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 Balance Your Bathroom

The Chinese have a saying: “A clean and beautiful bathroom is the key to health, peace, and wealth” but it’s not quite as simple as that. 

The bathroom poses an interesting problem because the basic element — water — plays two roles. It represents money and it washes away dirt. The bathroom, according to feng shui principles, is the draining point for the energy that water carries. This means that every time you flush water down your drains you are in danger of sending your family’s fortune with it.  

Your bathroom should be spacious enough to be functional but not too large. It should be a retreat — a place where you can relax and pamper yourself. 

Pale colors are restful — green promotes digestion and aids health; blue will keep the water moving, help avoid plumbing problems, and encourage a good cash flow. 

Associated with the element water, the bathroom shouldn’t be located next to the fire of the kitchen (because water destroys fire). Nor should it be in the middle of the home, which is associated with earth (earth destroys water by absorbing it). 

Ideally, too, the bathroom and toilet should be separate because they serve different functions — one is for external cleansing, the other for internal. Each needs a window to keep the air fresh and to connect the room to the outside. 

Balancing the Bathroom

If your bathroom faces or is above the front door, place a small mirror at the base of the toilet to stop the Qi and the family's wealth from going down the drain.

If it is next to or above the kitchen, hand a mirror outside the door to deflect negative energy.

Colored ribbons and wind chimes near artificial ventilation devices will flutter and make music and enliven Qi.

The most Yin room in the house, the bathroom is often damp and dark, so add yang for balance - some bright splashes of color or lighted candles 

Keep drains covered as much as possible and the toilet seat closed when not in use. If you flush the toilet with the lid open, chances are your money will go down too.

Use green indoor plants to help activate stagnant Qi.

Feng Shui Bath II by Charlene Olson

Feng Shui Bath II 
by Charlene Olson

Feng Shui
How to Create Harmony and Balance in Your Living and Working Environment 
by Belinda Henwood

"An ancient Chinese theory of design and placement, Feng Shui grew from observations that people are affected -- either positively or negatively -- by their surroundings, with some places being noticeably luckier, happier, healthier or more peaceful than others," writes Belinda Henwood in the opening chapter of her book, Feng Shui.

While some homes and offices are designed with feng shui concepts in mind, it is just as useful for making modifications and adaptations to existing dwellings. The right colors, a well-placed houseplant, or a mirror can make a world of difference.

Henwood's guidebook offers dozens of tips and solutions for every room in the house as well as offices, yards and landscaping. She even provides a chapter of "cures" for combatting negative energy and enhancing the life force, or Qi.

Excerpted from Feng Shui © 1999 by Belinda Henwood and Howard Choy with permission from Storey Books, Pownal, Vermont 05261, 800-441-5700, Dept. YP,
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