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Easy Ways to Refresh Your Space and Spirit for Spring

Bedroom night table no clutter, no electronics.

Bedroom night table no clutter, no electronics.

Spring is (almost) here! Let’s lighten and refresh our environments with a few easy actions that will also lighten and refresh our spirit!

Feng Shui Bedroom
Remove stacks of books or magazines from bedstands or night tables. Also, minimize the number of electronic devices plugged into the wall (computer, smartphone, alarm clock, TV). Each of these quick fixes will make the bedroom environment more restful.
To strengthen the restful nature of your bedroom even more, change the color/pattern of your bed linens to ones that are harmonious with your unique 5-Elements composition.

Reduce
Get rid of items in your home that you see on a daily basis, which have negative associations for you. For instance, something that was purchased at a difficult time in your life, or that reminds you of a relationship that went sour. Of course the smaller the object the easier, but do your best.

Engage the Senses
Bringing fresh air and sunlight into your home will refresh and engage the senses. Clean the windows, open them to let fresh air in. Open the doors between rooms to let air circulate. Play upbeat, positive and relaxing music while you’re making these changes. Use flowers, fruit and maybe even cookie-baking for naturally beautiful fragrance to waft through your home.

Year of the Water Dragon 2012 Feng Shui Energy Tips

These energy tips are for all, but especially for the people of my beloved city, New York. As the song goes “if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere…” New York City attracts the most driven and high-spirited people from around the country and the world trying to achieve their highest aspirations. For this reason, a lot of the people here feel great pressure all the time and are unable to relax or recharge as easily.

The Year of the (Water) Dragon that begins February 4, 2012 is a critical inflection point in the transitional cycle of humanity. So especially at this time, anyone who is serious about bouncing back or achieving their goals should tap into Chinese Five Elements Feng Shui energy techniques to create inner balance that can elevate positive energy and vibration, thereby opening the way to achievement of one’s higher goals.

If you were born in the year of the Hare or Dog, you need to be more careful to avoid accidents –  be extra cautious of any risky physical activities.  Any big moves that affect your financial portfolio should be discussed with wise counsel while applying a conservative attitude.

Things to do starting now and continuing through February 4th 2012:

  • Visit a spiritual place to reflect and set new goals in the Lunar New Year with a grateful heart, regardless of your current circumstances.  A humble and peaceful heart can connect to the Divine while a frightened or angry heart cannot – set yourself on the correct path.
  • Do some charity work and donation, especially during the Lunar New Year period – open the channel for the flow of prosperity.
  • Watch a Lunar New Year Lion Dance performance (preferably in person) to tap into the positive energy of many happy people.
  • Get an authentic Chinese Five Elements Feng Shui consultation that can help guide you to reach your highest potential personally and professionally in the upcoming Dragon year.  Time is of the essence to capitalize on the Dragon chi that could benefit you for years to come.

Energy-clearing rituals to do on February 3, 2012:

  • Do an energy clearing ritual that changes vibration of your space by using sage, incense, drums, bells or fire in a container at low energy meridian of the space according to authentic Chinese Five Elements Feng Shui, using a Feng Shui compass (Luo Pan).
  • Detox your space using energy-clearing prayers of the spiritual tradition you are aligned with.
  • Infuse sunlight and fresh air flow throughout the space.
  • Do a Sea Salt Bath or other spiritual cleansing Bath to wash off old and stressful energy from the ending Lunar cycle so that you’re open to receive the fresh new energy of the New Year.
  • Get a Life Reading by Master Pun Yin or Tin Sun Metaphysics on this day or prior to help you make the best strategy throughout the Year of the Dragon.

Test your luck in the Dragon Year:

If you are curious about your luck in the Year of the Dragon, you can measure it by trying to make eggs stand upright on a flat surface table around 6:22pm on 2/4 which is the official transitional time.  The wider side of the egg should be at the base, the more you can stand the higher your luck is, as long as you have good Feng Shui to complement it.  One can learn more about the significant of this ritual and how to do it properly by looking back in my website and blog about the event I held last year in Midtown Manhattan attended by the press and V.I.P. guests.

