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26 March 2009

The Do's & Dont's in the World of Feng Shui - Part (I)

Feng Shui is a Chinese word which means "wind" and "water" in English. Traditionally, it played an important role in the positive and negative life force. With such, one's can actually improve the their positive life force with the correct approach.  It involves the 5 elements, i.e.: water / fire / wood / metal / earth which are so-called as Yin-Yang.

In this post of Part (I), I'm going to stress Office Feng Shui as most of us are staying longer hours in office rather than in any other places.

Credits: Below selected points are extracted & compiled from the linked websites respectively. Hope everyone enjoy & have pleasure in reading below.


Website # 1

  • Do sit in the corner farthest from the entrance to the room to have a “command” position.
  • Do put your computer in the North or West area of your office to enhance your creativity. You may place your computer in the Southeast if you use it to generate income.
  • Do place an aquarium or tabletop fountain in the East, North, or Southeast. A small aquarium with black or blue fish in the North area of your desk or office will activate your business & career success. Guppies or a single arrowana are ideal for an aquarium made of glass & metal.
  • 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’s draping foliage.
  • Do have a good balance of yin and yang when decorating your workspace. Balance light & dark colors, soft & hard surfaces, and smooth & rough textures in your choice of window treatments, furniture & flooring.
  • Do treat the files in your office with respect. They represent your past, present & future business.
  • Do keep the cords to your office equipment well hidden. This elimate clutter and allows for the free flow of chi.

  • Don't sit inline with the door, as you will be in the path of negative energy.
  • Don't arrange your workspace so that you look straight out into a corridor or see the stairs, storage rooms, closets, elevators, escalators, or toilets.
  • Don't place 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.

Website # 2

  • Remove clutter
    Your office must be organized & arranged efficiently. Clutter according to Feng Shui stimulates negative Chi (energy) and should be kept to a minimum. Remove whatever extraneous materials are lying in your office. By clearing away the physical clutter that you have been confronting on a daily basis, you free up your mental, emotional burden & feel light, cheerful & optimistic in your reinvigorated working space.
  • Position of the desk
    Keep your desk in the commanding position. The commanding position means a position of power, where you have a direct view of the door, a pleasant view out the window and a wall behind you for stability. This position of the desk according to the Feng Shui office offers you the maximum control.
  • Shape of your desk
    Shape of your desk can affect your mood and level of productivity in the workplace. Rounded curves are flowing, encouraging the flow of creativity. A kidney-shaped desk follows the natural curves of the human body and is said to give you a subconscious feeling of inner alignment.

  • Placing the plants
    Place plants in your work & help you stay connected to the natural world. Since the green color spurs creativity & new ideas it helps you to have creative element in the office. In Feng Shui practice keeping plants helps to have positive Chi flow in corners which other wise are neglected spaces devoid of any energy. Green plants also act as a filtering system, reducing toxins and circulating stagnant air.

  • Choosing the correct light
    The best light is natural daylight, so move your desk close to a window but never have your desk directly in front of window or fluorescent lights that cast a glare, causing eyestrain & exhaustion. You may improve your mood & energy dramatically by replacing fluorescent lights with warm lights that don’t cast a glare.
  • Use of Feng Shui Colors
    Making use of Feng Shui Colors can help you achieve balance in your office. Different colors have different properties some colors can help people feel grounded and secure. Blues, purples or reds are supposed to enhance the wealth & prosperity area of your office.


