Long Time No Chi. Gotham Magazine.

Long Time No Chi. Gotham Magazine: September, 2007

Cleansing with Chi

CHI: “With herbs, alcohol, flowers and feathers, feng shui expert Judith Wendell gets a 23-year-old house in order.”

WHEN FENG SHUI consultant Judith Wendell walked into her married client’s peach-colored master bedroom, she sensed bad vibes and became concerned. Wendell explained to her that while “peach blossom luck,”i.e., enhanced success with the opposite sex brought about by painting a bedroom peach, does exist in feng shui, a peach hue can also affect a marriage in negative, harmful ways. Through her tears, Wendell’s client then confided that, though her husband had broken off a recent affair, at one time he’d actually brought the girl into their own bedroom.

Through her tears, Wendell’s client then confided that, though her husband had broken off a recent affair, at one time he’d actually brought the girl into their own -colored bedroom.

It was all in a day’s work for the owner of the feng shui company Sacred Currents, who’s part interior decorator, part psychologist, and part ancient Chinese spiritual advisor. Feng shui is best known for its focus on furniture placement, which gives residents “command” of their rooms. But when it came time for my own home of 23 years to undergo an overhaul, I learned
that there was much more to the approach than heavy lifting.

At the end of the session, Wendell left me with notes describing the best positions for desks and beds, and a list of items to red sheet to go between the box spring and mattress of our bed, a mirror for “command” of our driveway, and a crystal lighting fixture to direct chi into each room from our awkward entryway. Overwhelming? Yes. But ultimately a satisfying
experience for me and my home.

“It does get to be a blur after the bells and the smoke,” says Wendell. “You get cleansed in the process. It’s a lot to take in-and there’s more to cleanse out.”

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Peak Experiences, Wining and Dining Hit New Heights

Peak Experiences - IN New York: August, 2007Peak Experiences in Tall Buildings

Being high-up, though, is a double-edged sword when seeking the peak environments. “From a feng shui perspective, it is traditional to be sited in a high place – a commanding position – to see what is coming to you,” says Judith Wendell, founder of Sacred Currents, a new-York based company dedicated to creating vital, thriving and well-balanced home and work environments. “But,” she adds, “not too high: You must still feel protected, not exposed.”

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden on top of the relatively low-lying two-story Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave., 535-7710) is one such ideal spot, according to Wendell. It is favored with great energy, she maintains, and successfully blends the clean air of Central Park, which is overlooks, with the world-class culture of the museum’s collections. The 35th-floor sky lobby of the Mandarin Oriental new York (80 Columbus Circle) reaches greater height – is 280 feet above the street – yet it “grounds visitors with the earthly attributes of plush chairs and low tables in its sunken lounge,” notes Wendell.

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Incorporating Feng Shui Principles into Building Design

real-estate-weeklyReal Estate Weekly, 5/16/07:
Incorporating Feng Shui Principles into Building Design

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Building Design:

“Feng shui’s popularity in the West is understandable when seen in the context of the growing acceptance and desire for alternative health care.”

Feng Shui is the Chinese art of science that has to do with uniting people and places.  Living in harmony with nature has always been the practical necessity of people everywhere.  All species in their own innate way, know that the environment determines their survival.  You might say that feng shui is the original environmental impact statement.

Science has proven that all thing (seen and unseen, animate and inanimate) are interconnected and made up of the same substance.  Thus, in stands to reason that the environments in which we live and work influence the quality of our lives.

In feng shui the elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal are considered to be agents of change.  Emphasizing one or two elements while balancing an environment with the others is an important aspect in the practice of feng shui.

These principles can be applied to any style or period.  One of the biggest misconception about feng shui it that it is limited to an Asian style.  Incorporating feng shui principles into the design of a building, adds to the project’s success as well as making a positive difference to the people who move into those environments.

Public awareness of feng shui is continually growing, and in turn, people are appreciating and looking for the benefits it has to offer.

Time Out. Moody Hues – How to Harmonize your Home with a New Coat of Paint. April 19, 2007

Moody Hues. Time Out New YorkHues You Can Use

There are color families and hues associated with each of the feng shui’s elements, explains Judith Wendell who advises business and individuals on the Eastern decorating philosophy (sacredcurrents.com).  While she says that its’ difficult to give general advice for the proper flow of chi (which is specific to the layout of a space and its inhabitants’ qualities), she gave us a rundown of each element and its respective shades.

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  • Earth: “Traditionally I use these colors, which tend to be calming, in the bedroom,” says Wendell.
  • Metal: This element is all about righteousness and leadership,” Wendell advises using these colors sparingly.
  • Water: is about deep wisdom and one’s path in life.”
  • Wood: “Yellowish greens symbolize new life, while deeper shades are about fortunate blessings and money.”
  • Fire: “This element is tied to reputation, recognition, high energy and, of course, passion.

Ideas for Busy Executives in today’s Competitive Marketplace

IN New York: Ideas for Busy Executives

Feng Shui for Executives

Business isn’t growing fast enough?  It’s possible your corporate space needs feng shui. Executives can benefit from the ancient Chinese art of rearranging the elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal in a room in order to promote health, happiness and prosperity.  This works by allowing chi (energy or life force) to flow freely. “In a conference room, you want to be in a commanding position with the best view of the door, seated in a high-backed chair, at a round or oval table so that it will foster harmony among colleagues,” says feng shui consultant Judith Wendell, founder of design firm Sacred Currents.  Even an employee’s office may need an overhaul.  “Clutter can block energy and hinder productivity,” she warns.  “On a deck, new work should be on the middle left side, completed tasks on the middle right.”

