What Does The Term "Sweeping Energy" Mean In Feng Shui?

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Sweeping Energy - is when you have the front entrance aligned with a back door or window. The diagram above illustrates this situation.

In energy terms, this says opportunities metaphorically and/or literally enter through the front entrance (mouth of chi) quickly and could leave just as fast. You want healthy energy to circulate all around your home.


As you continue to read this post, it's very important to keep in mind there are various ways to resolve “sweeping energy.


I bring this to your attention because my client told me it was suggested to them to close up the entire wall leading into the living room to stop the sweeping energy. The individual who offered this suggestion said they saw feng shui on HGTV (which is great!) and that is where the idea came from.


This is good to share, yet if you are not observing the whole picture you may be closing off more then just "sweeping energy." 


How So? For this particular home...

  • Those windows are a main source of light leading into the foyer area. If you close that off, you loose 80% or more of the light, potentially making this front entrance dimmer (even with artificial lighting). Natural light is always best and healthier.  
  • By closing off the living room wall, you shrink the size of the foyer entrance, as it could potentially create a condensed feeling. The front entrance is suggested to be open, bright and airy (in other words welcoming and comfortable). 
  • There are only two ways into the back of the home. The current living room entrance and another room that is literally on the other side of the home, to the left. By closing off the living room you now have limited an access point. This could even be a safety concern.
  • Speaking in energy terms, by closing off the living room wall you could limit the energy flow. Closing the wall would stop the sweeping energy, but then it creates an abrupt stop of energy flow as soon as you enter into the home's foyer.



Its important to observe everything, as much as you can.

  • Look outside the window and ask yourself, could the view I see be beneficial (such as with a lush scenery of woodlands, landscaping, or even a beautiful city scape). If the answer is yes, that view could be used to your advantage. How you frame the window could then create a different approach in energy flow. 
  • How you address the inside space leading to the "Sweeping energy zone" could also redirect the energy flow to stay within the home vs moving back out toward the window. This may include paint color on the wall, style of trim or molding, artwork selection and placement, the use of crystals and/or the mindful placement of other furnishings. 


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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Fascinating Laura!  

I had no idea of this and I see this set up all the time with staging clients.

Apr 02, 2016 04:23 AM #1
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thank you for sharing your insight on the sweeping energy is a home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 02, 2016 05:11 AM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Something to keep in mind when I build my next house. Too late for design on this one so I'll have to follow your tips.

Apr 02, 2016 12:55 PM #3
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Laura Cerrano 

Interesting information Laura. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. 

Apr 02, 2016 02:29 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura I  have never heard of this, glad I saw it, hope you are having a great week, Endre

Apr 04, 2016 03:56 PM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for explaining the concept of Sweeping Energy, Laura.

Apr 04, 2016 08:37 PM #6
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
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Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Yes, we moved our front door so it no longer aligned with a slider to the back yard for this reason.

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