Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Are You Getting All You Deserve From Your Bedroom? The Benefits Of Understanding Your Bedroom's Energy

Many Feng Shui Consultants consider the kitchen as one of the most important rooms in the house, I would agree and add that there are TWO very important rooms in the house, the kitchen and the bedroom.

The bedroom begins and ends your day.  It is the place where you relax and recharge for the next day.  Your body requires sleep to live.  To live well you must also sleep well.  However, the bedroom is so much more when we look at it from a Feng Shui perspective.

The bedroom is more than a place to sleep.  For the homeowner, the master bedroom symbolizes and empowers a sense of who you are, where you want to be, your romantic life, your career, your overall sense of well being.  There is a reason they call it the Master Suite, after all.  For the children, the bedroom is restful, safe, supportive and encourages the love and support and the values your family members provide.  Are you feeling this when you walk into your bedroom?  

Energy of the Bedroom
Even though we can't see energy, we do feel it.  Our furniture choice and placement and colors affect how we feel.  We are constantly giving and receiving energy--even when we sleep.  In fact, when we sleep our defenses are down and the Flow of Energy is freer.  Which begs the question, how do you feel when you walk into your room?  Do you yearn to get to your bedroom at the end of the day?  Do you enjoy being in your bedroom?  Do you merely walk into it and sleep without much thought or do you melt into your room and does it evoke an instant sense of relaxation?  How you feel in the bedroom when you are awake is a clue about how you are recharging when you are asleep.

Photography by Ximena Brunette

Some general guidelines to follow for the bedrooms:
  • Bed placement should allow a commanding view of the bedroom--ensuring you are never surprised when someone walks into your room.  Usually, the longest wall is the best placement for the bed.
  • A foot board or bench at the end of a bed slows the energy coming toward the bed.
  • Surround your bed with a strong and solid headboard, nightstands and a foot board or bench.  This gives you a sense of being "held" and supported.
  • Ensure that your room is quiet and dark at night to enhance good sleep.
  • Make the last thing you see before turning out the lights (and the first thing you see when you wake up) something beautiful.  
  • Remove the TV.  A television tends to give off negative energy (news, crime shows, commercials about depression and weight issues, etc...).  It invites too many virtual people into your bedroom.
  • Keep drawers shut and all doors closed.
  • Keep the bedroom clean and clutter free.  Nightstands should have minimal decor.  If you can, avoid storing items under your bed. 

These tips are a good foundation for any bedroom.  There are more specific techniques depending on where you are in life.   For example, techniques for a master bedroom will be different than a child's room. Techniques for a master bedroom for a single person will be different than techniques for a couple.  A Feng Shui practitioner can help you with more specific techniques based on your life experiences and your desires.

Finally, because energy is rooted in feeling, if any guidelines don't feel right to you, you can easily not do them.  However, before you brush away what doesn't feel good, perhaps look into why it doesn't feel good.  Is the uncomfortable feeling a signal about something else?  I always recommend trying something for a few days to see how you feel (you can always put it back).  In many cases, you will be surprised about what you learn about yourself.   When you feel improvement, you know you are on the right path.  

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day And Loving Feng Shui

I'm so excited to post my first article about Feng Shui. Purposefully, I chose to release this in time for Valentine's Day...as that is my FAVORITE time of year.  I love Feng Shui. I am passionate about extending the loving techniques in my environment enhancing all the areas of my life.  And, I love teaching others how to use the techniques, as well.

Love is everything. Love of self being most important because when you love yourself fully, the love you attract becomes the icing on the cake. That energy you feel pours into everything you do in life and comes back to you in equal beautiful force: career, family, friends, and life partners...everything. Feng Shui is one magnificent way to open up this energy flow.

In Feng Shui, energy is ever-present, ever-flowing and never-ending.  Everything has a Flow of Energy--even your home.  The importance in knowing this empowers you to notice whether the energy is fluid and positive or low and stagnant. This is where specific Feng Shui techniques can assist you to align the energy positively and you are actively participating in making a positive energy shift. So, if you are using positive thoughts and daydreaming (or journaling) for a few minutes a day as a means to put the Law of Attraction into action, Feng Shui is another element where the techniques enhance this for you in a more constant way.

What Exactly Is Feng Shui?
Pronounced Fung Shway, it is literally translated as wind and water. It is the ancient Chinese art and philosophy of placement. The techniques used in Feng Shui bring about harmony, comfort, balance and abundance--first into your environment and then into your life.

I've been practicing this art since 1999. I have sought out teachers to help me learn this art. My journey has always brought me back to the very basics of Feng Shui.  The multitude of books and schools are essential to understanding the more than 17 different schools of Feng Shui, ancient philosophies and so much more--all beautiful--but not always necessary, in my humble opinion. I believe in removing the mystery and gadgetry out of Feng Shui and translating the beautiful techniques into our modern way of life.

Feng Shui can be practiced and looked at on a grand scale by understanding your home and property and how it aligns to all of the areas of life that Feng Shui philosophy explains to us as essential for a full and balanced life: Career, Knowledge and Self-Cultivation, Health and Family, Wealth and Prosperity, Center, Fame and Reputation, Love and Marriage, Children and Creativity, Helpful People and Travel.

I often give these examples of how the areas of life can feel unbalanced.  Have you:

  • known or observed couples with wealth beyond our imagination (ie: Hollywood couples), yet the marriages never last or are often deeply troubled? 
  • known someone who is highly intelligent--holding multiple degrees, yet have trouble accruing wealth?  Have trouble connecting with others?
  • known wonderful and dedicated mothers, who may have forgotten to love themselves?  Perhaps they may have forgotten about the importance of their romantic life?

The idea here is to use Feng Shui techniques so that you welcome all the positive energy from each area of life creating a wonderful, balanced and abundant life.

Feng Shui techniques can be used room by room. Feng Shui techniques can even be applied to the self and our clothing as we discover how Feng Shui specifically teaches us how to tap into the Flow of Energy we desire.

In the weeks and months ahead I will address the areas of life, tips for specific rooms...and yes, I will happily address your questions, just drop me an email.

Quick Tip
In the meantime, as we celebrate love this Valentine's Day, treat yourself with some fresh flowers and place them in your home where you will enjoy them most.  Make sure the area you choose is clean and free of clutter. Fresh flowers bring fresh and vibrant energy that you lovingly welcome into your sacred space, your home.  

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