The kitchen is key to pros­per­ity

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Irene Seiber­ling

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. 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 well-nour­ished 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 says.

“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 per cent 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. 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 south­east 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.

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 says.

It’s very im­por­tant to add good en­ergy to the kitchen, he stresses.

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 one-quar­ter 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.

Fire and wood colours are ideal for kitchens, Ng says. That in­cludes any­thing to do with red or green. But steer away from black and blue, he cau­tions, be­cause they both rep­re­sent wa­ter, which can af­fect your stove’s abil­ity to gen­er­ate fire and, in turn, gen­er­ate wealth.

Kitchens should al­ways have a win­dow, Ng says, be­cause win­dows bring in sun­light, which brings in pos­i­tive en­ergy. Lighting is one of the most cru­cial fea­tures in a kitchen. It is very im­por- tant for the money gen­er­a­tor and the money cen­tre to be bright, he says.

Warm or soft white lighting is best for a kitchen. Avoid cool white, be­cause it cre­ates a neg­a­tive en­ergy.

Am­ple nat­u­ral lighting is best, and ex­tra lighting un­der cab­i­nets is op­ti­mal, Ng says.

In gen­eral, the big­gest mis­take peo­ple tend to make when it comes to their homes is hav­ing too many plants in them, Ng says. That’s mis­take No. 1. They are run­ning a nurs­ery in­stead of a home.

Mis­take No. 2 is fill­ing a small house with fur­ni­ture that’s too big — es­pe­cially in the kitchen.

And Ng says the No. 3 mis­take peo­ple make is hav­ing too much junk in their houses, which blocks the flow of pos­i­tive en­ergy.

Keep in­gre­di­ents that are sel­dom used in the cab­i­nets to avoid clut­ter on coun­ter­tops, he rec­om­mends. And keep your cab­i­nets neat. Clut­tered cab­i­nets af­fect the qi of the kitchen, he says.

— Canwest News Ser­vice

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 — repre

sents the wealth gen­er­a­tor.

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