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Five Tips for Better Feng Shui

Bestselling author and feng shui consultant Clear Englebert considers feng shui “an art, like decorating…it may not be classified as a science in the modern sense, but it teaches us to consciously notice where our attention is being drawn and what symbols are around us. This is a cross-cultural belief.” Clear specializes in offering pragmatic solutions geared particularly to address the feng shui situations and challenges particular to living in Hawai‘i. His books, Feng Shui for Hawai‘i and Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens offer a wealth of such advice in concise, simple language with hundreds of illustrative photos and drawings.

Here, he shares five tips for better feng shui as we look forward to the new Year of the Ram. Get more tips from Clear at his free lectures and special intensive classes (nominal fee) offered on O‘ahu at the end of this month. (Schedule posted after the tips.)

1)   Positioning the Bed

This is literally a fundamental step when evaluating feng shui in your home—your bed is where you sleep and recharge your body’s energy. Place it so that the head of the bed is against a solid wall and, most importantly, so that you can easily see toward the doorway of the bedroom. The idea that someone could approach your resting place unseen is not good for positive energy. However, make sure that the bed is not directly in line with the doorway—that’s too much energy coming straight into the room and hitting you as you rest. You especially do not want the foot of the bed aimed out the door. That’s called the “coffin position” because coffins are carried out feet first.

2)   The “Money Corner”

Here's an example of a fountain from hayneedle.com that I shared on my Pinterest board. (Follow me at pinterest.com/fungshway) I think it's incredibly beautiful, though sadly quite expensive. -CE

 

 

The area associated with finance is located in the far left corner of any room or of the whole house. The ideal item to place here is a fountain—water represents wealth (in Hawaii, wai is water and waiwai means wealth; it’s no coincidence!). The fountain must be running and kept going constantly while you are home and awake. You can turn it off at night while you sleep or while you’re at work. (A timer is good for this.) If it is a model with a light below the water, the light should be turned off—light (fire) below water is an unnatural situation. It only occurs when you have lava flowing beneath the surface of the ocean, a dangerous setting with opposing elements coming together, and therefore is symbolic of argument and chaos. If you cannot have a fountain, a photo or painting of flowing water (a waterfall or river) is a good alternative.

3)   The “Relationship Corner”

The area pertaining to relationships is located in the far right corner. Keep items there in pairs or groups, like two figurines together, not singular objects—no paintings or photographs of one lonely hula dancer or solitary palm tree. Also, artwork or other items placed there should be somewhat romantic, and include a bit of pink—the color of love. Couples should both like any decoration placed in this corner. You don’t want something in your relationship corner that one person dislikes.

4)   Using feng shui to attract a relationship

USPS: Duke Kahanamoku stamp One of my clients pasted this stamp next to her door in the appropriate location to attract a romantic relationship into her life. - CE 

Start with Tip #3, plus put an image outside your front door that is of the same gender as the person you are hoping to attract. (In this instance, you just want a single figure.) If you are looking for a man, put a masculine image on the right side of the door. If you are looking for a woman, put a feminine image on the left side of the door. (Right and left respective to you standing outside looking at the front door.) The image can be a photograph, painting, sculpture or even a postage stamp. I had one client who pasted up a small stamp featuring Duke Kahanamoku—the next time I talked to her, she couldn’t stop raving about her handsome, sexy, athletic new boyfriend, just what you’d expect from an image like that!

5)   Feng shui and health

There are two things I recommend right away when asked about health and feng shui. First: Get rid of clutter. I have discovered that in homes where a person is ill, such as a diagnosis of cancer, clutter has been prevalent for some time. Clutter prevents movement and circulation of energy in your home. The concept resonates in your body. Second: Do not keep furniture with sharp right angles close to the bed. The corners on bedside tables should be round or rounded (angles larger than 90 degrees). Sharp angles direct harsh energy; they are called “poison arrows” or shar chi. If such a corner is near your bed, in feng shui terms, you are being stabbed as you sleep. Once I explained this to an elderly woman I consulted for, she took out her saw and sawed off the offending corner right in front of me!

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Free Library Lecture dates, times and locations:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6:00 pm at Waipahu Library (808-675-0358)
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, 10:30 am, at Mililani Library (808-627-7470)
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, 2:00 pm, at Waikiki-Kapahulu Library (808-733-8488)
  • Monday, March 2, 6:00 pm, at Kaimuki Library (808-733-8422)

Each lecture will last one hour and discuss a number of topics, including mauka/makai orientation of the home and its land; the significance of water features and fountains; clutter and how to eliminate it (a common problem in O‘ahu’s apartments and townhomes); interior features (fans, open beams, etc.); furniture selection (patterns, color and placement); and the importance of doors and windows. Learn why O‘ahu has the most favorable feng shui and about the commonality between the Hawaiian and Chinese cultures’ connection between fresh water and prosperity.

At each of these talks Clear’s books, Feng Shui for Hawai‘i and Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, both published by Watermark Publishing, will be available for purchase; 30% of each purchase goes to the Friends of the Library.

Special Classes: Feng Shui for Love & Money

Class fee, $10 each. This class explains how to use and enhance the two powerful back corners of a space: the Relationship Corner in the far right, and the Wealth Corner in the far left. It will also explain various other aspects of feng shui concerned with harmony and prosperity.

  • Friday, Feb. 27, 6:30-8:30 pm at Bodhi Tree Dharma Center

654A North Judd St. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Sunday, March 1, 3:00-5:00 pm at Highline Kitchen Systems

1276 Young St., between Pi‘ikoi and Ke‘eaumoku. Pre-registration required, call 808-328-0329.

Special Class: Feng Shui for Real Estate

Class fee, $10 each. This class is particularly intended for real estate agents and anyone buying or selling property. Renters will also find the advice on buying applicable in their search for space. This portion of the class covers how to select a future home/property with positive feng shui energy. The selling portion of the class explains how to sell property more quickly and profitably using feng shui principles.

  • Thursday, February 26, 6:00-8:00 pm at Highline Kitchen Systems

1276 Young St., between Pi‘ikoi and Ke‘eaumoku. Pre-registration required, call 808-328-0329.

Clear Englebert has practiced and taught feng shui in Hawai‘i and California since 1995. A recognized feng shui expert with five published books to his credit, he has been featured on television programs and in print media. He teaches feng shui at various venues and offers consultations throughout Hawai‘i. For more information visit his website, www.fungshway.com.