Feng Shui Your Office
Whether you work from a home office, corner office or cubical - Feng Shui can help you create a vibrant and creative work environment if you know how to apply it. Here are some tips to get you started with shifting the energy in your work space.
Feng Shui Commanding Position
Feng Shui uses a concept called the “Command Position”, a simple and very powerful tool to help you take charge of your life and feel more secure in your work space. Command position, also called the power position, is one of the most important concepts in Feng Shui.
There are three keys to having a command position in your space:
You will want to place your desk in the spot where you can easily see the doorway without being in a direct line with it. This puts you in the command position, where you can see what is coming at you-both literally and figuratively in your career. If you currently sit with your back to the door, you may energetically be turning your back to the incoming opportunities and blessings for your career as if to say that you're unavailable. If this key to the command position isn't possible in your workspace you can use a Feng Shui "cure" such as placing a small mirror on your computer, desk or wall that reflects the door. This cure symbolically places the door in front of you and allows you take back control of the energy in the space.
If possible you want to place your desk so that it’s not directly in-line with the doorway. Having your bed or desk in line with the door not only can cause distractions (seeing what is going on beyond your space) but can cause the energy (aka chi) in the space to forcefully hit your body, creating undue work stress.
Lastly, you want to place the desk so that your back is to a solid wall. Having your back to a solid wall provides your support and security is if to say " I have your back.” Often office spaces aren't designed using Feng Shui sensibilities, so if there is a window behind you, cure this key by hanging drapes, which will create an illusion of the security and safety a wall would provide.
Once you understand how it feels to be in a Feng Shui command position, you will automatically look for it even outside your home or office. You will choose better spots in a meeting to keep your energy strong, in a restaurant, or in any other place where you spend time.
The best chair when applying Feng Shui in the office is one with a solid base and a solid back - the higher, the better. A solid based office chair will promote stability in your career life. You will also want a chair with arm rests to provide support and protection, literally and symbolically.
Less expensive, small chairs often don't follow the Feng Shui principles. As you continue to climb the ladder to success, the size and quality of your chair will improve. Highly successful business women and men, are often in a large, high backed, quality office chairs that look very solid. Feng Shui suggests finding a chair that makes you feel powerful- such as a personal throne, to encourage prosperity and growing success
When you shop for your next office chair, consider your purchase carefully. Why not shop for a chair that fits the career position you want to be in, rather than where you are now?
Office Desk Organization
One of the most fundamental steps in creating a Feng Shui office is to get rid of clutter. Clutter control has a profound impact on your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. When you clear clutter you bring in vital energy that will help you with mental clarity, focus, and inspiration. If possible, start each day with a clean desk. This may feel little but it's the simple things that make the biggest difference in creating a successful work space.
PS- This goes for clutter under your desk too! Anything that inhibits your leg room could make you feel stuck in your job.
Add life energy to your space
Office plants not only purify air, they also add life energy to your space. You can apply the Bagua map, a tool used by many Feng Shui consultants to illustrate how different sections of a space correspond to different aspects of life, to your desk or office. For instance, the back left corner of your space represents wealth and abundance. The back right corner represents relationships. Take a moment to become aware of the objects you currently have located in these corners of your desk or office and use the Bagua map as a tool to help you create a space that best supports you and your growing career.
Here is a good example - easily add life energy to your desk by placing a bamboo plant in the right corner of your desk and a money tree plant in the left corner of your desk. This can improve relationships with clients or amongst co-workers, as well as attracting wealth and good fortune to you.
Add Your Own Source Of Light
No matter if you work in a comfortable home office or in a cubicle with plenty of natural light, for good Feng Shui, and for your own well-being, it is important to have your own source of light. It is recommended to place your chosen light fixture to the upper left, which as you read before is the wealth Feng Shui Bagua area of either your desk or your workspace. Having light in this space promotes growing prosperity and abundance.
Note - Full spectrum lights are a wonderful option especially if you don't have natural light in your office. When choosing a lighting option think of yourself as a plant who needs light to grow and to feel revitalized - these bulbs are made for doing exactly that!
Appropriate artwork and imagery
You can use your office as a template for what you want to create in your life and work. Your office and the physical objects within should reflect the transformation you desire.
When choosing artwork for your office you want to surround yourself with images and objects that keep you inspired, creative and productive. Choose imagery that speaks to you of prosperity, abundance and success. When you surround yourself with images and objects that you love and that inspire, you create a living affirmation for your goals.
Think of our office as one big vision board.
Remember to trust your instincts
When your minor adjustments are done, look around your office and consider your feelings. Are you more comfortable? Does the space seem to flow? Do any items create stress when you look at them or does your office create a calm, yet energized feeling for you and others who enter? Adjust accordingly.
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