Keeping Feng Shui Elements in Mind When Furnishing Your Home Office

Do you want to make this year your lucky year? Feng shui is not really a complicated process and contrary to what some people believe, there’s no need to spend for an expert or equipment just to use its principles.  Learn how feng shui can change your aspect and probably, just probably, your luck in business.

Feng shui ; pronounced “fung shwee” or “fung shway”) is an ancient Chinese practice believed to utilize the Laws of both Heaven, (astronomy), and Earth, (geography), to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi. The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (traditional Chinese: pinyin: kānyú; literally: heaven and earth.

The words ‘feng shui’ literally translates as “wind-water”in English, which is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty: Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.

Feng shui is about harnessing ‘chi’.
There is no clear translation for chi but the safest is probably ‘energy flow’.  Keep this in mind.  When furnishing your home office, remember that the key to good feng shui is ensuring the unencumbered flow of chi – no obstructions, no sharp objects, just smooth flow.

Face the door.
The best position for your desk or table should be one that allows you to face the door and have a sturdy wall behind you.  This lets you see whoever may be going through the door.  However, take care not to block the door with your desk by placing it directly opposite.  The wall behind you represents protection, stability and security.

Clear the space.
The area fronting your desk should be clear of any obstruction, so keep any visitor’s chairs to the side.  Keep files and cabinets away from the room’s center area as well, since this will disturb energy flow.

Inspire yourself.
Whether you’re using natural or artificial lighting, make sure your home office is well-lighted, airy and stimulating but not stressful.  Surround yourself with images, colors and other stuff that contribute to your productivity and creativity.  Choose items that inspire you and project the kind of energy you want for your home-based office.