Feng Shui For Dummies®

Table of Contents


About This Book

Conventions Used in This Book

What You’re Not to Read

Foolish Assumptions

How This Book Is Organized

Part I: Getting Started: Feng Shui Made Clear

Part II: Energizing Your Home’s Exterior

Part III: Feathering the Nest: Nurturing and Nourishing Indoor Spaces

Part IV: Going to the Next Level: Using Feng Shui for Life Change

Part V: The Part of Tens

Icons Used in This Book

Where to Go from Here

Part I: Getting Started: Feng Shui Made Clear

Chapter 1: Discovering the World of Feng Shui

Demystifying Feng Shui

The Meaning of the Term Feng Shui

Ancient Chinese Secrets: The Big-Picture View of Feng Shui

Unearthing Basic Feng Shui Principles

Yin and yang

The Three Realms of Influence

Five top factors affecting your fortune

Understanding the Schools of Feng Shui

Landform and Compass Method Feng Shui

Grandmaster Lin Yun’s Feng Shui school

Distinguishing the schools from each other

Looking at Feng Shui Factors That You Can Use to Your Advantage

Finding Life Solutions with Feng Shui

Selecting a Feng Shui approach

Choosing the Life Areas to improve

Taking steps to Feng Shui success with a range of available cures

Getting Additional Help

Chapter 2: Mastering the Principles of Feng Shui

Chi: The Energy of Feng Shui

The Types of Chi

The chi of the heavens

The chi of the Earth

The chi of homes and living environments

The chi of humans

The Flows of Chi

The ideal chi state for the physical body

The ideal chi state for the home

The positive and negative traits of chi flow

Cultivating Chi

Benefits and rewards of chi cultivation

Eight factors that affect your personal chi

Positioning: Your Place in the Scheme of Things

Understanding the Theory of Relative Positioning

Using the Commanding Position method

Presenting the Three Life Pillars

Recognizing the importance of the entry

Improving the place of rest and rejuvenation

Activating your home’s energy generator

The Psychology of Feng Shui

Know that improvement is possible in any situation (especially yours)

Maximize your current situation

Recognize that you’re the center of the equation

Choose to take action

Be open to change and receiving the new

Basic Pointers for Feng Shui Success

Chapter 3: Unveiling the Secrets of the Octagon

Discovering the Magic of the Octagon

The Helpful People Area of the Octagon

The Career Area of the Octagon

The Knowledge Area of the Octagon

The Family Area of the Octagon

The Wealth Area of the Octagon

The Fame Area of the Octagon

The Marriage Area of the Octagon

The Children Area of the Octagon

The Health Area of the Octagon

Orienting the Octagon

Placing the Octagon on your home’s main floor plan

Placing the Octagon upstairs and down

Placing the Octagon on other spaces

Troubleshooting Octagon Placement

Missing areas and projections

Entrances with turns

Angled entrances

Complex or oddly shaped floor plans

Changing Your Life with the Octagon

Chapter 4: Picking Up Your Feng Shui Tools

So What Is a Feng Shui Cure?

Motivations for performing Feng Shui cures

Five types of Feng Shui cures

Using the Three Phases of Your Cures

Phase I: Setting the intention for the cure

Phase II: Performing the physical activity of the cure

Phase III: Reinforcing your intention and activity with spiritual energy

Opening the Feng Shui Toolbox: Creating Your Cures

Creating positive placement

Adding what’s needed, minor and otherwise

Adjusting by repairing, cleaning, and changing

Using ceremony to create new energy states

Making personal Feng Shui adjustments

Employing meditative methods

Making Minor Additions to Bring about Major Changes

Light cures

Sound cures

Living cures

Water cures

Color cures

Mobile cures

Weight cures

Bamboo flute cures

Powered cures

Fragrance cures

Touch cures

Chapter 5: Harnessing the Energies of the Five Elements

The Energies of the Five Elements

The energy of Wood: Growth

The energy of Fire: Expansion

The energy of Earth: Stability

The energy of Metal: Contraction

The energy of Water: Stillness

Placing the Five Elements in Your Environment According to the Octagon

The Cycles of the Five Elements

The Creative Cycle of the Five Elements

The Destructive Cycle of the Five Elements

Creator and Offspring Elements

Using the Five Elements in Different Cure Methods

Method I: Placing Elements in their natural locations

Method II: Removing or counteracting offending Elements

Method III: Utilizing Creator and Offspring Elements for added power

Method IV: Combining all the Elements for power and creativity

Applying Five Elements Cures for Life Change

Chapter 6: Tapping the Inner Power of Feng Shui

Introducing the Outer and Inner Aspects of Feng Shui

Discovering the Magic of Intention

Applying the Power of Intention to Cures

Know exactly what you want

Have the right attitude and motivation

See and feel the result before it happens

Believe completely that the result will happen

Relax and allow the results to happen

Revealing the Secrets of the Three Secrets Reinforcement

Defining the Three Secrets Reinforcement

Performing cures with the Reinforcement

Frequently Asked Questions about the Three Secrets Reinforcement

In what order should I perform the three steps of the Reinforcement?

