feng shui

i think it's really funny that my dad attributes his sleeping problems to bad feng shui. my parents switched around their bedroom furniture about 6 months ago. in the past month, my dad has had trouble sleeping. his conclusion? the room has bad feng shui. what about the 5 months prior when he slept well in the room? no, the room just has bad feng shui.

the bed currently faces SE/NW. apparently, it is better feng shui when the bed isn't angled and faces E/W or N/S. so i spent the last hour helping my dad rearrange the furniture, while my mom watched and made fun of feng shui. in case you're concerned about the feng shui of your bedroom, here are a few other suggestions. my dad printed these out for me from the internet because i "need to make sure my new apartment has good feng shui."

1. the bedroom should be as far away as possible from the front door, mirroring the practice of our prehistoric ancestors who did not sleep in the mouth of their cave.

2. on entering your bedroom, note where the windows are located. chi tends to travel between the door and any windows, so avoid positioning your bed in line with this draught of chi.

3. position your bed so that you can see the door from where you sleep. this gives you a deep sense of inner security.

4. if it is feasible, position your bed as far away from the door as possible.

5. avoid sleeping with your head close to a window as your chi will dissipate through the window and make you feel more tired on awakening.

6. to help protect your own chi while you are asleep, to internalize it and recharge it, make sure you have a strong, stable headboard. chi energy enters and exits the body through the feet, hands and the top of the skull. having a solid mountain behind you while you sleep is far more beneficial than a cold, blank wall or worse, the cutting chi of an ornate brass bedstead.

7. ceiling beams above the bed are a feng shui nightmare. they can be a source of cutting chi and the beams carry a tremendous load.

8. if you sleep with another, make sure your bed is symbolic of this relationship. beds that are rickety or likely to fall apart speak volumes about the state of the relationship.

9. avoid sleeping with your image visible in a mirror. the worst scenario of all is a mirror at the foot of your bed.

10. pay attention to what is under your bed. keep the space clear and get rid of any unwanted items there.