The greatest tragedy of modern society is the way that we have established our houses, streets and communities without reference to the surrounding environment; let alone with respect to principles of natural energy flow and geographical orientation.
Feng Shui expert Master Denise Liotta Dennis is more aware of the negative effects of houses built without due respect to their immediate environment. In her book, Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships: Design Your Living Space for Love, Harmony & Prosperity she reveals how poor or blocked flow of positive chi energy flowing through the rooms of our homes is largely responsible for the social, financial and domestic problems that we experience in our lives.
This is a remarkable supposition. It effectively means that, whilst we so often focus upon our own short-comings as individuals when dealing with our personal problems, the truth is that it may be the actual position, layout and geographical orientation of out houses that might be specifically responsible for our misfortunes.
In her book, Dennis strips back to the absolute fundamentals: how the ancient oriental practice of Feng Shui effects our romantic, sexual and emotional relationships.
Whilst the connection between the position of your home and the health of your love life might at first appear to be rather tenuous, it should be remembered that chi—that vital force or energy of life that flows through all buildings, offices and places of leisure—also flows through us as individuals.
Thus, it could be said that we are what our buildings allow us to be.
What then is it that really determines the quality of our lives?
The author explains how, in Feng Shui philosophy, there are three types of luck that oversee the ‘affairs of man’.
These are defined as ‘Heaven Luck’ (as determined by our own karma and destiny); ‘Earth Luck’ (controlled by the energy flowing through our lives); and ‘Man Luck’ (which is effectively the fortune that we create for ourselves through our own efforts).
The author describes how the energy flow through our houses is qualified through the ancient He Tu and Luo Shu philosophies. Further systems of classification that she works with include Wu Xing or Five Elements and the two Ba Guas.
Having covered the core principles of Feng Shui the author dives straight into the deep end by looking at the personally challenging experiences of adultery, extra-marital affairs and divorce; with reference to our external environments and how they impact negatively upon our relationships.
In direct contrast to this, the book also examines the role of the Eight Mansions and how they determine your Life Gua Number—a numerical key that can be used to improve the Feng Shui of your home. These in turn also relate to the Zodiacal Personalities as define inoriental astrology.
In part three of her book Dennis explores an lesser known aspect to Feng Shui which she refers ro as Flying Stars or Xuan Kong Fei Xing. This, as the author explains, is a process that depicts the energy or events of a structure in the past, present and future. Advice is given in the book on how to determine the Flying Star Chart of your own home using a nine-square grid.
Feng Shui is a diverse and multi-aspected philosophy but, at its heart, it is one that does connect to issues of romance, love and the success within all types of relationships. The author reveals the specific Feng Shui secrets to improving these areas of your life using a wide range of advanced Feng Shui techniques and tools before closing with an extensive glossary of terms, an appendix, bibliography, resources and index.
Our Review of ‘Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships’ by Denise Liotta Dennis
In reviewing this book, I feel that it is important to explain that I know very little about the subject of Feng Shui.
A couple of decades ago, I was caught up in the explosion of interest in the subject and ended up placing mirrors, crystals and plants in judicious locations around the home. They seemed to have a positive impact on the life and well-being of my family but I largely remained unconvinced.
The form of Feng Shui presented Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships: Design Your Living Space for Love, Harmony & Prosperity is a very long way from the world of Feng Shui I was drawn into reading and just the opening pages, it becomes immediately clear that this book touches upon a significantly more complex approach to the art than the simple placement of household objects in fortuitous locations.
This is not to say that this is a publication based upon pure Feng Shui theory for the author has done a good job explaining the practical application of the principles involved.
I would love to have tested these ideas and techniques out for myself and to have woven my conclusions regarding their effectiveness into this review. Sadly, I am unable to do so as I currently live in a most unorthodox house imaginable—one that fails to conform to any orthodox Feng Shui practices!
Consequently, I am unable to comment on the efficacy of the advice offered in this publication.
Instead, I am left assessing this book on its merits, or otherwise, of the information that it contains and I have to say that, on this level, it is faultless.
Whatever you feel about Feng Shui, this is clearly a book that can only have been spawned from the pen of someone who has lived, worked, modified and honed down Feng Shui principles to a fine art.
Although many of the principles are complex, and sometimes rather dissonant to a Western mindset, the author has done a superb job of presenting her insights in clear, engaging and easily digestible ways.
The inclusion of many tables and diagrams add greatly to the reader’s understanding of the information on offer.
Despite the introductory insights offered at the start of this book, this is not a publication that is aimed at me or anyone else who has not had a fairly solid grounding in the fundamental aspects of Feng Shui.
To get the best from it, I suggest you read a more introductory publication on the subject first.
If you have practiced some form of Feng Shui, I am sure that this will be an indispensable book of true insight into many Feng Shui techniques and how they specifically relate, but are not limited to, the world of relationships and personal fortune.
Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships is a real revelation for those exploring modern Feng Shui practice. As a book in its own right, it is a very impressive achievement.