How long should my Reinforcements take?

Is how I’m thinking and feeling during the Reinforcement important?

How do I know whether I’m doing the Reinforcement right?

How many times do I need to perform the Reinforcement?

Part II: Energizing Your Home’s Exterior

Chapter 7: Harnessing Nature’s Power to Enhance Your Outdoor Spaces

Looking around the Neighborhood

Reading the chi of a neighborhood or place

Noticing how street energy charges your home

Enjoying the ideal street situation

Curing street problems

Investigating and Curing Potential Nearby Negatives

Understanding types of nearby negatives

Performing cures for nearby negatives

Eliminating Home and Lot Problems

Too close for comfort

Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Problematic neighbors

Sitting Pretty: Ideal and Not-So-Ideal Home Positioning

Diagnosing and treating problems with your home’s location on the lot

Positioning your home topographically

Living high up or down low from the road

Diffusing projecting roof ridges

Curing poison arrows

Enlivening Your Lot with Healthy Trees and Plants

Introducing bamboo, the all-purpose plant

Utilizing positive tree energies

Employing helpful tree-selecting hints

Avoiding negative tree situations

Curing dead or dying trees

Using Color to Empower the Life Areas of Your Property

Engaging the Power of Water

Moving water brings flow

The soothing and clarifying effects of still water

Positioning Outbuildings

Who’s that sneaking ’round my back door?

Stuffed shed syndrome

Honey, I shrunk the view

What’s so draining?

Chapter 8: Making the Most of Your Lot and Home Shape

Discovering What Shapes Mean to You

Enjoying Balance: The Positive Effects of Symmetrical Shapes

Living foursquare: Squares and rectangles

Round and round: Circles and octagons

Defining Projections and Missing Areas

Hey, are you projecting?

Oops! My areas are missing!

Locating Projections and Missing Areas

Using the 50 Percent Rule: Remembering the importance of “less than half”

