We cook and complain that it’s a waste of time, when we should be pouring our love into making that food. We work and believe it’s a divine curse, when we should be using our skills to bring pleasure and to spread the energy of the Mother.
— Paulo Coelho
As we prepare for the upsurge of Springtime energy, we are exploring the art of Chinese placement, called feng shui.
The kitchen is the most energetically “loaded” room in the house. Like all other rooms, it will pick up the vibrations of the energy, called Qi, that surrounds it. However, because it is where we prepare food, we then ingest that energy through the meals we eat.
According to Feng Shui consultant, Nancy SantoPietro, our food picks up the vibration of where and how it was grown, the store where it was sold, your pantry where it was kept, the kitchen it was prepared in, and the energy of the cook who prepared it.
In fact, one of my favorite writers, Kim Antieau, wrote a whole novel focusing on the emotional vibrations that are poured into food preparation. I highly recommend Coyote Cowgirl, a most magical and entertaining novel. (And then I urge you to enrich your life by gobbling down everything Kim has ever written, especially the beloved Church of the Old Mermaids).
So it is important to be mindful of the energy in your kitchen and all that goes into preparing meals there. If, for instance, your kitchen harbors the vibration of pesticides, is dirty or chaotic, or is home to a frustrated, burnt-out or angry cook, your food will be spiritually and energetically depleted long before it reaches your table.
To start with, we must become much more aware of the sources and quality of the food we bring into our homes. If you eat animal products, how were those animals treated before they were sacrificed for your meal? What were they fed? What were their lives like? How respectful was the manner of their death for you?
This has become a subject of intense controversy of course, as horrific factory farming practices have become the norm. As unpleasant as it might be, few things could be a higher priority than educating yourself thoroughly about where the food you are eating and feeding your loved ones is coming from.
Besides the health and well-being implications, which are increasingly grim, I believe there is also a moral imperative for us to know the real truth behind the shiny commercial facade on our grocery shelves. Before we bring this food into our sacred home, we need to know about the production practices, the chemicals, genetic manipulation, and what quality of human labor energy went into the meats, fruits and vegetables that grace our tables.
From a feng shui perspective, knowing more about the food we eat helps us to understand the Qi that is within our own bodies. After all, we are what we eat. So if our own physical bodies are vibrant with good Qi, we, in turn, draw to us to the people, events, and things that help us create a happy, prosperous life.
In addition, the kitchen itself is a vitally important room in the home because it represents the element of fire. In feng shui, this is thought, in turn, to fuel the energy force that activates wealth. The old adage “Your health is your wealth” is particularly true in traditional Chinese culture. The kitchen is viewed as a sacred place where the cook is revered and the “kitchen gods” are worshiped.
So tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some ways to make sacred and nurture ourselves by boosting the beneficial Qi in our kitchens.