Feng Shui your Office
By following Feng Shui guidelines and techniques, you can design and build a business website that is not only visually attractive but attracts wealth and prosperity as well. The elements that are part of a business website are somehow equivalent to the objects distributed through a working space since the website is the electronic version of the actual business’ offices. Therefore, the website design and the elements that will be in it should follow Feng Shui guidelines in order to be properly balanced.
The colors used to design your website are very important and you should choose them carefully. If you want a website which feels lively and active, it should contain yang elements, while if you wish it to be quiet or passive, it should have yin prevalence. Yang colors are all the bright and cheerful ones, while yin colors are all the dark shades. Therefore, a website with predominance of a light and bright color would be more yang than a dark or off colored one where yin would have prevalence.
It is important that you keep the general appearance of your website clean and tidy. A messy or cluttered website would not only make the user feel overwhelmed but it would also be an obstacle for your business prosperity.
Your business website should be designed having its graphics and written content clear and organized. Besides this, the general appearance should be as natural and easy to follow as possible. Anybody who visits your business website should feel welcome and comfortable in it. This should be achieved by providing a clear and welcoming main page and allowing an easy navigation through the entire website.
The lines you use for your business website and its graphics are also important regarding Feng Shui harmony. Straight lines and shapes with cutting edges are not natural and when having too many of them it can be harmful to the prosperity of your business. Therefore, you should try to use as many curved and smooth lines as possible, since this would not only help you adding nature inspired elements to the website but also bring wealth to it.
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Knowledge of Feng Shui colors can allow you to choose the right colors to create harmony in any living or working space as well as it can be used with anything that involves choosing colors. According to Feng Shui color specifications, colors should not be used randomly but according to what they represent.
Each one of the five elements – fire, earth, metal, water and wood – is represented by a color. By using Feng Shui colors we can create balance.
In addition to the color associated with each element, I have included other components related to further help you decorate your office.
The color associated with fire are red, crimson, ruby, brick, scarlet, hot pink, orange, and purple. Other design features of the fire element are:
Shape: top-sharp, triangle, spiky, exploding
Décor: red ribbon, light, coffee maker, picture of beauty, sun, fire
Material: hot or burning, like gas, light, electricity, sunlight, steam, heater
Music: high-tuned, fast-beating, emotional, uplifting
Plant: blood lily, red clover, red pepper, yarrow, red hibiscus, begonia
Fire is associated with the south or fame area (see Bagua Map). If you want to create fame or enhance prosperity, add fire elements like this triangular-shaped crystal. You could even get one in red, purple or other of the other colors associated with fire.
The spirit of fire is aggressive, hot-heated, sensitive, go-getting and offensive. If you want to develop a go-getter attitude, enhance the fire elements in your office. If you find that attitudes of your clients or yourself is too sensitive, aggressive or offensive, tone down the fire elements slightly by adding water elements.
Tan, beige, rust, brown, and yellow are earth colors. Additional aspects of earth element are:
Shape: square, fat rectangular
Décor: ceramics, clay pot, drawer, yellow-toned paint or lava lamp, boxy furniture
Material: sticky or made of soil, clay, ceramic, chinaware, nutrition
Music: peaceful, smooth and low-tuned, yin-yang balanced
Plant: sunflower, yellow oleander, yellow or rusty color mum
Animal: ox, tiger, ram, monkey
If you want to create loyalty, persistence, responsibility, or slow down the energy, use earth colors or components. Earth’s aspiration is love, marriage, motherhood, knowledge, and scholarly success. Want to add any of these elements into your office or life? Enhance the presence of earth by adding a few of the above-mentioned items.
For example, this square clock which is also brown could be one of the earth elements you add to aspire to success with education.
Metal is represented by white, ivory, silver, gold and gray. Design elements include:
Shape: circle, round, arch
Décor: metal pots, clock which chimes, glass, mirror, crystal, picture of automobile, machine, jewelry, and white lava lamp
Material: hard, cool, such as gold, silver, brass, copper, coins
Music: heavy, emphatic, repeating, encouraging, uplifting
Plant: baby’s breath, jasmine, mum, cornflower, love-in-a-mist
Animal: rooster, dog, boar
This Australian gold rooster coin would be a perfect representation of a metal element.
Metal is associated with teamwork, patronage and benefactors. Need more of these or decisiveness and determination? Add metal colors or elements.
Black, blue, sable, and navy are all colors representing water. You will also find the essence of water in the following:
Shape: curly, wavy
Décor: fish tank, water fountain, pond, view of beach, waterfall, river, blue or black lava lamp
Material: watery, moist, slippery, such as liquid, drink, gel
Music: easy listening, slow, light, sedative, tranquilizing, soothing
Plant: bamboo, willow, white spider lily, daffodil, plum, narcissus
Water symbolizes flexibility, humor, diversity and imagination. Also, career and money are the aspirations of water. Need more of these? Try putting a bamboo plant on your desk.