Helpful routines to stimulate and balance good energy throughout the Dragon year:

  • Find a location in the North or NorthEast direction near you that has some nature or landscaping that you can walk past every morning to put positive energy into your day.
  • Walk along the Hudson River or some other nature place where you can see the setting sun in the evening to release pressure that’s built up during the day.  This clears the slate so your evening can be happy.
  • Bring live or cut branches or flowers (never dried dead flowers) into your environment directly after one of the above actions to bring the positive energy with you into your space.
  • Do a sea-salt cleansing bath to reduce stress.

Things to be cautious about in 2012:

  • Avoid gatherings of large groups of people with destructive or negative energy because the energy can rub off on you.
  • Tune out from the news at night to clear and stabilize your energy for a good night’s sleep.

Bonus of Love to-do before February 4, 2012:

For an extra boost of positive energy, get an ideal companion who is always there for you emotionally.  Yes, before 2/4 2012, getting a dog during the Year of the Hare can bring you luck metaphysically since their correlation is beneficial according to the Chinese Zodiac system.

Veterinarian and bestselling author Dr. Allen M. Schoen, who pioneered the integration of holistic healing into animal health care and revolutionized the loving care of animals from humans validated this Chinese metaphysical suggestion.  His book Kindred Spirits encompassed findings about unconditional loving bound between humans and their pets that can increase the quality of life.  Dr. Schoen cautions though to make sure you have the right life style to have the right type of dog.  The wrong dog in a too hectic life could make life more stressful.

This is an unique piece of advice that merges ancient Chinese science of Feng Shui and Life Reading that has been followed for a couple of thousand years with a modern consciousness that relates with vibrational science humanity are more aware of now.

Adopting the right kind of dog before 2/4/12 could help boost happier energy for years to come and strongly recommended for people who live alone or have children who they can’t attend to enough.  This east meets west, old consciousness merges with new hopefully can bring more loving energy to the world in 2012 and beyond.

Further details about Dr. Allen M. Schoen can be found at his website www.kindredspiritsproject.com

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.

Prince William & Kate Middleton Wedding 5 Elements Composition

The Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be lifelong and successful according to Chinese Astrology because they have the Five Elements composition that can enhance each other and weather any storms.

One of the life partners (in this case Prince William) has all Five Elements in his natal composition, so he has the strength to stay grounded even if the rug is pulled out from under him.  This composition is seen in other iconic couples such as President Ronald Reagan & Nancy Reagan (President Reagan had all Five Elements) as well as President Bill Clinton & Hillary Clinton (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has all Five Elements).  Stable relationships are very difficult to maintain if neither partner has the emotional strength that is characteristic to people having all Five Elements completeness  (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal) discussed in my website.

With the combined 100 years field observation in Destiny Reading & Five Elements Feng Shui

Prince William & Kate Middleton Engagement Photo by Mario Testino

between my father Master Tin Sun and myself, Master Pun-Yin of the Tin Sun Lineage system, we concluded that almost all successful marriages that stick, at least one of the partners ALWAYS has this Five Elements composition.

Only around 12% of the population has all Five Elements and these are always people born to affluence or with the leadership qualities that enable them to achieve fame and fortune on their own merit.  They are the group that can see the big picture and be able to make personal sacrifices with grace when necessary.  We are sure Prince William will do the right thing even in hard times as he did when he was a young child walking with dignity behind his beloved mother’s coffin in 1997.

In my next post I will go over the Destiny Reading results for this marriage, according to the Tin Sun Lineage derived from thousands of years old Chinese texts on Face & Palm Reading.

Master Pun Yin Feng Shui in Prestige NY Magazine’s Inaugural Issue


Fall 2009

Chi & Cheerful

Even in Modern New York, Ancient Chinese Feng Shui Practices are invoked by a surprising number of people who hope they can bring the forces of luck, prosperity and happiness to a building.

By Chris M. Junior

Generally the mark of a good businessman is being able to keep an open mind and to embrace concepts others overlook. And maybe that’s why Donald Trump called in feng shui masters Tin Sun and his daughter Pun Yin during the development of his Trump International Hotel & Tower at Columbus Circle in the mid-1990s.


Tin Sun and Pun Yin revisit the Trump Tower in New York (Photograph JS Shin)

Trump wanted to incorporate the principles of feng shui into the design of the tower. Feng shui approaches and disciplines can vary depending on the practitioners, but the basic goal is the same: to balance and maximize the energy in a given environment. After interviewing several feng shui practitioners, Trump went with Tin Sun Metaphysics, run by Yin and his father.

