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Would your day have made a great Country/Western song? Join Terah Collins, founder of the Western School of Feng Shui, for a discussion on how to create a tranquil, balanced world for meditation and relaxation, right in your own backyard.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the guest's alone. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.

Moderator: Greetings all and welcome to WebMD Live!  Our guest this evening is Terah Kathryn Collins. Collins is an internationally recognized Feng Shui author, consultant, speaker, and teacher. Her first book, The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Creating Balance, Harmony, and Prosperity in Your Environment available from Barnes & Noble, is one of the best-selling Feng Shui books in the world and has been translated into eight languages.

Thank you for being with us this afternoon, Ms. Collins!

Collins: It's my pleasure to be with you.

Moderator: Can you begin by telling us a little about yourself and your background?

Collins: My background holds the fact that I am a polarity therapist, and involved in the holistic health community for my whole career, until about 12 years ago when I moved from Washington, D.C. to San Diego.  When I moved to San Diego, I knew I would be changing careers but did not know how to describe what my new career was. I sensed it was going to be working more with environment, and that's all that I knew at first.  I call that time in my life being pregnant with myself. I had had a wonderful career as a polarity therapist and teacher, then jumping into the unknown waiting for my life's next set of questions.

After getting settled into my home in San Diego, one of my new friends called and insisted that join her at a lecture on some weirdo subject that I had only heard a little about, that sounded very complicated and very strange and very superstitious to me.  I told her that I didn't want to go to the lecture, and she said, "You have to go.  I know you are supposed to be there."  That woke up a place in me and I said, "Okay, I'll go."   So I went, and it was a lecture on Feng Shui being given by Dr. Tan, and after two or three minutes of hearing him speak, I knew I was sitting in the presence of my future. And that Feng Shui was what I was going to become intimately involved with in my next work.

 I studied with Dr. Tan, very excited about every word that came out of his mouth, and with all of my new knowledge, I excitedly went running home to fix my ailing marriage.  I was going to use Feng Shui to transform my mediocre, unhappy marriage into something wonderful again.  So, I Feng Shui'd our home with great enthusiasm, knowing everything was going to be happy again.  Thirty days later I was living in my own apartment, having to face the fact that my marriage was best ended and my path included a new beginning in that regard as well.

Not having a mediocre marriage to contend with, I concentrated even more on my Feng Shui studies, lectures and class and giving lectures as well.  One of my little local lectures had six people in attendance. One of the people there was well-known author and publisher, Louis Hay.  She asked me to begin to write down all of my experiences that I was having in my Feng Shui practice and that led to my first book, The Western Guide to Feng Shui.

sarahmayne_webmd: What is Feng Shui?

Collins: The way I define Feng Shui is that it is a study of how to arrange your environment to enhance your life.

Moderator: Can you explain the basic principles of Feng Shui?

Collins: There are three basic principles that form the foundation on which Feng Shui rests. The first principle is that everything on the planet is alive with vital energy, or what we call Ch'i. When I say everything, I mean everything, whether we consider it inanimate or not.  That means that everything we live with, our furniture, art, our keepsakes, our computers, et cetera, are all alive essentially and they are alive in two ways: one is molecularly, which we know at this point due to quantum physics is true, and equally as important is that everything that surrounds us is alive with our thoughts, our memories, and associations that we have towards that object.  For example, if I have a piece of furniture in my living room that every time I look at it I remember how magnificent it was to find that piece, I remember how much I paid for that piece, I remember all of the good times I've had having that piece of furniture in my life, that would be considered very positive because it's lifting the vital energy of me and my surroundings all of the time.  If, on the other hand, I have a piece of furniture that every time I look at it I remember something unhappy, such as a divorce, or some kind of "downer" then that piece of furniture would be questionable because it is detracting from my life as opposed to adding to my life.  We can look at every single solitary object we own, and for most of us that means thousands of objects that surround us, and decide what is that object alive with for me?  Does it make my heart sing, or does it make me feel bad or unhappy in some way?

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