Wood is associated with green, jade and emerald. Additional wood elements are:
Shape: columnar, stripes
Décor: green plant, green lave lamp, woodcarving wall carpet, straight lines, books, poles, and pillars
Material: elastic, straight, like fabric, wooden product, cotton
Music: variant, continuous, detailed, progression, focusing
Plant: corn tree, peony, orchid, lily of the Nile, iris, wild jonquil
Animal: rabbit, snake, dragon
You might add this wood carving of Buddha if your aspirations wealth, health or to start a family. Wood will also help if you want to create a spirit of exploration or be more analytical in nature.
Next time you are feeling a little out of sync, figure out what it exactly it is that is off balance. Then at the color or decor associated with that aspiration or spirit and notice what happens.
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Take a walk through your workplace (or home) and note the energetic feelings you sense from different areas. Some areas may feel intense and busy, while others may seem quiet and comforting. These latter areas we call Yin in comparison to the former, which would be Yang.
Yin and Yang describe relationships of opposing, yet complementary, energies. Other Yin qualities might include dark, cool, empty, spacious, interior, receptive, small, low and moist. By contrast, light, hot, full, congested, exterior, active, large, high and dry, all describe more Yang qualities.
Yang areas tend to be more productive, stimulating and engaging, while Yin areas might incline toward conserving or resting, nourishing or introspection. Notice whether the space overall has a predominant Yin or Yang character or whether the two aspects seem to be in relative balance.
Where there is an imbalance in a particular room or space, a simple remedy is to add and subtract Yin or Yang elements until more harmony is felt. If the walls are painted a cool color (yin), choosing furniture of a warmer color will help. If the furniture is sharp and straight-sided, bringing in plush cushions, thick rugs and simple tapestries will soften the space. By nature, Yin and Yang attract one another, seeking completeness. The areas that tend to feel good and nurture you will usually have equal measure of both.
The subtle flow of electromagnetic energy called chi (or qi) interconnects all things and is in constant flow. This energy symbolizes life, health, prosperity and everything that is positive to us. Massage Therapists and bodyworkers work, knowingly or not, with energy flow and vibratory information in the body. Feng Shui looks at the office, building or home much as we might look at the body, and in very similar ways works to bring about balance.
Bodily health, or balance, corresponds to the harmonious interconnection of all parts of the body. The chi of the body is also in communication with and interconnected to the chi of the surrounding environment — plants, animals, buildings, communities, mountains, wind and water. “Wind-water” is the literal meaning of Feng Shui, suggestive of the way chi moves — like the ebb and flow of tides and air circulating in and around things. The chi of one’s immediate environment influences moods, emotions, physical energy, and, over time, health. Whenever chi finds obstacles for circulating we will notice it since it will directly affect our lives. Our life quality can diminish or be improved depending on the way chi flows in the environments we inhabit.
In the same way we learn to discern the energy of the body, we can develop sensitivity to feel the energy of dwellings and of place. Applying Feng Shui principles to create better energetic communication and harmony in a physical space is similar to helping restore the unobstructed flow of chi in the body through acupuncture, Shiatsu and other massage modalities.
Imbalance clearly affects body, mind and emotions. It affects what we are capable of doing, both now and in the long-term. It affects our interactions with people and how we are perceived by others. Imbalance in the environment in which you live or work affects you in these same ways, no less profoundly than an imbalance in the body.
The main door to into your office, building or home is said to be the mouth of the Chi. According to Feng Shui, chi should always be able to flow freely through any space in order to help us being in balance with the elements surrounding us. Therefore, it is important clear pathways leading to your door. Also, it should be free from clutter and debris. As I mentioned in The Bagua Map [Video] post, once chi enters your space, it goes to the center of the space then disperses to the remaining areas (guas). When chi is blocked by finding too many objects on its way, it might not only be unable to flow freely but it might also even become stuck at some spots. When chi is detained, the life flow of those who inhabit that space would become detained as well, making them feel they are not moving on or succeeding in achieving new goals. Feng shui helps people overcoming and preventing all these chi flow problems.
Feng shui studies how to help chi flow in the best possible way within living or working environment in order to maximize the life quality of those who inhabit those spaces. Depending on the way objects are placed and distributed within environments, they would help or block the natural chi circulation. Therefore, we need to make sure they are placed in the correct way and that is what Feng Shui does.
Through seeking to balance chi, supporting the energetic grid, clearing congestion, and clarifying and focusing intention, we can begin to create healthier bodies, homes, workplaces and communities.