Presented with one of the biggest opportunities of their lifetime – a chance to gain respect and massive exposure for feng shui in the Western world – Yin and Sun felt the need to be totally upfront with the real estate mogul.

“My father had me translate to Mr. Trump, ‘You either do it our way – not half way – or else we’re not doing it,’” the 45-year-old Yin recently recalled from her Chinatown office. “Because it wasn’t just a project of ours, it was the dignity of the Chinese culture, and we take that so seriously. I had to translate that; my father forced me to because many generations were on his shoulders.”

Given the success of his hotel and tower, Trump has taken into consideration the role played by feng shui.

“I would guess that it might have made a difference,” Trump says. “It certainly didn’t hurt us in any way. Feng shui creates a balance that I believe adds to the comfort zone of rooms and space, and that is felt by guests and residents.”

Feng shui has continued to be accepted and embraced by the American mainstream, both commercially and residentially, with the New York metropolitan area among the receptive regions. But what exactly is feng shui, and what does it do?

Considered to be an art and a science, feng shui (the proper Mandarin pronunciation is fung shway, meaning wind and water) is a philosophical system with Chinese roots that dates back some 5,000 years.

Feng shui is about the interpretation of the universe’s energy ( also known as chi and pronounced chee) in a particular space and balancing that energy through specific placement of items in the given area.

Pun Yin and her father practice what she refers to as “traditional feng shui,” and that’s what was applied to Trump’s New York tower project. Taking into account the five elements recognized by the Chinese (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and then balancing them, as well as using a luo pan (also known as a compass) to determine the energy from each direction, Yin arrived at some important design decisions.

Tools including the Luo Pan are essential for accurate feng shui readings (Photograph Newscom/RGP Photos)


Tools including the Luo Pan are essential for accurate feng shui readings (Photograph Newscom/RGP Photos)

One was to move the building’s entrance so it faced Central Park instead of Columbus Circle. Yin’s reason? To capitalize on the park’s positive energy and bring prosperity into the building. She also suggested what is commonly acknowledged as one of the tower’s defining elements: the exterior global sculpture.

In terms of feng shui, Yin explains, Central Park is the green dragon with a pearl in its claw, and the dragon is associated with New York’s wealth, power and the positive energy. Geographically, the globe’s location in relationship to the park, along with the two feng shui blessing ceremonies Yin performed, created a theme she calls “releasing of the pearl by the dragon.” In doing so, Yin says, “We attracted the good fortune from the green dragon onto the immediate site to benefit not only Trump International Hotel & Tower but the meridian along the path going downtown.

‘The real feng shui that I practice is individualized and customized – it’s not something you can get from books and classes,” adds Yin, who trained for 15 years and has been practicing for 20. “Each of the cases has different structural characteristics that affect what type of energy it receives and how the energy flows through the environment.”

In applying feng shui to a commercial or residential interior, having a lot of space generally is a good idea, according to Yin. But there is such thing as too much space in feng shui, and the excess can contribute to “hollow energy on the inside.”

“What we recommend a lot of the times are very minor things – inexpensive, easy things that have nothing to do with structural [design], and yet they have such great effect,” Pun Yin says.

She cites the placement of artwork as an example.

“ Many of my clients have all the means to buy the most exquisite artwork, but sometimes this artwork has negative connotations – a lot of points and arrows,” Yin explains. “ Those contribute to negative energy … but if people really want it, there are directions that they could be placed.”

As a feng shui architect, R.D. Chin also deals with direction and placement in his work. Unlike Yin, though, Chin did not begin feng shui training as a child. A third-generation Chinese American born and raised in Massachusetts, Chin was in his late 30s when he was introduced to the practice in the early 1990s through a book from a co-worker. He later studied feng shui with master Thomas Lin Yun, who Chin says draws from traditional Chinese philosophies while also incorporating some Western touches, such as the use of crystals and mirrors. In 1993, Chin founded Space Alignment, a New York City feng shui architectural/design practice.

R.D. Chin stops by Tai Ping, one of his feng shui clients. (Photograph JS Shin)
With his feng shui consultations, Chin begins and ends his sessions with a personal touch by ringing Tibetan bells and conducting brief meditations in order to “open and close the energies.” The process he follows includes using a bagua (ba-gwah), an eight-sided guiding tool that indicates the yin and yang energies of the five elements, and determining the energies of the space with relation to the chi of the client.

