Beams, Poison Arrows, Chi and Bamboo Flutes


In Feng Shui, it is not good to sleep under a beam, have the edge of the beam pointing at you, or have the beam dissect your body while sleeping, or lie between you and your partner. 

The problem is, so many homes in Western architecture utilize beams as part of the structure and, in many cases, feature beams in the design. 


Our house Floyd boasts beams in every bedroom, so what to do? 


When I was living in Japan, I did see a cure being implemented involving bamboo flutes with red ribbon on one end. You were to hang 2 flutes slanting down at an angle and away from each other with the red ribbon on the bottom on the offending beam or beams. This would protect the inhabitants from any negative impact from the beams or their sharp edges. Because the flute is representative of how chi flows as the air does through the instrument, the flutes can act as a positive activation for better chi.


I will let you know how this works out in our room-stay tuned! 

Beams over Beds in Feng Shui


There are a lot of opinions on beams over beds across all schools of Feng Shui.


We all have some sense that it is not good, but why? It is said that beams cut through whatever is below. Sometimes, their edges form arrows, the corners facing directly at the sleeper.

Our bedroom


If the beam is parallel with the sleeper, it can set up a case of sleep disturbance, illness and depression. 


If it is between a couple and parallel to the sleeper, It can cause marital or relationship problems if it is between the sleepers. 


If it’s perpendicular to the sleepers, it can cause illness in the area it is directly over, cutting that area of the body. 
Beams are an integral part of western building and a premium feature at that.

So, what to do? 


If you can’t move, and you’re suffering from any of the above, what do you do? There are a couple of “cures” that can help. 


One is to sleep in a canopy bed with material over your head for protection. Or to cover the beams with some kind of material.

Our Skylights

What if you have skylights, like we do? There is an old cure with bamboo flutes, shown below, you can hang over the offending beams in a specific arrangement. I’ve used these before myself in a previous home. 

Bamboo Flutes


The last is to have lights pointing to the beams, essentially “burning them up.” I’m skeptical of the last as flaming wood by fire isn’t really a calming cure. 


Message us with your bed and beam pics and let us know if you are sleeping well and are healthy! 

Stay tuned; we have lots of beams in our soon to be bedroom!