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My e-book with Dr. Hsu!  In my studies of feng shui, there were so many unanswered questions that always left me frustrated.  This book will help those trying to decipher the truths, myths and misconceptions in feng shui.

I am very happy to share with you the feng shui e-book that I collaborated with Dr. Shan-Tung Hsu, Feng Shui: Truths, Myths & Misconceptions.

This book was written to clarify the misconceptions of feng shui that many have come to believe as fact. The truth is, some practices are superstitions, cultural beliefs, or have become blended with other disciplines.

Using a question and answer format, we have answered the many common questions that you may have wanted to ask but found no one who could answer them! Our hope is for everyone to enjoy the benefits of feng shui for a prosperous life.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1:  The Definition, History and Concepts of Feng Shui
  • Chapter 2:  General Feng Shui Q & A
  • Chapter 3  Feng Shui for Home and Office
  • Chapter 4: Feng Shui Gadgets and Myths
  • Chapter 5:  Schools of Feng Shui
  • Epilogue
  • Glossary of Classical Philosophical Concepts Used in Feng Shui
  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgments

Currently this book is in ebook format only and can be downloaded at My Book Orders:

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Notes:  There is some confusion about e-books and as I am new to this too here are a few tips that I hope will help.
  • If you don’t have a Kindle or Nook, you can still read an e-book on your computer.  To do this, you must first download an e-book reader, that will be able to read the file.  Here we suggested the Adobe e-book reader that works for both PCs and Macs but there are many other free e-book readers too.
  • Once you have an e-book reader on your computer, you can download the ePub file and it will open it on your computer.
  • Unfortunately, you cannot print an ePub or Kindle file.
  • You can also download a free Kindle app and download a Kindle file



Type of Blessing

Tao Blessings – Omamori

In Asia, blessings are part of our culture, woven into our lives.  In Japan we call them omamori, meaning to protect.  It’s not thought of as religious, but its practice is more on a spiritual level.  Sometimes when we feel the need of support from the universe, we buy for them for ourselves, but more often it’s given as a gift.In Japan, during school exam season, parents rush to buy blessings for their children.  I received a blessing from a girlfriend when I was pregnant with my first child.  It made me feel all warm inside and it’s a gift that I always remember.  It’s a way of saying, “thinking of you.”

These are Tao Blessings that have ancient Taoist energy drawings.   In Chinese natural philosophy, form defines energy.  Ancient Taoist masters discovered that different emblems drawn with a brush could manifest different energies. Over time, they developed more sophisticated and focused forms.  For over a thousand years, these forms have been used for healing, for protection, for enhancing energy, and for enriching life.  Some are very general, others are more specific.

Here we have eight different blessings:  health, knowledge, good luck, prosperity, love, marriage, baby, and home.  In each design, the central part of the emblem, a traditional ancient energy form, is the key to manifesting the energy of the blessing.  They are the size of a credit card so it’s small enough to carry with you, or you can just keep it somewhere safe.

These Tao Blessings make wonderful gifts.  I have given these blessings to friends and family to express my sincere thoughts to them.  It’s also a nice gift to include in a card too, because it’s something they can keep.  They are usually placed in a wallet so the person is reminded that someone is always thinking of them.  I keep the inner plastic on, so it stays protected.  It will surely be a gift that is appreciated for years to come. Why not buy one for your loved ones!