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Myth Buster 16: Taking Home a Starfish Can Bring You Wealth Luck

Published May 20, 2014 by jptan2012

boracay-pic-3In my recent trip to the world famous resort island of Boracay, while me and my friends were just relaxing at one of the Casitas of Ariel’s Pointe, I came across a Finnish woman who I noticed was holding a starfish and was putting it in a plastic container.

While I cannot say that I’m a hardcore environmentalist, the truth is being a Feng Shui practitioner and a Buddhist, it’s impossible not to be a little environmentalist. It is simply part of the practice. So I decided to intervene put on a smile and nicely ask her what is she doing with the starfish. She smiled back at me and told me that there is a Finnish belief that when you accidentally step on a starfish and you decide to keep it, it will surely bring you a lot of good luck.

I first appreciated the starfish and told her that it is illegal to bring the starfish home and that she might be apprehended at the port. The truth is I’m really not sure whether there is such a law; I just decided to tell her the most logical thing. Explaining that bringing the starfish home is not good for the environmentalist, much more for the starfish, will be a tough job because she’s already on her 40s and she should know that already, so I decided to take the most effective route which is about her personal safety and that it being illegal. While I don’t know whether there is such a law in the country, I believe that it is the most logical thing to have. I’m glad she listened and decided to throw it back to the water.starfish

This is the first time I heard about starfish bringing wealth luck, but this is my take on it. If you came across a starfish on the shore, it is really good to throw it back to the water because on the shore for a long time without water, the starfish will surely die. By throwing it back (and yes you throw it back as far as you can so that it will not be washed ashore again, and no it won’t hurt the starfish) you would have saved the starfish from its eventual death, thus creating some good karma for yourself which might bring you some luck. However, bringing it home will surely kill the starfish, with a dead starfish not only did you create a tremendous amount of negative karma for yourself but also keeping a dead starfish is literally keeping a yin or negative energy. Both the negative karma and the yin energy will definitely bring a lot of bad luck for you.

So the next time you see a starfish on the shore, appreciate it a little and throw it back to the water to create some good karma for yourself.

Myth Buster 15: The North is Really Bad

Published April 25, 2014 by jptan2012

northA few weeks ago I went to do a Feng Shui audit of a place of a reader. I don’t really remember the context of what we are talking about but the subject of the conversation went into discussing the effects of the North. The head of the family asked me how come older generations believes that the North is really bad, and he even quoted the Chinese saying that says, “I will rather go homeless than have a free house that’s facing North!”

Being a Chinese myself, I’m familiar with this saying, and the truth is there is no truth to this saying. But where did this belief come from.

During the time of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiao Ping, the practice of real Feng Shui was banned, because they’re afraid that this might be used against them. Nevertheless, a lot of Chinese even some government officials still believe in Feng Shui and want to use this to their advantage. Because real Feng Shui experts are afraid to come out, this gave rise to charlatans and fake Feng Shui practitioners. They function under the supervision of the government, and were given some instructions. To make things easy, East has always been the best direction, and north is the worst direction.

But if you’ve been reading my blog, the truth is there is no such thing as the completely bad direction or completely good direction. It all depends on the yearly flying stars and on the Kua number of the person, or even the physical Feng Shui.

Myth Buster 14: Feng Shui Works 100% of the Time

Published September 1, 2013 by jptan2012

I recently got an email asking whether Feng Shui works 100% of the time. This got me thinking, whether Feng Shui really works 100% of the time. The truth is I’ve already written about WHY FENG SHUI DON’T ALWAYS WORK more than a year ago.

However, I believe that it is worth writing about it again, this time I would like to stress two of the major reasons that I have observed why Feng Shui don’t always work. The reasons I’m writing about now is an expounding of the last reason that I’ve written in WHY FENG SHUI DON’T ALWAYS WORK which is BEING TOO NEGATIVE.

A number of emails that I receive are from women who looking for love or wants to have the ‘love of their life’ return to them. Modesty aside, I’m happy to share that there are a number of them who got their lover/partner back, and that’s because they either got the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT or thru asking them to fix something in their room or house, or one which is through a powerful amulet pendant from Thailand.

Nevertheless, recently one of them got separated again, and she came to me complaining that Feng Shui only worked for her for a while. Since I already got to know them pretty well, I’ve already formed some ideas as to why they got separated again, but, I thought I’d still talk to the husband as to why he left her again for the 3rd time.

The husband who is also a believer and practice Feng Shui said that no amount of Feng Shui can help his wife. He said, she simply was not the woman she married. She has become very negative, often times very offensive and downright disrespectful to everybody. He said, all their money has gotten to her head and that she no longer sees the poor woman she married that’s very loving and caring with everybody.

This confirmed my belief that the woman has become very negative that the husband decided to leave. He also added that he still loves her but she should start helping herself and change herself.good_or_bad_attitude

I totally agree. I know for a fact that this woman will make a person suffer just because she didn’t like what that person did. One time, she even bragged that she sent a former friend some threatening messages just because the former friend failed to deliver on time the things the woman requested her to buy. She said that she send it anonymously using a different number so that her former friend will not be able to send her negative thoughts. WRONG! Karma is in the act that one did not in the thoughts sent by another person.

I have already warned her about attracting too much negative energy, but since she continuously gets good financial luck, she just ignored my warnings. However, the negative energy that she’s accumulating is attacking her through her personal life. She still hasn’t conceived even her Bazi / Paht Chee shows that she has descendant luck. Now her husband has left her for the third time.

Writing this now, because I notice this to be true with a lot of people, they want all the luck but they remain to be very negative. Not only negative in terms of being pessimistic but also negative in a bad attitude way. The bad news is Feng Shui can only do so much. One has to learn to change also.

