Here are my top ten tips for improving chi flow to the front door or entrance of your home:
1. Keep your front door or entrance clear from obstructions such as refuse sacks, trees and kids play things. Being the source of chi you don't want to block vital energy from entering the home.
2. Once inside, don't block the hallway with numerous slippers, coats, shoes, bicycles and bags. Although it's a good idea to take shoes off when entering a home to ensure cleanliness you'll also want to stow them away in a space specifically designed for them. Stowing shoes away also ensures that you keep the energy of the outside world separate from the interior world of your home.
3. Ensure you use your front door. Sometimes it's tempting to use a garage or side door depending on where you park your car. This means that all that positive chi waiting to enter your home has nowhere to go – it's wasted chi and therefore represents wasted opportunities. So, get used to using your front door as the main entry point to your home.
4. Ensure that your front door opens easily and fully. Doors that jar or stick on an interior mat will minimise chi flow. Equally, fix all locks and hinges that stick. If you find it difficult to open your front door you may encounter difficulties on your life journey and miss out on vital opportunities.
5. Ensure that your front door is clearly visible especially if it's to the side of the house. If visitors are not sure which front door to knock on
you may prevent new opportunities from coming your way. You can clearly demarcate the space around the front door with shrubs, ornaments, lighting (preferably uplighters) and paint. Demarcation symbols will also enhance your sense of protection.
6. Install bright lights on either side of the doorway to lift the energy of the entrance with positive, yang energy. You can also use lighting
to lift chi inside the front door so that guests feel uplifted on entering your space.
7. Ensure you have a solid brass knocker so that you literally get a grip with where you are heading in life. Brass fixtures and fittings should always be kept polished to deflect negative chi from entering the home.
8. Ensure that your post or mail box is in good repair. Your post box represents your contact with the outside world. Any problems with your post box may again prevent opportunities from coming your way. The same goes for your doorbell which needs to be working at all times.
9. Fading or peeling paint is an indication of depleted chi so if your front door looks a bit sad give it a fresh lick of paint. Above all, ensure that dirt, traffic grime and bird droppings don't build up on the outside.
10. A curving path to your front door is preferable to a straight path as the chi has a chance to meander with the curves (symbolic of you going with the flow). Straight lines quicken the chi flow and can often overpower the entrance to your home.
One way to overcome this is to place an exterior ba gua mirror (with trigram markings on the outside) on your door to deflect chi. If this does not appeal, a shiny brass door knocker will serve the same purpose.
You could also hang a wind chime by your front door to slow chi flow (a five cylinder chime is best). Again, placing shrubs and potted plants around your front door will halt fast flowing chi. However, bushes and shrubs should not be allow to overgrow on the sides of paths.
The direction of you front door matters!
In Feng Shui, the direction of your front door is vitally important. As the 'mouth of chi', the direction of the front door indicates what type of energy is prevalent or at play in the home.
For example, if you have a North facing front door you'll want to be mindful of the 1 area of the ba gua in the home and all the related issues. It may be that a person with a North facing front door has issues surrounding career or that they are hugely independent and finding it difficult to sustain a long term relationship.
When ascertaining the direction of your front door, stand inside the front door with your back to the hallway or interior of your home and look straight out of the front door. Never take the direction of your front door whilst standing directly opposite it looking inside the home.
There are certain colors and materials that best support each front door direction (and area of the ba gua). By choosing the right color and element you will support and nourish the chi entering your home. Here are some guidelines for you to follow:
North facing door (1 area of ba gua): blue, black, white, wooden
North East facing door (8 area of ba gua): orange, purple, yellow, terracotta
East facing door (3 area of ba gua): green, blue, turquoise, wooden
South East facing door (4 area of ba gua): green, turquoise, blue, wooden
South facing door (9 area of ba gua): red, pink, purple, wooden
South West facing door (2 area of ba gua): pink, peach, apricot, orange, yellow
West facing door (7 area of ba gua): yellow, white, gold, magenta, silver
North West facing door (7 area of ba gua): magenta, gold, silver, white, yellow
When I was first introduced to Feng Shui I did not really want to paint my door bright yellow (I had a N.E. facing front door). However, I decided to go for it and it was surprising how many people commented on the cheeriness of my front door and how much they liked it. So, give it a go and see whether it has a positive impact!
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