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2011 Lunar New Year 3-Day Luck-Changing Opportunities, Part 3 of 3

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Lunar New Years Day and First Day of Spring

February 3rd, 2011 Lunar New Year Day

1.    Wake up in the new Lunar year and early in the day wish well to your family and people you know who you would meet today (at the minimum).  Traditionally, this greeting ritual last about 15 days.  Call or see your parents and in-laws to wish them good health and wellness in the new lunar cycle. Call people you care about throughout the day.

2.    Wear new clothes today (at a minimum, new undergarments).

3.    Start with good thoughts, relax mind and a grateful heart, then, approach your altar or the positive energy space of your home to do a prayer to tap into the divine energy that can grant you blessings.  Prayer and recite your wishes for this lunar new year, then, go about your day as if your wishes were already a reality so that your emotional state of mind feels contend, at peace and happy.  You need to set the tone with a positive mode that keeps your mind feeling confident, optimistic, motivated, inspired and empowered.

This is like the visualization that many spiritual people in the west already adapted, but, not quite yet synch with the lunar calendar transitional time that has greater affect on our emotional and energetic state.  (Being that the last Lunar Eclipse was a full moon and a Winter Solstice of 2010, it is ever more crucial for people who want good luck to do these 3 days of Good Luck Ritual to counteract the reduced energy overshadowing us).

4.    If there is no health concern, it is good to have the breakfast with sweets and concluding with sweet treat you already prepared for the lunar new year.  Ideally, it is best to be a vegetarian in this first meal and if possible, throughout the whole day and night.  If one wants mercy, it is good to be merciful first.

5.   Traditionally, red couplets with good luck theme would be pasted on doors facing outside and throughout the interior.  Red lantern is also put up by the entrance too.

6.    If time allows, visit a spiritual site to pay respects, do a prayer mentioning your wishes and how you would reciprocate to good causes by the end of the year of wishes granted)

7.    Maintain a positive energy field that is relaxed, kind and forgiving mentally.  Be positive in your manner and verbal exchange with people.  Don’t get upset or say negative things or words.

8.    Try to stay away from people who can trigger negative emotions or thoughts in you.

9.    Try to mingle and meet people who make you feel good and or that they are more blessed in your view of having good things.

10. Throughout the day, a relax mind usually enables good ideas to come through that you could initiate throughout the year.

11. Meditate or do gentle chi exercise (Tai Chi, Yoga) that regulates the energy flow within to create the balance that helps set the tone to the rest of the year.

12.   Don’t clean or throw things out or pour water on the ground, don’t use scissors or knives that cut energy (if possible), don’t write or mail checks.

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2011 Lunar New Year 3-Day Luck-Changing Opportunities, Part 2 of 3

Vibrant colored flowers auspicious for the Lunar New Year

Feb 2, 2011 , the day before the Lunar New Year is as important a Chinese holiday as the day itself – as important as Thanksgiving is in the US for families getting together sharing an important meal together.  Here is a list of wonderful ways to celebrate and prepare for the change of energy in the renewal of the coming Spring and the new Rabbit cycle of 2011.  As many of these as you can do will heighten your appreciation and your luck in this cycle:

1.    In the afternoon, set time aside to have a prayer of gratitude to the protection and blessings of the previous year regardless of any challenge you had to face.  Pray for continuous or increased blessings.  A grateful heart is at peace which can channel positive energy in the coming year more easily.

2.    Prepare a tray with treats that consists of candies and other sweets to consume throughout the new year period.

3.    Keep your environment neat

4.     Have a reunion dinner with family, loved ones.  Close friends with whom you feel good can substitute if your blood relatives are too far away or if you don’t get along with family well.  This food should be a celebratory abundance of many things and traditionally consisting of fish as saying “having fish” in Chinese is a homonym (sounds the same as)  “having abundant harvest.”

5.    During dinner, the young pays respect to the elders to conclude the last cycle by wishing the elders good health, long life and fortune in the new year.

6.     Married elders would give a red envelope with money to the singles in the group or everyone for a more joyous all-inclusive fun.  Everyone who receives the red envelope places it under their pillow through the night symbolizing good luck & increased fortune carried over into the new year.

