Much fuss has been made of Feng Shui - but
can the oriental study of energy flow really improve your PC environment?
We sought some expert advice...
[Disclaimer: This article is
written with the incredible gullibility of someone who most likely has suffered
an accidental pre-frontal lobotomy.Feng-Shui is ignorance at it's apex.There
is no such thing as "chi energy" and your emotions cannot get mixed up with
Electromagnetic radiation. Stones and pebbles do not realign "energies".Computers
do not respond to emotional states of mind and redecoration is only likely
to have a psychological effect.The idea that a major electronic goods sales
chain should take this rubbish seriously is totally gobsmacking. The author
asks "What have you to lose?". Well I'll tell you.The rational basis for
how things are proven to have a basis is what is lost,and that is the
basis for the society that created the computer in the first place.Feng Shui
is finding fertile ground amongst yuppie types who never took to science,probably
because they are the children of other of the
The lack of scepticism and complete gullibility makes it obvious why they
are taken in by the lottery and
gambling.There are much better ways to soak up
radiation than to use plants.The urge to emphasise emotions seems to be a
product of the post radical feminist era,and thus to chide men's logical
and rationality.Note the author is female.The same question was put in "Soul
of Britain" :"Is mysticism on the increase because of radical feminism and
equality?".No one has ever shown "Chi energy" up as an actual energy in the
physical sense,much less measured it or said which direction it is flowing
in.Those who say they can are charlatans and con
men praying on the gullible using the ploy of the emperors new clothes.These
people here are no more than interior designers making a fast buck off the
stupid,and they don't have to look far to find their hosts.The UK populace
wishes to have imperial measure brought back because it finds metric
"confusing".I ask this: "How many fingers have you on your hands,is it 12,14,16
or 10?". Metric is the simplest system there is,and yet the UK is too thick
or too proud to come to terms even when it has been around for
decades.This indicates a highly
population too lazy to think,and it's no wonder they are taken in by silly
excuses for novel ideas.If they are so hot to take on weird ideas with the
word "energy" plastered everywhere I suggest they try science which actually
PROVES what it is saying is true and doesn't ask you to take on trust or
faith that it is.I also note here that Uri Geller
writes for Computer Active,a
known charlatan and liar,and pontificates about what computers can and can't
do though he's never been trained in computer science.Why such a fruitloop
as he is writing about computers in such an ignorant way I'll never
understand,but then maybe he has shares in VNU
Forget MDF and stencilling, Feng Shui is
the buzzword for modern interior design. But can it help you up the
feelgood factor of your PC environment? Or will you end up sitting at a twinkling
desk smothered in
jade frogs and ferns after being advised by some New Age 'master' to enhance
your monitor's aura?
To find out, we went on a Feng Shui quest with
leading expert Simon Brown. Simon's not quite what we expected. Silk-suited
and mild mannered, he looks as if he's trained to rearrange your finances
rather than your furniture. And in his classical version of Feng Shui, crystals
are usually out, plants and the way you face when working are in. It's a
Feng Shui suited to businesses and busy people, allowing you to tweak your
workspace without looking a twerp.[The suggestion being that you would
look a twerp normally -LB]
A different view on life
Feng Shui means 'wind and water' and is all about getting nature to work for you rather than swimming against the tide, says Simon. Surprising claims have been made for what it can do help you find a new lob, or relationship. Or even increase business turnover simply by putting a fish tank in the south-east of your home. But Simon, 41, a former design engineer, says: "Feng Shui is just one piece of the jigsaw of life, not a magic pill to solve all problems. Some people do have dramatic turnarounds in their lives, but usually they were on the verge of success and just a small change has made all the difference."
Our own Feng Shui mission took us to two very different
homes to see how the PC workspaces of a designer and a budding author could
be enhanced. We also ventured to Dixons'
HQ at Hemel Hempstead. Corporate Feng Shui is becoming increasingly popular
as companies look for new ways to get the competitive edge. Lexmark has even
launched a curvy Feng Shui-friendly printer
Simon sticks to the Japanese Compass School of
Feng Shui, one of four main schools. Each base their theories on the principles
of how 'chi', or energy, moves; yin and yang; the Five Elements and Eight
Trigrams. The Compass Method assumes that the eight directions of the compass
each have a different kind of energy. Where to place things is worked out
by finding which directional sector they will be in from the centre of your
house. The Compass School also uses a system called Nine Ki astrology to
work our when people should move home or which direction they should face
while sleeping or working.
