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Feng shui in business

Ever wonder why Chinese restaurants have a strong red décor?  Because the color red represents and complements the natural fire element of the restaurant.  It’s a characteristic that embodies feng shui, a principle of Chinese wisdom that underlies all aspects of life to create balance and harmony by the arrangement of one’s environment.

The three sisters of the Tao : essential conversations with Chinese medicine, I Ching, and feng shui
Terah Kathryn Collins.
Carlsbad, Calif. : Hay House, c2010.
Enter the transformational world of the Three Sisters of the Tao with best-selling author Terah Kathryn Collins as she chronicles their sagacious counsel on how to sustain-or regain-the Way of the Heart.
     
33 ways to tell your future : tune in, get answers, and predict!
Amy Zerner & Monte Farber.
New York, NY : Sterling Pub Co, 2010.
Want to know if your next party will be a success? Ask Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. Perfect for every gathering, this book offers more than 30 fun ways to unlock the secrets of the future…and have fun doing it. From astrology and palmistry to the tarot and Cupid's Scroll, these easy-to-use prophecy tools and techniques will provide all the entertainment you need to make your next get-together simply divine.
     
Feng shui made easy : designing your life with the ancient art of placement
William Spear.
Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, 2010.
The first edition, released in 1995, was lauded by seasoned practitioners and beginners alike. And no wonder. While most of the early English-language books on feng shui were dauntingly mystical or relied on complex calculations or culturally specific design practices,Feng Shui Made Easytook a more holistic approach, clearly explaining the fundamentals while guiding readers on an inner journey of understanding.

Thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated, the book is structured around an #x1C;architecture of consciousness#x1D; that is really the inner landscape. The book explores each #x1C;house#x1D; of the bagua-the chart representing one#x19;s journey through life; relationships with parents, loved ones, and community; creativity; spirituality; and connectedness to the source of life-and the symbolism of the correspondingI Chingtrigram.Feng Shui Made Easyhelps readers discover the nature of these connections, as well as learn what obstructions must be removed to change fixed patterns of behavior and restore balance, harmony, and inner peace-a process that, when combined with external adjustments, results in increased success and lasting change in all areas of life.

This revised edition expands on the author#x19;s intuitive approach with new sections on health, children#x19;s environments, and ecological concerns and sustainable practices. The author also corrects misconceptions about feng shui and uses fascinating case studies to share valuable insights he gained from interactions with his clients and readers.
     

Feng shui is being utilized today in businesses, offices, and even in the construction and design of buildings.  Feng means wind and shui means water; two powerful forces in nature.  Other elements, such as earth, fire, wood, and metal are all important in xeng shui.  The placement of these elements in an office, a building, or its surroundings are meant to improve a business.

Feng shui can help your business:

Reduce stress
Improve communication
Attract loyal clientele
Increase revenue

A building’s shape and size, location, direction, and external spaces surrounding it, are important.  Facing south makes for good luck and the southeast is a direction for wealth.  Trees, gardens, and water also play a part in harnessing positive energies. The type of business will suggest certain features of the building, such as the construction materials.  Inside, aspects such as lighting, furniture, and desk placements are intended to promote efficiency, a stress-free environment, and improve employee productivity. 

In the business world, feng shui aims to attract customers, increase sales and profits, give an advantage over the competition, and improve the overall prosperity of the establishment.  The principles of feng shui have been used for thousands of years to make the business environment more positive for all.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff