Positioning: Your place in the Scheme of Things
A Feng Shui principle is that the importance of a position is determined by the amount of time you spend in the positioned area. Positioning is how you relate personally to any environment you find yourself in. On average, humans spend one-third of their time working at the desk, one-third sleeping in the bed, and one-third taking care of everything else. Positions of your bed and desk determine your orientation during two-thirds of your life. Needless to say, these positions strongly impact your health, happiness, success, and financial fortune.
Two theories of positioning – Relative Positioning and Commanding Position can help you in this.
The Theory of Relative Positioning
Local interrelations are more important than global positioning. In practical usage, the interrelationships between your house and your neighbors, your driveway and street, your house and the lot, and numerous other parts of your environment are having the importance.
What’s closer to you is more important than what is farther away. The second principle of the Theory of Relative Positioning is that the closer an area of the environment is to the human beings that are in it, the more the area affects them and their life experience. Keep in mind that the closer an area of your environment, the more it affects you.
Taking the Commanding Position
The commanding Position principle is used in several different contexts. The main idea of the Commanding Position is that you sit, stand, or otherwise situate yourself in the best and most powerful position available in any situation. The Commanding position provides fundamental assistance to these areas of your life:
- General success (bed position)
- Career and projects (the desk position)
- Health and Money (stove position)
- Social life (living room couch)
The commanding position helps keep you safe, strong, and in charge. Many modern Westerners have forgotten the need for protection or for taking extra precautions in life. The truth is that, on a basic level, we’re still the same being who fought to survive in the jungle, forest, and savanna, the evolutionary advantage still goes to the person in the more protected and empowered position.
One way to apply the Commanding Position to your home is with the classic armchair position.
Say a hill or mountain sits behind your house. This setup provides a solid backing in life. Say a hill, slightly lower than the one in back, sits to the left of the house and a still lower, yet substantial hill sits to the right of the house. In front of the house is an open place with a pleasant view, including a view of water in the middle distance. This position protects the house on three sides, keeping out intruders and protecting the residents. The house’s inspiring front view bodes well for good fortune. This classic example is a powerful Commanding position in Feng Shui.
The Commanding Position is also used in the interior of the house in several key areas, although the applications are slightly different. In order of importance, these areas are the bed, the stove, the desk, the dining table, and couch.
The guidelines of the interior commanding position principles are:
- Having Solid backing for your position
- See the entrance from where you are situated (Command the room visually)
- See the widest possible parts of the room
- Don’t situate yourself in the direct onward path of the door into the space.