Are Religious Symbols in the Bedroom Bad Feng Shui?

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The principles of feng shui should promote a person's sense of well-being, and in the bedroom that means encouraging the flow of restful and sensual energy. If you're unclear about where to place religious symbols while maintaining good feng shui, you might consider bringing in a feng shui consultant to get an understanding of the energies of you and your home. And though it's ultimately down to personal preference, religious symbols in the bedroom sometimes require extra scrutiny when it comes to feng shui.

Religious Symbols in a Bedroom

Feng shui is not a religion. It's a complex ancient art with a spiritual tone that still requires a healthy dose of pragmatism. That said, a person absolutely can practice a religion and also apply feng shui principles to their life if they wish.

However, feng shui does generally discourage displaying religious symbols in the bedroom. These symbols—which sometimes have sharp edges or are associated with scenes of suffering—can introduce a different kind of energy than what's needed for sleep, relaxation, and romance.

On the other hand, if a religious symbol gives you peace of mind, it would likely be all right for your bedroom. Religious books also are typically fine in a bedroom, as long as they don't become clutter. Keeping a book in a nightstand drawer or on a shelf shouldn't affect the feng shui of your bedroom.

Keeping Religious Symbols Elsewhere in the Home

If you're conflicted about where to keep your religious symbols, consider finding a location in your home (outside of your bedroom) that can serve as a prayer area, meditation space, or whatever terminology you use to define a spot for spiritual practice. That way, you can honor your religious items without having to question what they might be doing to your bedroom feng shui.

Your house is meant to be a nourishing shelter. And while feng shui aims to enhance your environment, it's the personally significant pieces, such as religious symbols, that truly make it a home.

Feng Shui Tips for Bedrooms

The bedroom is the most important space for feng shui. You spend a lot of time in there, mostly in a passive sleeping state that makes you especially susceptible to the room's energies. So the goal with feng shui in bedroom design is to create a space that lends itself to rest, relaxation, and sexual healing.

There are several guidelines all bedrooms with good feng shui follow:

  • Maintain a clean space with good lighting and airflow.
  • Position your bed facing the bedroom door but not directly in line with it.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum, including items stored underneath your bed.
  • Remove electronic devices. Trade your cellphone for an alarm clock and a book to read if you can't fall asleep.
  • To keep balance, place nightstands on each side of the bed. They don't have to match, but they should complement each other.
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress with a solid headboard. 
  • Carefully choose artwork—religious or otherwise—as images can carry powerful energy that might disrupt the flow of chi. For a positive relationship, select artwork that depicts or comes in pairs.

Another factor to note is the number 3 is not a good feng shui number for the bedroom. An ideal feng shui bedroom has a nourishing energy of love to support the personal growth of two people. But the number 3 in a relationship can encourage the energy of trouble. So it is wise to avoid decor pieces that come in threes—be it three similar images or three vases.