Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement and
spatial harmony, is fast becoming part of American
as well as chinese Culture. Articles in Publications
from the Arizona Business Gazette to the Investors
Business Daily testify that the art has found
application in America's businesses as well as
Los Altos native and resident Marina Leeds is
one of a growing number of Feng Shuiconsultants
to business and private clients.
describes Feng Shui (pronounced fung schway) as
"the relationship between self and environment
and, more importantly, how that relationship affects
the balance and harmony of one's physical and
began studying Feng Shui six years ago. "I've
always had an inclination towards Chinese culture,"
Leeds said. "Then a friend went to China.
He brought the Feng Shui master Professor Lin
in to do his offices and afterwards my friend's
business soared. I was fascinated to know why."
1996, Leeds began a 15-month intensive study through
Shelter of the Soul in Santa Cruz California,
which concluded with her certification as a Feng
Shui consultant. Leeds practices Black Sect Tantric
Buddhism Feng Shui, also known as Form School
Feng Shui. One of several schools of Feng Shui,
its roots go back about 10,000 years to the early
Bon religious indigenous to Tibet, she said
School Feng Shui, as taught by Professor Lin and
his disciples, is a practical form "based
on intention in the human mind and spirit, and
on energy movement," Leeds said. In contrast,
she said, the Compass School is oriented toward
fixed orientation of objects in relation to energy
source and flow, although there is crossover between
the two schools.
Feng Shui's primary focus is on the flow of chi,
the most essential feature of life and the force
that connects us to our surroundings. It also
seeks to create balance among the five elements:
earth, fire, metal, water and wood.
Feng Shui, we work with three different kinds
of chi - earth, atmosphere and body chi - to create
a safe and healthy environment," Leeds said.
"The objective of a consultation is to help
you achieve the most ideal state of chi by harnessing
and enhancing environmental chi to improve your
life, health, career, relationships and tranquillity."
has worked with clients on career and relationship
issues, as well as on bringing harmony to home
design. During a consultation, she listens for
metaphors her clients use in speaking and looks
at their home
or office as a metaphor for their life, searching
for places where things are stuck or weighted.
addition to suggesting relocation of an object
or redesign of a space, Leeds helps clients use
symbols to focus on the desired change of energy.
"A small fountain can remind you of the flow
of water and the flow of new energy INTO you life,"
very professional and thorough," said Los
Altos resident Sheryl Johnson, one of Leeds' clients.
"I feel more like we are living in harmony
with the Universe since Marina came INTO our lives,"
of Leeds' cases involved a store where owner and
employees were involved in competition and disharmony.
Revenues were low.
"The store had multiple departments,"
Leeds said. "It was confusing. There was
no focus. We created a center focal point for
the store and a welcoming main entrance."
said the best time to call in a Feng Shui consultant
is "if you feel stuck or want something to
improve." But, she said, you must be ready
to be an active participant in the change. "For
results, you must honor the advice given and do
selecting a consultant Leeds advises checking
into their training and certification. "Get
references," she said. "Meet with them
and see if you resonate."