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9 Feng Shui Tips for Work

9 Feng Shui Tips for Work

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that if you love working in  your office, you will spend more quality time there. And, if work feels like  play, you will be more creative and prosperity will naturally flow.

In Feng Shui, the “Career” area is about doing our life work. It is not about  work as drudgery. It is about doing vibrant work that flows from our deepest  core.Feng Shui offers some simple, practical, and  inexpensive solutions that    will support you in arranging a work space that  inspires creativity,    productivity, and prosperity.

As a Life Coach as well as a Feng Shui Consultant, I work with many people who want to  make a difference in the world. Whether they provide coaching services, sell  health-related products, or are a holistic health practitioner, their vision  encompasses enhancing the health and happiness of others and the planet. This is  why arranging an office that encourages you to spend time there is directly  connected to your vision.

Make sure your office reflects your passion, incorporating objects, words and  symbols representing that represent them and eliminating anything that does  not.

This is not the place for lots of family photos, objects from other hobbies  or past rewards not related to your current work.This is your palette for  creating the work that is uniquely you. Treat it as your sacred space.

1. Clear the clutter: Often home offices are a dumping ground of  all of those bits of things you can’t find a place for. Be diligent and don’t  allow anything in the space that does not support your vision, uplift your  spirit, or is necessary and functional to your current work. If you work at a  company, the shape of your office is broadcasting a message about your  competency. Make sure it is sending the message you want!

2. Get organized: If you are spending half your time looking  for things, you are losing precious time. If you are not good  at this, hire an  professional organizer to do the  initial set-up – budget permitting. If you  can’t pay for it, offer a trade of services to a  friend, colleague or  family member who has good organizing skills.

3 Arrange your desk so that it is in the empowered position:  This is where you can see the door from the desk but are not in direct alignment  with the door. This will make a huge difference in your ability to feel in  control of your destiny. If you can’t move your desk, get a mirror and place it  so that you can see who is coming in the door. These look like rear-view mirrors  and stick right to your monitor and  can be found at auto parts stores.

4. Create an ergonomically comfortable work station: Your  body must feel comfortable working there. Make sure your desk is the appropriate  height, have a comfortable chair, and arrange to have copy machines and other  chemical-emitting machines away from your work station. If your body hurts, or  you are smelling fumes, you are not only harming yourself, but it will create  another aversion to spending time there.

5. Balance open spaces with filled spaces:  This is called balancing the Yin and Yang. You need places for the eye to be engaged as  well as for it to rest. Organize all of the bits of office things such as  staplers, tape, etc. into colorful baskets. The eye will see one object rather  than many, creating a sense of organization, and peacefulness.

6. Make it a bright and happy space: This should be an  active space. You don’t want it to be so calming that you want to take a nap.  Bring in vibrant colors as well as art and objects that make your heart sing.  Replace fluorescent lighting when ever you can. Bring your own floor and/or desk  lamp to work, if possible. It will make a huge difference in your energy level  at the end of the day.

Use baskets to organize all of those “bits of  things”

7. Organize those snake-like computer cords so that you are  not looking at a  jumble of chaos. Radio Shack has cord organizers which allow  you to group them into long, wide tubes. Or roll them up, put a twist-tie on  them and drop them all into an attractive basket.

8. Make it inspiring: Bring in nature and collections that  you love. This is called balancing the Five Elements. Use book shelves to display a  beautiful vase, work of art, a shell, or a few objects from favorite  collections, and intersperse them  with your work books. (Use plants, water  fountains, and nature art; See Feng Shui Chi Enhancers.) Make it beautiful and inspiring  but don’t over do the collections.

9. For Feng Shui believers, arrange objects according to the Bagua  Map. (Click here for your Free Bagua Map.) The Bagua Map locates  the key energetic centers of a home or room. We then bring in environmental affirmations to enhance these areas. When we  strategically place objects that represent what we want to bring into our lives,  we set the intention for the chi or energy to flow in that direction.

