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Feng Shui Tips for the Working Person

Published Abril 30, 2012 by jptan2012

After discussing the different FENG SHUI TIPS FOR THE WORK PLACE (1 and 2), I now would like to share the different Taoist Deities or Immortals and Buddhas or Bodhisattvas who can help you with your career and work environment.

Some of the things that I’m going to mention here are things that I’ve discussed in the past, but I believe that they are worth repeating.

For me, one of the most powerful Taoist God who also happens to be a Chinese Buddhist Buddha is the ‘Great Sage, Equal of Heaven’, the Monkey God or Monkey King called Sun Wukong. I have written about Sun Wukong several times in various posts, but if you wish to know more about him you can read a post solely dedicated to Sun Wukong. But it is worth repeating here that Sun Wukong is a very good strategist, furthermore, one of his intrinsic qualities is that he is loyal to those who shows reverence to him and worship him. Having an image of Sun Wukong either as a tabletop image or pendant will give you a competitive edge in all your undertakings. Furthermore, Sun Wukong is also a very powerful protector so having his image will ensure that your chances of getting backstabbed or swindled are greatly minimize. But more than that, Sun Wukong is also a very powerful wealth god so having his image will ensure good salary and help ensure career advancement.

Another powerful Taoist and Buddhist god is Kuan Kong (also called Guan Gong, Kuan Ti, or Guan Ti). Kuan Kong is a historical Bodhisattva and Taoist immortal. I’ve also written intensively about Kuan Kong, and you can know more about him by reading my previous post about Kuan Kong. His difference with Sun Wukong is that Kuan Kong is more appropriate for people who are in power or significant position. But other than that they’re almost the same in qualities, attributes, and the type of blessing that they bestow upon those who tap into their powers.

If your workplace environment is very tense and needs a lot of harmony, you should have the image of the Maitreya Buddha, better known as the Happy Fat Buddha. The Maitreya Buddha, will ensure that there is harmony in an otherwise tense and stressful environment. You can either place an image of the Maitreya Buddha on your table or wear one as a pendant. The Maitreya Buddha will also help ensure that you focus on the positive aspects of a ‘problem’. Furthermore, the Maitreya Buddha is also a very powerful wealth god, so he can ensure good money luck. If you want to know more about the Maitreya Buddha please read my previous post by clicking here.

Just a word of caution, I mentioned here several times that you could put the images of Kuan Kong, Sun Wukong, and Maitreya Buddha on your table. However, you have to ensure that when on your table that you don’t ‘show disrespect’ by constantly hitting them with your papers, calculators, etc. If possible, it is better to place them somewhere that they won’t be disturbed.

Feng Shui Tips for the Work Place (2)

Published Abril 29, 2012 by jptan2012

Yesterday, I talked about the different FENG SHUI TIPS FOR THE WORK PLACE. Today, I’m writing about more Feng Shui tips for the work place. But before anything else, allow to me reply here regarding a question that was emailed to me by reader.

D emailed and shared that her table is directly against the wall, and she is literally facing the wall. She’s asking whether this is ok. This is also actually bad and while a wall behind you signifies support, a wall that is directly in front of you signifies problem. But the remedy for this is quite simple. All you have to do is put a picture or painting of a scenery, as long as it’s not of a mountain.

While my post yesterday focused on what you should avoid, today I’ll focus more on what you need to have to help ensure a smooth working environment.

AN IMAGE OF A ROOSTER. Readers of this blog knows that a rooster with a fan will help ensure that there’s no third party involvement in a relationship. However, a plain rooster is one of the essential charms that a working person needs. This is to prevent any politicking or rumors about you from circulating your co-workers. You can either place this on your table or wear it as a pendant.

SIX CRYSTAL Ball. Again readers of this blog knows that six pieces of crystal ball or crystal spheres will help ensure harmony at home. Having this is the office is also a very effective tool to ensure harmony in the office. If your boss doesn’t believe in Feng Shui but you have your own table, you can just place a smaller version of this on your table.

