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Harmony & Luck


“At the Baccarat, Ms. Wendell was hired to work with the architects and designers to ensure that chi, or cosmic energy, flows freely and brings good fortune to the residents, developers and investors alike. To ensure that the structure is being built in the most harmonious way possible from the ground up, she chose an auspicious date in late July to perform a ground-blessing ceremony.”


Blessings and so-called smudging or space clearing rituals, which include meditation, chanting and the burning of herbs to purify the space and help promote good psychic and spiritual energy, are a major focus of her work. But she also draws on the design courses she has taken and looks for ways to introduce the five elements of feng shui — water, wood, fire, earth and metal — into a room or building, to create a harmonious environment in subtle but effective ways.


“The real art of this,” Ms. Wendell said, “is how to meet with the best designers of the world and have their concepts also translate the principles of feng shui so the atmosphere is not just absolutely exquisite, but really emulates the idea of prosperity and success and health.”

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NY Times. The Appraisal Before Move-In Day, Evicting the Old Auras. January 4, 2011

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Auras and Energy: “Judith Wendell, left, a feng shui expert, was hired by Ziporah Reich to improve the energy in her apartment. Since worries about the future or negative vibes from the past are two things New Yorkers cannot complain to management about, a very tiny industry has evolved to fill these needs.”

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04appraisal-span-articleLarge[1]Ziporah Reich sat cross-legged on her living room floor. As Judith Wendell chanted and burned incense that seeped into every crevice of the apartment, Ms. Reich meditated over an altar that included bowls of water with candles and wildflowers and a stack of brightly colored papers on which she wrote her wishes: finding her soul mate, starting a family and having more success in her career.

Ms. Wendell says her fees are driven less by apartment size than by “what’s in the space energetically.”

“I want to bring a positive energy that’s not tied to anything specific and also get rid of the energy of the previous owner,” Ms. Reich said.

Ms. Reich is a well-traveled 38-year-old lawyer. Ms. Wendell is a well-traveled 59-year-old feng shui expert, whose talents include the process of smudging.

The New York real estate industry has been a job machine for thousands of brokers, lawyers, managers, architects, engineers and tradesmen. But since worries about the future or negative vibes from the past are two things New Yorkers cannot complain to management about, a very tiny industry of smudgers — or “space clearers,” the term Ms. Wendell prefers — has evolved to fill these needs.

“Now I don’t feel anything negative…” Ms. Zweben said.


When Feng Shui Helps Determine a Deal’s Fate

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“…brokers are quickly learning just how pervasive feng shui can be.”

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Feng Shui and Vegan Fare Battle a Neighborhood Curse

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New York Times. Feng Shui and Vegan Fare Battle a Neighborhood Curse.

A neighborhood curse cured.  Candle 79 hired Ms. Wendell to go where no contractor had gone before and fix what seemed to be ailing the two-story town house.

If you noticed them at all, you would think they were part of the restaurant’s new design: two small octagons outside, each with a mirror at its center.  The point?  To protect the restaurant from the building across the street, whose sharp edges, according ot Judith Wendell, a feng shui consultant, “create a knife-like effect on the restaurant’s energy, cutting into it – so we’re reflecting it back.”

“We use feng shui in the Third Avenue location,” Mr. Potenza said, “and after being in business there for nine years and going strong, we think it’s an element that has added to its overall success.”

“They will then literally anoint the space,” she aid, “sealing the doors, putting it down drains and toilets and touching the center part of each burner on the stove.”

I still another ceremony,shw will use rice to “feed the negative spirits so they are sated and o longer need to occupy the space,” Ms. Wendell said.  “One of the things that prevented me from coming in a first was the yin, or what I call predecessor chi.” (Chi is the Chinese word for energy).

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Harmony and Bottom Line in the Workspace

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Fast Feng Shui

Four tips for improving the chi, or energy, of a workspace:

  1. If you have an office, place your desk so that you face the door but aren’t in direct line with it. If that is not possible, hang amirroe on the wall that lets you look at the door.
  2. Use a round worktable for meetings with colleagues to foster harmony.
  3. Adorn you desk with plants. Water them; they must be alive to active chi.
  4. Clear your desk of clutter, the biggest foe of chi.

Another believer is Janet M. Loeffler, a co-owner of Bath Island, a personal care and gift shop on the Upper West Side. Business was slack, so she called Judith Wendell of Sacred Currents, a feng shui design firm, for advice. Ms. Wendell, processed simple changes like adding windsocks and chimes to the entrance way and eliminating clutter from the office in the store’ wealth sector.

“An increase in traffic was instantaneous,” Ms. Loeffler said. People who thought the shop was relatively new to the neighborhood were surprised to learn that it had been there 10 years. Other changes included opening up aisle space, improving lighting and ventilation and introducing soothing aromas intended to put shoppers at ease and possibly in a buying mode. “in my six years here, this last one has been the best,” said Kenna Kolaitos, a sales clerk.

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Smell the Feng Shui

That Smell’st So Sweet

Felissimo, at 10 West 56th Street, sell Whiffers (top $25), personal inhalers that look like short pens, in varieties like the Wall Street Whiffer, for clarity and alertness, and Heartmending Whiffer, for “emotional wholeness.”  For the smell that heals.

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