What is the Bagua?

There are many principles of  Feng Shui and you have heard me talk about CHI, the energy all around us, the principles of yin and yang,  the five elements,  all of these Chinese ideologies were inspired by nature and sought to balance how humans can live in harmonious life in living in human-made houses by bringing natural world in their homes.

The bagua is the Feng Shui energy map. It is the most known principle in Feng Shui practice and a very powerful tool to use. The bagua offers a way to evaluate the energy field of your environment.

Your Business energy map!

The placement of the Bagua starts at your front door or your office door or you business door, doors are the mouth of the CHI, where the energy flows, so if you stand at your door looking into your office, you can now imagine the space divided into 9 squares. You can draw a floor map if that’s easier to start with.

From your door you will be standing on either the blue, black or grey squares you can see on the drawing. Then you can start understanding where your 9 areas are and their meaning.

I have created my own version of a Business Bagua, for example the top right handside corner in a home would be call the love and relationships gua, in a business environment, I will call it the business relationships, your business partners, your clients…

So let’s take a look at the 9 guas together:


Career and Business Purpose

This first gua represents the journey of your business, including your career. The Water element also symbolizes cash flow. Have you ever noticed a fish tank at the entrance of Chinese restaurant? when this is why, because water presents money, so having moving water there is a perfect start of your enhancements.

There I would love for you to add your intentions for your business, your mission, vision, value, what are you inspiring to do in your career.

You can also add:

  • Artwork about water (doesn’t have to be a fish tank, can be a paiting), water feature or fountain or even a doTERRA diffusor, it diffuse water, smell gorgeous and have a little bubbly noise!
  • Anything black, dark blue, mirrror.
  • You can keep the light on if you want to ignite a new career
  • Organic, flowing shapes

Knowledge & Self-Cultivation

Represents skill-building and the cultivation of knowledge, what do you need to learn in order to run your business? What training do you need for your staff and yourself to continue to be as efficient as you can. This could also b a good place for a meditation corner or a place of contemplation, an alter or anything you like to pray to.

Good enhancements for this area:

  • Art symbolizing study, stillness, contemplation
  • Business library
  • Training & development area

Your Business Growth & Team Structure
Represents the structure of the business; your team, your workforce and the leadership. What do you need to keep your business rooted, strong and continuously growing.

Good enhancements for this area:

  • Team photos; organizational charts.
  • Plants, big strang plants, lots of greenery, can be botanical prints, green or wooden items.
  • Anything tall and vertical, like floor lamps, ect…

Prosperity & Wealth of your business

This gua represents your abundance and prosperity, show me the money!! as well as your sense of gratitude.

What to add here!! anything that represents money to you…

  • Items that symbolize the prosperity of the business, your cheque books, a box with cash you can drop some coins ever times you walk passed it.
  • Add a money tree, my little secret, find a little mirror, place a couple of $50 bills on top then place your money tree and see your money double!!
  • Things for which you feel truly grateful: great clients, successful business ideas, a picture of your fabulous storefront…

Your and your business Marketing & Reputation

This is when you say, your brand is what people say when you are not there!! This gua represents brand, business integrity; how you and your business are known (and wish to be known) in the world. How visible are you? How do you market yourself and have loyal customers.

Good enhancements for this area:

  • Your business logo, marketing plan, 
  • Certificates of achievement, great press mentions and magazines you have been in,
  • Add some fire, lights, candles, anything red will ignite some fire in that area…

Your Business Relationships

Well here it’s the love for your business and your business relationships,  partnerships; nurturing customer loyalty.

Add a little love in this area:

  • Files containing contracts and partnership info
  • Photos or objects symbolizing successful working relationships
  • Who are the clients you would love to work with, have your target list here!

Creativity and new projects

This gua represents the joy of staring new business projects and openness to new ideas, being creative, thinking outside the box, how can you make your business more innovative!

Good enhancements for this area:

  • Items that help you visualize the future: a vision board, for example
  • Anything silver, round, 
  • Area for your people to seat and be creative, plastic on the wall and pens, let your mind go wild

Travel & Tribe building

This is another super important gua, it represents your business network, your tribe, who do you need to surround yourself with to have a succesful business? your ability to get and give help, and to create mutually beneficial business relationships.

Good enhancements for this area:

  • Business cards box, telephone directory (if you still have one!) 
  • Anyone who is helping you in your business, insurance, builders, maintenance…
  • Who do you need a helping hand from?
  • And if you want your business to be global, where is your business going?

And finally the Center, yours and your business health

Represents the health of the business. Keep that space as open as you can, and as uncluttered as you can, Center helps keep the other areas connected and in balance.

Symbol: The Yin & Yang symbol, this is the balance you have in your business, creating harmony with help you have a thriving business.

Good enhancements for this area:

  • Keep this area as open as possible to help Chi energy flow freely in your space.
  • Colour is mainly yellow, what represents health for you and your business, perhaps some fresh fruits, a healthy bank balance…

Wow, this is a lot to take in but I hope you will enjoy the read and start looking at your business, your office in a different way.

Add some intentions to each of the gua everytime you add an enhancement, keep all the gua free of clutter and see what transformation you are going to see…

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