Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Feng Shui in Business - Some Things Worth Knowing

My mother is a big Feng Shui fan, and I don't know why. :-) Feng Shui, of course, originated in China, but I'm not Chinese. Filipinos have always interacted with the Chinese people, and we really can't deny the fact that the people who are "truly" running this country's economy (no, it's not the politicians) are mostly Filipino-Chinese.

Last Monday, January 26, 2009, Chinese New Year was celebrated not only by the Filipino-Chinese population in the country, but also by all people around the world.

I recently read one of my mother's Feng Shui magazines, and thought that posting an entry that's somewhat related to Chinese philosophy or culture would be great. So here's my post. It's short. It's not a comprehensive list of Feng Shui beliefs. :-) (I really can't write or compose my thoughts well without a word processor)

1. If your business depends on a steady stream of customers, choose an area frequented by people; an area with heavy foot traffic. Increased activity means that there is an active ch'i in the area.

2. According to one local Feng Shui magazine, establishing a business near a busy street (with fast-moving vehicles and heavy traffic) is a big no-no. Ch'i is driven away by fast moving objects like cars. Not only will the noise disturb your workers, the pollution may also bring poor health to your employees. SOLUTIONS: Cover your windows with blinds; place some plants in front of your building because plants can attract healthy ch'i to the area.

3. Establishing a business in an area with slow to no activity can kill the "business ch'i." Give your business a little facelift, or a little makeover. Draw people's attention by having colorful decoration and some signage. Just maintain a sense or level of professionalism to them. In other words, don't overdo it.

4. Give proper attention to your windows. They're the "gateways" of ch'i. Remember to open them during business hours. But if for some reason you can't have them opened, placing some green plants, or an aquarium will help. You need to increase the activity in the area. This will keep the ch'i circulating.

5. Don't establish your business in an area situated near or on low-lying ground. This will stagnate the circulation of ch'i, and will create an abundance of sha.

So there you have it. I'm not a Feng Shui expert, and I don't totally agree with all of these, primarily because I'm still a big believer of the positive results of hardwork, patience and perseverance.

What do you think? Comments are always welcome.

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