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A Conversation With… Dr. Anna Maria Prezio
Interviewed by Michelle Gregg, ATH Senior Editor
Do you believe in ghosts? Do you think your environment affects the way you feel? How about the color that you're wearing - is it important to how people perceive you? We'd like to introduce you to someone who understands the answers to those questions from a level of experience that most of us might never have. Dr. Anna Maria Prezio has a profound understanding of things unseen, how these unseen forces impact us, and how understanding energy and working with it properly can help to heal our lives.
Michelle - At their root, Feng Shui, sensing ghosts, and communicating with animals (all areas that you work in), are forms of responding to and/or understanding energetic patterns. Can you give us your explanation of how energy works - particularly energy that the majority of us can't see and many of us don't understand?
Dr. Prezio - Chi energy, the life force, is the energy that flows in all directions and is all around us, even if we can’t see it. How do we know that energy, chi, actually exists? We know that atoms exist because science has proven their existence though we can’t see them. We know that wind exists, thunder exists and electricity exists - but we can’t see them. In the same way we also know that ghosts exist and some of us can see them and some of us cannot. We are energy, no matter what our current form. Material and immaterial objects are also made up of energy. Whether it’s seen or unseen this energy is all around us.
We can see the effects of energy but we don’t always see energy itself. If we were able to see all the energy, or chi, around us we would not be able to function. It would be too much for our eyes to see and so we are protected by not being able to see it. This protection is often good, but sometimes bad. If we could see the effects of electromagnetic fields or static energies that hurt us as they are emitted from electric wires and cell phone towers we would run for the hills - literally run for the forest and lakes where there’s a pure environment.
Chi is the energy, the current, and the magnetic fields in our natural environment. When used properly energy can harness a life force that, when appropriately directed, can enhance wealth, health, career, relationships, creativity, productivity and prosperity. Chi plays a role in feng shui because when combining the concept of time, yin and yang theory of the five elements (which are metal, water, wood, fire and earth) their chemical and energetic reaction has direct consequences on our daily lives.
Feng shui is used to balance energies inside and outside of our environment. When we balance energies we create a harmonic lifestyle. We then absorb these balanced energies thereby changing the way we feel and think. We can reduce the effects of negative energies by reducing what is most threatening within any space. With feng shui we can assess and interpret how people are most affected by their immediate surroundings in predictable and impactful ways.
The timeframe in which a building was built and its magnetic orientation at that time can partly determine what kind of influences a house or building will have on any of its occupants. The interior design and the shape of the building can also direct energy or chi in a predictable pattern or path, which affects how people will feel in those surroundings. The immediate exterior environment including the lot shape, land levels, and street alignment also directs energy patterns that can activate otherwise dormant energies. Other considerations involved in feng shui assessment include the change in character or personality of the house or building over long periods of time, as well as the influence of the annual cycle or the twenty-year cycles. An individual’s personal compatibility with the space is another consideration.
Ancient Chinese scholars focused on our planet by studying the magnetic field influences on our environment and on living conditions. Our magnetic field is not fixed but changes. These ancient scholars knew about these changing conditions and created formulas to follow and forecast events regarding these movements and these changing magnetic fields.
By rediscovering this ancient knowledge, we can improve our environment and our lives for the better - for success, well-being, healthy lifestyles and prosperity. Today, science has recognized the metaphysical effects on our environment through observation and research.
Michelle - You are an entrepreneur with an education in business and marketing. How did you as an "intuitive" (a title that may seem unexpected in a business environment) cross the divide between the typical business world and the metaphysical world to make your work in Feng Shui accepted and successful in the corporate arena?
Dr. Prezio - From a very early age, I started to experience seeing, sensing and experiencing energies. I thought everyone was able to do this. Later in life I did use my abilities in the corporate sector but that was just the tip of the iceberg. The metaphysical profession did not get the respectability that the business world offered. I suppressed my passion intentionally for a number of reasons. However, when others recognized my abilities and saw what I could offer, I took the road less traveled. Today it is acceptable to use our mental abilities along with our psychic, sensing, and intuitive talents. That just was not acceptable in a corporate career in years past and I always thought I was ahead of my time. Even later when I wrote my book, Confessions of a Feng Shui Ghost-Buster, I was criticized by those closest to me. However, I was drawn to share my knowledge because I had discovered a pattern of energies through the theory of yin and yang - that some entities thrive on certain stagnant energies - and when I used feng shui in hundreds of audits I was able to eliminate these entities. This was a breakthrough even for me. I remembered that our inventors, explorers, scientists and creative thinkers were also criticized for their findings. So, I consider myself someone who breaks through what most do not want to realize or even consider. Life experiences have taught me that if you have an idea and you are not afraid to explore it, research it, and share it, then you can be the pattern breaker and open others minds to possibilities. All you have to do is have the willingness to change the way you think and feel free to express it.
