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Did you know that many Asian billionaires consult Feng Shui experts before moving office or buying a property? In fact, there are stories about hotels and companies on the brink of collapse that reworked their Feng Shui and now make a fortune.

Malarkey? Possibly.

But when you work for yourself from a home office you will try anything.

In this post I am going to talk to you about how to Feng Shui your office to increase your wealth. I did it in my office and it seems to be helping.

What is Feng Shui and why do I care?

Let me preface this post by warning you that I have a little bit of an Eastern obsession. I practiced Kung Fu for ten years, travel to the Indian Himalayas fairly regularly, am fascinated by Buddhist philosophy and prefer to read about Chinese emperors and dynasties than wizards and sexy Vampires.

Feng Shui was a natural progression for me.

But if you live in a conservative US “red state” you might have already switched off by now. And I totally understand that. Feng Shui is probably the last thing you are interested in. But like many ancient cultures and practices, there is a lot of wisdom behind the method. So let’s look at a definition:

Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.

Energies? Really? Hear me out because it might not be as crazy as you think.

Feng Shui and Chi
The Chinese and Indians believe that there is an energy flowing in and around us called Chi or Prana. When there is an imbalance of Chi in the body, for example, you can get sick. When there is an imbalance of Chi in your office you can lose wealth.

Now if that sounds too crazy to be legitimate why not think about it in terms of modern science. We know that if someone is overly stressed they can develop heart problems or depression. The Chinese might call that an imbalance of Chi. We also know that if your office is too dark or noisy you will find it difficult to concentrate. That might be the loss of wealth.

While there is very little scientific study about Chi itself, modern science and medicine are now incorporating and accepting many related practices such as acupuncture which is based entirely on balancing the body’s Chi flow. I used to be skeptical but after seeing my girlfriend cured of migraines in one week by an acupuncturist after spending 15 years trying every western medical method available including CT scans, medication, chiropractics, etc., I started to pay attention.

My Feng Shui adventures
When I first started working for myself I tried anything to “make it happen”. I set up good systems, got advice from successful people and studied. I also tried to make my office as Feng Shui friendly as possible. If it is good enough for Malaysian billionaires it is good enough for me. I now have a reliable business and can work from home. And while I don’t attribute that to the Feng Shui, I do think it has helped facilitate the right environment for success.

I first got interested in Feng Shui when I visited a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North India which had been totally designed using Feng Shui principles. The place had such a wonderful environment and vibe that I thought I better check it out for my own place.

This post is for all of you entrepreneurs and business owners out there who have an open mind and would like to know how to make their office a little more conducive to success and wealth. If its not your thing that’s cool too.

How to Feng Shui Your Office

What I am going to do now is go through a few well know Feng Shui tips that are said to help increase wealth by fixing the energy flow in your office. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment but, as always, I probably have no clue.

1. Make sure your desk is facing the right direction
Feng Shui experts will tell you that the position of your work desk is of utmost importance. If you are facing the wrong direction you can throw off the balance of your office. The idea is to place your desk in a power position such as facing the door with a wall to your back for stability. You should never have your desk with your back to a door or window.

2. Use symbols of wealth in the south-east corner

south east corner feng shui office wealth

The south-east corner of your office is said to be the wealth area and as such you should place symbols of wealth in that area and not have anything that might represent money getting sucked away. Some things that you can place here include:

  • A jade plant in a red pot
  • Images, photos or pictures of something wealthy
  • Flowing water or a pond with fish in it
  • A heavy crystal weight on your “money-in” receipts

The idea is to make the area feel as prosperous and energetic as possible. Make sure it is clean, well lit and without any clutter. My south-east corner (above) has a couple of healthy jade plants, a coin jar I keep constantly filled and some beautiful crystals. All symbolic of wealth and power.

3. Use flowing water

fish pond feng shui

Flowing water is said to represent prosperity and wealth. This rings true in society at large as well; most successful cities or empires throughout history were located by great rivers.

