The first edition, released in 1995, was lauded by seasoned practitioners and beginners alike. And no wonder. While most of the early English-language books on feng shui were dauntingly mystical or relied on complex calculations or culturally specific design practices, Feng Shui Made Easy took a more holistic approach, clearly explaining the fundamentals while guiding readers on an inner journey of understanding.
Thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated, the book is structured around an “architecture of consciousness” that is really the inner landscape. The book explores each “house” of the bagua—the chart representing one’s journey through life; relationships with parents, loved ones, and community; creativity; spirituality; and connectedness to the source of life—and the symbolism of the corresponding I Ching trigram. Feng Shui Made Easy helps readers discover the nature of these connections, as well as learn what obstructions must be removed to change fixed patterns of behavior and restore balance, harmony, and inner peace—a process that, when combined with external adjustments, results in increased success and lasting change in all areas of life.
This revised edition expands on the author’s intuitive approach with new sections on health, children’s environments, and ecological concerns and sustainable practices. The author also corrects misconceptions about feng shui and uses fascinating case studies to share valuable insights he gained from interactions with his clients and readers.
From the Introduction:Feng Shui Made Easy
was created after a lifetime of solving puzzles. Making the most complicated things more accessible and easily understood was ingrained in me; transforming philosophies and concepts into practical methods had been fascinating to me since childhood. This book will be like a feng shui consultant coming into your own home. But Feng Shui Made Easy
tells you more than just how to rearrange your furniture, it tells your how to change your life—and that is what feng shui is really all about. This is a remarkable system for self-development and a practical took for improving business and relationships. All you need to do is practice—the energy flows by itself.
Excerpted from Feng Shui Made Easy, Revised Edition by William Spear. Copyright © 2010 by William Spear. Excerpted by permission of North Atlantic Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
“The most user-friendly translation of feng shui for American audiences.”
—The New York Times
“We are shaped by spaces of our lives and, in a time of information overload, the need to create moments of solitude and peace are even more vital than ever before. This guide explains the Feng Shui philosophy and shows you how to define your environment and the surroundings you wish to live in. In a time of great change there is a great desire to create harmony within one’s personal space. William Spear takes you into a deeper knowledge of Feng Shui and how it can influence your surroundings.”
—Cameron Sinclair, cofounder and CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) of Architecture for Humanity, 2006 TED prize recipient and coeditor of Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises
“My family and I have benefited greatly from our relationship with William Spear over many years. Shortly after my first feng shui consultation with him, I won my first Grammy! In this book, he shares the same great resources for all creative spirits who love the earth.”
—Paul Winter, four-time Grammy® Award–winning composer and musician
“William Spear has put together a book that is user-friendly, while still respecting the deeper aspects and implications of a profound science.… Feng Shui Made Easy gives not just practical suggestions for analyzing and altering your environment, but teaches intuitive feng shui, so that you can learn to trust your feelings about your surroundings.”
“For the past twenty years, William Spear has been my “go to” person for all properties that needed fixing before they could sell. He’s a sensitive genius who knows how to right wrongs and produce a wonderfully inviting, very saleable home. His book has been invaluable and something that I frequently have gifted to my clients. After having used William to consult successfully on my clients’ hard to sell properties, I’ve gotten into the habit of never buying or renovating a home of my own without his advice—even when I had to fly him across the country to do so!
William is not only a great Feng Shui Master, he is a wonderful teacher, and his book brings home the principles of this ancient art to those who are unable to consult with him personally. His book enables the consumer to understand and rectify many issues themselves.”
—Patricia Warburg Cliff, Senior Vice President and Director of International Sales, the Corcoran Group real estate company
“In his book, [William Spear] takes the view that the art of placement is governed both by external laws but also can be generated from a clean, inner condition of the body. When we eat whole, unprocessed foods, we tend to make better decisions… guided by our intuition… [Spear’s] take on Feng Shui made perfect, and refreshingly satisfying sense.”
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“Feng Shui Made Easy: Designing Your Life with the Ancient Art of Placement by William Spear takes the reader on a journey into the vast world of the Feng Shui. … [The book] is loaded with facts, history, and real life ways to make Feng Shui a part of your world, both inside and out. … This never boring or dry book takes a somewhat in depth look into what Feng Shui is really about as Spears reminds us to consider the relationships that exist in our environments, both inside and outside. … In Feng Shui Made Easy the title really says it all. This is a hands-on book loaded with enlightening, engaging exercises that allow the reader to really get a hands on, minds on comprehension of this ancient art led by a leading Westerner of Feng Shui experts. … This newest edition of Feng Shui Made Easy is a great addition for your library for anyone who wants a little more peace and harmony in their world.”