You may have heard Feng Shui practitioners talking about the importance of the Bright Hall. A Bright Hall is literally the space immediately outside and inside our front doors. Each home will have two Bright Halls. An external Bright Hall directly outside your front door, an internal Bright Hall which is the entryway into your home.
As Qi flows into your home through the front door, the Bright Hall is the first point of contact. This is where the Qi collects before it is distributed around the home.
Psychologically, the entryway is also the first place we step into as we enter our homes. That very act of pausing a moment to remove our shoes carries a feeling that the day is done, and we are safe home again, doesn’t it?
Given the psychological impact that the Bright Hall has on our moods as we get home, this is quite a significant area from both a Feng Shui and psychological perspective.
Entryway Logic #1: The entryway should be kept clear of clutter
Absolutely! The entryway is where Qi collects as it comes through the front door. Clutter in this area will inevitably result in stagnant Qi that is unable to flow properly into the rest of your home.
Keeping your shoes and socks neatly in the shoe cabinet is also recommended. Imagine the Qi entering your home carrying the scent of smelly shoes and socks that are tumbled in a heap around your front door!
This is why it is so very important to keep your entryway bright, clean, and clear of clutter. And as for the psychological impact, imagine going home and the first thing you see when you open the door is clutter. How relaxing is that?
Entryway Logic #2: Mirrors at the entryway is bad
Some people believe that mirrors at the entryway brings bad luck. In the practice of Feng Shui, the mirror has no impact. If you enjoy admiring your own reflection as you walk in and out of the house, a mirror at the entryway does not carry any Feng Shui significance.
Entryway Logic #3: The entryway is able to block or diffuse any negative external Sha
In my previous column, I explained that we should always try to avoid negative Sha such as Poison Arrows, Cutting Knife or Building Sha pointing directly into your front door. There is a common belief that the entryway is able to diffuse the negative energy coming in.
This, in fact, is partially correct. It depends on the type of Sha coming into the front door. The entryway may be able to disperse negative Sha caused by smaller Poison Arrows. These would include the edges of walls pointing into your front door (known as the Wall Sha), as well as sharp edges of road signs and perhaps even electrical poles.
However, it would be ineffective against large blockages such as the edge of an entire building right outside your front door (known as a Building Sha) or a large electrical pylon. These large negative formations will affect your entire house, and the entryway will not be effective in nullifying their effects.
Entryway Logic #4: Building a wall or a divider at the end of the entryway will block out any negative Sha
Again, partially true. Effective for smaller negative formations, but impotent against larger and stronger energies caused by the edge of a building pointing straight into your front door.
Please note, however, that in order to be considered a wall, the divider must literally be a solid floor-to-ceiling wall. From a practicality point of view, how feasible would this be in most modern-day homes?
Entryway Logic #5: No exposed beams please!
True. In fact, most Feng Shui practitioners are probably allergic to the presence of exposed beams inside the house. Yes, we know they can look nice. But the presence of these beams disrupts the flow of Qi in the house, causing unnecessary internal negative Qi or Sha Qi. At the end of the day, the goal of Feng Shui is to ensure that energy moves through the home in a smooth and uninterrupted manner. Exposed beams are an anathema in Feng Shui.
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