Anyone wondering where some of my affinity for good design came from? Here’s a good place to start.
Nearly 15 years ago my father William Spear wrote a book about Feng Shui. At the time of release, I believe there were maybe 7 or so books with the words Feng Shui even in the title– and a decade and a half later, there are thousands. His original book was translated into countless languages (15 at last count, actually) and became a staple in a sea of misinformation and comedy. The original Feng Shui Made Easy book went on to become a bestseller with more than 22 printings and the definitive guide to an ancient art.
In the past decade however pop culture really had a fun time with it. Feng Shui haircuts, Feng Shui chocolate bars, Feng Shui pet houses. Feng Shui was a catch phrase and it slowly lost the deep purpose and meaning and began to be more about decor than it did about transforming yourself from the inside.
Today, he is releasing a revised and expanded edition which I think will once again set the bar even higher for the practice of getting your energy flow right– both in the house, and inside your mind and body. You can buy it everywhere books are sold. I encourage you to. Heck, if you’re a friend of mine and you’re unsure about it, I’ll buy it for you.
(By the way when I grew up explaining what my father did for a living was difficult, and near impossible. Part of my life I was convinced he was a spy…)
In the publishers words:
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.
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.
A couple great quotes:
“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