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Effects of the Dreaded Hungry Ghost Month

Published July 18, 2012 by jptan2012

Yesterday we talked about the DREADED HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, and as mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Hungry Ghost Month is basically the time when hungry ghosts are released from hell so that they can eat. However, because a lot of these hungry ghosts lived a negative life or died violent deaths, a lot of them still harbor ill feelings brought about their fate, so when they’re released from hell, they also tend to do bad things to us.

I don’t think anybody has properly documented all the effects of the dreaded Hungry Ghost Month but some of the known effects are the following.

INCREASE PARANORMAL OR GHOST MANIFESTATIONS, but not all paranormal manifestations are done by hungry ghosts, sometimes it’s really just some wandering spirits that you wouldn’t normally see or feel but because of the heightened yin energy and paranormal energy brought by the Hungry Ghost month, you’ll become more sensitive to them. Having said that, it is also fairly normal to see some scary ghosts, these usually would be one of the hungry ghosts.

I once talked to a Filipina nurse, who is not aware of the Hungry Ghost month. We were talking about her job in one of the big hospitals in the country. I asked her whether night duties in the hospital give her the creeps. She said, she has gotten used to night duties, and shared that hospitals are not really very scary in the evening. But she concluded that she wonders why in her experience, a lot of patients usually complain about ghostly manifestation around August and not during Halloween. She clarified that sure enough that they will hear stories about ghosts from patients, colleagues, other hospital staffs, relative of patients from time to time, but having worked as a nurse for 14 years; she noticed that stories usually heightened sometime in August.

INCREASE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS usually happens during the Hungry Ghost month. When I was still working as a feature story producer in one of the leading broadcast media in the Philippines I worked on a story about the rate of accidents here in the Philippines. Again, an accident happens all throughout the year, however, there’s an increase number of accidents happening around August. More than that accidents that happened in August tends to be more severe thus taking more lives.

INCREASE NUMBER OF CRIME also happens during the Hungry Ghost Month. Again, in the same feature show that I produced for, we did a story about crime. We went to three different police stations in QC, Manila, and Pasig. Surprisingly, crime rates increases sometime around August, more than that the crimes that increased is not holdup or petty theft, what increases are murder and homicide.

INCREASE NUMBER OF HOSPITAL DEATHS AND/OR UNEXPLAINABLE MEDICAL PROBLEMS FROM USUAL MEDICAL PROCEDURES also happens. The same Filipina nurse I mentioned to you in the earlier part of this post also said that there are more deaths and normal medical procedures going wrong around August. When I was doing the accident and crime story, I was able to verify that indeed hospitals have more deaths occurring around August.

INCREASE CHANCES OF BUSINESS FAILURE also happens during the Hungry Ghost Month. A Taiwanese media outfit also conducted on a the effects of the Hungry Ghost Month on business, their research showed that more business close or starts to go bankrupt around the Hungry Ghost Month, furthermore, businesses that were opened during the Hungry Ghost Month tend to do badly.

There are a lot more negative effects of a Hungry Ghost Month; the list can go on and on. On my next posts, I’ll share with you the rituals usually done during the Hungry Ghost Month and/or Hungry Ghost Festival. Also I would be sharing with you ways on how you can protect yourself during this season. I am a great believer of Feng Shui because it gives you tools to counteract negative things.

But before that, allow me to share a few, a fraction, of some of the famous things that happened during the Hungry Ghost Month.

  1. 9/11 Attack. The 911 attacks on the Twin Tower is perhaps one of the most high profile cases worldwide that happened during the Hungry Ghost Month. To be exact, it happened on the second to the last day of the Hungry Ghost Month of that year.
  2. Death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed also happened during the Hungry Ghost Month.
  3. Britain’s Great Train Robbery happened during the Hungry Ghost Month.
  4. Elvis Presley died right on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival.
  5. The Munich Massacre happened four days after the Hungry Ghost Festival.
  6. The collapse of China’s Hunan Bridge, which coincided with the collapse of the 40 year old interstate highway bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minnesota, USA also happened during the Hungry Ghost Month.
  7. In August 7, 1998, an innocent looking truck drove up to the then US embassy and planted a powerful bomb. More than 200 people were killed in its wake.

