What’s by your front door? Have you looked recently?
Using Feng Shui we discover like energy attracts energy like. Henceforth, beauty attracts beauty and “dead plant” energy attracts “negative” energy. We want to take an inventory of your front door. Be very hypersensitive and aware of everything around it. Everything from the street to the front door applies.
I’m going to analyze the above photo from a Feng Shui perspective – the good, bad and ugly. To help you understand how something “cute,” or seemingly harmless, could have a major impact on how the occupants experience life as they traverse the walk from sidewalk to front door.
Let’s talk about ugly and potentially bad Feng Shui first. When I saw this fire hydrant at the base of the stairs to this home’s front door I had a couple of immediate visceral responses. First I thought – “Where did they get it?” Was it stolen?” Then I rationalized it probably was acquired through someone’s work, possibly someone working for the fire department or a public service employee.
Then it hit me. Seeing this fire hydrant every time I walked up to or out from this home I would feel as though I needed to “put out fires.” What a horrible way to spend one’s life! Even if a fire man or woman lived in this house, Wouldn’t it be sad for them to feel they had more fires to put out at home upon returning after a long shift. Or to have it reenforced each day as they left, there’s more fires facing them again today.
Another challenge with this house are the stairs up to the front door and the inability to see the front door when walking up the stairs. After a long days’ work, the energy needed to climb even a few steps could be exhausting. When we have stairs to climb, we want to have something so beautiful it literally pulls our energy up to it so we can see and enjoy it. In this case, seeing a bench only reenforces the thought of being tired and needing to sit down when you get to the top.
The positive elements about this front yard leading to the front door are the beautiful Japanese Maples on either side of the walkway by the base of the stairs. The vibrant color attracts energy to the home. Unfortunately, Japanese maples lose their leaves, so about one-third of the year the entrance is void of color or some kind of positive energy attractor.
Some walkway lighting, ceramic statuary, the bench at the foot of the stairs or colorful pots with flowers would bring vital energy to this home.
How about a wind chime, hummingbird feeder or flag on the front stoop to pull the energy up the steps? These would attract and raise the energy as one walks up as well as bringing awareness to the beauty of the outdoors as the occupants leave. It might even bring a smile or the sound of a peaceful “Hum!” as the essence of nature greets the occupant or the object delights the eyes as they open the door to leave for the day – stimulating a response beckoning them to return home to enjoy their lives.