THE RED PHOENIX ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF YOUR OFFICE OR TABLE. Birds bring in good fortune and a Phoenix is a mythical bird. Also a Phoenix represents fire that makes a Phoenix a firebird. The South is empowered by fire and putting a Red Phoenix will help enhance your career luck and help you be recognize. But more than that it will also help block whatever bad luck that may come your way and create new opportunities for you.

FLOWERS. Put some colorful flowers on your table. While fresh flowers are preferred, a picture of a flower will also do. However, never use a flower made of plastic, and if you use fresh flowers make sure that you don’t wait for it to wilt before replacing them. Flowers will help ensure that you don’t absorb too much negative energy and stress.

DRAGON TORTOISE. A Dragon Tortoise is a combination of the two of the 4 guardian or Feng Shui animals (Dragon, Tortoise, Tiger, and Phoenix); furthermore the Dragon Tortoise is a combination of a celestial animal and a real animal. Having a Dragon Tortoise will not only give you support but also it will also give you a competitive advantage. A Dragon Tortoise is also a very powerful tool of protection if you’re not sure whether your working area has good or bad Feng Shui. The best place to put a Dragon Tortoise is behind you, however, putting it on your table will also work as well. You can also wear it as a pendant or as a bracelet.

VICTORY BANNER. I have previously written about the Victory Banner. Please do read about it. I just would like to say that the Victory Banner is one of the most powerful tools that one can use to ensure that most, if not all, of your endeavors or projects becomes a success. I have personally utilized the Victory Banner with all my big projects. You can place an image of the Victory Banner on your table or wear it as a pendant. This is the reason why I have included the Victory Banner in the special pendant that I designed, the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT.

Feng Shui Tips for the Work Place

Published Abril 28, 2012 by jptan2012

This post is a post requested by a reader who has become a friend. K is one of the first people that emailed me and one of the readers that had her Bazi analyzed. It’s always nice to chat with K; she’s very engaging and nice.

K just recently started with her new job, and she requested that I post something about work, and I realized that the topic she requested is quite appropriate since a lot of fresh grad would start to go to work already.

The following are some of the essential Feng Shui tips for working people…

DIAGONAL TO THE DOOR. As much as possible have your office or desk at the far corner of the office and it should be diagonal to the door. For the work place, the deeper you are in the office the better. This is to ensure that the chi, which should presumably be good, goes directly to you.

NEVER DIRECTLY FACE THE DOOR. This is inviting a lot of arguments. Also while you may be receiving the chi directly also, this might be too strong for you.

AVOID STRAIGHT CORRIDOR OR HALLWAY. The principle for this is like any chi that goes into the corridor and hallway is targeting you. You’ll find yourself dealing with more problems and you may become sickly. You’ll also be susceptible to arguments.

MAKE SURE YOU’RE BACK IS ‘SUPPORTED’. You do this by making sure that there’s a solid wall behind you. The worst things for a work place are to have a door behind you or another co-worker behind you. Always try to ensure that you have a solid wall behind you.

CREATE A MOUNTAIN OF SUPPORT. You do this by putting a picture or a painting of a mountain behind you. You can still do this even if what’s behind you is a wall. This is especially good if what’s behind you is a window and there’s no building behind it.

AVOID THE TOILET, BEAMS, PIPES AND STAIRS. Whatever happens do not have your table or do not seat beside the toilet, or under a toilet. This will create tremendous bad luck. You may personally be doing well but you will definitely not get any credit from it. Sitting under the beam of light or an exposed pipe will also create a lot of trouble for you. Chances are you’ll be absent from work a lot. Seating under the stairs will slow down your career growth so whatever happens you should avoid the toilet, beams, pipes, and stairs.