In the Philippines…

  1. The Payatas tragedy that buried about 500 scavengers happened at the start of the ghost month that year. A 50-foot garbage fell on their houses at the height of a torrential rain.
  2. On August 3, 1999, heavy torrential rains caused a landslide that killed 58 people and buried over 100 houses at Cherry Hills Subdivision in Antipolo City.
  3. On July 16, 1990, an earthquake that registered 7.7 on the Richter scale killed 1,700 people, injured 3,000 individuals and displaced 148,000.
  4. On July 2, 1993 a floating pagoda carrying hundred of Catholic devotees during the annual pagoda festival in Bocaue, Bulacan sank into the muddy Bocaue River, killing more about half of the devotees who rode the pagoda. It was the start of the Hungry Ghost Month of that year.
  5. The ABC-5 news team involve in a tragic vehicular accident that killed all 3 passenger happened during the Hungry Ghost Month.
  6. The typhoon Ondoy tragedy in 2009 happened at the end of the Hungry Ghost Month.
  7. The Manila Hostage Crisis or what is officially known as the Rizal Park hostage-taking incident, that lasted several hours, injured several of the hostages, killed several people including the HK tourists, the hostage takers and hit the tourism industry in the country happened not only during the Hungry Ghost Month, but more that that it happened on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

The list continues but I would like to clarify that obviously not all accidents or catastrophes happens during the Hungry Ghost Month, for example the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami happened far from the Hungry Ghost Month. What we’re saying is that incidents do tend to be worst or the chances of individuals getting into bad things are heightened during the Hungry Ghost Month.

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

The Dreaded Hungry Ghost Month

Published July 17, 2012 by jptan2012

One of the most famous Chinese festivals, other than Chinese New Year and Moon Cake Festival, is the Hungry Ghost Festival, which also happens to be one of the most dreaded festival and month of the Chinese.

The Hungry Ghost Festival happens on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month, however, unlike the other festivals, like the Chinese New Year wherein the changing of the Flying Stars happens on a specified time and date, the preparation and effect of the Hungry Ghost Month, as the term indicates, lasts for a month. It actually starts on the first day of the 7th lunar month, peaks on the 15th day, which is the Hungry Ghost Festival, and ends on the last day of the 7th lunar month.

Every year, if you follow the Gregorian/Western calendar, the Hungry Ghost Month lands on different dates. Sometimes, it starts in July and ends in August, or starts in August and ends in September. But it always cuts across August of the Gregorian calendar. For this year (2012), the Hungry Ghost Month starts on August 17 and ends on September 15. The peak is on August 30, 2012, which is the date of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

But what is the Hungry Ghost Festival or Hungry Ghost Month?

Hungry Ghost Month is actually simply called Ghost Month (鬼月, Guǐ Yuè) in Chinese, the word Hungry is added in the words Ghost Months to clarify the nature of the ghosts that best characterized this season…they’re HUNGRY!

During this month, it is believed that the King of Hell opens the gate of hell to release and allow the spirits in hell or ghosts to be free and roam our world. It is believed that the hungry ghosts will visit families and other humans, thus it is said that there’d be more paranormal and ghostly manifestation during this month. Furthermore, hungry ghosts will also look for victims that they can bring with them to hell, and thus there’d be more accidents, more than that because of the strong yin and negative energy of this season, business becomes bad and it is highly advisable that one shouldn’t sign any contract, move to a new house, get operated on during the entire Hungry Ghost Month.

Why are they considered hungry?

Buddhism and Taoism both have a slightly different version of the Hungry Ghost. For Buddhism, Hungry Ghost is in one of the Six Realms of Existence, and they are simply a form of existence. However, for Taoism, Hungry Ghosts are (1) spirits of people who have not yet gone through a reincarnation and are largely forgotten by their descendants, (2) spirits of really bad people and they’re currently being punished, (3) spirits of really sad people who died of a violent death or suicide, (4) lost spirits who harbored so much yin energy or yin feelings while they were sill living.

