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Glossary  
Bagua Map  
Money Pot  
Power of intention  
Empowering Your Business
Energy of Colors  
About Red  
About Pink  
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Feng Shui in the Classroom: Arranging Your Space to Empower Yourself and Your Students

It All Starts with YOU (and Your Desk)
As a teacher, you’re so much more than just your students’ educator. Depending on the ages and the needs of your students, you also may find yourself taking on the roles of cheerleader, coach, referee, nurse, secretary, mediator, advisor, mentor, and more! Since you’re responsible for so much every day, it’s vitally important that you place yourself in a commanding position while you’re sitting at your desk. Sitting in a com­manding position will allow you the best view and the most control over what goes on in your classroom, as well as what occurs just outside your door.

If you place your desk across the room and as far from the door as possible (see diagrams), you’ll be able to see anyone who approaches your room, and you’ll have privacy at the same time. And best of all, you’ll be able to prevent things from literally and figuratively going on behind your back, which will work wonders to eliminate the feeling of needing eyes in the back of your head!

The diagrams show three examples of desks in commanding positions. If you can’t put your desk in one of those positions—give or take a few feet—see the “cures” (energetic adjustments) you can install. Be sure to leave enough room all the way around your desk for easy access and good chi flow. Also keep the space around and under your desk com­pletely free of clutter.

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Give Yourself Solid Backing
It’s also important to have solid backing as you sit in your commanding position, so choose a chair with a high, solid back (no cut-out area) and comfortable armrests. These features will give you protection, as well as physical and energetic “support from all sides.”

Why is such a chair important?
• From a physical standpoint, a chair with a high, solid back and armrests helps you sit up straighter, so it provides more support for your back, spine, arms, and legs.

• In the context of nature, when the practice of feng shui began centuries ago, people used it to position themselves as harmoniously as possible amidst the energetic forces of nature. This position allowed them to reap Mother Nature’s benefits most easily and efficiently while not being exposed to her harshness. The ideal position was one with mountains behind, and hills and trees on the sides, for protection from the elements. In the front was flowing water for abundant nourishment and good health. Today this auspicious setup is referred to as “the armchair position.” So having an armchair with a high, solid back and sturdy armrests will give you support and protection all day. It also will allow you to manage your classroom from a peaceful and secure position.

Behind your solid armchair, you also need solid walls. The walls serve as your safety net. If they could talk, they would say, “Don’t worry. If you start to lose your balance, we’re right here behind you. We’ve got your back. You’re covered. We won’t let you down.”

If the only place you can position your desk and chair is in front of a window or windows, there are some things you can do to “cure” this situation. For example, you can put curtains or mini-blinds on the windows to provide that needed support. However, if curtains or blinds are an impossibility, you can hang faceted crystal spheres in the windows. These will deflect the chi back into the room so it can support you and your students as it should. If you only have one small uncovered window behind you, one crystal should suffice. If you have a whole wall of uncovered windows behind you, however, you will need more than one crystal. The general rule of thumb is to use one crystal for every five linear feet, but let your intuition be your guide you as you assess the situation.

Arrange Your Space and Go with the Flow
In my book Feng Shui Essentials: A How-to Guide for Creating the Life You Desire, I give a thorough explanation of the nine life areas (guas) that exist in every room, building, or plot of land. I explain why each gua has its own color or colors, and why several guas also have their own shapes and element. The bagua map below gives the locations of the guas, as well as their applications in a classroom or other learning environment. When you superimpose this bagua map over a scale drawing of your classroom, you can locate its guas and begin adjusting their energy. Then once you’ve achieved a harmonious balance and flow among the guas, you’ll be well on your way to creating the most peaceful environment possible for yourself as well as your students.

Classroom Bagua Map

The expression “a place for everything, and everything in its place” definitely applies in feng shui. Here are some options for what you can place in each gua to achieve balance and harmony in your classroom.

