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Certified Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano is the CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan (established in 1997). She provides bi-coastal remote and on-site consultations, seminars, workshops and classes in New York, California, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY.

Laura Has been featured on Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live," hosted by Andy Cohen, News China Television, The New York Times, PBS, The Real Deal New York, BBC Radio, Fios 1, CBC Television and The 98.3 FM K-JOY Radio Morning show. 


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Certified NYC Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano has over 20-years of on-site and remote Feng Shui & Design consulting. Consultations, seminars and classes provided in New York City and Los Angeles California, along with National and International locations.




Why Is It Important in Feng Shui to Have a Curved Pathway Leading to Your Front Door?

Laura Cerrano

Looking to the Form school of Feng Shui, the observation in regard to how fast or slow a body of water was moving, in what direction and even how it eroded the land; all played a factor in locating a good place for homes to be built upon.

In modern day times, you could say the same concept still exists, only with a more urban and suburban perspective. Bodies of water are now translated into the design of sidewalks, streets, driveways and private pathways leading to your front door. 

Including a curved pathway and even driveway design that gently approaches your front door is more desirable than a straight pathway. The energy flow (represented by water and in modern designed pathways) has a chance to be more controlled with its movement vs rushing straight into your home. 

It's a Feng Shui design principle to strongly consider if remodeling the outside of your home or before construction. 

Why is Salt Considered a Good Feng Shui Cure to Remove Negative Energy?

Laura Cerrano

Salt has played a vital part in religious rituals in many cultures. It is an ancient mineral that has and continues to be used for various purposes that include body purification treatments, massages and removing negative, low energies from dwellings. In Feng Shui it's common to place salt in your bedroom, kitchen, living room and especially by the front door. You could also place salt in other areas of your home where you get an uneasy feeling, such as with the attic. 

How you implement the salt purification cure is up to you. Traditionally, people would sprinkle the salt mindfully around the selected room's perimeter. Being practical in the modern world, you may not want to do that as it could erode wooden floors. Instead, you could place the salt in a small bowl and arrange it in the room where it will not be accidentally prematurely thrown out, played with or ingested. 

There is a time-line of expiration for this particular cure. Nine nights (including the first night of the cure's implementation) is when the purification is the strongest. After that, some clients may prefer to keep the salt within their home for 6 months. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year a great time to replace the salt purification cure.

How could you dispose of the old salt?

  • Some may place the expired salt in an outside garbage can, and if you choose this method please be respectful and give thanks to the purification process. 


  • A more preferred method is to bury the salt outside (and not on your property).  Perhaps go to a local park or the beach and bury it. Mother Earth (Gaia) and the ocean will recycle that unwanted energy and transform it into new. 


Quick additional insights:

  • Use organic or kosher salt only.
  • Do your best to blend the salt bowl into the existing decor vs concealing it inside a cabinet or draw. It needs to 'breathe' and have an opportunity to absorb the negative energy.