A good night’s sleep is essential to your wellbeing and sets you up for a brighter day. It gives you the energy to take on the world and be the very best version of yourself.
In Feng Shui, the two most important areas we assess are the entry to the home and the bedrooms.
In Feng Shui, the bedroom should create the optimal environment and energy flow for your body to relax and restore itself. Some of our most important internal organs restore their energy and essence throughout the night. For example, the liver regenerates between 11pm-3am while your lungs restore themselves from 3am-7am. During sleep, your body will come back to its natural rhythm as it completely sinks into a deep resting state.
To promote these restorative processes, the energy within the bedroom should be kept mostly a restful and inactive yin. It will provide the foundation for good health and develop a positive mindset. Meanwhile, good energy flow in the bedroom will have positive impacts on the other areas of your life, including romantic matters, career opportunities and wealth as well as help foster harmonious relationships
We often read a lot of different tips online about bedroom Feng Shui, most of them are useful but they tend to be quite generic. In the greater scheme of things, these suggestions would have only a minimal effect towards creating an auspicious energy flow.
Meanwhile, the six tips summarised below have been specifically selected for having the greatest significance and impact on one’s harmonious wellbeing.
The six Feng Shui rules for the bedroom are listed here in their order of importance. It is crucial for you to understand that if you can’t fulfil the higher priority rules, it will still beneficial to follow the others, however, the effect will be compromised as the energy may not be properly managed.
Rule No. 1: Make sure your bedroom is in a sector of your home with an auspicious Flying Star
By far, sleeping in an auspicious Flying Star Feng Shui is the most effective way to improve the quality of your life including health, relationships and wealth creation.
The Flying Star School is one of the most complex, accurate and powerful theories behind Feng Shui. It is based on numerology – the ‘language of the universe’- and is considered superior to other schools of thought as it takes into consideration the influence of time and direction of a physical site. Flying stars are called this because they fly with the movement of the days, months and years. Feng Shui practitioners can pinpoint the movement of the energy to deliver optimum results.
To determine if your bedroom is located in a sector that contains an auspicious flying star, you’ll need to enlist the help of a professionally trained Feng Shui consultant. Based on numerology, sectors of the home are given a particular value. The most auspicious flying star is an 8 which indicates a steady increase in wealth and fame as well as current prosperity. The second best flying star orientation you want to place your bedroom in is a 9, which implies promotion and success.
The two inauspicious stars you’ll definitely want to avoid is a 2 or a 5. The energy of 2 implies sickness in general while a 5 is said to be the worst star of all, promoting general misfortune, sickness and catastrophe. Life will be an overall struggle if you find yourself sleeping under this star.
Rule No. 2: Be aware the external environment surrounding your bedroom especially within the vicinity of the bed head.
Once you tick off Rule No. 1, the next priority is to make sure the external environment of your bedroom is free from electrical hazards, electromagnetic fields and geopathic stress. These can be caused by the proximity of meter boxes, high voltage power lines or electronic devices.
Occasional exposure to high electromagnetic fields is unlikely to pose a health risk to most people; however ongoing exposure to electric and/or magnetic fields over an extended period of time, especially during sleep, can lead to health issues in the immune, central nervous systems as well as potential respiratory problems.
Check the wall that your bed head rests against – this wall should not have meter boxes, refrigerators, washing machines etc set against it. It should also be free from geopathic stress zones, as the energies emitted from these areas can be potentially harmful to your immune system and general wellbeing.
Rule No. 3: Orient your bed in relation to the bedroom door
Your bed should be in a commanding position in relation to the room. You should be able to see the entire room while resting your head on the pillow, including the entry to the bedroom.
The image below shows some of the most common bedroom layouts, I have included some Feng Shui analysis for each position:
1. You should not place your bed ‘in line’ with the door where your feet point directly at the door when you are lying down. It is what we call a “coffin position” and results in too much Qi flow while you while sleeping. You are likely to feel unsettled and have disturbed sleep.
