© 2004 Vishal P. Rao
Whether you believe in Oriental powers of feng shui or not, there are an increasingly large number of people who do. Either way, it's fun to examine different ideas, so let's take a look at your home office from feng shui point of view.
Business people in Asia have considered work place feng shui to be a crucial contributor to personal and business success for centuries. Anything that has lasted for centuries is worth a closer look to see if any part of concept will work for you. In this article we will ignore corporate business office feng shui, and focus on home office adaptations.
Have a separate outside entrance to your office if possible. If you can not, then choose a room that is near front or back door of house or apartment. Separate your home office from rest of living area in order to keep your business and personal lives separate. If your home office is part of a larger room, then partition it off with bookcases, screens, or large plants.
Never have your back to window. Having your back to a door symbolically leaves you open to attack. If you directly face a door you may be overpowered by incoming Chi. The best position is with your back to a wall that holds an Earth element such as a picture of a mountain or a lake. The next best position is angled away from a doorway or facing a wall featuring a water element such as a fish or a picture of lake, or even abstract art that features wavy lines.
You can energize your desk by adorning it with objects that symbolize five elements to attract work and luck. Simply follow Lo Shu grid like this:
North: Your beverage cup or glass. Northeast: A crystal paperweight Northwest: Your computer terminal East: Fresh flowers Southeast: A small green plant South: A desk lamp or something red
Flat ceilings are best for promoting flow of Chi. If you have a sloped ceiling, cathedral ceiling, or exposed beams then you you can hang wind chimes or bamboo flutes to offset negative effects.
If you have views of harmful elements from your window, you can negate them by strategic placement of wind chimes or plants. Cactus and Bamboo are plants symbolize good fortune and are ideal for placement in home office. Any sharp leaved plants are good feng shui in this area as they are believed to deter harmful influences.
Always take a short walk before entering your office to work each day and another one at end of your working day as another measure of separating your business life from your personal life. Leave at least 7-9 inches of space between each piece of office furniture. This allows room for energy to flow.