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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.

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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.

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.

Improving Your Business Results

As I quoted in my last blog post, “Success is the combination of good timing, helpful networking and optimal geography (Feng Shui).” The first two can be calculated by the Chinese Astrology/Four Pillars/Five Elements method, therefore minimizing risk. However, to achieve the commanding position in business or career all three must be aligned.

Sunrise through tree illustrates transforming energy of Fire and organizing energy of Wood

Sunrise through tree illustrates transforming energy of Fire and organizing energy of Wood

Timing
For example having a great real estate property for sale in the wrong time, like now. You can sing its praises until you turn your face blue, still not that many people will or even can buy because of the tough financing requirements now or fear of losing future income. Even if you have good networking and good Feng Shui, the curse of wrong timing would be very hard to overcome. In fact, there are plenty of business people experiencing this problem with their projects right now.

Networking
Helpful networking is necessary in this stage and age in order to achieve your goals. Not only do you have to know your own real strength and weaknesses from the Chinese Astrology character tendency, you also have to know if your partners (business and personal) or closes alliances are beneficial for you to work with. Through this, you can find out if you are in or going into a lucky or unlucky cycle of the Lunar Zodiac cycle rotation that begins on February 4th each year and ends on the next February 3rd. This can foretell if timing is working for or against you, allowing you to take the appropriate passive or proactive approach professionally and financially.

This is why a lot of top executives of major companies commission me to calculate their charts to augment their strategy decisions. This includes whom to hire in their direct team such as assistant or key positions like CEO, CFO, Marketing Director, Manager,… I often advise my clients not only hire the important support staff helpful to him or her, but, hopefully, these people as individual is going into high cycle so that they could bring “luck”, high energy onto the ship. Rubbing elbows with people in high cycle is beneficial while mingling people with low or bad luck has the adverse effect. Energy field is best to be preserved when we can and that’s why selecting the people with helpful energy in the inner circle is a smart thing to do. You get better advice, inspiring ideas more enjoyment out of people that are grounded in thinking that a low cycle person cannot bring to the table.

Geography
Optimal geography is good Feng Shui because even if you have good timing and networking, if the product you are selling is in the wrong location or market, all is defeated. This is why franchises spend a lot of money on market research so that they are placed correctly demographically, but, still, wrong spot in the area that has Feng shui problems still can affect their bottom line.

Current Cycle
Based on the Chinese Astrology cycle rotating into, the Water Element year in 2007 through Year of the Boar and 2008 Year of the Rat in this millennium is meant to go through flushing out the old and starting new in very dramatic ways. This Ox year of Double Earth is also heavy going for many. The turn of energy can be predicted and to some extent mitigated with a reliable advisor that has accurate metaphysical insight.

Future Cycle
February 4, 2010 begins the Year of the Tiger, therefore, helpful to people with Chinese Zodiac sign of Boar – not so good for Snake or Monkey. Tiger is a Wood sign, and 2010 will be a Metal year, so there is some conflict there (Metal chops Wood). Tiger year natives are vulnerable in Tiger year. However, this does not mean all Tigers would be unlucky because if the Five Elements is balanced through Feng Shui and the Chinese Astrology, palm, face, voice, chi feature is strong, according to the Chinese Destiny Reading of the Tin Sun Lineage, the chance of success would be possible. This is a comprehensive statistic and accurate science that has evolved for a couple of thousand years in the Chinese culture with documented record.

My Feng Shui Lecture at Citibank

Corporate leaders are working harder to find cost-effective ways to boost staff morale during these tough times. Citibank has been innovative and wise enough to pay attention to such details. On July 30, 2009, one of the Citibank divisions invited me to Greenwich Street to give a talk on the topic of “Tips of Career & Life Path through Feng Shui & Five Elements” open to all Citibank employees. There was enough interest that attendance was several times the usual turnout for these internal events. 2009_0730 Citibank

The outstanding organizers of this event commented after the talk that the message from Pun Yin was so encouraging and helpful to the team morale that the attendees walked away feeling empowered and happy. This was beyond the result that they had gotten from other topics. Before the talk was even over, other locations in the Citibank network started sending requests to do an event in their locations. The enthusiastic Q & A extended the program an additional half hour, and those that could not stay wrote wonderful remarks via the company’s intranet.2009_0730 Citibank2

Power to the Cube
I encouraged the employees to each create a better attitude for themselves in the workplace through personalized Feng Shui Elements that can improve the energy of their work stations. When office workers enhance the feng shui positive energy of their workspaces, one cubical at a time, one section at a time, one day at a time – these transformations can build momentum for the whole company. Helping them see themselves as making this much of a difference to the big picture and dealing with the challenges of this transitional time is an enhancement to corporate consciousness that works. People are the product of their environment, people from top should trickle down to start making positive changes in the environment to send a message to the staff that the company is here to stay and do care about its employees. Doing nothing while the fear escalates among people is the passive approach that makes morale even lower.

Power to the Company
A win/win situation for companies and their employees is to have someone with positive message, with specific pointers that can help 2009_0730 Citibank1improve the work environment and people’s attitude towards their employment. Competitive advantage can be gained by the corporation that plans to bounce back by hiring a qualified Feng Shui master with a strong track record and corporate credibility to start improving the office environments. This small investment is a signal to boost the team spirit that “our ship” has survived the storm and confidence about future growth. Citibank is a first-mover – they broke out of the pack from other counterparts slow to do something like this. The dynamic culture of Citibank with many workers from Asia and India is so evolved and opened-minded, which will help make this one of the companies to rebuild faster than others.

Feng Shui Corporate Motivation
We are in a new era – motivational speaking has been a big industry for a long time when the economic environment was in an upswing. As a Feng Shui master, I am a new kind of motivational speaker, who inspires through personalized approach using the Feng Shui and Five Elements Composition/Chinese Astrology/Four Pillar study – and really reaches people! I enjoyed myself a lot and it was a joy for me to see that the corporate mainstream has become so aware of Feng Shui, asking for more advanced information vs. the basic introduction to the subject in my lectures over a dozen years ago at American Express corporate headquarters, and other charities, corporate events I’ve done over the years.

The press, which has documented my successful track record, really helped popularized Feng Shui for people from all walks of life although not all practitioners or authors are created equal nor have documented track records for people to refer to. Feng Shui is like any profession – educated consumers must do good research before entrusting just anyone. The downside of popularization and familiarization is the market being flooded with practitioners and authors who came out of short courses and lack proper guidance, field training, and experience.

Citibank has done its research well of various Feng Shui practitioners out there before the decision of reaching to Pun Yin who has chosen to be more low key in the recent years to step back into the spot light because it is her duty to bring light to the people in times like this. I hope that other corporations can take note; If you want the soul of your company to be healthy again, being in denial, not dealing with fixing the environment and morale of the employees is a short-sighted strategy. You want to get back on top of the game? Be proactive through Feng Shui & inspiring messages that boost people’s attitude!