Feng shui appealed to me because it is a mathematical system. I loved science in school. My favorite subject in college was astronomy. It all made sense to me when I made the decision to accept that my life was going to have to change if I was going anywhere with my talent. Talents are not to be ignored especially if you are passionate about letting others know what you know. This applies to artists, scientists, and anyone who has a fresh outlook. I wanted to add value to society and not just go along with the status quo. I wanted things to be different in my life so I had to change what I thought. Thought is energy and it can bring about the best in you or the worst in you depending on how you think about things. The I Ching is the ancient book of changes that shows us that everything around us changes and that we are the architects of change in this lifetime. We have only one life to live. If we are willing to accept change and do things differently, then we can not only gain knowledge but we can experience prosperity, wealth and a healthy lifestyle.
Michelle - If someone just starting out as a consultant (of any kind) were to ask you what trait, characteristic or talent is the most important to develop to be able to work effectively and successfully with clients, what would be your answer?
Dr. Prezio - Never ignore your intuition. We all have it. Some of us have a great and natural sense of it. Some of us do not use it or deal with it in any way. We cheat ourselves when we ignore intuition. Imagine being in a business meeting and being able to understand what others are saying and feeling. By that I mean the subtext of what is being said, heard, and understood on a higher level than what we already sense and feel day-to-day and minute-to-minute. We don’t want to be led like a herd of cattle. We want to be able to utilize our own minds. This is important because the energy that we put out there can influence our health, our moods, and our relationships, whether in business or with friends and family. Once you know how to use your intuition you know who is on your side and who zaps your energy. You can experiment with this by sitting quietly with a friend. Take a deep breath, and once you are both relaxed picture light around your friend. You will feel, see, and continue to explore the energies around your friend. Compare notes afterwards regarding what you felt. You will discover things about him or her that you did not know. This will take time to learn. For some who have not used their intuition, it will take longer. During the exercise, some will give off negative energy and some positive. You will soon learn who is exuding either or both. Your goal is to learn and use the information that you access to increase your positive energy and improve your relationships with clients, co-workers, family, friends, children, grandchildren and animals.
Animals are an amazing way to experience a connection with the powers of intuition. For me it is one of the easiest ways to utilize healing and sensing abilities. Animals want to communicate with us. They have psychic ability and sensing abilities beyond our comprehension. They can see colors that we can’t see and they can hear sounds that we can’t hear. They can also be a vessel for a departed soul of a loved one shortly after death, but only for a brief period of time. This is meant to carry a message; not to alarm any family member. I experienced this amazing occurrence shortly after my mother’s death. A white cat with black eyebrows, just like my mom, appeared to me and my siblings shortly after her passing and right before her funeral. This beautiful cat looked just like her. No one saw it anywhere in the neighborhood before, nor has anyone seen it since that time.
Intuitive techniques are practiced by healers. In some cases they are used by doctors and nurses within a medical setting or in their practices. To practice intuitive techniques yourself all you need is the willingness to learn and an openness to the process, because intuition exists in all of us. You may want to learn some of these techniques by carefully watching intuitive practitioners. If you have the desire, then your willingness to learn is also on a higher vibrational frequency. The desire to learn is all you need.
Michelle - What is the most startling or exciting experience you've had in your work with releasing ghosts from an environment?
Dr. Prezio - The most startling experience was with a ghost named Walter. Walter did not want me there. He had lived and died in the house that my client purchased. He was an architect and continued to make changes to the house. He considered it his house and did not want to cross over. He hammered on the rooftop on a daily basis and disrupted my client’s sleep. The neighbors, who had known Walter, actually saw him on the rooftop. During the ghost-busting, Walter gripped my neck and shoulder area and I was left immobilized. That was a clear message. My client saw this occurrence and so did my videographer. We took photos where Walter clearly showed up in his office doorway as a shadow and also, above what was his favorite chair, a large orb appeared. Some of the furniture that was Walter’s had been left in the house. Even the furniture had energy attached to it from its previous owner. It was one of the most difficult projects because he was moving from the house to the garage. I returned to ghost-bust a second time. The day after the clearing my client called me and said it was the first time she was able to sleep for six months - since she had moved into the house.
Michelle - What is the most important reason to live and work in a space that follows the rules of Feng Shui?
