Feng Shui Tips for Poison Arrows in the Bedroom

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Sha Chi, also referred to as feng shui poison arrows, is exactly what it sounds like: attacking energy that comes from sharp angles pointed at your personal energy field. Poison arrows can weaken your energy, and they don't promote good health and well-being. The closer they are and the longer a person is exposed, the greater the effect they can have.

It is especially important to reduce the impact of poison arrows in the bedroom, a personal space in which you likely spend many hours in a passive state being affected by the surrounding energy.

Identifying Sha Chi in the Bedroom

To detect poison arrows, carefully look around your bedroom while sitting on your bed. First, inspect the furniture, including nearby nightstands, dressers, etc. Does any piece have sharp corners that point at you while you are in bed? Next, look for sharp corners that point in your direction from any decor items, such as a picture frame or square candlestick. Last, take a look at the walls themselves (and the ceiling) to see whether any angles have protruding corners that point at your bed.

You might have to look around your bedroom several times before you detect all of the poison arrows. Some can be subtle and easy to miss.

Remedying the Effect of Poison Arrows in the Bedroom

It's possible each poison arrow will need a different feng shui cure, or remedy, so you might have to get a little creative.

In some cases, a slight repositioning of the furniture or decor will be sufficient. For example, rehang bedroom art so the corners of the frame don't point at your bed. This can soften the negative energy, as it shifts the aim of the poison arrows.

You also might consider replacing some furniture or decor pieces with items that have rounded edges. This can be especially helpful if you have bedside tables with square tops. Because their sharp points are so close to you while you sleep, they can seriously impact your energy. Instead, opt for a bedside table with a rounded top if possible.

In the case of a protruding wall corner or a piece of furniture that cannot be moved or replaced, try working with fabric to soften the sharp energy. Drape a cloth over the furniture top to cover the edges, or put up a wall hanging or tapestry to hide a sharp corner. You also can use plants, especially ones with trailing vines, to soften corners.

One of the best solutions is to round out a sharp wall corner, though it might not be the cheapest or quickest remedy. But if you plan to be in your home for a long time, it's definitely something to look into. Updating a sharp corner typically involves removing the existing square drywall corner bead, or piece that finishes the corner, and replacing it with a round (often referred to as bullnose) corner bead. Then, the corner must be sanded and painted to match the rest of the wall.

It’s not a particularly difficult process if you have some experience working with drywall, but it can be time-consuming. If you're not confident that you can match the existing wall texture, it's best to hire a professional. A little renovation hassle could be worth it to rid your bedroom of poison arrows.