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Feng Shui for the Office

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Our basic instinct is to be safe. It is in our DNA and a part of our genetic makeup. When you are sitting with your back to your office door you are going to feel dis-empowered and vulnerable. One key component in making us feel safe is to make sure your desk is placed in an empowered position facing the door. It’s also important not to sit directly in front of the door because chi flows strongly through doorways and you will never feel at ease. It would be like standing in a strong river current. It is too stimulating to sit in for long periods of time.

Here are some other ideas for how to place your desk and still be in the empowered position facing the door.

If you have a window and you want to enjoy the view, turn your desk to the side that allows you to see the door along with the view.

You can also bring a desk facing the wall out into the room and sit behind it, arranging printers and file cabinets behind you.

For those with built-in desks that can’t be moved, buy a rear view mirror with a sticky back (sold at auto supply stores) and position it onto the top of the monitor so that you can see what is happening behind you.

Another aspect of safety is physical comfort and prevention of injury. If you feel uncomfortable sitting at your desk and are straining or aching after a few minutes, hours or at the end of the day it is not set up correctly. If you are hurting as a result of working, the message your body sends to you is “don’t go in there, it is an unsafe place that will injure you.” This is why it is important that your office is set up ergonomically and that your chair, desk and computer are all at the right height for easy work.

A last area of safety is to make sure all cords are housed in safety runners so that people cannot trip and injure themselves. From the Feng Shui perspective if anything feels like it can be unsafe you won’t feel truly at ease in the space.

Besides the safety factor, clutter is also disturbing to us. A tangled snake pit of cords will disrupt our sense of serenity in the space. Roll them up, tie them up and drop them into an attractive container such a beautiful basket.

Nix the fluorescent lighting and bring in incandescent lights whenever you can. Even turning off half of the fluorescent lighting in your office and using a desk lamp will make a huge difference in your energy level at the end of the day. They may be energy saving but they are also energy sucking and are extremely draining to your energy field.

Protect yourself from EMF’s or electro-magnetic fields. This is a subject that deserves an entire article dedicated to it, but in short, studies have shown that EMF’s scramble and weaken our energy fields and are suspected to contribute to serious illnesses. However EMF’s are prevalent in our lives, especially in areas that use a lot of technology. Protect yourself by not sitting close to the back of a computer monitor and using laptops whenever possible. Use land lines rather than cell phones if you can. You can purchase devices and pendants that will help re balance your energy fields and that can be used on electronic equipment such as cell phones. Two tried and true products I recommend to clients can be found at these web sites: Gia Wellness and Omega products. Both are reputable companies that sell EMF protectors,and you can find many more on- line.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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3:55AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

It's all about ventilation and harmony

12:48AM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

I have a friend that has always used a small round mirror on his computer because his desk doesn't face the door and couldn't be moved. When he first started using it, he got lots of comments -- all good. Soon, some others did the same since their desks all faced toward the wall and not the door. No one, not even my friend knew it was Feng Shui until years later. I'm looking forward to more in your 'room by room' series. Feng Shui is fascinating to me. Thank you!

12:06AM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

A rear view mirror? Seriously?!?! I can't think of a better way to ruin your workspace than to add tacky, sticky junk that ruins your furniture, walls, or electronics.

And having your desk face the window may have been fine back in the day when we spent our time looking down at what we were writing on a page, but in the era of computer monitors, it is a fabulous way to give yourself eyestrain from having too much light shining directly into your eyes as you try to view your screen.

This is NOT feng shui!!! And if you want to make more sense of your room, you'd do better to just use a little bit of common sense than to listen to this advice.

10:36AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

No way.
To position my desk so that sit facing the door into the room? No way !
I am safe inside my home, and I position my desk so that I can see the trees,the flowers the meadows and birds flying by.
Yes we all need to feel safe but this sounds pretty paranoid to me.

10:33AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Thank you.

12:15PM PDT on May 16, 2013

Thank you.

11:30AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Oh, the clutter in the office, always growing... :|

2:22PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Feng shui does not hold all the answers. Intention and dedication is an important factor in any endeavour, people have to realize feng shui is not a quick fix. It takes time to apply feng shui in anyone's life, just as meditation takes years of good intention and dedication.

3:15PM PDT on May 6, 2011

can an office cube have too many plants and mirrors?

3:57PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

Darryl, I am sorry you disagree with me but you clearly do not understand that there are different schools of Feng Shui. You practice Compass School Feng Shui which is different than Form School Feng Shui which is what I have studied for many years and practice and teach. Form School Feng Shui does not use the Compass but uses Front Door Bagua and rocks and stones are considered the metal element. I do not appreciate you saying these are dangerous or wrong just because you have studied a different school of Feng Shui.

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