Review your living spaces

The first impression we derive when we look at anything, gets registered in our brain and this imprint remains forever. Similarly, anyone looking at your home will register the feel of your space and be influenced by it. 

It could be a beautiful painting or a vase; it could be your carpet, desk, and sofa, sculpture or it may even be the smell as they enter your home. At times what is visible could be pleasant and generate a good feel, and sometimes it could be a very disturbing feel and make the person sick or uncomfortable. How does your home or office look from outside? The sight of a high fencing or barbed wire around your home gives a feeling of being trapped in a prison when you get inside. Ensure that you have neat and nice compound walls around your home. A good pathway meandering up to your doorstep is excellent as it conducts the Chi and leads it to your doorstep. The pathway can be broader at the gate end and slightly smaller as it approaches the home. Front gardens fill up with stagnating energy, so piling up of chunks of wood, old furniture and rubbish is bad. Ensure that the pathway does not contain shrubs, bushes and thorny plants close to you door.

Dead plants and huge pots full of dried leaves are also considered bad Feng Shui. Keep the flowerbeds curved. A covered pathway with raked grey or white gravel is good. A manhole in the pathway is equally bad and it is recommended that you put a mat over it or place a planter on top of it if it is slightly to the right or left or the pathway. There are many homes where the pathway and the portico area of the house are blocked with vehicles, two wheelers, bicycles etc and there is hardly any place to walk and one needs to squeeze through. This is not good as it blocks all the energy flow towards the house. If your driveway slopes away from the house, it is recommended that you place brick gateposts or boulders or concrete balls on either side of the pathway to prevent energy from rolling away from your home.

In many of the Southeastern countries most often they place a pair of ‘Fu Dogs,’ a lion-faced dog which is believed to not only prevent energy from flowing away but also deters burglars from entering at a psychological level giving a feeling of a well-guarded house. Alternatively, placing two large round stones on either side of the gate posts on the inside would simulate the effect of a ‘Fu dog’. The first impression is the best impression, so ensure that your pathway and front door are good and inviting which helps in drawing positive energy into your place of dwelling.

(The author is a master Feng Shui consultant and traditional Vaastu practitioner. He may be contacted at 25252456 or 25252109)

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