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Attracting Good Luck – It’s Not All About Feng Shui

Published Mayo 14, 2012 by jptan2012

Why do some people, even if they take care of their Feng Shui, still attract bad luck? One reason is karma, but another reason is that for some of us, we tend to concentrate too much on the negative.

I just read two Yahoo! articles that are too good for me not to share here. I think there is something that we all can learn from here. Please take time out to read them. Below are the links….

‘REINVENTION 101: 5 LESSONS FROM ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. THE ACTOR FROM THE MOVIES AVENGERS AND IRON MAN’ and ‘7 WAYS TO BEAT YOUR WORRIES’.

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Myth Buster 10: Lucky Rabbit’s Foot

Published Mayo 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.

A Feng Shui Gift of Protection for Your Mom on Mother’s Day!

Published Mayo 12, 2012 by jptan2012

Several of my readers emailed me to inquire as to what is the best Feng Shui gift to be given to a mother.

The truth is Feng Shui is personal and while there are some Feng Shui recommendations that can be ‘generally’ given, the real essence of Feng Shui is quite personal and one has to look at the Bazi of the person.

Our mom is the most precious gift we have and I believe the most valuable gift we can give our mom is the gift of protection. I personally am very thankful that I thought of giving a gift of protection to my mom, and I didn’t realize then that it is something that would save her life.

I have been practicing and studying Feng Shui then, when all of a sudden I thought of giving my mom a special protection Feng Shui charm or amulet. She was scheduled to go out-of-town with her sister and my cousin, and I thought I’ll give her something that she may use as a protection.

Two days after receiving the Feng Shui protection amulet, she fell ill. She had diarrhea, and high fever. It was so bad that we have to call a doctor friend to see her at home, on top of that she has to fed by my sister and was confined in her room for a complete bed rest. My sister who is also familiar with Feng Shui told me that I might have given my mom a wrong Feng Shui amulet. When I assured her that I’m sure that I gave her something that’s appropriate for my mom, she inquired then whether I did clean off the Feng Shui amulet of any negative chi that it might have acquired since the amulet was made of a crystal. I assured her that I cleansed of the amulet from any chi it has acquired.

We decided to let my mom take off the amulet. But since she was still ill, she wasn’t able to join my aunt and cousin. Little did we know then that the illness would save her from a terrible accident.

Without going into detail, my aunt and cousin had an accident. It was so bad that they were badly injured. My mom would have been in the same car if she didn’t get ill.

I would like to point out to points here. First, an amulet may work in a seemingly bad way, but in effect it is just preventing you from a bigger harm, and second, I believe that gift of protection saved my mom.

I still believe that that was the best gift I’ve ever given my mom.

So if you’re inclined to give a Feng Shui gift for your mom, why don’t it be a gift of protection.

There are several protection Feng Shui amulet or charm that you can give like Sun Wukong pendant, Kuan Kong pendant, etc. However, I believe the following are very good for mothers.

KUAN YIN PENDANT. Kuan Yin, for those who are not familiar,  is like the Virgin Mary of the Buddhist. But I need to stress that Kuan Yin is a Celestial Being although some people do believe that she came to earth in the form of Princess Miao Shan. Also, if we are to talk about Kuan Yin and the Virgin Mary as a concept, Kuan Yin is so much older then the Virgin Mary. In fact, some people believe that the concept of Virgin Mary was derived from that of Kuan Yin.

This is from my personal collection. The reason I love this pendants so much is because it has a inscription of the Heart Sutra at the back. I wear the smaller one everyday.

I think all mothers should have a Kuan Yin pendant or an image of Kuan Yin because Kuan Yin for the Chinese Buddhist represents the most ideal trait of a mother – infinite compassion, specially to her ‘children’.

If you want to know more about Kuan Yin, please do read my previous posts – ‘KUAN YIN: THE ONE WHO HEAR THE CRIES OF THE WORLD’; ‘UNDERSTANDING MERCY AND COMPASSION: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AVALOKITESVARA TO KUAN YIN’; and ‘PAYING HOMAGE TO KUAN YIN, THE BUDDHA OF COMPASSION’.

