Your bedroom is the temple where one of the most interesting and magical processes of the human condition takes place: sleep. Our modern day bedrooms are multipurpose and not just for sleeping and incubating dreams. At night it is the room where we sleep, watch t.v., read, make love, study, and various other activities. Our bedrooms welcome us to get cozy and comfortable at the end of long day. It calls to us to come, relax, unwind and wraps us in a blanket of a security as we say goodnight and drift off to sleep. In the morning, our bedrooms look different as the sunlight brightens the rooms and it seems to say to us “Good Morning this is a new day full of promise and hope.”
Sleep and dreams are two areas where science has yet to fully understand or explain their mysteries. For centuries sleep and dreams have held their place in folklore, magick and wives tales, old fears and beliefs that continue today. For example: don’t sleep in strange places, don’t sleep with your head pointing south, don’t eat spicey foods before sleep…etc. As for dreams and the mystery they hold much is revealed to a wise interpreter. Today, many still use techniques derived from ancient religions and or magic to encourage restful sleep and to reveal messages from dreams.
The best bedroom is a room that is spacious enough to move about freely, a great bed, soft lighting and decorated with colors that promote peace, rest and tranquility. Great bedroom colors are soft or pastel blues, greys, greens, creams, earth tones and white. Furniture that is comfortable. Of all the rooms in your home, the bedroom is the one place that when you walk into it all you can say is “ahhhh!” I’m home, I’m safe, I’m relaxed and at peace. As my grandmother always says when she goes to bed, it’s time to shut the world out.
There are so many wonderful beds to choose today. This is not about telling you what mattress to buy although I recommend you try several and be sure to get the best one for you and your body to ensure restful and blissful sleep. A few fun bed/mattress facts for you are: In the past, 100 plus years ago mattresses were made of feathers and were thought to be effective protection against lightning strikes, so people would lay on their beds during thunderstorms. Also, different types of feathers were used; partridge feathers were thought to prevent disease, pigeon feathers caused sleepless nights and dove feathers were considered unlucky. Prior to feathers, grass and plants were used in bedding. I am so grateful to be born in modern times!
There are traditional sleeping positions that many cultures and spiritual practices believe are better than others for the energy of your life. Sleeping with your head pointing:
North: Promotes stability, calmness, prosperity and healing. The North is considered the source of magical power.
South: Not good! Promotes insomnia, illness, weariness.
East: Promotes intelligence, sharp mental powers, freedom of the mind. The East is associated also with religion and spirituality. Because the sun and moon rise in the east and set in the west it is considered the most natural way to sleep as well – head in the east feet toward the west.
West: Promotes love, psychic abilities, spirituality and is the ideal position for those practicing dream magic.
If moving your bed is not practical then using a mirror facing the opposite direction to counter the negative energy. For example, a small mirror hung on the headboard of a bed facing South.
This is an effective sleep prayer to help those suffering from insomnia. After you are in bed and get comfortable, take three deep breaths, inhale the good and exhale the stress of the day. Then repeat slowly, quietly and lovingly to yourself as you fall to sleep:
“My toes are relaxed, my ankles are relaxed, my legs are relaxed, my back is relaxed, my hands and arms are relaxed, my shoulders are relaxed, my neck is relaxed, my face is relaxed, my eyes are relaxed, my whole body and mind are relaxed. Relax, Relax, Relaxing, Relaxed. I fully and freely forgive everyone including myself and I wish for all harmony, health, peace and all the blessings of life. I am at peace. A great stillness comes over me and a great calm comes over my entire being as I realize the Divine Presence within me. I know that the realization of life and love heals me. I wrap myself in the mantle of love and I fall asleep filled with good will for all. Throughout the night peace remains with me, and in the morning I will be filled with life and love. A circle of love surrounds me. I sleep in peace and I wake in joy.”