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual.
Harrods (London, UK) celebrates the Chinese Year of the Horse – 2014 – with an amazing window display of full-size horses. It would be almost perfect if some of the horses were made of wood or in a green colour since 2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse.
Feng shui tips for the Chinese New Year – the Year of the (wood) Horse starting 31 January 2014
Driftwood horses by James Doran Webb (Picture: Doran-Webb/BNPS)
The bagua chart for 2014 looks like this
Bagua for 2014
To find out what your star number is check the chart below or do this calculation: add all the digits of the date of your birth until you end up with one digit, for example if you were born in 1987, 1+9+8+7=25 and then 2+5 = 7 and then subtract from 11, so 11-7=4 so 4 is your star number and in 2014 your star is in the middle of the bagua.
If your star is number 2 then 2014 is about your family, health, community work and clearing any negative past influences/memories.
From a psychological and evolutionary point of view the new year is an important marker of transition. All cultures have some kind of rituals to mark any major cyclical change. Here are some top feng shui tips from all over the world that you can use on the 1st of January. (Please note that Chinese observe also their own new year which is based on the lunar calendar – please check this blog for another post about the Chinese New Year which starts on 31 January 2014 – the year of the horse). Check out these eight simple and very practical feng shui tips for the New Year. Continue reading →
Z psychologicznego i ewolucyjnego punktu widzenia Nowy Rok jest ważnym wyznacznikiem transformacji. Wszystkie kultury kultywują swego rodzaju rytuały w celu podkreślenia ważnych, cyklicznych zmian. Przedstawiam więc najważniejsze rady feng shui z całego świata, które można wprowadzić w życie już 1 stycznia. Continue reading →
IPSOS Global Attitudes on Materialism, Finances and Family Survey 2013
71 percent of Chinese measure their success by the things they own, which is significantly higher than any other nation in the world, a new IPSOS survey on Global Attitudes on Materialism, Finances and Family revealed which was conducted across 20 countries. Indians are the second most materialistic people in the world – 58 percent of Indians measure their success by the things they own. Turkey, Brazil, South Korea and Poland round out the top six on the list for the most materialistic countries. Great Britain ranks at the 18th place with 16% of British measuring their success by the things they own. Swedish people are the least materialistic from all those 20 countries which were surveyed. The Chinese are also the most likely to feel a lot of pressure to be successful and make money. Does this explain why feng shui originates in China? We don’t know how important material success was to Chinese 4000 years ago though, when feng shui was first developed. But a big part of modern feng shui is designed for material and financial success.
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspiresconfidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Continue reading →
Bird feeders are an excellent way to attract birds and positive energy to your garden. Depending on your feng shui intention, place the bird feeder in a specific area of the bagua which you want to energise and active ie wealth corner, relationship area, success area, etc. or if you want to sell your property consult your feng shui consultant which area is the best for your property.
Moringa tree – perfect nutritional superfood for everyone Meet the moring tree, the most important tree on this planet with the most amazing properties – that ancient medicine claims that prevenst 300 diseases. New evidence and preliminary studies on moringa oleifera suggest that moringa leaves could be a miracle cure for malnutrition and a host of many illnesses (cancer, diabetes, liver and kidney problems, ulcers, anemia, high blood pressure, stress, and much more). Moringa tree contains a perfect combination of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins (at least 90 nutrients, 20 amino acids, 46 anti-oxidants (which boost memory and are cancer preventive) and 36 anti-inflammatory) for everyone, especially for the ones who need extra energy boost and are leading busy lives.
LUCK FACTOR – Are You Feeling Lucky? If you want to increase your luck, there is a scientific way to do that. Read on if you want to know how to get luckier…
Luck in Chinese
You are lucky. If you’re reading this blog, you’ve demonstrated to yourself that you are already lucky and you’ve made the first step to becoming more lucky in any area of your life, personal and professional. Keep reading…
The Luck Project was originally conceived to scientifically explore psychological differences between people who considered themselves exceptionally lucky and unlucky. This initial work was funded by The Leverhulme Trust and undertaken by Dr. Richard Wiseman in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Smith and Dr. Peter Harris. To explore the subject more read ‘The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman. Through the Luck School, unlucky people become lucky and lucky people become even luckier.
