Invite $$ Opportunity by Upleveling Your Entry

Did you know that the front door (of both your home and your workplace)
represents how opportunity comes to you?   

Yes, that front entry is more than the place where you receive packages  from the UPS man. In Feng Shui, the entry is called “The Mouth of Chi”   because it is the place where life-force enters.

In order to welcome opportunity (in the form of income, friendships,
advancements), check your Entry to make sure:

1. IT IS EASY TO FIND

I’ve been to some homes and workplaces that have a confusing or hard-to-find entry. If a person who is looking for your home or business has difficulty finding it, so will the Chi energy that brings opportunity with it!

We can make our Entries easy for opportunity to find us by creating an easy walking path from the street to our door. Curving paths are considered better Feng Shui than straight ones, as there are no straight lines in nature. If your sidewalk is straight, you can create the sense of curving, flowing movement with landscaping that has a curved border or a few round pots with plants near the walk.  We can also make our Entry easy to find by painting the door a contrasting color.  

2. IT HAS A SPACIOUS PLACE IN FRONT OF THE DOOR FOR CHI TO GATHER

It’s best to have an area right in front of the entry for the Chi to gather, like a porch or grassy area. Like people who are all arriving at the same time to a party, the Chi needs a place to gather before it enters your space. This entry provides an easy-to-find entrance with a space for gathering right outside the door, and steps and rails that provide guidance on how to enter. If you have trees or shrubs right outside your door, blocking your view as you look out and that gathering space as you face the door, please trim them back!  

3. IT REVEALS THE TRANSITION FROM PUBLIC SPACE TO PRIVATE SPACE

People have a lot on their minds, and so as they walk toward your entrance, you want them to experience subliminal cues that they are leaving public space and about to enter private space. Steps leading up to a porch will do that, as will columns or rails. Potted plants, outdoor furniture, and a front door mat (it needs to be as wide as the door!) are also effective clues.

4. IT HAS A CLEARLY DEFINED WAY TO ALERT YOU OF OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING

Make sure your door is fitted with an attractive and functional knocker or doorbell that you can hear anywhere inside the space. It’s frustrating for a friend or client to be standing outside waiting because you didn’t hear them at the door. 

5. IT ATTRACTIVELY ANCHORS YOUR CONNECTION TO NATURE AND THE SEASON

When someone is briefly waiting at your door, you have the perfect opportunity to share your connection to nature and to the season. There is no need to spend money on lavish displays. (Remember, anything hand-made has a more delightful life-force than anything mass produced!) A few well-loved and well-placed items are all that is necessary to anchor what you love about Mother Earth and the seasons.

3 thoughts on “Invite $$ Opportunity by Upleveling Your Entry

  1. Melody, I love this post and what it says about first impressions! What suggestions do you have for condo dwellers? The path to my front door is a straight hallway! I have a welcome mat that is imprinted with the Chartres labyrinth, plus a ismall nterior landing just inside the door. Any recommendations are helpful!

    Thanks so much,
    Carrie

  2. Hi, Carrie. It’s great to hear from you! Yes, I do have some suggestions for apartments and condos: always have a mat, as wide as the door (yours sounds lovely!), and have a plant near the door–one on either side if there is room–or a wreath or some kind of door art. If you are allowed, paint the front door a color you love, and you’ll always love coming home. I’ll cover the foyer in my next article.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Melody

  3. Thanks Melody! Wonderful ideas for small spaces, which downtown Vancouver is certainly known for – only so many peeps can squeeze into what is basically an island (think Manhattan only smaller).
    I did have a wreath up at Christmas, and miss that now, so will remedy the absence with something new 😀
    I would LOVE to paint the door, but not permitted in our building – so much depends on a certain “look”. So I’ll go to town with door art!

    Love the look on your website – so calming yet uplifting!
    Carrie