They’re hungry because they are unable to get food from their living love ones because their violent or yin dominant death has blocked their connection with their loved ones, they don’t have any love ones on earth, or simply they have been forgotten. It is said that a deceased love one will have connection with us for a few more years, and depending on how we treat their spirits they may enter the samsara (cycle of life) immediately or go to hell as an hungry ghost. It is also said that ghost still needs sustenance in the other existence, and they get it from us in the form of offerings. These people not receiving any are then thrown into the pit of hell and become hungry ghosts.

Since most of these ghosts lived a negative life or died a violent death, many of them still harbor ill feelings towards their fate, so when they’re released they also try to do us harm. Thus all of us need to be extra careful.

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

Incurable Headache Cured with Feng Shui

Published July 16, 2012 by jptan2012

I recently went to Cebu for a business trip. While in the middle of a meeting, my client who is based in Cebu excused himself because he has to attend to a call.

When he returned he casually mentioned that he was with his wife on the phone who is updating him about his mom’s condition. He sounded frustrated and I asked him why he sound frustrated. He went to explain that the doctor is unable to find anything wrong with his mom, and that they’ve done several medical test and all of them came up negative for any reason that may be causing the mom’s headache. Apparently, the mom has seen four different doctors in Cebu and they’re now contemplating travelling to Manila to consult more neurologist.

My client doesn’t know my involvement with Feng Shui, and I don’t usually offer Feng Shui advice to my clients but for some reason I just felt the need to ask him whether there’s an expose beam in their house or a significant protruding corner that may be directly pointing at her mom.

You see protruding corners (aside from causing mood swings) and exposed beams are some of the major reasons why people have constant headache without any apparent reason. This usually affects everybody but more so older people and young children.

My client looked at me in a surprised but weird manner and said – HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT? HER BEDROOM HAS AN EXPOSED BEAM AND SHE SLEEPS DIRECTLY UNDER IT. I then explained my involvement with Feng Shui and told him that an exposed beam is one of the major reasons of ‘incurable’ headaches. He then asked me about what can be done about this. There’s only one way to cure it, cover the expose beam and install a proper ceiling. He said he’ll make sure that his mom’s exposed beam will be covered ASAP.

This happened a few weeks ago and I’m writing about this now because I just got a call from my client that his mom’s incurable headache has been cured! He is now requesting me to do a Feng Shui audit of his house and office!

Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Scholastic or Education Luck

Published July 13, 2012 by jptan2012

I’m writing this post upon the special request of a reader. J is scheduled to take an exam in about a week’s time or so and another one in September. She’s requesting for some Feng Shui tips to enhance scholastic or education luck.

The following are some of the powerful Feng Shui tips that will help enhance education / scholastic luck.

First and foremost, you need to ACTIVATE THE SCHOLASTIC CORNER WITH A CRYSTAL GLOBE. Base on the 8 Mansions school of Feng Shui, the scholastic corner is in northeast section of your room or house. Get a compass and stand on the middle of your room or house and look for the northeast section. Put a crystal globe there, any color of the crystal will do but it is best to stick with the natural quartz crystal. Using a real crystal is best but one that looks like a crystal like glass will also work.

Tap into the POWER OF A SINGLE POINTED GENERATOR QUARTZ CRYSTAL. The power of crystal has been well known for quite some time now. For education luck using a single pointed generator quartz crystal will help you concentrate better and achieve your goal to have scholastic success. You can put this on your study table. However, you need to ensure that it is cleanse of any energy but your energy. You can do this by putting it on top of a rock salt or sea salt for 3 days.

Wear a PAGODA PENDANT and a CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY BRUSH PENDANT. The pagoda pendant will help you have good scholastic luck and empower you with good concentrate chi. The Chinese calligraphy brush pendant is also a very powerful Feng Shui to gain scholastic. It symbolizes learning because in the olden times only educated person knows how to use the Chinese calligraphy brush. If you don’t want them as pendants, you can easily buy a Jade Pagoda and put it on your table, for the Chinese calligraphy brush you can simply buy a real one and put it on your table.

