My first encounter with Feng Shui occurred many years ago. A friend made an appointment with a Feng Shui Practitioner to visit his home, to evaluate the Qi and offer some suggestions. He was starting up a new business at home and wanted to take advantage of every possible type of advice and information that could help to increase the likelihood of success. His Practitioner advised him to move his home office from one end of the house into his bathroom, and his bathroom into the garage. He also suggested adding a room to the back of the house in order to bring balance to the home and enhance the flow of energy to the projected business endeavor. These suggestions were, not surprisingly, difficult ones for my friend to consider, so he was left with the feeling that his business might not go as well as he had hoped.
When I heard about the advice my friend had received, I decided that there had to be an easier way for those of us living in the western world to take advantage of the principles the Feng Shui Practitioner had discussed—easier than re-building our homes or relocating the rooms in them! I had at that time spent a number of years learning a variety of techniques for identifying and balancing personal energy. The thought of being able to balance energy in someone’s environment intrigued me and I found I became curious about Feng Shui. So I went looking for books and teachers in order to learn more about this new (to me) concept.
Now, after many years of study and practice, I have found wonderful and useful Feng Shui techniques we all can apply to the process of balancing the life force energy. I have tried and tested many techniques from the various schools of Feng Shui. I use and teach those I have found beneficial to create balance and harmony in people’s lives and in their environments. And, I have incorporated techniques from Geomancy, from Astrology, from other western disciplines that work—either by themselves, or together with the traditional Chinese and Eastern Feng Shui practices.
The purpose of this book is to provide instant access to the age-old concepts of Feng Shui, allowing the reader to gain sufficient insight into the process to be able to immediately make beneficial changes to the energy flow in their environment. We will access information from several schools of thought on Feng Shui. We will include some Western traditions (mostly related to current interior design and functionality requirements common here in the West). But mainly we will follow the Black Hat Feng Shui tradition and teachings, orienting the Ba-Gua Compass to the individual home/building/office or other space.
Each chapter in this book contains questions, exercises, tips and suggestions for identifying your personal Feng Shui requirements. The best way to use this book is to browse through the questions in the various chapters and find which areas of your home (and how you personally) might benefit from the application of some Feng Shui techniques. Then, you will want to check back from time to time (if/when you notice that you are experiencing a lot of stress in your life) and make Feng Shui adjustments as needed. Circumstances change, and the Qi shifts, so you may need to improve the balance in one or another area of your home to accommodate these energy shifts. Test and try the suggestions singly or in combination until you feel "in balance". You can tell quite easily whether or not your relationships, financial circumstances, health and personal well-being improve! This useful guidebook will help you keep yourself on course, focused on improving your life and bringing benefit to the situations and people you encounter along the way.