THE SYMBOLIC SCRIPT OF AMITABHA BUDDHA’S MANTRA. Amitabha Buddha’s mantra which is OM AMI DEWA HRIH is one of the most powerful protection mantra. Wearing or carrying a symbolic script of the said mantra will continuously protect your mothers.

This is the symbolic script of the mantra of Amitabha Buddha, which is also a very good protection mantra. If you’re budget is tight, you can simply print this symbolic script, put in a red envelope and give it to your mom for her to carry everyday.

To know more about MANTRAS, please do read my previous post called – ‘MANTRA: THE INSTRUMENT TO TAP THE POWER OF THE SYMBOLIC SOUND, SCRIPT, AND THOUGHT’. 

GODDESS TARA PENDANT OR THE SYMBOLIC SCRIPT OF GODDESS TARA’S MANTRA. Goddess Tara is also called the Swift Liberator, just like our mothers, Goddess Tara is very quick to response to our plea. Goddess Tara is very good for mothers who has teenage kids and are starting to explore an ‘independent’ life by going out more often on their own. Every time a mother starts worrying about their kids who may still be out late in the evening, can call on Goddess Tara to ensure that their kids are kept safe.

To know more about Goddess Tara you can read the following posts – ‘GODDESS TARA, THE MOTHER OF SWIFT LIBERATION’ and ‘PAYING HOMAGE TO GODDESS TARA’.

This is a jade Goddess Tara pendant from my personal collection.

One other factor to ensure that your mom’s luck is kept intact and that she’s continuously protected through Feng Shui is to ensure that the Southwest section of your house should be ‘present’. Meaning, it should be habited and used, and that area do not function as a storage area. It’s also good to keep the Southwest section of the house well lit to help ensure that the mom of the house always has good chi.

Sneaky Causes of a Heart Disease

Published Mayo 9, 2012 by jptan2012

Today, I would like to write about something else, something other than Feng Shui. Hope my readers will forgive me for veering away from my usual topic; anyway, this blog was set up for me to be able to write about anything and everything that fascinates me. It just so happens, and little did I know that it would be mostly about Feng Shui.

Anyway, I’ve always been overweight and although I’ve tried to lose weight, I never seriously got into it until last 2010. Unfortunately, because I overdid trying to lose weight, I sort of unintentionally affected my heart. I was asked to stop going to the gym for a while and with proper caring and Feng Shui I’m now able to go back to the gym.

Of course, I would have to not overdo my exercising. I went to the gym to prevent having a heart problem; little did I know that going to the gym would cause it, albeit a temporary illness. What does it say; it only means that there are things that we don’t notice that may affect our heart.

I’m sharing this with you because I know that there might be readers who want to lose weight also, and all of us should be doing it properly. Aside from doing an exercise, there are other things that can affect our heart health.

In my work as a marketing communications and PR consultant, I got the opportunity to work with a lot of doctors and other medical practitioners. And I would like to share with you some of the things that you don’t know may cause heart problems.

BAD ORAL HYGIENE. Not brushing and flossing after every meal may cause serious heart problems. The reasons, from how I understood it, are not yet clear, but they believe that the bacteria cause by bad oral hygiene may travel down through our throat and affect some of our internal organs, specifically the heart. Bad oral hygiene may increase one’s risk for heart attack.

DRINKING SUGAR-FREE SODA. Drinking sugar-free soda may be good for your blood sugar, but it is definitely bad for your heart. Some studies states that there’s a 30% increase of heart attack amongst sugar-free soda drinkers compared other soda drinkers.

TV & COMPUTER. Being in front of the TV and/or computer for about 4 hours a day will significantly increase your risk for a heart attack. On top of that, even if you exercise, but spend about 4 hours a day on TV or computer doesn’t lower this risk.