STUDY AND SLEEP IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR FU WEI, you can do this by checking your Kua number and look for your Fu Wei direction. Whenever you study, or if possible even when you sleep you should be activating your Fu Wei. The Fu Wei is activated when you face that direction when you’re studying, and your head is pointed in that direction when you sleep. Do know your Kua number and the direction of your Fu Wei please read my post – WHAT IS FENG SHUI KUA NUMBER AND HOW TO CALCULATE IT.

Put an image of LU DONGBIN and/or of CONFUCIUS on your table. Lu Dongbin is a scholarly, learned alchemist, of the 8 Immortals. Putting an image of Lu Dongbin on your table helps gets his blessing of scholastic luck. You can read more about Lu Dongbin in an earlier post called – LU DONGBIN: THE THIRD IMMORTAL WHO HAPPENS TO BE THE DEFACTO CHIEF OF THE EIGHT IMMORTALS. Confucius, on the other hand, is one of the most learned men in history. Again, using his image as a Feng Shui symbol helps you bring out to the universe your wish for scholastic success.

A Mirror May Cause Hostilities

Published July 12, 2012 by jptan2012

I decided to write this post because in my experience, this is one of the major mistake I often see in the houses that I’ve visited.

Putting a mirror that reflects the front door may cause hostilities both inside and out. I’ve seen a lot of families experiencing different kinds of hostilities and upon dong a Feng Shui audit it is usually cause by a mirror inside the house that reflects the front door.

Why is this so? Because the chi that comes from outside that goes inside the house is reflected back out right away because of the mirror, and because of this the ‘fresh’ chi inside the house is limited and this usually causes hostilities inside the house. Meaning,  spouses and/or siblings and/or parents and child or children will quarrel a lot.

Another effect is hostilities from outside also happens, meaning you’ll find yourself not getting along with your neighbor and/or with the baranggay.

Philandering Husband, Consumed by Success or A Case of Bad Feng Shui?

Published July 10, 2012 by jptan2012

I recently got a call from a former officemate who knows my interest in Feng Shui. She was asking for help because she has confirmed that her husband is having extra marital affairs. She herself said that she don’t think that they are serious but still the husband is getting some physical attention from other women.

This is quite surprising because I also personally know the husband and I was a witness to their courtship and love affair. The husband is quite devoted to my officemate, F. I expressed this to F and she said she believe that her husband was consumed by their financial success. This is when she shared that they have been experiencing some career and financial success and has recently moved to a new house.

We arranged for me to do a Feng Shui audit of their house, and when I arrived in their house, I saw right away one of the culprits. They have a very beautiful water fountain in their garden, which happens to be on the right side of their main door. Right side here is from the inside looking out, meaning it’s on the left side if from outside looking in.

I won’t be able to explain why this causes one of the couple to go ‘wandering’, and I’ve never seen any Feng Shui who is able to explain it clearly, but while we don’t know why having a water feature on the right side of the door (from inside looking out) has this effect, it has been proven that it’s one of the major cause of having a spouse to have extra marital affair. I mentioned this to F and she said she’d get rid of the water fountain.

Other than the water feature by the door, another Feng Shui cause of the extra marital affair can be found in their bedroom. They have placed a mirror in the bedroom that reflects their bed, this has an effect of doubling the romantic energy, which for married couples can be very bad because this invites a third party into the relationship. But on top of the mirror, they also have a wide screen TV in their bedroom that also reflects their bed. This again acts like a mirror and has the same effect. I mentioned this to F, and she said she’d get rid of both!

Simple Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Wealth Luck

Published July 1, 2012 by jptan2012

One of the first few posts that I’ve written about is – FENG SHUI TIPS TO ENHANCE WEALTH LUCK. Today, allow me to share a few more.

