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In the current economy, it is especially difficult to find gainful employment. By knowing a few extra tips, you may greatly increase your chances of getting the career you want. For example, by incorporating traditional feng shui practices into interview preparation and techniques, you can direct positive energy towards yourself and your endeavors.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient practice of attracting positive energy or chi to one's life or ambitions. Initially developed and used in multiple Asian cultures over three thousand years ago, the practice has garnered a lot of attention in the Western World in the last half century. Those who adhere to the recommendations of Feng Shui believe that the physical environment one surrounds oneself with directly impacts the manifestation, or lack there of, of joy, health, peace and prosperity in life. By removing clutter and reconfiguring the shape of a living space, an individual may transform their environment and themselves into conduits of energy.
Preparing For an Interview
It is common knowledge that during an interview, first impressions are everything, and special attention must be paid to attire and overall appearance. In keeping with Feng Shui beliefs, certain colors may be worn to greater attract wealth and career success. These colors are divided by qualities of yin and yang. Yin colors are believed to encourage healing and relaxation, while yang colors empower and encourage. The best yin colors to wear for interviewing are blue, representing intellect and wisdom; black, representing money and income (this color is thought to be especially great for careers); and white, representing poise, confidence, and purity. Although most yang colors may be thought to be too garish or loud for the traditional interview garb, they may be paired with the cooler yin colors with great results. Some appropriate yang colors for an interview wear are yellow, which signifies friendliness and orange, which signifies creativity.
Positioning During an Interview
Once an individual is actually in the interview, there are several techniques that may be used to maintain energy conduction. Even though you may not be able to change the physical set up of the workspace of your potential employer, you may certainly position yourself to continue channeling positive chi. Depending on year of birth, number values are assigned to each person, and these values can help determine how to position yourself. Simply look up a Feng Shui Magic Number Chart, or lua pan, to discover to number of your year of birth. Once you have this number, you can determine where to place yourself within the room. For those with the magic numbers 1,3, 4 and 9, it is best to sit facing east, southeast, south or north. For those with the magic numbers 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8, facing south, southwest, northwest or northeast encourages positive energy. Remember to check the position of the sun before entering the building.
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Brent Smith grew up in the hills of Los Angeles and is currently attending the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder. He has written for various publications such as NewMusicWeekly, IMAGOzine, Splash Magazines Worldwide, World Affairs-Journal on Int'l Issues, and journalist Paola Harris' new book Exopolitics: All the Above