This is my first vlog (video weblog) post. After I made the blog post about Introduction to the Bagua Map, I had a lot of interest and questions about it. So I thought I would be better to actually show you how to use the Bagua Map. Also, I will answer Teresa’s question about how to orient the Bagua Map if you have more than one entrance.
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In the cyber world we live in today, we are bombarded with a multitude of text messages, emails and voices mails. These do serve a purpose of keeping in touch, but has a dark side as well. This cyber clutter has the same negative impact as the physical clutter that can build up around the house or office! Since we’re halfway through the year it would behoove you to institute a little ‘summer cleaning’ by clearing out your old voicemail, email and text messages. File what you might need in the future and let go of the rest. This sort of ‘new media’ clutter can create chaos and stagnation while adding a subtle sense of procrastination to all of your pending projects.
Clearing this confusion will bring the same fulfilling sense of empowerment you get whenever you clear out some of the real deal. Speaking of which, set aside a half hour each week to address those spaces inside your place that scream to be cleaned. You won’t believe the amount of positive energies you put back into your place once you begin to make it a sacred space again.
A house, a building or land should ideally be square or rectangular. If more than a third of the length and breadth is missing, then you potentially have a missing corner.
When the house, building, land or room has missing corners, it implies that the certain imbalance is happening. According to the Bagua theory, the manifestation of this imbalance in that area represented by the missing gua (it also can be the ominous to the specific people in this house depending on which area is missing).
In Feng Shui, there are four basic remedies for missing corners: light, sound, motion and reflection.
1. Light. Light lifts chi and energizes any area it visits. Chi thinks a missing area is dar and therefore not worthy of its attention. By focusing a light in the area to brighten it, you can tell the chi that the area is not missing, but merely hiding behind a solid wall. I know that sounds crazy, but the energy of chi is powerful and needs to circulate whether through a real or imagined space. Don’t believe me? Figure out if you have a missing corner and then check to see what area is missing. Remember to line up the bagua map with the door as you enter the room, building, etc. For example, the wealth section will always be in the back left corner of the room. Now if that section is missing from your office, you will need to ask yourself how is your wealth. Does it need any improvement? If is does, you may want to light the area or use one of the other remedies listed below. If it doesn’t need any improvement, then I congratulate you.
So what can you use to light a missing area? You can use a crystal, floor lamps, table lamps, a plant adorned with mini lamps or a window (the natural sunlight will attract chi to that area).
2. Music. Sounds can be used to attract chi to missing areas. Choose a wind chime or place your CD player in this area.
3. Motion. Motion attracts chi’s attention. So how can you use motion to disguise missing corners? You can place a colorful mobile near that area. Or simply move your clock to this area. Any motion, however small, will energize a missing area by circulating the chi around it.
4. Reflection. Mirrors reflect the missing corner back into the room. Interior designers have used this method for years to make a small room look larger. That is exactly what you want to do – make the nonexistent corner appear by using the mirror to reflect the rest of the room into that area.
Introduction to Feng Shui
Feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”), a Chinese term meaning “Wind and Water” originated in China more than 3,000 years ago. The ancient practice of Feng Shui is concerned with picking the most favorable location for building homes and other structures, as well as how to blend harmoniously with the surrounding physical environment. By placing one’s home or business with the natural flow of energy, it helps to promote health, love, happiness and success for the home’s or business’ owners.
Today, we don’t have the luxury of choosing the most auspicious site for our home or business. We usually take what is available or what we can afford. Therefore we must look to more contemporary applications of Feng Shui to create harmony around the existing dwellings in which we work and reside.
The Bagua Map
The Bagua (pronounced “bah-gwah”) is a map which is divided into nine equal sections called “guas”. Each gua correlates to a particular part of you life, such as wealth and prosperity, fame, love and relationship, family, health, children & creativity, self knowledge & spirituality, career, helpful people and travel. In addition to specific areas, it has colors, elements, compass directions, and areas of the body associated with each gua.
To use the Bagua Map, you will overlay it over any lot, building, house, apartment, room, or piece of furniture. You will align the bottom edge of the map with the wall through which you enter the structure. This means that you will always enter a room or building through Self Knowledge & Spirituality, Career or Helpful People and Travel depending on where the door is located. If the building is irregularly shaped, you will have a part of all of a gua missing and this will become evident when you overlay the map. You will need a Feng Shui cure (more on that in a future post) to correct these missing areas.
When chi enters the office (or home/room), it goes to the center of the dwelling and then disperses out to the nine guas from there. The flow of chi is directed and shaped by the space itself (is it rectangular or square? does it have long hall ways?) as well as by all the objects in its path. Because this causes certain energy patterns to develop you may want to re-think any clutter you have both in your office as well as your home and body. You can’t be well organized at work and have a cluttered house and expect it not to affect you.