 

Lu Dongbin: The Third Immortal Who Happens to be the De Facto Chief of the Eight Immortals

Published Abril 21, 2012 by jptan2012

One of the most famous immortal in the 8 Immortals is Lu Dongbin (also spelled as Lu Dongpin, Lu Tong Pin, Dongbin Lu), I believe to some extent he is even more famous than Chung Li-Chuan. In fact, there are more records about Lu Dongbin than Chung Li-Chuan, and some Taoist priest consider Lu Dongbin as the leader or chief of the Eight Immortals. However, if you study the story of the Eight Immortals there are records that states that Lu Dongbin is a student or disciple of Chung Li-Chuan, thus the more common belief is that Chung Li-Chuan is the chief of the 8 Immortals and that Lu Dongbin is the de facto leader of the group. In the official counting of the Eight Immortals he usually comes third, but the chronological line-up of their names is not in any way related to their capabilities and hierarchy.

In my post about the Eight Immortals, I mentioned that they are largely considered as legendary beings this is because it is unclear whether they truly lived in the past or not. However, that is not true about Lu Dongbin. Lu Dongbin is a confirmed historical figure.

Lu Dongbin’s real name is Lu Yan during the Tang Dynasty. Lu is his family name and Yan is his given name.  It is largely believed that when he was born, instead of a pungent smell of blood, the room was filled with a very sweet smelling fragrant aroma. Some records states that he has always been an intelligent student with so many academic achievements.

In his older age it is said that he learned the alchemy and Tao under the guidance of Chung Li-Chuan. Some Taoist scripturess states that Lu Dongbin became a very good exorcist of people who are possessed by bad spirits. He is also able to drive aways bad chi, bad luck cause by evil spirits.

It is because of his life as mortal that when he became an immortal he is largely associated with scholastic luck. More than being an immortal that bestows scholastic luck, he is also an immortal that we can call on when we need protection from unseen forces. His secondary power is his ability to heal illnesses.

His implements are the double edged sword that he uses to slay evil spirits and a flywhisk that he uses to cure illnesses.

Be Aware! Let’s Prevent Another Tibet!

Published Abril 20, 2012 by jptan2012

I really debated whether I should be writing this piece…this post. It seems out of place, because most of the topics that I’ve written about are about Feng Shui, Buddhism, and Taoism. However, I don’t think I can keep quiet about this matter. I don’t think we should tolerate the harassment China is showing.

I will not go into details as to what really happened but you can just Google Scarborough Standoff/China/Philippines and you’ll see the full story. First found out about this when I was in Laoag for my extended vacation, at that time I thought it is something that will not escalate into a further harassment, but how foolish I was to think that. First, the one involve here is the People’s Republic of China, and they invaded Tibet and is gradually destroying and doing an ethnic cleansing in the said country, while they continuously to rape Tibet of their natural resources, and destroys their environment. Feng Shui wise, since we are in SouthEast Asia, calamity, disputes like these are expected because the Five Yellow Star and the Tai Sui are both in the SouthEast. But I’m not here to talk about the Feng Shui aspect of this crisis, but more of the harassment that China is currently doing to the Philippines.

While Scarborough Shoal is a disputed ‘property’ that’s being claimed by both China and the Philippines, most international land experts acknowledges that Scarborough Shoal is within the Philippine’s area of responsibility and that we have the right to this place.

While the Philippines continue to address the matter through diplomatic route, China has sent their big ships to ‘patrol’ the area. They fully know what is our naval capability, and sending 2 of their big ships would have been enough but they now had to send another bigger ship that is rumored to be a gunner and not just surveillance ship. This is really a harassment, furthermore, they even warned that should our local fishermen drift to Scarborough Shoal, they might be shoot.

China has always shown total disrespect towards international law and human rights. Filipinos need to be aware of this matter. We need to be prepared, I may over reacting but it is better to over react rather than be the next Tibet.

Children are Natural Chi ‘Sensors’!

Published Abril 20, 2012 by jptan2012

I received an email from a guy in Davao City who is asking me whether I can go to Davao to check out the new home that he intends to buy for his family. He said he knows basic Feng Shui dos and don’ts but he wants to be able to fully check the natural chi or energy of the place.

I have to turn down the invitation because my schedule simply won’t permit me to take that trip. He then asks whether there are other ways of checking the chi of a place even if you’re not sensitive to these kinds of energy.

