Suggestions for the Reader
Putting your selected desk direction into practice can be easy if you know what you’re looking for. Start by identifying the main points of the compass and marking them on the floor or walls. This is important as it will help to ensure that your orientation is accurate and you are aligning with universal energy in the space. It is also recommended that you utilize a compass to orient yourself with north, south, east, and west. To further enhance energy flow in the workspace, use red items like books or paperweights in each corner – this has been proven to bring good luck to the area and improve productivity. Additionally, energize your desk regularly with crystals or bring in wood elements (plants, artwork) to balance out energy associated with other elements like earth, metal and water. Finally, while making these adjustments keep in mind all objects within a Feng Shui space should be placed such that they support an environment of productivity and positive energy flow.
Sue, a business owner in the beauty industry, applied Feng Shui principles when choosing her work desk position. She lucked out and found the ideal direction for her chair facing north. This gave Sue the ‘guidance’ and motivation she had been seeking to bring positive changes into her life.
At first, this seemed impossible as the layout of her office was highly organized and felt claustrophobic – but Sue was determined to do whatever it took to get ahead. She gently moved around furniture that blocked the north area, even if it meant relocating some of her supplies and equipment behind a cabinet. Once she achieved an unrestricted area facing north, she set up her desk in front of it and sat upon the chair with a good view of the entrance.
In just a few short weeks, Sue experienced a significant improvement in energy levels due to increased vitality; she was also far more aware of subtle changes taking place around her. Most notably, she began lining up new contracts with large customers due to networking opportunities provided by strategically placed suppliers near her desk’s northern orientation. Overall, Sue’s business flourished with this advantageous Feng Shui direction for improved guidance and progress.
Different Meanings for Each Desk Direction
Different cultures typically share many of the same beliefs and principles related to Feng Shui, though they may interpret and apply these principles in slightly different ways. The direction you place your desk at home or in an office can have very different meanings, depending on the culture.
In Chinese culture, for example, it is thought that to be successful you must face the South direction with your desk. This is because South symbolizes success and fame according to the Five Elements. In Hindu culture, the East is considered lucky due to its prior associations with Sunrise and the light it brings. In other Eastern cultures such as Japan, East has long been associated with wealth and prosperity since this was where both merchants and merchants of luxury goods were known to hail from.
No matter what cultural influences are taken into consideration when choosing a desk direction for Feng Shui purposes, there is agreement that each direction carries some special energy or essence. This essence ultimately needs to suit your own personal goals so you can flourish in whatever area of life you would like to focus on.
Feng Shui and Other Design Elements
In addition to facing the proper direction, people can incorporate other design elements in their space to further enhance their overall feng shui experience. Color is a prominent factor that can affect one’s energy. Dark and bold colors are best used for areas of concentration and creativity, so would be beneficial for a desk or study room. Lighter, pastel colors tend to create a more calming environment suitable for rest and relaxation – great for bedrooms! Texture also plays a role, as incorporating smooth and soft fabrics within a space will create a sense of harmony and comfort. As far as shapes go in feng shui, it is believed that incorporating various circular pieces (frames, lamps, artwork) will bring good luck into the space while sharp edges and angles should be avoided as they cause tension. People who practice feng shui often bring natural elements into their spaces such as plants and flowers, mirrors, crystals or wind chimes – so play around with your own style and find what works for you!
Q. What is the ideal feng shui direction for a desk?
A. Ideally, your desk should be facing one of the four cardinal directions – North, South, East, or West – and preferably away from the entrance to your home or office. The location of your desk should also take into account any obstructions like walls or furniture. If working in an open environment such as a cubicle and you don’t have control over the desk placement, it’s still important to sit with your back facing a wall, so you are supported by it.
Q. How can I tell what my desk direction is?
A. To determine your desk direction, start by determining where north is in relation to your workspace. Rotate the compass dial on a regular magnetic compass until the north-seeking arrow points directly north. Once orientated towards north look around the room and mentally note down what each cardinal point is (i.e., east = left side; west = right side; south = behind you).
Q. What if my desk is positioned in an unfavorable direction according to feng shui principles?
A. Fortunately there are several feng shui cures which can help improve energy flow within your workspace despite an unfavorable position of your desk:
• Place mirrors nearby: A mirror can act as an amplifier, reflecting energy around its surroundings and help increase Chi stimulation near a static area like a workstation that doesn’t move frequently;
• Hang some art: Artwork adjacent to stagnant spaces will aid positive energy flow;
• Get some plants: Natural living elements like plants work wonders for vitality within any space;
• Utilize crystals: Placing natural crystals purposely around desks can serve multiple purposes; they apparently both absorb negative vibes and attract positive energy from all directions!
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