Using the 33 Percent Rule

Enhancing the Benefits of Projections

Curing Missing Areas

Exterior solutions for missing home areas

Interior solutions for missing home areas

Cures for missing lot areas

Fixing Irregular Home and Lot Shapes

L-shaped and boot-shaped homes

Cleaver home shapes

Dustpan and money purse lot shapes

Triangular home and lot shapes

Angled lot side

Multicornered and other oddly shaped lots

Chapter 9: Open Sesame! Creating a Welcoming Entry

Recognizing the Importance of the Front Door and Foyer

Dealing with Driveway Issues

Positive driveway conditions

Problematic driveway conditions and their solutions

Clearing the Way to the Front Door for Natural Chi

Solving the hidden front door dilemma

Curing common outdoor stairway dilemmas

Dealing with pesky approach issues

Making the Most of the Mouth of Chi

Knowing the principles of the ideal front door

Solving front door problems

Changing your luck with front door colors

Moving On In: Mastering Interior Entryway Problems and Solutions

An upward-leading interior stairway that faces the front door

A downward-leading interior stairway that’s directly in line with the front door

A mandarin duck stairway

A split view upon entering

Being Aware of Continual First Impressions

Examining features of the ideal entrance

Entering regularly other than through the front door

Handling two separate doors on the front of the home

Part III: Feathering the Nest: Nurturing and Nourishing Indoor Spaces

Chapter 10: Reinventing Your Home’s Layout

Looking at Your Home: Front and Back

Good rooms for the front

Good rooms for the back

Finding the Center of Your Home

Recognizing the importance of the center

Knowing the ideal energy condition of the center

Figuring out what’s good in the center

Curing troublesome central areas

Addressing Neighboring Rooms

Toilet/stove and toilet/bed wall connections

Stove/bed wall connection

Curing Opposing Doors

A bathroom door opposite the master bedroom door or kitchen door

A kitchen door opposite a bedroom door

The back door in line with the front door

Chapter 11: Maximizing Results in the Bedroom

Putting Your Bed in the Commanding Position with Four Important Principles

Commanding Position Principle One: Situating the bed far from the door

Commanding Position Principle Two: Widening the sleeper’s scope of vision

Commanding Position Principle Three: Ensuring bedroom door visibility

Commanding Position Principle Four: Keeping the bed out of the door’s path

Putting all the principles together

Exploring Additional Bed Positioning Secrets

Recruiting the power of the mountain

Addressing a bed in the path of the door

Selecting cures for problematic bed situations

Recognizing the Critical Importance of a Good Bed

New versus used beds

Good times to get a new bed

Types of beds

Improving the Power of Your Bed

Placing Your Master Bedroom in a Powerful Position

Recognizing ideal bedroom location using the Commanding Position

Rescuing a bedroom over the garage

Protecting a bedroom threatened by a car

Considering Your Bedroom’s Shape and Layout

Positioning the Octagon

Dealing with doors and windows

Curing multiple layout issues

Resolving the master suite dilemma

Curing an empty door

Enlivening the Entryway into the Bedroom

Remembering the Purpose of the Bedroom

Chapter 12: Now You’re Cookin’: Feng Shui for Your Kitchen

Understanding the Energy of Food

Maximizing Kitchen Location, Layout, and Stove Placement

Recognizing the ideal kitchen layout

Positioning your stove for wealth and health

Curing multiple doorways and traffic pattern problems in the kitchen

Looking at the Stove: Your Home’s Energy Generator

Choosing a new stove versus a used stove

Improving the cleanliness of your stove

Inspecting the condition and use of your stove burners

Examining the overall functioning of your stove

Solving Miscellaneous Kitchen Problems

The kitchen is small

The stove is next to the refrigerator

A window is over the stove

A toilet or bed is located directly behind the stove on a common wall

The kitchen is dimly or harshly lit and dark in color

Knives are visible in the kitchen

The stove is outside the front door

Chapter 13: Home Is Where the “Shui” Is: Enhancing Your Family Areas

The Living Room, Family Room, and Den

The Dining Room

Kids’ Bedrooms

Obtaining good room locations and curing problematic ones

Creating positive bed positions for children

Choosing the right bed for your child

Looking at colors and special cures for kids’ bedrooms

The Bathroom

Being aware of negative locations for the bathroom

Considering positive and negative bathroom layouts

Employing basic bathroom cures

Applying additional bathroom cures

The Garage

The Basement

Improving light levels

Optimizing air quality

Utility Rooms

Chapter 14: Sprucing Up the Bits and Pieces

Doors and Doorways

Taking a look at good and bad door alignments

Addressing four or more doorways in a row

Curing clashing doors

Setting stuck doors free

Relieving a reversed door

Treating angled doors

Windows: The Eyes of Your Home

Windows that are blocked from the inside or outside

Stuck, malfunctioning, sealed, or broken windows

Windows overwhelming doors

Windows that are too high, are too low, or come down too far


Angled Walls

Method I: Stabilizing the wall’s energy

Method II: Slowing down or diffusing the energy flow


Dealing with slanted ceilings over the bed

Applying general ceiling cures


Resolving beams throughout the home

Curing a beam over the bed

Hallways: A Home’s Main Energy Arteries

Hallways with too many doors

Long and narrow hallways


Transforming spiral staircases

Looking at assorted stairway problems and simple cures

Pillars, Columns, and Posts


Chapter 15: Power-Boosting Your Home’s Energy

Lighting Up Your Life to See Positive Results

Nurturing health and life with natural light

Taking advantage of natural-light substitutes indoors

Recognizing the importance of improving interior lighting levels

Adding Life with a Splash of Color

Recognizing good colors for rooms of the home

Using the colors of the Feng Shui Octagon’s Life Areas

Employing the three special Feng Shui color systems

Keeping Things Shipshape and in Working Order

Maintaining your plumbing, foundation, and electrical system