“Fortune favours the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur
One for the simplest feng shui ways to change the energy in your home to improve your career prospects is to change something around the front door. The front door is the transition area between your private life and public / work life. If you’re working from home it will still work since you’ll be doing it with a specific intention.
Radiant orchid door
1. Change the colour of the front door
There are different ways to decide on the colour for the door.
• You can use the colour for the year (in 2014 it’s radiant orchid)
• You can calculate the energy for the career zone in the bagua for that year or month.
• Or just follow your heart and decide on a colour that will energies you when you go out (and come in). Continue reading →
Birch tree water / juice – Health benefits of birch sap Birch tree water or birch sap or birch juice is one of best juices you can drink. Birch water is the sap extracted from a birch tree, such as a North American Sweet Birch or a Silver Birch. The birch water is a slightly sweet, thin syrupy-watery liquid. The birch sap contains sugars (namely xylitol), proteins, amino acids, and enzymes. Birch trees have amazing healing properties, i.e. chaga mushrooms that grow on birch trees are traditionally used for many illnesses including cancer.
Birch water from birth trees
Birch water – a traditional drink
Birch water/sap can be drunk as a tonic and it is a traditional beverage in Poland (you can buy birch water in shops in Poland, but unfortunately it’s sweetened with sugar – so avoid that), Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and elsewhere in Northern Europe as well as parts of northern China. It is a living birch water which has restorative and detoxifying properties. The traditional virtues of birch and its efficient removal of toxic substances from the liver and kidneys have been known and appreciated for ages. There are very few phytotherapeutic ingredients that are capable of targeting the body’s two major cleansing and purification systems at the same time. Continue reading →
The Snake Zodiac Sign – The Year of The Snake – Feng Shui Tips for the Year of the Snake
2013 The Year Of the Water Snake
Feng shui tips for the Chinese New Year (10 February 2013) – The Year of The Snake (Water Snake)
Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year 2013 – The Year of (Water) the Snake and Kung Hei Fat Choi to all.
Please remember that the New Year celebration can last up to 15 days (depending on the tradition) but you have at least five days to do something positive to celebrate it and being grateful to the Chinese for giving us feng shui. Continue reading →
Feng Shui Psychology: Feng Shui Meets Environmental Psychology – A talk by Jan Cisek at the Feng Shui Conference V, London UK, 29 October 2011
“We shape our building, thereafter they shape us.” said Winston Churchill who is considered a ‘grandfather’ of Environmental Psychology. The definitions of feng shui and Environmental Psychology overlap a great deal. They both talk about the interaction between different environments and people. This talk will present the scientific evidence of how some aspects of feng shui work based on Jan’s MSc in Environmental Psychology. Watch Jan’s video clips about the similarities between feng shui and Environmental Psychology. Continue reading →
1. Emerald green is the colour of 2013 – use this colour for any feng shui rituals. Design code for emerald green: C86 M8 Y57 K0; R0 G157 B134; Hex: #28AE7B or #009D86 (according to hex code generator). Continue reading →
Feng shui has been applied in the design of many well-known casinos such as Hippodrome in London UK, The Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino and Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA as well as the Hotel and Casino Lisboa as well as Wynn Casino in Macao.
Feng shui of London’s Hippodrome casino
Like all good casinos, London Hippodrome casino has used feng shui in its design. The Hippodrome is located very well, right on the corner of Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road. It is open 24 hours a day and there’s no official dress code. Lots of customers come not to actually to gamble but to stay at several bars, the Heliot Steakhouse restaurant and visit a cabaret theatre and use private event spaces. Obviously, the casino gets plenty of guests from the neighbouring Chinatown and that’s why the main entrance has been specially designed according to feng shui principles.