It is said to be very helpful to have a flowing water fountain with fish in it at your front door (the door you enter your home or office most). If you visit the super successful companies in Asia you will find that most of them have a beautiful water feature at the entrance or places strategically within the lobby. The pond above is something I built using a large plant pot, some water plants and a solar powered water pump. Its right in front of the doorway to our home.

If you can’t build a pond or fountain then images of swimming fish and flowing water will do. My desktop backgrounds on my PC are always images of great flowing waterfalls with lots of sunlight if possible.

4. Hide cables and mess
If you have a Mac this probably isn’t a problem but for us PC users there are a lot of cables. Experts say that this clutter stops a clean flow of energy in that it can make you feel stressed, overly busy and cramped. Try to clean up your office cables so that they are hidden and make the mess in the room completely go away. Set it up so that walkways and desk areas flow nicely and you feel like you are in a well organized space.

5. Keep well stocked things visible and fix leaks and breaks

feng shui prosperity

The Chinese believe that you should never leave symbols of poverty or a decline in wealth laying around. A broken and dripping tap, for example, is said to represent a constant loss of wealth or power. You should therefore make sure you fix things as soon as they break, especially in the southeast corner or your house or home office.

The flip side to that is keeping symbols of prosperity and health on display. The above photo is from my kitchen where we like to keep clear containers full of pasta, coffee (who has been drinking that?), flour, oats, cereals, etc. on constant display. Its like having a full granary. Plentiful and healthy.

6. Get lots of sunlight and fresh air
Your office should never be in a dark, stale room. You should always have lots of natural light and fresh air blowing in for as much of the day is possible. This, for me, is one of the most important things because it has a massive and scientifically proven impact on how well you feel. A lack of vitamin D can really get you down and when you feel depressed and stressed you are less creative, less efficient and have no ability to increase and improve your circumstance.

7. Learn about the Feng Shui Bagua
The Bagua is the cornerstone of Feng Shui as well as playing and important part in Taoism and many Chinese philosophies. Basically it is an 8 sides map where each side relates to an aspect of your life. For example, the southeast side relates to money.

It is really important that you check out how your home and office relates to the Bagua. For example, if you find that a toilet is in your wealth area then it is said that you will experience money problems until it is fixed with a remedy. Likewise, your relationship, fame, health, etc. can be thrown off by imbalances with the placement of rooms and elements within those rooms.

How does your office hold up?

Feng Shui is such a massive topic and it can be quite confusing. If you read books on the matter you will constantly find that they say different things. That being said, I know of several businessmen who have consulted Feng Shui experts and have reported great success. So, how is your office Feng Shui? Do you think you might be on the right track? Will you make any changes?

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  1. Andrew @ Build Blog on April 4, 2011

    This is very timely. I’ve just finished a book called, “How to become a money magnet” written by a Feng Shui consultant. She mentions much of what you say but the biggest thing that jumped out for me was…”get rid of clutter”.

    I do have a bit of clutter in my office especially on my desk.

    This week…I’m getting my office in shape…especially the South-East corner!



    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Is that a Lillion Too book?

      1. Andrew @ Build Blog on April 18, 2011

        No, it’s a book by Marie-Claire Carlyle


  2. BT – the only part of this post that freaks me out is that you’ve admitted to being a PC user. *YIKES*

    I’m also wondering which side of my house is Southeast. Isn’t that sad? I’m living in a Feng Shui fog!!

    The faucet in my studio leaks too. Man I better get cracking! Your fan in germany, tj

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      I think you have to determine the directions based on the position of your front door. See point 7.

      And my PC kicks anyone’s Mac. 😉

  3. Oh yeah with this MacBook Air, I’m just tripping over cords all the time. It’s about to kill me.


    Blog Tyrant, once I get rich and pretty and famous, I’m going to mail you a Mac.

