Have you been looking for a fulfilling job?
Do you feel undervalued in your current position; are your skills being underutilized?
Are you in the process of changing careers?
Then now is the time to act! Look for assistance in your home’s Career section.
The Career section is in the front of your house/office/business.
For many of us, the greatest challenge in life is finding and doing work that we enjoy. This is referred to as “following your bliss,” and it is the goal of this area. Because this is in your environment’s entrance quadrant, the key is to invite in and keep the Ch’i, or vital energy, flowing through your home.
Enhancements in this area are especially beneficial if you are changing jobs or careers (including retirement and promotions), looking to change or find a job or career, looking for meaningful volunteer or community service work, or seeking ways to bring more energy, creativity, and efficiency to your current job, or simply want to explore your life’s purpose.
Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal are the five Feng Shui elements that are considered the building blocks of everything physical on Earth.
Each is associated with a Bagua-related area in your home. The Career area, also known as the “Mouth of Ch’i,” is located in the front center of your home and represents the flow of energy into the home. The FLOW is created by connecting the Career area to the Water Element. This element is represented by a body of water, and when in balance, it improves communication, inspiration, calm, and ease – thus assisting you in finding the ideal job. Stress, a lack of communication and connections, and a lack of a fulfilling career can all result from a lack of the nourishing water element.
Element of Water:
The power of symbolism is central to Feng Shui. While we recommend placing water features of all types (fountains and aquariums), there are many other water symbols you can use, including a reflective surfaces such as glass, cut crystal, and mirrors, flowing asymmetrical shapes, the black and dark tones color spectrum, and art depicting water scenes. All of these are represented in the Career enhancements.
Improvements for energizing your career inside your home or business: * Keep this area clear of clutter. If your Career area is your front door, make sure that when you open it, you are greeted with a clean and inviting space, and that nothing is blocking the door from fully opening.
* Display artwork depicting water (such as streams, ponds, rivers, or oceans), as well as career images and symbols (books or logos from your business or one that you aspire to). This is an excellent spot for a small fountain or aquarium.
* Display items in black or very dark colors, or in asymmetrical shapes, such as statues, accessories, or furniture.
Career Choices of Water Element:
Water and other beverages, transportation, travel, irrigation, fishing, glass/crystal manufacture, media, education, medicine and health care, entertainment, delivery, sales, online store (e-Business), import/export, supermarket, laundry, sports, cashier, human resources, professional consulting (such as an attorney), and personal services (such as moving, cleaning), etc.
Career Choices of Fire Element:
Electric engineering, electronic, computer, semi-conductor, laser, fuel, gas or oil company, firearm, firework, cigarette, welding, porcelain or glass making, cooking, restaurant, food processing, lighting, photography, movie production, etc.
Career Choices of Wood Element:
Forestry, farming, raw natural material (lumber, cotton, leather, etc.), biology, herbal medicine, natural food, gardening, nursery, furniture, clothing, paper, office supplies, book or magazine publishing, library, bookstore, art gallery, design (interior, exterior, fashion, art, illustration, software, web, cartoon, animation, etc.), photography, astrology, charity, religion, culture, mentoring, psychiatry, etc.
Career Choices of Metal Element:
Mechanic engineering, electric engineering, computer hardware, machinery, manufacture, transportation equipment (automobile, ship, bike, etc.), health care equipment, police, judge, guard, martial art, surgeon, technicians, appliances, military, security, internet network, the financial industry (banks, stock trading, trust, investment, exchange, etc.), jewelry store, music instruments, TV, video games, etc.
Career Choices of Earth Element:
Civil engineering, mining, farming, raising livestock, real estate construction or sales, building material, interior/exterior design, landscaping, nursery/gardening, porcelain/glass making and selling, demolition, warehousing, sports like track racing and rock climbing, funeral services, recycle, etc.
Enhancements to energize your career outside of your home or business include:
* Water features like fountains, waterfalls, and/or ponds work well in this setting. It is critical that the energy flow toward your home or business, so the fountain should either be a 360-degree bubbler or face the building.
* If your career area is your front door (the Mouth of Ch’i), use wind chimes to invite the Ch’i in, plant colorful healthy flowers along the path to your door (curved if possible), and have two greeters in the form of plants or statuary on either side. In Feng Shui, the front door is very important, so anything you can do to emphasize it will encourage new opportunities to come your way.
Correcting Feng Shui issues that are affecting your career
What if my entry is small or leads to a long corridor?
*Mirrors hung along the wall can be used to open up small spaces (not facing the door, as this will send the Ch’i back out). A round faceted crystal suspended from the ceiling can keep the Ch’i flowing.
What if I don’t have a Career Area?
*If your career area is missing from your floor plan, use fountains, wind chimes, red and yellow flowers to draw attention to the vital energy, greeting statues, or hanging plants to anchor this area. The key is to finish the space and create a welcoming atmosphere.
What if my front door leads to a flight of stairs?
* Stairs can be challenging because they can represent the Ch’i flowing down the stairs and out of your home. This can be remedied by placing a mirror near or above your front door, facing the staircase, to reflect the energy back into the room.
Similar improvements can be made even if the area is not your front door. My career area is where I teach my lessons in a classroom; with a screen, whiteboard, projector, and so on… I also display posters of waterscapes. A small fountain and bookcases with career-related books can also be placed here.