Command Position

by Carol C. Wheelock

Feng shui is about creating spaces that support us. In this case, it means creating a space that allows you to get your work done easily and in a timely manner. Although I am sure that you do enjoy your view, it is not a good idea to be facing the window. It is a distraction!

Facing a wall is not good either. Your space affects you and you reflect your space. If your view is blocked, it leads to feeling blocked and stuck, which leads to opportunities being limited for you. Pictures or posters with a sense of depth (a country road, a stream, etc.) give the illusion of spaciousness. Mirrors can also give the feeling of space and also allow you to monitor who is coming in behind you.

The "command position" will give you a feeling of being in charge of your space, which leads to greater productivity. The command position means that you can see the door but are not in direct line of it. The goal is to have a command view of the whole room. It is much more empowering to sit in this position instead of sitting with your back to the door and/or facing a window or a wall.

When you sit with your back to the door, part of your energy is wasted on monitoring what is going on behind your back. That occurs whether or not you are consciously aware of it, but most of us are aware to some degree. Think back to being startled by someone who suddenly appeared behind you. In addition, when you sit with your back to the door you do not appear to be either approachable or accessible to co-workers. If there are no options in your office, I would again suggest hanging a mirror so you can monitor what is going on behind you.

Ideally you would sit with a solid wall behind your back. This goes back to the form school concept of being protected in the back and on the sides. If this is not possible, then place plants, stained glass, or some other object that will serve as a symbolic barrier between you and a window.

If you have enough room, you could place your desk so that it is perpendicular to the wall that has the window with the view. This way you could still look up and out the window without it being directly in front of you all the time. Then you would be in the command position and still be able to be inspired and uplifted by the view.

When you rearrange your office do so with very clear intentions. Think about what you want in your work life - goals, increased productivity, etc. Be very specific and visualize what you want.

The other issue is how you feel about your work. If the view is the only thing that makes you happy, perhaps it is time to consider other options. The view may be also distracting you emotionally so that you don't think about how unhappy you are in your current job. Be sure to keep your office clear of clutter to make room for new opportunities to come into your life. In feng shui career refers to your life's journey. Are you doing something that is meaningful to you?

Carol C. Wheelock, M.Ed. of Feng Shui Vermont is a certified feng shui practitioner who has studied in the United Sates and China. She practices Black Sect or western feng shui. Carol does private consultations for homes, schools, libraries, and businesses; clutter counseling and clearing; spaces clearings; phone consultations; presentations; and teaches workshops throughout the United States. She also does personal clearings.


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