7.    Before 11pm, do a bathing ritual to release the old energy of the waning Tiger year.  Use your altar or a quiet spot in your home that you could connect with the divine energy to have a prayer of gratitude to the last cycle that is about to complete.  Pray and/or visualize the pressure and negative energy would be cleansed away during the bath.

8.     Prepare the bath with natural sea salt and 3 different vibrant colors of flower petals and submerge yourself from head to toe into the tub holding your breath for a few seconds at a time and repeat this step a few times, consciously releasing all the emotional, energetic, intellectual and physical challenges you have experienced throughout the Tiger year.

9.     Right before 11pm when the Lunar New Year about to begin (not midnight), light red candles at good luck positions according to Feng Shui to kick off the new year.  Traditionally, this red candle is then used to set off firecrackers which is hardly legal anymore in most cities – but the candles at the positive meridians in your home bring the good fortune as well.

Additional red candles can also be lit at lower energy spots of the space to lift the overall energy.  (Tip 1: Place the red candle centered in a hurricane glass candle shade to protect from drafts.  Follow Fire Department suggestions about never leaving candles unattended, and make sure to extinguish them before you go to bed.

(Tip 2, for added positive energy, at least three days prior to February 1st, place the new unlit candles where the sun can shine on them,  sprinkle drops of Blessed Holy Water from church or other methods in your spiritual belief system that can program positive energy into this new light which initiates a new cycle for you and your family).

The noise of the firecrackers represents Yang Chi that flushes out old, stagnant energy with a new boost of vibrant energy to receive the new year.  Nowadays, you could substitute this with ringing wind chime or banging a gong throughout your environment as you walk around making noise with it.  These objects should be of metal substance that has a high pitch with vibration that radiates.

10.  For those around you, say well wishes to them like “wishing you good health, happiness, wealth, good grades or whatever you know is good for the person receiving the blessings”.

11- Conclude the night with a prayer of gratitude for the divine blessings that enabled you to do this cleansing ritual and start fresh and blessed.  This could be at the altar or the quiet, positive energy spot of your home in accordance with Feng Shui.  Ideally, at this altar space, fresh vibrant color flowers, fruits and other offerings is already placed.

Our thoughts are powerful – as a person thinks so he or she becomes.  This belief or way of being is especially important in the Lunar new year.

12- Wear a new set of pajamas to bed on this night.

2011 Lunar New Year 3-Day Luck-Changing Opportunities, Part 1 of 3

Over the next few days I will be posting information on how to increase your luck

Beautiful and Auspicious Cherry Blossoms

in the upcoming Metal Rabbit year.  You have from now until the end of January to complete the first list of things to do.  Everything on this list will increase peace and harmony in the home (and office, if you’re preparing the business environment):

Feb 1st – Two Days before the Lunar New Year

1-Finish cleaning the environment top to bottom

2-Finish organizing the space & even files and closets

3-Pay February bills early as it is not auspicious to pay bills in the first few days of the Lunar New Year period

4-Finish cleaning your altar space or other spiritual symbols

5-Begin placing vibrant colored flowers and other uplifting objects at strategic Feng Shui locations in your space.  People are the products of their environment, and places that make people feel good increase positive interaction and outcome.

As part of this, placing Peach Blossom or Cherry Blossom in major meridian position of your environment to induce growth, vibrancy, wealth or even romance for the upcoming year.  If these flowers are not available in your area, substitute with vibrant color flowers (red, pink, orange, yellow, purple) rather than delicate or muted tones.

2011 Year of the Rabbit – Egg Balancing Event

20 Eggs Balancing

20 Eggs Balancing at Once

In the next few posts I will talk about how to prepare for an auspicious Lunar New Year.  One way to increase your luck in the New Year is to balance eggs at the time when the magnetic polarity is greatest.  I am co-hosting an egg balancing event at New York Stone’s Manhattan showroom on February 4th from 11am to 1pm  which is the high-polarity time.  The beautiful stone in the showroom adds even more Earth element that grounds the energy so I’m expecting much luck to manifest!  Press release is linked here: Egg Standing 1-13-11