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Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Karen Kingston

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Feng WHAT?

I once met a woman who set off traveling around the planet with little more than the ticket to her first destination in her pocket, but she had one extraordinary skill--the ability to read people's palms--and no matter where she went, she was never short of a place to sleep or food to eat. She would pick a local restaurant or hotel, meet the manager, and offer to do palm readings for guests in return for food, shelter, or a small wage. When I met her she had been doing this for three years, had already visited more than a dozen countries, and was having the time of her life.

I have found that Feng Shui has this same universal appeal. When people discover how much their home can affect them, for better or for worse, they are usually fascinated to learn more.

Feng Shui

The rising popularity of Feng Shui in recent years has been extraordinary. I first discovered a passion for working with energy in buildings in the late 1970s and began teaching Feng Shui publicly in 1993. When people asked me then what I did for a living and I told them, their usual response was a puzzled look and a "Feng WHAT?" Nowadays they usually nod wisely and the conversation simply glides on. Just about everyone seems to have heard something about it these days.

Feng Shui is the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives. These natural energy flows were well known and understood by the ancients, and knowledge of them still exists in some cultures today. In Bali, for example, which is my home for half of each year, the people still live in total harmony with both the physical, seen world and the ethereal, unseen world of invisible energies. Daily offerings at every household shrine throughout the land and an endless procession of beautiful, powerful, and very highly evolved ceremonies in the island's twenty thousand communal temples ensures that balance and harmony is maintained. This, to me, is Feng Shui at its best--not just a set of principles applied to an individual building for a specific result but a whole island of 3 million people in tune with the sacredness of the land and living Feng Shui as a complete way of life.

My Approach to Feng Shui

My own approach to Feng Shui is rather different from that of other practitioners because I work directly with the energy of each space. Over a twenty-year period, I have developed the ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and sense energy in enhanced ways, so to begin a consultation the first thing I usually do is go around the entire inside perimeter of the building, taking an energy reading with my hands. The history of events is recorded in the walls and furniture in the form of subtle electromagnetic imprints, and through reading and interpreting these, I can detect pretty much everything of significance that has ever happened there. Traumatic or repetitive events are embedded the most deeply and have a correspondingly greater effect on present-day occupants. I am also able to find areas where the energy in the building has become stuck and determine what needs to be done to improve its flow.

Whenever I come across clutter, its energy field is unmistakable. It presents an obstacle to the flow of energy and has an unpleasant, sticky, unclean feel to it, as if I'm moving my hands through unseen cobwebs. This is what first made me realize that clutter causes problems in people's lives. It also has a distinctive, pervasive, musty odor that I can smell if I walk into someone's home, even if the clutter is hidden away from sight. Actually, if I tune in, I can also smell it in a person's aura (the energy field around the body) if he or she stands near me, because the aura becomes imbued with the smell of it. But don't worry about this if you ever meet me in person--there is so much clutter in the world that I don't tune in this way too often!

The good news is that after clearing clutter, this unwholesome, stagnant energy and accompanying odor quickly disappears.

The Feng Shui Bagua

One of the most interesting aspects of Feng Shui, and one that I will be focusing on a great deal in this book, is the Feng Shui "bagua" grid (see Chapter 8 for a simplified diagram and further information). This can be used to locate where each aspect of your life is found in any building you occupy.

For example, there is an area in your home to do with prosperity. Many people read about Feng Shui or attend a workshop on the subject, get very excited about it, and then rush to put it into practice without realizing they need to clear their clutter first. They hear they can hang a mirror in their prosperity corner to attract more wealth. But what if that area is cluttered with junk? Sadly, putting a mirror there is more likely to double their financial problems than resolve them.

This book focuses on just this one aspect of Feng Shui--clearing clutter--that is so vital to its successful application. It is the first book ever to explore this subject in depth in this context, and is intended as an ideal starter for those new to Feng Shui and an invaluable tool for those who have studied it for a while.

Throughout this book I refer mostly to applying the information around your home, but of course it can be used equally effectively in your workplace and any other building you occupy.

Revue de presse

"A great book and long overdue.  I have read it twice in a week. . . . Thanks, Karen Kingston, for helping me to simplify my life in a joyful way."  
--Louise L. Hay, author of Empowering Women and You Can Heal Your Life

"Elevates cleaning clutter from a mundane task to an experience of the sublime."
--Michelle Passoff, author of Lighten Up! Free Yourself From Clutter

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Amazon.com: 4.5 étoiles sur 5  35 commentaires
15 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Just stay clean. Why I think you SHOULD or SHOULDN'T buy this book. 5 juin 2013
Par Pasteur Tran - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
There are good and bad reviews here, and honestly...they are all probably correct. I also noticed someone going around down rating anything below 5 stars here?

About the Author:
Karen Kingston is the author of Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui and Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui and her blog can be found here: www.spaceclearing.com.

The Book:
In a nutshell - It's about clearing the mess you have in your house or in your life. The more you do this, the better things will become.

The book is broken down into parts:
1. Understanding what CLUTTER is and how it affects you.
2. Identifying what types of clutter you have, and where it should go.
3. How you should start clearing your clutter.

The Feng Shui?
The Feng Shui component comes in part 2, for a VERY small portion of the book. The over-riding theme of the book is basically suggesting that the clutter will affect certain parts of your life. That part of your life is reflected in the 'Bagua Square' (You can look this up). In that square - if clutter exists in the room/house it will affect that component of your life. What I noted was I would want ALL parts of my life to be good - so basically just remove all clutter no matter where it is and you should be fine.