Instant Feng Shui for your home
Feng Shui points the way
Creativity can be greatly enhanced by getting it right, Simon believes. For example, when one of his main clients, Boy George, felt stuck while writing his autobiography, Take it Like a Man, Simon advised him to face his desk south-east - and the words began to flow again.
The home office or PC area itself is best sited in the east, south-east, or south of the centre of your home, says Simon. Many people put their PC in a bedroom. But Feng Shui frowns on combining sleep and work, so Simon suggests using a spare room or part of the living room. Feng Shui also usually decrees that you shouldn't work with your back to the door - but in a home office it's direction that matters more, says Simon.
To avoid 'stagnating chi', keep clutter - out of sight
in closed cupboards - better than bookshelves which can cause 'cutting chi'.
Sharp-cornered filing cabinets are the worse culprit of this baddie which
is said to make energy spin and swirl, leading to loss of direction and possible
ill-health. But, says Simon, it can be averted by trailing a bushy, round-leaved
plant over a sharp corner, or by covering it with a cloth.
A solid wood desk with curved edges is recommended and curvy lamps are preferable to angular ones - but using natural light is best of all. Electro-magnetic field (EMF) radiation can be a bugbear at the PC.
Get some direction
So, if you want to put Feng Shui to the test, which direction should you face while working at your own PC? According to enthusiasts, facing east can help you become busy, enthusiastic and focused, all set to build up a new business.
South-east has an imaginative energy which helps you with creative solutions and communication. The fiery south where the sun reaches its mid-point, is excellent if you want to get noticed - great for those in PR or marketing.
South-west is good for consolidating work already achieved. And the west, where the sun sets, is linked with finishing projects and getting rewards. But it can make you frivolous, playing games rather than getting on! The north-west is a more serious direction, bringing respect and integrity and helping you get a job done, suiting any leader. But the north, which lacks the sun, could slow your career down a touch. However, it can help with artistic work and relax you. North-east is a bullish motivator that can make you work hard to the point of obsession, fine for stockbrokers. However, a child facing this way could get hooked on computer games.
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Simon says: "Our own chi energy carries our thoughts
and emotions, and should not get mixed up with that of the PC. It can drain
you." Sit well back, choose a low radiation screen, or get new flat-panel
monitor or laptop, he advises - remembering to place the transformer well
away from you. Plants can help soak up EMF and pollutants linked with
plastics, say Simon. So place a peace lily by your PC, or try a spider
plant or South American cactus.
Also recommended by NASA, which did a study on toxin-absorbing plants, are bamboo palms, chrysanthemums, draecana, ivy and mother-in-law's tongue. Quite what the stereotypical mother-in-law would have to say about your new-found interest in Feng Shui is debatable. But what have you got to lose? A few pounds spent at th garden centre and a bit of furniture moving? A small price to pay for some positive PC power!
"We haven't got time for Feng Shui,just put the
mattresses on!" - Laurence Llewelyn - Bowen Changing Rooms
FENG SHUI WEBSITES
|Feng Shui Solutions :
Feng Shui Society : www.fengshuisociety.org.uk
First stop for finding a practitioner.
Feng Shui For Modern Living : www.fengshui-magazine.com
Magazine guide to health, wealth and how to redecorate.
The International Feng Shui Research Centre :www.fengshui2000.com
Space Clearing : www.spaceclearing.com
Worth a visit if you need to clear your clutter!
The Feng Shui Academy : www.fengshuiacademy.co.uk
Tips, articles, UK courses and practitioners.
Feng Shui consultant Simon Brown, author of The
Principles of Feng Shui and Practical Feng Shui for Business
(£14.99) can be contacted on 0171 431 9897 or
; Harmony Draw, a CD-ROM from Feng Shui Solutions is available tor £9.95
plus £1.65 postage and packing from P0 Box 10453, London NW3 4WD.