Wealth & Prosperity
This is a great area for ...
• purple, blue, &/or red things
• a wind chime or wind sock (especially good if you have an accusing corner)
• a fountain (to suggest “cash flow”)
• an aquarium with 9 fish in it (8 red for power, luck, and wealth; 1 black for money and wisdom)
• pictures of fish (a symbol of abundance)
• a lush green plant with rounded leaves
• the class grocery store &/or cash register

Fame & Reputation
This is a great area for ...
• red things, or things containing red
• pictures or things that represent lights &/or fire (a lava lamp or regular lamp, a fake fireplace, a sun, stars, etc.)
• the class stage &/or drama center
• a “Wall of Fame” that displays students’ photos, bios, and achievements
• awards, trophies, or medals won by you, your class, or individual students
• the class pet (animals have fire energy)

Marriage & Relationships
This is a great area for ...
• pink, red, &/or white things
• pairs of things
• pottery or earthenware objects
• a conference corner
• a plant with rounded leaves (not spiky)
• a pair of comfy chairs, a loveseat, &/or a pink or heart-shaped rug
• your Valentine’s Day bulletin board
• artwork or photos showing people working or playing together

Family & Ancestors
This is a great area for ...
• green &/or blue things
• things made of wood
• tall rectangular things
• plants, trees, or flowers (real or fake)
• artwork showing a garden or a forest
• bulletin boards with students’ genealogy charts and/or family photos
• photos of your classroom “family”
• bulletin boards or scrapbooks of things that your class has done together

Health & All Areas
This is a great area for ...
• yellow, orange, tan, &/or brown things
• square or cube-shaped things
• pottery or earthenware objects
• something that has or represents all five elements (see the bagua map)
• a faceted crystal sphere hung from the ceiling
• a globe or a picture of Earth
• a square rug that is or contains yellow, orange, tan, &/or brown

Creativity & Children
This is a great area for ...
• white things
• things made of metal
• round, oval, &/or egg-shaped things
• the class stage &/or drama center
• the art center and art supplies
• a bulletin board &/or shelves displaying students’ works of art
• a play area with toys, games, puzzles, books, etc., that foster creativity, humor, and problem-solving skills

Knowledge & Self-Cultivation
This is a great area for ...
• blue &/or green things
• pictures of mountains and blue skies
• pictures of, books about, or sayings by wise mentors whom students admire
• the class library &/or reading corner
• comfy chairs or a sofa, oversized pillows, and a good reading lamp
• a blue &/or green rug to sit or lie on
• the class computer(s)
• the writing corner &/or author’s chair

Career & Life Path
This is a great area for ...
• things that are or contain black, dark blue, &/or dark green
• things with wavy or irregular shapes
• a fish bowl, an aquarium, or a fountain
• artwork with water &/or fish (to remind students to “go with the flow”)
• a “Careers” center or bulletin board with information on different vocations and career paths
• a list of class rules

Helpful People & Travel
This is a great area for ...
• gray, black, &/or white things
• things made of metal
• an “Our Class Cares” bulletin board or corner where students post or perform volunteer activities and charitable work
• a globe, an atlas, or maps of the world
• travel posters, guidebooks, postcards, photo albums, and other realia from places you and your students have lived or visited



Use Colors to Balance Yourself and Your Environment
If you teach in an elementary school, it’s likely that you and your students see the same four walls for several hours a day. So it’s important to choose colors in just the right shades and amounts, and according to your needs. If you can’t add colors on the walls, you and your students can wear different colors to support certain moods and intentions. Some examples: If students want to increase their focus and their ability to memorize facts before a test, they can wear a bright shade of yellow. If they are nervous or excited and would like to calm down, a peaceful shade of blue will do the trick.

The Energy of Red
Fame (also Marriage; Prosperity)
excites • stimulates • inspires • promotes activity • attracts attention
BUT ALSO . . . too much red can increase aggression

The Energy of Orange
Health
stimulates creativity and playfulness • increases social interaction
BUT ALSO . . . too much orange can overstimulate the appetite

The Energy of Yellow
Health
lifts spirits • boosts mental clarity and organization • stimulates memory
BUT ALSO . . . dull yellow can cause fear or anxiety

The Energy of Brown/Tan
Health
grounds and supports • promotes feelings of security and stability
BUT ALSO . . . too much can cause stubbornness and narrow-mindedness

The Energy of Green
Family (also Knowledge)
calms and heals • balances emotions
BUT ALSO . . . “muddy” greens can cause nausea or ill feelings toward others

The Energy of Pink
Marriage
relaxes • lessens aggression • promotes a positive, caring attitude
BUT ALSO . . . too much pink can slow maturity and responsibility

The Energy of Blue
Knowledge (also Family; Prosperity)
aids concentration and focus • encourages creative expression
ALSO . . . turquoise promotes confident, heartfelt oration

