We send prayers and blessings to everyone in Belgium; especially to the family members and friends of those whose lives were taken so suddenly and without warning. Situations like this continue to remind us all of how fragile life is and how in just seconds – in a lightening moment everything can change.
It’s also a reminder to carry protective amulets with you – in your purse, your car or motorbike, backpack – children and adults alike please – no one should be without protection today. We have made plenty of such powerful amulets filled with mantras for protection for you this year so there is no excuse for being without one. Be sure to share with family and friends.
Here in KL, my frozen shoulder is going into its third stage and this is when it gets really really frozen. I’m now doing physiotherapy twice a week. It’s not pleasant but the good news is at least the terrible inflammation of my shoulder joint has minimized considerably.
I was amazed to read recently just how many people suffer from frozen shoulder, particularly women, and it tends to affect people over the age of 50 with certain conditions or diseases. People with diabetes for example are more at risk of developing frozen shoulder and in fact it’s reported that 10-20 percent of people with diabetes develop this condition. So maybe that explains it!
Although the pain and discomfort still continue, I am now using meditative activation of my meridian lines to go deep into my psyche to heal the inner energies. It’s actually “visualized acupuncture” and I use the fingers of my hand to simulate the activation of points as well as singing bowl sounds to heal. This sort of speeds up the healing process … and it’s totally non-invasive so that’s what’s important. I have been using this approach, which is working over the past few weeks so just thought I would share it with you.
Of course all this being said…nothing keeps me from my writing and I have plenty of new and exciting things coming up for you in the future. Stay tuned!
Until next week, stay safe and well
Selecting A Good Location For Your Home
It’s springtime In many parts of the world – a time when many people put their homes on the market to sell or they are looking for a new home to buy. In my latest course Feng Shui For Real Estate Success I cover many aspects of buying and selling a home and even about what to look for when renting an apartment. For thousands of years people have depended on feng shui principles to guide them smoothly through these transactions and the power and effectiveness of feng shui in real estate is just as strong today as ever. That’s why I strongly recommend this to everyone as a great refresher course and it’s especially good for those of you buying and selling properties.
Here are a few key points to keep in mind when selecting property that pertain mainly to terrain – of course I cover all of these and much more in Feng Shui For Real Estate Success
- Check the terrain! Don’t fall in love with the house and fail to look around outside. Be mindful of the way the roads are laid out and as a general rule there should be nothing straight and sharp edged pointing at the property. If you are viewing a lot to build on, make sure the land is the same level as the road if possible. Land that lies below the road level is generally more difficult to develop and less conducive to good feng shui.
- Look for natural water nearby. This should be flowing water and not stagnant – and the cleaner it is the better in terms of bringing a flow of good fortune to you. Generally water at the front of the property is better than water at the back. Of course a view of the sea in the distance is excellent feng shui but it’s best to avoid living right on the beach or too near to the sea.
- Look at the local landscape. A field facing a building site is excellent feng shui as it represents a bright hall. The good chi can settle and accumulate in front of your home bringing good fortune. Facing a river that flows past the home is also excellent. However if you face a hostile building or hill it suggests obstacles and misfortune.
- Don’t buy land or property located between two roads – especially if they are major highways. This suggests that any house built there will be “hemmed in”.
- Always check compass directions – this goes without saying but you would be surprised at the number of people who fail to check directions and properly work out the orientation of a house. It’s very important to harmonize with your personalized good fortune directions and those of the patriarch and other family members.
- Observe the surrounding buildings and hill formations to ensure that there is nothing threatening you. Physical afflictions like triangular roof lines pointed in your direction or straight arrow like protrusions can be terribly harmful and it is better to avoid them. Although we have elemental cures for this type of feng shui problem I suggest you avoid them altogether if possible.Wishing you successful house hunting or selling…or whatever type of real estate venture you are involved in!Lillian
The Seven Pillars of Tao
The origin of the cosmos
Is the eternal Mother;
To grasp the mother is to know the child;
To know the child is to hold fast to the mother.
Then life becomes secure.
The term “mother” in Taoism is the formless aspect of the Tao, which can be viewed as the cosmic spiritual dimension. The term “child” refers to the worldly form we take. Both mother and child make up the multitude of shifting forms, and understanding one implies a comprehension of the true nature of the other and vice versa.
To neglect the mother is to cling only to material things and become obsessively attached to superficial forms and appearances. Perception of life becomes very shallow and unsatisfying. It leads to a life that can be meaningless.
To neglect the child is to despise the material world and focus only on the intangibles. Again this leads to a life that in the end is also meaningless.
For life to have meaning, we need to understand and appreciate both the formless world of the Cosmos (the mother energy) as well as the material world that comprises material things, forms and great abundance (the child energy). All of this is summarized in the 7 PILLARS OF TAO and only appreciating these pillars of life and the origins of life can one control and steer one’s DESTINY towards a happy and meaningful life.
The 7 Pillars of Tao
- Concept of Non-Duality: Spiritual and material dimensions are one and the same. This is the first fundamental concept of the Tao. It is seamless, intangible and void so that everything that our senses perceive in the here and now are actually the same thing. This concept is similar to the Buddhist view of Emptiness, which states that form is void and void is form. To fully grasp the concept of non-duality, one needs to practice meditating on stillness and understanding this basic tenet of Taoism requires many hours of silent contemplation.
