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Feng Shui: Harmony by Design|
by Nancy SantoPietro
TOOLS FOR BEGINNING THE PROCESS
As you start to work with the magical art of Feng Shui you will quickly realize that it is an intricately woven system, rich with metaphors, omens, and powerful symbolism. Move your couch and strengthen your career, hang a wind chime and increase your wealth, change the color of your bedroom and you change your feelings about a relationship. Certain things represent other things, areas of your home oversee different areas of your life, and the ancient concepts of wind and water (Feng Shui) still have a major influence on the outcome of your fate.
The Chinese knew that in order to have a healthy family or a successful business, certain factors on the land had to follow a specific order in alignment with the various forces of nature. Homes needed to stay moderately furnished, uncluttered, and welcoming so the ch'i could flow easily.
They believed that if you wanted to have a life that was "sweet," making offerings to Buddha of sugary cakes would help bring this about. They understood the importance of honoring the earth, for they knew that they were the caretakers of God's soil, and that proper care and maintenance of their land were crucial to their survival. Many of these ancient concepts are simple, yet profound. They have been passed down with honor through the ages and, over time, have evolved into the basic Feng Shui principles that we use today.
The following nine principles are the backbone of all good Feng Shui design. These concepts will be with you throughout the book and, it is hoped, will become integrated into your thinking--for they set the tone and foundation upon which all other Feng Shui adjustments rest.
NINE FENG SHUI PRINCIPLES
1. Satisfy the four conditions.
2. Explore the predecessor law.
3. Strive for balance.
4. Trust your intuition.
5. Reduce clutter.
6. Like attracts like.
7. Raise the percentages.
8. Use the nine basic cures.
9. House maintenance is crucial.
1. SATISFY THE FOUR CONDITONS
In order for the placement of important household objects, specifically your bed, desk, or stove to be considered "good Feng Shui" (in the Black Hat Sect school of thought), it first must satisfy all these four conditions: 1) Positioning must be relative to entranceway, not based on compass direction (this means the position of the bed/desk/stove is relative, based on the location of the door and not on any of the four cardinal directions); 2) the bed/desk has the largest view of the room (the angle that the bed/desk/stove is placed in faces the largest view of the room); 3) the "mouth of the ch'i" is in viewing range (this means that when lying down on your bed, sitting at your desk, or cooking at your stove, you will be facing the door); 4) the bed, desk, stove, and person are not in a direct line with the door (although you will want to have a clear view of the door, you do not want to be in a direct line with its powerful energy force).
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