Feng Shui is widely practiced across far eastern culture and has been dated back to 4,000 BC. It is a formal study that is part of courses undertaken by students wishing to pursue careers in architecture and interior design. Armed with a Bagua and a compass a Feng Shui practitioner will optimize and enhance the flow of Qi.
Feng Shui has seen a significant adoption in the west, it is a common consideration undertaken by many interested in alternative and new age thinking during the design of homes and offices and has been promoted by public figures such as Donald Trump who had only recently engaged a Feng Shui master to analyze the auspiciousness of the Trump Towers.
Qi is best defined as a movable life force and Feng Shui infers to ‘Qi which rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water’. It could also be described as best practices in design for attracting and retaining positive energy, while assuring harmony.
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Insightful tips as well as ‘dos & don’ts’ of Feng Shui office fit outs are noted. Feng Shui states that color is an important attribute for optimizing positive energy:
- Red represents one’s aggressiveness in business;
- Orange stands for cooperation and collaboration and strengthen concentration and purpose;
- Yellow represents clear thinking and install warmth and friendship;
- Blue and green colors account for reflection and infer peace and trust;
- Purple can influence the healing of the body and mind and influences creativity;
- White defines confidence and represents dignity and poise;
- Black promotes power, money, income and emotional power;
The do’s of Feng Shui (in relation to Office Fit Outs):
DO Assume command by placing your desk so as it faces towards doorways or entrances; ensure support by having a wall to your rear and lever support by placing an earth element against your back;
DO place an oxygen generating money plant in a red pot to the east side of your desk to encourage good health or in the south east for wealth;
DO make the entry to your office inviting as it will welcome positive Qi;
DO place a peacekeeping symbol in (such as a rooster) in the middle of the office to discourage backstabbing and encourage harmony;
DON’T ever sit with your back to door and if you must, place a mirror on your desk so you can see those who are approaching and try to avoid facing towards stairs, elevators, storage rooms or toilets which are thought to be distracting;
DON’T ever use a cactus or sharp pointy plants as they generate fierce Qi, and don’t leave dead decorative flowers, or rancid water as they may have a negative effect on wealth;
DON’T work in a cluttered space, and don’t retain old items that harbor bad memories – all objects have energy and they represent your past, present and future business so things should be filed to encourage success;
DON’T allow broken equipment to be visible, a dripping tap may symbolize a steady slow drain on resources, the same goes for mops & brooms which may ‘sweep away’ success;
These simple, do’s & don’t’s are said to aid the flow of positive Qi around the office so as to establish a better workspace and more profitable business. Feng Shui may also improve the mental and physical health of your workforce.
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