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Feng Shui: A Way To Improve Your Motivation

Today and Monday I am going to be running guest posts as I take time off to spend with my wife on her birthday.

Before we get to the post by the mighty Vishni,  we get woo-woo weekend back, (although to be fair I’m not sure how woo-woo Feng Shui is any more) with a post from Oz Abramovich.

Again I’d really love your feedback on this post. Do you think it’s nonsense, common sense of somewhere in between.

Rather confusingly the bio Oz provided was that of the founder of the business he works for, although I presume Oz wrote the article. If I’m wrong on that I’ll edit when I hear back from him.


Feng Shui: A Way To Improve Your Motivation

Feng Shui is an approach taken to bring about balance and harmony mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

This is accomplished by establishing positive energy or sheng Ch’i and eliminating negative energy or shar Ch’i. Finding the right balance is specific to the individual and so there are many combinations that are possible.

Knowing what is going to be successful requires starting at the beginning to find the harmony between man and nature. There are several schools of thought regarding pa kua, but ultimately each exhibits the same underlying principles.

Aspects Of Life

The pa kua consists of different aspects of life for each individual. These areas are wealth, marriage, good luck, children, knowledge, health and family, fame, career, and travel.

These aspects represent the magical square, but the significance is based on astronomy and the 5 elements. Starting from the top left in a 3×3 square the numbers read 4,9,2,3,5,7,8,1,6. The total of 45 is the earthly number.

Odd numbers represent Yang, and even numbers represent Yin.

The 5 Elements

The 5 elements are water (number 1 and 6), fire (number 2 and 7), wood (number 3 and 8), metal (number 4 and 9), and Earth (number 5 and 10).

To determine what will be most effective, the year of birth is first looked at in Chinese astrology. Using this information will help to identify what elements are key to Feng Shui.

Additionally, the birth year identifies how each element is related to the personality traits and physical traits of the individual.

Achieving balance is enhanced by the proper placement of objects, the use of complimenting colors, and the presence of the proper facing direction.

Feng Shui Is For Everybody

The great thing about Feng Shui is that it is a way of life that is applicable to everyone. You do not need to be of a certain faith or location. It is not something that should be left to chance.

Experts are available to help each individual with finding balance. What you get in return is mental fitness.

Often there are struggles between the conscious and sub-conscious. Finding the harmony between the two will allow you to move on to other balances.

Physical harmony can be achieved once your mind is in the right place. Become focused on the tasks at hand and how to achieve them successfully.

Creativity Is The Product

Interlinking mental and physical fitness brings on healthier, more positive living. Creativity will begin to flow from you like a river, and you will not run dry of ideas.

With mental and physical aspects of life in place, emotional success will soon be in hand. These things work in direct relation with each other, and having one or more areas out of balance can be defeating. When all things are positive, negativity fades away into the abyss.

Last, spiritual balance is a key element to success and motivation. As the energies are stabilized in the other three areas, spiritual balance will also emerge. The positive changes made will show through all aspects of your life, and it will radiate in the things that you do.


 Mike Schnippering is the founder of Feng Shui at Work

In 1996 he studied Feng Shui with Master Sang whose ancestors can be traced back to ancient China. He is committed to the true art and science of Feng Shui. His Feng Shui practice has taken him to various parts of the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Colombia and Argentina. You can follow him on Google+

11 comments to Feng Shui: A Way To Improve Your Motivation

  • Mary-Ann Hill

    Hi Tim, here’s my feedback. When I think of Feng Shui and how it might affect my life (therefore I guess my motivation…), I think of physical arrangements, and a phrase, don’t know where I got this from so hope it’s on the topic, is: mountain at my back, water to my front. So, if I was planning how to set up my desk at the office, I’d be sure I had a wall behind me and the door in front of me, not directly, but at an angle (not sure how that translates to open plan if you are stuck in the middle…). I’ve always felt safer that way, protection at my back (no one can sneak up), alert to who might be coming in (door to my front). Same applies to my home, and the important rooms and where my home desk is. To me, Feng Shui is more about arranging my physical environment which has a direct and indirect affect on my mind, mood, and therefore my motivation… Good to be challenged/engaged by a different topic. Cheers Mary-Ann

    • Yep, and that makes perfect sense.

      I actually really struggle to write when my desk is a mess or even when my inbox is backed up.

      I always end up tidying things up first and then I’m fine.

    • Mike Schnippering

      To be honest, that was how I felt a few years ago. Before start learning about Feng Shui I had the same ideas than you. I knew it had to exist something to help me to arrange my environment to feel happier and make a difference in my life. And that was the actual reason because I started reading and studying about it. Cheers, Mike.

  • “when I think of Feng Shui … I think of physical arrangements”


    I’m a designer so perhaps Feng Shui, as far design goes anyway, is ingrained. Design is all about getting the right balance between design elements (shapes, colours, fonts, empty space, etc).

    In my home items are placed just so. Angles, distances, even how lighting illuminates each item, are important to me.

    I used to have a maid who, after polishing and dusting pretties every Friday, would line them up in rows. Painful. I’d go around after her, rearranging them to suit my tastes. In 5 years, I never managed to break her of the habit – we had our own comfort levels apparently.

    If I’m in a place without harmony (Feng Shui, whatever) I get unsettled. As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more comfortable with normal clutter (especially piles of books), but not disharmony.

  • Mike (and Tim) I’m all for feng shui. Feng shui is about energy and objects have energy. I’ve in the past moved things around in my house and everything changed for the better.

    But you got to know what you’re doing. For example, I once tried putting the acquarium in quandrant 4 of my house. Happened to be the same place I had an open fire going (another feng shui favorite) It was a disaster. The only good thing that happened from the whole incident was I was able to share some roasted fish with the firemen who showed up to put out the fire.

    Get professional consultation when you’re stepping up your feng shui game.

    • You made the fatal mistake of not throwing the batter into the tank first.

      Schoolboy error.

    • Mike Schnippering

      Thank you Vishnu.Great feedback. That´s exactly the problem with the modern feng shui and many of the remedies on the Internet (red doors, bamboo flutes, fishes, curtains, etc) because people believe that these kind of things are feng shui, but that is not! Feng SHui is all about mathematical calculations and not about cheap remedies.

  • Rob

    My wife and I both often remark how we prefer out house to be clean and tidy. It helps our minds to be peaceful. I would love to be able to afford an interior designer!

    But beyond a lack of clutter, and general good design principles, I’m not sure about the rest. It seems unlikely that my birth year has anything to do with it.

    • Yeh and I’d love the author to have popped back and maybe he could have had stuff to offer Rob.

      I hope the links don’t accidentally fall out of his post.

    • Mike Schnippering

      Hi Rob, Feng shui is a controversial topic in many cases. The reason is the new feng shui that has flooded the Internet. It has oversimplified what feng shui really is and created a false percepcion of cheap and easy remedies that fit everyone for a few bucks(red doors, bamboo flutes, fishes, curtains, etc). However, besides everything else, the whole porpuse is to feel and live happier and healthier in your house. So, if you feel good in your space, that´s great. cheers, mike.