The Energy of Purple
Prosperity
inspires dramatic, musical, artistic, and intuitive abilities • quells fears
BUT ALSO . . . too much purple can cause daydreaming

The Energy of White
Creativity/Children (also Helpful People; Marriage)
quiets the mind • promotes a clean, clear, open feeling
BUT ALSO . . . too much white can cause feelings of isolation

The Energy of Gray
Helpful People
promotes independence, maturity, and self-reliance
BUT ALSO . . . can be physically and mentally draining

The Energy of Black
Career (also Helpful People)
comforts • protects • grounds • intrigues
BUT ALSO . . . too much can cause feelings of claustrophobia or isolation



Choose Lighting that Boosts Health and Performance

Studies have shown that different kinds of lighting have definite and measurable effects on students’ health, moods, and performance. The best kind of indoor lighting is full-spectrum lighting. This type of lighting is the closest thing to sunlight because it contains all seven colors of the rainbow spectrum in appropriately balanced amounts.

Incandescent and fluorescent lights do not contain balanced amounts of all the colors of the spectrum. For example, both kinds of lights have too many yellow-orange wavelengths and not enough green-blue-violet wavelengths. Since each color of the spectrum causes its own energetic and biological responses, an imbalance in one or more colors can have harmful effects on students’ bodies and minds.

If it’s impossible to install full-spectrum lights throughout your entire room, consider installing them in one area of the room, or even in one lamp. Then observe students’ behavior and performance for changes and improvements.

Full-spectrum lighting improves/increases . . .
* mental alertness
* concentration/focus
* visual acuity
* academic performance
* test scores
* physical energy/vitality
* productivity
* immune function
* school attendance
* calcium absorption

Full-spectrum lighting decreases . . .
* lethargy/fatigue
* depression
* stress/anxiety
* migraine headaches
* blood pressure
* aggressive/violent behavior
* cravings (sugar, starch, alcohol)
* cavities (due to increased calcium absorption)
* PMS
* SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
* ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Use Scents to Balance Body and Mind

You can use different scents in your classroom to calm or invigorate your students, to enhance their concentration and memory, and to aid in their recovery during cold and flu season. Whenever possible, use concentrated essential oils derived directly from plants, since synthetic oils have little or no medicinal properties.
 
To use scents in your classroom‚ try one or more of these options:
Tear Drop    Add 4–5 drops of essential oil to 1 cup cold water. Pour the mixture into a glass spray-bottle‚ and spray into the air.
Tear Drop Diffuse essential oils with a cool-air diffuser or vaporizer‚ using the same oil-to-water ratio as above. (Cool-air diffusers or vaporizers won’t alter the chemical makeup of the oil and lessen its therapeutic qualities.)
Tear Drop Dab a few drops of oil onto a cotton ball or cloth; then place it on a warm radiator, attach it to a ceiling fan, or place it near a vent.
Tear Drop During break times‚ drink teas that are made from the herbs and flowers from which essential oils are extracted.
Tear Drop Certain essential oils and oil blends can be worn as perfumes that provide extra support throughout the day. Check the label and product information to make sure a particular oil can be used in this way.
   
To awaken and energize‚ try . . .
peppermint spearmint eucalyptus jasmine  
ginger lemon rosemary    
         
To lift sadness and/or depression‚ try . . .
basil geranium jasmine spiced apple (tea)
orange hyssop patchouli spruce  
         
To relieve anxiety‚ try . . .
cedarwood rosewood sandalwood bergamot (found in Earl Gray tea)
pine juniperberry lavender clary sage  
         
For mental clarity‚ focus‚ and memory enhancement(*)‚ try . . .
basil* peppermint grapefruit lily of the valley
rosemary* clove lemongrass ginger  
         
To balance and calm the emotions try . . .
melissa lavender sandalwood chamomile (blue or Roman)
geranium ylang-ylang sweet orange rose/rose hip tea pine
         
For coughs and/or colds and flu‚ try . . .
clove lemon cinnamon eucalyptus rosemary
spruce pine tea tree peppermint lavender
 
PLEASE NOTE: Essential oils are extremely concentrated. Avoid putting them directly on the skin or ingesting them unless they’re indicated as safe, and don’t use them without supervision if you are pregnant. Also, if you have students with asthma or allergies, begin with smaller amounts of oil until you’re sure there are no adverse reactions.
 

 


Juliette Looye, M.Ed.
630.512.0436
juliette.looye@sbcglobal.net
 
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