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What is Feng Shui?

The metaphysical practice of feng shui originated in China thousands of years ago. Like gravity, it affects everyone. Feng shui is part of nature. It is the understanding that your immediate interior and exterior surroundings can have a predictable influence on you. Feng shui is a system for determining how both seen and unseen aspects to your environment can influence your health, your mental and emotional states, and your financial potential.

Many people have now heard or read that your feng shui environment can affect your health, well-being, relationships, and career. Feng shui also influences fertility and specific health conditions, like circulation, digestion, sex drive, back pain, and respiratory conditions, just to name a few. For lack of a more scientific explanation, feng shui remedies have an astounding 6,000 year track record for helping people become "luckier" or more fulfilled in various areas of their lives.

Because traditional feng shui is partly based on time-space theory, Kartar coined the phrase "astrology for architecture" to describe the time and space aspect to how feng shui works. An energy field is created in every structure based on when it was built and what direction it faces. Feng shui has historically been called Chinese Geomancy. Energies from the earth below combine with energies from the sun and stars above to create an energetic blueprint inside every house or building. Natural landscapes as well as man-made objects can influence this energetic blueprint.

Kartar Diamond: Biography and Credentials

Kartar Diamondís classical feng shui studies began in 1992 when she met Master Larry Sang, founder of the American Feng Shui Institute, and who she formed an alliance with for nearly twenty years, having been a senior graduate and advanced Instructor from A.F.S.I. Kartar has also studied with other masters including Raymond Lo, Joseph Yu, and Heluo, to name a few. Having been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and USA Today, Kartar has advised thousands of individuals and businesses. She is one of the most well-known and respected consultants, based in Southern California, but working with people world-wide.

Kartar Diamond founded her company, Feng Shui Solutions, in 1993. Her consulting style encompasses several traditional methods, including the Flying Star School (Xuan Kong), as well as the most practical applications from the East/West School (aka Eight Mansion School). Form School is also a part of the authentic, classical traditions. Yin-Yang theory and Five-Element Theory are integral parts of traditional Feng shui.

Kartar has even studied one of the most obscure forms of feng shui (for Westerners) which is called Yin House Feng Shui. It deals with the analysis of grave sites and the influence that a burial spot can have on the deceased's relatives.

Kartar has had many affiliations with real estate professionals, including having been a Preferred Vendor with Coldwell Banker. She has also been an Industry Partner with the American Society of Interior Designers. She had been an active member of the American Society of Feng Shui for many years.

Kartar founded her publishing company, Four Pillars Publishing, in 2003 and is the author of Feng Shui for Skeptics: Real Solutions Without Superstition.
This book blows the whistle on a lot of the fake feng shui practices that consumers do not know are marketing gimmicks or just the product of someone's overactive imagination. Kartar has been a leader in the traditional feng shui industry, speaking out against false schools, questionable New Age spin-offs and unprofessional practices.

There is also a lot of information in Feng Shui for Skeptics that is not found in any other popular feng shui books. This includes some of Kartar Diamond's personal case study experiences, not the least of which was her audit of the former O.J. Simpson Rockingham estate. Aside from being available on her own website, you can also order Feng Shui for Skeptics from www.Amazon.com or www.BarnesandNoble.com or www.Borders.com

Her second book, The Feng Shui Matrix: Another Way to Inherit the Earth was published in 2006. This sequel is filled with more step-by-step formulas for maximizing the balance and productivity of the space you have. It also has a chapter on the ideal floor plans for newer constructions. The Feng Shui Matrix offers personal remedies, based on your birth date.

Kartar’s third book, The Feng Shui Continuum: A Blueprint for Balanced Living, was published in 2008. It covers a major branch of classical Feng Shui called the Flying Stars.

Local Residential Feng Shui Consultations

Using a compass as an essential tool of the trade, Kartar begins all consultations with a careful compass reading to determine the precise directional alignment of the property. Observations are made regarding the exteriors and landscaping as well. Without proper training, some consultants do not even know that there are bad locations for water features, such as fountains and pools.

The year the house was constructed plays a major role in the analysis and how the occupants are affected by their home. Kartar provides a comprehensive evaluation, including a floor plan sketch and a narrative report for the client to keep as a record of the recommendations.

Kartar's highest concentration of clients is in Los Angeles County including Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and the South Bay.

She also visits clients in San Diego County, Orange County, Riverside, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. If she can get there in three hours or less, Kartar will drive her Honda Hybrid to your area.

Feng Shui for Commercial Properties

Consultations for commercial properties are also in high demand. Each business is unique and what may be appropriate advice for a restaurant is not necessarily correct for a doctor's office. Kartar has evaluated hundreds of businesses, from small one-room offices to whole corporations. Kartar has advised on everything from attorney's offices to zen gardens and everything in between. In Feng Shui for Skeptics, she highlights some of the unique aspects to look out for in planning or designing scores of commercial enterprises.

Consultations Outside of Southern California

Kartar is based in Los Angeles, and routinely sees several hundred clients per year in Southern California. But she also travels to see clients in other states and occasionally other countries.
Kartar's long distance projects have included traveling to Washington state, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Minnesota, Florida, Connecticut, Colorado, Montana and New York. Kartar is internationally known and once taught a course in Barcelona, Spain.

Consultations by Mail

Feng shui consultations by mail can be done accurately and thoroughly when the client provides enough data. A narrative report is promptly written, based on Kartar receiving floor plan sketches and photographs of the interiors and exteriors. Kartar can provide on-line coaching in how to take an accurate compass reading, whenever it is not possible for Kartar to get the reading from aerial views of the property. When a structure is not viewable from Google Earth or has not been constructed yet, a client can be guided in how to get an accurate compass reading in person. Long distance clients are given equal priority and attention to detail as local clients. Calls and email communications are promptly returned.

Design Phase Projects

Building an entirely new structure, doing an addition or an expansion all require the assistance of a highly trained feng shui expert if you want to get the most out of what feng shui has to offer. Sometimes the scope of a remodel project may change the energy of the whole space, while other times the remodeled space will be interpreted as a separate area from the original construction. Proper analysis necessitates that a feng shui practitioner have a lot of experience and training with advanced knowledge of the Flying Star School essential.

Kartar enjoys working with architects, builders, and interior designers and has solidified close relationships with some prominent designers and developers.

House-Hunting

Helping people select a new house or business location can be done locally or long distance with Kartar's assistance. Working with you and your real estate agent, Kartar can often give you quick advice about the property before you decide to sign a lease, make an offer or go into escrow.

Teaching and Speaking Engagements

Kartar has taught numerous introductory feng shui classes, including Santa Monica City College, West Los Angeles College, Culver City Adult School, Los Angeles City College, Pasadena City College, Beverly Hills Adult School, South Bay Adult School, Los Angeles Valley College, and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.

She can also be available for private tutoring and instruction.

Newsletter

Kartar’s monthly feng shui newsletter, Time & Space, can be received through email by simply requesting it. Each issue provides an informative article or tip to help you better understand or apply the principles of traditional feng shui. The Newsletter also lists Kartar's current teaching schedule. Many of Kartar’s newsletter articles have been archived at EzineArticles.com

Fees

Kartar Diamond's fees are consistently lower than her professional peers with similar training or experience. Her rates are very affordable and she charges either a square foot rate or an hourly rate, whichever is the fairest price for the project.

Feng Shui Solutions aims to satisfy every client and to exceed your expectations from your consultation. We look forward to a long term relationship with you.



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