2. Having your bed positioned along the same wall as the door can lead to unexpected surprises in your life. This might also mean missed opportunities. Ideally, when lying down, the door should be in your direct line of vision so you can see the door comfortably – this will lead you to feel that you have greater control over your life.
3. This is an ideal position when placing the bed. Ideally, you should orient your bed head against a solid wall with a solid headboard for support. It gives you good backing, protection and support through your endeavours in life.
This is the “commanding” position and is the most auspicious, allowing you to feel the most supported and comfortable when sleeping.
Another good placement would be along the wall opposite to the door, furthest from the door.
4. Similar to Picture 2, this bed is positioned too close to the door. Energy is flowing from the door directly on to the person. The occupant is likely to have nerves, anger or abdominal issues when sleeping here.
5. Don’t angle your bed in a corner. The sharp corner creates a very negative Qi flow – in Feng Shui we call this a “poison arrow”. We find poison arrows in sharp corners of the walls and/or objects and furniture that are deliberately angled towards an entryway, your body, or even your entire home. The negative energy they emit are like ‘points’ and will ‘hit’ your body while you sleep. Poison arrows can lead to severe loss in your life, such as the loss of your job, money or even your general health.
6. Ideally you should not have major structures sticking out from the ceiling pointing to your head while you are sleeping such as exposed beams (I often wonder why people desire an “escape to the country” – there are way too many for exposed beams!). You shouldn’t be sleeping under a beam, sloped ceiling or have a ceiling fan positioned directly over your bed. You may develop ailments such as headaches body aches and pains. When there is a beam running over the centre of a marital bed, the couple will very likely have issues in their marriage or even end up in divorce.
Rule No. 4: No electronic devices (yes, including TV!) in bedrooms
Electronic devices should be avoided in the bedrooms at all cost. There is no debate about this. This includes TVs, laptops, iPads, digital clocks, electric blankets and mobile phones. These devices do not promote the yin energy within this space and most importantly, they do not support your health while sleeping.
Did you know that television sets continue to emit magnetic radiation for a few hours after they have been switched off? The electromagnetic fields they create are particularly harmful while you are sleeping, when your body is fully open to absorb all the energy in the room. This is especially the case for young children.
Rule No. 5: Sleeping in your personal auspicious directions will bring you wealth, romance and fertility
Can you sleep your way to wealth? You could, if you orient your head towards your personal wealth direction in accordance with your Kua number. Your personal Kua number determines the lucky directions in relation to your wealth, health, love or personal growth. You can choose to sleep with your head pointing towards one of those directions to further enhance these desired aspects of your life. But make sure you have followed the first few rules before you venture into this.
Rule No. 6: Adopt Feng Shui in your bedroom when it comes to colour and design
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, a place to immerse yourself, to escape and feel protected until you are ready to face the world again. The environment should be sensual, nurturing and healing.
Soft colors are best in the bedroom such as light blue, lavender, lilac, peach, soft white or cream. Red is not recommended because it is too stimulating and represents the fire element. People who use lots of red colours in their bedroom are more likely to have insomnia.
Many people love to decorate their bedrooms with paintings, art or prints. Choose your bedroom art wisely, as images carry powerful energy. Make sure you select artwork that reflects your intentions, dreams and desires, such as happiness, romance and serenity. Paintings with a person’s back facing you or that depict people crying or unhappy are certainly not recommended if you are currently looking for a romantic relationship.
It is also not advisable to have anything showing fierce animals such as tigers, dragons etc in the bedroom, nor anything that evokes feelings or loneliness and sadness – and certainly nothing ugly!
Feng Shui Serenity uses traditional Chinese Feng Shui techniques based mainly on the Compass School, Form School and Flying Star School. Alongside these, I use the Four Pillars of Destiny, the Five Elements theory and other Feng Shui methods to understand the energy flow of yourself, your home or your company.