RECEIPTS IN THE WALLET/POCKET CREATE BAD MONEY FENG SHUI. Most of us tend to keep receipts in our wallet or pocket and just forget about it. In fact, it is not surprising that some of us may have some receipts in our wallet that’s been there for months or years. However, you should note that keeping a receipt in your wallet or pocket might create slight bad money Feng Shui. It signifies that you always have bills to pay.

SALT IN THE WALLET. Another way of creating good wealth luck is to always have a small packet of sea or rock salt in our wallet. Salt is a great chi cleanser, and having this in our pocket helps enhance wealth/money luck.

PUT A WEALTH SIGN OR WEALTH SYMBOL AS  WALLPAPER ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE. Feng Shui is all about symbolism, and putting a symbol of wealth as a wallpaper of your mobile phone helps a little in giving our wealth luck a little boost. You can use either of the following: three legged toad, pictures of gold bars, gold ingots and/or different currencies.

PUT THE WISH FULFILLING MANTRA AS WALLPAPER ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE. I’ve talked about the WISH FULFILLING MANTRA and the power of MANTRA in my previous posts. Putting the symbolic script of the Wish Fulfilling Mantra on your mobile phone helps in actualizing your wealth luck wishes.

WEAR A NINE-EYE DZI BEAD. A DZI bead is a special Tibetan bead that is suppose to have come from heaven. The DZI beads available in the market now are not original but they work as well. Wearing a 9-eye DZI bead either as a pendant or as a bracelet creates a lot of wealth luck.

Nine Eye DZI Bead on a string of Citrine.

WEAR A CITRINE BRACELET ON YOUR RECEIVING HAND. Citrine is a powerful wealth stone. It can be worn as a pendant but wearing it as bracelet is better. You should wear it on your receiving hand and not on your giving hand. Your dominant hand, meaning the hand that you use to write is the dominant hand, and thus it is your giving hand, the other hand is your receiving hand.

Wish Fulfilled Unconsciouly Through the Wish Fulfilling Mantra – A Testimony From A Reader

Published June 30, 2012 by jptan2012
BLOGGER’S NOTE: I just want to share with you an email I got a couple of weeks ago from one of my readers. I believe she was referring to either one of the three different posts that talked about the Wish Fulfilling Mantra namely – RECEIVE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS BY TAPPING TWO OF THE MOST POWERFUL MANTRAS; WISH FULFILLED WITH THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT’ A PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER; FULFILL YOUR WISHES AND GET BLESSINGS WITH THE BUDDHA’S BLESSING AND MANTRA PENDANT. I copy pasted her email as is. I didn’t edit nor change any of the words that she used.
hello! my name is tina my niece is following your blog she introduce your blog to me visit and read.  Im just sharing some experience by following your blog we got some tips One time were talking about my older brother, he lost his job last year november due to some office politics he choose to resigned than terminantion. After christmas he started to apply for another job, its hard for him because everytime the company doing some background investigation his previous company gave him negative feedback he was not aware of that until a head hunter he knew for a long time told him about it. So he found out that the one who is doing it is the one reliable why he resigned. We don’t know what went wrong on his previous employer my brother told me that his boss like him but some other department head doesn’t. 
My niece told me about the stories of mantras. Negative karma cleansing mantra and the wish fulfilling mantra, my niece told me that a person seeing it without knowing what is the meaning will be bless. There’s nothing to lose if we try We decided to put the script symbol in front of his computer monitor I told her not to tell him what is it. my brother is out of town that time, she printed and put it sat evening. My brother got home sunday night we forgot about that mantra after by tuesday  he’s out the whole day, he got a call from the company he applied 2 weeks ago. He told wednesday morning that he was asked for final interview, He went home with a good news he got the job, after 6 months jobless. Maybe the mantra has something to do about it and when I went to binondo church to pray for him a week before we put the mantra. Maybe both gave him blessing. :) what a coincidence that the owner of the company is chinese. hehe!
I also email you regarding that mantra do you think saying that will bless me knowing I know the meaning? I have problems financially a lot actually. So part of my routine aside from praying and visiting the church is to recite the mantra and write it anytime I want to. do you think it will work or I need some others like pendant? Or the script is enough?
 thanks for sharing your blog not only for the feungshui tip but also the stories you shared it was an inspiration.