What to EXPECT:
1. A book about minimalism (How to live with less).
2. Motivation to begin cleaning your room/house.
3. Why mess & clutter are bad.
4. There are some little gems about why some things you should not hold onto.

What was disappointing?

1. I found little Feng Shui in this book.
2. I felt it was a really drawn out way to say ‘clean your house’.

I'm going to give this book a 2.5/5. I am not a true believer of Feng Shui but I have always wanted to know about it. I felt using the word in the book was a bit deceiving – there was little Feng Shui at all. However, the book has its merit with regards to why you should throw away certain items in your house ( because it may be making you subconsciously upset like that shirt your ex brought you). If you are looking for a book about why you should clean and what to get rid of – go ahead – but if you are interested in Feng Shui itself - I found this book lacking.
16 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 First book I've ever returned 15 mai 2014
Par Rachael Herron - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan of clutter-clearing, both in practice and in theory. I love Peter Walsh, and I'll watch Hoarders with true delighted horror. I'm an active participant of Project 333 (33 items of clothing, rotating in 3 month seasons). But this book was offensive on quite a few different levels.

The line that had me running at my computer to return it was when she talked about the parents of a gay son. She said explicitly that they should throw out the toys they were saving for his children because 1) he will never marry a woman and 2) he will never have kids, and they're being ridiculous and short-sighted if they hoard things for the grandchildren they can never possibly have.

I'm actually surprised that the publisher didn't make her revise this when it went back to print, and I'm surprised it hasn't come up in more reviews. The other things were offensive, too, all the points that are being made here: No, I don't believe that if someone gained weight in my house before I lived there that I will, too. I don't believe that if someone was unhappy in my apartment that I will inherit their unhappiness if I don't get a clearing that (in her words) last hours. I really don't think that a colonic will help anything but my intestinal tract--it definitely won't help my wallet, that's for sure.

Bottom line: This book is offensive, bordering on homophobic (and certainly gay-illiterate).
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good for the topic. 29 octobre 2010
Par D. V. S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
According to various authors explaining this "philosophy", Feng Shui is the art of balancing & harmonising the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives.

My interpretation of this art is that the energies one experiences is the subconscious mind's response to its interpretation of the surroundings one finds oneself in; surroundings in harmony with one's mind will elicit corresponding mental energy, because everything that is experienced is experienced and possibly motivated in the mind. All inputs to the mind flow through all the senses to varying degrees, and the mind has the capacity to sense some things beyond what is presented through the 5 main senses. And, as some open-minded people know, some stimuli through the senses to the brain may elicit reactions in the body (- the obvious, but not only example being the effects of strobe lighting on people)

According to Wikipedia, feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive "qi" (spelled chi or ch'i in English). Qi is frequently translated as "energy flow", and is often compared to Western notions of "vitalism", as well as the yogic notion of prana, meaning vital life or energy, and pranayama, meaning control of breath or energy. The literal translation of "qi" is air, breath, or gas.

The term "feng shui" in Chinese literally translates as "wind-water" in English. Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings, such as tombs. Feng shui was suppressed in China during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, but has since seen an increase in popularity, particularly in the United States.

As explained in this book, there are various aspects of feng shui, and Space Clearing is one of them. The three main causes of stuck energy that feng shui space-clearing addresses are -
- Physical grime.
- Predecessor energy.
- Clutter.

As she briefly explains, of the three concerns of space-clearing, predecessor energy is the most sublime (subtle), yet the most easily dealt with. (This has nothing to do with superstition: Those who are perceptive enough can experience subtle energies in various environments. Refer to my interpretation in the 2nd paragraph above.)

The author, for the purposes of this book, chooses to focus on just one of these - the clearing of clutter - to release useful energy. (One knows what it feels like after clearing out domestic rubbish, as in "Spring cleaning", so there is no refuting the truth of this aspect of feng shui.)

Most Westerners find one of their greatest psychological resistances to be in clearing clutter (because of the desire to hoard, and because of laziness), so the author focuses on clearing clutter after the first of 22 chapters in the book. The chapters are divided amongst 3 parts:
Part 1 discusses the understanding of clutter.
Part 2 discusses identifying clutter.
Part 3 deals with the actual clearing of clutter.

Five of the chapters in Part 3 address clutter in time, body, mind, emotion, and spirit, respectively.

If one accepts her claims to expertise in the subject matter, the author could be said to be an expert in this matter. As she explains, Space Clearing is mentioned only briefly in other books on feng shui (probably because the Chinese hoard less than Westerners do), yet space-clearing is essentially prerequisite to the application of other feng shui principles: Without space-clearing, addressing the other aspects of feng shui will have little or no effect.

Too much waffle and superstition takes away 2 stars, but because the author is knowledgeably pragmatic on space-clearing, I can give it no less than 3 stars. The book's material can show one that one's cluttered and disorganised environment reflects a like mind.

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3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is helping me transition to a new life. A life without clutter. 17 février 2014
Par William C. Pool - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
How amazing to realize that this new life was always available to me. I didn't realize the negative impact of clutter till now. I'm sooo grateful for this book.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 informative 12 février 2014
Par Mattie Jefferson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love this book. It gives me a better perspective on way people have clutter and hoard. It has given me insight and motivation. This book has given me insight of clutter not only from the natural view point but the spiritual view point of how we keep clutter in our hearts that keeps us from being productive in Christ. Great and easy reading.
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