3 out of 4 stars
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The practice of rearranging your living area and workspace to create harmony is detailed in the book, Feng Shui For You, written by Suzanne G Harper. My knowledge of the topic was that of a novice, and before reading this, had I been asked what feng shui entailed, I would have ignorantly replied it only meant moving a coffee table or couch. I couldn't have been more misinformed.
This author has set her readers up for success in gaining more insight into what feng shui is and what it is not. I am announcing right now that this isn't a simple, overnight transition. However, this teacher encourages her students as they learn through detailed instructions and beautiful photographs that give the book a calming tone. I found it quite comforting to read this in the opening pages: "If your life is already more or else the way you like it, i.e., you are in a good relationship, your health is good, you like your work 70% of the time, and you are making enough money to live on, you are already in a relatively fortunate position."(page63) This statement was one I thought of often as I progressed through this somewhat complex material.
I think we can all agree that decluttering is a great way to make a person feel better about his or her surroundings. This activity is a first step toward creating good flow. Just pick a space that brings feelings of dissatisfaction and begin ridding oneself of items no longer needed. To make it even more accommodating, she recommends spending only 7 1/2 minutes on this task per day. The author asserts that removing old, unwanted, or worn items is an outward sign of saying goodbye to the past and welcoming in the new. This was one of my favorite parts of the book.
I can't entirely say I disliked some of the other sections, but a lot of it didn't resonate with me. I found myself overwhelmed trying to determine accurate compass measurements, finding the geometric center of my home, and mapping out what is called a Bagua. Feng shui done correctly involves both time and space. I got lost along the way with some of the math coordinates that were required. I had to read over those explanations a few times to fully grasp what was said. The conclusion I came to was that people who offer this service for a living are needed. I don't think a book can fully take the place of a hands-on-expert. She stresses throughout the guide that incorrectly moving or placing objects can have a negative effect. That was enough to stop me in my tracks and evaluate my surroundings and overall happiness. I decided to read the material and leave my space as it is.
Other than the instructions being a bit over my head, the book is formatted to be very reader-friendly. If a person wishes to improve her wealth and finances, for example, the author has hyperlinks that will immediately take a reader to those chapters. At the end of the book, she offers a handy summary of how to proceed through everything from start to finish.
There are a couple of flaws, however, such as two chapters labeled as 6 in the table of contents, and I found more than ten typos, so this resulted in a slight star reduction. I am awarding this 3 out of 4 stars. My copy of the title was EPUB, so I am assuming this author will make the necessary changes to correct the mistakes.
This book would most appeal to those who have an interest in energy and how to work with it to enhance dwellings or office spaces. Some readers who have strong religious beliefs may not appreciate this book's New Age point of view.
Feng Shui For You
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