    This is a good article though. I was skeptical at first, but you’ve got me convinced. Here I am in the bedroom, half starved, unshowered, unmade bed…

    Yeah. There’s something to all of this. I’m going offline for a bit to improve the conditions. Heh

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      I’m PC by choice. I have a iPad and iPhone though. Still send Mac please!

  4. Cristina on April 4, 2011

    I’ve always followed Feng Shui philosophy and I actually apply some of the “rules”. Never too strictly though.

    About cleaning cables and mess, I have to say my desk is always almost empty. It helps me to concentrate (then I have a pile of papers but never on my desk).

    And, about getting sunlight and fresh air, I come from Spain, where we have a lot of sunlight. But now I live in the north of Europe, in Denmark, where light is a luxury in winter (less than 7 hours of natural ligth)and I have experienced the symptoms of that lack of vitamin D. So it’s not only Feng Shui, is also common sense.

    Very interesting article but like you said, there’s a lot to learn about Feng Shui. You would need more than just one post… maybe a whole blog on the topic.


    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      That SAD disease sounds horrible.

  5. Yaron Mayer on April 4, 2011

    Loved the article. A kung fu practitioner myself, I try to follow most Feng Shui principles myself. I have to say I neglected to check it since we moved into a new house.
    I’ll have to rotate my desk right away!

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Let us know if you win the lotto! Ha ha.

  6. Rachelle on April 4, 2011

    My office is a Feng shui nightmare. The only place for my office is the basement, the only place for the desk is against the wall across from the door and the southeast corner contains my recycling.

    Oh My !

    1. I’m in the same boat! In my tiny office, the only “feng-shui friendly” wall for my desk is taken up by a wall-to-wall closet. Gulp.

    2. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      I’d recommend some flowing water by your front door way, pictures of swimming fish and some wealth objects in the South East.

  7. Lye Kuek Hin on April 4, 2011

    Hey Tyrant,

    Being a chinese, i am really pleased to see you talking about this profound knowledge by Chinese ancestor. You are right about flowing water. Most of the chinese CEO and director believe in this.

    Whenever you go to any reception of a company own by Chinese, you can either see fish tank or some waterfall structure. Even the casino in Singapore has a large water area with two dragons each at one side symbolizing trapping of wealth.



    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Ah yes the dragon! I forgot about that.

  8. This is a great article about feng shui.

    I am also one of the people who believe in science of feng shui. But until I read this article, I realized that my desk was in wrong position after I re-arrange my room many moons ago. I am less productive indeed since then.
    It seems that this theory of feng shui should not be ignored.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Hope it helps!

  9. We have some interests in common here, but I think you have followed through with things more than I have 🙂

    I wonder if the monastery you stayed at was in BodhGaya, where Buddha is reputed to have become enlightened? I stayed a short time in the Burmese monastery there, sleeping on wooden planks, which actually I much prefer to a soft mattress!

    I have used Feng Shui with mixed results, my prolific Money Plant/Tree did not result in as much money as it appeared to display.

    I find that many Feng Shui principles are actually things that make sense and that work for me, but I don’t live my life by the principles intentionally.

    Whenever I allow my work or living space to become cluttered, I suffer a corresponding sluggishness in creativity and production. It is amazing the difference that clearing has on my inspiration … and this doesn’t just mean throwing it all in a box and hiding it, it means actually clearing it.

    Another vital thing is light, preferably bright sunlight into a light coloured room. There are appropriate times and places for low lighting – when working isn’t one of them.


    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Hi Pat.

      Whenever I am in Bodhgaya I just stay in hotels. The monasteries are very beautiful though.

  10. I really enjoyed this one. Once of the feng shui ideals that we have also tried is to balance your environment based on not just wealth, but other elements such as fire and scent.

    Plus it gives a good excuse to redo the bedroom every now and then too!


    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      I like it Andee!

