E.J. is a certified feng shui consultant and educator. He specializes in transforming the quality of life by shifting the energy in homes and offices.
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In both environmental psychology and feng shui, the front door is a metaphor for our connection with the outside world. Each time we step out of our homes, we are crossing the bridge between our inner and outer lives.
On a subconscious level, this experience of stepping over the threshold has a deep meaning. If you step outside to the sight of abandoned buildings and blaring traffic, you might think, "Oh no, another lousy day!" And yet, if you open your front door to a flourishing garden and the pleasant chirping of birds, your emotional state will probably be much more positive.
With feng shui, we adjust our experience of our environment for just this reason: to send deep cues to our subconscious, and to the people around us, what our experience of life is, and will be.
Take a moment to go to your front door and consciously notice what messages you are sending to yourself about your connection to the world. To do this, you should literally open your front door, stand inside your threshold, look outside, and observe your experience.
Do you feel inspired by the view ahead, and feel like taking on the world? Or does the view make you want to turn around and put your head back under the covers?
You should also do the same experiment in reverse. Stand outside your threshold, open your front door, and notice the view as you look into your home. Once again, ask yourself if the view looks inviting and nurturing, or are you hit by a vision of chaos and clutter?
You should begin to think creatively about how you can adjust your vision on either side of your front door. In this way, you are literally shifting your vision of your inner and outer worlds.
And, on a very practical side, here is a classic feng shui tip. Your front door should always open at least 90 degrees. Try not to put any coat racks, shoeboxes, and other furniture that might block the full opening of the door. This is especially a problem in crowded apartments. If this area is blocked in any way, it is already sending a deep message that opportunity will have trouble coming into your life.
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