Making sure air is flowing

Checking the roof for potential issues

Fixing or replacing malfunctioning or broken elements

Chapter 16: Improving Your Apartment with Feng Shui

Addressing the Common Fate Principle

Examining Your Building’s Structure

Living up high in the sky

Sittin’ on pins: Pillars in the garage

Dealing with elevators and stairwells

Optimizing Your Living Space

Defusing entrance issues

Resolving an oddly shaped unit

Taking on a teeny living space

Making the most of multiuse rooms

Giving yourself some breathing room

Delving into Details That Make a Big Difference

Neutralizing harmful nearby influences

Helping out in the kitchen

Bringing the outside in with natural chi

Fixing stubborn windows

Clearing the air

Chapter 17: Using Feng Shui in Your Office to Enhance Your Career

Using the Feng Shui Octagon and the Five Elements in Your Office

The Octagon

The Five Elements

Working with Your Office Layout and Floor Plan

The positioning and quality of your office space

Private offices versus cubicles

Putting Yourself in the Commanding Position at Work

Using Commanding Position desk principles

Seeing the door equals success

Understanding other key desk placement factors

Making Sure You Have a High-Quality Desk

Part IV: Going to the Next Level: Using Feng Shui for Life Change

Chapter 18: Hitting the Ground Running: Your Fabulous Feng Shui Action Plan

Avoiding the Road to Confusionville

Sticking with the methods of one Feng Shui school

Performing a limited number of cures at once

Gathering the Information You Need for Success

Obtaining an accurate lot plan

Acquiring an accurate floor plan of your home

Honoring the Importance of Focus

Addressing the Three Life Pillars

The front door

The master bed

The kitchen stove

Analyzing the Energy of Your Lot and Home

Chapter 19: Taking Care of the Big Three: Your Money, Honey, and Health

Generating Cash Flow

Hitting the hot spot in the bedroom

Placing your desk in the Commanding Position

Knowing the right things and the right people

Putting Pizazz Back into Your Partnership

Positioning your bed for good fortune

Planting new life

Removing distractions from your bedroom

Enhancing multiple Marriage Areas simultaneously

Maximizing Health and Vitality

Deflecting poison arrows

Centering your home for healthy living

Saving the stove and the cook

Curing exposed beams

Enhancing Wealth, Relationships, and Health All at Once

Evening out the shape of your lot and home

Keeping your front pathway unblocked

Brightening your front entrance

Chapter 20: Looking Before You Leap: Selecting Your Next Home with Feng Shui

Understanding How Feng Shui Can Help You during the Home-Selection Process

Starting Off the Feng Shui Home-Selection Process on the Right Foot

Setting your intention

Making a list and checking it twice

Evaluating a Home’s Feng Shui Features

Assessing and Addressing Predecessor Energies

Dealing a one-two punch to predecessor energies

Getting a handle on Initial Momentum

Reading the predecessor factors

Chapter 21: Creating New Energy with Feng Shui Blessing Ceremonies

Dealing with Unseen Occupants in Your Home

The Advantages of Feng Shui Blessing Ceremonies

Reasons for employing blessing ceremonies

Good occasions for blessing ceremonies

Frequently Asked Questions about Feng Shui Blessing Ceremonies

Tips for Performing Feng Shui Blessing Ceremonies

Out with the Old, In with the New: The Rice Blessing

What the Rice Blessing can do for you

How the Rice Blessing works

Items to gather for the Rice Blessing

The stages of performing the Rice Blessing

Frequently asked questions about the Rice Blessing

Results from the Rice Blessing

The Citrus Water Blessing

How the Citrus Water Blessing works

Items to gather for the Citrus Water Blessing

Performing the Citrus Water Blessing

The Fresh Flowers Home Blessing

Chapter 22: Unleashing the Genie: Personal Feng Shui Empowerment

Putting Bad Luck to Bed

Giving yourself a boost: The Red Cloth Protection Cure

Doing fancy footwork: The Red Feet on Bed Cure

Getting Personal with Feng Shui

Building strength and stability with a yu bowl

Refreshing personal chi with the Orange Peel Bath Cure

Promoting a long and happy marriage with the Marriage Cure

Letting the Sun Shine In

Great Sunshine Buddha: Round 1

Great Sunshine Buddha: Round 2

Great Sunshine Buddha: Round 3

Feeling Clean, Clear, and Refreshed with Meditations

Supreme Yoga Stage 1

The Five Elements, Five Colors Meditation

Part V: The Part of Tens

Chapter 23: Ten Principles for Success with Your Feng Shui

Retain Your Energy

Pay Attention to Life’s Feedback

Follow Your Intuition and Act with Urgency

Fine-Tune Your Feng Shui

Keep on Keeping On

Work on the Mundane as Well

Continue to Increase Your Knowledge

Keep the Faith

Enlarge the Team

Employ Special Timing for Stronger Cures

Chapter 24: Ten Tips for Finding the Right Consultant and Sticking with the Plan

Gauge Your Commitment Level

Set a Working Budget

Nail Down Your Intentions

Find a Real (Professional) Consultant

Discover What’s Involved in a Consultation

Make Sure the Vibe Is Right

Get Specific Action Items

Just Do It — All of It!

Track Your Cures and Keep Your Eyes Peeled: Change Is A-Comin’

Document Your Life Changes

Chapter 25: Ten Tips for Selling a Home with the Help of Feng Shui

First Things First: Taking Care of Business

Activating Your Helpful People and Money Energies

Enter Buyer, Stage Right

Sending Out Your Message with Sound

Enhancing the Visibility of Your Entrance

Removing Obstacles from Your Entryway

Letting the Good Times Flow with Fountains

Cleaning Like Your Sale Depends on It — ’Cause It Does

Start Moving Now

A Little Birdie Told Me: The Birdseed Cure

Chapter 26: Ten Unique Calligraphies to Bless Your Life

Appendix: Feng Shui Resources

Feng Shui For Dummies®

by David Daniel Kennedy

Foreword by His Holiness Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun


About the Author

David Daniel Kennedy is a professional Feng Shui consultant, teacher, author, and speaker whose client list ranges from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. He specializes in helping people make simple, highly effective life changes that dramatically improve their wealth, relationships, and happiness.