Website # 3

  • Do -- Have a clear view of the entrance from your work station. This will lend a sense of security that enables you to concentrate. A clear view of the door will also help you spot career opportunities that you'd otherwise miss. If you can't move your desk, position a mirror to reflect the entrance door. 
  • Do -- Define your personal area. Placing a small mat or area rug at the entrance of your work space will inhibit people from walking in unannounced. This is an especially good cure if you work in a cubicle. If you have your own office, hang a pleasant-sounding bell from the door to alert you to visitors.
  • Do -- Put symbols of future goals above your eye level. If you want a promotion, put a tall plant on top of a bookcase or file cabinet. To reach a sales goal, write your target number in red marker on a green piece of paper, and post it over the door. Looking for a new job? Post something that symbolizes this desire directly across from your work station, just above your line of vision.
  • Do -- Build trust by integrating organic materials into your work space. Wicker baskets, wooden paper trays, crystal paperweights, ceramic mugs and potted plants will encourage people to let down their guard with you. That's because representations of nature are extremely reassuring in a business environment. 
  • Do -- Draw attention to your achievements. Frame any diplomas, certificate or awards and place them in the far left corner of your office. If you're not able to display such items in your work station, install a high-watt light bulb in your desk lamp. Better yet, get a floor lamp that casts light up toward the ceiling. This will increase your visibility in the workplace. Lighting a red candle at your desk each day can help, too. 
  • Don't -- Face a wall while you work. Working this way could result in a dead-end job. If you can't reposition yourself, hang a picture that affords a depth view at eye level. A scene of a winding road or river that features near and far objects will help you move forward toward your career objectives.
  • Don't -- Let items pile up on the floor. This will keep you stuck in the past, making it hard to meet deadlines or finish ongoing projects. Store materials that you regularly use in easily accessible file cabinets, bins and boxes. Keep a portfolio of work samples in a place where it won't impede your daily work. Finally, sort through your papers once a month and discard unnecessary materials.
  • Don't -- Let a bad work chair undermine your performance. If your company won't pay for a better seat, it's worth paying out of pocket for one. Choose a chair that is high enough to support your upper back. The height of your chair should allow you to place your hands on the desk at a 90-degree angle while your feet rest flat on the floor. If your work requires creativity, choose a chair that allows you to recline.
  • Don't -- Become distanced from your dreams. If your job doesn't bear any relation to the work you really want to do, incorporate water into your office. This can include an indoor fountain, a noise machine that replicates the sound of running water, or a picture of a moving body of water. Water features keep you tuned into your innermost desires, encouraging you to take steps toward your ultimate career goals.
  • Don't -- Let items pile up on your desk. Clear your desk at the end of each work day, leaving out only the materials you use on a daily basis. (Your phone, computer, lamp, writing implements, etc.) You'll feel much less overwhelmed when you sit at a clear desk every morning. Clear out your voice mail and e-mail boxes at the end of each day, too. This will save valuable time and energy, and help prioritize your work.

Website # 4

North is the direction to focus on when improvement in career is desired. Water is the element.

  • The most important first step to realizing the benefits of Feng Shui is to perform a Space Clearing procedure. Every environment has accumulated negative energy, or "sha chi", that needs to be eliminated. This procedure will make all other cures more effective.

  • A water feature such as a fountain or an aquarium with bright, energetic fish will stimulate the 'chi' in the career area. Nine goldfish are ideally recommended; one black and eight gold. If you don't want the effort of maintaining an aquarium, a sculpture or image of golden fish will serve as a substitute. This, of coarse, will not be as powerful, but will still have a positive effect.

  • A dragon tortoise placed in the north is a support symbol and also activates the water element..

  • In Feng Shui, metal is said to support, or strengthen water. A metal feature such as a windchime composed of 6, 12, 18, or 24 hollow metal tubes will help activate the northern, water energy, and will attract more success and prosperity.

  • Get yourself a "power seat". This should be a comfortable chair with as high a back as possible, and should also have armrests. Not only will you feel more physically comfortable, but this chair will symbolize protection and support and will amplify your authority and power.

  • Do not position your desk so that it is directly opposite a hallway, staircase or entryway. The energy here is too intense. Also, never sit with your back to a window. You will find yourself feeling vulnerable and suffering from a lack of support.
  • If you desire more recognition, place a lamp in the south corner of your office and keep it lit. Red candles, red decorative objects, crystals, and beautiful rocks are also good in this location.
  • To attract mentors and influential people, activate the northwest corner of your office with a beautiful rock or geode, or place gold, silver or white objects here.

  • Placing a blue, gold or white or ware element candle in the north and keeping it lit is a great way to energize this area, as well as serving as an inspiring reminder or your goals and aspirations.
  • The Chinese dragon is an extremely auspicious and powerful symbol for attracting wealth and luck. It is also a symbol of indomitable strength, courage and protection. A fountain with a dragon motif is very powerful.

  • Crystals are extremely powerful wealth and success energizers for those working in any field related to communication. They also help attract recognition. Place them in windows or in the south.

  • The mythical Dragon-tortoise is useful for maintaining good relations with your boss and co-workers, and gaining support from influential people. It is also a powerful support symbol and is very powerful for attracting mentors.
  • The mythical Chinese Unicorn, also called the Dragon-Horse, is a powerful symbol for those involved in politics and civil service, and those seeking advancement in their careers.
  • The 3 legged toad or money frog with a gold coin in his mouth, is an attractor of wealth. Place it just inside your office door, facing inward, to symbolize wealth coming your way.

  • If you are involved in sales, place three coins, tied with red ribbon, inside your purse or wallet. If you do phone sales, place this group of coins on or near your phone. If you have a retail shop, display the coins on or near the cash register.

  • Keep an amethyst crystal in your work area to avoid disagreement with co-workers and to activate good feelings in the work place. Amythyst also inspires stability, strength and inspiration.

  • The rooster is considered a peacekeeping symbol. He will help eliminate backstabbing, office politics, and gossip.

I have this "Dragon-Tortoise" metal deco which i kept hidden in drawer. Seems like it's working! ^^v . No harm trying I guess!

Anyhow, I might try other selected tips from above to improve what I need... probably $$$$ ><

I'll better stop here for now! Otherwise, it looks like neverending list of tips.

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