One of the latest interests we have in home or business is the art of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is an age-old practice that embraces the idea of living in harmony and balance with our environment. It is an ancient Chinese art that stretches back at least 7000 years. It is not only profoundly creative and intuitive, but it is also a science employing diagnostic equipment, mathematical formulas and specialized language.
Feng Shui literally means wind and water, two of the most fundamental forms of life's energy. (The other three are wood, fire and metal.)
The practice of Feng Shui embodies a belief that there are subtle forces in our surroundings that can impact upon our lives. It provides a framework for understanding the secrets of how energy moves in our surroundings and how the landscape, the style of our buildings and their interiors affect us at a subtle level. By applying the principles of this art, it is possible to make our living and working environments healthier and more attuned to the life forces which surround us. It is also possible to enhance our prosperity and minimize obstacles and misfortune.
A consultation involves the consideration of history, direction, energy, time, arrangement and use of rooms within a building, shapes, colors and geographic location. Recommendations are made with the aim of reducing the more difficult influences that enter your home or workplace over time, and enhance the better ones. A scale plan of the building is required, along with its age.
How Good Is The Feng Shui At Your Front Door?
The quality and the nature of the Chi (energy, life force, that which flows through all of us and gives us life) that enters your front door are important in Feng Shui. The front of your house and property are a very good place to start when assessing the Feng Shui of your home. Here are a few things to look out for. "Yes" answers are positive. Too many "No" answers may indicate that it is time to do something! If your answer is "No", here are a few ideas for what you can do.
Is your house easy to find? (Ask first time visitors) When a house is difficult to find or visitors "overshoot" the premises, it can indicate missed opportunities. Draw attention to your property in some way - large clear street numbers or house name; something at the entrance to your property that distinguishes it in some way (welcoming objects only).
Is it easy to find your way onto the property? Problems finding the entrance to your property may set up feelings of "I do not feel welcome" which may reflect in your relationships with others socially and in the workplace. Clearly define where you want your visitors to enter - perhaps a gate and/or archway and/or a path (curves are better than straight lines).
Is it clear where your property ends and another's begins? A lack of a boundary may indicate that someone in the house feels walked over or "knows no boundaries". Define your property boundaries in some way - clever planting, fencing, corner stones of some description may help.
Is your front door easy to find? An obscured front door may indicate confusion about direction within the home, or problems with money. If you have a door that is tucked away, you could use a path or flower pots, lights (such as a sensor light that is in view), a pair of objects or statues that point the way, a welcome mat, a bright colored door. Be creative.
Do you have one clearly identified front door? Too many doors can indicate too much talk or gossip or even separation. Draw attention to the main door - frame it in some way, use color, plant pots and other techniques mentioned above. Close the other door off. Remove if possible.
Does your front door open and close easily? A sticky front door may indicate that something is not working in your life or that you feel stuck or irritated by something. Oil the hinges, do whatever is necessary for it to open and close easily.
Is your door sheltered from the elements? An entrance exposed to harsh elements may indicate hardship. Erect a verandah, plant to shield the door from the elements (without blocking the entrance), protect with a screen of some sort, consider moving your front door.
Is your house in good shape? (i.e. does it need repainting or repairs?) A house that shows signs of neglect may indicate that you are neglecting some part of your life - health, relationships, finances etc. Fix anything that is broken, repair cracks, replace ruddy bits, repaint when necessary, remove and replace anything that is rotten.
Does the garden show a degree of care? A well cared for garden will invite positive Chi. A garden that looks cared for does not necessarily mean a lot of work. Mulching, groundcovers and indigenous plants can take a lot of the pain out of weeding.
Do you have a (curved) path to your front door? Straight lines indicate that the occupants feel under pressure or rushed. Straight lines channel Chi. Curved lines invite the Chi to flow easily. If your straight path is hard to change, consider planting to soften the edge or placing flower pots in positions to encourage the Chi to slow down and flow in curves.
Are there any obstacles? Be sure the pathway to your door is free of obstacles. Remove anything that anyone could slip on or trip over.
Is the paving or surface safe to walk on even it is wet? Sure-footedness will help you to go where you want to go when you want to go. Ensure that the surface provides grip without slipping. Clean it, seal it or do whatever is necessary to ensure that it is safe to walk on.
Do you have soft curved lines (plants, garden beds) or are they straight? Too many straight lines may indicate a strong need to control. Flexibility eases one's life path. Build curves wherever possible. Soft planting along the edges can help.
Is the front free of rubbish? Clean it up. Place rubbish bins well away from the front door.
Are there any dead plants in the front? Dead plants produce unhealthy Chi. Remove all dead or dying plants. Replace with healthy living ones.
Is there any clutter? Clutter can indicate a confused mind or state of overwhelm. Clean it up. Remove all that is not necessary. Keep it simple.
Does your front entrance invite people (and the Chi) to enter? An uninviting entrance may indicate missed opportunities or relationships that could benefit. Ask first time visitors how they felt. Their answers may give a clue about what to do next. Lights, flowers, a welcome sign or mat, a front door bell all invite visitors.
Stand At Your Front Door And Look Out
Is there anything that points towards your front door? Check the road alignment, tree trunks, power poles, driveways (yours and other peoples)
"Secret or poisoned arrows" produce negative Chi. Screen with clever planting, deflect with an instrument of the wind (a mobile or wind-vane or anything else that is visually appealing and moves in the wind), protect with a symbol of protection - something that is meaningful to you. Unsure? Consider a ceramic dragon or dogs or lions or your totem animal.
Are the buildings around you "friendly" to your neighborhood? (Unfriendly places include police stations, churches - especially where they hold a lot of funerals - cemeteries, tall buildings that overshadow, industrial sites, noisy places, overly active places or any other places that are unpleasant to look at. Screen, effect the Chi, place symbols of protection by your door or move to more pleasant surroundings.
Of course, there are many more things that may indicate the nature of the Chi entering your property - some may be visible, some invisible, such as the Chi of time, direction and the energy lines that occur on your property. An assessment of these requires some expertise.