The practice of feng shui dates back thousands of years to ancient China. Feng shui, translating to "wind and water," combines Chinese astrology with the shape, magnetic direction, and age of structures to promote the flow of energy forces, such as Qi (Chi). A good chi creates harmony between a person and their environment.
Feng shui is often used to bring productivity to the work place. Many well-known businesses are known for implementing feng shui practices into their business culture, from Virgin Airlines and Coca Cola to Ford Motor Company. Walt Disney executives even decided to shift the angle of the Hong Kong Disneyland front gate after consulting with a feng shui master. Feng shui is believed to increase employee satisfaction, draw more clients, and generate more wealth. Whether you are looking for advice to add feng shui energy to your home office, workspace, or the overall layout of your business, implementing some of these feng shui tips can help.
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Desk placement is important in promoting good chi throughout your office space. Finding the best command position for sitting at your desk will promote productivity. When sitting at your desk, it is best to face the entryway of your office. Having a wall or heavy piece of furniture behind you to support your back promotes positive energy flow. It's never recommended to face away from a window.
If you have no choice but to face a wall, there are still ways to promote good chi. Place a mirror on the wall that will allow you to view the space behind you. Because facing the wall is said to block energy flow, you can promote better flow by placing vibrant artwork and pictures that inspire you. Likewise, if you don't have the option to place backing support behind your chair, try switching to a high back office chair.
Sha Chi, or poison arrows, are known as negative feng shui energy. It's believed to bring illness and depression if you are exposed to them for long periods of time. It's also known to deplete energy. To avoid this bad energy, try avoiding any sharp angles in the room pointing at your desk. If the poison arrow can't be avoided, find something to place in front of the sharp angle, such as a plant, to block its bad energy.
Plants are an important part of feng shui. Promoting positive chi through air quality and the wood element, plants bring vital energy to the workspace. In general, any plant (as long as it's healthy and not dying) can be used in the office. However, plants with sharp edges or thorns may stop the flow of chi because of their poison arrows. Also, some feng shui experts believe bonsai plants are best avoided because they are overly pruned and therefore stunt growth. Plants that reach upward, such as bamboo plants, energize new business and wealth. Planterra has a list of great recommended office plants to consider.
Choosing the right colors in your office can promote good feng shui energy. Colors are known to be an expression of the five feng shui elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood.
Using the colors red, orange, bold yellow, purple, and pink represents the fire element. These colors can promote high energy and achievement in your career.
The earth element is represented through light yellow, beige, and other earthy/sand colors. They elicit stability and can have a calming effect.
Grey and white colors belong to the metal element. Using these colors in your office help to eliminate distractions while promoting clarity and efficiency.
With blue and black colors, you can bring the water element into your office. This element promotes a sense of freshness and creativity.
Wood elements are portrayed through brown and green colors. Using these colors can promote vitality, growth, wealth, and prosperity.
Feng Shui Tips for 2020
With feng shui practices drawing from Chinese astrology, you may benefit in implementing some tips from what experts on the matter have to say on the Year of the Rat (2020). The rat year's colors are blue and turquoise. Priya Khanna, a master feng shui consultant, states that the dominant elements for this year are water and metal. Because of star alignments, Khanna suggests placing water features in the northwest, west, or northeast section of your office. The east is the highly burdened segment this year. To combat any negative energy, try placing a 6-rod hollow metal wind chime in the eastern section of your office.
Feng Shui is about manipulating how energy flows through your space. By manipulating this energy you can reinvent your space. Using Feng Shui in the office is all about organizing in a way that makes you feel energized, focused, productive, and powerful. Without making big changes you can retake control. So use these Feng Shui steps to harness your offices' chi for your success.
Step 1: Declutter Your Desk
The first thing you need to do for any Feng Shui is to declutter. If you want to manipulate your space's energy you can't have anything blocking or clogging it up. There's a mentality that if you have everything on the surface you'll find it easier but it really distracts you and slows you down. Cluttered desk = cluttered mind so take everything off the surface and organize it out of your sightline.
Step 2: Find Your Power Position
A principle of Feng Shui is that your chair should always see the door. It makes sense why that's the command position, because you have heightened awareness of your surroundings. This isn't typically possible for a cubicle so make your space your own by creating a barrier. You don't want to be face to face with anyone.
Step 3: Consult the Bagua
A bagua is an energy map that will help you organize your space by bringing the power of intention. There are two different styles so pick which one is best for you. It's all about inviting energy into specific areas that you want to focus on in your life; ie. wealth, family, creativity etc. To use the bagua make a simple map of your space then break it up into 9 equal sections. You then place significant objects in the corresponding area. A plant can invite in wealth, a photo of a loved one can help your relationship, and it's all about exploring what is important to you. You can do this over your entire office, or on your desk.
Step 4: Bring Nature into Your Space
Plants, running water, and elementals are a crucial part of Feng Shui. They invite life into your space and living plants help the chi flow around while also filtering out air pollutants. If you don't think your office could sustain a plant check out this fantastic list of options. Water can be tricky and if you can't have a fountain consider artwork that is H2O inspired.
Step 5: Make Sure There's Balance
Balance is key so make sure that everything is in harmony with each other. To do this you should think about all different kinds of balance. The forces of yin and yang can be seen as more than darkness vs. the light and are often equated with feminine and masculine energy. The elementals wood, earth, metal, fire, and water should also be balanced in your office. Most offices start out full of fire and metal, namely the lights and your computer or filing cabinets. To balance you need to bring in elements of wood, earth, and water for a calming and focusing effect. Plants work wonders. Earth and water colors or artwork are great substitutes for real nature. Remember it's your office, so do whatever feels right to you.
If you follow these 5 simple steps you are sure to increase the energy flow of your office, bringing in positivity and harmony. This can help you stay focused, energized, and inspired in an otherwise stifling environment. Use these tools to help you achieve your optimal Feng Shui so that you can achieve all the success you deserve.