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How to Welcome Opportunities

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How to Welcome Opportunities

The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui puts a great deal of emphasis on the entryway to the home. It is considered the “mouth of chi” where all of our opportunities come to us. This may seem like a bit of a stretch to skeptics and western thinkers. However, when I recently reviewed my old Interior Design textbook from years ago, I saw that it presented some of the exact same concepts as this 3,000-year-old practice.

It stated that choosing the right entryway was the most important part of the design of the building; and it should be chosen after a great deal of study and care. A poorly designed entryway would hamper the success of the business or negatively affect the occupants of the home, which is also a primary Feng Shui teaching.

The book went on to say the entry should be strongly differentiated from the immediate surroundings –making it easily identifiable from the street — and it should make a graceful transition between the street and the inside. If it was not easy to see and people had a hard time finding it, they would arrive grumpy and out of sorts, which would negatively impact the occupants.

It talked about how people need 15 feet to adjust from the outer to the inner domains. How the experience of arriving at a front door after enjoying a fragrant and attractive garden was considerably more enjoyable and helped make the transition. If the transition was too abrupt, there would be no feeling of arrival and the inside of the home would fail to be an inner sanctum.

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By Erica Sofrina, Author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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9:38AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

sounds like good advise. That's if you don't rent and have money to spend.

8:40AM PDT on May 31, 2013

Thank you Erica, for Sharing this!

7:46AM PDT on May 31, 2013

make it clean and beautiful )))

9:27AM PDT on May 28, 2013


8:21AM PDT on May 23, 2013

Thanks. I just planted some pretty plants by the door.

8:59PM PDT on May 22, 2013

Not so sure about this

9:51AM PDT on May 22, 2013


5:36AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Waiting for my porch to be finished...then hopefully some plants in it!

Thanks Erica!

3:07AM PDT on May 21, 2013

I'm thinking here........

4:22AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Might be able to do something about your front door, but not everyone has atlease 15feet of pathway.

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