You Want to Use Feng Sh’what? – Part 1
Explaining Some Things You’ve Heard About Feng Shui
Do you think you might know just enough about Feng Shui to be dangerous? Who wouldn’t want to utilize a system that creates harmonious and beneficial spaces to live and work? It is an art and science that’s at least 7,000 years old. Today, we’ll share some info on the common “Feng Shui” practices of which you might have heard.
Why is Feng Shui So Confusing?
Feng Shui, while simple in its essence, has many determinants, and is a term few know enough about to accurately evaluate due to its complexity. Part of the problem is that there are many different schools of feng shui, and while sharing commonalities, each has its unique perspectives from which they work. I liken it to recipes passed down from one generation to the next (which is what occurred in ancient China with Feng Shui cures). While you think your family’s lasagna, carrot cake, or chili recipe is better than anyone’s, there are some common ingredients common to all recipes, as well as some different spices/secret sauces that make your recipe special to you. The same is true of Feng Shui, whether you practice Compass, Land Form, Flying Star, BTB or another form of this ancient philosophy. Part of the confusion is a result of having are MANY books whose authors practice varying schools within Feng Shui. And the last part is that we all want to utilize knowledge that’s over 7,000 years old, yet it takes time and intense focus to learn and utilize the many facets of feng shui.
This is the book that I recommend to my clients if you’d like to learn more about BTB Feng Shui, which is the modern/Western version that I practice.
Lillian Too has combined Land Form School and Compass School.
Denise Linn combines Compass Feng Shui, space clearing & personal coaching.
A Red Door
While you want your front door to stand out and be visible from the street, it isn’t necessary to paint it red. If your home has been stained or painted light tan, then you might consider painting it navy blue, black, dark green, or something that makes it… stand out. You want a person’s eye to be drawn to the door, yet red is a very strong color… an auspicious color. If your home is stained or painted grey, you could use a huge variety of colors, but unless you plan to use red throughout the home, rethink using fire engine red.
Your Front Door
Whether you are living in an expansive estate or a tiny apartment, your main entry is considering the “Mouth of Ch’i” or the “Breath of Life;” the most important part of your home, just like breathing is vital to sustain human life. You want to attract Ch’i (energy) into your home, so that it circulates around each room and brings health, wealth and good fortune. In order to do that, your front door should be visible from the street. The path to get to your door should be obvious, as well as being well-lit. In order to welcome the Ch’i inside, your front yard, porch and entry should all be clean and well maintained.
Other Interior Doors
- Doors should open to provide the person entering a room to achieve the widest view possible.
- Doors in direct alignment facing one another in a hallway are best.
- Doorknobs that knock together can create family conflicts.
- The Chinese avoid 3 or more doors (or windows) in a row.
- Doors represent adults in your household, so eliminating a door might mean someone is going to move out, or even about to leave this world.
- These are the eyes and mouths of a home or office.
- Keeping your windows clean will give you better view of your situation, and give you insights into your circumstances.
- Windows also represent your children. If the ratio of windows to doors is 3 to 1, your children may feel they’re in charge at your house.
- Windows should be fairly wide so as to give you a broader perspective on life. The picture below shows windows that are not ideal feng shui, as they are too small and narrow.
- It’s better to have outward opening windows (rather than inward opening ones) to encourage harmonious, positive actions. In homes that are in the hurricane belt, windows and doors usually open to the inside, to increase safety, however.
Shelley’s story: Feng Shui Works!
My sister abruptly hung up on me. Our cherished life-long bond had suddenly become frayed. Having just completed my initial feng shui training, I made some adjustments in my home. My sister called back within hours of its completion, and I could feel the energy had completely shifted back into the loving relationship that I desired. I was able to experience the effectiveness of Feng Shui first hand, and on an emotional level feel the joy of a close kinship. That was an amazing affirmation that I had taken the right path. Since then I’ve helped countless clients change their lives by altering their spaces using the art and science of feng shui. Yet I continue to meditate, study, and utilize Feng Shui in my own life. With Transformations for Interiors, each client transforms more than their home. They also elevate their lives.
Today we covered doors and windows, as well as why Feng Shui can be confusing. On May 23 we’ll cover a home’s placement, colors and their implications when you wear them or they are used in your home decor. On June 6, we’ll cover the significance of bamboo, indoor plants, outdoor plants, and a few other “cures” you may have heard. Interested in a consultation? Check out this website: https://TFI.design/contact