How chi flows in your front door is a key principle in feng shui.
The front door (house or business) is referred to as the “mouth of chi”. The nourishment in the form of chi (energy) enters through the front door. So it only goes to say that the stronger, healthier and more balanced the front entry is, the better chi is able to nourish the occupants. What does a strong feng shui front door look and feel like? Well, let’s think of chi as a first time visitor coming up to your front door. What will the visitor find and feel?
1. Open up the flow of chi
All clutter and other obstructions must be removed. In other words, no dead plants, broken/cracked pots, recycling bins or any other item(s) that can block the flow of chi. Also. the most favorable flow of chi to any front door is a smooth and curving path that resembles the flow of water.
Here are examples I found in my neighborhood. The front entrance on the left is not cluttered, but there’s a hanging plant at just the right height to bang your head on. Even though the plant is beautiful and healthy, it’s not very welcoming as well as being a painful obstruction. As for the house on the right, it’s hard to find the front door or walkway because the fence blocks the walk. Both say, stay away.
In all the years I’ve lived in my town and walked or driven by the house on the left, only once have I seen the front door open. This brings me to another important feng shui tip. OPEN your front door! I realize many people don’t even use their front door, so you must make a point to open it for a few minutes everyday or at the very least four or five times a week. As the mouth of chi, the front door represents the flow of new opportunities. So, go to your front door, open it and with open arms invite in those new opportunities. This is especially important if you’re planning on selling your house.
2. Take Care of Your Front Door
Next, it’s important that the door works properly. This means that it opens widely and freely without squeaking or obstructions. The door needs to have good looking working hardware and paint or finished wood. No odd looking unused nails around the frame, no rusty doorknobs that don’t work properly or a dried out Christmas wreath in June. Also, make sure the house number is clearly visible from the street day or night. Does the light work? Can someone clearly see the number at night? You get the idea? Showing consistent care and love to your front door will help attract that same quality of energy into your home.
3. Smooth Main Entry
If your front entry is looking good, how about when you step inside? At best a strong front door opens into a smooth flow of energy. It is here that the chi first gets absorbed into the house. While a strong front door attracts strong energy, the main entryway acts as a guide to further bring this chi into the home.
The front door needs to have a good relationship with the general structure of the home. In other words, good proportions in comparison with the house as a whole. Unless there have been renovations done on the house after the original house was built, this probably it’s an issue. It’s not uncommon that after a house has had some major renovations to make it bigger, the size of the front door may be too small for the rest of the house.
Here is an example of a nicely feng shui’ed front entrance with only a couple of minor issues.
*The front door is clearly visible from the street.
*It has a nice curve in the walk. Think of water flowing in a stream…the movement of chi is not too fast and not too slow.
*The front entry is clean, neat and has a light and house number.
*I wouldn’t put the potted plants on the step. The landscaping around the steps is welcoming enough without tripping over pots. The pots could be moved to either side of the door instead.
*The house number could be larger to be a bit more visible during the day as well as a night.
Now, how about you go and take a good look at your front door? Look to see what you might be able to do to make it better.
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