The bedroom is considered to be one of the most important rooms of the home in Feng Shui. Adults spend a third of their lives in bed, while children and teenagers often spend even more then this. We must therefore be certain that the rooms we sleep in are suitable for relaxing and regenerating us, as well as for encouraging romance in our lives.
A bed should face in one of our auspicious directions, which means that the top of our beads should point that way when we are lying down. Where partners have different auspicious directions, there has to be a compromise: for example, if the house is a West group home and favours one partner, then the bed direction should favour the other.
The best bed position is diagonally opposite the door. The element of surprise is never recommended in the bedroom. If the occupants of the bed do not have a reasonable view of the door, a mirror should be placed to reflect anyone entering. Having the foot of the bed in direct line with the is know as the “mortuary position” in China because coffins are laced in that position when awaiting collection.
Doors and windows situated opposite each other are not considered auspicious. If a line of chi between two windows – or a door and a window – crosses the bed, it is thought to cause illness.
Ideally, beds should be raised off the floor with enough space for air to circulate underneath. Storage drawers full of old clothes and crates of old magazines and other items stored beneath them create a stagnant chi which is not desirable.
Beds should be made of natural materials which can breathe. Wood is the usual choice although bamboo is also used.
Where a double bed is in a confined space and one occupant has to climb over the other to get in or out, harmony will not prevail.
Applying Feng Shui to Your Bed
1. Have a solid headboard. The best Feng Shui headboards are the ones that are solid and made from wood, or the upholstered ones, as they have a very good
combination of solid, but also gentle and supporting Feng Shui energy for you and your bedroom. While you are drifting off to sleep, your body is going into an extra busy energy repair work on many levels. Subconsciously, your head needs good backing, protection and support, just like your back needs it when you are sitting in a chair for extended periods of time.
2.Get a supportive mattress. There are a variety of mattresses on the market, choose wisely and invest in the one that will promote best sleep and relaxation.
The better you sleep at night, the better your health during the day, this is really simple. Be mindful of good Feng Shui and do not buy used mattresses – you never know what energy they have accumulated from previous owners.
3Make sure the bed is a good height. To allow for a balanced Feng Shui energy flow under the bed, you need to have your bed at a reasonable height above the floor level. Generally, the beds that have built-in storage drawers underneath to help you with storage solutions are considered bad Feng Shui beds. Why? Because the energy needs to circulate around your body when you sleep, which is not possible if the space underneath the bed is blocked.
4Make sure the bed is positioned as far from the door as possible. Place the bed in the area further from the door or diagonally from the door, but not in line with the door. In other words, you want to be able to see the door while in bed, but not be aligned with the door. Be it the bedroom door, the door to the balcony/patio, the bathroom door or your closet doors, you do not want your bed in line with any of the doors in your bedroom, or too much chi will flow towards the bed. Ideally, the bed can be diagonally positioned from the door, jutting out from the opposite corner.
Having your bed positioned too close to the door can lead you to get startled by surprises that may come your way. The further you are from the door, the more prepared you’ll be for what may come. This is the same reason why the bedroom should be as far from the door as possible.
However, ideally, when you wake up, the door should be in your direct line of vision, or close to it, so you feel that you have control over your life.
5Have a good supporting wall behind your bed. In addition to a good headboard, you always want to have a solid wall behind your bed. When you sleep under the
window, your personal energy tends to get weaker in time, as it has neither proper support, nor protection.
6 Place grounding and balanced energy on both sides of the bed. Place two nightstands on either side of the bed to create balance while you sleep. Ideally, you can also place the same lamp on both nightstands, to add some soft lighting to your bedroom. This balance is important for keeping you centered, and especially for maintaining equality in a relationship if you share the bedroom with your partner.
Ideally, the nightstands should be round instead of square to cut the chi energy that may be directed toward you, which can also be thought of as the “poison arrows.”
7Keep your bed far away from any TVs, desks, or other distractions. Ideally, you should move your desk and television out of your bedroom, so the bedroom truly becomes a place where you can rest and relax. However, we all have limited space, so if you do have a television or a desk in your room, position it as far from your bed as possible to not get in the way of the bed’s positive energy. If you can, drape a light scarf or blanket over the TV or desk, or even cover it up with a Japanese folding closet to create even more space.
Images in the bedroom should be in pairs, particularly in the Relationships corner of the room. Images of a solitary figure in a single person’s bedroom indicate loneliness, as does a single bed. It is possible to feel isolated and insecure within a marriage. If this is the case, hang a picture of a couple on the wall and display pairs of objects. Photographs of parents, children or friends have no place in a couple’s bedroom.
Mirrors in the bedroom should not face the bed. The Chinese believe that the soul leaves the body as we sleep and will be disconnected to come across itself in the mirror.
The bedroom should not become a storage area or an office, nor serve any function other than romance and sleep.
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