Mr. Kennedy’s unique, engaging, and entertaining approach and his ability to make Eastern concepts easily accessible have helped establish him as one of the best-known experts on Feng Shui. He has authored several highly regarded books on the subject; in particular, Feng Shui For Dummies has become a standard in the field and is used as teaching material at numerous Feng Shui schools. Mr. Kennedy is also the author of Feng Shui Tips for a Better Life (Storey Publishing), Feng Shui for Abundance (Sounds True), and the Feng Shui Home Study Course, a self-study audio program (Sounds True). In addition, he has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs and traveled around the world for speaking engagements and creative workshops.

Mr. Kennedy has brought transformation to thousands of students around the world and has been the personal mentor of numerous successful Feng Shui consultants. He has dedicated his life to the study of personal growth and, under the tutelage of Grandmaster Lin Yun Rinpoche, experienced the transformational art of Feng Shui.

About the Author’s Mentor

His Holiness Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun Rinpoche was highly regarded as the leading authority on Feng Shui. His school — the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui school — is the most widely practiced Feng Shui school in the United States. For the past 40 years, Grandmaster Lin Yun lectured extensively on the subject of Feng Shui at many distinguished universities, businesses, and professional organizations throughout the world. Because of his introduction, transmission, and continuous promotion, Feng Shui has drawn tremendous interest, and its popularity continues to grow worldwide. Numerous Feng Shui authors, teachers, and consultants were disciples and/or students of Grandmaster Lin Yun, a man whose pioneering contribution to spreading the knowledge of Feng Shui earned him the reputation as the father of Feng Shui in the West. In 1997, Grandmaster Lin Yun received an honorary PhD in Human Psychology from Northern California Graduate University. In 1998, he was enthroned as His Holiness of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism in its fourth stage of development by the spiritual head of the Tibetan Bon religion, H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima.


The author dedicates this book to his teacher and mentor, H.H. Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun Rinpoche, without whom this book would not be possible. Professor Lin devoted his life to helping others and is the individual most responsible for making Feng Shui known publicly in the West. He improved the lives of countless people, including the author’s.

Through his teaching and personal guidance, he gave people around the world the opportunity to enjoy a happier, more prosperous life by sharing his profound knowledge of human nature, karma, and transcendental solutions to life’s many difficulties.

In loving memory,

Grandmaster Professor Thomas Lin Yun, 1932–2010

Author’s Acknowledgments

The author gratefully acknowledges these individuals for their assistance and guidance:

His Holiness Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun Rinpoche, Feng Shui and spiritual teacher, for writing the foreword to this book, bringing Feng Shui to the West, changing his life in virtually every way, and tirelessly helping others have better, happier lives through Feng Shui. He is the source of the life-changing knowledge in this book. Errors and omissions, however, are solely the responsibility of the author.

Khadro Crystal Chu Rinpoche, leader of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism in its fifth stage and CEO of the Yun Lin Temple, for her abundant support; Sarah Rossbach, whose books introduced Feng Shui to an English-speaking audience; Frances Li, the staff and volunteers at the Yun Lin Temple and the Lin Yun Monastery; Teacher Ho Lynn Tu; colleagues Seann Xenja, technical editor Eileen Conti Weklar (for her input, support, and wisdom), Shena Huang, Chris Wen-Chiao Li, the other translators of Professor’s workshops, Ileen Weiss Nelson for her love and support, Robert Chui, Shelley Sparks, Nancy SantoPietro, the late James Moser; his Feng Shui students and clients.

Editorial wizard Doug Childers, whose input, wisdom, and support have resulted in a far better text.

The very talented and organized Wiley staff: Acquisitions Editor Tracy Boggier for believing in this project and shepherding it to conclusion, Senior Project Editor Georgette Beatty for her support and input, Senior Copy Editor Jen Tebbe for her excellent work and unflagging contribution, and the many others at Wiley who contributed to this project. Thanks to all.

Professional artist Chi Chung, for creating illustrations for both editions that are fitting, clear, and wonderfully matching the spirit of the book.

As Grandmaster Lin Yun taught, “Even a sage has many teachers.” In addition to Grandmaster Lin Yun Rinpoche, the author wishes to thank Lama Ole Nydahl, Haidakhan Baba, Sadhguru, chi kung Grandmaster Zhang Yuanming, chi kung Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng, and teacher Hart DeFouw.

His beautiful partner.

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From the time I was about 15 or 16 years old, I began studying with Black Sect Tantric Buddhist masters Hui Chieh-fu and Cheng Kuei-ying. In addition to spiritual studies, meditation, calligraphy, poetry, painting, secret cures, holistic healing, and divination, I was most captivated by the study of Feng Shui. In later years, I spread the teaching of Feng Shui to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world. In the last 40 years, I have combined the knowledge of modern architecture, space design, psychology, medicine, spirituality, healing, folkloric cultures of China and Taiwan, Chinese philosophies, Buddhism, and the knowledge of traditional and modern Feng Shui schools and theories to establish a new school in the study of Feng Shui, which is the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui school*. From 1973 to the present, I have been lecturing, teaching, and providing Feng Shui consultations and spiritual guidance in Asia, Europe, the United States, Australia, and Africa.

Many books are now available on the study of Feng Shui, and each one has its own specialty and value. Now that I have read David Daniel Kennedy’s second edition of Feng Shui For Dummies, I feel that this guide is like an instamatic camera, readily usable and easily understood by anyone and everyone without the need for a teacher.

I am truly happy to see that the second edition of Feng Shui For Dummies is coming out. That proves the wide circulation and popularity of this book. From reading this book, the reader can completely understand the true meaning, explanation, techniques, and applications of Feng Shui through the Octagon, Five Elements, Methods of Minor Additions for Adjustments, and the power of the Three Secrets Reinforcement. This book also places special emphasis on the visible elements of Feng Shui, namely the chi (or energy) of the land, the shape of the land and/or lot, the shape of the house, the floor plan, the interior factors, and the exterior factors. Furthermore, the reader can understand the Five Elements and how to apply them to the Feng Shui adjustments, how to use the Methods of Exterior and Interior Chi Adjustments to bless a house, and the Method of Minor Additions to make modifications and improvements to his or her living and working environments. There are more features adding to the second edition of the book, which makes the book even more instrumental, such as Feng Shui for multifamily living; Feng Shui adjustments and transcendental cures for wealth, health, and relationship issues in our daily lives; an action plan for Feng Shui in your house; information on selecting a new home by using Feng Shui principles; and tips for finding a qualified Feng Shui consultant.

The publication of the second edition of Feng Shui For Dummies is much anticipated. The author, Mr. Kennedy, has a smooth penmanship and clear, precise ideas. His writing style and concepts are concise, refreshing, and easy for the reader to understand and accept. This book contains the theories from the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui perspective as well as meditation methods to improve one’s spiritual powers, practical applications, and both mundane and transcendental solutions. Through this book, the author has made great contributions to society. These contributions can help many people who feel at a loss, and they can strengthen the stability of society, increase the well-being of the nation, and create happiness in mankind. Therefore, the publication of Mr. Kennedy’s new book is indeed a great and joyous event for the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui school.

By His Holiness Grandmaster Professor Lin YunTranslated by Crystal Chu and Mary Hsu

*Referred to as Grandmaster Lin Yun’s Feng Shui school in this book.


Take a look around you. What do you see? Whether or not you’re aware of it, your environment is profoundly affecting your health, wealth, family life, relationships, and even your destiny.

Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is the ancient Chinese art of improving every part of your life by enhancing your environment according to principles of harmony and energy flow. Since the mid-1990s, Feng Shui has rapidly gained popularity in the West. Today, more and more people from all walks of life are practicing Feng Shui and experiencing the positive benefits of auspicious placement. Many successful individuals now create harmony and happiness in their relationships; increase their prosperity; and dissolve chronic patterns of failure, difficulty, and stress by rearranging their living and working environments according to Feng Shui principles.

Implementing the practical and effective Feng Shui methods in this book allows you to see your surroundings in a new light and notice how your home influences your job, your relationships, your personal health, and every other aspect of your daily experience. You’re able to make new connections between obstacles in your physical space and recurring difficulties in your financial, professional, emotional, or creative life. By following Feng Shui principles, you can have a home environment that helps you achieve success, happiness, and prosperity. In short, through Feng Shui, you can experience how a harmonious environment allows more positive energy to flow through your whole life. And most important, you can understand why Feng Shui has been practiced for thousands of years — because it works!

Feng Shui is neither superstitious magic nor a passing fad. The Chinese have known for millennia that your physical surroundings affect both your inner and your outer life. They recognize the relationship between good Feng Shui and success, prosperity, and happiness. For example, the location of your bed affects your marriage, and the position of your desk affects your attention and work performance — which can mean the difference between a job promotion or demotion. Used by emperors and sages of the East for thousands of years, the Feng Shui principles I present in this book are as effective today as ever. And now you can find out how to make them work for you, too!

About This Book

Although many Feng Shui books crowd the bookstore shelves, finding the right one for you can be a real challenge. Some of the books are more suitable for advanced practitioners and scholars; others contain valuable yet highly complex details of historical, cultural, and theoretical significance. Trying to determine which ones actually work for you can sidetrack you from the pressing goal at hand — changing your home and life for the better.

