Har­ness­ing en­ergy key to mak­ing prof­its a shui- in

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Prime Space - Sue Wil­liams

BUSI­NESS not go­ing as prof­itably as you’d hoped? Losses hit­ting fresh highs? Staff morale slump­ing to new lows? The prob­lems may be as sim­ple as your busi­ness be­ing in a lo­ca­tion that at­tracts bad feng shui, with the of­fice lay­out block­ing the good Qi and even the CEO sit­ting in the wrong place to max­imise wealth and longevity. And the so­lu­tion?

It could all lie in the way you’re us­ing your prime space.

‘‘ From the time you move into your of­fice, you start a re­la­tion­ship with that en­vi­ron­ment and its nat­u­ral en­er­gies,’’ says Joey Yap, an ex­pert in the an­cient Chi­nese sys­tem of feng shui ( wind- wa­ter). ‘‘ We have to learn how to har­ness the nat­u­ral en­er­gies — or Qi — of our liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment to help us at­tain suc­cess in life, to en­hance our health, wealth, re­la­tion­ships and ca­reer prospects.’’

To cyn­ics, who may be­lieve good man­age­ment, sound fi­nan­cial plan­ning and the wealth of the na­tion are much more crit­i­cal to busi­ness suc­cess, the force of feng shui might sound like lu­di­crous non­sense.

But there’s lit­tle doubt an in­creas­ing num­ber of Aus­tralians are call­ing on the ser­vices of feng shui prac­ti­tion­ers, such as Yap, to give them an eco­nomic edge.

In one Syd­ney of­fice, for in­stance, Yap, the head of Yap Global Con­sult­ing, a com­pany with branches in Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore and Aus­tralia, is con­duct­ing a classical feng shui au­dit of the fourth floor CBD head­quar­ters of an ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing com- pany. It’s an open- plan of­fice hous­ing about 80 peo­ple, with the CEO sit­ting at a work­sta­tion among the staff, by one of the tall glass win­dows with its views over the har­bour.

There are good things about the place, and bad.

The floor plan is con­ducive to an ed­u­ca­tional busi­ness, the view on one side is of the wa­ter curv­ing which can also in­di­cate the flow of pros­per­ity, and there’s a road com­ing in from the north­east which is an­other source of Qi.

The CEO’s lo­ca­tion, con­sid­er­ing his star chart, is also ex­cel­lent.

On the down­side, how­ever, there’s an of­fice tower block­ing the view to the south­west an­gle, which can stir un­rest. A gap in build­ings viewed from the IT sec­tion is a leak through which ri­vals can come in to poach peo­ple away, and Yap ad­vises that key staff shouldn’t be al­lowed to sit in this area.

With the help of his Loupan — a Chi­nese feng shui com­pass — and a se­ries of com­plex cal­cu­la­tions on the white board, Yap also pro­nounces that there are dif­fi­cul­ties with two ad­min­is­tra­tive staff mem­bers. Sit­ting in the north­east cor­ner, he says he can see the lo­ca­tion doesn’t suit their tem­per­a­ments.

‘‘ There’s a lot of back stab­bing prob­lems stem­ming from this cor­ner,’’ he says. ‘‘ You should ei­ther fire those peo­ple or shift them from this area into the east sec­tor. Then those prob­lems will die down.’’

The of­fice man­ager looks amazed, then nods.

It’s a scene be­ing re­played at more and more of­fices around Aus­tralia ev­ery year.

The Amer­i­can- born, Kuala Lumpur- based Yap, at only 30 the founder and CEO of the Mas­tery Academy of Chi­nese Meta­physics, and the au­thor of 12 books, is grow­ing his em­pire all the time. There are al­ready rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the US, Bri­tain, In­dia and Ger­many, and he is about to ex­pand from his Perth of­fice into Syd­ney and Bris­bane.

‘‘ Peo­ple are be­com­ing more and more in­ter­ested in classical feng shui all the time,’’ says Yap, whose clients have in­cluded var­i­ous of­fices of HSBC, the Stan­dard Char­tered Bank, Credit Suisse, Mi­crosoft and the Sime Darby Group.

‘‘ We find Aus­tralians are in­creas­ingly open to it, and in­ter­est around the world is grow­ing. Peo­ple want to know how to im­prove their busi­nesses, their wealth and their hap­pi­ness, and feng shui of­fers them a way to work in har­mony with the en­vir- on­ment to make that hap­pen.’’

The classical feng shui he prac­tises holds that three forces gov­ern our lives: Heaven Luck, a life path fixed by the time of our birth; Hu­man Luck, our ed­u­ca­tion, ac­tions and choices; and Earth Luck, our liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment that can be im­proved by feng shui.

Fresh from a trip to Ti­bet, Yap has just fin­ished a week- long course in Syd­ney for about 40 stu­dents.

Yap is also fre­quently called upon to con­duct feng shui au­dits of pub­lic build­ings, to see how they may be im­proved, or their busi­ness prospects en­hanced.

Strolling around Syd­ney’s stun­ning Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing, built in 1898 and re­fur­bished in 1984 as a shop­ping cen­tre, for in­stance, he notes how well it’s sited and de­signed to at­tract the flow of Qi.

Much of it flows from the roads sur­round­ing the build­ing, the wa­ter ly­ing to its north and the shape of the hills around it to pool in the open area at its main en­trance, and then rush down along the gen­tle slope inside the build­ing.

The cafe by the en­trance is wellplaced to re­ceive good, fast busi­ness, he says, al­though the Qi sim­ply flows straight past the shop op­po­site, with its door­way along the side.

Sim­i­larly, the Syd­ney Fish Mar­kets are well- starred, with hills in an ‘‘ eye­brow for­ma­tion’’ clearly ev­i­dent across the back, wa­ter to the north and a trav­el­ling star that means many tourists love visit­ing.

‘‘ It’s all about liv­ing in har­mony with the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, and achiev­ing bet­ter health, re­la­tion­ships and pros­per­ity,’’ Yap says.

Well sited: The Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing shapes up well

Of­fice as­sess­ment: Joey Yap

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