Myth Buster 9: Bonsai Plants are Auspicious

Published Mayo 8, 2012 by jptan2012

A few years back a cousin requested for my help because he was encountering some financial difficulty. While his situation is not yet critical, his financial growth became stagnant. This is worrisome because the projected financial growth of his business is not meeting its expectations. He is also especially worried because he was relatively newly married (about a year) at that time and his wife was pregnant with their first baby. So the stress that he must be feeling is quite expected.

My cousin has always followed Feng Shui and I know that he has good business acumen. On top of that, his wife, before they got married, was base in Japan as a financial consultant and from what I know she is also shrewd when it comes to business. So I really wondered what could be wrong.

I did the Feng Shui of the house and office of my cousin, and he clarified that they hadn’t done much of a renovation. He also clarified, that his wife whose hobby is to do gardening is taking care of their garden pretty well. I inquired about their garden because I know that my cousin’s financial luck is largely ruled by the South where their garden is. Unable to find anything wrong, I decided to go and pay them a visit. I thought maybe there’s a new house or building around their area that’s affecting their Feng Shui.

Everything seems to be fine around their house, and inside their house everything was pretty much done the way I suggested. But when I saw their garden, I saw that while it’s now more beautiful and properly taken care of there’s something that might have been affecting their financial situation. Bonsai plants. My cousin-in-law who lived in Japan for about 7 years got fascinated with bonsai plants and went to study how to make bonsai plants.

My Feng Shui experience didn’t really involve so much bonsai plants so I really can’t be sure whether it’s the one causing the stagnant ‘growth’ of the financial growth of my cousin. However, I specifically remember that when I was in one of my Feng Shui class in Hong Kong, my Feng Shui teacher and a classmate talked about bonsai plants. Our teacher was explaining why Bonsai are unlucky, and my Japanese classmate was saying that it couldn’t be true because Japan and most Japanese who loves Bonsai are actually lucky. I really didn’t remember much of their argument but I told my cousin that the bonsai plants might be the one causing their financial concerns.

Bonsai may be pretty to look at, but because they’re stunted plants they’re essentially inauspicious.

Base on my own understanding, this is because Bonsai plants, while they’re really exquisite and pretty to look at, and can be considered to be quite an art, they’re actually not naturally small, they were stunted. Technically speaking, you have to ‘destroy’ their natural growth process for them to be small, you affect their Sheng Chi. Sheng Chi basically refers to growth, and in Feng Shui anything that is ‘stunted’ is essentially bad.

Of course, my cousin and cousin-in-law gave the same argument that my Japanese classmate raised. I told them that I’ll try to research more about it and will get back to them regarding the matter.

I called up my Hong Kong Feng Shui teacher, but just to be sure I also called up my Feng Shui teacher in Singapore. While they both essentially follow different school of thought of Feng Shui they both agreed that Bonsai plants creates bad Feng Shui. They also said that my interpretation was correct.

After being validated, I then have to raise the question if Bonsai creates bad Feng Shui, why then is Japan very successful. They said that while Bonsai is quite famous in Japan, the truth is very few people has them at home, this is because it is very hard to take care of it. Also, Bonsai only affects the luck of the sector where it is located. The bad effect to my cousin is with his financial growth because it was placed in his luck sector. If it was placed in the descendant luck sector, then the effect could be the absence of a children or bad descendant luck.

They also both said that they believe that it is affecting Japan’s descendant luck. They both said that Japan’s population is quite old, their old people are more than the younger ones, economically speaking for a country this is not a sound situation. They also added that Japan’s youth are not as respectful to their elders compared to their neighboring Asian countries.

Going back to my cousin, since my cousin – in – law is really unable to give up her Bonsai plants, I just had them place at a different section of their house. A sector where both of them won’t be really affected. I would have preferred that they totally get rid of the Bonsais but then again it’s an art for my cousin – in –law and there’s some emotional attachment. However, when their financial situation improved again after they transferred the bonsais, my cousin – in – law was the one who decided to totally get rid of the bonsais.

