How far is too far?

Let’s go too far. Let’s trivialize a 4,000 year old art and science. Let’s “brand” feng shui into a new sneaker. Ready? Here it is…but just know there are people who will gladly pay $225 and over for these when they are first introduced because there is a whole cult of collectors out there to rebid the price up. Is that good feng shui? I’ll let you decide.Here’s how “Kick on Fire” puts it. And for good measure, here’s how Jordan puts it.  Now, do they have ANYTHING to do with Feng Shui?  If you can figure it out, please leave me a comment, because I’d like to know!

Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rabbit

If you live in an area with a Chinese community, chances are they will be celebrating this weekend as the Year of the Rabbit takes over from the Year of the Tiger.  Try to attend these celebrations and observe that everything being done has some symbolic meaning.  These don’t always translate well into our Western culture, but they may help you understand the rich complexity of this ancient culture. And perhaps, in your own heart, welcome the Year of the Rabbit – it bodes well for those of us who align our spirit with the wonderful Rabbit.

Mainlining Feng Shui

Recently a couple of articles have crossed my desk  trumpeting  a graduating class of Feng Shui majors leaving major interior design Institutes. Think, feng shui is going mainstream even if at a snails pace. And while it might be trendy to include Feng Shui on the curriculum, the deeper truth is experiencing how effective Feng Shui can be. Those of you who keep up with this blog, already know that I find the principles of Feng Shui being used under other names. If you want absolutely contemporary feng shui, learn Permaculture.

Is Feng Shui Satanic?

The Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon is not known for it’s progressive leanings (outside of the bubble called Ashland.)  And newspapers need to try to keep readers by sometimes going a bit far afield from news and features. But here’s one for the books, which appeared in Grants Pass Daily Courier October 16, 2009.  This from their “business journalist” Kathleen Alaks:

As an Interior designer, Catelin Hoover knows that the right placement of an object or color can make for a pleasing, comfortable, attractive home.

But as a devout Christian, she also believe that giving the placement of that object or color mystical or spiritual significant can be outright dangerous.

Hoover, who moved to Grants Pass a year ago and cares for her elderly father, has written and self-published a book, “Unmaking Feng Shui – A Christian Perspective,” in which she evaluates the ancient Oriental practice of feng shui and elaborates on how it is neither innocence or harmless.

“It is mostly base on superstition and divination, consulting the stars, the earth or some other force for direction,” Hoover says.  “And God forbids divination.  So this cannot be from the Lord.  It’s from Satan.”

Feng shui is an ancient system of aesthetics believed to help one improve life by receiving positive chi or life force.  In the traditional practice, specialists use compass-like instruments to determine the cosmic forces affect on a site and then align the construction of buildings and the placement of their contents with those cosmic forces.

Hoover first heard about feng shui in the 1980s while she was teaching interior design in Simi Valley, Calif.

“I saw this trend coming up which I couldn’t pronounce, got some books and read about it and thought it was strange,” she says.  “It never made sense to me.  I mean, just from an interior design sense, it violated everything I had ever been taught.  It’s just not sound decorating theory.”

She thought feng shui was a trend that would soon fade.  But as she heard more and more about it, she did more and more research.  And what she found was a philosophy that she saw as a subtle form of the occult and a theat to her religion. (underlining added)

It’s all passed off as innocent, but it isn’t,” Hoover says.  It started as a form of Buddhism, then pulled in ideas from Taoism, the I Ching, Confucianism, transcendental medication, which came from Hinduism and draws from the demonic world.  Many things have touched it.  There’s also a strong basis into paganism, holistic medicine and alternative therapies.”

Hoover contents that the practice of feng shui is dangerous to Christians and Jews because it brings the occult into the church and influences people to forego their faith.

“People read a magazine article or get a book about it and think, ‘oh, this will be fun.’ But if you do it for awhile, it becomes a habit.  And you begin to believe it instead of your faith,” she says.

Hoovers book also attacks many of the practitioners of feng shui as untrained and deceptive.

“There are no credentials for practitioners.  They have no background in interior design.  That doesn’t make too much sense,” she says.  “And some devotees of feng shui are quick to denigrate Christians and Jews and twist Bible passages to their own meaning.”

Whew!  That’s a full frontal assault. Suzanne Chavez of Grants Pas then wrote to the editor:

What credentials does feng shui critic have?

Thank you for printing the interviews with Catelin Hoover, the interior designer whose self-published book educates us about the satanic roots of feng shui.

I now know that Buddhism, Taoism, confucianism, transcendental medication, holistic medicine and alternate therapies are dangerous and evil.  I will now avoid my Hindu friends because I have learned they are closely linked to the demonic world.  Hoover says she is available of talks and seminars, so perhaps I should invite my Asian friends for a meeting with her.

