In Feng Shui, sharp edges pointed straight at you are considered Sha Chi — poison arrows directing dangerous energy your way. Some people will try to tell you that book spines fall in this category. Not true.
Reasoning#1 — If books were dangerous, all dorm rooms would be dagger dungeons and feel terrible. Obviously that’s not true. Some rooms end up feeling pretty icky (for other reasons involving corn chips and socks!), but plenty of dorm rooms are beloved sanctuaries and NOT just the ones where the residents are book-less, drape covers over their bookshelves at night, or keep their belongings on the floor!
Reasoning #2 — Book spines aren’t really sharp edges. Poison arrows are more like the edges of a triangle — sharp. Books are fatter and their spines are actually rounded.
Reasoning #3 — Books hold a highly treasured place in Feng Shui. They contain wisdom and joy. They are solid, trusted anchors.
That said, here are some practices that will enhance your books’ impact on the energy of your room:
- Do not place books immediately near the head of your bed lest all those words and ideas rumbling around disturb your sleep.
The thing is, a lot of college students read in bed! It’s your couch/armchair/bed all in one. And it’s hard to get up and stow your book somewhere else as you pleasantly drift off into slumberland.
- If you have a drawer next to your head, keep it empty and reserved for the books you’re actively reading.
- If not, invest in a rolling cart and use its drawers for that purpose. [No, we do not own stock in rolling cart companies! Yes, we recommend them for so many dormitory Feng Shui issues.]
- If there’s no room for a cart at all, toss an extra pillow or throw blanket over your books before you nod off.
- Display only books you like.
Any objects associated with unpleasantness have no place in your room. Truly! If you have an Econ. book that you MUST use, keep it in a drawer.
No offense intended. Some of our best friends are Econ. majors:)
- Put books in the Northeast corner of any space. The Northeast (Small Earth) is home of self-knowledge, including study and meditation.
You may not be able to move your bookshelves, but you can always stack books on the northeast corner of both your desk and your dresser (no matter where those pieces of furniture are in your room). Remember you can superimpose a bagua map on ANY SPACE — including the top of your desk or dresser — and use it to enhance your life. If all your books fit there, maybe you’ll use your shelves for other purposes — folded tees for example. Or a tidy display of your shoes or bags.
- Try to keep books out of the straight-up-North part of your space.
Don’t store books in the northern “sector” of your desk or dresser.
Remember — Your primary Feng Shui space in the dorm is YOUR HALF of the room. So don’t worry if your roommate’s books are in the northern part of the overall room — just tend to your half as that’s what will influence you.
>>If you really dislike the way your roommate’s books or bookshelves (or anything else) are directed, screen the effect. Best bet (other than the rolling cart which you KNOW we have to mention): hanging a crystal with fishing line and a thumbtack from your ceiling. Preferably in the middle of the room. <<
If your shelves are on the northern side of your half of the room, it’s best to move your books to a creative new location. Use your dresser drawers as library and your shelves for your clothes. (Well maybe not your private coverings — we don’t want your Mom emailing us after Parents Weekend, ok?)
So don’t abandon books. Not only do they help you by embodying and symbolizing a main focus of college (i.e. knowledge! Social life’s up there too, we know, and we’ll cover that in another post!) but also books will ground you in a way you’ll treasure during this exciting roller coaster ride that is college. Kindles, iPads, and computers are nice, but books are your friends — always — and especially now.