As Autumn advances the darker days and colder weather can make us all feel insecure. It’s easy to think negatively when everything seems to be gloomy.
When you’re sitting down at the end of the day, you want to feel really snugly. You may also want to be productive, with some new Autumn hobbies. For that sense of comfort and to have a good base for creativity, you need to choose carefully where you sit.
A chair in the corner, protected at the back and sides by walls and facing the door is called by the Chinese the ‘Honoured Guest’ seat. In more turbulent times people were more likely to be attacked when visiting somewhere strange. In order to make a guest secure, they would be given that seat, where no-one could approach them unseen.
These days when you’re sitting at home with your family you may think the old rules don’t apply. But your subconscious knows differently! If you feel unsettled and edgy, this could well be because of the positioning of your chair.
Try to sit, as far as possible, in the position of the Honoured Guest. If you have to be with your back to the door, it may help if you have something close to you that reflects the door – for instance a mirror, glass picture frame or shiny ornament. Make that small change and see what a difference it creates.
GUARD YOUR THRESHOLD
All the luck that comes into your household enters through the main door. It’s important to ensure the approach to your door is smooth and open, yet not exposed, in order to encourage the right flow of chi.
If there is a path leading to your door it is better if it is curved, rather than straight. If you live on a T-junction so that the road opposite you points straight at your door, deflect the energy with trees or plants. If this is impossible, you always have the option of hanging wind-chimes, to intercept this destructive force.
Take a good look round outside your front door. Can you see sharp edges on walls, telegraph poles, other roofs etc. pointing towards your front door? All of these create ‘cutting sha’ and should be blocked, or they bring strife and harm. Again, shrubs are your best bet, but if you don’t have room for these, wind-chimes and hanging baskets are great. Of course there is always the lucky Ba Gua mirror that you can hang on your door to keep out negativity, if all else fails, and this is easily obtained on-line or in alternative shops.
Always keep your threshold clear of rubbish, old pots, recycling etc. to encourage beneficial chi. Your door should look solid and well cared-for, so it may be a good idea to repaint it before the cold weather sets in. Once inside your door, make sure the entry is clear and tidy, to welcome in good chi. Never hang a mirror to reflect the door as it will send the chi straight back out again.
If you live in a flat you can still adapt and apply most of these instructions. The point is that your entry should send out strong signals of being well-tended and solid.
The right front door – clear, sturdy, well-kept and in good proportion – sends out subtle signals of protection and power. It will provide you with a reliable welcome and serve to deter undesirable callers.
HOW WE CAN HELP
We have looked at correct seating, calmness and a secure threshold. Attend to all of these and your home will be a haven from the winter chill. However, if your feelings of insecurity go deep you may need more reassurance. Call our understanding Readers for their wise and sensible guidance, so you soon feel able to protect yourself.
PUBLISHED: 20 October 2017