I also leaned from this interview that all practitioners of feng shui are uncredentialed and have no background in interior design.  Maybe reporter Kathleen Alaks can interview Hoover again and ask what Hoover’s credentials ares, since the article did not make that clear.

I can see from the photo, however, that her philosophy of design is based on plastic bins with books shoved askew in them, chairs with ripped vinyl upholstery and desks with scratches gouged deep into the faux redwood finish.

A friend who works ow of Grants Pass writes, “the last word? We’ll see.”  What do you think?

The Archive is Live!

For some months now I’ve known that the monthly newsletter I send out for free gets looked at and then usually deleted.  Often times later there is the desire to retrieve that information, but alas, the email has been flushed,  So when I got the chance to create an archive of the past two years efforts, I jumped at the chance.  Now it’s up and ready for use.  I’ll add a category for it, but right now I wanted to let you know it’s out there and handy as a reference tool for those who wish to try doing some Feng Shui on their own.  I think you’ll find some tips and tricks that will increase your happiness, reduce your stress, increase your nourishment, and make you more prosperous.  Not bad for a freebie eigh?

Click here Dorothy – you won’t be in Kanas anymore!

Free Feng Shui Tips & Tricks

Did you know that I publish a free monthly eZine designed to help you incorporate good Feng Shui into your life, your home, your business?  Why not try a subscription?  It only comes once a month, and if you don’t like it, no problem, there’s an instant unsubscribe button on every issue.  Simple click here to subscribe.

Feng Shui your HAIR????

OK all – in my eZine I’ve spoken of a California trend to “feng shui your hair” – how California is That?  But now a local TV station has done a feature about it.  Take a look – I leave the conclusion up to you.  If it works for you, great.  If not….then again, much of what he has to say is right on Feng Shui wise!

Investors turning to Feng Shui for advice

Seems that Hong Kong investors are increasingly turning to Feng Shui masters for guidance with their investments in these turbulent economic times.  And while the Wall Street Journal is reporting this, we need to consider the status of Feng Shui in Hong Kong.

A city perfectly designed by Feng Shui experts.  Hong Kon is the world’s 11th largest economic center.  Almost every business has used it’s Feng Shui advisors in the design and implementation of its space; buildings are designed to create “feng shui wars.”  It may be prudent to realize what’s good for Hong Kong may OR may not be sage advise for the rest of us.

What’s the lesson? Feng Shui absolutely can help businesses increase their bottom line, but when it comes to investing, it should be just one of many tools used in judgment making.  When sailing, it is wise to check the direction of the wind rather than ignoring it.  And, as Confucius would say, “all things in moderation.”  At the same time, realize that Feng Shui definitely has accuracy in helping to see where both the wind and the water are going.

Income Doubled in one month

Thought you might like to see what one Feng Shui master was able to do for a client:

Northport, NY (PRWEB) February 15, 2009 — Guided by Feng Shui Master Peter Reiss, entrepreneur Dean Mercado was able to almost double his business income in one month.

Mercado, president of OnlineMarketingMuscle, an Internet marketing and coaching firm in Holtsville, NY, called on Master Reiss’ services in December 2008. His business had been growing but not at the pace he desired and he felt that in these tough times he needed to be open to any tools for growth, no matter how “exotic”.

“I know Richard Branson uses Feng Shui, so I figured, ‘What the heck?’, and boy was that a good decision. From the moment Peter Reiss came into my office it was like a whirlwind of change. He showed me things that had been sitting there for years blocking my wealth flow. We got rid of the blocks, made the other adjustments he suggested and the difference was amazing.

“Our office felt better – more powerful, if you can believe it. And the results reflected it. I didn’t do anything different – no extra marketing, no extra sales effort. The only changes were what Master Reiss suggested and the numbers show how amazing he is. Even in this down market we just about doubled business income in one month, from December ’08 to January ’09, and are already way ahead of our financial projections for 2009.”

Valentine’s Day & the BaGua

I find it more than coincidence that the color of love, the color of most Valentine’s Day items, is pink.  If you look at a Bagua for the Relationship area, you find the colors there are pink to white.  So what? I hear you say.

The ‘so what’ is that almost all customs coming from a different culture most often have a different color associated with them.  To wit, white is worn by widows in India, white is worn by brides and virgins in the west.  Black is for mourning in the West, not at all in the East.  We could go on, but it’s not necessary.  It’s interesting that in this case, we in the West are totally in line with the 5,000 year old energy map from China.

Love someone special this Valentine’s Day!