What is Feng Shui Kua Number and How to Calculate It

Published Mayo 5, 2012 by jptan2012

There are so many things that I want to write about that I’m unable to do so because it would require that you should have a prior knowledge of some things like your KUA NUMBER, your BASKET OF ELEMENTS and it’s WEIGHTING, etc. But some of these things would need a lot of dedication and time for you to be able to really do it yourself. I’m not sure whether I’m ready or capable of doing a ‘blog tutorial’ type of lesson. However, counting your Kua number is something that you can learn really fast so I’ve decided to share it with you now.

There are different Feng Shui schools of thought, and one of them is the Compass Feng Shui. Calculating the Kua number is a sub-thought of the Compass Feng Shui.

Basically your Kua number determines the lucky and unlucky directions of your life. I’ll discuss about these lucky and unlucky directions in details on my next post. But knowing your Kua number will determine whether you are an East or West group person and your corresponding lucky and unlucky directions.

The numbers one (1), three (3), four (4) and nine (9) belongs to the East Group. The numbers two (2), six (6), seven (7) and eight (8) belongs to the West Group. The number 5 (five) is replace by eight (8) for women, and by two (2) for men.

The four lucks are: SHENG CHI (Success), TIEN YI (HEALTH), NIEN YEN (Relationship/Love) and FU WEI (Personal Development/Growth).

The four bad lucks are: HO HAI (Unlucky), WU KWEI (Five Ghosts), LIU SHA (6 Killing), CHUEH MING (Total Loss).

If you wish to know more about these lucks and bad lucks please do read my posts FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF LUCK BASE ON YOUR KUA NUMBER and FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF BAD LUCK BASE ON YOUR KUA NUMBER.

If your Kua Number is 1 your lucky directions are – SouthEast (SHENG CHI), East (TIEN YI), South (NIEN YEN) and North (FU WEI). Your unlucky directions are – West (HO HAI), NorthEast (WU KWEI), NorthWest (LIU SHA), SouthWest (CHUEH MING).

If your Kua Number is 2 your lucky directions are – NorthEast (SHENG CHI), West (TIEN YI), NorthWest (NIEN YEN), and SouthWest (FU WEI). Your unlucky directions are – East (HO HAI), SouthEast (WU KWEI), South (LIU SHA), and North (CHUEH MING)

If your Kua Number is 3 your lucky directions are – South (SHENG CHI), North (TIEN YI), SouthEast (NIEN YEN), and East (FU WEI). Your unlucky directions are – SouthWest (HO HAI), NorthWest (WU KWEI), NorthEast (LIU SHA), and West (CHUEH MING).

If your Kua Number is 4 your lucky directions are – North (SHENG CHI), South ( TIEN YI), East (NIEN YEN), and SouthEast (FU WEI). Your unlucky directions are – Northwest (HO HAI), SouthWest (WU KWEI), West (LIU SHA), and NorthEast (CHUEH MING).

If your Kua Number is 6 your lucky directions are – West (SHENG CHI), NorthEast (TIEN YI), SouthWest (NIEN YEN), NorthWest (FU WEI). Your unlucky directions are SouthEast (HO HAI), East (WU KWEI), North (LIU SHA), South (CHEUH MING)

If your Kua Number is 7, your lucky directions are – NorthWest (SHENG CHI), SouthWest (TIEN YI), NorthEast (NIEN YEN), and West (FU WEI). Your unlucky directions are – North (HO HAI), South (WU KWEI), SouthEast (LIU SHA), and East (Chueh Ming).

If your Kua Number is 8, your lucky directions are – SouthWest (SHENG CHI), NorthWest (TIEN YI), West (NIEN YEN) and NorthEast (FU WEI). Your unlucky directions are – South (HO HAI), North (WU KWEI), East (LIU SHA), and SouthEast (CHEUH MING).

If your Kua Number is 9, your lucky directions are – East (SHENG CHI), SouthEast (TIEN YI), North (NIEN YEN), and South (FU WEI). Your unlucky directions are – NorthEast (HO HAI), West (WU KWEI), SouthWest (LIU SHA), and NorthWest (CHUEH MING).

Calculating the Kua number of a guy from a girl slightly differ from each other. For the guy, what you need to do is take the last 2 digits of your birth year. Add them together and keep on adding them until you get a single digit. If you were born before the year 2000, deduct this number from the number 10, and 9 if you were born in the year 2000 or later. The result is your Kua number.

