MORE FENG SHUI (for those of you who missed the September and October 2001 issues)

Feng shui (pronounced "fung shway") is an ancient system for balanced and harmonious spatial design. Rooted in Chinese philosophy and science, it consists of complex rules for determining the favourable placement of buildings, rooms, or furnishings and started out as a way to map out burial plots and tombs. Based on the Taoist laws of nature (the words Feng Shui in Chinese literally means Wind and Water), its theories offer us a way of understanding why certain things occur and how to create a comfortable environment that lets us live and work efficiently and progressively.
Contemporary feng shui attempts to promote the positive flow of chi (a key concept that is defined as energy or life force, "a subtle flow of electromagnetic energy, which links all things in the universe") in the home or workplace.

In recent years, many contemporary Western architects and designers have embraced the insights and practices of feng shui to improve well-being and productivity.

By harnessing positive chi at your desk, you can improve how you feel about work as well as how you perform. For example, keeping a healthy green plant on your desk enhances life force, which will impart a positive attitude and give you a can-do feeling. A desk lamp can help you focus and see things more clearly, like solutions to problems or new ideas.

Your office should be a quiet, serene place that promotes creativity and concentration. Avoid using the colours gold or red here, as they are too stimulating.

Feng shui tips that coincide with common sense:

. Sit at your desk and make sure your back is not to the door. This is a potential source of anxiety and distraction. If you can’t, increase your confidence by placing a small mirror on the wall or on the edge of the computer screen so that you can see what is coming your way.

. Where possible, have a solid wall behind your desk. This represents the backing and support you need in order to advance.

. Chairs should have supporting backrests and arm rests. Ensure that you face one of your auspicious directions when working.

. Sitting in a high back, black chair represents power.

. Try not to put your desk in line with the door because this is the "mouth of the chi" where energy enters the room. According to Feng Shui practitioners, sitting in the direct line of the incoming chi can cause distraction or a feeling of anxiety, and a variety of health problems.

. Try to avoid desktop clutter or at least focus it in one area of your workspace. This will indicate the aspects of your business that need attention or issues that need to be "cleaned up".

. Choose to enhance your wealth with the addition of a re-circulating water fountain. This represents money, as currency equals the current of a river.

. A crystal may be added to pull in auspicious universal energies.

. If your office is large enough to have a reception area you may choose to "energetically link" the CEO's office with the reception area to align the client's first impression of the company with the vision (CEO) of the company.

. Provide warm or full-spectrum lighting.

. Create open space in the environment and soften sharp corners.

. Keep in mind that a river or stream running past the office can drain wealth away.

. Block out too much sunlight if the office faces west. It is not desirable to see the sun set when working.

After this you should be able to deal wonderfully with the upcoming gloomy winter months, don’t you agree?