Intro to Feng Shui: Basics for the Bedroom

By Neochea Flowers

Let’s talk Feng Shui (fung shway).

This Chinese spatial arrangement system has been in practice for over 3000 years and spans several sects in the Eastern and Western worlds.

Feng Shui Master, the late Professor Lin Yun defines it as:

“Mankind uses the knowledge of different areas known to him at the time to build, to create, or to select his habitat, living and working environments, which provide him with the most suitable conditions for his survival. The study of this knowledge is called Feng Shui. ”

The term itself means “wind-water” and comes from a Chinese proverb which describes the most desirable dwelling place:

“..where the wind is mild and the sun warm, the water clear and vegetation lush.”

This peaceful paradise is achievable through the manipulation of chi. Chi represents the life force or life energy which flows throughout all living beings and space. To that end, your personal chi will affect the chi of your environment and so on. Feng Shui offers “cures”, or adjustments to enhance the living space — making it more comfortable and beautiful, and creating space for prosperity to flow through.

Feng Shui in the Bedroom

In this practice, the home is considered the second body — with the bedroom being one of, if not the most important sector(s). Here we find our space of rest and romance.

Whether you are flying solo or partnered up, here are a few cures for the bedroom to maximize on the flow of Chi.

Place your bed in a Commanding Position

The Commanding Position represents the most fortunate position for bed placement.

It is suggested that the head of the bed be against a wall or against a corner where the viewer may see majority of the room, including the door (or Mouth of Chi). This gives a sense of ease and control as one can be aware of the comings and goings of others from a comfortable position.

In the case of couples, it is suggested that either side of the bed have adequate space (and potentially, his + hers bedside tables). No one side should be completely cornered, lest the partner subject to that side develop subconscious feelings of being “boxed in” over time.

Remove Work Objects

What was that saying about all work and no play? The bedroom should be designated for retreat, romance and all other sorts of restorative things. Bringing work or anything representative of it into the bedroom gives subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) reminders of all the things that must be done. Wouldn’t you rather snuggle up instead?

Add Fresh Flowers

Some schools of thought advise against plants in the bedroom, however fresh cut flowers add vibrancy to any room in the house; fresh energy to relationships and good luck.

Flowers are to be changed as soon as they wane and dried (dead) flowers (representative of stale energy) are meant to be tossed ASAP. When tossing these dried flowers, imagine clearing the past and releasing any blocks that may have been in the way.

To get a little deeper into the specifics of what plants/flowers to use for this cure, click here and beyond for a site filled with great resources on how to build your Feng Shui practice.

And as always, give us your feedback should you try any of these tips. We love to hear how they work for you.