Feng Shui By Fishgirl often talks about the Command Position. No, it’s not the one in 50 Shades of Grey novel. The Command Position is most frequently referring to the placement of your desk or your bed but it can also refer to how you are situated in a restaurant, too. The idea is to place your back to a wall so that you can have a clear view of the entry door to the room. This way you are least vulnerable to someone coming up and surprising you. You are in command of the room. The photo above from ApartmentTherapy.com is a good example of this. The only thing that makes this particular office a little weak is that the back is facing a window instead of a solid wall. But overall the design of the space is pretty good. And one can always put the blinds down to create a solid wall effect when sitting at the desk working.
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SURVIVING IS IMPORTANT
“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.” ~ Maya Angelou
The runaway success–indeed, the survival for several years of seasons!–of the TV show “Survivor” proves that a large number of the viewing public is fascinated with whether or not they could last under primitive living conditions. Then again, maybe the show’s popularity just proves that people want to see girls in skimpy clothing eating raw kangaroo meat covered with flies.
But regardless of whether or not you watch television, you may be interested to know that many of the principles of Feng Shui originated as survival techniques. The ancestors of our ancestors who lived in caves knew that it was important not to turn one’s back to the cave entrance. If you did, you could be devoured by a cave dwelling beast (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), or, a rival tribe could come and steal your fire, your food, and your family.
It was in this way that the idea of positioning the bed and the stove and the desk so that the door to the room can be easily seen was born. In this placement, one feels able to relax and “let one’s guard down” (notice the idiom that evolved as a direct result of this principle). Of course, the ideal furniture placement can not always work within the limitations of the architecture of our homes and offices. This is where a Feng Shui expert can offer you alternate solutions to achieve the desired peace of mind.
Ch’i Whiz! It Really Does Feel Different
DO try this at home (when you are bored with eating bonbons and being waited on hand and foot by your husband):
Take a room that has only one entry and place a chair in the middle of the room with the back facing the door. If you have other people around, ask them to give you some time to settle into your room, but eventually have them move around in the hallway outside the door and come into the room occasionally without telling you when they are coming in.
Now, sit in the chair so that you are unable to see the door. Sit there for awhile, try to get a sense of the ch’i energy surrounding you and pay attention to how it feels. Now, try to read a magazine.
Notice how you feel. Do you feel uneasy and unable to concentrate on the magazine? Is your mind constantly wandering to the activity in the hallway and on alert mode so that you won’t be startled when someone comes into the room and surprises you?
Ok, once you’ve experienced that feeling, turn the chair around to where you have a clear view of the door as you sit and read your magazine. Notice how you feel. Is your posture more at ease? Are you able to focus more intently on the task of reading the magazine? You have now witnessed the importance of placement for peace of mind based on the principle of survival.
THRIVING IS ELEGANT
The ancient cave dwellers painted their cave walls mostly to serve sacred ceremonial purposes and did not have to worry about matching the drapery fabric to the wall paint. Today, we express ourselves through the way we decorate our homes and the myriad of choices we make as to color, style, space, objects, art, and placement. But even though we have come a long way from the cave and the necessity of being in constant survival mode, we can feel a connection to our ancestors and benefit from their wisdom by incorporating the principles of Feng Shui into our modern lives.
It’s been said that “Clothes make the man”. It’s also been said that “every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man”. Whether you graduated top of your class or are simply a fan of ZZ Top, these feng shui hints are about what you wear on your bottom that might just help you get to the top.
Your mom used to warn you to have clean underwear on before you left the house in case you somehow wound up in the ER and met a cute doctor. Well, mom was right (even though she probably never heard of feng shui)! The basic premise behind mother’s warning is that it is a good idea to put your best self out there in the world. Employers can’t see them but you guys know they’re there: holes in your tighty whities. Or maybe you’re wearing yesterday’s boxers (we don’t wanna know!)? And you gals: mismatched bras and panties, runs in your stockings held together by nail polish.
Why is this negative feng shui?Because we can’t project an aura of confidence and capability out in the working world when secretly we know that our foundation is shaky. Just like when our desk is positioned so that our back is to the door we are constantly feeling vulnerable to people sneaking up on us. In this case if our underclothes are really ratty, even the most expensive clothing on top will not take away that feeling of being less than your best.
Here’s a scenario we can all relate to…what would you be wearing underneath it all if you were preparing yourself for a date with a 10 instead of an interview with a 10? You’d be putting on your sexy best because you never know where the date would lead. Well, in doing that, you are putting on your first layer of confidence. I’m NOT suggesting you will be stripping for your new boss! What you’re aiming for is the feeling of knowing you are ready willing and able to go for it (the job). Are you?
(This article by Katy Allgeyer was first published by Working World Magazine)
It’s the holiday season and many of us will be spending a lot of time shopping. Most retail shops have sound alert systems in place to let the shopkeeper know of any customers entering the store. This way they can guard the cash register and merchandise, and be of service to the client so that a sales opportunity won’t be missed. All of that seems like just good common sense, right? It may surprise you to know that having jingling bells or some other form of noise at the entry to your space is also good feng shui.
Awareness of who is entering our immediate work/living zone improves our feng shui., Whether you work in a cubicle with your back to the door or are a mechanic under a car, being surprised by your boss sneaking up on you could ruin your mo-jo! We feel uneasy and subconsciously very vulnerable if we do not have control of our space. The optimum feng shui solution is to have a clear view of the entryway from our “Command Position”. However, that isn’t always possible and often the only way the furniture works is to be placed with our backs to the door. If this is the case, the next best thing is to place a mirror so that we can see who is behind us.
The other next best thing is to have some sound device attached to the door so that we hear it when it opens. For instance, you might want to hang some bells from the door. Or you might put a windchime in the doorway that encourages people to touch it and make it sing when they enter your space. Where there is no door, a bead curtain might be appropriate; the beads make a pleasant jingling sound and also soften the chi energy.
People love the tinkling sound of bells. Apparently, so does good chi. And as we all know from watching the classic Christmas movie “Its a Wonderful Life”, every time a bell rings and angel gets his wings. Here’s wishing you and your family a chi-ful holiday season!