Four Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Healing at Home
1. Remove “poison arrows” – Poison arrows are anything that is sharp (like a knife-edge) or something that represents very low, negative energy, such as a cemetery next door. Poison arrows can overwhelm us on a subconscious level and therefore, impact our immune systems.
Psychology research has shown that we have an aversion to sharp things – obviously a deeply-embedded notion for protection. We prefer curves and rounded edges and shapes so that we can more fully relax.
2. Conquer the clutter – Clutter is probably the biggest offender on health. Clutter contributes to stagnation in the flow of energy in our homes – therefore making us feel drained. At the same time, clutter impacts our immune systems by making us feel overwhelmed. This leads to a great imbalance.
If you read this article you will know that I had a major clutter challenge in the center of my home. It was filled with my daughter’s clutter. I knew that this clutter was contributing to a sense of stagnation in the house and was frustrated after repeated attempts to get her to clear it up. But shortly after I wrote the piece, my daughter, completely unprompted by me, de-cluttered and organized this space!
Lots of clutter (paper clutter is the worst!) contributes to the accumulation of dust and mold, which has an obvious impact on the quality of air. Poor air quality contributes to issues with allergies and asthma. In addition, if we have to step over piles of stuff just to get to the front door or to our bed that certainly isn’t going to make us feel positive.
What is considered clutter? It is often as simple as too many objects in a small space. It can be piles of items that we do not need. It can be stuff that we need but is unorganized and messy. It can be projected that are left in a state of being unfinished. It can be furnishings or items from a family or friend that we do not love but feel guilty about getting rid of it.
3. Move into a “command position” – Being in command is an important consideration for health. When you are not in the command you are then vulnerable to attack. Research in restaurant environments shows that people prefer sitting in spaces where they have a full view of the room, can easily see the door.
The two most important spaces for being in command are the bed and desk. Move these furnishings so that (1) you can easily see the door into the room; (2) you have a solid wall at your back; and (3) you are not directly in line with the door into the room (it’s best to be on a diagonal from it).
When I started my feng shui training, I was working in an office for an international nonprofit organization. I worked in a cubicle and had my back to the door all day long and had a few situations where I was startled. Once I learned about the command position, I placed a mirror so that I could have an easy view to the open doorway behind me and it made all the difference!
This positioning (or a well-positioned mirror) will give you the best opportunity to fully rest in bed and be most productive and creative at work!
4. Check EMFs – Nearly ninety percent of adults have at least one piece of electronic equipment in their bedroom, including television, cable box, modem, laptop, iPad, iPhone, printer, etc. For some, the bedroom doubles as their home office, too. These devices often emit strong electromagnetic fields (EMFs) which seriously weaken and damage the immune system.
It is best that we remove any electronics that we can. Whatever we cannot (or will not) remove, should be plugged into a power strip and turned off at night, to eliminate EMFs while we sleep. Digital alarm clocks have very high EMFs. Place a clock at least three feet from your bed.
Also, we need to check the wall on the other side of our headboards. If there is a circuit box or refrigerator, we should definitely move the bed! Those items create a tremendous, continuous influx of EMFs while sleeping.
A client that was complaining of insomnia had nearly every form of electronics possible not only in his bedroom, but next to or on his bed! Once I explained the effects of the EMFs, he made some major changes in his technology habits and greatly improved his sleep.