Cre­ate the per­fect qi

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With Chi­nese New Year just be­hind us, you may want to start the year right by cre­at­ing per­fect ‘qi’ (en­ergy flow) in your kitchen, says feng shui mas­ter Paul Ng.

“Feng shui is a way to op­ti­mize the en­ergy around us,” Ng says in a tele­phone in­ter­view from Rich­mond Hill, Ont.

The kitchen is one of the three most im­por­tant en­ergy sources in your home, he says. The oth­ers are the en­trance and the mas­ter bed­room.

In feng shui, the kitchen is con­sid­ered the heart of the home, sym­bol­iz­ing nour­ish­ment and wealth. The place­ment of the kitchen and its con­tents can in­flu­ence a fam­ily’s pros­per­ity and health, Ng says.

Here’s how the cy­cle works: Good, nu­tri­tious food yields good health. And a well­nour­ished per­son is more ef­fec­tive in his or her ca­reer and re­la­tion­ships. In turn, a more ef­fec­tive per­son is more likely to be pros­per­ous.

“Time and time again, I’ve seen kitchens in the wrong spot - es­pe­cially the stove in the wrong ori­en­ta­tion. That can cause a lot of money-los­ing,” Ng said.

The best lo­ca­tion for a kitchen is in the “health cen­tre of the house,” the “ac­tiv­ity cen­tre of the house,” or in the “long-life cen­tre of the house,” Ng says.

Th­ese cen­tres are based on the “life cy­cle” of the house, which shifts ev­ery 20 years. This is some­thing that a feng shui mas­ter, like Ng, can cal­cu­late.

“It’s all math­e­mat­i­cal. Peo­ple have thought it’s psy­cho­log­i­cal; it’s got some kind of voodoo or some­thing. It’s noth­ing like that,” he stresses. “The proper way to do feng shui is 100 per­cent sci­en­tific.”

If you don’t know the life cy­cle of your home, ideally, the kitchen should be on the east or south side of the house, he says.

And you shouldn’t see your kitchen when en­ter­ing your home.

Be­cause the kitchen rep­re­sents pros­per­ity, you want pri­vacy, be­cause you don’t want to show peo­ple where you have money, he says.

If the kitchen is in the wrong place, the own­ers can never save money, Ng warns. So re­lo­cat­ing the kitchen is ad­vised.

If re­lo­cat­ing the kitchen isn’t an op­tion, as long as the stove and/or sink aren’t vis­i­ble when en­ter­ing the house, the sit­u­a­tion isn’t as bad, he says.

Ng sug­gests set­ting up a French door with glazed glass - to let light through, but to block the view to the kitchen. The lay­out of the kitchen is cru­cial. The stove - by far the most im­por­tant part of the kitchen - rep­re­sents the wealth gen­er­a­tor, Ng says. The burn­ers on the stove­top should be used equally, be­cause this rep­re­sents ob­tain­ing money from mul­ti­ple sources, he ex­plains.

The only lo­ca­tions that should be con­sid­ered for the stove are the east, south, or south-east walls, Ng says. The east rep­re­sents wood, and the south rep­re­sents fire; so th­ese lo­ca­tions are con­sid­ered a good source of en­ergy, be­cause they sym­bol­i­cally rep­re­sent the ease of start­ing a fire for cook­ing. The worst places for the stove are the north­west, the north and the west walls, Ng says. When you’re cook­ing, you should be fac­ing ei­ther east or south.

Ideally, the stove (fire) and sink (wa­ter) should be at a right an­gle. They should never be ad­ja­cent, Ng says, be­cause the prox­im­ity of fire and wa­ter can lead to con­flict.

“In the case of a mar­ried cou­ple, usu­ally the hus­band and wife end up fight­ing to the point of di­vorc­ing,” Ng claims.

The stove and sink should only be side by side if they are one to 1.5 me­tres (three to four feet) apart. You don’t want them too close to­gether, be­cause the wa­ter will ex­tin­guish the fire, Ng ex­plains.

If the stove and sink are side by side, it’s rec­om­mended that a green plant be placed be­tween the two. Jade and rub­ber plants are best for hold­ing good en­ergy, Ng said.

“It’s very im­por­tant to add good en­ergy to the kitchen,” he stressed.

Good en­er­gies come from the proper food and flow­ers.

A bas­ket filled with fruit in sight is a sym­bol of health and abun­dance. But make sure it’s fresh, be­cause rot­ting fruit rep­re­sents the op­po­site type of en­ergy.

Flow­ers in the kitchen are good - but not too many, he cau­tions. Too many will cause con­ges­tion, which pre­vents the pos­i­tive en­ergy from flow­ing.

The size of the kitchen should be based on the size of the house, Ng says, adding that the op­ti­mal size of a kitchen is about onequar­ter to one-fifth the size of the house.

If the kitchen is too big, it will af­fect the en­ergy bal­ance of the home. The so­lu­tion: Cre­ate a break­fast room or in­stall an is­land, he sug­gests.

If a kitchen is too small in re­la­tion to the rest of the house, you can’t gen­er­ate the nec­es­sary en­ergy for wealth or health. The ideal so­lu­tion is to tear down a wall to cre­ate an open con­cept, he says.

A less ex­pen­sive so­lu­tion is to hang a mir­ror in the kitchen to mag­nify the room.

The worst lay­out for a kitchen is an­gu­lar, Ng says, be­cause too many an­gles pre­vent en­ergy from flow­ing smoothly.

Rec­tan­gu­lar kitchens aren’t ideal, ei­ther, he says, be­cause the en­ergy isn’t bal­anced.

The best kitchen is the square kitchen, Ng in­sists.

CanWest photo

In feng shui, the stove (fire) and sink (wa­ter) should ideally be at a right an­gle as pic­tured above. The stove --by far the most im­por­tant part of the kitchen --rep­re­sents the wealth gen­er­a­tor.

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