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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.

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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

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

Lucky New Year's Banners

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.

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.

Solar Eclipse Coincides with New Moon July 22nd: a Spiritual Opportunity

The coincidence of a Total Solar Eclipse with the New Moon (first day of Lunar calendar month) tomorrow, Wednesday July 22nd, is an opportunity to improve your success. In tough economic times like these it makes sense to take a rare opportunity to shift the energy to positive.

There will be a total solar eclipse tomorrow, Wednesday July 22nd 2009

There will be a total solar eclipse tomorrow, Wednesday July 22nd 2009

According to the Chinese Almanac, it is the last Lunar First in this summer period that is of the Fire Element. In the current double-earth Ox year that started on 2/4/09 and ends on 2/3/10 sluggish energy prohibits real growth and breakthrough. The Fire Element summer months this year allow for greater vitality. If one uses this period wisely to plant the seeds of growth and improvement, good things can happen.

In particular, when it is a spiritual date like the Lunar First aligning with a solar eclipse, intention through prayer could be particularly powerful. The magnetic energy that effects the metaphysical significance of a spiritual date can shift the momentum of things in your life if you prepare yourself and do the right thing before and during that day.

New moon tonight at 11pm Tuesday July 21st: Time for meditation and prayer

New moon tonight at 11pm Tuesday July 21st: Time for meditation and prayer

Many astrologers foretell of terrible misfortune like natural disasters, war and violence from a solar eclipse, but in my view, “That is already our reality for some time already, so?” As a Feng Shui and Chinese Destiny Reading master, I want to shed some light in a day that many mystical traditions perceive as very negative:

In the past 35 years of working with my clients and my father, Master Tin Sun’s clients to help them get in the driver seat of their own lives, my goal to give light in times of darkness. Timing for the portal to shift our reality is upon us, so, as a good deed, spread the word so that more people may maximize the positive instead of succumbing to fear and negativity.

According to Lunar calculation, 11pm tonight, Tuesday July 21st is the moment of the shift to the Lunar First that begins the July 22nd calculation in the solar calendar. We can improve the vibration of the world through each of us by tuning in to the divine connection in all – in whatever spiritual or religious tradition is one’s practice. Please set up a prayer altar before that time and be there receptively in time to accept the transition. Hopefully, you know the good Feng Shui meridian position of your space and use this as the channel into the spiritual side of you peacefully. Unfortunately, not enough people had Feng Shui done from the authentic form that helped you to identify the strength of your location base on the Earth Energy and your individual Five Element energy. Maybe now, you would do something about it so that you don’t miss the next chance like this.

Today, buy your flowers, fruits or whatever you need that can help set up a sacred prayer space or altar. Calmly organize them in a nice way so that it is in front of your spiritual symbol at home you use for prayer or on a table in front of the windows to the sky. If you don’t have a table in the right spot to elevate this prayer position, put a new cloth over the offerings.

Before 11pm, be in a prayer position and start your gratitude prayer – so that your prayer doesn’t turn into a “Wish List”. State your name and offer thanks to the divine blessings for everything, smooth or not, ideal or not because they helped shape our character and paid back karmic debts. After the prayer of thanks, you could then mention the few reasonable, fair wishes you hope to achieve and most importantly, what your contribution back to the world and others will be. I can’t stress enough the importance of delivering on the promise once you achieve your goals. Often people neglect this. When you make a pact – whether with people or the divine forces, borrow and repay gives you the credibility that you can borrow again. One should not be the selfish self of just ask and never return. My Catholic background that evolved to Buddhism and universal belief has me know the importance of never take any blessings or lessons for granted. Having the grace to accept our reality after we made the effort to improve is the “50% divine plan” that is our destiny according to Chinese wisdom. Make peace with it.

Embody virtue through responsible thoughts, proper action, kind temperament and words,… all increase our vibration so that when we pray and ask, the divine connection would be there for us. In general and especially on this Wednesday. think nice, be nice and speak nicely. This way, when you tune in through your prayer to shift your reality, you are an open channel to receive divine energy. Would you remember to ask for world peace, too?

Blessings to you all!