By Eilis Flynn
When Seattle author Theresa Meyers got The Call from Triskelion, she was understandably delighted — and it occurred to her that maybe, just maybe it had something to do with the fact that she had recently rearranged her work space according to the principles of feng shui, the Chinese study of the effects of one’s own environment. She had adjusted her writing area “to maximize the flow of positive energy, abundance, and harmony,” she explained. She became interested in the subject after Christina Skye, who is a feng shui enthusiast, suggested she make certain changes in her writing space:
So would a subtle change in your workspace break that writer’s block, influence productivity, help your writing in general? (Sometimes it’s also known as “cleaning up” and “organizing.”) At this website, Lisa Logan decided to determine what would make her writing area more “inviting” and how she should set up the right working environment for herself. She found feng shui and decided to adjust its precepts for writers. But start small, Logan advises:
If you’re interested in the subject but tend to be linear and want lists to help you, here’s one that may give you a start on the study of feng shui. First of all, never sit with your back to the door (card players may benefit from a glance at feng shui, perhaps) — if you can’t see what’s going on, your work will suffer. Second, create a clean environment (the slobs among us may be sensing a theme) to clear your head and enhance efficiency. Third, add a small plant, aquarium, or fountain … there’s more. Check out the website for details:
One thing about feng shui: It not only helps you organize, it helps you set goals, also useful in our line of business. Take a look over here to use feng shui to set goals for specific life areas. An interesting piece of advice points out that “for a goal to be realized, you need to make it physical via pictures and words.” Once more, lists and pictures come in handy here, even a collage, displayed in a prominent place.
The writing space according to feng shui doesn’t have to be complex or even mystical — as you may have noticed, there’s a lot of practical advice involved (and cleaning, unfortunately). Here’s a few simple tips from Feng Shui Dos & Taboos by Angi Ma Wong:
- Sit in the corner farthest from the entrance to the room to have a “command” position.
- Keep your back toward a corner or a wall for support. If a post protrudes from the corner or wall, correct it by covering it with a hanging plant’s draping foliage.
- Face the door if you are conducting business from home. Business will symbolically come to you through the door, so don’t turn your back on it.
- Have a balance of light and dark colors, soft and hard surfaces, and smooth and rough textures in your choice of window treatments, furniture, and flooring.
- Treat the files in your office with respect. They represent your past, present, and future business.
It’s time for a late spring cleaning, isn’t it? Let feng shui lead the way!
Copyright 2006 Eilis Flynn