Are You Blocking Your own CHI? Shame on Feng Shui Long Island & Manhattan

Home Stager with Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island #888

As a Feng Shui Consultant on Long Island and New York City, there are many things we have to work around.  And some things we need to tell clients we just hope they will believe us and make the changes, although they may be a little more difficult then the usual ones we can choose.

A huge principle of Feng Shui is "To Let the Outdoors IN."  We need to allow the New Energy to enter and create a balance of the Yin/Yang forces.  The first thing I myself do every morning is to open up my blinds and curtains.  I want the outside to come in....and I recommend my clients do the same. 

Another thing, if possible, is to open some windows and doors, even if only for a short time.  New Energy (otherwise known as CHI) can't get in if you don't allow it in.  Often when I am doing a Feng Shui Consultation for a home, one issue comes up frequently:  when there is a door or a bush directly in front of the front door.

It is known to "block" the Chi as the Front Door is known as the "Mouth" of Chi, where all the good energy ENTERS.  Bushes can often be moved but trees can be more of an issue depending on their size-and branches. *A note to Realtors on showing homes to buyers with an interest in Feng Shui:  If the Front Door has branches from a tree in front of it that cast a shadow on the front door, a buyer will take that as a sign of bad luck.  Have your homeowners trim branches.

And please stop using the garage doors that are so easy to get into.  I know they're convenient and it's fine when you've been shopping and have groceries or the weather is bad. Otherwise, use the Front Door (the little walk may do you good : )

This beautiful home was particularly problematic for me:  I love the colors this beautiful tree exudes but it's covering windows and obscuring the home itself.  It needs to be cut back.  And the bush?  Right in front of the Mouth of Chi.  We discussed relocating it to another area. 

Mouth of Chi (Front Door) by Feng Shui consultant Laura CerranoFeng Shui Home in Long Island, New York

I can't always tell clients what they want to hear, but I can point out things I truly believe will help them and explain the reasons why.  And they "get it."  It is always wonderful to open my emails in the morning or answer my phone, I never know when it's going to be a client I have worked with who is going to share some wonderful news with me....and that's often the best part of MY day!

**Carole Provenzale has been a Certified Feng Shui Consultant since 1997 and is the Founder of Feng Shui Long Island.  Along with Feng Shui Consultant Laura Cerrano, on site Feng Shui Consultations provided for New York City (Manhattan) and all of Long Island for Homes, Apartments, Businesses, Corporations, Renovations and New Construction.  Workshops and lectures are also provided for small and large groups and companies.

*Phots by Laura Cerrano, Feng Shui Long Island & New York City Consultant


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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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Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

Thanks for your insights.  I always had an interest in feng shui, but I realy became a believer when I saw a TV show that showed 3 homes that had been on the market for a long time, and each of the 3 did something to get the homes sold.  One of the homes brought in a feng shui specialist to redesign the home.  I found myself thinking "yea right".  It was the first home that sold!   Another one of the homes sold after a longer time back on the market, and the last home didn't even sell! 

Jun 22, 2008 07:36 AM #30
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Very informative post. I was unaware of the implications of overgrown trees and/or shrubs in front of the front door. It is interesting to note that a few weeks ago I did remove three very overgrown cypress trees that were placed where small shrubs or flower would normally be grown very near my mother's front door. They were so overgrown that her front door was in permanet shadow. I also severly cut back her front bushes that were partially obscuring most of her first floor windows. It is so important that people consider the mature size of plants before they go in the ground!

Jun 22, 2008 07:43 AM #31
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Irene, Feng Shui consultants are often called in when a house has been sitting on the market and sometimes as soon as it goes up.  We instill good energy into the home through different methods and it does work! 

Pam, We redesign from a different point of view which is to ensure a positive flow of energy.  Homes are filled with energy and imprints of former occupants which we want to "purify" the home to leave it open to another prospective buyer.  Since we all have different methods, I would have been curious to see the show.

Rich, If you just did all that work for your mother, I would expect some "unexpected" good things to come into her life, big or small.  It is very important to think ahead when planting but even I didn't realize how huge my "little" japanese garden would grow....but nothing is blocking my front door :)

Jun 22, 2008 12:10 PM #32
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Carole. I have always been interested in the energy nature of chi. When I painted my house I tried to paint the right color within each room. My husband has his chair (the room is very small) sitting about 6 feet from the front door with the back of the chair angled. There is plenty of room around the chair but could this be blocking chi?

Where do you recommend that I learn more? Thank you. I love reading your posts.

Later in the rain~Deb

Jun 22, 2008 02:00 PM #33
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

I always enjoy your post and am always on the lookout for "blocks", including a bad date still standing in the doorway. Do you think I'd have any luck placing one of those octagon mirros on my forehead? Some days when I feel 'everything' is coming at me, I think maybe that's all that might help! Seriously though, thanks ALWAYS for your inspiring posts!

Jun 22, 2008 10:49 PM #34
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Carole, I am stopping bact to tell you that I think of you every morning now when I go to open both the front and back doors to let some chi in!!  My kids think I'm nuts, but hey... it can't hurt right!  Thanks for the tip. 

Jun 23, 2008 02:17 AM #35
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Deb, It's hard to say without seeing it but it could be blocking some energy....if it's not a big chair and there's nothing else around it the energy is likely to just flow around it.  My Ebook should be coming out soon or there are books by William Spear or Karen Kingston that are pretty easy to understand.

