The non-guru’s guide to black hat Feng Shui By @the_carl
Introduction 2I am not your Feng Shui guru.I’m just a guy who thinks Feng Shui is veryinteresting, and personally find it to be a useful wayto telegraph positive change in your environment.At Social Forces, we strive to create fun onlineexperiences for consumers, and believe that a funwork environment is a necessary condition of theprocess that creates these experiences. Feng Shui isjust one tool we use to make that happen.
Overview 3why use feng shuiprinciples of chithe bagUa... wha?it’s all about intent
Why use feng shui 4When planning a space — whether it’s a large space,like a building, or a small space, like a desk, Feng Shuiis a method of considering your space as a conduitfor your life.
Why use feng shui 5Feng Shui, translated literally, means“wind and water”. It encompasses: The balance of things Positive energy flow Focus on continuous improvement
Why use feng shui 6What this means for your office: Enhanced collaboration Better Usability Happy people Constant progress Success
Principles of Chi 7Chi as White SpaceThe design concept of white space is verysimilar to the concept of chi. It is the “restingpoint” you seek in white space — except thatChi is not at rest — Chi is life energy.
Principles of Chi 8Leave room for the Chi.(the rule of thirds)The basic “rule of thirds” in Feng Shui is asuggestion that a space be 1/3 functional,1/3 decorative, and 1/3 “room for the Chi”.
Principles of Chi 10Allow for the Flowof the ChiMuch as the Chi needs space to BE, it alsoneeds space to get around. This means nodesks blocking the walkway or cords acrossthe hall.
Principles of Chi 11Translation: Notoe-stubbing.
Principles of Chi 12The Balance of ChiChi is about balancing Yin and Yang— spreading your efforts across the differentareas of your life that need attention.
Principles of Chi 13Translation: Look at thefull picture.
Principles of Chi 14“The power corner”One of the most interesting examples of Chiin effect is the “power corner” — in anyroom, this is the spot with the greatestvantage point; least susceptible to surprise.
Principles of Chi 15Translation: Sit where youcan see stuff.
The Bagua 16 The Bagua is a “map” by which you determine what areas in your space relate to which areas in your life. The following are a few slides that show how we address these areas in our office. As you’ll see in these examples, the beauty of Feng Shui is that it is inherently rational — each of these considerations serves an important utility to our front door team in their work.
Knowledge Corner 17 Feng Shui: The “knowledge corner” is where we keep books on our industry and other learning tools. Utility: We have resources at the ready and in plain view.
Family Corner 18 Feng Shui: The “Family” corner is where we keep a tangible reminder of our family — our client base. Utility: We are constantly reminded of our mission to help these allies.
Wealth Corner 19 Feng Shui: The “Wealth” corner includes a large map to symbolize something we value — freedom, and specifically the ability to travel. Utility: We are always reminded there’s a big world out there.
Fame Corner 20 Feng Shui: The “Fame” corner shows some of our industry awards. Utility: Visitors are instantly and wordlessly made aware of our credibility.
Fame Corner 21 Feng Shui: The “Fame” corner shows some of our industry awards. Utility: Visitors are instantly and wordlessly made aware of our credibility.
Creativity Corner 22 Feng Shui: Our “Creative” corner includes a tangible reminder of our belief in being creative: Themed room names. Utility: We are reminded we stand for a pretty cool brand.
Creativity Corner 23 Feng Shui: A tangible symbol of our belief in creativity and collaboration. Utility: We have an easy way to share our work, which inevitably means we share it more.
Principles of Chi 24The Five ElementsI don’t fully get into the mysticism ofthese specific things, but I think theyserve as interesting guideposts forhow to address things you want tofocus on improving in your space toimprove them in your life.
Principles of Chi 25The Five Elements★ Fire: Strong, assertive, dominant Red, fire, candles, lamps★ Earth: Organization, practicality Yellow, brown, rectangles, soil, plants
Principles of Chi 26The Five Elements (continued)★ Metal: Thought processes Frames, sculptures, clocks, gold, silver★ Water: Spirituality, reflection, meditation Water, vases, clear glass, black★ Wood: Intuition, knowing Live plants, bamboo, green
For the Skeptics 27Sound like a bit of a stretch?Like most belief systems, Feng Shui is very muchopen to criticism. You can believe in these principlesand use them to your advantage, or you can dismissthem. My personal belief is that Feng Shui is a usefulsystem for self-improvement through decisive actionbecause its tenets are inherently rational andconstructive. Ultimately, Feng Shui only becomesuseful when it is fueled by your intent.
The power of Intent 28Remember these facts about Intent The boogie-man effect: If you believe in it, it becomes part of your reality. Results come from decisive action. Intent trumps “rules”
Now What 29So... should I tear my cubicle apart?Feng Shui is about intentional change, and is mostuseful when applied constructively.If you wish, I believe you can use it to guide you inremembering the importance of balance, energy andthe full spectrum of experiences in your life. Let itpush you to make tangible symbols of intentionalchange. Feel free to make up your own rules. Butabove all, have fun.