We can use a “mini-Bagua” in our office by orienting the “entrance quadrant” from the direction we enter the room. Divide the room into nine equal sections  and put your affirmations (objects, words, artifacts, vision boards)  representing what it is you want to bring into each of these areas of your work  life into these quadrants.

An example of how to use Bagua enhancements in the  office:

  • Use a purple amethyst or favorite crystal in the Wealth area.
  • A water fountain, something made of glass, or a picture of flowing water in  the Career area.
  • Books pertaining to your work in the Knowledge area.
  • A lamp, an award, or a framed article about you or your company in the Fame area.
  • Pages of the book you are writing or projects you are working on in the Creativity area.
  • A green plant in the Health area.
  • A picture of the people you want to partner with in your Partnership area.  Note: when using the Bagua for business, substitute the word Partnerships for the Love and Marriage area.
  • Pictures or objects that represent helpful people in the Helpful People area. This area is also for travel, so don’t  forget all of the exotic places you want to travel to where you will be sharing  your gifts with the world!
  • Desk in the Center area, representing a grounded and balanced work life.  If this is not possible, just make sure the center is open and  clutter-free.

Make it up, make it fun, make it personal to what you want to bring into your  career, and enjoy the productivity that will come from being in an inspiring,  organized, and clutter-free space!

For your free Color Bagua Map click here.

By Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is a  motivational speaker, author and life coach specializing in connecting people to  their spiritual essence. She is also an Internationally recognized Feng Shui  speaker, green living columnist, teacher and the author of the book Small  Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and the Founder of  the West  Coast Academy of Feng Shui.  She is also the founder of Earth Spirit  Adventure Travel which takes people on retreats to powerful energy vortexes such  as Bali and Hawaii to facilitate their deep earth/spirit connection. Find out  more at www.ericasofrina.com

Seeing Your Home Through ‘Feng Shui’ Eyes

Seeing Your Home Through ‘Feng Shui’ Eyes

At the foundation of Feng Shui is the belief that everything in our  home is  alive and talking to us. This may seem like a stretch to many,  but stop and  think about it; when the first thing you encounter when you  enter your home is  the unrelenting pile of clutter, how does it make  you feel? My sense is – not so  great about yourself. And who needs that? (See my article The Anatomy of Clutter)

Your home holds information about belief systems that may or may not be  serving you. You can train yourself to see them by looking at exactly what is  there. By acting on this information, you gain valuable tools for transformation  and personal growth.

My client Elinore’s living room walls were filled with large,  expensive oil  paintings of her husband’s dead relatives. Sort of like the ones you might find  in a castle with everyone looking very severe and disapproving. She hated them  but did not have the nerve to tell her husband. He had inherited them and as the  only son of a wealthy family, wanted to have them up, but they had a very small  home. She had no room to put any of the pictures that she loved. Her space had  an important message for her if she was willing to see it.

In Elinore’s case it revealed that she didn’t value herself enough to have  that “courageous conversation” with her husband about not feeling comfortable in  her own space. She didn’t feel worthy of asking him for this important thing.  She could have presented him with options; he could put them in his own office  or even give them to other relatives. Because she could not speak up about her  own needs, she was consigning herself to live with the “eyes of the disapproving  relatives” eternally following her around the house.

It is our  personality that resists confrontation. It fears we may lose all  by speaking up. The truth is that we may lose if our relationships are  built on  sand, but if they are substantial, our loved ones will come  around and  our  relationships will be better for it.

Feng Shui teaches that every object in our homes and gardens has a   consciousness, which is called energy or chi. It is  interacting with us  and we are interacting with it on subtle, and not-so-subtle  levels. We are continuously “painting” where we are in life into our physical  surroundings. Whether we like it or not, our  space is reflecting our inner  psychology. By reading the messages that are there in our  surroundings,  we can gain valuable insights, bringing us the personal growth that our soul  seeks.

As we study Feng Shui we learn to see our homes with a new pair of  eyes. I  have been eternally grateful for the simple messages that my homes have provided  about what is going on in my inner world. As a person who has always been on a  path of personal growth, I welcome these valuable insights.

