Harmony In The Workplace
 By Kathryn Mickle 



When I was trying to sell my house in the early 1980’s in Toronto, Canada, the majority of buyers were from Hong Kong. What I discovered was that they would not buy my house because it had bad Feng Shui. At that time I knew nothing about Feng Shui but I did know that I had experienced bad luck in that house. I had some financial difficulties while living there and my long-term marriage had ended in a divorce.

It seems very strange to say that our environment can impact our lives but I have learned that this is true. At that time, because of my studies of Chinese students from Hong Kong, I had become introduced to their stress-relieving practices and had started to do Qigong and Tai Chi. I understood that energy flows through the body and, when that flow of energy is blocked, we get sick. The practices of Qigong and Tai Chi, as does acupuncture, help us to move the energy smoothly through our body. 

Our houses or our offices are our second skins and we need to be as aware of the energy around us as we are in our bodies. Feng Shui is the acupuncture of our environment and, by removing clutter, shifting the direction of certain objects and stimulating certain areas of our home, we help the energy to flow more smoothly. This energy enhances all aspects of our lives which are represented by the Bagua, an octagonal form which is placed, like a map, on our dwellings, our offices, our lots, our rooms and even smaller spaces like our desks. 

When doing a Feng Shui consultation, we can tell which areas of a person’s life are suffering, just by looking at the state of the areas of the Bagua. For instance, people with unhappy relationships sometimes have, in this area of their home, untreated bathrooms, clutter, disarray, art of lonely looking people or televisions which interfere with relationships. 

It is amazing to see that, with careful attention to the area, adding objects which symbolize relationships and introducing inviting furniture, the person’s relationships start to improve in all aspects. In an office, adding photographs of a working team and placing furniture such as a round table and soft chairs in a relationship corner can encourage more harmonious interaction. 

What I find most interesting is the harmony achieved through the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water), represented by the element itself, a symbol, shape or color. If they are not presented in a balanced way, we sense that something is wrong, even if we don’t know what. When we go into our favorite place in nature, probably it will have that harmonious feeling of all these elements balanced. 

Not only can we arrange our buildings and offices according to the smooth flowing of this energy, but we can adapt the same principles to our business functions. We can achieve less stress, more efficiency, better decision-making, more job satisfaction, less friction, a more harmonious working environment and increased productivity. 

Businesses are becoming more open to the idea that the environment can affect the well-being of their employees. A room that is cold and stark with heavy furniture can weigh down an employee’s psyche. On the other hand, a room that is airy, light and bright can make it easier for an employee to be creative. Adding plants can soften and add a hint of nature to the environment. The addition of Feng Shui cures is one of the ways businesses are opening up to the idea of spirituality in business. They are realizing that promoting harmony within the individual as well as in the organization can bring greater personal satisfaction as well as more productivity. 

As business becomes more global, Feng Shui is becoming an accepted part of Western business practice. Feng Shui consultants are being called in to ensure success at the inception of a business, as well as to enhance existing businesses and to diagnose difficulties and propose solutions. 

Unlike in the early 80’s when I first became aware of Feng Shui, more and more corporations, as well as individuals, are seeking balance and harmony and are discovering this ancient art. By introducing its principles, all aspects of business, health, prosperity and relationships can be enhanced. 

Dr. Kathryn Mickle is a multifaceted psychologist who blends the best of Eastern and Western disciplines in ways that are uplifting to audiences of all backgrounds. As a seminar leader, university professor, hypnotherapist and family mediator, she has helped thousands of people internationally to reduce stress, build self-confidence, and overcome self-defeating habits. Kathryn is author of “Journey to Mastery: Feng Shui for Life,” and creator of the successful videos, “Find Balance and Harmony: A Feng Shui Tour, Daily Qigong Practice For Health and Vitality and Un-limiting Yourself.” She is coming to do workshops and consultations in Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara area from October 20 to 27 and can be reached at (800) 484-8720, access no. 9487, or www.thewellnessinstitute.com  and E-mail at: kmickle@gate.net .

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