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Feng Shui For Your Front Door
The front door is called the “mouth of chi” in Feng Shui because it’s where all good energy, or chi, enters you home, even if you come in through the garage or the back porch. The front door typically faces the street, and this symbolizes a river gently flowing into a home. Rivers are associated with prosperity and the front door is the conduit for bringing that prosperity into your house. Therefore when you use your front door every day, even if only to pick up the newspaper, get the mail, or let in some sunshine, you create an opportunity for wealth to enter your life.
The front door sets the tone for the rest of your home, so keep the area around the door clean, well lit, and make sure you have a house number that can be easily seen from the street.
I’m often asked if it’s necessary to paint your front door red to attract wealth. The color red represents the Fire Element and prosperity, which is why it is often thought of as the Feng Shui color for a front door. However, you can paint or stain your front door any color and still attract good energy into your home. The key is to make sure your door is clean, attractive, and in good repair. Choose a color that makes you feel good when you approach your door. Here are a few options:
• Red for wealth
• Blue for relaxation
• Green for growth
• Brown for stability
Doors represent opportunities, so what’s lurking behind your front door is also important. For example, does your front door open completely and easily, or is it blocked because you store things behind it? When your front door does not open fully, your energy is stagnant and opportunities may not “open” for you. Remove objects from behind your front door and watch your future prospects open as well.
Just inside your front door is an excellent place for a water feature like a fountain or fish tank. If possible, place the water toward the right side of the door; that is, facing into your home as you come in the door from the outside. Water represents the flow of wealth and abundance into your home so it’s a good thing to have near your entrance. Whatever kind of water feature you are planning, of course change the water frequently and keep it fresh. And if you don’t want to take care of a fountain or fish tank, hang artwork that shows water near your front door. Just make sure the water is flowing in, rather than out, of your front door.
If you enter the front door and immediately face a wall, it stops the chi from flowing into the rest of your home. To correct the situation, hang artwork on the wall that shows an image that is bi-directional, or flowing out in both directions. This will direct the chi away from the wall and into your home. Avoid hanging a mirror on the wall because it will reflect the chi out the front door.
Take this Feng Shui Challenge: Even if you usually enter your home through the garage or back door, for the next seven days enter your home through the front door. Then notice what changes around you, especially the new opportunities that flow into your life.