Feng Shui? Isn’t that a decorating topic?
Why should I care about that in my office, and what does it have to do with business?
You may be wondering what this topic to do with entrepreneurship and marketing? Actually, a lot!
Much of business success has to do with positive energies, harmony, and balance. Feng Shui is a well-known method of maximizing energy, attracting good opportunities, and repelling negative energies. It’s appropriate for business, because it describes how certain elements of our environment link together energetically to support growth, development, and prosperity.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is the ancient art, philosophy, and science of harnessing surrounding energies to promote positivity, harmony, and prosperity. Even though Feng Shui originated in India and travelled to China around 3500 years ago, it is widely-known as Chinese.
Feng Shui means “wind-water”. We can track it back to the time when humans started to farm animals, grow crops, and build their first cities around 12,000 years ago.
Originally, people used Feng Shui to find safe places for family dwellings and to identify the best burial sites. Later, people used it in the construction of palaces, temples and entire cities.
How does Feng Shui work?
Feng Shui assumes everything is energy (qi) and that all things link to each other. This qi, or cosmic energy, is expressed in all life. Experts assume Feng Shui principles developed from observations of nature and the continuous patterns and changes of the universe. The underlying principles of Feng Shui include the yin yang theory, the five elements theory, numerology, and astrology.
The yin yang theory views all things relating to the whole. Yin originally referred to the shady side of a slope, and yang referred to the sunny side. Later, yin and yang described the complementary and opposing characteristics of nature.
The five elements theory also includes energy flow and the quality of our environment and body. The five elements are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The basic goal in any Feng Shui construct is balance of the five elements in a room, building, or garden by arranging colors, shapes and materials in a harmonious way.
Why Feng Shui could be important for your business?
In business, as in our private lives, it is apparent we cannot always identify problems rationally. For example, have you entered a shop and left immediately without buying anything? Have you been to a restaurant and did not like how it “felt”?
Is there inexplicable disharmony in your team? Do you sometimes have the feeling that despite intensive efforts, you simply do not reap the fruits you deserve? Do you sometimes feel tired and drained and lack natural vitality?
If you answered “yes” to one or more questions, then it’s worthwhile to take a closer look at the underlying energies in your environment as well as possible blockages in your subconscious mind.
Since most of us read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, it’s not a secret we can’t build a successful business or wealth if we subconsciously feel we don’t deserve money, and we can’t eliminate subconscious patterns or blockages through rational thinking alone.
What does this have to do with Feng Shui? Quite simply, through assessing your environment you can uncover your unconscious patterns so you can work to improve them.
For example, if you have a cluttered desk, this can have several meanings. You may be a person who can’t finish projects, or you may be one of the few geniuses who can work on multiple projects simultaneously. Or the opposite could be the case – you lose control of your projects, or you lose passion for your work. You could also be close to a burn out without the energy to clean up every day. I think you get the point here.
Some simple but effective Feng Shui tips
– Cleansing of new (or already inhabited) premises
According to Feng Shui, before you move into your office (or your private premises), you should energetically cleanse the rooms. You could use incense, cleansing essences, or suitable essential oils. However, you can also cleanse a room with singing bowls or other methods. You can find instructions online. Cleanse using whatever method feels right for you. Of course, cleanse occupied premises too.
– Clearing your clutter
Many reasons should motivate you to clear your clutter. For starters, it makes you look more professional. A nicely organized desk also increases efficiency, since you don’t waste time looking for things.
I tended to clutter up my desk. Then a couple of years ago I decided to go paperless. It really helped me to stay on task and I am more focused and efficient.
– Are you sitting in a power position?
First, find the power center of your room. This is a space away from the door, but one that provides an overview of the entire room. The power center should not be directly opposite a window either. Ensure the position of your desk is not exposed to direct sunlight with the light ideally entering from the left side.
The area behind the seat represents the past. Therefore, this area should be free of pictures, mirrors, or stacks of documents.
– Do you have the right desk?
A very important factor in your office is your desk. For creative work, a round or oval table is particularly suitable. For logical work such as accounting, you should use a rectangular table. Your desk should not be black, white, or glass. It’s important to keep order at your desk to feel free. Piles of unfinished work distract.
– Use powerful pictures and art
You want to surround yourself with objects and pictures that keep you inspired, creative, and effective. Choose pictures or symbols that represent what you want to achieve in your work-life. Choose the right furniture and transform your environment into a living affirmation for success.
In the end, there’s so much more to write about this topic. If you want to explore the topic further, entire books and internet pages provide in-depth information. For example, colors have great meaning and a significant impact on your work life. The directions and elements also play a major role in Feng Shui. In addition, Feng Shui can improve communications. My intention, however, was to give you a summary so you can see the possibilities Feng Shui offers without going into too much detail.
Finally, I have one final bit of advice. Whatever you do – listen to your gut. Choose Feng Shui measures that help you feel more comfortable, harmonize your space and inspire you. This is what empowers your work-life.