  11. Glynis Jolly on April 4, 2011

    My office is Feng Shui-ish except for maybe one of the main colors. Instead of the green (jade), I have blue. I also don’t have any running water. I just won’t risk that with my dear PC.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      I think red is the best color for wealth in that corder. The jade plant is supposed to represent money as it looks like coins and stores water for years.

  12. Lucas Bowser on April 4, 2011

    Maybe I’m not as conservative as I though. I’ve always definitely been in the red state corner, but apparently I’m open minded as well. Feng Shui, if you look at it, makes sense. At least most of it does.

    Now, I don’t hold with rules around toilet placement in the house/office. That said, I completely agree with the natural lighting, clutter and desk placement in relationship to doors and windows.

    People were not meant to be indoors 24×7. They just weren’t. Over the last 10,000 years of human history, we have spent the majority of our lives outdoors or with natural light readily available. It’s only in the last 100 years where the majority of people are now shut away from this light. And for all its utility, the incandescent light is still not the sun. Our biochemical pathways depend on a certain amount of UV light, and we just don’t get that indoors.

    I would go further with the computer cords and say clutter in general is a “stressifier”. When my desk gets too cluttered, I become less productive. Even if that clutter does not actually represent an overflow of work. Just seeing it makes me feel overwhelmed, even if I know there is nothing to be overwhelmed about. So I would say, if you have a lot of paper around that you feel uncomfortable throwing away, either get a scanner so you can get rid of it, or have a way to hide it from yourself until you need it again.

    As far as the desk placement, this relates to security. If you are sitting in such a way that no one can sneak up on you, then you never have to look over your shoulder to see if someone is. Even when we don’t realize that we are doing this, we usually are. And it kills productivity. Always being able to see who is observing us without having to change our focus reduces our time spent on this wasteful activity.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Good point on the desk Lucas. I think it also helps to represent power if you are facing the door with a big wall behind you. Its very Gordon Gecko.

  13. Chua Kean Poh on April 4, 2011

    Just to elaborate more on the water element used in Feng Shui. Because water somehow sounded like MONEY in Chinese, we always wanted water to flow in, not flow out. That is why they say not to put the toilet bow in the south east section (wealth section) because it will flushes out the water (and MONEY) everytime you use it.

    However, being a Chinese Malaysian, I have never practiced Feng Shui and does not know Kung Fu too. Sounds weird huh? Nevertheless, this is an interesting article and I enjoyed reading it.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Thanks Chua.

  14. I’m also very drawn to the Eastern way of thinking. I’ve been to Korea and Japan, and it was the best trip I’ve ever taken. The people over there are amongst the nicest and most genuine I’ve had the privilege to meet.

    Great post BT, I’m going to look more into this Feng Shui more, as it sounds like something right up my alley.

    And LOL at the almost empty coffee container, made me laugh and had to go grab another cup myself! 😀

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Ah yes the coffee. Whatever Feng Shui the coffee makers use is working.

  15. Jen Whitten @ The Positive Piper on April 4, 2011

    As someone who lives in the heart of one of the “red” states, yeah, you probably lost most of the people in my neck of the woods when you started talking about energy, if not before. Granted, there’s some evidence to support that Jesus was a lightworker, but you’ll get hate mail for a year if you mention that. (I did.)

    Anyway. I don’t fit in with the ideology of my state, so here I am. Loved the post and tweeted it because I think my paranormal/psychic peeps will enjoy it too.

    By no means am I an expert at Feng Shui, but I thought I’d pipe in with a couple of things from the metaphysical practitioner perspective:

    *Be careful where you position your mirrors. Placing them in opposition of a window or each other makes the space in between unbearable. You get energy pinging around back and forth. It’s a jittery place to be.

    *Clear clutter ASAP. Left unchecked, clutter and the corresponding negativity that goes along with it can manifest a shadow “person.” First time you see one, you’ll freak yourself out thinking you’ve got a ghost in your house/office – or a demon, if you believe in those. (Common current belief is that shadow people are non-sentient blobs of negative energy. Not harmful, but freaky all the same.)