“I like to talk to people about how they truly feel in their space,” says the 56-year-old Chin, the author of Feng Shui Revealed. “It’s really about the energy. Rather than saying North, South, East, West, I would ask, ‘Are you an early morning person, or are you a late afternoon nightbird?’ So if you are an early morning person, let’s make sure that the best room for you to work in is in the East because that’s when you want to have your best energy. If you’re a night person, let’s put all of your rooms on the West side, in the afternoon, because that’s where you like to work best.”

Chin also takes a building’s history into consideration when applying feng shui. Seated in the conference room of his Manhattan office, he recalled a recent client who purchased a townhouse in Weehawken, New Jersey. The property had been foreclosed – not a good thing from a feng shui perspective, Chin says.

So he did a blessing to change the building’s chi. Chin opened all the doors and windows, created an altar with fabric and candles and conducted a meditation imagining that the energy of the Hudson River was coming through the basement, through each floor and up to the roof – what the calls “breathing new life into the building.” The process also included throwing blessed orange slices and rice around the entire house.

When the new owner, engineer John Chen, returned the next day to clean things up, he felt there was a difference to the townhouse’s chi.

“I’m very analytical and very scientific, so this feng shui stuff is a stretch for me to try and think about it,” Chen says, “but the energy was definitely a lot lighter.”

A definite concern among feng shui practitioners is the impact underground railways have on an environment. But despite miles and miles of subway and train tracks running underneath Manhattan, there are feng shui ways in which to ground a city office or home. To stabilize the vibration and energy at a bank on Park Avenue, Yin used stones and plants. Chin says his approach to grounding a Manhattan apartment might include placing an earth-produced item such as a crystal in a corner.

When feng shui was recommended to Manhattan-based strategic business development consultant Billie Sutter for her Hamptons home, she deemed it “too esoteric” at first. Feeling as though there was nothing to lose by looking into it – she tried unsuccessfully for years to sell the charming home in Water Mill, New York – Sutter met with Chin and liked him right off the bat. A week later, she followed through on everything he suggested in his consultation.

Sutter says the house’s energy changed as a result, and shortly thereafter, she received two bids on the house, one of which she accepted.

In her mind, the Hamptons property sold because of feng shui.

Looking back at the house, Sutter says, “The people relationship corners of the house were not in harmony, and by adding color and shifting furniture around, it changed the flow. And in changing the flow, it created another energy.

“You’ll sense it,” adds Sutter, who also had Chin apply feng shui to five of her offices and two of her New York apartments. “You’re dealing with invisible as well as visible energy.”

Feng Shui and The City
Tall. Unique. Beautiful.

New York City’s buildings can described in myriad ways, but which structures have sheng chi (good or lucky energy), and which ones are saddled with sha (bad or unlucky) chi? Manhattan-based feng shui practitioners Pun Yin and R.D. Chin provide their perspective on Big Apple buildings new and iconic.

For feng shui tips and information, visit Pun Yin’s Feng Shui Matters blog (https://punyin88.wordpress.com/), her official site (www.punyin.com) or Chin’s official site (www.rdchin.com).

Flatrion Building - The unusual shape of the landmark originally known as the Fuller Building isn't exactly good chi. "Triangles in feng shui usually mean unexpected events, and here's this building that's at an angle," Chin says. "The streets attract too much chi energy toward building." (Photograph JS Shin)

Empire State Building – This icon provides further proof that location is everything. “I’d say it’s a lucky building from a feng shui perspective,” Chin says. “It’s actually protected by the land mass that surrounds it.” (Photograph JS Shin)

The Plaza Hotel - The way Yin sees it, this is an example of a blown opportunity. "It has potential, but when the owners didn't tap into the dragon chi that passes by, then they missed the boat," she says. (Photograph Courtesy of Fairmont & Resorts)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Pun Yin gives the Frank Lloyd Wright creation a passing grade, despite its configuration. "In most cases, it's not good feng shui," she says. "But because it's dealing with art and (the circular shape) guides the traffic and energy to rotate into the base, it's been able to sustain. If it was a banking business, it would have gone under a long time ago." (Photograph David Heald)

Yankee Stadium - The new billion-dollar ballpark in the Bronx is a home run, according to Chin. "It's great feng shui," he says. "It's really open to nature; wherever you sit, you have a great view. And, of course, they have their new food stands, so that draws the chi from people." (Photograph Chris M. Junior)

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