For example: 1973 (7+3=10 / 1+0=1 / 10-1=9) Kua Number is 9

For the women, you also take the last two digits of your birth year. Add them together and keep on adding until you get a single digit. Add 5 to this number if you were born before the year 2000, add 6 if you were born in the year 2000 or later. If the result is a two digit number, keep adding it again until you again get a single digit. This is your Kua number.

Please note that if you were born before Feb. 4 of the year, your birth year is that of the year before. For example, if you were born between Jan. 1 and Feb. 3, your birth year is that of the previous year. Let’s say you were born on Feb. 3, 2000, that means your birth year is still 1999.

Improve Your Work Feng Shui with the Seed Syllables of Buddhism

Published Mayo 1, 2012 by jptan2012

In my past posts I talked about the different FENG SHUI TIPS FOR THE WORKPLACE (1 and 2), and about the different FENG SHUI TIPS FOR THE WORKING PERSON. Today, allow me to share how one can improve their Work or Career Feng Shui by using symbols use in Buddhism.

I personally use some of the things that I’m going to suggest here and I found them to be truly powerful that enables me to accomplish the things that I need to accomplish even those that I think are unachievable Furthermore, it helps maintain my ‘sanity’ and not give into pressure.

One of the most common and very powerful Buddhist symbols that I always use for my work is the Victory Banner. I’ve discussed about the Victory Banner before and I will not discuss about it here. If you want to know more about the Victory Banner please read the following posts – FENG SHUI TIPS FOR THE WORK PLACE (2) and THE VICTORY BANNER: A POWERFUL FENG SHUI TOOL FOR CAREER SUCCESS.

The other Buddhist tools that you can use to help you with your work are by tapping into the power of Mantras! I’ve wrote about mantras entitled – MANTRA: THE POWER TO TAP THE SYMBOLIC SOUND, SCRIPT, AND THOUGHT – please do read more about it for you to be able to understand more how they work. But also equally powerful with the mantras are the seed syllables.

Seed Syllables are basically shortened version of the mantras. However, they in itself are very powerful and create a different form or energy on its own. There are different kinds of seed syllables and I won’t be able to share them all here. However, there are different seed syllables that are works well for the different field of work or work environment.

The one that I use a lot is the seed syllable HRIH. It’s a wonderful amulet for those who are in marketing and public relations (like me); it’s also very good for those who are in advertising, legal profession (lawyer, judge, police), sales, journalism. The seed syllable HRIH has the ability to ensure that it wearer will have the ability to overcome any hostile and emotionally stressful environment.

Another powerful seed syllable is BAM. It’s a seed syllable that is good in protecting people who deal with nature or environment a lot. It has the power to block off negative energies brought about by the beings in the third dimension. It is also a powerful tool against unintentional evil eye brought about by envious and jealous people. Therefore it’s a good charm for people who hold powerful position. It’s also very good for those who’s work involve the environment like – rigging, mining, quarrying, even construction, environmental scientist, agriculture, aquaculture, etc.

Next is HUM. HUM is one of the most common syllable, which can be found in a number of powerful mantras like OM MANI PADME HUM or OM PADMO UNSHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT or OM VAJRASATTVA HUM. HUM is a very powerful seed syllable of protection. People whose job involve a lot of traveling or involve some delicate situation will benefit from this seed syllable. If you’re a pilot, a captain of a ship, a flight and ship steward, traveling sales agent, military, tour guide, you’ll benefit a lot from this seed syllable.

Though not exactly a seed syllable but more of a mantra, I would like to include OM AH HUM here. The mantra OM AH HUM has the power to clear our your surroundings from negative chi, so if you work in a hospital, morgue, cemetery, it is advisable for you to wear the symbolic script of the mantra OM AH HUM.

HOW DO YOU WEAR THE SAID SYLLABLES?

You can buy it as a jewelry or you can simply print a copy, enclose it a case and carry it with you.

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