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  • Five Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Your Love Life & Finances

    Feng Shui for Love & Money by Clear Englebert (front cover) Feng Shui for Love & Money by Clear Englebert

    Feng shui is a way of manipulating energy by the conscious placement of objects in our environment. The objects we control send out messages about how we would like our lives to work. Those messages are going out whether we intend them or not. Feng shui gives us a way to send the messages we want to send. Here are a few simple, easy-to-implement solutions from Clear Englebert's new book, Feng Shui for Love & Money, to encourage positive relationship and wealth energy in your home.

    Order Feng Shui for Love & Money at our website now or look for it in bookstores throughout Hawaii. Author Clear Englebert will be on Oahu for promotional events from Aug. 28 – 31, and will also have events on the Big Island of Hawaii throughout September. See the book's events page for details.

    ● Avoid images of solitary people or things in your home. A solitary image says alone, not relating, not in harmony. One single image is not a problem, but as part of a repeated theme, it’ll be reflected in your life. If you collect solitary figurines, put them in groups of roughly the same height. If decorative objects in your Relationship Corner represent living things, it is very important that they not be singular. Don’t hang a picture of one flower—instead display a picture of several flowers. This rule is even more important when dealing with pictures of people of your own gender.

    ● Water symbolizes prosperity. The position of real water near your home is important to your finances, and if the water moves, the direction of the flow is important. The flow can be in all directions, like an umbrella, but if the water flows in only one direction, like a waterfall, the flow should be toward the front door or the heart of the home—never leading away from the house. Wavy lines represent ripples or waves on water. When that kind of design is on your front gate it symbolizes money flowing out your driveway.

    ● Yellow is the color of happiness, and pink is the color of love. Peach and coral are midway between yellow and pink. These colors say, “I’m in between, but not quite at love and happiness, and therefore available.” Fabric is the easiest way to bring color into an area, and you can pass the fabric on to someone else once you have the relationship that’s right for you. I also recommend silk flowers. Don’t use flowers that have thorns or are famous for them—so no roses. It’s not good enough to cut the thorns off the roses because roses are still famous for having thorns. There are plenty of songs associating rose thorns with love that ends up causing pain.

    ● The most powerful symbol of prosperity is an object that cost a lot of money. It can be as small as a stamp or as large as furniture. Many people put expensive jewelry in their Wealth Corner, and that’s perfect. Because costume jewelry is artificial, it would not be good in the Wealth Corner unless the jewelry is collectable and valuable in its own right. Things that look like money, but that you can’t really spend, are not recommended in the Wealth Corner.

    ● Plants with stiff, pokey leaves or with thorns, barbs or irritating bristles are bad in both Relationship and Wealth Corners. Plants with fuzzy, rounded leaves are ideal for both; the round shape is approachable and welcoming. Climbing plants can be problematic because they cling and need support, and those characteristics aren’t healthy in relationships. Round-leaf succulents are good for Wealth Corners. The succulent aspect symbolizes prosperity because the leaves are fat with water, and water symbolizes wealth. Plants with purple leaves or flowers are also excellent in the Wealth Corner. Velvet plant has beautiful soft, purple hairs and is good in both corners. Dried plants are very bad in any part of the home because they say dead.

    Clear Englebert has taught feng shui in Hawai‘i and California and consults on homes, gardens and commercial spaces throughout the Islands. He has been featured on television and in a variety of print media and has published three previous feng shui titles for a national audience, Feng Shui Demystified, Bedroom Feng Shui and Feng Shui for Retail Stores. He has also written Feng Shui for Hawai‘i and Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, with special attention paid to the particular feng shui problems found in Island homes and solutions geared toward Hawai‘i-style homes and décor. Visit the author's website: http://fungshway.com/

  • 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.

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