First, sensitivity to natural chi is something that you can enhance. It is something that you should continuously do until you are more attuned to the natural chi of your surroundings. Doing it regularly will just make you a natural chi sensor. But even if you’re not ‘sensitive’ to it yet, there are other ways of checking the natural chi of a place. I’ll write about them in my later posts, but what I want to share with you right now is that children, especially those age 7 and below are naturally sensitive to chi. Some Taoist priest and Feng Shui experts would say that boys are more sensitive than girls. But I’m really not sure whether it’s true that boys are more sensitive than girls, personally, I think it is simply a case of the nature of boys – they are more active and girls even with good chi will tend to be more reserved.

Kids, 7 years and below are naturally sensitive to chi because they are not yet easily influenced by what they see. Unlike us adults, we tend to judge a place by how they look, but children usually tend to react to something base on how they ‘feel’. They’re not really aware of this but it’s really more of the fact that they really haven’t shut themselves to their surroundings by information load and judgment.

One easy way to check whether a house or any place has good chi is to bring children to that place. Observe the kids whether they are relaxed, happy and comfortable in that place. If this is so, it usually indicates that the place has good chi. If they’re uncomfortable, irritable, and specially if they’re unable to pinpoint the cause but are uneasy it usually indicates that the place has bad or negative chi.

In doing this, it’s important that you know the child really well because you’ll have to do the interpretation of his reaction to the place. Sometimes the slight misinterpretation makes a lot of difference. There are times that you’ll have to clearly define whether the child is quiet because he is uncomfortable or he is simply unconsciously reacting to a total calm atmosphere.

The Chief of the Eight Immortals: Chung Li-Chuan

Published Abril 19, 2012 by jptan2012

Chung-li Chuan, also spelled as Zhungli Quan, is said to be to the chief of powerful Taoist collective immortals – THE EIGHT IMMORTALS. He is also said to be the most ancient of all the Eight Immortals, although some Taoist scholars and priest would argue that it’s actually Lu Dongbin, also spelled as Lu Dongpin.

Chung-li Chuan is believed to have been born during the Han Dyansty, and he is usually depicted as a fat man with big, rounded, bared stomach or belly. His magical implement is a feather fan, which he uses to bestow the blessing of good health. It is also said that he is able to revive the people who are seriously ill to good health by using his feather fan. On top of that, by using his fan he is also able to revive people who’ve died, the only pre-requisite for him to perform this magic is that he has to be absolutely sure that the dead person really deserves to be alive again and that he as a living person he is able to become a blessing to others. Furthermore, his fan is said to be able to change bad luck into good luck.

It is also written in religious texts that when Chung-li Chuan was born, the room where he was born was magically filled with beams of light. It was also said that his parents believed that he was an old soul because he continued to cry for seven days and night, as if complaining about his mortality.

There is a Taoist temple in Taiwan that is dedicated to the Eight Immortals, specifically to Immortal Chung-li Chuan. One devotee shared with me a story about how her daughter who was seriously ill was restored back to health when she prayed to Chung-li Chuan. As a sign of thanksgiving, the woman would always bring a colorful feather fan as an offering Chung-li Chuan every feast day of the Eight Immortals.

The Eight Immortals

Published Abril 18, 2012 by jptan2012

One of the most revered and considered superior beings of Taoist legend are the Paht Tai Shien Cho or the Eight Immortals. It is unclear whether they have really lived at various times because no official record of them has been ever found. Most of the documents found that refers to the Eight Immortals are mostly religious texts and/or oral transmissions of their story.

The 8 Immortals is comprised of six men and two women. They are said to have attained immortality under various and different circumstances, but some Taoist texts states that they all received immortality when they bite into the Peach of Immortality, which is maintained by the Queen Mother of the South, or the mother of the Jade Emperor.

Collectively, they are considered to bring various luck and protection. To some extent they can be compared to the 18 Arhats of Buddhism and/or to the 12 Disciples of Jesus Christ in Christianity. Only the Arhats and the Eight Immortals are much older than the disciples of Jesus Christ.