    *Putting a diamond – even the cheap herkimer crystal version – in your wealth corner (house or office) promotes prosperity.

    *Consider putting a crystal of some kind between you and your computer(s) to stop headaches. Personally, I use either black/blue kyanite or a cluster of black tourmaline in quartz crystal because both are good with electromagnetic smog. (As a bonus, you never have to clear the kyanite of residual negativity.)

    That’s pretty much all I have…unless you’re unopposed to having little clusters of crystal sitting on the floor in the corner. In that case, I highly recommend gridding your house/office/room with crystals for a particular intention. No big surprise, but my grid is for positive/calming/peaceful energy and protection.

    And before anyone asks, no, I’m not a witch…as a former close friend asked me the first time she saw me wearing a crystal around my neck instead of a cross. I’m just…eccentric, or a quirky empath – take your pick. 😉

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Clutter demons? Say what?

      Never sleeping again.

      1. Jen Whitten @ The Positive Piper on April 4, 2011

        Clutter demons…Love It!

        But seriously, clutter doesn’t attract demons, just causes a cloud of negativity to form in what people tend to call shadow people. If you’re from my neck of the woods, you’re taught that shadow people=demons…but they aren’t the same thing. Demons, elementals, ghosts…they’re all sentient beings. Shadow people are just blobs of non-sentient energy.

        Plug in your night light and you’ll be fine. 😉 If you had the “gift” of seeing ghosts/demons/non-human sentient beings, you’d already know it because it presents itself at a relatively young age. And, for the most part, none of them really give a crap about the people who can’t see or communicate with them anyway. It’s only once they realize you know they’re there that it turns into a ghost party in your room at 3:33 in the morning.

        1. Rachelle on April 5, 2011

          I have enough junk to attract a clutter demon or shadow person, believe me if I see one I’m putting it to work -toute suite

          1. Jen Whitten @ The Positive Piper on April 5, 2011

            You crack me up. If anyone could put a non-sentient, non-corporeal being to work, I believe it would be you. 🙂

            To my credit, I’ve only been able to make a spirit sit down on the floor once when I yelled at it to stop fidgeting. Never thought about asking the poor guy to carry a broom with him while he paced the hallway. Hmm…something to consider for the next visitor, I suppose.

  16. Dorothy Ray on April 4, 2011

    So glad you’re back. I was getting antsy wondering where you were.
    This feng shui stuff may work or not, I don’t know, but it sure makes sense. When it was such a popular topic in the 70s and 80s I tried to incorporate it into my interior design projects. Then I forgot about it except for arranging my own abode around the major flows.

    Thanks for the (as always well written) reminder. I had fun looking at the chart and figuring out my house and rooms. Will probably give your litter grouping suggestions a try.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      Love the litter suggestions! 😉

  17. Dorothy Ray on April 4, 2011

    Whoops. I meant to write LITTLE, not litter. I’m laughing because obviously I made that Freudian slip because I hate “stuff” decorating surfaces. Time to organize my mess.

    1. Jen Whitten @ The Positive Piper on April 4, 2011

      Right there with you. My decorating style is extraordinarily minimalist. The way I look it at, the more stuff I have strewn about, the more places I have to search for dust bunnies. (I’m allergic to dust.)

  18. I have no idea what “red” states you’re referring to in the content, but if someone has enough common sense to read Blog Tyrant, they have enough common sense to create their own identity – as opposed to allowing their birthplace to carve one out for them.

    I think it’s probably a safe guess that my state (Kentucky) is included in this lump but am happy to say that many of us are completely in love with Feng Shui – as well as the entire Eastern culture. The only people who would be critical about Feng Shui are the ones who’ve never tried Feng Shui.

