often occur when you cannot become yin and calm
enough at night to fall asleep. The following
remedies are designed to help drift off into
a deep sleep. It is important to reduce coffee,
strong spices and other stimulants.
Sweet kuzu 1tbs.
Kuzu 1cup (250 ml or 9 fl oz) of water 1 tsp.
of brown rice syrup (or barley malt) Put one
cup of water in a small pot. Turn the flame
on. Meanwhile dissolve the kuzu in a small amount
of cold (important!) water. Add it to the water
and keep stirring constantly until the water
thickens. It should only take a few minutes.
If you do not stir you may end up with lumps.
In a cup put one teaspoon of rice syrup (or
other grain sweetener) and pour hot kuzu over
it. Stir and drink warm before bed. Instead
of syrup you can make the drink with apple juice
in place of the water.
Camomile tea, stewed
fruit (without sugar) or a hot apple juice would
also help in the evening.
BRING YOUR ENERGY
Soak your feet in
hot salty water before bed for about ten minutes.
This will help bring energy away from your head
and has the added benefit of helping you sleep
through the night without getting up to urinate.
Once you are in bed breath slowly and deeply.
Mentally run a check of each part of your body,
imagining you are calming each part down ready
The atmosphere in
your bedroom has a significant influence on
the quality of your sleep. It is desirable to
create an environment where the flow of chi
energy is gentle and calm. In oriental terms,
more yin, representing the water chi energy
of the night. The idea is to help you relax
and fall into a deep sleep. This is important
to complete the healing processes and release
the emotions that make you ready for a new day.
Use soft furnishings in your bedroom. This helps
create a cosy, yin atmosphere. These could be
a wool rug, long curtains, large cushions and
Keep large leafy plants in your bedroom to help
calm the flow of energy at night. NASA scientists
found plants particularly effective at cleaning
the air reducing your exposure to airborne pollution.
If you suffer from insomnia the most peaceful
colour is cream. This can be complemented by
pastel shades of green and blue, both more yin
relaxing colours. Choose a room that is in the
north or north-west part of your home where
the energy is quieter. Turn your bed so that
the top of your head points north aligning yourself
with this peaceful water chi energy. Remove
or cover any mirrors at night in your bedroom.
These speed up the flow of chi energy and bounce
it around the room, which is not helpful for
deep sleep. Keep the door and curtains closed
at night to encourage a more safe intimate mood.
All the bedclothes should be made from pure
cotton. Synthetic fabrics carry a static charge
of electricity that will adversely influence
you chi energy and risk an unsettled night's
can be due to pent up emotions that cannot flow
from the body harmoniously. From a Feng Shui
perspective most of the causes of nightmares
are chi energy moving around the bedroom too
quickly. This is made worse if the chi energy
moves in a straight line and is directed towards
the bed. Features that will speed up the flow
of chi energy and direct it to the bed are;
hard shiny surfaces in the bedroom, sharp corners
that point at the bed, a spiky plant close to
the bed, a mirror facing the bed, bright or
aggressive colours and sleeping with the top
of your head pointing north-east.
In addition having the bedroom at the end of
a long corridor or in the north-eastern part
of a building would exasperate the problem as
the flow of chi energy will speed up along the
corridor and then be directed at the bed. Another
possible cause of nightmares is over exposure
to electro magnetic fields (EMF).
These fields radiate from any electrical equipment.
Electric blankets, electric clocks, lights and
a television will all emit EMF. The closer they
are to you the greater the influence. The energy
flowing from the north-east is quick, direct
and piecing. Greater exposure to this energy
makes it harder to relax and sleep peacefully.
If you have nightmares and any of the features
apply to your bedroom try the following; keep
plants with rounded floppy leaves in the room
to calm the flow of energy, use soft fabrics
to encourage a more relaxing atmosphere, turn
your bed so the top of your head points north,
north-west or west to expose yourself to more
calming chi energy, keep the bedroom door closed
at night, cover or remove any mirrors facing
your bed, put plants or fabrics in front of
any protruding corners to subdue the movement
of chi energy, use a rug over a hard shiny floor,
add more pale greens and blues to the room,
keep any electrical equipment as far from your
bed as possible. If you have a choice of bedrooms
use a room to the north, north-west or west
of the centre of your home. Back
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