Feng Shui at Work
The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui has inspired numerous scholarly texts, highly complex diagrams and mysterious theories. If you are drawn to Feng Shui and are interested in how your surroundings affect you, these tips will outline some basic principles that you can put into effect immediately. Using Feng Shui in the workplace will allow energy to flow, which in turn will affect your level of productivity.
There are many different schools of thought regarding Feng Shui. In this streamlined version, you will learn the art of placement and how to cure some common workplace problems. The fact that you have not been aware of the chi, or energy flow, of your office does not mean it hasn’t been influencing you. Just like radio waves or electricity, not knowing it’s there, doesn’t mean it won’t affect you.
The ideal office is a room of your own with a regular shape (square or rectangle), natural lighting, a solid door you can close, and a good position for your desk. In general, you want your desk to be as far from the entrance of the room in order to have a “command" position. Do not sit in line with the door, as you will be in the path of negative energy. Seeing the door is the most important element of this power tool. Business will symbolically come to you through the door, so don’t turn your back on it.
Do keep your back toward a corner or a wall for support. If a post protrudes from the corner or wall, correct it by covering it with a hanging plant.
You definitely do not want to have any mirrors in your office as they can reflect negative energy from clients to other people in the room. You should always maintain control over the energy in your office.
The best desk is solid and complete. A flimsy, weak desk will not support your career to the greatest degree possible. A wooden desk is preferable to a metal one. Problems can occur is your desktop is glass. A glass-top desk lets money drop right through, finding no solid support, in regards to energy.
The area under the desk should be clear of all objects, including papers, books, and trash. Objects in this area can block your legs and trip up your career.
The best chair has no gap between the seat and the back of the chair. Ideally the height for the back of the chair should come to the top of your shoulders, or even better, to the top of your head.
If you are applying Feng Shui techniques to your own business and haven’t settled on a location, here are some principles to keep in mind. Where your business is located is as important as the internal office Feng Shui.
- When first setting up your business, choose an office of work space in a prosperous neighborhood.
- Make sure the entrance looks inviting. A few simple cosmetic changes will have a positive affect.
- The best site for a building is on a corner, with the entrance on a diagonal to the corner itself.
Read on to the next page to find out how to use the Ba-Gua in your place of business.