About Feng Shui
Feng Shui is a traditional ancient practice originating from China, which uses natural energy forces to create harmony between humans and their environment. In this article, I will cover some very basic principles of Feng Shui that will serve as groundworks for the later articles, where we will dive deeper into different aspects of the topic.
I want to start by getting some common misperceptions about Feng Shui out of the way. Feng Shui does not have magic answers and cannot directly impact the outcomes in our life. Placing a certain plant in a certain spot, or rearranging furniture has some benefits. However, Feng Shui works on many levels, and its main aim is to help us to align our energy with the energies of the space. This alignment will form a favourable energy flow that will impact our well-being, which will in turn translate to all areas of our life.
In other words, we use Feng Shui principles to align our energy with the energies of our environment and to get them on board the train travelling in the direction of our desires.
With Feng Shui, we can detect blocked energy or a build-up of negative energy that over time manifests as various hardships. We then work on releasing that energy, both within our home and within us and allow it to run freely and in the direction that supports our path.
Chi – The Life Force
Chi (or Qi) is the most important term in Feng Shui, it is the charged energy that runs through everything around us, including us. Our Chi runs through seven points in our body, commonly known as chakras. There are two forms of Chi; Yin, which is feminine, slow, dark, passive, cool energy, and Yang, the masculine, fast, bright, active, hot energy. These two energies are constantly interrelating. When they are balanced, we live in perfect health and harmony. However, nothing is as constant as change, so sometimes we are more Yin and sometimes we are more Yang. Finding balance is how we learn and grow.
How energies will interact with each other is defined by Five Elements: Fire, Soil, Metal, Water and Wood. They work together and balance each other; hence we do not want to have too much or too little of an element in our environment.
Green is the Luckiest Colour
When it comes to our working spaces, due to the number of electronic devices, we live and work with the constant effects of Electromagnetic Fields. EMF is not a desirable feature in Feng Shui as it interferes with Earth’s magnetic field, and it makes it harder for us to focus and concentrate, it causes headaches and can lead to other health issues as well. However, we depend on our electronic devices. Removing them from our spaces is not an option, so we will focus on things we can do to minimise their effects.
Plants absorb EMFs and reduce computer radiation and indoor pollution. They are highly desirable features. Moreover, plants bring Yang Chi of the wood element that symbolises growth and new beginnings. This makes the space within the office active, or more “alive”. All lush, leafy plants will contribute to better air quality, and will increase the healthy Chi. Dry or dying plants are not a desirable feature in any working or living area and need to be removed.
Clear the Headspace
Power is in the Layout
The ideal position of your office desk is when your back is supported by a wall and you have a clear, unblocked view of the doors. Seeing who is coming in and out, puts you in the control of the situation. On the contrary, turning your back to the doors facing a wall has the same meaning as turning your back to opportunities, and not being aware of what is happening behind your back.
Knowing your personal auspicious direction for success (which can be calculated from your date of birth) and sitting facing that direction allows you to work from your strongest position. Here, your confidence and concentration are at their highest.