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Noticing the Water/Fire Symbolism to Gain Insight this Snake Year

water_fire_symbolismPeople have been sharing with me the water/fire events that are happening in their lives right now – and how it’s leading them to think differently about the challenges this year is already bringing them. Leaks, faucets and water-appliances dripping or breaking. Lightbulbs, computers, other electronic gear breaking, burning out or otherwise causing problems, digestive problems (fire and water mix for this one), sleep problems (too active mind: fire – sluggishness, yin water).

All of these mundane challenges give us a chance to notice, detach and find a higher message in the symbolism. This is a year to be gentle and patient with ourselves and others – basically, not to get excited as that will only worsen things. It’s always the small stuff that tends to accumulate and overwhelm us and this year may pile up more and more smaller and smaller things until we feel like we cannot cope.

While ideally we take care of things in our lives before they accumulate – it will continue to be difficult to do so this year. Give yourself permission to rest and permission to let a few things slide a bit, while taking care of the most important issues (health) slowly, patiently and kindly.

Watchword for this Spring season: Kindess.

If you do not know your Five Elements Composition, it is time to find out so that you can learn how to use natural elements in your environment for healing and well-being. Learn What objects & colors to place around you for balancing your vibration, Which direction to face to reduce stress and charge up your own core energy. Using this knowledge is like building up your immune system through adjusting your visual and energy flow.

Your 5-Elements profile and how to use it is discussed during a Feng Shui consultation with an authentic 5-Elements Feng Shui master, which is still rare in the West.

Bless Your Year the First Day of Lunar New Year

stone buddhaWhile February 4th began the metaphysical transition into Year of the Snake, Sunday, February 10th is the first day of Lunar New Year. That means February 10th is fully The Year of the Snake. Bless your year with this simple and profound practice: Get into an “attitude of gratitude” that opens the channel to receive Divine blessings. Can you acknowledge, even without being a follower of any particular religion, that there is a higher force or Being beyond our own limited perceptions? I know of even atheists who have come to perceive this truth.

Do some charity work or donation on February 10th – that will also help with gratitude practice.

Before 1pm visit a spiritual place or nature place and bring offerings of fruit, flower or lighted candle. Meditate, pray and reflect. Find the deep kindness and compassion within. Reconnect with the spirit of forgiveness. Even if you are not able to do this before 1pm, in any event it is essential to get to it before sunset. Taking this positive action to manifest these powerful thoughts is a spiritual cleanse that will allow you to face the Snake year with more equanimity.

New Year’s Reflections

flowersThere’s another 10 hours to reflect and calm ourselves as we put 2012 behind us. We clear ourselves and open up to the new possibilities that 2013 will offer us.

Before (or instead of) dipping into the champagne in overcrowded parties and overpriced clubs, dip into a sea-salt bath to purify from head to toe (completely immerse yourself), meditating on clearing the mind and body of all negativity built up during the year. Bring some fresh flowers into your home today to help uplift your spirits.

Think of your accomplishments in 2012. Look at visual reminders: did you get an award or a diploma? Pictures of places or people that brought you happiness? Focus on what has made you grateful and feeling good about yourself in this year so you can move forward with a positive outlook.

Tomorrow, New Years Day, try a news-fast. There is so much going on in the world, much of it tragic, horrifying or catastrophic, that when we become immersed in these packets of negative information we feel agitated and helpless. Going without news at least one day a week is good for our minds as we can become grounded and centered in the present moment and its infinite attributes rather than letting our minds zoom around to the hundreds or thousands of virtual things that compel our attention.

Wishing inner and outer harmony, integrity and peace of mind to all people in 2013.

Preparing for Your New Year

Choose and energize your prayer beads for the New Year.

Choose and energize your prayer beads for the New Year.

As the days get shorter now in the Northern hemisphere heading towards the Winter Solstice it is a perfect time to recenter ourselves. Your luck and happiness in the New Year will depend on your ability to create and maintain a positive outlook. As we go within we realize the source of our happiness is not in the material objects around us, or even in the connection with our friends and family – but in our own attitudes, minds and hearts. The solstice is a powerful time to fine-tune our focus, purge our selfishness and find our gratitude and humility for the blessings that surround us. Make sure to get out in nature during daylight hours – if possible by woods or water to get an important solar charge and clear any mind-clutter. This is the best way to reduce fears and negative thinking we can get caught up in.

In this important week, find a beautiful river stone that easily fits in the palm of your hand, or a set of prayer beads. Rinse in cool water and leave them in a sunny window for a day to cleanse their energy and give them a solar charge. Now leave them by your desk and make sure to handle them on a daily basis while doing a brief positive-thinking meditation to begin to charge them with positivity for your New Year.

I will be giving more Feng Shui suggestions for your New Year in the next few posts.