These energy patterns attract the chi of our bodies to that of the world, drawing to us life situations (people, opportunities, relationships, etc.) like a magnet. The energy of our life experiences is then transferred back into the world. Therefore, it is possible to influence the energetic flow you experience by making simple alterations to things in the environment and coming into balance with the natural flow of life all through the use of the Bagua Map.
To begin to create a more harmonious environment, you will need to look at the areas of your life and what gua is associated with it. Ask yourself, if that area of your life is working or does it need a little help. Pick one to three areas that you would like to enhance. Next, look for things which may be adversely affecting these areas. Clear out any congestion. In the same way that congestion within the body creates a myriad of problems (both health as well as in a relationship), the obstruction of energy flow in the office (or home) can create similar problems. One of the biggest culprits of energetic congestion is clutter. Clutter prevent chi from moving freely. Get rid of it. You’ll immediately feel the difference.
After you have cleared the clutter, you will want to gain clarity of what you want in each of the areas you want to enhance. Our offices (and homes) are a reflection of us. Is the space an accurate reflection? What do you want the space to do for you? When we have focused intentions, we gain some power over the forces that shape our lives.
Feng shui is a powerful system for working to restore proper energetic alignment in all aspects of our lives and create the life we desire. In future posts, I will be writing about what to do with missing corners and specific things you can do to enhance different areas of your life. Until then, gain clarity of your purpose and clear the clutter.
I became certified Feng Shui Practitioner at the same time I was going through massage school in 1999. So when I set up my massage practice, I did it with Feng Shui principles in mind. I think that incorporating these principles helped make my massage practice a success. I’m not saying that I wasn’t an excellent (highly skilled if I do say so myself) massage therapist, I was. But how many excellent, highly skilled massage therapists do you know that aren’t doing well financially? According to the Bureau of Labor Satistics the median salary of a massage therapist is $46,213 – which means if $46K is the average, there are a whole lot of therapists making under that. So why not get some extra help.
Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway) literally means wind and water. These are the only two elements that our body can’t live without. There are different schools of Feng Shui. I am schooled in both the Compass and Black Hat Sect (BHS). I will be discussing strategies from the BHS because it is more user-friendly for the average person.
Feng Shui says that whatever is happening in your internal world is also happening in your external world and vice versa. So if your personal life is in chaos, so will your business life. Usually if we have chaos in our life it is from some form of clutter. Clutter can be described as (1) anything that stops you from your purpose, (2) possessions that you don’t use any more or no longer love, (3) things that are untidy or disorganized, (4) too many things in too small a space (5) anything unfinished.
Clutter affects you in many different ways. On a personal level, it can make you feel lethargic, keep you in the past, congest your body, affect your body weight. When it comes to business, clutter can affect the way people treat you, make you procrastinate, depress you as well as cost you financially.
People keep clutter for a variety of reasons:
1. Keeping things “just in case” we need them at some unknown point in the future.
2. Identity – feel that possessions become a part of who you are.
3. Status – We need our cars, boats, and “stuff” so we can keep up with the Joneses.
4. Security — Advertising plays on our insecurities – “If you don’t have one of these you will be a lesser human being.”
5. Inherited Clutteritis. If parents were clutterbugs, it usually gets passed down through the genes.
6. A belief that more is better.
7. “Scroogeness” — refusing to let go of junk until they feel they have really got their money’s worth.
8. Using clutter to suppress emotions. When you have so many possession, you are often distracted which keeps you from thinking or feeling.
9. Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Feng Shui is about harmony and energy flowing through your surroundings. It is very difficult for the energy to flow if there is stuff everywhere and drawers and closets are filled to the brim. I will give you an example, a massage therapist friend of mine wasn’t getting any new business and her existing business was starting to diminish. She asked me if I could come and take a look. She had her filing cabinets in the Wealth section of her office. A good start, but they were so full that you couldn’t fit one more piece of paper in any of the drawers. She was keeping client files of clients who hadn’t been in several years. I suggested that she go through the client files and box up all of the files for the clients who hadn’t been for an appointment in the last two years. Then move those boxes into storage. No sooner than she did this did her business start to pick up. Because these files were so full, she wasn’t able to attract any more business. If you want to work on wealth and prosperity, you must first work on clearing the clutter first.
If you are like most of us, we all have clutter. Our lives are dynamic and if we don’t keep up with it, clutter can quickly take over. Sometimes clutter can be a little overwhelming, I suggest you tackle it slowly. You may even want to enlist the aid of a friend or hire a professional.
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