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Getting that energy back

Lizia Batla feels that classical Feng Shui is not just random placement of objects. Prema K chats up the Feng Shui Master.

india Updated: Aug 29, 2007 11:48 IST
Prema K

We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us," Feng Shui consultants seem to have taken Winston Churchill's words very seriously.

Feng Shui is the art of placing objects to heighten positive energies and minimise negative ones. Celebrities like Donald Trump and Prince Charles are also said to have used Feng Shui to decorate their rooms.

Feng Shui gained huge popularity in India about a decade ago.. its principles were adopted in many homes and offices.

Chinese cures like Chinese coins, mirrors, bells, red ribbons, three-legged toads and wind chimes were prominently displayed.. this was to bring harmony in relationships and increase wealth prospects.

Surprisingly, a few years later, its popularity was on the decline. Mum's the word Feng Shui Master, Lizzia Batla, whose client list reads film stars to page three celebrities and industrialists, says, "Many people told me that Feng Shui has ruined their lives. It's not Feng Shui but its practitioners who are responsible for this."

Feng Shui gained momentum in India almost eight years ago. Lizia clarifies, "Unfortunately, this also gave rise to many fly-by-night operators who fleeced people, thus giving this science a bad reputation. <b1>

"By 2004, people rejected it. One cannot read books and practise it."

However, people are still using Feng Shui cures while doing up their homes and offices, but keep mum about it. Ask some of our Bollywood stars about this. Currently, Lizia is doing up the house of a top Bollywood star.

Lizia's association with Feng Shui began with an introductory class in 1995. Her desire to solve her personal problems attracted her to this form of healing. Her style She recollects, "This science always intrigued me. Kajal Seth, an NRI from London, organised an introductory class. In her ad, shementioned that she had a spe cialchild." That struck a chord in her. Her second son is a special child. She instinctively knew that she had to meet Kajal.

The introductory class was followed by a seven-day course in Australia, four years later.

Lizia practices classical Feng shui. She explains, "Classical Feng Shui is not just random placement of objects (Chinese cures) in the house.. it's tailormade according to the energy of the house and a person's auspicious number."

This number is calculated on the basis of the person's date of birth. Lizia uses cures in a subtle way.. to make sure the house or office does not look like a Chinese emporium.

She elaborates, "I have my own way of using cures. If there's hatred between siblings, I use coloured ribbons and write their names on it.. the colours of the ribbons are chosen according to their birth numbers.

"I braid these ribbons and use it to border a photo frame of the two." This is then placed by their bedside. A braid indicates a strong bond."