One example was when I got it about the impacts of having too much stuff. I started making myself have just one or two  objects displayed on a surface rather than my usual seven or eight. I realized  my home looked like the homes I staged with lots of decorative objects filling  every corner. There were no unfilled surfaces. In meditating why this  made me uncomfortable, I suddenly saw the simple lesson that was embedded  energetically into my home. I realized that I filled my social calendar the same  way I filled my home. Every corner was busy! My home, like my life,  reflected a lot of doing and not much being. I was  uncomfortable creating more spaciousness in my life and there it was reflected  in my home!

By creating more spaciousness in my living space, I  created an environmental affirmation which reflected  my  intention to spend more time developing my inner landscape. This  translated to more time spent in self-reflection, meditation and yoga. As a  result of my home becoming more balanced, my life also came more into  balance.

There are invaluable messages embedded in our space that can change  our  lives for the better. Feng Shui teaches us to look at our space in new ways  which allows for many powerful “ah hah” moments. Subtle changes in our living  space often produce big changes in our lives.

Although everything in our environment provides valuable information about  our inner beliefs, the easiest way to start is by looking at your artwork. What  is it telling you about your belief systems? The overwhelming wall of family  photos in the hallway often reveals that the client’s life has been overwhelmingly about family in an un-balanced way. Often her children  have grown and she is now faced with not knowing who she is. I  recommend weeding out some of the family photos and adding pictures of the  client doing fun things with friends or by herself. By affirming this new way of  being, she brings it into prominence in her life. She begins to attract friends  and experiences that affirm her as a individual, enriching her life and filling  the “empty nest” with her new sense of self and purpose.

Perhaps you have some depressing pictures, or too many single women pictures – and you want to bring in a relationship? Or maybe  you have art work that simply matches the room but does not inspire you? Your  walls act as important real estate reflecting what it is you want to bring into  your life. Use them to move your life forward in a way that affirms, inspires  and uplifts. This affirmation in your physical space will begin to work  energetically on your internal space and your life will begin to shift in the  direction you desire. (See my article Your Home is Attracting your Future.)

You may also want to look at what is not there. Often a home with no  pictures on the walls or sparse furniture reflects an inability or fear of  commitment. A fear of making choices that are wrong, so no choices are made at  all. It can also reflect a lack of commitment to your living space. You may not  like it and are hoping to find something you like better when you can afford it.  I have found time and time again when a client fully commits to where they are  living now and makes it wonderful, the doors open pretty rapidly to a  better place. Many of life’s lessons can be found in the Feng Shui of  our space.

It’s quite simple really; when we feel better about our living  space, we  become happier people. Happier people attract others who want  to spend time  with them, who will often bring opportunities along as  well.

A home that lifts your spirits and reflects your true tastes, loves  and  desires, makes you happy. In doing so it is amplifying the happiness   quotient in your life and attracting more of it. Consequently, a home that  always drags you down  because of the accumulation of all the little things that  bug you, is continuing to attract more of what you don’t want.

Western Feng Shui, which is the form that I teach and  practice, is not about hanging mysterious crystals and  wind chimes in strategic  places. It is not about some “woo woo” superstition that is too  complicated to figure out. You will unfortunately encounter  many books that try  to make it mysterious, but the skinny on  Feng Shui is that is is  simple. By working on your home to make it a  more pleasing place for you and/or  your family to be, you are changing  your energy. You simply feel better, hence are  more enjoyable to be around and you start to experience a domino  effect of positive things happening  in your life!

By Erica Sofrina,  author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western  World.

Erica Sofrina is a  motivational speaker, author and life coach specializing in connecting people to  their spiritual essence. She is also an Internationally recognized Feng Shui  speaker, teacher and the author of the book Small  Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and the Founder of  the West  Coast Academy of Feng Shui.  She is also the founder of Earth Spirit  Adventure Travel which takes people on retreats to powerful energy vortexes such  as Bali and Hawaii to facilitate their deep earth/spirit connection. Find out  more at www.ericasofrina.com

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