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Defuse the bad vibes in your home with a little Feng Shui.

Summary: Tired of waking up in the morning and not feeling rested or refreshed? If the feeling of rising in the morning with a frown is all too familiar.

BEIRUT: Tired of waking up in the morning and not feeling rested or refreshed? If the feeling of rising in the morning with a frown is all too familiar, you may be suffering from bad Feng Shui.

While many assume Feng Shui is simply a fancy term for rearranging your furniture, Beirut-based consultant Lara Klait explains that the system is actually a complex and ancient science which is gaining more popularity in Lebanon.

"Feng Shui is a Chinese science that has existed for more than 3,000 years, some claim more than 5,000 years. It's a very old science that talks about how our environment and the things around us -- nature, the mountains, the buildings -- can affect us," Klait explains.

Feng Shui is about helping people to live in harmony with their surroundings to foster a healthy and balanced life. At its core, the practice is based on the flow of energy, or "Qi," and balancing opposing yin and yang energy as well as the five elements in Chinese philosophy -- wind, water, air, fire and wood -- thought to be the forces essential to human life.

Klait thinks of Feng Shui as a combination of art and science: science because it uses calculations based on the Chinese compass (or "luopan"), electromagnetic fields and geopathic stress (or radiation) measurements; and art because it is the art of placement, or "how we place things related to the five elements of the universe. How we combine these elements in a productive, not destructive, cycle."

"Everything symbolizes the universe and the combinations that are harmonious ... For example, if you want to add a chimney or candles in a house, you don't place an aquarium next to it because these elements [fire and water] are destructive to each other," she says.

Klait launched a website in 2008 after working for a few years as a Feng Shui consultant, connecting with clients by word of mouth. One of the first certified consultants in Lebanon, Klait attended courses in Malaysia with Chinese Feng Shui master Lilliane Too -- one of the most widely published authors in the world on the subject.

Now, Klait works as a consultant to clients all over the Middle East and leads frequent educational workshops in Beirut. Her next seminar is scheduled for April 21 at the Rotana Gefinor Hotel.

"It was surprising to find out that a lot of people do know about Feng Shui in this country. When I launched my website you wouldn't imagine the interest ... So many people know [about Feng Shui] but just don't talk about it."

Most of Klait's clients "don't take convincing" she says, and already buy into the principles of Feng Shui. Yet, Klait believes that even the skeptics are affected by the energetic forces of their surroundings, whether or not they acknowledge it.

"To me, it's not a matter of belief -- it's like gravity, you don't have to believe in gravity for it to affect you."

When taking on a new client, the first step for Klait is to examine the location, floor plan, surrounding environment and take a precise history of the building as these points govern her Feng Shui calculations. From these formulas, Klait identifies strong electromagnetic fields in the house and other signs of good or bad energy flow, and whether rooms contain too much yin or yang energy.

Klait describes yin and yang as "the opposite sides of a coin," with yin being the low, darker energy side and yang as the high, frenetic and light energy force.

One mistake she sees many people make, which can contribute to bad sleep, is keeping too many electronic gadgets in the bedroom, tipping the balance toward too much yang energy.

"We have to have a yang factor [in the bedroom] but it's too much. Kids have their PlayStations and TVs in their rooms, all their toys and fake weapons, and then people complain that their son doesn't do well at school or he can't concentrate," Klait says.

In many bedrooms, people also place their beds in the wrong place, she observes, with the headboard of the bed sharing a wall with the bathroom which has pipes going through it or against a wall containing strong electrical wires that you cannot see but affect the electromagnetic field.

Of most concern to Klait is the level of pollution she finds in many of her clients' homes largely due to the plethora of gadgets and chemicals used in household cleaning materials.

"The level of pollution in houses is very high. The chemicals families are using when they could switch to green products to live a healthier life -- there are things they can do without a consultant. Living healthy is a complete package and Feng Shui is a part of that."

For more information on Feng Shui visit http://www.lebanonfengshui.com/.

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Date:Mar 28, 2012
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