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Is your home office a spare room full of whatever doesn’t fit anywhere else? Does your daily commute end with winding your way through a corporate maze to your own crowded cubicle? Do you sit down at your desk and push piles of papers aside to create a little workspace?
If this sounds familiar, and you know that your productivity is suffering, maybe you want to try a little feng shui in your workspace.
Feng shui (pronounced “fung schway”) is the ancient art of placement and design that balances and enhances the energy flow in an environment. This can be placement of a home on a piece of property, location of an office building on a city block, orientation of rooms in a house, arrangement of furniture in a room or objects on a desk.
For a complete feng shui evaluation, you need to consult with a professional. It’s far too complex to address completely in an article. I’ll just give you a few examples of techniques you can try so you can see if feng shui is for you.
In any situation, there will obviously be believers and non-believers, and this is true of co-workers as well as spouses. To effect change in the corporate environment or at home, you have to start with yourself, and realistically this may be all you can accomplish.
At the center of this belief system is a powerful reality that you need to be able to embrace: There is an energy flow that BRINGS abundance to all of life. Using feng shui to attract things to you means removing blockages and enhancing this natural flow. This doesn’t mean you only need to move the furniture around and then sit back and wait for the money to arrive; it removes the suffering and struggle and leaves you working from a place of peace at the center of your being.
Clutter is stagnant energy that leaves no room for growth. The tendency to save things because “someday you might need them” indicates a lack of belief in the energy flow that brings abundance to you. Your message to the universe is that you don’t trust that it will provide for you.
The flow stops.
This energy flow, called ch’i (“chee”), enters through the front door of any building or room and is then dispersed. It also enters through windows. It exits through doors and windows too. During the day, it enters through windows, at night it exits, hence a reason to closecurtains. Think of it as air or water flow; it’s like that.
If you want more opportunity in your work environment, make sure the path to the door is as wide as the door. This goes for paths, hallways and outer rooms. The easiest way to attract ch’i is to get rid of clutter; no toys scattered on paths to the house, no shoes strewn in the middle of the hallway or piles of boxes between the world and your desk.
If the ch’i entering through your door immediately meets a wall, you can compensate with mirrors. If the ch’i enters and there are windows directly opposite, it enters and leaves again quickly. A partition or some other object, or even curtains, can slow or diffuse the flow.
Next is the orientation of your desk within the office space, and placement of objects in the room and on the desk. When you enter your office, stop and face the interior. Divide your office into 9 equal-sized areas. Each area represents an area of your life, and also relates to a color and an element. The front three, from left to right, are skills/knowledge/wisdom; career/life path; and helpful people/travel. The middle three are family/foundation; health; and creativity/children. The back three are abundance/prosperity; reputation/fame; and relationships/love/marriage.
The idea is to locate your desk, if possible, in the area “where you work”. Are you an artist or a teacher? A travel agent or a marriage counselor? A banker or a work at home entrepreneur? A few rules of thumb:
Bottom line, though, is that your office has to feel good to YOU. Follow feng shui as well as your instincts and you’ll create a more productive, abundant space.