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Spirit of the home : how to make your home a sanctuary
Alexander, Jane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Watson-Guptill, 2000.

Physical Description:
vi, 186 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
First published in 1999 by Thorsons, London.
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BF1779.F4 A4497 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Readers who want to go beyond feng-shui to the next level of home enhancement will find imaginative and practical ways to use light, color, and sound to give any living space a welcoming and relaxing ambience.

Author Notes

Jane Alexander is a journalist and writer specializing in natural health and holistic living. She is known for her writing on all aspects of alternative and complementary health care; self-help; psychology; and mind/body/spirit. She lives in a remote farmhouse in Exmoor National Park in the UK.

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Library Journal Review

Alexander, a writer who specializes in natural health and holistic living, shows how to create a restful, energizing, and healthful environment in a way similar to Suzy Chiazzari's Healing Home (LJ 5/15/98), currently reissued in paperback. However, Alexander includes more detail about feng shui and a section on smudging (a Native American practice in which smoke from burning herbs is used to purify the air) and spirits for the home. Purchase if there is a continued interest in holistic, spiritual interior decorating. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Spirit of the Homep. 4
The Security of Homep. 6
Architecture for the Soulp. 8
Hestia, Abandoned Goddessp. 10
The Spirits of the Homep. 20
Psychology of the Homep. 26
Home as a Reflection of Soulp. 32
Part 2 Thinking About Homep. 34
Returning Homep. 36
Your First Homep. 38
Your Ideal Homep. 44
Use Your Sensesp. 46
Thoughts from Abroadp. 50
The Miracle Questionp. 54
A Tour of Your Homep. 56
Part 3 The Clear, Clean Homep. 60
Declutteringp. 62
Spring Cleaningp. 68
The Healthy Homep. 74
Geopathic Stressp. 78
Part 4 The Energetic Homep. 80
Space Clearingp. 82
Smudgingp. 88
Feng Shui Fundamentalsp. 90
Using the Ba-guap. 94
First Steps to Practical Feng Shuip. 98
Front Door and the Hallp. 100
Bathroomsp. 102
Bedroomsp. 104
Kitchensp. 106
Feng Shui Curesp. 108
Part 5 The Sensual Homep. 114
Color as Therapyp. 116
Finding Your Soul Colorsp. 118
The Scented Homep. 124
Sound and Silence, Light and Shadep. 130
The Feeling Homep. 136
The Creative Homep. 142
The Natural Homep. 146
Part 6 A Space of Your Ownp. 154
A Sanctuary for the Soulp. 156
Creating an Altarp. 162
Bathtime Sanctuaryp. 164
Part 7 The Helping Homep. 170
Love and Romancep. 172
Career, Creativity, and Moneyp. 176
The Journey Ends and Beginsp. 180
Bibliographyp. 182
Indexp. 184