4 things you didn’t know about fengshui

He has 20 years of experience and over 160 books under his belt. He draws crowds of up to 20,000 at seminars worldwide, and was conferred a datukship at 36. Okay, we’ll take 39-year-old Malaysian fengshui consultant Joey Yap’s advice any day


1. There’s no such thing as a ‘money corner’

“There’s a common misconception that there’s a wealth corner, but that’s actually the opportunity corner. So when a [fengshui practitioner tells you], ‘Let’s hang wind chimes or trinkets’ or ‘Let’s activate the wealth corner’, they’re actually trying to sell you those things! My perception on metaphysics — meaning astrology and fengshui — is not to look for an easy way out. It’s to better understand and improve ourselves, so we can make better decisions, for things to become easier. That’s how I’ve looked at it for the past 20 years. It’s never about which magic items or lucky colours will magically make your life easier.”

2. Hot-desking offices are ideal for fengshui
“Direction and orientation are the basic things to look out for in fengshui. Think of fengshui as a wifi system — if you know the code, you can log in. If you don’t, you can’t use the wifi even though it’s there. This year, the positive energy comes from the east; for 2017 [after Chinese New Year] it comes from the southeast, east and northeast. So hot-desking employees just need to [park themselves at] parts of the office with maximum energy flow. It’s just like certain spots have better wifi reception than others. But, no, not everyone will be rushing to the same spots. Different spots have different purposes — it depends on your goals. Southeast is good for opportunities. But if you want intellectual stimulation and creativity, then you should go to the northeast.”

3. It’s all about the flow
“An office door, or any main entrance, generally should allow the positive energy to flow into the building. If it’s obstructed or misaligned, you won’t be able to hire the right people or get good customers and opportunities in the long term.”

4. Wanna fengshui the office? Ask your boss first
“Some people fengshui their workplace so they can perform better. It’s kinda like increasing your wifi signal. But to apply fengshui to a place, the leader — meaning the business owner — must have a buy-in first. If that person doesn’t get involved, then it won’t work because if they’re fixated on the way things are, they’ll be unwilling to make [positive] changes.”

Joey Yap’s Feng Shui for 2017 and Chinese Astrology for 2017 ($19 each) are available at TIMES Bookstore. Joey Yap’s Feng Shui & Astrology Live Seminar 2017 ‘Ignite the Year of Rooster’ is on Jan 15, Resorts World Convention Centre. For tix and more info, go to http://www.joeyyap.com/fsaseminar/

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