Between the Sheets

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is the Chinese practice of harmonizing everything with your environment. It deals with positioning of furniture, clutter, architecture and energy work. Its history goes back thousands of years, and is not just new age mumbo-jumbo, although it became popular in the Western world in the 1980’s. Even for skeptics, the principles work. states “Feng Shui is part of the complex Taoist body of knowledge that includes the field of traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture, use of herbs, etc.), energy work such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi; Chinese astrology and other disciplines from the wide field of philosophical knowledge related to the I Ching, Tao Te Ching and other ancient Taoist works.” ( It is also mentioned on their page that “Feng Shui is, first and foremost, energy work. The most accurate definition of Feng Shui I have ever came across is of Feng Shui as acupuncture of the space.”

What this all means to you is that applying Feng Shui precedents to your home and yard can create a positive energy flow that benefits your health and well-being.

The Most Important Room in Your House – Your Bedroom

The bedroom is where you recharge, relax, meditate, and a variety of other actions that make it the most important room in your home. Having good energy flow while you sleep is crucial to awakening rested and refreshed. There is veracity to this practice; it has been proven to work not only in the bedroom, but in architecture, businesses, and landscaping. There are professionals who guide others in the use of Feng Shui, making it a marketable business.

Adjusting Your Bedroom

There are several factors in creating this haven in which you lay your head:

  1. Have your bed as far away from the door as possible, or diagonally to the door, but not in line with it. You want to minimize the energy flow entering from other rooms, so as not to interfere with your chi, or life force.
  2. Have a solid wall behind your headboard, not a window. This grounds you. Sleeping under a window can make your personal energy weaker in time.
  3. Avoid having clutter or placing one side of your bed against a wall. This does not allow the chi to circulate. Additionally, avoid beds with storage units under them, or keeping large items under the bed, for the same reason.
  4. Do not place your bed directly below a beam. This can cause subconscious pressure on you.
  5. Have round nightstands on either side of your bed, for grounding purposes. You may place soft lamps on both. This balances the energy.
  6. Have a headboard that is of solid wood or upholstered. Your head needs good support and backing as it releases the cares of the day.
  7. Have a good, supporting mattress, such as one made from memory foam. Do not buy used mattresses, as these have accumulated a great deal of energy that has nothing to do with you. Your mattress should guarantee comfort and a strong base so that your sleep is deep and healthy.
  8. Keep your bed away from any electronic distractions, such as television and computers. If you must have them in your room, cover them with a scarf or piece of cloth. You should also have no desks in the room, nor bookshelves. A few books are fine, but many will interfere with your rest and energy.
  9. Having mirrors in the room are bad Feng Shui. If they are a part of the room, such as mirrored closets, cover them with a cloth to avoid disturbing your rest and energy repletion.
  • Different colors can create different moods for your room. Earth-toned colors, such as beige, brown and tan, produce nourishment, protection and stability. Pastel colors grant a sense of peace and restfulness. Purple, red, pink, orange, and bright yellow are the fire colors, and they stimulate energy and passion. Even metal colors promote clarity. (Feng Shui Your Bedroom)

Your Bedroom – Your Haven

Think of your bedroom as a safe, restful area in your home where you can go to unwind and relax. Reading a book in the comfort of your bed while soothing music is playing can recharge you almost as well as a good night’s sleep. Feng Shui opens so many possibilities to you and your energy and is a must if you want to achieve blissful sleep and guarantee a good morning.

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