The mouth of chi – or how to make a good first impression when energy comes a knocking

Woman welcoming at front door

I loved writing that. The Mouth of Chi. It sounds like something from that completely mental TV show Monkey, that used to be on in the 1970s. Back then I didn’t know the difference between whacky Japanese TV and ancient Chinese philosophy.

So, what is ‘chi’ (pronounced ‘chee’, not ‘chai’ like that delicious beverage)?
Chi is the energy inherent in all things. Think of it as life force, something that flows through everything including inanimate objects. Which makes it definitely something you want to keep flowing to you in your body, life and home. Feng Shui is the art of aligning your home with this energy and understanding its flow to bring good fortune and health.

Chi and your home

I was recently asked for my thoughts on how you can make sure your home has good energy that flows throughout the house. One way is to get the energy into your home in the first place. Wanting to attract more positive vibes and opportunities, especially some job opportunities, I decided to really look into the Feng Shui concept of the Mouth of Chi (pun intended) and see what it had to offer.

In Feng Shui, the MOUTH of Chi is the entrance to your home, especially the door. Which kind of makes sense. The front door or doors in my case are like a big old mouth ready to take you into the body of the home. Therefore, the Chinese are really keen on making it a grand entrance. The more welcoming it, the more likely you will experience great opportunities.

The first thing I did was check for just a few of the well-recognised problems.

1. Can people actually see the front door and entrance?
Well no. I realised it had become so utterly overgrown with large bushes and a tree that I could no longer see people in the driveway 10 metres away let alone the street. Some rash and impulsive pruning ensued, and it really made a difference. And I have to say that we felt an immediate difference. Everything was lighter and brighter. I don’t think your home needs to be totally exposed to the street, we bought this home because of its hedging and private feeling, but at some point, you probably need to weigh up the balance. If people cannot find your house then they literally won’t see you, energy will pass you by, so making some compromises is essential. On that note, our 2-metre hedges will soon be back to 1 metre again!

2. Is the pathway clear to the home and is it kind of meandering?
The ancient Chinese loved a good meander. The theory being that energy slows on the approach and wends and winds, rather than rushes along straight-arrow type paths. This was actually Ok in my case. The drive and path are relatively straight but taken as a whole they are softened by planting on either side giving it more of a flowing feel. I am still considering adding something to one sharp corner to make the whole thing look and feel more appealing. We had already completed a big clean-up of the driveway from leaf litter, and so it was already feeling better. It reminded me though of how easy it is to let those things build up, quite literally our leaf litter in autumn could cover a small child. This type of garden build-up can be deterring to energy (and people) who might want to drop by.

3. Are the front doors solid and free from crap?
Feng Shui puts great emphasis on front doors. They are literally the mouth, so they need clean teeth if you like. My front verandah was overtaken with daddy long legs and cobwebs, so the teeth required a really good clean! We also have doors with glass in them. This is not recommended for safety and security reasons. A lot of Feng Shui reflects our human emotions and psychology, so that makes sense. Yes, I do feel exposed when the mailman comes to the front door, and I am still in my PJs at 9.30am, and he can see straight in. I knew this was an issue and had spoken to my Feng Shui teacher and she suggested I keep the blinds down on both doors. Loving the light, I hadn’t been doing this, but I have made a commitment to do this all the time for a month to see how it feels.

Making some changes to make the front entrance more welcoming

So, what’s changed?

Feng Shui is really about good design principles. The changes I made were often just common sense. It is also always focussing firstly on what you can remove. People get deterred by the additions and cures recommended by Feng Shui practitioners such as wind chimes and bamboo flutes but before it ever gets to that the first thing is to remove clutter, debris and renew and reenergise. Often this is all that is needed to turn a situation around.

One thing I found interesting is that as I had let things become more overgrown outside with the spring and summer growth, I was really feeling stagnated particularly in the job space. No interesting opportunities seemed to be coming, or they were not panning out. Our front doors enter into the career zone of my home (and part of my front veranda is there as well). I will write more about the concept of zones (or Guas in Feng Shui) in another blog but suffice to say it as an area I wanted zinging.

I am pleased to say that since the changes last week I have already had 1 person contact me about an opportunity. I may not take it, but the energy of being sought out is very different to what was happening! My intention is starting to manifest with the energy of my home supporting it.

I ‘d love to know if any of you have had similar experiences with making changes to the entry to your house?

Is this something you might try?
And would anyone be interested in hearing about the Yin and Yang energy related to home entries?
Annette xx