Our guest blogger is Sharon Breslin who is sharing with Property Women how to set up a home office using traditional Feng Shui aspects. These are affordable upgrades aimed to introduce revitalised energy and flow to your home office space.
Sharon is a soulful entrepreneurial businesswoman who thrives when empowering others. She works with business owners, board executives, aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone else who has plans to make an impact on the world.
You can make contact directly with Sharon via her website below.
For many, adjusting to the “New Workspace” is an ongoing journey. For now, gone are the days when you gathered with your colleagues, desks close together and lots of social interaction.
The rules have changed and quite dramatically. For some, working from home is a blessing in disguise and for others it is the last possible place they wish to be. We certainly all miss the mobile office option – cafes! They may be back but not as we know it. With “social distancing” in full swing it will surely change the ambience. Maybe it will enhance our concentration levels and we will all be far more productive – lets look for the positives!
As a Feng Shui consultant, it has always been paramount for me to teach my clients how the immediate environment plays such a huge part in your productivity, creativity and overall potential in both your working and home life. The subliminal messages the space itself is continually sending has a much bigger effect on you than you may realise.
Here are Ten simple “Energy Moving” Tips to create a work space that will ignite your potential:
1. Take note of any obstructions directly outside the room you allocate your home office in. Obstructions block the “Qi Flow” (life force) and without it reaching your space it will be challenging to create and sustain any form of abundance. It is even more important to observe the main entrance to the home/building for any obstructions. Remove the obstacles or change rooms.
2. If you don’t have the luxury of being able to have a stand alone office then allocate a specific part of the home to set up your permanent work station. Being able to have your essential items at hand is important. Familiarity is comforting. It can be very unsettling when you have to find a different space to work in each day.
3. Make sure the room you choose to work from is clutter free and has a wide and open space in front of your desk so the “Qi – Life force” flow can meet and connect with your own life force.
4. Place your desk in the “Command” or “Power Position”. Have a solid wall behind you so as you can see who enters the door and also be able to see out the window/s. Many times I have had clients who have their desk placed the exact opposite to this. In shifting their desk around, such a simple thing, they cannot believe how much more effective and focused they feel.
4. Have a solid desk and a chair (preferably with a high back and arms) that fully supports you.
5. Symbology is everything as the subliminal messages generated around you work at a deep level. Place a significant piece of artwork behind you that will support, nourish and inspire you. For an example – place a picture of a giant wave coming into shore – water represents wealth and the flow of it. Place in close vision inspirational quotes, sales targets, weekly goals, certificates of your credentials and pictures that lift your energy.
6. Check your lighting is sufficient. Invest in a good lamp or even better get as much natural light as possible. The power of the sun will lift your spirit and on an energetic level it symbolises your business and or your efforts to “be seen”.
7. Plants (live) reduce the effects of EMFs, provide additional oxygen and bring nature inside. Nature itself introduces a calmness and serenity into a space, which is even more important during these stressful times.
8. Do not have any sharp items/edges pointing towards you – these are known as poisonous arrows – Sha Qi (negative Qi). Do not have shelves behind you that are overflowing with items. This symbolises a heavy energy bearing down upon you emphasising your burdens and finally make sure that there is nothing broken especially anything to do with water flow as this symbolises a lack of “Wealth Flow”.
9. Bagua: Feng Shui Energy Map
There are nine zones in the Bagua Map (they are called Guas in classical Feng Shui) and they have an element, colour, shape, body-part plus a lot more associated to them. Each Gua has a specific compass direction. We work with an individual to see where their current challenges are and look at opportunities to remedy them by using the Bagua Map as the base formula.
Here are the 9 Gua zones of the Bagua Map.
You can place this map over your house, your room and your desk. Place the bottom row – North East, North and North West at the entrance to the home, or the room and from where you sit at your desk.
Take a look at your space and see what your clutter is trying to tell you? Which Gua is it located in? The next step is to look at the items around you and decide which elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water) are present. Do you have too much or too little in your space? Are they supporting the productive, controlling or weakening cycles?
10. Colour and smell are some of the quickest ways to transform a space. Colour has an immediate effect on the psyche. If you cannot paint the walls then place fresh flowers in the space, burn some invigorating oils in a diffuser and place a piece of art within your vision that helps you stay calm and focused. Play some music to fit the mood and create a vision board to bring your vision into reality. Place it where you can be inspired on a daily basis.
If you wish to go more in-depth in classical Feng Shui which is more formula driven we take into account the compass directions (Compass School) and assess whether you belong to the East or West group and which are your four best and four least effective directions to place yourself in.
Or we can assess the Annual “Flying Stars” for the year. This is an extremely powerful school of Feng Shui. What if you could find out how to chase the “Wealth Star” or the “Health Star”. Or how about knowing where to place yourself so your “Nobleman Star – your mentor” is activated and you get the assistance you need with that new business idea or career progress.
The secret to all of this is in becoming fully aware of your space and then implementing and trialling a selection of the many Feng Shui formulas or remedies available to create the most powerful home workspace possible.
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