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

Laura Cerrano

Diagram of Sweeping Energy (red arrows)

Diagram of Sweeping Energy (red arrows)

Sweeping Energy - is when you have the front entrance aligned with a back door or window. The diagram to the right 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.