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Farah Yurdozu, Turkish author and psychic appearing on TLC's DEAD TENANTS, brings you views on the show, the paranormal, the home, and a place for you to exchange ideas.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Simple Magic For Your Kitchen

As we enter the holiday season I thought I'd share an excerpt from my latest book...

The holidays are a time for food. I believe that culture starts in the kitchen. In some ways we define different cultures according to their foods. Mention the word “Italian” and pasta, tomato sauce, and parmesan cheese pop into our minds. “Spanish” summons paella, “Japanese” sushi, “Turkish” thick coffee and shish kebabs. In my culture fixing food is a delightful ritual shared by many generations. We love food—cooking it, serving it, eating it. Of course we do! Good food makes you happy and healthy.

In the past, and not only in my country, kitchens often occupied a bigger area in the house than they do in today’s fast food take-out world. Now when I see a condo or an apartment sometimes I’m not sure if there is a kitchen at all.

Even though many of the world’s great chefs are men, the kitchen is a very female place. Yes, the kitchen is female. It represents fertility. A woman is the ruler of the kitchen in many ways. In a Turkish family, the wife is a production manager organizing everything from her kitchen headquarters. Just as in the corporate boardroom, important issues are discussed at the dinner table when the family gets together.

Television shows us how to be happy in a shiny perfect modern kitchen that few of us have in our own homes. On popular cooking shows you learn the “secrets” of the kitchen, secrets revolving around sumptuous ingredients and miraculous recipes. But what if your kitchen consists of only a small sink, a narrow counter and a tiny cupboard? Can you be happy? Believe me you can be very happy with the humblest of kitchens, and you can make your loved ones and guests happy too. Your kitchen can be a magical place without new appliances, big spaces and expensive foods. You can create personal harmony in the kitchen with some very simple steps, and as food feeds the body, this harmony feeds the soul.

As I have entered homes plagued by negative spiritual activity, one thing has struck me time and again: many of them need a good cleaning. Not spiritual but physical. The kitchen represents Health. And health comes from hygiene. A good kitchen is a clean one. Always remember that clean spaces invite positive spiritual beings and energy, and dirty, cluttered spaces attract badness and give it a place to live. And we need those good spirits in our kitchen, where we prepare the food that nourishes our bodies. Believe me, a kitchen filled with dirty dishes and greasy shelves can’t be a place where spiritual change happens—at least change for the better.

With or without a dishwasher, take care of the dirty dishes immediately. Doing this helps keep your kitchen a positive healthy place that welcomes you every time you walk into it, rather than burdens you with a nasty task always waiting. It’s a cleanliness you take with you into your daily life.

Another important thing that you’ll need to make your kitchen a magically harmonious place is Plenty. This is simple magic. Try to keep your food shelves or refrigerator full. Don’t wait until your pantry is empty before you go shopping. Fullness invites plenty. Check your sugar, salt, try to add more whenever you see them getting low. An empty refrigerator invites poverty. Don’t let it be this way. Even if you can’t afford haute cuisine, stock up on the basics to keep your kitchen full.

If you are a believer keep some object, or any picture related to your religion in your kitchen. It protects your home and brings good luck. You need angels in your life. Feed them their favorite foods: cleanliness, abundance and positive energy, and they’ll be sure to visit your kitchen and your home, and they’ll help you stir in the love and light that will make the fruits of your kitchen that much more joyful.

3 Comments:

Blogger bobbie said...

I love this post Farah. What you've written here is so true, and especially your thoughts on having a clean house. I was noticing too how many of the homes on Dead Tenants with negative energies are cluttered or out-right filthy. So, you've validated my own thoughts.

Thanks,
Bobbie

November 19, 2005 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Cigdem Aksoy Fromm said...

My grandma used to say that one had to be especially careful with onion and garlic husk. She would take pains to keep onions and garlic outisde (balcony, etc.) She believed that if onion husk scattered on the floor was not good.

I think hygiene and cleanliness is also very important in the bathrooms and toilets. Especially the corners and places behind or under objects muts be kept cleean at all times.

Sincerely,

Cigdem A. Fromm
Istanbul, Turkey

December 29, 2005 3:29 AM  
Blogger Cigdem A. Fromm said...

My grandma used to say that one had to be especially careful with onion and garlic husk. She would take pains to keep onions and garlic outisde (balcony, etc.) She believed that if onion husk scattered on the floor was not good.

I think hygiene and cleanliness is also very important in the bathrooms and toilets. Especially the corners and places behind or under objects muts be kept cleean at all times.

Sincerely,

Cigdem A. Fromm
Istanbul, Turkey

December 29, 2005 3:33 AM  

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