IN New York, 2/07: Ideas for Busy Executives in today’s Competitive Marketplace

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Dining with Feng Shui. Dish du Jour.

IN New York: DiningDish du Jour

Absent from the dining menu at Candle 79 are all animal product – meat, poultry, fish , eggs, dairy, even honey – yet this vegan fare is surprisingly sophisticated, which makes it catnip for health – conscious celebrities.

Devotees of the restaurant’s organic, eco-friendly plant-and-grain based cuisine (“we only use hearts of palm that come from a sustainable forest,” notes owner Joy Pierson) include Brooke Shields, Matt Dillon, Tobey Maquire, Alicia Silverstone, Woody Harrelson, and Peter Max. Longtime fan Paul McCartney is particularly fond of the seitan” piccata with white wine and caper sauce, a dish that even diehard carnivores have mistake for tender veal cutlets.  Using ingredients grown sans pesticides and chemicals, Shelf Angel Raoms constructs food-for-you lasagna out of raw zucchini noodles, cashew ricotta, and wild mushroom.

And thanks to feng shui consultant Judith Wendell. The bi-level dining room’s chi is also quite healthy.

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Feng Shui Consultant and Designer


Take Note. Judith Wendell, New York Feng shui consultant and designer

Judith Wendell, New York Feng shui consultant and designer, has been explaining to her clients how their environments affect their life situations and then helping improve them. Wendell’s expertise has recently been lauded in the March ’06 issue of Elle and the New York Post.

Dermascope, 8/06: Take Note

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Sarah Bernard of ELLE with Judith on Spring Cleansing


Sarah Bernard of ELLE Magazine writes

“Business owners seeking a financial boost are among her most devoted clients. …Wendell also gets lots of calls from love-seeking singles asking her to remove romantic blockages from their bedrooms.”

Judith Wendell in Elle Magazine

“Business owners seeking a financial boost are among her most devoted clients. …Wendell also gets lots of calls from love-seeking singles asking her to remove romantic blockages from their bedrooms.”

We’ve all hear about the beneficial effects of detoxing our bodies, but could it work for our living spaces too?  After an onslaught of repairs, Sarah Bernhard lets a Feng Shui Consultant take a crack at her home.


Sarah Bernhard Lets a Feng Shui Consultant Take a Crack at Her Home

ELLE, 3/06: Spring Cleansing
Wendell got right to work.  She’d superimposed the Bagua, the feng shui “map,” over our floor plan and divided the space into nine sectors with the crisp pencil lines of an architect.  Our bathroom is smack in the center or the health sector, which she deemed “draining.”  We had a “missing” area in the creativity sector, where our apartment narrows, in need of bolstering.  The beams in our ceilings, which we found charming, apparently lead to headaches, especially if they run directly above your bed.  “It’s like water running over a rock,” she said disapprovingly.  “At first nothing happens, but after 10 years it makes a ridge.  She eyed the bedrooms’ two doors and gasped: “A big door facing a little door,” she said, shaking her head.  One east the other.”

Wendell spent a weekend ordering surgical strikes such as salt cures, hanging crystals, and positioning a jade plane in front of her back door, which stands across from the front door.  (In feng shui, facing doors mean energy enters the space and then rushes out.)  Borghese, who felt the changes “made the atmosphere lighter and brighter,” said she didn’t know if the clearing had actually worked or if the entire enterprise was just an exercise to give them a sense of control over the house.  “I don’t and can’t know,” she said, “but it made me happy.”  And what, in the end, is really the difference?

New York Post: Commercial Real Estate – Bad Vibrations. April 26, 2006

Bad Vibrations at the World Trade Center

BAD VIBRATIONS: Feng shui practitioner Judith Wendell administers a purification ceremony at the World Trade Center site using prayers, sage, flowers, rice, incense.

New York Post: Commercial Real Estate - Bad Vibrations

WTC site has always had bad energy and needs urgent Feng Shui cleansing say experts.

Does the World Trade Center site need a ghost whisperer?  A Feng Shui practitioner thinks too many troubled spirits are still roaming ground zero and its should be cleansed to speed the resolution of the political disagreements and to ensure ongoing safe construction.

She also believes the twin towers were doomed to failure because of their original placement.

Judith Wendell of Sacred Currents says she and other practitioners of the 3,000 year old art of Feng Shui, which balances energies, believe the site has plenty of bad vibes.

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Curse of the Cort

the-curse-of-the-cortThe Cort Theater on Broadway – and a curse?

Now, on the eve of its latest production – the revival of “Barefoot in the Park” opening February Feb. 16 – theater watchers wonder: Could the Cort be curse?

To find out, The Post enlisted feng shui consultant Judith Wendell and psychi Stephen Robinson to check it out.

Their verdict? Not promising.

Armed with the tools of her trade – a pendulum and copper stick called a dowser – Wendell first checked the energy, or chi, of the stretch between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

“It’s a pretty low-energy block,” she concludes. “The theater is also the smallest building on either side of the block -it doesn’t stand out at all.” Not helping matters is the parking to sign that “obviates” the Cort’s signage – and the fact that 48th is an east-bound block, its traffic moving away from the Theater District proper.

Pausing near the box office, she checked her pendulum for signs of “unhappy spirits.” No ghosts there, she says, but she did feel “negative thought forms of previous tenants …unhappy actors, illness, hardship, sadness.”

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