Designing a pathway to your Mouth of Ch’i (entry door) can be tricky. What you don’t want is to have the bottom flare out much wider than the top near the door because that will represent your wealth leaking out onto the street.In the picture below we have excellent feng shui in the meandering curve of the path, but the ch’i is lost with the wide dustpan effect at the base near the street. A feng shui solution to this problem does not mean you must spend a lot of money to re-do the bottom of the path. Instead, consider placing potted plants at the sides to the entrance of the path (see third photo below) to bring the flare in, so to speak.
The photo below shows an example of good feng shui. Note how the path widens out toward the top near the steps to the door? As long as the path stays the same width all the way down with no flare you’ve got a good feng shui result.
Another problem is blocking the opportunity and good luck ch’i from entering your home. Take a look at the photo below. Yes, the red/pink flowers are attractive to the eye and represent good luck. But do they really need to be placed so that they are practically blocking the entry to the home? Spacing them out a little wider would solve that.
Here’s another good example. Not only did they get the flare near the home correct, but the steps are rounded and curved which adds an extra touch of yin energy. The pathway is indirect instead of a straight shot to the door–that’s always very good feng shui.
This is a particularly beautiful “Mouth of Qi”–entry door–with beautiful decoration all around it designed to attract Qi (“chi” energy) to the occupants of the house it belonged to once upon a time (it’s now in a museum). Entry doors are important to the feng shui of any space because that is where opportunity knocks first. Location of the entry, size and color of the door itself, materials it is made of are all factors to be considered when analyzing feng shui.
It’s the holiday season and many of us will be spending a lot of time shopping. Most retail shops have sound alert systems in place to let the shopkeeper know of any customers entering the store. This way they can guard the cash register and merchandise, and be of service to the client so that a sales opportunity won’t be missed. All of that seems like just good common sense, right? It may surprise you to know that having jingling bells or some other form of noise at the entry to your space is also good feng shui.
Awareness of who is entering our immediate work/living zone improves our feng shui., Whether you work in a cubicle with your back to the door or are a mechanic under a car, being surprised by your boss sneaking up on you could ruin your mo-jo! We feel uneasy and subconsciously very vulnerable if we do not have control of our space. The optimum feng shui solution is to have a clear view of the entryway from our “Command Position”. However, that isn’t always possible and often the only way the furniture works is to be placed with our backs to the door. If this is the case, the next best thing is to place a mirror so that we can see who is behind us.
The other next best thing is to have some sound device attached to the door so that we hear it when it opens. For instance, you might want to hang some bells from the door. Or you might put a windchime in the doorway that encourages people to touch it and make it sing when they enter your space. Where there is no door, a bead curtain might be appropriate; the beads make a pleasant jingling sound and also soften the chi energy.
People love the tinkling sound of bells. Apparently, so does good chi. And as we all know from watching the classic Christmas movie “Its a Wonderful Life”, every time a bell rings and angel gets his wings. Here’s wishing you and your family a chi-ful holiday season!