Feng Shui has become popularized to apply to all things, expanding its original purpose. The following is a contemporary adaptation of classical Feng Shui concepts.
The location of the desk and chair are key factors for Feng Shui in the office. Put your desk in the “Command Position” of the office. There are several layers to the Feng Shui power spot. Today, we will talk about the desk location and what you see when you look up.
Are you in command of your space? The first principle is to get the Yin Yang correct. Have supportive and receptive Yin to your back and right side. Have energetic and active Yang to your front and left side. Door on your left is preferable.
The Feng Shui “Command Position” of the office desk is:
The spot furthest from the door is the “protected” location. We perform better if we feel safe and supported at work. Facing the yang side is positioning yourself to see what’s coming and grab those that are opportunities.
Having the grandest view of the entire room. You can see everything in the room, especially the door. This is in command of the space.
A solid wall behind the chair that gives proper support. The back is the vulnerable Yin side. Remember the concept, “I’ve got your back.” It governs the quality of your relationships and health. Hang a picture of a solid mountain or one that exudes confidence, strength and integrity.
The door is in clear eye shot. The door is the Mouth of Qi, where the active Yang energy penetrates. Facing Yang places you in the optimum position to see, filter through, and capture the opportunities that are in perpetual existence.
Having the most active energy to your left while sitting (i.e. the door, window, street, noise, lots of activity or movement). Entering your desk from the left (while sitting) is best. This is the Yang side, associated with the active Male energy. It influences material opportunities, incoming wealth and prosperity. If you cannot place your desk in this position, place a CD player, TV or water fountain on your left, something that moves, generates activity or makes noise.
The right side is the receptive Yin side, associated with Female energy. It is ideal for the right side (while sitting down) to be supported by a wall. Make it quiet, subdued and less active than the left. This lends support to the qualities of nurturing, creativity and, personal development. Place heavy pieces of furniture, earthen objects or a picture of mountains here.
In Feng Shui we do not distinguish one side as being better that the other. They are interdependent and one exists because of the other. Both are necessary to balance your sense of well-being.
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No Nos of the desk position:
Sitting with your back to the door is not good. Your back to Yang energy is an obstructed view, creates obstacles to getting your work done, missed opportunities and increased politicking behind your back. You are not facing the world that is happening around you. Instead, you have your back to it. You inadvertently miss what is happening around you. If it can’t be helped, try to position the desk so the door is to your side or in your periphery vision. The last option is to put a mirror in front of you so you can see what is behind you.
Do not sit in alignment with a door, two doors or between a door and window. You end up sitting with yang on both sides of your body. Over time, you will find your self feeling drained and tired. This is because humans need a balance of activity and rest. Constant bombardment of energy will deplete you. Solutions – Move out of alignment of these configurations. Put a curtain or screen on your right side. Keep one of the doors closed.
Do not sit facing a wall. Over time, you will begin to adapt the psychology of facing blockages and obstacles. Your mind does not work at its peak. You will miss out on opportunities and encounter obstacles in your work. Projects have difficulty getting off the ground and promotions are slow to come by. If it cannot be helped, use a mirror to reflect what is behind you. Try this experiment. Sit with your face to the wall. Look up and notice how it feels. Then turn around and look out. You will see and feel the difference!
Facing a Wall is not optimum. Click for details.
If you cannot move your desk, hang a picture of scenery featuring an open field to symbolize your own personal “bright hall”. Or hang an image in front of you to symbolize being faced with many opportunities. This will help counter the negative effects of facing a wall, and will create reason for you to change desk to one with better feng shui.
Bad with window behind. Click for details
Do not sit with your back to a window. This is too Yang and the backside is not supported by needed Yin energy. Reposition yourself or use a curtain or screen behind you.
Sitting in alignment with the door or to too near a door, especially the front door is an unprotected and vulnerable location. If the office lay-out means you are in that vulnerable spot, try to sit so you can see the door at all times and have a view of people approaching. Make extra effort to have the necessary support symbols with you to counter the negative effects of such a desk location. Create the circumstances to move your desk at the next opportunity!
Do not position your work desk so you are directly facing someone as it causes confrontational energies to build up between you. Move your desk or chair to avoid this.