Doors connect spaces and regulate the flow of energies in a building. These five feng shui tips will change the way you think about the doors in your home forever.
Most people don’t think twice about doors. They use them to enter or exit buildings and rooms and close them when they want some privacy, quiet or security. But there is much more to doors than this.
Make sure all your doors can fully open
The external doors of a home, and especially the main front door, are the portals where energies as well as people enter a space. And internal doors affect the way that energies as well as people move from room to room. A good analogy is that corridors can be seen as the arteries of a home and doors are the valves that regulate the flow.
So a simple way to improve the flow of energy in your life is to make sure that all the doors in your home can open fully and are not obstructed by clutter or items of furniture.
Does this mean that it’s best to have all the doors in your home open all the time? No. The art is to get the right balance. Having too many open doors causes energy to move through too quickly, resulting in missed opportunities in life. Conversely, too little movement, such as rooms where the door is never or rarely opened, can cause stagnation that will be reflected in your life in some kind of stuckness.
Fix any doors that are difficult to open or close
Locks that need to be jiggled and doors that need to have force applied or special techniques used to open or close them results in corresponding frustrations in your life, and the more often you use the door, the greater the effect. The most important door to get right is your front door, so that entering and exiting is a frictionless experience.
Find somewhere else to hang your clothing
Coats, jackets, bathrobes, and other types of clothing can often be found hanging on door hooks, especially in bathrooms, bedrooms, hall closets, and so on. These days you can even buy trendy over-door hangers that allow you to stash even more garments in this way.
If the door is never opened, or rarely opened, and it is being used as a wooden fixture to hang things from rather than for its original purpose, that’s fine. The problems start when it’s a door that is regularly in use. This is because the hanger may prevent the door from fully opening, and also the clothing adds weight, which translates into your life as requiring extra effort for whatever you do.
Don’t hang what doesn’t need to be hung
Do you use your doors as a handy place to keep things you may want to use — aprons hanging on doors hooks in your kitchen or pantry, bags hanging on door hooks in other areas of your home, and so on? Remember that just because something CAN hang, it doesn’t mean to say that it has to. It makes a room look unnecessarily cluttered. Aprons and bags can be folded and stored in cupboards, and they are just as easy to access as they would be hanging on a hook.
Remove decorative items dangling from door handles
These types of items are perceived as beautifying a door in some way. But every time you open or close the door, it swings about and you have to manoeuvre around it. Energetically this translates into unnecessary complications in your life or self-sabotaging tendencies.
Depressed people tend to have many objects in their home that hang downwards rather than point upwards, which reflects how they feel inside, and door handle danglers is one of the tell-tale signs I always look for. This doesn’t mean that everyone who does this is depressed but it does usually indicate some kind of self-defeating mechanism.
Any suggestion to remove these items is usually met with resistance at first (‘Oh, but it looks so cute!’). But after a while you will discover how much easier it is to open and close your doors without them getting in the way and how much more smoothly your life proceeds too.
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