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Using feng shui for business

Friday, January 06, 2012 - 02:19

Jan. 5 - The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is sometimes used in the U.S. to gain an edge in business, but in China it's used as a weapon to outperform rivals. Carmen Roberts reports.

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In the United States and other western countries the Chinese art of feng shui is mostly thought of as a way to put one's life and home in harmony. SOUNDBITE: ANNA MARIE VLAD, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER, GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I'm an architectural designer and I do think about the way the placement of rooms, of entries, of furniture in rooms." But in China this ancient art can be used as a strategic tool for power. Angel de Para is a master of classic Chinese feng shui: SOUNDBITE: ANGEL DE PARA, FENG SHUI MASTER AND CEO OF EARTH LUCK INTERNATIONAL (ENGLISH) SAYING: "In Asia my observation of it Feng Shui is used as a weapon. It's not used for harmony." De Para says people can also use feng shui as weapon for success in business or finance. His feng shui calculations include location, compass directions, the CEO's birthday and derivatives. SOUNDBITE: ANGEL DE PARA, FENG SHUI MASTER AND CEO OF EARTH LUCK INTERNATIONAL (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Based on my clients needs. What are their goals and desires? I try to match the location to their goals and desires so they peak at the moment they're expecting their strategy to peak." For instance the energy of the so-called Lipstick building worked well for convicted swindler, Bernie Madoff. It's here that Madoff ran a $65 billion ponzi scheme that bilked thousands of investors worldwide. SOUNDBITE: ANGEL DE PARA, FENG SHUI MASTER AND CEO OF EARTH LUCK INTERNATIONAL (ENGLISH) SAYING: "That building reflected the people that were going to be attracted to that building were going to be gathering large sums of money from the masses." De Para says that energy can be used in a positive or negative way. Madoff chose the negative. Classic or traditional feng shui is actually quantitative analysis, and can even be used to pick stocks. SOUNDBITE: ANGEL DE PARA, FENG SHUI MASTER AND CEO OF EARTH LUCK INTERNATIONAL (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Because you know their corporate headquarters and you know the individuals running the companies. So, you already know two of the factors right there. Then when you look at the data and you project backwards, you can see if reflects a pattern, then you can project going forward." SOUNDBITE: CARMEN ROBERTS, REUTERS REPORTER (ENGLISH) SAYING; Looking ahead, De Para says his feng shui analysis shows energy is the most important sector until 2024, that the US may take a financial dip in 2013, and that it will be at least 2014 before the US economy rebounds strongly. I'm Carmen Roberts, Reuters.

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Using feng shui for business

Friday, January 06, 2012 - 02:19