    There are so many things to learn from every culture – the whole world over. The practice of passing judgment on ANY culture or group of people is a dangerous and downright unattractive thing – whether they’re from the East, West, North or South.

    As all of your articles, this one’s a keeper. One of the things I love most about this site is that there are so many different flavors of posts! The author is well-rounded and, therefore, the content is well-rounded.

    Now I have to go take a second look at my home office!

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

      I was only joking about the red state quip Joi. I live in a super conservative state myself.

      1. Australians are conservative? 😛

        1. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

          Massively. One of the most conservative, racist countries in the world, despite popular belief.

          1. Jen Whitten @ The Positive Piper on April 4, 2011

            Seriously? Worse than the Bible Belt in the southern US?

          2. the Blog Tyrant on April 4, 2011

            Probably not.

          3. Rachelle on April 5, 2011

            You guys should move here… this weekend I went to a protest against the police for being misogynistic. I am happy to live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.

            I’ll just let you guess who this little fellow is, he got right into it even thought he had no clue what was going on


  19. Carolee a.ka. Blogging Biz Mom on April 4, 2011

    I just started redecorating my office and applying feng shui…I blog about it in these two blogs…

    Come on home – mom blog

    Working at home advice

    Have a great week!

  20. Clutter and light are key.
    Cleaned my desk the other day to just have a small sheaf of action points for Wherespresso and TDFTips, 1 pen, and my 2 screens (iMac + external, PC pffft) and that’s it.

    My brain just feels more relaxed. Next is to get rid of the 4 bikes, golf clubs, 3 surfboards, snowboards, fishing rods, CDs, cycling paraphernalia, files, etc etc out of the office!

  21. Uh-oh, I’m screwed. There – I threw open a window. Now I feel better!

    Would having fish for dinner count?

  22. scott kindred on April 8, 2011

    Doing “anything to make it happen” certainly fits the bill. I liked many of your points, most of them because they align with what seems like common sense to me. And the more mysterious ones, well, you did mention something about the Wisdom behind 3000 years of practice.

    Fresh air and sunlight are unobtainable commodities in the office I have now. While the trade-off is for unbeatably cheap leasing costs, I do physically feel the energy drain created by no sunlight.

    Here’s the kicker: the every-two-hours metermaid rounds force me to get up, go outside and move my truck to avoid the parking ticket! And wouldn’t you know it, our town’s couthouse (a.k.a. fine collection center) is on the Southeast corner of its intersection… where’s the wealth.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 8, 2011

      Ba ha ha! That’s bloody hilarious! Thanks for the story Scott.

  23. Amazing. I start thinking about moving things around in the ways you described and I can feel the stress leave me. Is that possible?

    1. the Blog Tyrant on April 14, 2011

      Anything is possible!

  24. I wish the Bagua could be made as simple as this post made Feng Shui.

  25. I wandered into this past post and I have to say that for me clutter is the bane of my workspace. The only place for my office is in the living room (on the east end and yes I do not have a jade plant but an extremely healthy schefflera plant in the southeast corner to which I added crystal and a very healthy coin jar). I face not only the doorway to the living room but a pair of french doors and the window in the southeast corner and have my back to a wall of drapes from a huge east window.

    Alas with no MacBook in sight (unless I rip one off from one of my kids)I have cords everywhere (from the now office standard laptop and additional wide screen monitor),manuals papers and and even a cluttered peg board – where the heck does one begin (and yes the rest of the room is spotless- I hide my office with a screen when company comes)?

    I enjoyed the conversation and suggestions from your readers- I do feel from them that I must tackle this clutter monster. That is why your reader comments are always a definite read for me along with your posts!
    I think I have the energy to at least clean off my desk top before I am attacked and carried away by the combined forces of the clutter monster and the dust bunnies!

  26. This article is really interesting and useful for me.
    I am a beginner and I feel so excited to start this feng shui adventure.
    The ideas are very practical and easy to understand.

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