E.J. is a certified feng shui consultant and educator. He specializes in transforming the quality of life by shifting the energy in homes and offices.
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Many years ago, before studying feng shui, I was having dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant and as my date and I were choosing a table, I mentioned I wanted to sit it against the wall so I could face the entrance. She didn't seem to mind, and the man next to us said he felt the same way and that he often asked to face the door. We decided it must be a “man thing”, with references to mobsters who never sat with their backs to the entrance.
Years later, I learned I was referring to what, in feng shui, is called the Command Position. It is always preferable to sit and sleep where you can see the door, so you can feel in charge of the space. Now, when I have dinner with feng shui colleagues, I have to fight for this position!
In my apartment in New York (also before feng shui), I had first situated my desk against the wall, with my back to the door. And guess what? I never used the desk. Once, I forced myself to sit there for a few hours to pay some bills, but I never went back.
However, once I learned the practical wisdom of feng shui, I placed my desk in the command position, facing into the room, with a solid wall behind me, so I could see the door and even the television, if I wanted. And from that time forward, I sat there most of the time when I was at home. When writing my book, I spent 6 to 10 hours a day at the desk, and being in the command position made me feel comfortable and energised.
If your desk, favourite chair, dining table, and bed are already in the command position, you probably feel pretty comfortable and in charge of your life. But, if not, you have some rearranging to do. This week, see how you can put yourself in your best position for taking charge of your space, and your life.