Feng shui is about the placement of objects to balance the flow of energy so that you can be your most productive and prosperous. Here’s what you need to know about using feng shui in your business.
Declutter Your Desk and Work Space
According to feng shui, work performance and business wealth can be increased by decluttering and establishing order on your desk. Productive chi cannot flow if all that “stuff” on your desk is blocking its movement and cluttering up your mind.
Take everything off your desk and clean up any cluttered areas around it. Put back only items that are used everyday, and papers on your desk must be limited to those for one project only. Other items and papers should be placed elsewhere; in file cabinets, desk drawers, and storage cabinets/containers.
Now that your desk is clutter-free, add things that are lovely, positive and career-enhancing. Use the ba-gua to guide you; for example, to generate more wealth to your business, place a red or purple artifact on its southeast corner. The eastern side of your desk is your health, growth and family area, represented by wood and the color green. A plant would be nice in this space or a family picture in a wood frame.
Position of Your Desk in a Room or Office
In the practice of feng shui, the happiness, success and prosperity you have in your business life is greatly influenced by the position of your desk. The optimal position is one in which your desk is set back to view as much of the room as possible, with your back to a wall. You should also have a view of both a window and the door, but never in direct line with the door. Diagonal desk and door alignment is best. The doorway or window should never be directly behind your back; to do so would invite negative sha chi.
Flowers and Plants
Live plants and flowers bring many positive elements into the workplace. Aside from their natural beauty, they improve air quality, unite us with the natural world outside, and their green color encourages personal and business growth. Avoid any cactus or plants with sharp-looking leaves as these may cause sha chi .To bring their positive influences, plants and flowers must be healthy and flourishing. If a plant dies, remove it and replace it with another. Keep in mind it better to have a silk plant than none at all. Just be sure to keep it dusted and vibrant-looking.
Water is the most powerful symbol of money in feng shui. Its sparkling chi energy is beneficial for your health and prosperity but care must be taken to keep water fresh and clean.
Fountains are wonderful but be sure their water flow is not blocked, stagnant or very rapid. Scaled-down fountains that are designed for a desk or small table are a good choice if space is limited.
Another great choice is either a fish tank or aquarium. Consider including goldfish in your tank as gold is a Chinese symbol for money and is thought to attract it.
Another great way to incorporate water into your business is the use of any artifact that depicts water.
Feng shui promotes the importance of keeping business and personal life separate when you have a home office. An outside separate entrance to your office is optimal. If not possible, a room near the front or back door of the house or apartment is best. When a home office is part of a larger room, be sure to partition it off with something like a screen or large plant. An area rug on the floor can also be used to mark off the office.
What type of ceiling do you have in your home office? Flat ceilings promote the flow of chi and are best; otherwise hang wind chimes from cathedral or sloped ceilings to offset sha chi.
Enhance your personal chi and your professional appeal by dressing well and taking care of your overall health, hygiene and appearance. Resist the urge to work at home while unshowered or adorned in your sweats or pajamas.
Keeping thoughts of work and home from commingling can be difficult at times when you work at home. Consider taking a short walk each day before and after your “work” day as another means of separating your business life from your personal life.
Come take a journey into the fascinating world of “wind and water.” Learn to use the flow of energy called chi to improve yourself and your business. Declutter your desk and your mind with a practice that has been declared beneficial for over three thousand years. Let feng shui’s universal truths bring a beautiful balance into your work life.