Have you heard the feng shui expression that calls the front door the mouth of ch’i? this speaks (pun intended!) to the absolute, essential, and remarkably elevated status and importance of your front door. here’s why.
ch’i is the vital energy that each and every one possesses. people, animals, desks, cars, roads—everything contains ch’i. it also connects and nourishes us.
As humans, we strive to have the right amount of auspicious ch’i in and around us to allow us to be at our best. When the vital ch’i energy within and around us is balanced and flows harmoniously, we have a life that we love.
As the home’s “mouth” for this most fundamental essence, the front door receives and then directs this vital energy into our space. Like the mouth in our bodies, it is the one primary entry point for nourishment. In our home’s case, this nourishment is Ch’i.
I’ve had a lot of dental work recently with two different teeth on each side of my mouth that required attention. Boy, did I feel totally challenged. unable to chew properly, he was constantly making up for deficits. It was an exhausting and difficult moment.
Thanks to a wonderful dentist, my mouth is now fine and I feel much healthier and more empowered. now, transfer this story to your doorstep. keeping it in good feng shui order will allow it to perform at its best for you.
The prominent role of our front door makes it imperative that we give it the special attention it deserves. Does the mouth or main entrance for the vital ch’i that energizes your home serve you the best it can?
feng shui offers a variety of suggestions for optimizing the full potential of your front door and giving you and your family all the nutrition you deserve. let’s take a closer look.
your feng shui front door
First, we need to identify the front door. It sounds a bit silly, but I assure you many of my clients have tried to negotiate which entry point to their home should be called the front door. The more you read different feng shui information, the more confused you’ll become about what to designate as your front door.
For me, a feng shui front door is the architectural front door of your home.
If you live in an apartment, condo, or other dwelling with only one exterior entrance, it’s easy to identify your front door. hooray!
It may not be so obvious in a single-family house with an entry door inside the garage, perhaps one outside near the garage, another on one of the sides, and that’s in addition to the architectural front door. It can get confusing.
look at the photo on the right. Assuming it is a single residence, which door would you call the architectural front door?
Think about how houses are often designed. the architect usually highlights a door in the facade of the structure. that door may be larger or more prominent than the others with perhaps a few extra embellishments. windows are frequently placed to balance and enhance this special entrance.
Inside, halls, corridors or closets are organized to suit the acceptance of guests. this is your architectural front door, your feng shui front door.
In the photo above, both doors have the same design and a beautiful paint job, so that doesn’t help. I would then head inside the building for additional guidance. the door that opens to the most public area that could receive guests is the main feng shui door.
Another suggestion would be to paint the other door white so it blends in with the house. this further accentuates the feng shui front door, which is still a lovely blue.
can you now identify your architectural front door? if not, please contact me and I’ll be happy to help.
path to the front door of your feng shui
Now that you know which door the ch’i will enter through, let’s make sure the ch’i is very clear about where to go.
To do this, imagine that you are someone visiting your home for the first time. start on the road that borders your home. How easily could you find the main feng shui door?
Is the path to the front door obvious? Or do you have to search a bit to identify and reach it?
When you live in a condominium or apartment with an interior entrance, often off a hallway, a visitor may have to do a lot of maneuvering to get to the door of your particular unit. that indicates that the ch’i does too. Is your building address and main entrance easy to spot? once inside the lobby, can you quickly find the elevator? all of these factors bring ch’i to your doorstep.
Once off the elevator to approach the door, you can call the Ch’i to your specific Feng Shui Front Door. If you building rules allow, add a wreath, door mat or other eye-catching item to your unit’s front entry area.
If there are a lot of restrictions on what you can do, can you add a discreet door decal that welcomes guests? You can also tie a ribbon, bell, or other ornament on the doorknob. either one is sure to let everyone know where you live. when your gaze is drawn to the door, that means the ch’i will be too.
Now let’s take a look at the path to your feng shui front door for a condominium or apartment with an exterior entrance. this can be on the ground level or on a higher level that requires climbing stairs to reach the front door.
again, it’s good to bring the ch’i directly to your feng shui front door. if there are a lot of twists and turns to get there, add something that “signals” a visitor and makes your entry stand out.
A client of mine has an exterior entrance on the second floor of his condo. part of the approach to it was a covered balcony with an open railing that could be seen from the street. as the actual route to the condo was quite complex. however, a visitor could see your deck railing from the parking lot. I suggested adding a brightly colored banner, banner, or other eye-catching item to your exterior railing to call ch’i and guests to your door.
A good friend with a second story entrance created an enhanced path for the Ch’i by adding a Feng Shui Greeter at the base of the exterior stairs. A welcome sign was inserted into the ground to bring attention to the ascent.
continued to draw the ch’i upstairs and delight guests by adding other eye-catching elements at a few other points on the rise. A healthy plant, etched rock, string of lights, or a garden gnome are little additions that anyone can add to make a big impact.
The photo above demonstrates how three engraved stones can inspire visitors and guide them up these entrance stairs.
As with any feng shui improvement, be sure to personalize your choices. living only with what you love is an important part of feng shui. “energize” a successful front door by choosing colors, accessories, signs and other decorations that express your true essence.
the feng shui front door of a house
The ideal location for your feng shui front door is on the street side of the house. this allows the easiest and most direct path for the ch’i to flow into the structure.
There have been so many times that a client has had a door that is on the side of the house or one that you can’t see at all. Townhomes in Florida are famous for having the garage door in the front and then placing the architectural front door on the side facade. this greatly diminishes the smooth and constant rejuvenation of ch’i in the structure.
If this is your situation, it is extremely important to focus on encouraging the ch’i to reach the front door of feng shui.
It is best that a free standing home have an actual path. Even when it is a lengthy distance from the driveway to the door consider adding a path. Make it interesting with curves, landscaping, pebbles or hardscape and even lighting. You will be rewarded with a steady, strong Ch’i flow.
The ideal scenario is to have the path wide enough for two people to walk side by side. this encourages more visitors and more ch’i to come and improve your home.
If you already have a route, take a look at how it looks. is it well maintained? Need to trim overgrown bushes, resurface a deteriorated walkway, or repair any other obstruction?
if there is any doubt about where the door is, continue directing ch’i. use landscaping or add other elements that can lead the visitor directly to the door similar to the advice given for the exterior entrance of a condominium.
The diagram at right shows an example of how to use shrubbery and lighting to guide Ch’i to your door.
art: statues, weatherproof artwork on the side of the house if the door is around the corner
signage: welcome, vacation, team or others
lighting: solar lights, lamp posts, string lights
plants: shrubs, flower gardens, potted plants
wind dancers: flags, pinwheels, banners
wind chimes: hung from a tree along the route or from a shepherd’s hook
You can use any combination of these elements that works best for you. the important point is that you define the path and call the ch’i to your feng shui front door with the items you love.
My Feng Shui Front Door is well placed on my home, but I still use many of the items described above along my path and in my adjoining garden. They are all Feng Shui Energy Boosts, and I love the feeling they add.
Time to direct some extra ch’i to your front door? paying attention to having that path clearly defined can really help lift and enhance the energy coming into your home.
A fresh infusion of ch’i can uplift and enhance your personal energy. now that’s inspiration to get out there and evaluate and improve your feng shui front door!
let me know what you discover and how you move to create a feng shui front door that welcomes all good things.
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