When you look at your workplace, or at your home, and think of what and how you want to accomplish there, you have to ask yourself “does this space do that?”
If your place increases productivity, lifts morale, reinforces identity, facilitates proper interactions, boosts creativity, lifts the energy, and, above all, makes people smile, then it probably is designed in accordance with teachings of Feng Shui. It should be so, because Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese science and art that can help you find the best, most harmonious, most supporting design for your space. Its aim is to find out how the space you are living and working in can provide you with maximum support across all (or at least most) areas of your life.
On the other hand, if you look at your space, ask yourself the question “does this space do that?” and the answer is “no, it does not do that” or “it does that in some aspects, but…” then there is at least one area of your life in which you are facing obstacles and holdbacks, regardless of the efforts you are putting in to make things happen, to accomplish your goals. As a rule, we tend to materialize in our space the obstacles we face in our life, and it is by recognizing and dissolving or redefining these spatial obstacles that Feng Shui can “heal” the problems in life through changing interior arrangements.
Feng Shui is a complex science and an art, which requires quite a lot of knowledge and experience to properly diagnose a place and to devise efficient solutions. Feng Shui does that by reading patterns manifested in spatial and material forms, assessing the information about qualities and meanings retrieved from position and orientation of your place, from its external shape and internal structure, as well as from arrangement of furniture, color schemes and other characteristics. It also reads the pattern of your personal energy and the patterns of time materialized in your space. In the end it puts layer after layer of patterns atop each other and finds the intersecting points of harmony and disharmony, points to be healed and points to be enhanced.That is why I usually advise against the popular do-it-yourselves one-size-fits-all Feng Shui, since it is highly unlikely to have any true effect.
Still, you can use some Feng Shui to change your life, but be prepared to forget all about the popular “do”-s and “do not”-s listed in magazines, and everything you ever heard about three-legged toads, wind chimes, mirrors and other “feng shui cures”. Better give up running around vacuuming, scrubbing and dusting in order to “enhance your Feng Shui”. Instead, if you really want to find out what holds you back, find out which part of your place you avoid to see, avoid to think about. Be prepared to face your life`s challenges in your space.
Take the floor plan of your space (or make a sketch if you do not have one), and try to remember when did you made the last major alteration in each part of the space. Besides changing floors, furniture or overall color scheme which can be counted as major alterations, you can also take into account rearranging existing furniture. Think about every part of the space, not just the rooms. When did you change something in your hallway or in your pantry? Is there a room that you do not use? When did you thoroughly sort through which closet? If you have storage places for rarely used items, when did you last check whether you use all of those? Write it down on the sketch or plan, like “3 years ago” or “last Tuesday”. Go into as much details as you can.
When you feel you cannot possibly remember any more dates and changes, locate the place that has not been disturbed for the longest time. That is probably the spatial expression of the obstacles you are facing in your life. You can go into self-reflection, trying to establish what is it that is keeping you from changing that spot, what type of values and meanings are you preserving by keeping the spatial status quo of another times, or, you can simply and swiftly introduce some radical changes in the area, and see what happens.
By making radical changes to that specific spot, you enable energy to circulate freely, dissolving old forms that have become obstacles, and defining new, more supporting forms for your present life, the actual state of affairs.