Enter Feng Shui For Dummies, 2nd Edition, your do-it-yourself guide to no-kidding, cut-to-the-chase, hit-the-ground-running Feng Shui. I wrote this book with you, the on-the-go reader, in mind. In it, I guide you through the fascinating, mysterious art of Feng Shui and give you the practical information you need to improve your environment and life — starting now. I’ve shoehorned and packed every page with the most effective tips and techniques available — methods that address the issues and concerns you encounter in your daily life (don’t worry; I explain them clearly throughout this book). I’ve used these methods in my own life and have seen them work for many. So roll up your sleeves and prepare for action!

The easy, practical steps to effective Feng Shui involve

Feeling and assessing the energy of your home. (It’s easier than you may think!)

Recognizing specifically how your environment is affecting your life right now — and is it ever. Your jaw will drop in amazement as you recognize amazing correlations between home features described in this book and the reality of your daily life.

Properly implementing specific solutions to change your environment so you can feel the before-and-after differences as soon as possible.

For each feature of your home environment that I address, I describe the ideal state and function of that feature. (When I use the word environment in this book, I mean your personal environment, not the rain forest or the ozone layer.) I then show you how your situation may vary from these ideal principles and explain the potential negative consequences. But I don’t leave you high and dry. Instead, I provide you with practical solutions for each problem and tell you which parts of your life benefit when you perform these solutions.

Conventions Used in This Book

I use the following conventions throughout the text to make things consistent and easy to understand:

Key words and phrases in bulleted lists and the action parts of numbered steps appear in boldface.

New terms appear in italic and are followed closely by an easy-to-understand definition; I also use italics for emphasis.

All Web addresses appear in monofont.

Some additional important conventions are as follows:

The Feng Shui method I present — called Grandmaster Lin Yun’s Feng Shui school — is unique in several respects. First, it combines ancient Eastern concepts and modern Western approaches. Second, it’s very practical and emphasizes easy-to-implement solutions that require as little time and effort as possible. For more on this type of Feng Shui and how it differs from traditional Feng Shui (which is also effective and valid), see Chapter 1.

When I use the term Life Area throughout the book, I’m referring to specific areas of your physical space (such as the Wealth Area), not areas of your life (such as your financial situation). Life Areas are sections of the Feng Shui Octagon that you place on the plan of your home or lot; see Chapter 3 for more information.

The Three Secrets Reinforcement I present in Chapter 6 is an important part of all cures. It should always be performed in conjunction with the physical part of a cure, even when a particular cure doesn’t explicitly say to do so.

All hanging cures (such as faceted crystal spheres and wind chimes) should be hung from a red ribbon or string cut to a multiple of 9 inches in length, even if this step isn’t specifically noted within the description of such a cure.

What You’re Not to Read

I like to think that you’re going to read every single word I’ve written in this book, but I also know that you’re busy and eager to start applying Feng Shui’s secrets right away. If you’re short on time, feel free to skip the sidebars (those gray-shaded boxes sprinkled throughout the chapters); they’re full of interesting information but aren’t essential to your understanding and application of Feng Shui.

Foolish Assumptions

In this book, I make several assumptions about you, the reader.

You’re interested in finding out how your surroundings affect you and how you can affect them — and improve your life by doing so.

You want to make your home more harmonious and beautiful, improve your luck, nurture your relationships, and increase your prosperity.

You don’t want to be overwhelmed by overly mysterious or complex theories and methods that require years of study.

You have an open mind and are ready to discover new and interesting ways to understand the world and improve your situation.

You’re eager to act, get moving, and make things happen.

Feng Shui is action-oriented; you get as much out of it as you put into it. When you prime a pump, it takes a bit of initial effort before the water starts to flow. In the same way, after you prime your Feng Shui pump by arranging your spaces according to Feng Shui principles, the energy of harmony, creativity, and abundance starts to flow into every part of your life.

How This Book Is Organized

Like all For Dummies books, Feng Shui For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is organized to make tons of useful information easily accessible. This book includes five main parts. Here’s how I divvy it up.

Part I: Getting Started: Feng Shui Made Clear

Part I explains the basic Feng Shui principles you need in order to apply the practical methods found throughout this book. I explain what Feng Shui is — and what it isn’t. I also explain how the main schools of Feng Shui differ from each other and where Grandmaster Lin Yun’s Feng Shui school — the one this book uses — fits into the general scheme of Feng Shui. In addition, I define core concepts of Feng Shui, show you how to map the energy of your personal space by using the Feng Shui Octagon, and help you harness the energies of the Five Elements.

