FENG SHUI CONCEPTS
Feng Shui in the Classroom
By Jenny Liu, MA
The classroom is a very important place to incorporate feng shui as our teachers and children spend so much time here. The classroom should be an environment that lets teachers and children feel secure so they can work and interact progressively in harmony. To enhance mind focus, intelligence, positive influence and garner respect from children, the teacherís desk should ideally be in a direction that is compatible with him or her. This can be determined from calculations based on his or her birth date.
In general, the teacherís desk should be placed so that he/she has the greatest command or view of the room. Ideally, this position has a solid wall behind the teacherís chair. By having a wall behind us allows our energy to be stable, focused and to gather strength. This creates a sense of security as it minimizes distractions by preventing people from coming up from behind.
There should not be any source of movement or obstructive objective aligned with the teacher such as a door, window, protruding column, or air vent. The door into the classroom is ideally to the teacherís upper lefthand side when he/she is seated at the desk. The lefthand side is associated with the energies of generating income and positive relationships. Having the door to your upper righthand side can bring complaints or conflicts.
Depending on the size of your classroom and student desks, there are different ways of arranging them to maximize positive energy and mutually beneficial interaction between the students and teacher. Ideally, teachers have students facing them so they all have the best view or connection with them. If the classroom is large enough, this may mean angling the desks in a V or U shape in front of the teacher similar to an auditorium. Feng shui is especially helpful for children who are having problems. They can have their seating specifically arranged based on their personal energies to enhance their learning abilities.
Although the furniture arrangement is a vital basic aspect in creating good feng shui, there are many other ways to enhance the classroomís energy by using special colors, plants, symbols and artwork. This will vary depending on the studentís energies. For example, if the class is overall rowdy, using light colors such as cream, light yellow, light blue or light greens with natural ocean sounds or similar background music can create an peaceful environment that helps children calm down and focus.
An abundance of bold or loud colors such as bright red, dark blue, magenta, or fluorescent green can over stimulate and cause hyperactivity in some children. Indeed, the feng shui of our schools plays an extremely vital part of our childrenís well-being.
Jenny Liu holds a Bachelorís Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masterís Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the internet. Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information please see www.liufengshui.com or call (626) 862-1788.
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