by Carol C. Wheelock
What you describe is a typical split-level house. And yes, they can lead to problems. The first issue is the lack of clarity regarding which way to go when you enter - up or down? "What you first see most affects your chi" is the feng shui adage that illustrates the importance of first impressions. If you are presented with confusion every time you enter your house, there is bound to be confusion in one or more areas of your life.
The easiest way to remedy this is to draw visual attention toward the more public floor, which is usually the upper level. Use a brighter color on that wall and/or hang attractive and colorful art. If you hang more than one picture, do not hang them in "step" manner. Instead hang them straight across the area so they diminish the upward or downward feeling of the steps.
The second issue is that your front door is in the career area. The career area is the center front section of a structure (or property, room, etc.). This is determined by the bagua, a template or grid composed of nine sections that is superimposed on any space. The areas of the bagua correspond to specific areas of your life.
The career area of the bagua is not just about your job. It refers to your life's journey, your life's work. Are you doing what you are here to do? Are you feeling fulfilled by your work? It may be that there is confusion surrounding your work and what it is you think you want to do. You may also be experiencing ups and downs in your career.
The water element is associated with the career area. The colors blue and black, water fountains, asymmetrical shapes, reflective surfaces, and art depicting water features (waterfalls, rivers, etc.) are all excellent possibilities to consider when decorating the entry and the stairs leading to the public area. You don't have to use all of these things to enhance the career area - choose one or several the fit with your decor.
In addition, pay attention to the outdoor area leading to the front door. Be sure there is a clear path to the door. It is better if it mimics the flow of water and curves, rather than leading straight to the door. Be sure the steps are sturdy. Clear away any overgrown plants.
Draw attention to your door. Not only is it the mouth of chi of your house, but it is also the entrance to your career area. Does it open and close easily? Most important of all, be sure to use it!
Whatever changes you decide to make, be sure to make them with very clear intentions. It would be helpful to write down exactly what you want in a career.
The strength of any "cures" or enhancers comes from the strength and clarity of your intentions.
Carol C. Wheelock, M.Ed. of Feng Shui Vermont is a certified feng shui practitioner who has studied in the United Sates and China. She practices Black Sect or western feng shui. Carol does private consultations for homes, schools, libraries, and businesses; clutter counseling and clearing; spaces clearings; phone consultations; presentations; and teaches workshops throughout the United States. She also does personal clearings.