Feng Shui at the Office: An Expert Explains in Time for the Chinese New Year

Monday January 23rd marks the Chinese New Year, and to celebrate the occasion, Office Envy has partnered with Feng Shui consultant Janet Mitsui Brown to bring you a guide to enhancing the feng shui of your office space in the new year.  This guest post by Janet discusses the changes in energy that will be heralded by the Chinese new year and what it will mean for your work space.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is the science and art of balancing elements in your home to increase prosperity, good health, and romance in your life. Feng shui can be perceived as magic, but it is in fact a living skill requiring specific knowledge, directional knowledge about the home, and the acceptance & understanding of invisible energy forces surrounding humankind.

Feng Shui uses a grid as a guideline, based on the teachings of the I Ching.  It is mathematically derived, or it is a fixed grid, with transcendental principles.

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Feng Shui works with the environment, and the energy changes that occur daily.

Can feng shui exist in an office setting, and can it be improved in an office sitting?

 It’s amazing to see how consistent feng shui is to a successful business.   The proper application of feng shui often leads to an improved career, job opportunity growth, and a difference in income.   If you work in a large office, you can arm yourself with knowledge about positive & negative positions in the building.

You should know these things about office feng shui:

1) Generally the further your office is from the front door, the stronger your work position.

2) You should also be aware of the light and dark aspects of the office.  A window with its access to the outdoors with natural light is always preferable, unless the view is nondescript or unappealing.   There are always cures to improve your office position.

3) Look for poison arrows, posts, pillars or negative ductwork pointing towards your desk.  If you see any of these things, it might be wise to initiate a cure.

4) If you work in a cubicle you can improve your feng shui, but it is a bit tricky.  It’s important to view the entrance to your cubicle from your sitting position – if your back is to the entrance, I suggest you place a small mirror to “watch your back” as a cure.  You always want to sit in the commanding position in an office setting, declutter your work area, and add living energy, like plants or water.

 Chinese New Year Energy Changes

 The lunar Chinese New Year starts January 23rd this year (2012).  This is the traditional New Year celebrated in Chinatowns all over the world.    It is based on the lunar calendar, which keeps track of the new moon.  It is known as the spring festival, marking the end of the winter season – it’s centuries old, and is considered a major holiday for the Chinese.    It is traditional to clean the house of ill fortune, and to eat certain foods for good luck.    There are dragon dances, fireworks, & the exchange of red envelopes.  In feng shui, the black hat sect feng shui practitioners customarily mark this date with special cures to highlight the New Year.

The solar new year – traditionally February 4th or 5th every year, is the date used in Chinese astrology four pillars – Chinese fortune telling & compass school feng shui.    This is a system of timekeeping where the months mirror the moon movements & the years reflect the seasons of the sun.    As a result there are significant energy shifts based on mathematical calculations of the moon & sun.  Masters, often from China, calculate these numbers and pass the information on to disciples such as myself — they convey to us positive and negative directions that might require cures – and remember, these directions change annually.

For instance, be aware that the center of your home holds powerful significance in your life this year, so be sure there is minimum clutter (none at all).  You might energize this area with the use of crystals or metal.

When you combine knowledge of dimensions of time & space (compass school) and secrets of Taoist feng shui (black sect tantric Buddhist school) – very powerful mental techniques, you truly have the ability to improve your presence in the environment and ride the gentle flow of life with a full and prosperous heart.

For those of you in the office – I recommend clearing your office of clutter and last year’s files, reorganizing your desk, making sure you are in the power sitting position (and if you are not, make sure you have a mirror so you can watch your back), and perhaps adding a new plant or water feature to your space.   And make sure the center of your area is clear, especially this year.

I would also take a few minutes each day before you start and finish work, to mentally give thanks for your job, and anything else you are humbly thankful for.   It’s a powerful reminder how blessed we all are.

Feng Shui is a powerful tool for success in the office – and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  There is much more to learn – and I remind myself of this everyday.

 Twenty-six years ago I was unmarried, wasn’t clear on a career goal, and lived by myself in a flat above a garage.  I started using feng shui principles and I found the person to marry, healed from cancer, and had a daughter two years after my initial cancer diagnosis.  This year I’ll celebrate 25 years of marriage, our daughter is now working at Google — my husband, an actor, is still working after 35+ years — and I’m a published author and feng shui specialist.

People saw my life change – and now I practice feng shui daily – proudly, I have amazing feng shui stories to tell.

In gratitude, Janet Mitsui Brown, www.thejoyoffengshui.com

Janet Mitsui Brown is the primary consultant of The Joy of Feng Shui, a Los Angeles based feng shui practice. Janet helps individuals and businesses enhance their lives through feng shui.



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