Both the The Eight Immortals and the 18 Arhats (more on the Arhats on a later post) are said to possess magical and supernatural powers.

Having the image of the Eight Immortals in our homes will deliver protection from negative energies, and they will also bestow good health, good fortune, wonderful opportunities, and various blessings, especially to those who honor them by offering incense, fruits, and flowers.

Each of the Eight Immortal carries a special implement that they use as a tool to help bestow their protection and blessing.

The Eight Immortals are Chung-Li Chuan, which is said to be the chief of the Eight Immortals, Kuo-Lao Chang, Lu Dongpin, Guo-Chiu Tsao, Tieh-Guai Li, Hsian-Tzu Han, , Tsai-Ho Lan, , Hsien-Ku Ho.

I’ll talk about the different immortals in my succeeding posts.

 

The Curse of a Wandering Husband and a Missing Father!

Published Abril 16, 2012 by jptan2012

A few weeks ago a reader sent a private email that sounded a little desperate. She said she needs to talk to me about a ‘family curse’. To be honest, I hesitated replying to the email because it sound a little melodramatic and the secrecy of the problem, which ‘can only be shared in person’ seems a little sinister. It’s okay for me to share this now because I actually mentioned this to M when I got to talk to her.

Two days after I’ve read the email, I decided to sent a reply and told M that I can only talk to her over the phone if she’s able to give me more information about the ‘family curse’ she mentioned on the email. I also clarified that my knowledge is limited to Feng Shui, and some aspects of Buddhism and Taoism if they are largely related to Feng Shui.

M emailed me again this time giving me more information, however, she said that she’d be able to express herself better through a conversation. She included her mobile number in the email and I decided to call her.

M is a widow of a politician; she is in her early 60s. Both M and her husband belong to rich, famous, devout Catholic families.

The first thing she mentioned to me is that she doesn’t really believe in Feng Shui but is quite desperate. She also clarified that she is a devout Catholic and that she’s an active member of various Catholic groups and personal friends with some of the most famous priests in the country. She also clarified that she has met then Pope John Paul II. I really don’t know how to react and part of me regretted that I called her. I wondered whether she’s one of those devout Christians and/or Catholics who would email me and tell me that I’m espousing evil worship. I cut her short and told her that I don’t see her point and that I would rather that she goes direct to the point. I heard her took a deep breath and told me that my blog was recommended to her by a friend and that she decided to email out of desperation. It was at that point that I realize that she’s not one of those anti-Feng Shui Christians that believes Feng Shui is the work of the devil. I also realize that I should give her time to talk. It’s a good thing that it was already evening and I don’t have to worry about a meeting or anything that might interfere with our conversation.

As it turns out, M believes that her family or her husband’s family is cursed to be unhappy. She said that her father-in-law, was a wandering husband, and had kids with other women; he also had violent early death. This cause great sadness not only to her mother-in-law, but also to the whole family. Her husband, was also a wandering husband and fathered three more children from two different women, furthermore, her husband also had an early death because of a heart attack. About a year ago, she discovered that her 30-year-old married son is involved with another woman. Her friend discovered this. She clarified that she loves her daughter-in-law but is unable to be honest to her about it. She confronted her son, and the son replied that it runs in the family. This sort of made her realize that it really runs in the family! She knows that her father-in-law was seldom home, her husband was also seldom home, and now his son, like his grandfather and father before him is also seldom home. She can’t understand what happened to his son; because when he was still single, her son showed signs that he can be a very good husband. The change started only when her son got married.

M was really desperate and believes that her family is cursed! She wanted immediate help. I asked her whether her son lives with her, and she said yes, she further added that they have been living in the house of her in-laws, which was inherited by her husband.

M wanted me to do a Bazi analysis of her whole family including that of her deceased husband and in-laws for me to see what’s the problem. Base on my discussion with her I told her that it won’t be necessary and doing a Bazi analysis of all of them will take a while and that I’m very busy with my business at the moment. I then told her that I suspect that her house might be missing its Northwest section. I told her to go to the center of the house, look for the Northwest and see what’s in there.