- Concept of Yin and Yang: Represents the polarity of forces: without one the other cannot exist. Taoism explains that the existence of all things is ONE manifesting two complimentary forms. Everything in the Cosmos comprises shifting forms that have life through the interaction of the polar forces of yin and yang. These forces or energies should be clearly recognized as two sides of the same coin, so that what is perceived at any single moment is merely one perception of the same thing. For example, yin and yang manifests as the sunless and sunny side of the same mountain.
- Concept of Continuing Change: Nothing stays permanently the same, ever. Not even for a second. This fundamental truth lies at the very core of existence. Yet this dynamic, this constant flurry of activity does not lead to chaos, so that the ever changing remains forever unchanged! This seems like a contradiction in terms, but understanding this, you would begin to understand the way of the TAO and complete understanding of the TAO requires a fully qualified spiritual Master.
- Concept of the 5 Elements: Everything in the universe can be categorized as one of the five elements. Taoism looks towards the “scientific” rather than the “divine” to explain the cycle of changes that characterize the natural and cosmic environments. In Chinese these five forces are called wu xing and this has roughly been translated as the five elements. The five elements are describes as metal, which signifies strength, wood, which signifies growth, water which signifies flow, fire which signifies ambition and earth which signifies the nurturing of the matriarch. Everything in the Universe falls into one of these five categories. Effective feng shui practice, like Taoism, is dependent on a profound understanding of the five elements and how they interact.
- Concept of Three Treasures: The semen, the breath and the spirit make up the three treasures. A deeper practice of the TAO requires an appreciation of the three treasures of existence and each of these treasures is said to have a cosmic counterpart making a total of six interacting treasures. The creation, nourishment and interplay of the six treasures contain the key to unlocking awesome “magical” abilities inherent within mankind’s potential. This prepares the way to the final achievement of the source.
- Concept of Aiming at the Lesser Goal: Because the ultimate goal is so difficult (return to the SOURCE) you do it step-by-step. Many Taoists are therefore happy to aim at the lesser goal, which is to attain increasingly profound realizations or intuitive insights into the true nature of existence. These realizations are almost always accompanied by sensations of intense bliss. Realizations of the “truth” bring a deepening of wisdom and generate feelings of joy and peace with the world.
- Concept of Returning to the Source: The ultimate goal of Taoist practice takes us into the realm of life after death, back to the source, which can mean different things to different practitioners. One definition is the attainment of Immortality, which we can suppose to be some spiritual type being who lives in a spiritual realm. Legend of course describes the Paradise of the Queen of the West, a seemingly inaccessible part of Earth, which is described as a place where everything is available in abundance.Another perhaps more profound definition of the source is that it is a goal so high it transcends all other goals conceived by man since beginningless time. Mere words cannot describe the indescribable state of returning back to the SOURCE of our true nature. It is so splendid, and it encompasses an immortality that is far beyond the power of all conception by mere mortals.Lillian
Grand Master Lillian Too is undoubtedly the world’s most prolific and popular writer and advocate on living with good feng shui! She has written over 100 books that have been translated into 31 different languages, and over 10 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.
After graduating with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Lillian went on to pursue a highly successful business career in banking and finance in the 1980’s in Hong Kong. Her business acumen, drive and abundant energy soon led her from the finance world to the world of luxury department stores and boutiques where, through a leveraged buy out, she became Chairman and shareholder of The Dragon Seed Group.
All the while she was guided and taught by her feng shui masters in Hong Kong and China – and she attributes much of her monumental and quick rise to success in Hong Kong directly to them.
Lillian soon decided to retire from active corporate life and return to Malaysia to raise her beautiful daughter, Jennifer, and spend more time with her family. It was at this time she began to devote her energy to writing and furthering her study of feng shui.
She published her first book in Malaysia in 1995 that quickly became a best seller and the rest is history. Today she is Chairman of Wofs.Com, a feng shui franchise and merchandising company run by her daughter, Jennifer Too.
She trains feng shui students and future consultants at her Certified Consulting Institute in Malaysia and is much loved by her readers, associates and students for the way she teaches practical feng shui in a user-friendly way, using ordinary situations and circumstances that interest people and affect their everyday lives.
In November 2009, at the International Feng Shui Convention in Singapore, the well-deserved title of GRAND MASTER OF FENG SHUI was conferred upon Lillian Too. Immediately following this accolade, in early January 2010, she received the prestigious Brand Laureate Personality of The Year Award presented by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia! There seems to be no stopping her popularity and these days!
Lillian believes everyone should know her secrets and learn how to adapt feng shui to modern life… and she warmly welcomes you into her Mandala.
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Undulating land is the best kind of land as it houses good earth energy! When you are selecting a home or an auspicious plot to build on make sure the land at the back is higher than the front part (black tortoise behind) and that the left side of the property is higher than the right side.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by big problems. Break it down into bite-sized portions so that things are more manageable. You can do this with just about anything – an event, a project at work, or any outcome you are looking for. Take things one step at a time and success will certainly come to you.