How the Loss of a Lake Changes the Feng Shui of a Village

The other day I saw the title of an article from the Guardian that piqued my curiosity. Bolivia’s second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change.  The basis of feng shui is how the environment affects the people.  So, I wondered, “if the lake is gone, what happened to the people?” …

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Fundamental Feng Shui and Helping Us Stay Safe From Floods

You don’t need to study feng shui to realize that probably building on a flood plain isn’t such a good idea. The problem is, when searching for a home,  we consumers assume that if a house already exists on a property, it couldn’t be sitting on a flood plain.  Isn’t that why we have city codes?  Okay, now …

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Sogetsu Ikebana and the Fundamental Energy of Plants

Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, has a 600 year history.  It began when the practice of offering small flower arrangements to Buddhist shrines were taken out of the religious context.  It originally developed as an art to enjoy nature, bringing flowers into the Japanese home.  Today, in this age of information technology, ikebana …

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Urban Design and the Art of Camouflage

Design in urban areas has really improved over the years.  Today, there are visible signs of the extra steps they have taken to beautify the city.  One of the things I really appreciate is how they have begun to camouflage unsightly utility and mechanical boxes in public spaces.    Usually, on the sides of streets and roads, we often see …

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How to Bring Chi to an Office with No Windows

Several clients have lamented that they have no windows in their office. One shared, “I don’t know if it’s sunny or raining. After a while, I have to get out of my office so I can see outside. I don’t know why, but I just want to know what the weather is like.” Imagine sitting …

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Pollution Should Be Considered in Feng Shui Analysis

Feng shui is the study of how to live in accord with nature through understanding our environment and its inherent chi-energy.  We search for places that strengthen and enrich our lives.  Feng shui is a tool to help us design spaces that enhance our well-being. Dr. Hsu teaches us that Form School Feng Shui is always evolving with the times.  Just as new …

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Our Downsizing Story – From 3,700 sq. ft. to 1,190 sq. ft.

I must apologize for not writing for nearly three months.  It’s been a very trying three months for me. After twelve years, we have sold our home and downsized.  With three boys, our 3,700 sq. ft. suburban home was spacious with a huge deck that commanded a fabulous view of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle in the …

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Are High Ceilings Better than Low Ceilings?

High ceilings bring about a sense of grandeur.  Ballrooms, theaters, arenas, cathedrals, and castles all come to mind.  These are all public spaces but how do high ceilings feel in a residential setting?  How do you feel in a home with a tall ceiling?  Are you impressed?  Do you feel cold? Many people rave about …

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The Asian Philosophy of Nature as a Lifestyle

As a student of Master Hsu, I’ve come to appreciate Asian philosophy more and more.  It has become part of my lifestyle.  It affects how I think, live, and feel. In his teachings Dr. Hsu always tells me, “nature has all the answers.”  Well, okay, I understood the words, but it didn’t really mean much. …

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What the Feng Shui of Trees can Teach Us about Life

Every time I visit family in Hawaii, I always marvel at the vegetation.  There are just so many beautiful trees.  I don’t know if it’s because of the climate, blue skies or ocean, but why do the trees there look better than the ones where I live?  Or is it just my personal biases. While …

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Increase Your Energy By Spending Time with People

My one New Year’s Resolution was:  Increase Energy. I know it’s just one, but there are many facets to this one.  My step one was  – Meditate.  You can read the post here. Now, on to step two – Spend Time with People In learning about energy, Dr. Hsu tells us that people connect to …

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