On the topic of influence, one day several years ago, as I entered a large department store, I absent-mindedly read the word “Entrance” by one of the front doors, but I read it in the sense of “being entranced”, or entering into the state of mind of the world of that department store. It seemed to fit my experience – who hasn’t glimpsed a more wonderful potential for themselves in a shop window display (they don’t call it Retail Therapy for nothing), or had the sudden feeling that it would be a great idea to buy a 2 for 1 Special of something they’d never ordinarily buy even one of (saving money by spending it has to be one of the greatest advertising promises of all time). All those images – the architectural design, signs, photos, neon, mannequins in trendy designer gear, perfumes canned music – are designed to put us in a state of being receptive to what the store wants to sell us.
Similarly, we influence ourselves with the architecture and our choice of colors, potted plants, artwork, etc., and the degree of maintenance at our entrances. We influence ourselves and anyone who sees or walks thru, to enter into a particular state of mind. For us as the residents, this happens over and over again, which makes it particularly impactful.
One thing I want to mention is a Feng Shui myth that red front doors will automatically bring in wealth and good fortune. This is not always true, and red should be handled with care like the “fire element” remedy that it is. Any “fire element” increases whatever sort of energy is in that location, which can work for you or not. I had one client who painted his front door red, and shortly thereafter he started consuming more alcohol than was wise for him. He was concerned about his habit and happened to mention that he’d recently painted his front door red. When I did a formal Compass School Assessment of the place, I found a potential for issues with addiction at the front door. The red door basically put a bit of gasoline on the fire that was already there. He repainted the door a more balancing color (based on 5 Element Remedies) and the attraction to alcohol was no longer an issue. This is the sort of thing that isn’t obvious and takes a professional to find. The general wisdom is that when in doubt, wooden doors or more neutral colors are often safer.
You are the principle star in your own life, so help to set the stage for a winning, harmonious balance in your daily experience by creating the entrance that truly supports you. Like most things in Feng Shui, most of us don’t have control over every aspect of an environment, but even if you can’t change everything you might not like about your gates and doors, even windows, make the changes you can. Any improvement will be worth the effort.