While having drinks with some friends recently, I was introduced to a number of practices that people go through when they find themselves staying in a hotel room. Having done quite a number of hotel stays myself, I must admit some of these practices were not new to me personally.
Armed with this curiosity, I then checked around with a few fengshui experts and asked for some do’s and don’ts as well as the astrological reasons behind them. Personally, I am not a superstitious person but among the items in this list, I have to admit I practice #1 whenever I enter a hotel room for the first time. I guess it doesn’t hurt to do so!
Without further ado, here are some hotel room feng shui tips to hopefully bring even better luck to your travels!
#1: Knock on the door when entering a hotel room for the first time
Knocking on a door is a widely-used gesture to show respect. By knocking on a hotel room door before entering for the first time, you are showing respect to any spiritual occupants and signaling your intention to occupy the room. In addition, walking sideways when first entering a hotel room is recommended. Practically speaking though, knocking is also a good way to prevent any awkward situations in case reception had mistakenly assigned you to an occupied room (it happened to me once!).
#2: Stay in a hotel room with windows
Fill the room with as much sunlight as possible. In fengshui, it is believed that darkness represents excessive yin energy. Staying in a hotel room without windows may cause uneasiness.
#3: Flush the toilet when first entering a hotel room
This supposedly symbolizes the removal of unwanted energies from previous guests and a new beginning. Also, it is recommended that you switch on all the lights in the room to enhance yang energy. A room that is unoccupied for a period of time contains much yin energy, which may cause uneasiness.
#4: Don’t sleep under a beam
Avoid sleeping directly beneath beams, especially sloping beams, as this supposedly causes emotional stress. If the bed is positioned underneath a beam, try to position yourself away from the said structure if possible.
#5: Don’t face a mirror while sleeping
When assessing fengshui, mirror placement is an important factor. It is not ideal for a mirror to be placed directly opposite the bed as this creates emotional stress and leaves you feeling uneasy. Therefore, if you happen to be in a hotel room with such a layout, you can consider covering the mirror with a towel for a good night’s rest.
#6: Don’t leave your unused shoes pointed towards the interior of accommodation
In fengshui, it is believed that worn shoes carry negative energies accumulated from the outside. As the tip of shoes act as the channeling point of these energies, it is recommended that you position your footwear towards the outside or walls to negate this effect.
#7: Don’t leave a bed unoccupied while you sleep
While you are most likely to get a twin bedded room only if you’re staying with somebody, there are instances when a hotel may only have this room configuration left for single occupants. In such cases, it is recommended that the occupant mess up the unoccupied bed and put large objects (i.e. a bag) on it.
Source: Way Fengshui Group
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