Myth Buster 13: A Child Who Goes Under a Woman’s Skirt Will Have a Bad Luck

Published August 29, 2013 by jptan2012

Often times, especially for Chinese, we hear that if a child, again most specially for a boy, who goes or ‘hide’ under their mom’s skirt will have bad luck.baby under skirt

Feng Shui experts are divided on this. Some Feng Shui consultants like Lillian Too believes that this is true. I’m not sure what is her explanation. As for me, I believe that this is a myth, most probably started when older woman gets uncomfortable when they see their grandsons or granddaughters hiding under their mom’s skirt. Most likely, this is simply uttered out due to the uncomfortable and unpleasant sight of a child hiding under their mom’s skirt. Remember, back in those days, Chinese are pretty conservative.

Myth Buster 12: Pets Bring in Good Luck

Published February 9, 2013 by jptan2012

red poodleOk, I know this will raise some eyebrows. Am I contradicting my previous posts about having pets at home bringing in good Feng Shui? Read on and you’ll see what I’m trying to say.

Feng Shui consultants and experts always say that having pets at home brings in Yang energy that helps in ushering good Feng Shui luck. I’m personally guilty of saying that statement and I’ve done that several times in this blog.

However, an email from two separate readers jolted me from the reality that I, and other Feng Shui writers, consultants, and/or experts have been contributing to the myth that pets brings in good Feng Shui. The statement is not exactly wrong, but failing to clarify things and putting the full context created a myth.

Pets don’t bring in good Feng Shui. Happy, well taken care of, and balanced pets brings in good Feng Shui, any pets in general won’t do that.

I came to this realization when two of my readers emailed me about their pets. One said that she got a dog and was asking how soon will she see their good luck, and the other one emailed me asking whether their 2 rabbits that have been constantly biting each other will create some bad luck for them. These two readers are more concerned about the luck that their pets will bring in rather the welfare of the pets.

Please note that the primary reason of getting a pet shouldn’t be about Feng Shui, and neither it should be having a guard. Personally, I think it should be about trying to extend your love to another living being. For Buddhism, a pet or any living thing at that has a soul, and taking care of a pet is like taking care of the soul who had a bad karma of being born as a lesser being.

If boosting good Feng Shui is as simple as getting a pet, I would have gotten one a long time ago. However, I postponed it for a long time because I’m not sure whether I can properly take care of another living being. It’s a big responsibility. I know that if your dog is not happy, well taken care of, and/or balance, then not only they will not bring in good luck, but more negative karma are created because you then create a depress, imbalance dog with a lot of pent up energy.

So if you’re bigger concern is more about the good Feng Shui and/or the negative energy that you’re fighting pets are creating then you are on the wrong track. You’re concern for your personal luck shouldn’t be above another living being.

 

Myth Buster 11: Pregnant Women Brings Luck to the House

Published May 30, 2012 by jptan2012

There’s a belief that pregnant women naturally brings luck to the house and drives away negative energies. Well, generally speaking this is a myth.

Generally speaking, the belief that a pregnant woman brings good luck and drives away negative energies and/or evil spirits is a myth.

Pregnant women doesn’t bring luck per se but it’s more of an indication or omen that good luck is about to come your way, and this is true only if you bump into a pregnant women who doesn’t live with you. If you have a problem and while thinking about it you bumped into a pregnant woman, or open the TV and saw a pregnant woman then it’s a very good sign that whatever problem you’re going through is going to turn out fine.

Second, having pregnant woman in the house will bring good luck and drive away negative energies is very much true in the olden times, but, I’m afraid that while it may still have some truth to it, it is not because of the pregnant woman itself but more of the process of giving birth.

What brings luck is the yang energy brought about by the process of giving birth , which in the olden times usually happens at home. It’s the blood spilled in the process of birth that cleanses the house of the woman from negative energies and/or evil spirits thus cleansing the house. One other thing that brings luck to the house is the fresh and pure yang energy of a healthy baby.

Myth Buster 10: Lucky Rabbit’s Foot

Published May 13, 2012 by jptan2012

When I was a still a young boy, I remembered being given a rabbit’s foot by my father’s friend. It was supposedly to be a good luck charm. While this belief is not as famous here in the Philippines as it is abroad, I realized that they’re a lot of people who really believes in it.

Nowadays, it is generally believed that a rabbit’s foot serves as a good luck charm for the one who carries it, but the truth is it really started out as protection charm or amulet rather than a good luck charm. It was first used as a good luck charm of young men during the times when hunting is still one of the basic way of getting food on the table. However, it’s use as a protection charm turn into lucky charm because when the world started to become more ‘civilized’ and ‘safer’, its appeal as a protection charm started to lose its appeal. It is then when it because a lucky charm and not a protection charm.

But it is really not clear whether when this belief really started. The most prevailing belief is that it started during the pre-Celtic era when young boys, are trained to hunt. One of the first thing that they’ll hunt for are rabbits, and they will be given the foot of the very first rabbit that they hunted.

Nevertheless, the question is is there truth to the belief that a rabbit’s foot is a lucky or protection charm. If you analyze the history that I just shared, you’ll see that the original use of the rabbit’s foot is not as a charm or amulet, but it’s more of a symbol of a passage from being a boy to being a young amateur hunter, albeit still a boy.

If you look at it in a Feng Shui perspective, a rabbit’s foot creates bad chi, thus it is neither a protection nor lucky amulet. One will have to assume that the rabbit’s foot is actually from a dead rabbit, in Feng Shui, anything that’s dead creates a Yin energy thus it is bad for humans who should be predominantly Yang. If we are to assume that it’s from a living rabbit, it still creates bad chi, because you will have to cause pain to the rabbit to get it. Something that is totally anti-thesis of Feng Shui and Buddhist teaching.

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