Before this trip, I hadn’t really considered the importance of hotel Feng Shui. And why wouldn’t I when the same principles apply to any space we’re occupying, even if it’s just for one night.
I wonder how many people walk out of this hotel room feeling ill, nervous, shattered and spooked. Some years ago I had my worst night’s sleep ever in this room. I had to check in quickly and rush off to a meeting which ended late at night. When I returned, I was desperate to drop into bed and sleep. I had no time to feng shui the room apart from covering the television and the full length mirror on the door.
During the night I felt hyperactive and slightly ill. A sense of foreboding made me feel quite scared.
It was an old hotel, so there was obviously plenty of predecessor energy in the room. Perhaps somebody had taken ill or had a serious problem in there. The next morning it became evident. The room was packed full of poison arrows, mostly aiming at my bed. There were pointed picture frames and sharp edges of alcoves. The bed head was a large square, divided into smaller squares, with all the points aiming at me. The multiple images on the heavy wallpaper were two birds sitting on twigs. The twigs were pointed towards my bed, as were the birds’ beaks.
The sofa with large cushions, the bed valance and the carpet were all in plum and red colours, giving an everlasting buzz of yang energy. One large cushion was placed diagonally on the sofa, so that its large point held court over the room. This had to be the room’s ultimate poison arrow. But no, there was more! The hotel was located in a cul-de-sac with the long main access road aiming directly at my room.
An absolutely horrid night, but what a wealth of Feng Shui material for me. It proved to me, yet again, just how a person’s surroundings can affect their wellbeing.
A bedroom should have calm yin energy for a good night’s sleep. Yin colours are soft, gentle colours such as calming blue or balancing green, or pale shades of other colours. This room had bright red and plum everywhere, colours which exude active, yang energy. During the day yang chi can help a person to gain more energy, but during the night it can keep them awake.
Predecessor energy is difficult to remove from a hotel room, but it may be that previous occupants of this room had also experienced uncomfortable feelings similar to mine, caused by the disturbing energy in the room, and their own distressed energy had been left behind in the room’s atmosphere.
Mirrors, and a television screen which acts like a mirror, are not good for bedrooms because they create an energy buzz around the room, and if they reflect the bed, they aim the buzz of energy at the occupant. This is disruptive for peaceful sleep. I was able to cover these.
Corners and angles of furniture, or other objects such as cushions, need to be rounded, even slightly, because chi energy hits points and sharp edges, and bounces off them angrily, hitting anybody nearby and creating feelings of discomfort and distress. Tall points like that one large diagonally-placed cushion, aim an overwhelmingly menacing energy at anybody nearby.
I could have covered all the points on the bedhead with a cloth, and I could have arranged the cushions so that any points were softened and not standing upright. But I could not have done anything about the points in the twigs and the birds’ beaks which were all over the wallpaper, nor the main road aiming directly at my room. If I had not been in such a hurry to check in, I would have noticed, and asked to change room.
I certainly would not wish this room on anybody.
Copyright © 2016 Brenda Martin
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