Mara, I've had a few of those bad dates myself---but I hadn't thought of the octagon mirror on ME...then again, it will push EVERYONE away, not something we want to do :)

Susan, That is SO sweet, thank you.  It's funny when I open a door or window or ask Laura to do it I just say I need some new Chi (some people may think laugh) but it sure does help.

Jun 23, 2008 02:44 PM #36
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Carole - I still can't begin to thank you enough for advising me to stop parking my car in front of the walkway leading to the front door from the circular drive!!!  Talk about blocking Chi!!! 

And what is this about an eBook?!  Sign me up!!!


Jun 23, 2008 05:31 PM #37
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Oh I'm so glad i found you through Gary's WIR!  What fascinating info......something I don't know much about but would love to!  I'll have to subscribe and delve in!  :-)

Jun 23, 2008 05:31 PM #38
Pam Ferguson
Elite Designs - Sacramento, CA


I read your blog a few days ago and felt compelled to do a little research.  I have noticed that I already practice several of the ideas (plant between the front and back door, opening up the house first thing in the morning) without even knowing about this, is that pretty common?  I am looking forward to your eBook!

Jun 23, 2008 06:03 PM #39
Pam Jank
Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro


Your info about the tree is very helpful.  I'm going to use your advice on a New Listing.  I hope they listen.


Jun 24, 2008 12:46 AM #40
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Carole, thank you! I will look forward to reading your ebook! When does this happen?

The chair isn't too big but I need all the chi I can get!

Later in the rain~Deb

Jun 24, 2008 04:43 AM #41
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jackie, Good, I'm glad to hear it :)  Now if I could stop my neighbors from parking in front of MY house...I am writing an Ebook and very excited about it as it comes together.

Pam, I have absolutely seen this before, we call it "intuitive" feng shui.  I have seen it in several clients homes and they knew nothing about it but had such good placements of things! 

Deb, Thanks, it will happen as soon as I feel it's good enough---I want it to be very understandable and comprehensive and I'm getting there slowly :)

Jun 25, 2008 12:47 PM #42
Jan Wood
None - Gallatin, TN

Carole:  My husband and I park our cars in the garage and then walk into the house from the garage.  It doesn't make any sense to go to the front door.  However, I will try to take your advice and start entering through the front door... I need the exercise anyway.  I want all the good "Chi" that I can get.   I will also start opening my blinds more often.  

Jun 27, 2008 02:28 AM #43
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jan, It may not make sense now, from your perspective.  Looking at it another way, if you believe in Energy it needs a place to flow in and circulate....the Chinese (and many other cultures) believe strongly that it can enter only through the front door...I'm glad to hear you'll try it.

Jun 28, 2008 03:13 PM #44
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

HI Carole!  I love this post.  I always insist on using the front door when I enter a home for a consultation.  Many homeowers want me to come in through the garage and have this door open for me and I tell them I want to enter the correct way.  I also insist on trimming the shrubs and trees to clear the energy.  I have nice doormats, matching pots for the front door and also recommend new paint for the front door/Black, Red or Dark Green/great Feng Shui colors!  I cannot wait for your ebook either to learn more!!      

Jun 28, 2008 03:34 PM #45
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Carole...I park my car in the garage all the time.  Does that mean I need to go out of the garage, walk to the front door (OK, OK, I know it is not miles away) and go in to front and then try to remember to go to the garage and close the automatic garage door opener closer?

We never have to bother pulling up the blinds as most of our windows do not have anything on them (sorry Stagers) and the few that do seldom have them covered.  Is that a bad thing also.

Our front door is always open though there is a long glass storm door there.  Hope that is not working against us also.

There is one good thing I can report.  We have trees fairly close to the sides of the house, we don't in the front and back.  At least I hope this is a good thing.


P.S.  Guess you better not tell me all the things I'm doing wrong because I really don't want to shut my house up at night.  I love waking up and looking outside from my bed.  We have windows/french doors on three sides of our room.

Jul 02, 2008 08:52 AM #46
-- Casey Brischle
Columbia Bank - Spokane, WA
Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional

WOW...this is so over my head.  Totally interesting, but where do I begin to research this stuff?

Jul 02, 2008 11:36 AM #47
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Cathy, Good for you, do the sellers want the potential buyers to come in through the garage doors as well?  How silly.  You can't get a good perspective of the home coming in any other way then the front door.  The "Mouth of Chi" is very powerful and leaving a clear path to it as well as addressing the front door is more important then many people realize.  I'm glad you're "got it."!

Kathleen, Please give it a try....give up the convenience of the garage door and use the front door...think of all that GOOD energy not being allowed to come in!  If it's raining or you've got groceries I think you can use the garage for convenience but otherwise, take a walk around....think of the wonderful exercise :)!  Having NO blinds if you don't need them for privacy is wonderful, from a Feng Shui Perspective it is "Letting the outdoors IN."  Creates a balance in the home....So it's great to leave the front door open but you need to USE it! 

Casey, Good question, all the books are so different because there are so many methods of Feng Shui---and you're likely to get confused.  I've explained a lot in my previous blogs and write often about might pick up some useful advice right here.

Jul 02, 2008 03:10 PM #48
Dianne Barody
Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty - Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Florida Real Estate

Carole:  As always, another wonderful post.  My front door is on the side where the carport is.  What can I do?

Jul 23, 2008 04:25 AM #49
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