Synopsis: Simple ways to create a fortune in any room. This lavishly illustrated guide explains the principles of Feng Shui in a comprehensive and aesthetic way, combining the secrets of Chinese wisdom with wise design tips to promote health, wealth, romance and prosperity. In this book you will discover authentic Feng Shui design principles, guiding you to confidently create an aesthetic bedroom by balancing the natural and human-made environments. It also explains how, by making changes to your surroundings, you can cultivate good health, nourish relationships and attract prosperity both at home and in business. More than 70 images illustrate the essential guidelines for you to create a beautiful bedroom that perfectly reflects your style and personality.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Jenny Xu. She has a degree in Architecture and Interior Design, with a special emphasis on Feng Shui. Welcome to my blog, Jenny.
CH: Why should we read your book on Feng Shui in the bedroom?
JX: Feng Shui is about being in balance and in harmony with the energies around you. We spend approximately 30% of our time in bed every day. The bedroom is one of the most important areas in the home. Feng Shui principles are the same. That is the reason people should read this book.
It would be unfortunate for you not to know the secrets of good Feng Shui when so many other people from all walks of life are taking advantage of it. It is that helpful. When you follow good Feng Shui principles, the bad days seem to disappear and you feel that your life has become more and more enjoyable.
When you practice good Feng Shui daily, you will be able to enjoy a life filled with health, fortune, wealth, prosperity and happiness.
CH: Can you tell us about Feng Shui history?
JX: Feng Shui has more than five thousand years of history in China. Historically, Feng Shui principles were employed only for The Imperial Palace or a noble family resident. The most important concept in Feng Shui theory is “Air” which means “Qi” or “Life-Force Energy.” When your home is surrounded with good Feng Shui Qi, it can promote harmony, balance, health, prosperity and a long life. Water means prosperity in Feng Shui. That is the reason why most of the houses along a lake, beach or ocean are more expensive. It is the same as humans not being able to live without water and air. This book will not go into a lot of detail about the history of Feng Shui, because it is so extensive, but it will explain in detail how to apply the principles to reflect the best design for your personal space and bedroom.
CH: What made you decide to write this book?
JX: I received a degree in Architecture and Interior Design from UCLA Extension, with a special emphasis on Feng Shui. I have long been fascinated by this five thousand year old Chinese study of the impact of architecture and design on people and the environments in which they live and work. I recognized that some of my friends were suffering financial loss and illness and came to the conclusion that it was due to an unbalanced, bad Feng Shui house. As a designer, I feel like I have to share the secrets of Feng Shui with everyone. I am committed to making sure that everyone has a comfortable living space. In addition, my friend Stephen Rivele, producer and writer, best known for his work on the film’s ‘Ali’ (2001) and ‘Nixon’ (1995, Academy Award Nomination), encouraged and supported me in writing this book.
CH: There are 5 basic Feng Shui elements to create balance and energy. Do you incorporate these into your designs?
JX: Yes, I do incorporate Feng Shui elements into my designs. Each design that I complete creates an aesthetic space by balancing the natural and human-made environments. I make changes to the surroundings in order to help my clients cultivate good health, nourish positive relationships and attract prosperity, both at home and in business.
CH: Can you give us an example of designing a bedroom with Feng Shui?
JX: Here’s is an example: I had a client who was missing the Metal Element, which is one of the elements in Feng Shui. I designed a piece for his bedroom which was located in the southern sector of his home. I placed a metal vase with 50 pounds of pennies in his bedroom. This was in 2017. Without this remedy, there was a greater chance that he would have suffered illness and financial loss.
CH: Can you tell us why we should use Feng Shui in our bedrooms?
JX: Believe it or not, Feng Shui works for many people, including billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Li Ka-shing, Oprah Winfrey and Jack Ma, whose company, Alibaba, is set for the largest U.S. IPO in history. All of these business magnates, whose careers have been examined, have been either intentionally or accidentally aligned with the ‘correct’ Feng Shui elemental designs. All of the businessmen, whose failures and misfortunes we have seen, have been aligned with the wrong Feng Shui elemental designs.
CH: Are fortune and prosperity what most people want?
