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Certified Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano provides weekly Feng Shui Tips and insights, paired with the latest scientific studies, discussions about additional supportive healing modalities and healthier lifestyle choices for the body, mind and spirit.

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According to Feng Shui - Is My Bathroom Draining the Energy of My Home?

Laura Cerrano

Lead photo courtesy of  cocoparissienne

Lead photo courtesy of cocoparissienne


"Dear Laura,

I've been fascinated with the topic of Feng Shui for several years know and I have become really confused with certain things. For example, I've read in books and articles that my bathroom is considered a huge drain on my energy. Is this true?

Thank you,

Kathryn Walsh"


Dear Kathryn, 

Thank you for emailing me and what a great question! I have been teaching Feng Shui to public and private clients for 20 years. During this time I have found Feng Shui to be very subjective in  how each consultant is trained and how they choose to perceive the principles and their life experiences with the Feng Shui changes for themselves and with their clients. Another important observation is to understand Feng Shui speaks in the language of metaphors and symbolism, as that is how it was developed 5,000 years ago. So now its time to bridge ancient wisdom with today’s lifestyle. 

With that said, let’s explore possible reasons to how this Feng Shui bathroom principle came to be. According to the BTB Ba-gua map and Five Elements Theory, if you have too much representation of the water element or actual water inside your home or in a particular area, it could result in creating an in-balance of energy flow.

Lets say we have a bathroom located in the gua (life section) of “Career.” Why would this be a possible concern in Feng Shui?  When the toilet, tub, and sink are done being used the water drains away. Practicality wise, this is a good thing. From a Feng Shui perspective, if this happens repetitively each day, though the entire year this becomes a metaphor of energy draining away.

Pop Question: Did you know the Ba-gua map also associates with body parts? That’s right! In Feng Shui its believed your home is a living space, not just a space you live in. 

In the area of career, one of the associated body parts is your kidneys. In western physiology, the kidneys are a vital excretory organ whose main function is to create urine to help rid the body of toxins and unwanted water. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioners view the kidneys as a very important organ that not only regulates the urinary system but also exercises control over the reproductive, endocrine, and nervous systems. Simply put, if you have too much water element from a Feng Shui perspective in this area of your home, it could increase your chances for illness (which is true if you over hydrate your kidneys). 

To sum this up, YES, the principles of Feng Shui would love to see water flow in a balanced presentation that ‘generates’ energy moving inside of your home vs away. 

Are there non invasive remedies that could be put in place if a bathroom is in the career life section? Yes, there is!


Quick Bathroom Tips:

  • Keep the bathroom door closed. 


  • If you have any leaky pipes or drains, fix them. From a practical reason, this investment will save you money in the long term. From a Feng Shui perspective, leaky pipes are symbolic of wealth reduction and possible physical illnesses. 
  • You could tie a 9 inch cut red ribbon around your bathroom sink’s drain pipe. Why? This is what we call a “transcendental cure (working with the unseen),” passed on by his High Holiness Professor Lin Yun. This is not about stopping the actual water drain, its symbolic of stopping energy drain. According to Professor Lin Yun, the red ribbon cure’s power comes from the intention of why you tie the red ribbon around the drain pipe; and that is because the red ribbon symbolizes protection from excess drain energy. Keep in mind, some consultants may feel this suggestion is a “myth” and that is perfectly fine. At the end of the day, it’s your choice for discovering what works for you. 


  • Adding at least one plant in your bathroom is recommended. Why? The direction of energy flow with the drains moves downward. The plant grows in an upward vertical direction. This is said to help neutralize and stop the pulling of draining energy away from your home. 


  • And finally, the most modern day feng shui suggestion is to establish an overall atmosphere inside your bathroom that is “spa like.” This does not mean you need to go and invest in a brand new bathroom (unless you are already in the market to do so). It means, to create a space that is enjoyable to be in. Take notice of the colors, the smells, the textures, your light sources, etc. They all play a part in balancing the overall energy. 

Naturally, there is more to this discussion, yet these are some starter points to get you going and even possible see Feng Shui in a different light.

How Can a Convex Mirror Protect My Home and Self from the Negative Energy of My Neighbor?

Laura Cerrano

I have very destructive and noisy neighbor and want to use the convex (not concave) mirror outside my home to protect myself and my home. What would be the effects on me if I use this remedy ??? And is it the best way to deflect harm away from me and my home ???? Thank you.
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This type of situation comes up from time to time during Feng Shui consultations. When using a Convex mirror, the intention of use is to deflect back your neighbors negative energy that is being directed toward your home and self. 

In energy terms, this is a form of "non-battling." You are simply deflecting the energy they are projecting at you and your home to move around, up-over and away. The placement of the mirror depends on the location of your home to the neighbors home. It's suggested to place the mirror along the outside of your home (if possible). 

If need be, you could place the convex mirror along a window sill from the inside of your home. If you do this, make sure the reflective surface of the mirror is facing toward your neighbors home. Some consultants may disagree with this approach, yet if a person lives in an apartment building or for other practical reasons, this could be the next best method.

Very important, please read:

When you place the convex mirror for its intended use, you need to make sure you do not have any "ill-will" toward your neighbor. I know this may sound strange, yet again, I repeat, do not implement this cure while in a fowl mood. Be neutral and the effects on you when implementing this remedy is none. What you give out, is what you get back. The intention and envisioning of the convex mirror's use is to deflect. Think of it as Tai Chi for your home. 

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