Feng Shui Your Bedroom
Create A Space of Peace & Tranquility
The bedroom is the place where we spend at least a third of our lives, and it is the place were we want to be able to relax, chill out and fall aspleep easily. Consequently, we want this room to be as comfortable and peaceful as possible. Our own unique space of peace and tranquility.
As we are at our most vulnerable when we are asleep, feng shui of the bedroom is sensitive and has different requirements to other rooms. It needs to ensure that the bedroom is protected, safe and secure. For this reason there are two guidelines that must to be taken into consideration when applying feng shui to the bedroom.
1. There must be no beams above the bed and
2. Your bed should not be positioned directly opposite the door.
Sleeping Under Beams
I understand that In some circumstances these guidelines may be difficult to avoid, particularly if you live in an older property built centuries ago when beams were used to prop up houses or if your home is a barn conversion. But don't worry as these problems can be overcome and the negative ch'i that is flowing can be stopped in its tracks. Hanging fabric from the beam can stem the flow of negative ch'i (placing a canopy over the bed from the beam is a good use of material) but when choosing material remember to choose according to the bedroom's style so that it compliments it.
Another reason why a person should not sleep under an exposed beam is because it is believed that they are likely to experience health problems in the part of the body that is lying under the beam.
The bed should be placed in a position where the you have a good vantage point, which enables you to see when anyone comes into the room and prevent you from being taken unawares. Ideally, you should not have to turn your head more that forty-five degrees to see who is coming in.
It is also a good thing to have the bed touch a wall so as to gain support. The best placement is for the head of the bed to come in contact with the wall. It is said that if the bed does not make contact with a wall, the occupants are likely to feel unsettled and restless.
One area to be avoided is to place the bed against a window. This is because chi'i leave through the window and you may not receive enough of it during the night if it is all escaping out the window. Therefore I recommend placing a small table or chair between the bed and the window and hanging a crystal ball in the window is a wonderful way of attracting beneficial ch'i which also reflects it throughout the bedroom.
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Feng Shui Guidelines for The Bedroom
The Chinese believe that a dead person is always carried out feet first from the bedroom, so don’t position the foot of the bed directly opposite the door! It's a reminder of the position of a coffin.
I must say this view is not exclusive to Feng Shui. In my caribbean culture people believe that because dead people are laid out in the mortuary with their feet to the door, you should not place the foot of the bed directly opposite the bedroom door.
Bedrooms should be light, airy and uncluttered. The belief behind this guideline is that you have to allow the ch'i to flow freely so that it can restore you while you are asleep.
Bedrooms should only be used for for sleeping and relaxing and not be a place to put an office, study or a place of storage. This creates clutter which adversely affects the ch'i. I know this can be difficult especially if you limited on space. However if you do not have any choice but to have your computer in your bedroom try to partition off an area away from your bed for that activity.
The color your choose to decorate your bedroom will depend on what direction it is facing. South Facing represents Summer, the phoenix and the element is fire, so choose bright colors such as red, yellow, orange.
West Facing represents Autumn, the white tiger and the element of metal. Metallic colors of silver mixed with white.
East represents Spring and the dragon. The colors are green and browns.
North represents winter and the tortoise. The element is water and the colors are black, dark blues,and charcoal.
However, don't get hung up on what color to decorate your room in. For example, if your room is north facing, you will not want to paint it all black would you? But you can lighten the darkness of the black by painting the walls that face other direction in a different color. Say black and cream. Paint all the walls cream which is a neutral color and put a black border or even some pictures on the wall in black frams. There are all sorts of possibilities.
When buying furniture look for pieces that have rounded corners. Choose headboards that are round and humped as they resembles a tortoise and gives protection against bad vibes and illness while you sleep. The shapes to avoid are the triangular, rectangular and wavy types.
Ensure nothing is blocking the doorway so that the chi’i can enter easily.
Mirrors, do not have one opposite your bed. The Chinese belief that when you are sleeping mirrors reflect the soul and take away your energy. If you have a mirror opposite your bed just throw a sheet or covering over it when you go to sleep. In Feng Shui mirrors have also been interpreted as a third party in a marriage, and if you are married or have a partner you should not have a mirror reflecting your bed. The Chinese believe that mirrors reflect the sleeping couple, sending 'shar hi'(bad energy) their way, causing misunderstandings, and in some instances causing one of the partners to become unfaithful. So beware of mirrors in your bedroom!
Water & Living Plants
Lillian Too is the veteran of Feng Shui, and she specifically warns against having a water feature, water motifs or paintings of a lake, waterfall etc in the bedroom; but having said that it doesn't mean you cannot have a glass of water or mini fridge in your bedroom! The reasoning she gives this warning is that a water feature gives of negativity similar to that of mirrors.
Live plants also get the warning. The placement of flowers and plants in the bedroom is not an auspicious feature. Plants represent the yang energy of growth and it is believed they sam the energy of the occupants of the bedroom especially during the night. And finally, do not have a mirror opposite your bed. The Chinese belief that when you are sleeping mirrors reflect the soul and take away your energy. If you have a mirror opposite your bed just throw a sheet or covering over it when you go to sleep.
How to Create A Space of Sensual Energy in the bedroom
You can create an ambience of sensual energy in the bedroom by using various objects that express your intentions. Objects such as sculptures, a painting or photo depicting lovers, love hearts, Love Gods/Goddesses placed in the northwest area of your bedroom could invibe sensual feelings.
In order for your bedroom to exude sensual feng shui chi you should use colors that evoke passion and high energy. Colors such as:
These colors should be in the south, northwest or southwest areas of your room. You don't have to paint the wall red as it could be too much to contend with, but placing red cushions or red candles in the area could suffice.
A sensual bedroom should have a scent of fragrant passion, which you can create through burning aromatic essential oils such as jasmine, neroli or sandalwood. Turn off the lights and create a romantic atmosphere with candelight using scented candles.
Things to Avoid
Follow the guidelines in the general feng shui guide above but also consider the following:
- Never display single objects they are associated with loneliness. Always have two of everything, 2 candles on your dresser, 2 photos showing two objects as two symbolizes a union
- Hide any computers and televisions when not in use
- Don't sleep with your head towards the door
- Avoid cool colors such as blues, grays, whites and blacks
- Avoid piling the bed high with lacy pillows and stuffed animals
- Do not have pictures of your children or relatives on display. Leave these pictures for the living room.
For your bedroom to become a sensual, passionate space follow the guidelines above and you will indeed be happy and satisfied.