Part II: Energizing Your Home’s Exterior

Part II deals with the great outdoors — the outside of your home, that is. Just as you live in your home, your home lives in the land or property it sits on. From your neighborhood to your street and right up to your front door, I show you how to align the energies of nature to assist your personal progress. In addition, this part explains how to recognize positive and negative home positions on lot and landscape, counteract nearby negative features, and use the beneficial effects of vegetation and flowing water.

In this part, I also delve into the vital matter of shapes. The shapes of your lot, your home, and even the rooms within your home powerfully influence your life path in that residence. Additionally, I show you how to make the most of your approach — the path by which energy (and money) either flows in to nourish your dwelling or is blocked, creating a lack of vitality.

Part III: Feathering the Nest: Nurturing and Nourishing Indoor Spaces

Part III takes you indoors to consider your home’s interior. I show you how to read your home’s floor plan to see how the layout is benefiting or harming your life. I walk you through each room and give you practical tips for improving its energy. In addition, I explain the importance of features such as doors, stairs, windows, and beams. I also explain how to improve your home’s energy with lighting, color, and everyday maintenance. If you live in an apartment, condominium, or other multiunit structure, I provide special guidance for you in this part, too.

The last chapter in this part includes suggestions for creating the unfair advantage just about everyone can use at work. Whether you work at home or in a cubical on your office building’s 23rd floor, I show you how to apply easy Feng Shui cures to make the most of your work environment.

Part IV: Going to the Next Level: Using Feng Shui for Life Change

In Part IV, I start with a quick and effective action plan for using Feng Shui; then I provide tips for getting what you want with Feng Shui in the areas of wealth, relationships, and health. I also give you tips for selecting your next home with the help of Feng Shui.

Also in this part, I present ceremonies that help you clear unwelcome energies from your home and increase your good fortune. (And no, this isn’t a recipe for getting rid of your significant other!) In addition, Part IV deals with a unique and effective branch of Feng Shui: performing special cures directly on yourself, instead of on your home, to enhance your personal energy.

Part V: The Part of Tens

The Part of Tens provides ten key principles for getting the most out of your Feng Shui cures. I also include ten hints for choosing a qualified Feng Shui consultant and ten pointers for selling a home with the help of Feng Shui. Closing out Part V is a special treat: ten calligraphy blessings for your home created by my mentor, Grandmaster Lin Yun.

Icons Used in This Book

In the margins of this book are several helpful icons that can make your Feng Shui journey easier:

advancedcure.eps If you want to tackle more-involved Feng Shui tips, follow the special cures given next to this icon. These remedies are some of the most potent solutions around.

reallifeexample.eps This icon indicates a real-life Feng Shui story that illustrates some aspect or result of using Feng Shui. I share such stories because you can discover a lot from the experiences of others.

remember.eps This icon sits next to key details you need to keep in mind in order to have success with your Feng Shui cures.

tip.eps Text marked with this bull’s-eye icon gives helpful Feng Shui pointers and information.

warning_bomb.eps This icon tells you when to sit up and take notice. Something in your environment may be harming you, and changing it can save you a heap of trouble down the road.

Where to Go from Here

You may not choose to read this book from cover to cover, although you can read it this way if you want. For first-time Feng Shui-ers, Chapter 1 answers the question: “What is Feng Shui?” Its overview gives you the understanding you need to implement the practical suggestions found throughout the book. If you’re familiar with the basic concepts of Feng Shui, you can use the table of contents or the index to jump directly to the chapter that provides the information you’re looking for. Also, be sure to follow the references I provide within the book; they lead you to related material located in other chapters.

The helpful illustrations throughout the text clarify key points and demonstrate how you should perform specific cures. If an illustration differs from your particular situation, simply adapt the suggested remedy to fit your circumstances. On the other hand, in many cases, specific details can mean the difference between an effective solution and one that produces less-than-adequate results. For instance, if I recommend using a bamboo flute, don’t use a chopstick and expect to get the same result! When I emphasize particular details as being critically important, I recommend sticking with them to the best of your ability.

Part I

Getting Started: Feng Shui Made Clear


In this part . . .

Feng Shui is the study of the interaction between you and your environment. Feng Shui in action is jumping out of your current mold and applying tips, tricks, and techniques to reform your living environment, forge a new relationship with your space, and become happier in the process. Intriguing, no?

To get started practicing Feng Shui, you need some of the basics. Then you can move on to the really heavy Feng Shui firepower. In this part, I give you the lowdown on Feng Shui and the key principles that make it work. You’re then fortified to move on and discover how to map the energy of your home (trust me, it’s easier than it sounds). You can also grab an armful of effective Feng Shui changes (also known as cures) that you can apply anywhere you want. Last but not least, I let you in on one of the biggest Feng Shui secrets around: how to use the inner power of intention and motivation to make your Feng Shui solutions zing!