place in the great scheme of things.
A native of the West, Juliana came to Feng Shui in the early 1990s after careers in retail and finance. She was deeply influenced by private studies with internationally known Master Raymond Lo of Hong Kong. As his only licensed teacher in Australia, she’s uniquely placed to spread the wisdom of this 4000 year old knowledge – hence her first book, The Feng Shui Way; creat the life you want through your enviroment. In his foreword, Master Lo clearly values the seriousness of purpose to the extent of declaring this book, “genuinely revals the true style of traditional Chinese Feng Shui.”
In her book, as in her columns, Juliana’s main intention is to pass on the awareness that we can all live in greater harmony and abundance in all its many meanings by being more attuned to our surroundings, in our homes, workplaces and gardens. And while, if we’re lucky, we can secretly rejoice that our bed or our desk are fortuitously placed, we’re all going to encounter our own personal wake up calls.
In my case, the current overgrown state of the garden, anything but the “restrained, gentle, undulating and understated” condition of a Feng Shui garden. That desired sense of peace and beauty is, as Juliana suggests, all about balancing the Yin and Yang energies – and while it may be bird paradise, there’s a lot of work to be done! And as I scoop up bucketloads of leaves from our glorious, and deciduous, Chinese Elm, I’m drawn to the phrase about Chinese culture regarding an evergreen tree as a potent symbol of longevity and health. Maybe in another corner!
The Feng Shui Way is structured in a very logical way, beginning with a chapter on its history and philosophical basis, followed by others on the cardinal elements, the place of the five elements of Wood, Fire, Water, Metal and Earth, cycle and time in the Chinese calendar and how the four “schools” of Feng Shui overlap and differ. The complexity of the I Ching, the ancient Book of Changes dating from around 1100BC, is explained very succinctly, no mean feat as it is essentially a way of embracing the universe. Its eight trigrams with their varying patterns of Yin and Yang lines is also said to be the origin of Chinese writing.
Juliana Abram has written an excellent, no nonsense but still comprehensive, guide to this fascinating metaphysical science which is being more widely recognized as we heed its lessons of balance and harmony. And the number of goldfish for your bowl? Nine.