A Dog or A Cat Provides Positive Feng Shui

Published June 28, 2012 by jptan2012

A lot of Filipinos believes that having a pet like a dog or cat is lucky because they tend to ‘block’ any negative things that may happen to you. I really don’t know whether this is true or not, but if you’re getting a pet simply to have ‘punching bag’ for all negative energies, I think you are consciously creating more karma for yourself.

Having said that, I do believe that having a dog or cat, especially if you really love them and treat them properly do create a lot of positive Feng Shui. One must always remember that a dog and a cat is a living thing, meaning they have life and that in a Buddhist perspective they have a consciousness, it can be equated to a soul in Christianity. More than that, for Buddhism, we must treat all living things with compassion and kindness, even rats, cockroach, ants, tigers, snakes, etc. If you are able to practice kindness to an animal, it really doesn’t go to waste because you create more positive karma for you and at the same time, it’s almost always impossible to be kind to animals and be bad to other people. Unless, of course, the kindness that you show an animal like our pets (dogs and cats) are more for a ‘public act’, since, especially here in the Philippines it now has become a fad to carry our pets around.

Aside from creating positive karma, like children, animals are sensitive to the chi of their surroundings, so we would always be ‘warned’ if the chi of a place were negative. They also provide a vibrant yang chi, like most children, dogs and cats, at any age may provide constant fresh yang energy in the place where they live in.

Suicide is Not a Solution

Published June 27, 2012 by jptan2012

I’ve received some emails from some of you inquiring as to why I haven’t post anything the past few days, in fact, for 20 days. I’ve been quite busy with work and I have to personally attend to two readers who sent me an email about suicide. I’m writing this post with their permission but I won’t really discuss their situation.

It feels weird that I’d received two emails from two different people contemplating suicide. Having a received a number of hoax emails, my initial reaction was to ignore the email or simply write a standard response, however, the emails felt real and more than that it is as if fate has ‘commanded’ to read their emails that day. I received several emails a day, and I have a huge backlog in responding to the said emails, as some of you may have experienced. Nevertheless, for some weird reason my attention was caught by this two different emails sent on two different dates.

There is something about their emails that really bothered me and it seems like there was a force that push me to reply. To make the long story short, I soon found out that those were real email, and real situations. The first thing that I did was to recognize the gravity of the situation, and the second thing that I did was to recognize the fact that I’m not trained to handle these kinds of situations.

I called up a clinical counselor friend to inquire how to handle the situation, she recommended some ways on how should I respond and then I hooked the two readers with her.

For Christians, suicide is a grave sin, and we’re taught that committing suicide will surely make your soul burn in hell for all eternity. In Buddhism and Taoism, it’s much more complicated, there is no clear response whether it is a sin or not. It really depends on the situation and the intent of the deed. However, one thing is clear though, suicide is not a solution.

In a Buddhist perspective, we are here on earth to achieve Buddhahood. Each lifetime is a consequence of a previous one and hopefully, the last one is always a little better than the previous one, until, one reaches Buddhahood. Unless, in extreme cases like when one commits suicide to save somebody else, or a nation, etc., committing suicide is definitely a solution, and it pulls you back several karma back from attaining Buddhahood.

It is in this sense, that for Buddhism, it is quite clear that suicide is not a solution, committing suicide will definitely bring you back to the same solution in your next lifetime or maybe even put you to a situation that’s even worse than your current situation.

If one is depressed and/or is contemplating suicide, the first thing that one should recognize is that you need to talk to somebody. It can be a relative, friend, or try one of those counseling hotlines.

If you’re Buddhist, you can also constantly recite the Mantra of the Buddha of Compassion – OM MANI PADME HUM.

If you’re Taoist, you can simply take a bath in a tub of water with salt. If possible do include some flowers.

If you believe in Feng Shui, you can also do the first two, and you can put salt in your room and make sure your room or house is well lit.

But most important of all, seek help!

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