- Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: Harmony; Auflage: 1 (4. Mai 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0767903595
- ISBN-13: 978-0767903592
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,3 x 18,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 18 Kundenrezensionen
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Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Mai 1999
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Drawing on the success of her first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston has met popular demand by expanding on the indispensable activity of clearing clutter. There is very little of actual Feng Shui here, and certainly nothing you can't get elsewhere, but the clutter problem gets full and complete treatment. Kingston reminds us that clutter is stuck energy that keeps you stuck in undesirable life patterns. Therefore, you can "sort out your life by sorting out your junk." Kingston covers the reasons we keep things as well as the amazing stories of people who have cleared their clutter away. More than just junk, clutter is all those things that have negative symbology and that collect stagnant energy. This latter can also apply to bodily, emotional, and spiritual clutter, all of which Kingston describes with characteristic passion. In an age of accumulation, it's good to see a book that frees up life again.
"A great book and long overdue. I have read it twice in a week. . . . Thanks, Karen Kingston, for helping me to simplify my life in a joyful way."
--Louise L. Hay, author of Empowering Women and You Can Heal Your Life
"Elevates cleaning clutter from a mundane task to an experience of the sublime."
--Michelle Passoff, author of Lighten Up! Free Yourself From Clutter
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I agree that Karen Kingston is not a doctor and that there is much research done on the topic of colon cleansing and de-toxing the body since this book has been published that will give the interested reader a deeper insight if required.
The point that the book makes in my eyes, though, is, that there is a resonance between inner and outer 'clean-ness'. If we regard our body our 'first skin', our clothes and cosmetics could be called the 'second skin' and our house the 'third skin'.
Clearing out clutter elevates the energy level of the house, like an instrument being fine-tuned and playing on a higher octave. The heaviness and cluttering effect of junk food will feel awkward after a while as a consequence if the concept of clutter clearing is deeply understood and lived.
How this process unfolds might be highly individual and I agree that the recommendations probably shouldnt be taken literally. For me it was more the underlying principle that rang true many years ago when i first read the book. Karen surely has a way to put things strongly which on the other hand makes her books so powerful and life altering for so many people.
Seriously, she hits on every very good reason (and some harsh realities) for getting the clutter out from underfoot. The Feng Shui approach simply makes it that much simpler, and less overwhelming. (It's especially powerful in combination with "Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life," by K. R. Carter.)
This is one of the most motivating book I've ever read about clutter, and in just one week, it's made a h-u-g-e difference in my life. Highly recommended if you've been trying to get control of clutter for years.
I would skip the chapter on clutter clearing your body, too much "quack" ideas with no nitty gritty scientific evidence. I believe there is another review here which specifically sites research which has been done to disprove the entire "bowel-cleansing" segment. Sure, fiber is good for you, but let's just leave it at that!
Overall this is a quick read. It gives many reasons to stop the pack-rat mentality, clear the clutter, and open up to new positive energy that awaits.
A great clutter book I would recommend is by Sandra Fulton. She's written many in this genre. The two I would recommend are "The Messie Motivator" and "The Messies Manual". Sandra goes into detail regarding a system for cleaning (in "The Messie Motivator") which was helpful. She also goes into more details of the psyche behind the typical clutter collector, I think many "messies" will relate.
So although Karen Kingston's book provides motivation to clear it up, there are far better books available for both Feng Shui and clutter clearing.
Then she ruins it in the last chapter by going off on a tangent about how your average person has a colon full of things from years past, has a ridiculous drawing of a wiggly colon and insists that the reader rush off to an herbalist for a colon cleanse to get rid of all these accretions from days of yore.
I have an acquaintance who is an herbalist, who said it was total nonsense and said that a sigmoidoscopy is going to reveal a smooth, pink interior to one's plumbing and not accretions and agreed it was all very strange.
I would suggest Ms. Kingston keep to what she is good at and keep her crackpot theories to herself. She'd have a much better book, for starters.
While I cannot speak to the usefulness of most of this book, I did read the section about reducing the clutter in one's body. One of the methods Kingston advises is taking herbal remedies to cleanse impacted fecal matter in the large intestine.
Kingston makes claims about "autointoxication" - stagnation of the large intestine (colon) causes toxins to form that are absorbed and poison the body) - that have not been scientifically proven. Kingston doesn't have the credentials to be making these health-related claims nor is there evidence in the medical literature to support her claims.
Since I should practice what I preach, here is the evidence Kingston either is ignorant of, or would choose to ignore if she knew it existed:
Ernst E. "Colonic irrigation and the theory of Autointoxication: A triumph of ignorance over science." Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology 24:196-198, 1997.
Chen TS, Chen PS. "Intestinal autointoxication: A gastrointestinal leitmotive." Journal Clinical Gastroenterology 11:343-441, 1989.
If I'm going to read a book about feng shui, I'm going to read one that ONLY discusses the clutter in my house!