Everywhere I go lately, I find that there are a lot of people recently laid off: networking meetings, workshops, and even on Twitter! Although this is definitely an undesirable situation to be in, I do believe events have a purpose. Many years ago, I was laid off with the rest of my department. It was a very emotional experience, but the irony didn’t evade me.
Just a few months before, I became totally disengaged from my work there. I had no passion, no enthusiasm any more. My mind would wander and I was not an effective employee. I had entertained leaving the organization, but wasn’t bold enough to do just that. Instead, I was “rewarded” by being laid off and receiving six months severance – which I surely would not have received had I quit!
Perhaps you weren’t really happy in your work or were not compensated fairly. Perhaps, as one Twitter friend just shared, you had a horrific work environment (he had electrical cables running everywhere on the floor and even under his desk chair and he had a dead plant on his desk! Talk about “bad” Feng Shui – for another article to come!).
So here are some real-life stories and Feng Shui tips that generated opportunities for work:
(You can download a colorful copy of the Feng Shui Bagua here: The Feng Shui Bagua)
Determine where your Career area is on all floors of your home (This area is usually where your front door is, or middle third of the front house, or for the property it is in the middle third of the front) – When I was laid off, I was currently studying Feng Shui and realized, with horror, that the Career area on the 2nd floor was an bedroom used for storage in my home. This storage was a hodge-podge of my old work stuff and my husband’s stuff that was just thrown everywhere, without much organization. I immediately (and I mean the next day!) announced to my husband that I was clearing out the clutter. A half hour later he joined me and we threw out a lot of unnecessary work stuff that was keeping me tied to the past. In addition, the remaining items were neatly organized and the room looked and felt terrific! I also felt uplifted and energetic, which typically happens when you de-clutter. With mindful intention, we de-cluttered the space and finally honored this area of the house that represented Career. Within that following week, I received a phone call from an old colleague that had an opportunity that kept me employed for nearly 2 years while I was completely my Feng Shui studies.
Locate Helpful People (to the front right of the home or property) - Helpful People represent anyone in your life that will support you. Support can be friends and acquaintances looking out for jobs available for you, recruiters, etc. This client was in need of work. Her front door was in Helpful People but was dark and dreary. In addition, part of Helpful People was missing. We added lighting and placed a large mirror by the door to “fill-in” the missing space. Within a couple of weeks, she obtained a lucrative assignment in her industry.
Where is Fame in your house? (Fame is at the back middle part of the house or property) – Fame is the area that represents word-of-mouth referrals, and being top of mind. This client had been unemployed for several months, lacking any opportunities. When we toured his house, there were no glaring indications for “Feng Shui fixes.” That was until we visited his yard, which sloped downward in the back. In this situation, energy or chi is said to “drop off.” The occupants are not able to maintain opportunities in these areas of their life: Wealth, Fame, Romance (any or all of which can be effected). I recommended he place shrubbery in the central part, before the slope, to keep the chi in. Within a month, he had several good job offers.
Feng Shui Tips in Summary
* Pay special attention to these areas of your home and property: Career, Helpful People, and Fame.
* If there is clutter, de-clutter, clean and organize to keep this space tidy
* If one of these areas is “missing” in your home, a large mirror on one of the walls adjacent to missing area inside the house can serve to “fill in” this missing area. Outside the home, you can place a large object to anchor the chi that would create the full square or rectangle shape (when you draw 2 lines from both sides of the house, the intersection of these lines is the anchor point). Some ideas are a large boulder, shrub, statue, or a seating area.
* If the yard slopes away in one of these areas, “keep in” the chi by placing something substantial, again to anchor the chi. Ideas are the same as the above. In addition, look to the bagua for the missing area and get inspired by the natural element listed for that Bagua area. (Career – water; Fame – fire; Helpful People – metal).
* As always, be sure that all lighting, doors and windows are in good working order, especially in these 3 areas.
Feng Shui won’t move mountains, but it will help you in your search for good employment. Have any questions on how you can create work opportunities or stories to share? Post them here!
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Maureen K. Calamia is a Feng Shui Consultant and Teacher and is the author of ‘Luminous Spaces’, her FREE monthly ezine filled with great Feng Shui and Green Lifestyle tips and articles inspiring and empowering you to live and work in harmonious spaces. Visit http://www.luminous-spaces.com to learn more.