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.