Dr. Prezio - A positive living environment can alter body, mind and spirit. I will add to that list our personalities, our attitudes, our perceptions and our health, all of which can help us to create and excel in life. Feng shui allows us to improve our interior and exterior design, but more importantly, it will improve our mental processes and make life easier. Feng Shui can inspire us, and give us more energy to do the things we love. It can increase our mental alertness, our finances, and it will foster well-being. Feng shui can create a balance in our environments that can then motivate us to achieve success. You must then act on that motivation.
Creating the life that you want is a part of the balance and harmony that is created by your thoughts, dreams, goals, skills, methods and environment. Self-directed action creates your outcome. Feng Shui can create clarity but it cannot change your destiny or prevent changes that must take place in your life. Feng Shui is a tool that can change negative influences into positive ones.
There are factors that influence our life; Destiny, Feng Shui, Karma, Cultivation, and the great Unknown. In addition, knowing your personal enhancement elements and their corresponding color can add to your life enhancement. Color is an energy that we often overlook. Some colors can calm us while others arouse us. Find your element and enhancement color in my free e-Book at www.prezio.com.
Michelle - What part of your work would you like to invite all of us to know about right now?
Dr. Prezio - I want to first mention that my free ebook, Power and Prosperity through Feng Shui and Color, is a very popular download. I receive so many positive comments and testimonials. Color is a vibration and the five elements correspond with each color. We all have a color that favors us so that when we wear that color, we are actually enhancing the element that we need to supplement from our personal chart. The book contains a formula whereby you can find your personal element and the color that best suits you. This is particularly important when attending a meeting or encountering that special someone. You will get noticed and people will pay attention to you. They won’t really know why but it doesn’t matter if you get that job after wearing your enhancement colors to that interview or you win your court case. My website www.prezio.com will allow you to download it for free.
My next book, Quick Home Sales with Feng Shui, describes how you can sell your home quickly using feng shui principles. We all want to know quick ways to sell our house or any building. Using methods such as the principles of feng shui to manipulate chi energy creates the opportunity for a speedy sale.
My book, Confessions of a Feng Shui Ghost-Buster, has had interest from Hollywood producers and is being considered for various projects.
Whatever you decide to do, whether you hire a feng shui consultant or not, remember that anything beautiful brings in good chi.
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About Dr. Anna Maria Prezio
bestselling author, Feng Shui Master, Speaker and Coach.
Anna Maria Prezio, Ph.D. is a Certified Feng Shui Consultant, Bestselling Author and Intuitive. She has studied with a multitude of feng shui masters and metaphysical gurus. She has devoted herself to helping others achieve optimum positive environmental energies. She has done this through hundreds of feng shui audits, readings and consultations on a local, national and international level.
She received her BA from Villanova University and a Business Graduate degree. She is a certified entrepreneurship instructor for the Executive Entrepreneur Institute and has held executive positions in marketing for multi-national corporations. She has incorporated her knowledge of feng shui and its effects on personal environments to enhance people’s lives.
Dr. Prezio is a writer who has published screenplays, articles and books. Her love for the visual arts has led her to produce feature films, film shorts, music videos, and photography. Her experience, Feng Shui knowledge and highly intuitive talent gives her the ability to sense people, places and things which help to nurture and facilitate her clients’ lifestyles.
Dr. Prezio’s #1 best-selling book, Confessions of a Feng Shui Ghost-Buster is the result of a life-long journey that begins in a tiny village in Italy. Anna Maria’s confessions will elevate your spirits, clarify your need for a productive environment and help you to create a serene sanctuary we all call home.
Over many years of feng shui consultations, Anna Maria Prezio was able to make the connection between negative energy and the presence of ghosts in an environment. In her book she explain this radical concept in an easy–to-read practical guide on how to apply feng shui principles to ghost-busting.
This book – part memoir, part guide – promises to intrigue you from cover to cover. However, the price of admission to this world is an open mind. In return, you will not only better understand yourself, but the metaphysical world in which you live.
Anna Maria Prezio, Ph.D. is a Board Certified Holistic Alternative Psychology Practitioner. Her focus is on environmental and spiritual reconstruction.
Dr. Prezio hosts a popular, worldwide internet radio talk show called “Spiritual Animals” speaking with a wide range of well-known animal experts and advocates.
Certified Feng Shui Consultant, Coach, Bestselling Author, Speaker, Radio Talk Show Host.
Dr. Prezio’s mission is to help people gain the knowledge and tools of Feng Shui to improve and enhance their wealth, health, creativity and relationships.
Visit Dr. Prezio's website: www. www.fengshuiharmony.net