It is extremely boastful for us to think that we don’t live with the unseen beings. We should all acknowledge that the spiritual realm surrounds us, and that we are surrounded by spiritual beings.
Sometimes, there are things that we do that may offend the spiritual beings and since we are unable to communicate with them, it is important that we constantly ‘make peace’ with them by constantly offering incense and holy sounds through the ringing of bells and/or singing bowls.
As an offering to the spirits, sandalwood is best.
Singing Bowl, which is believe to produce holy sounds.
Chanting a mantra dedicated to them is also a very effective way of ‘making peace’ with them. The mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion– OM MANI PADME HUM – or the mantra of the Medicine Buddha – TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA – are just two of the most wonderful mantras that we can chant for the spiritual beings that surround us.
In Buddhism, reading or carrying a sutra will imbibe the blessing of a Buddha or Bodhisattva to whom the sutra comes from. I personally read the Medicine Buddha sutra everyday. It’s quite long but if you are in a rush, reading the shortest sutra in the world, which is the – THE HEART SUTRA – which is the Sutra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, will also do.
The HEART SUTRA which is also one of the Sutras of the Bodhisattva of Compassion is the shortest sutra in the world. This is the Chinese version of the sutra.
Reading a sutra is a very powerful way to open up yourself to the blessings of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas. More importantly, it cleanses you from negative energies and negative karma. Sutras also carries with them protective attributes that work like amulets and by simply carrying the sutra or reading them you spiritually acquire these protective attributes.
For non-Buddhists, I was told that the Koran and the Bible might also bestow some blessings to the reader simply by looking at it.
The simple act of inviting a Buddha, Bodhisattva, Goddess, Deity, Immortal or a Saint in your home or workplace will shower upon you wonderful blessings of peace, luck and protection. Having a Sacred Image can immediately transform negative energy into positive ones, and if the energy is all positive, it can ensure that the energy stays positive.
Sun Wukong aka Monkey God aka Pilgrim aka ‘Great Sage, Equal to Heaven’ is a very powerful wealth and protector god. He is one of the few deities worshipped both in Taoism (also spelled as Daoism) and Buddhism.
Avalokitesvara or Kuan Yin is known as Cannon in Japan. Notice that even though the image looks feminine, the breast is exposed and its flat signifying a breast of a man. This is to signify that Kuan Yin has no gender.
Kuan Kong / Guan Gong / Guan Ti / Guan Yu / Guan Sheng Ti Jun
Constantly seeing the images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Deities, Immortals, or Saints will also subconsciously connect us to higher form of consciousness.
While I prefer actual images of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, etc. Other sacred objects like Prayer Wheels, Stupas, or the Koran for Muslims or the Bible for Christians will also do.
A table top prayer wheel.
An indoor stupa is only effective if it either has a relic or a sutra or mantra inside it. A real relic is very rare though.
Feng Shui masters believes that it is in the front door and the living room of our house that energy enters, thus it is very important that we keep the front door of our house free from clutter, and the living room uncluttered and also the furniture should be arrange in a way it doesn’t feel like it’s a maze and blocks normal passage.
The front door should always be clutter free.
Putting a pair of Piyao/Pixiu in front of the front door may also spell a lot of difference. It doesn’t just guard the whole house but it also captures luck and brings it to the inhabitants of the house.
Every religion carries with them a sacred symbol that brings with them a special energy or power to create auspicious blessings in the immediate vicinity where they’re located.
For Buddhism, the Eight Auspicious Objects are some of the best symbols that one can put. For example the Mystic Knot and the Victory Banner alone can give some very powerful blessing to ensure success.
Victory Banner also called as The Banner of Victory
For Taoism, displaying the Holy Gourd or Wulou can bring in financial luck, as well as health luck.
Wu Lou or Holy Gourd
For Feng Shui, Ruyi is a powerful tool to enhance career luck.