|Feng Shui for Us:
The Art of Space Arrangement
Official Textbook for the Nine Steps to Feng Shui® Learning System by Monica P. Castaneda
On writing "Feng Shui for Us"
I began writing this book before I realized what it actually was. I was merely getting notes together for my own use and practice and for the people who attended my workshops. But then I remembered my state of confusion when I first started researching about Feng Shui and thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have ONE book that was clear, simple, and had principles that were easy to understand and to apply?” “Wouldn’t it be great to have a way of practicing Feng Shui that wouldn’t require people in the Western hemisphere to stretch or change their belief systems?” And then, “Am I not already writing that book?”
The question still remained on how to present the material relating it to concepts that have been generated on this side of the world and are being used by modern healers. The answers to this last question lay both in the study of metaphysical healing (understood simply as the acceptance that we are not just material organisms, but spiritual beings and that the world is more than what the physical sciences can prove, that we participate in the creation of our own realities) and symbolic or archetypal psychology.
Through meditation and experience, an exceptional group of healers who gather on the Mississippi Gulf Coast every year enhanced my understanding about the “unseen energies” that act in our lives, and also pointed me in the direction of reliable and rigorous Western researchers that are helping the scientific world understand and accept their existence.
Another friend of mine became instrumental in the incorporation of other Western concepts into the book, clinical psychologist Silvia Di Santo, who is also trained in Gestalt, regression therapies and a practitioner of symbolic and archetypal psychology, which reveals that symbols and the appearance of things are a lot more important than we had believed as a society.
Contents of "Feng Shui for Us"
CHAPTER ONE gives you some basic psychological and metaphysical concepts that will help you understand why and how the environment affects our perceptions of the world.
CHAPTER TWO takes a look at reasons why we might create clutter and the importance of dealing with those issues.
CHAPTER THREE gives you some hints on simple, effective housekeeping
CHAPTER FOUR stresses the importance of adequate functioning and gives hints on fixing both physical and energetic problems.
CHAPTER FIVE deals with the relationship of a building to the outdoors.
CHAPTER SIX introduces you to the Principles of Chinese Philosophy, which are the foundation of Feng Shui.
CHAPTER SEVEN explains my simple 9-STEP FENG SHUI PROGRAM to Feng Shui your space, and
CHAPTER EIGHT gives you a description of the Life Aspirations, with their characteristics and advice on how to arrange the rooms in the home, as each relates to a particular Life Area.
ABOUT FENG SHUI AND MY APPROACH
ON THE STRUCTURE OF THIS BOOK
What Feng Shui is and what it is not
Why Feng Shui for Us?
Feng Shui means “Wind and Water”
- Chapter 1: Helpful Concepts
Facts & Mysteries
Common and Uncommon Sense
The case of the Aura
More Than Five Senses
The “Superior” Senses
The “Inferior” or “Unconscious” Senses
Extreme Distortion of the Perceptions
Destructive emotions serve no constructive purpose
Prayer and Faith
Unanswered Prayers? No such thing!
How Feng Shui can help and what are the Tools this book will give you.
- Chapter 2: Deal with Clutter
There is no way around cleaning and organizing
Housekeeping Habits Worth Changing
Messiness or Temporary Clutter
Lack of Adornments
Unclosed Cabinets and Drawers
Tips for Decluttering the House
Healing and Cleansing
Chaotic Active Space
The Junk Room
- Chapter 3: Developing Good Housekeeping Habits
Developing Good Housekeeping Habits
Completing or “Closing” cycles
Get the Right Tools
How to Handle Paper Messes
Do not buy things you do not need
Laundry Messes (how to handle them)
Dusting, Sweeping and Vacuuming
Keeping a Car Tidy
Invite some Workplace Habits into the Household
- Chapter 4: Keep the Gears Turning
All Items In Your House Ought to Be in Good Condition and Working Properly
Take care of these obvious physical needs for repair, that we sometimes overlook
Common Problem Features and their Feng Shui Cures or Fixes
On Faceted Crystal balls
- Chapter 5: The Relationship to the Outdoors
The Outside of our Homes
First Things FirstThe Entrance
The elements of a good main entrance
Choosing a site or working with an existing one
The Influence of the Sun
Check Out Plants, Animals and Minerals
- Chapter 6: The Principles of Traditional Chinese Philosophy
1. The Tao
2. The Yin and Yang
4. The Rhythms of Nature
5. The Five Elements
6. Cultural Symbology
8. The I-Ching
9. The Magic Square
- Chapter 7: Nine Step Workbook
What backs up the Nine Step System?
Step One: Completing the Floor Plan
Step Two: Balancing Extremes
Step Three: Circulation
Step Four: Timing
Step Five: Harmonizing the Elements
Step Six: Using the Right Symbols
Step Seven: Fixing and Healing
Step Eight: Assigning the Life Aspirations to Areas and Rooms
Step Nine: Power
Chapter 8: The Nine Life Aspirations
1. Career, Life Mission and Individuality
2. Marriage, Relationships and Partnerships
3. Health, Family and Community
4. Wealth, Prosperity and Self Worth
5. Center of Good Fortune and Gratitude
6. Helpful People, Travel and Spirituality
7. Children, Creativity and Entertainment
8. Wisdom, Self Knowledge and Rest
9. Fame, Reputation and Social Life
How to apply Feng Shui cures for the Life Areas
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Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese Art of Placement and has been in use throughout the Orient for thousands of years. The complex wisdom of the Feng Shui aspects gathered in these web pages constitutes the dynamic experience of the author and is not necessarily intended to be the ultimate guide for using these principles. An investigation of these inspired words is meant to lead you to your own understanding of this complex wisdom. Neither the website nor the author make any claim for absolute effectiveness. The adoption and application of the advice or information offered is solely the readers' responsibility. Feng Shui for Us and Mónica P. Castaneda are not responsible or liable in any manner for any loss or damages caused by following the suggestions in our articles, readings and other services.