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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.

  • Feng Shui for Interiors Classes with Clear Englebert

    Author and feng shui expert Clear Englebert Author and feng shui expert Clear Englebert

    Best-selling author Clear Englebert (Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, Bedroom Feng Shui) will offer Feng Shui for Interiors classes in Honolulu on June 7 and June 8. In addition, Englebert’s special guest during the June 7 class will be Angi Ma Wong, best-selling author (Feng Shui Dos and Taboos series) and the only feng shui consultant featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also made appearances on Live With Regis and Kelly, CNN Headline News, the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel.

    Friday, June 7, 6:30-8:30pm — Interior Chi Flow Class (Class Fee $25)

    This class introduces Chi energy, which is the most basic feng shui concept. The class also covers how to maximize Chi's beneficial flow and retain it within a home; the importance of doors and windows; how to use feng shui cures; how to locate the powerful spots within a room; how to counter harsh energy within the home, such as open beams and ceiling fans; furniture selection and placement.

    Feng shui consultant Angi Ma Wong. (Photo courtesy Angi Ma Wong)

    Meet & Greet Autograph Session with Angi Ma Wong – 6:00pm

    This session is for attendees of the Interior Chi Flow class only. Please bring your copies of Wong’s books with you for autographs. (Books will not be available for sale.) Wong will provide a free update for page 22 for those who have the original edition of Feng Shui Dos and Taboos (white cover; bring your book with you).

    Saturday, June 8, 6:30-8:30pm — The Feng Shui Bagua (Class Fee $25)

    This class explains the Bagua map, a nine-area grid (based on the entrance) that lies over the floor plan. Yin and Yang are discussed, as well as the Five Elements and their application to furnishings. The power of color is covered and the two power corners, Wealth and Relationship, are discussed in depth.

    All classes will be held in the Private Function Room in the Executive Center, Lobby Level, next to Hukilau Restaurant. Class fee is $25 per class. Validated parking is available and no pre-registration is required; walk-ins are welcome and audio recording for personal use is permitted.

  • Feng Shui Lectures with Clear Englebert

    Author and feng shui expert Clear Englebert Author and feng shui expert Clear Englebert

    Get a good start in the Year of the Snake by learning more about how to apply feng shui principles to your life! Clear Englebert, author of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i and Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens will be giving the following lectures in the upcoming months:

    The Kealakekua Public Library will present a free one-hour lecture on the principles of feng shui on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30pm.

    The lecture will address the differences between schools of feng shui, explain chi energy and how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow. Englebert explains why some energy is considered negative and how to deflect it. Additional lecture topics include furniture selection and placement, locating powerful spots within a room, and dealing with clutter. Tips for relationships and prosperity are emphasized, and examples specific to Hawai‘i homes allow a clearer understanding of how to apply the principles in the Islands.

    _MG_3229 Clear Englebert explains how to apply feng shui concepts in the garden to Hawaii News Now reporter Dan Cooke.

    The Hilo Public Library will present a free one-hour lecture on applying the principles of feng shui in your garden to create positive energy in your home and life on Saturday, April 6 at 2:30pm.

    Your garden is your first and best opportunity to create positive energy for your home. Englebert explains chi energy and shows how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow, stressing the importance of the approach to the home.  He tells why some energy from neighboring structures is considered negative and how to deflect it. Emphasis is placed on harmonizing the home with the surrounding landform. The examples are specific to Hawai‘i homes, and to the landscape, climate, and culture of the Islands, allowing a clear understanding of how to apply feng shui principles here. He also explains which plants to select and where to put them.

  • Use Your Garden to Create Positive Energy in Your Home


    Happy Year of the Dragon! Did you know that in the Chinese art of feng shui, the Dragon corresponds to one of the sides of your home? A feng shui garden brings a feeling of balance to the property around your house. The balance of the landscape signifies better balance in your life and within the home. In the forthcoming Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, author and feng shui consultant Clear Englebert gives you simple, easy-to-implement solutions to invite good energy into your home and protect it from harsh or threatening energies.

    “Your garden is your first and best opportunity to create positive energy for your home,” says Clear. “The ideal home sites have a surrounding landform represented by these four animals: black Turtle (behind), red Bird or Phoenix (in front), green Dragon (masculine, and to the right, as you stand outside facing the building), and white Tiger (feminine, and to the left). These are very protective energies that support a home in the way a good armchair supports someone sitting in it. That’s why this landform arrangement is commonly referred to as the armchair position, also sometimes called the horseshoe.”

    If your home isn’t situated in such a manner, there are many things you can do with your garden to help balance the energy and even encourage certain energies to come your way.

    Some tips for the Dragon side of your home:

    • Park cars on the Dragon side; they are powerful and therefore strengthen the protective energy of the Dragon.
    • The easiest way to strengthen the Dragon side (necessary if the Tiger side—the opposite side—is too strong, say if your cars are parked on that side instead) is to add a dragon sculpture, or any item with a dragon image, to the right side of the home. A pot, bell or banner works nicely and will look at home in a garden setting.
    • Plants with an upward form or plants that climb upward are good on the Dragon side. Red bougainvillea is a perfect choice, especially if you can allow the plant to grow large. The association between the red color and fire is good for the yang energy of the Dragon, and a large prickly plant like bougainvillea is ideal for the side that represents protection for the home.
    • Have an outdoor grill? The Dragon side is a wonderful place for it. Every use will strengthen the fiery energy.
    • Looking for love? The Dragon side represents male (yang) energy. To attract a man to your life, place a masculine image or sculpture on the right side of the front door, or on the right side of the yard. (You can apply this to attract a woman by adding female iconography to the opposite—left, Tiger—side.) Once you’ve got your partner, the figure should be removed. Be grateful for what you’ve got, express your appreciation and don’t keep looking.


    You can meet Clear at any of the events timed for the release of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens in mid-February:

    Book Signings

    Sat., Feb. 18, 11am – noon, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall, (808) 737-3323
    Mon., Feb. 20, 11am – 1pm, Dragon Gate Bookstore, Chinese Cultural Plaza, 100 N. Beretania, (808) 533-7147
    Sat., Feb. 25, 11am – noon, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana, (808) 949-7307

    Free Library Talks
    Talks will focus on exterior uses of feng shui. Plant selection and placement will also be covered. 30% of each purchase of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens sold at these events will be donated to the Friends of the Library.

    Tues., Feb. 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Liliha Library, (808) 587-7577
    Wed., Feb. 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Waimanalo Library, (808) 259-2610
    Thurs., Feb. 23, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Salt Lake Library, (808) 831-6831
    Sat., Feb. 25, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Aina Haina Library, (808) 377-2456
    Sun., Feb. 26, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Pearl City Library, (808) 453-6566

    In addition, Clear will be offering a series of intensive feng shui classes. Each class lasts three hours and has a cost of $30. There is a $20 refund for any student who attends all four classes. For more information on Clear's classes and the other events, visit the Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens events page.

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