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Terah Kathryn Collins

Room by Room

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The Western Guide to Feng Shui by Terah Kathryn Collins is a comprehensive book that explains the principles of Feng Shui to create harmony in our homes and lives. It offers practical tips and techniques to enhance energy flow and bring balance.

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    Harness the flow of Ch’i

    Have you ever walked into a room and immediately felt uncomfortable or tense? Perhaps you've come home after a long day to find your home chaotic and overwhelming. If so, you've experienced the power of Ch’i. In ancient Chinese philosophy, Ch’i is the life force that flows through all things – from a piece of furniture to your favorite photograph. In a cluttered, disorganized environment full of things, Ch’i flows in all directions. It feels overwhelming.

    Balancing, harnessing, and guiding the flow of Ch’i is the basis of Feng Shui, the Chinese art of placement.  

    Feng Shui, pronounced “fung shway”, has been practiced in China for over 3,000 years. Feng Shui translates to “wind and water” because early practitioners used it to locate home and village sites based on the natural flow of the elements. They assessed the Ch’i qualities of the land and then monitored construction to avoid disrupting this flow. In the West, most buildings don't align as naturally with the flow of Ch’i. 

    But when you learn to adapt the principles of Feng Shui, you can enhance the flow of Ch’i in any space – be it your home, your office, or even in a hotel room. 

    Before working with Ch’i, you need to understand three things about it. 

    Perhaps most importantly, Feng Shui recognizes that everything is alive. Feng Shui teaches you to respect this aliveness, utilizing each thing's Ch'i intentionally. 

    Second, Ch'i teaches you that everything is connected. Ch’i is a continuous flow of energy that moves through all things. This means that your energy affects your surroundings, and your surroundings affect your energy. 

    Ch'i is also constantly changing. Growth, movement, and change are part of its nature. For instance, when moving to a new place, you may instinctively want to toss things from your old home to “start fresh.” Feng Shui provides principles for evolving your spaces in a conscious way, going with the flow of Ch’i. 

    When you honor your home as connected, alive, and constantly changing, you realize that it can nourish and support you like any other relationship. Feng Shui provides the timeless wisdom to build a beautiful relationship with your surroundings. 

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    What is The Western Guide to Feng Shui about?

    The Western Guide to Feng Shui (1996) is a practical handbook for harnessing the ancient Chinese art of placement. Blending common sense with timeless wisdom, this guide empowers you to see your home in a new light and transform your living space into a peaceful, nourishing and uplifting sanctuary. 

    Who should read The Western Guide to Feng Shui?

    • Those moving into a new space and wanting to start off right
    • Anyone feeling overwhelmed or drained by their home or workplace
    • People seeking more creativity, prosperity, and positivity in their lives

    About the Author

    Terah Kathryn Collins is a bestselling author and teacher. She’s the founder of the Western School of Feng Shui and the originator of Essential Feng Shui. Her book The Western Guide to Feng Shui (1996) has been translated into ten languages and spawned several follow-up books, including The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room by Room.

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