She called me up the following day and asked her daughter-in-law to talk to me. Before that she warned me that her daughter-in-law knows nothing of the real nature of M’s call to me and that she just told her she got interested in Feng Shui. Her daughter-in-law said that there house is almost a square shaped house, except that there’s nothing in the Northwest. What’s in the Northwest is an extension of the house that has become a storage room of their junk.

I knew then that it’s the problem. The Northwest represents the Patriarch. Traditionally, it refers to the father, however, in modern times some Feng Shui experts says that the Northwest also refers to women who acts as the head of the family. A missing Northwest is really bad because it means that there’s no head of the family. A missing Northwest, a dirty Northwest, or a big toilet in the Northwest is really bad because it will greatly affect the Patriarchal luck of the family. Some of its effects are the following:

WANDERING HUSBAND. The father or husband is usually the considered patriarch of the family. A missing Northwest will make the husband have relationships outside of his family.

BUSINESS COMES FIRST. It may also cause the patriarch to focus more on his work or business rather than the family.

WEAKEN PATRIARCH. It also may cause the family’s father to become a weakling. Unable to take care of the family properly.

MISSING FATHER OR HUSBAND. The worst effect of a bad Northwest may be that the father or husband will become sickly or worst is he may die a premature death cause either by an unexpected disease or illness, accident, or violence.

You must always ensure that you have a Northwest. Furthermore, you must always ensure that your Northwest is clean and avoid putting a big toilet in the Northwest.

I related this to M and told her that she has to fix her Northwest. She promised that she’ll do it immediately. I hope that it works.

Palaspas or Palm Fronds as Amulets?

Published Abril 3, 2012 by jptan2012

Growing up with a devout Catholic maternal grand mother, I’m quite familiar with how Catholics looks at a Palaspas or Palm Fronds. My Lola would always tell me that a palaspas is what saves us from the devil during Holy Week, because, she explains, this is the time when Christ is at his weakest. Like most superstitious Catholics, my Lola has a lot of beliefs that are technically not espouse by the Church.

My Lola, like most Catholics, would get several Palaspas not for it’s religious significance but more for it’s association with the supernatural. Her house, where I grew up, would have a Palaspas in each of the window and door where it would hang for the rest of the year until the next Palm Sunday. Before hanging the new Palaspas or Palm Frond, she would take out the old dried Palaspas and make several different amulets out of them. She would cut them up into small pieces and put them under our bed to prevent dwendes (dwarves) from visiting us. She would burn some of them and keep the ashes so that she can use them against the mananaggal (Philippine Vampire) should they decide to visit us. Still others would be cut into small pieces, put in a small red cloth and hang by the bed room doors, and by the bed, this is to protect us from bad spirits.

I know now that a lot of what she believes in and do are simply born out of superstition. However, I decided to write this post because just yesterday, in the front page, of all the 3 major national newspaper, it shows that the Catholic Church through one of its bishops has warned the people that a Palm Frond or Palaspas is not to be used as amulet.

I don’t really know the religious significance of going through the ceremony of waving a Palm Frond and having a priest bless them during mass if there is not special power in this act. I will not dare dwell on it. However, I would like to answer the question whether a Palaspas can be use as an amulet.

In Feng Shui, leaves or a leaf, especially if it has religious significance, is a great symbol and cure to be use in changing one’s bad luck into good luck. For Buddhism, the most common leaf used as a symbol to help signify the change of one’s bad luck into good luck is the Bodhi leaf. This is because of the association of the achievement of Buddhahood by the Historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, under a Bodhi tree. For Catholics, I believe that palaspas would also work in the same manner. However, at least for Feng Shui perspective, it is extremely inauspicious if you continue to keep a dead flower or leaf, and this is usually the case with Palm Fronds, we normally keep them even if they’d totally dried. Again, in Feng Shui perspective this is considered unlucky.

To directly answer whether a palaspas or palm frond is an amulet, the answer is yes, that is until they’ve dried out.

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