Did you know that the principles of Feng Shui, in its essence, are about keeping our body’s nervous system calm and centered? Furniture placement guidelines are a good example of this. In Feng Shui we strongly suggest that you NOT place sofas and chairs with their back to a door. Why? Because your body is subconsciously on tense alert that harm (or at the very least, surprise) could come in the door without warning. Over time, the parasympathetic system response may eventually result in adverse physical symptoms.
We suggest the best placement for a bed is across the room from the door and with the headboard against a solid wall. Why? With a view of the door from your bed you eliminate the element of surprise, which keeps your nervous system relaxed. The headboard against a solid wall allows us to feel solidly supported and protected and grounded. This simple design advice adds up to a better night’s sleep.
For a home office, we suggest having the desk and chair opposite and facing the door. This is referred to as the “command position” but the primary goal here is to provide line of sight on anyone entering the room. This eliminates the fear of being sneaked up on and relieves your body of its need to be on constant guard (i.e., more stress).
We suggest that any furniture with sharp corners be placed mindfully so they do not become “poison arrows.” Corners pointing into a room are called poison arrows because they strongly concentrate the chi and direct it with force. Something (plants, fish tank, etc.) or someone in the path of a poison arrow for prolonged periods of time will likely feel its negative effects. Think of your favorite chair in your family room. Is there a poison arrow aiming at you?
It would be great if our houses were designed and built with Feng Shui principles in mind. But alas most are not. In such cases, we can “correct” a situation with a work-around, often called a “cure” in Feng Shui. There are many to choose from – from the practical to the mystical.Feng Shui gives us guidelines to create an environment that is energetically balanced, with an emphasis on Comfort and Safety. “These are the guardians of your personal well-being”, says Terah Collins, author of The Three Sisters of Tao. Layered on that are the endless options for adding Beauty into your home. Forget what the fancy home magazine has on its cover or what’s trending now. Choose colors and textures and furnishings that deeply resonate with YOU. This is how we create our own sacred space. This is the secret to living in harmony.