JX: I would like to think that people want prosperity in some form or another in their lives. Fortune or wealth, I think, is something some people want, while others just want to be content, balanced and at peace. We all deserve a healthy, fortunate, happy, peaceful and prosperous life. It doesn’t matter how big or small your bedroom is, everyone is capable of achieving this themselves in order to improve their life.
CH: Are pets a part of good Feng Shui?
JX: Animals have naturally positive Qi energy, which is beneficial in achieving balance in people’s lives and homes. If you are an animal lover, you may have pets in your home, so you should be aware that cats and dogs are very sensitive to their environments. They can instinctively feel imbalances in your space. Too much clutter, too many chemicals, too many toxic substances or blocked doorways can cause Qi energy to become stuck and/or stagnant. Watch where your dog or cat spends the most time or which area they tend to avoid. This could give you a big clue as to what areas in your home are ‘blocked.’
CH: How do colors and shapes fit into Feng Shui?
JX: Colors have an enormous impact on us psychologically, emotionally and even physically. Ultra Violet is the Pantone color of the year for 2018, but if your bedroom is located in the north sector of the home, it cannot be painted purple in the bedroom in 2018, otherwise it has the potential of causing illness, arguments and financial loss. Purple, red, orange and pink are Fire Elements in Feng Shui theory. Those saturated colors tend to trigger your stress response and make you feel more anxious. Only lighter shades calm you down in the bedroom. Balance is the key. Rectangles and squares are the perfect shape for the bedroom because they tend to create a smooth energy flow without any of the hassles. Any irregular shaped bedroom can create unstable, stagnate Qi.
CH: What is the best direction for the bed?
JX: Everyone has their own individual auspicious Feng Shui for their bed placement. It depends on their personal Feng Shui Element. For example, if the person belongs to the Fire Element, her headboard should face toward the South wall, as well as placing the bed against the wall.
CH: Any specific tips you can offer my audience?
JX: Absolutely! Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Never place a mirror opposite, next to, or over the bed. It will cause energy to bounce around the room and interfere with your rest. Reflective surfaces, such as mirrors are thought to magnify problems and worries. Wrongful placement in a bedroom could negatively affect health and wealth! When a large mirror is placed in a bedroom, year after year, the cumulative effects may bring the occupants inexplicable feelings of dizziness, depression and sadness. It may develop into other cognitive illness, such as depression. That is one of the reasons why someone may not have a good night’s sleep. Another helpful tip: Avoid full-sized animal images in the bedroom, because they can create Sha Qi (negative Qi) in the room. The sleeper may soon find that he or she is depressed, stressed, argumentative and experiencing a diminished ability to do daily work, together with damage to his or her relationships.
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?
JX: The feedback has been amazing! There are so many people I have encountered who have no idea of the proper balance and designing with Feng Shui principles, and how they can make such a huge difference in their daily lives. Within the first week of its release, Rich Bedroom Poor Bedroom, shot to the #1 Bestselling position on Amazon with fifteen 5-star reviews.
CH: What is your next writing project?
JX: My next book will be titled, Successful Office Failure Office. It will be centered around the benefits of applying Feng Shui principles to your work space.
CH: How to Find Jenny Xu:
- Jenny’s Website: www.ahhyoo.com
- Jenny’s Amazon Link: http://tiny.cc/89sdry
- Jenny’s Author Page: http://tiny.cc/uatdry
CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?
JX: Currently, Rich Bedroom Poor Bedroom, is available on Amazon in both paperback and eBook. It is also available through Barnes and Noble. In the next few months, the book should be available in bookstores across the U.S.
CH: Any closing remarks?
JX: This book is appropriate for everyone. It doesn’t matter the size of your bedroom—you can apply Feng Shui designing principles. Everyone deserves a good quality of life. Every house has a ‘trigram’ or life essence, that determines the ebb and flow of Qi. Each house has its own unique Feng Shui element and magnetic orientation. Each house has a unique style. This means that it is necessary to do a thorough analysis of a house to ensure that it embodies the best possible Feng Shui. This comprehensive analysis includes not only the interior design, but also the location, materials, colors and furnishings, with a full Feng Shui interpretation to promote comfort and a high-quality lifestyle. You can learn how to do this yourself. Rich Bedroom Poor Bedroom will teach you how. Thank you so much, Cheryl. I greatly appreciate this interview.
CH: Thank you so much, Jenny Xu, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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