How to Choose a Feng Shui Practitioner

Once Feng Shui started becoming popularized in the West, almost immediately it became commercialized into an “easy” form  that removed the customized aspect.  A site is divided into “corners” that represent “love,” “money,” etc.  This is a watered-down third generation catch-all in which the effectiveness of Feng Shui has been lost.

Most importantly this type of Feng Shui practitioner does not use Chinese Zodiac Five Elements profile and Destiny Reading that provide unique solutions for the client.  This omission can result in a negative outcome.  For instance: Red is an auspicious color generally, however if a client has too much Fire Element to begin with, surrounding them with red in their environment is figuratively pouring gasoline on a fire. In this situation the negative effects of fire would be increased, resulting in more arguments and strife in the environment – obviously not a good outcome!

How can a person find a Feng Shui practitioner that is right for them?

  1. Research the background of the practitioner – have they gone through a solid, authentic training taught by a credible Feng Shui Master who practices the authentic form of Chinese Feng Shui?  More importantly, the consultant should have a good track record over many years – and the Master must have a good track record and be credible in his authenticity and integrity.
  2. To ensure that the endorsements of the Feng Shui practitioner are credible verify to be sure they are not fabrications by checking referrals, or press/media archives in the case of high-profile projects.
  3. Make sure the practitioner creates a Five Elements and Destiny Profile of each client and studies the Earth Element (Solar and Chi) variation of each location.

The authentic form of Feng Shui has a 5,000-year history, with solidly documented written theory and practice dating back over 3,200 years. A Feng Shui practitioner who has been trained appropriately by a Feng Shui master has knowledge and experience of these texts, especially if he or she reads Chinese, as most of these texts have not been translated.  It’s not just a question of authenticity for its own sake: incorrect prescriptions can result in a worse outcome than doing nothing.  So if you are looking for a Feng Shui practitioner please do your homework first – you owe it to yourself.

Finally, Feng Shui is more than just decluttering or interior design (both of which have merit on their own, of course).  The authentic form of Feng Shui by a real master will heighten your awareness in a way that complements the Feng Shui balancing.  This is a holistic and comprehensive approach to adjusting all the energy factors in your life.  A real consultant can also guide you to create better relationships with people in your life.  Knowledge is power, and having the right Master empowers you with practical approaches to smooth your path.

My Philosophy on Apprenticeship

Classical 5-Elements Feng Shui Luo Pan Compass

Lately I have heard from several people that they have hired Feng Shui consultants who advertise themselves as being trained by me, only to be disappointed.  Unfortunately they only checked their bona fides with me after paying and being dissatisfied with the work.  In a similar vein, frequently I receive emails from people asking me to train them, or to teach a course.  The answer is categorically no. While I do not want to be the last of the Tin Sun Lineage, when I do take an apprentice it will not be a stranger who emails me a request. I will choose an apprentice in the traditional way, and the apprenticeship will be of long duration as there is much to learn of Feng Shui Five Elements, Chinese Zodiac, philosophical and scientific texts and life.

Certainly, it has always been a possibility for me, with my high profile, to start a school and train hundreds or even thousands of people. However, this is not the way knowledge is passed down in my lineage for the very simple reason that what needs to be taught cannot be done in a simple course of even 500 or 1,000 hours. Most of the popularized feng shui available to American consumers is of a simplistic variety with rooms divided into sectors and common-sense ideas like ‘declutter’ emphasized. However, the true Feng Shui must incorporate the Five Elements and Destiny Profile of the individuals involved, in conjunction with the Earth Element (solar and chi) variation of each location. Balancing people’s consciousness with the Earth Energy is the only way that the true purpose of Feng Shui can be accomplished.

Many of my loyal long-term clients tried other feng shui practitioners first so they had a context within which to judge what I do, and the feedback I have from them does not surprise me. The authentic form of Feng Shui by a real master not only balances the energies of the client’s environment but also heightens the client’s awareness – a comprehensive approach to the whole life and/or business of the client. Anything less is just interior design – which is important on its own terms but it is not Feng Shui.

Thank you for reading this post. It is important to disseminate the information that I do not do trainings or have any apprentices to date. I am not responsible for people of low morality who use my name completely unauthorized. Do your homework and research before deciding on a Feng Shui Master. My next post will be a checklist for Feng Shui clients looking for a Master or practitioner.

Blessing Ceremony at Gouverneur Healthcare Services

Today I did the Feng Shui Blessing Ceremony for the opening of Gourverneur Medical Services’ new ambulatory care pavilion in the Lower East Side, New York City. I was involved in the Feng Shui aspects of the design from the beginning, a very large and involved project with many stakeholders. The finished plan had most of my Feng Shui prescriptions included, and blessing the building today in the opening ceremony with many politicians and dignitaries added even more positive chi to this new building.