Other Articles by Kerby Kuek
heart and happiness
Friday, May 07, 2010
have been asked countless times about rising property prices: "When are
they going to drop?"
year, I forecasted the rise in property prices, but I never indicated when would
be the best time to enter the market - because I did not know.
things move cyclically. Life moves in cycles and when you understand this, you
will be able to enjoy the process and not merely endure it.
simple yet sophisticated concept of yin and yang demonstrates the core context
here. The good and bad, alpha and omega, black and white - and finally the up
my clients complain about fung shui remedies that at times do not work and the
desired outcomes remain unfulfilled. But such remedies are not a solution for
mental stagnation problems and psychological motivation will be important for
you in the search for action or solutions. A high confidence level will win you
the relationship you seek and an increase in confidence itself can cure
you're in a bad life cycle right now, be patient because all good things come to
those who wait. But do not get me wrong and do nothing about it. You ought to
exhaust all means to get to where you are heading and have faith in it.
we need in order to thrive in today's world is a massive shift in consciousness,
a change in our awareness, a renewed respect for all living beings and a deeper
understanding of the interrelatedness of everything.
we need on this planet is not only material things but also the process of
shifting consciousness, increasing spiritual awareness about our lives, planets
and the very Mother Nature that gave us birth and feeds us.
need to shift from selfishness and cynicism to love and care.
to be happy because happiness is a state of mind and, like all states of mind,
it manifests itself in physical form.
at the current trend and basing my prediction on the metaphysical techniques,
property prices are likely to dip in the summer but the real drop will be in
matter of face
Friday, March 05, 2010
examine a person, we must first examine his heart; to examine his heart, we must
first examine his face."
said Chan Pur, a famous face- reader from the Song dynasty.
and palm readings, as well as aura and vocal energies, are used to analyze and
predict a person's destiny.
requiring the rare ability to read subtle energy forces, these unique
observational techniques are still practiced today.
ancient Chinese believed that the face you are born with will reflect your heart
know that much of communication is nonverbal. When we communicate with our
peers, we often don't need language because we share a common body language.
inherit certain traits and attributes from their parents or ancestors. Our
height, weight, skin and eye color, and voice are affected by genes.
can see certain patterns emerging and the cycles of the universe repeating
reading tries to capture such patterns and predict future events that may occur
in a person's journey through life.
instance, those born with thick eyebrows will more often than not have parents
with thick eyebrows. Eyebrows, like any other area of our face, are closely
related and affected by the functionality of our body parts and organs,
especially the kidney.
those born with thick eyebrows are said to have strong, or healthy, kidneys.
shui practitioners also believe that men with thick eyebrows have very active
adrenal glands, causing them to be more active, aggressive and have a higher sex
drive than those with fine eyebrows.
such they are not content to have sex with only one partner and are likely to
with thick eyebrows are considered aggressive and focused on the larger picture.
They don't have the patience for details and are weak in fine work.
few thousand years of Chinese face reading have been backed up by science.
psychology has determined that our thoughts act as an electrical wave that
radiates through the skin and into our body parts and organs.
time, such conditions will filter through and certain structures and patterns
will emerge, as our cell memory is formed.
will be reflected on our faces.
person who works outdoors and is constantly exposed to the elements, for
example, will logically have rough skin as opposed to an office worker.
Quote of the week: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
essence of time
Friday, February 26,
never stands still. The ancient Chinese believed that as the Earth's magnetic
field constantly moves in harmony with planetary bodies, energies related to the
time dimension also change.
instance, Saturn and Jupiter come into a new alignment every 20 years and it
changes magnetic field forces. In fung shui, these changes are believed to
filter down to Earth and to humans.
why the element of time is crucial in fung shui.
person enjoys good or bad cycles forever, whether in their personal or working
cyclical patterns of energies have different strengths and weaknesses, depending
on the relevant time. So pick the right moment and you will maximize your
the American experience in the current economic downturn. Property prices are
dropping and negative equity is rampant, a situation many Hongkongers
experienced after 2001 and SARS.
asset values are shrinking and unemployment is rising, leading to widespread job
uncertainty. Confidence is low, and many people feel discontented and lethargic.
There are constant arguments among family members and health suffers.
can you do, you ask yourself. You're just caught in a cycle of bad luck. Stop
and reorganize your thoughts and actions for a moment.
theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who studied the state of happiness, concluded that
contentment is determined by these factors:
percent by DNA (fate determines your level of happiness);
percent by external factors (fame and fortune); and
percent by thoughts (perceptions, paradigms or mindsets).
cannot change your fate or external factors, but you can change your perception.
you want to feel happy, do so because it's all in the mind. When you feel happy,
you radiate positive energy to those around you, and the returns will be
overwhelming. It is entirely up to you.
current downturn will not last forever as things are always cyclical.
goes up must come down - and the good thing is, what goes down will rise again.
It is just a matter of time.
is always light at the end of the tunnel.
for the week: Never overreact or fake humility in the presence of elders.
Kuek has published three books on fung shui. He specializes in yin and yang fung
shui, I-ching, life analysis and astrology.
Friday, February 19, 2010
shui is based on three forces or energies. The first comes from the heavens,
that is everything above the ground that is not attached to the earth - cosmic
second is earth or anything rooted to it.
third is related to living things, including humans.
simply, fung shui is the study of how the interaction of cosmic, earth and human
energies influence our living and working environments.
ideal home or office should satisfy the following three criteria:
support from the rear, be it in the form of a hill, a mountain or a taller
building. To be effective, the supporting structure should not be too far or too
close. Proximity is a judgment call based on the topography of the area - for
example, if you live on an island, you should look at the island as a whole. The
same applies to a county, district or state.
support can manifest itself in backing from an elder, a superior, a business
associate or your guardian angel. Without such support, you will lack social
skills. Also when you are in trouble, you won't be able to get help quickly.
such support, your relationships and your health may also be affected. Good
support is necessary for good health. This makes sense since support from the
rear protects our houses against strong cold gusts that come in from the back
and make us sick.
bright hall or a water element in front of the premises is essential to harness
wealth energies. Notice how coastal towns attract commercial activity, creating
wealth. The ancient Chinese knew this and fung shui is definitely a study of the
environment that has thrived for more than 3,000 years ago. As such, it is a
energies will come with opportunities and if your income stream is unstable,
being ad hoc or based on commissions, such an element is essential to make your
livelihood more diversified, if not more steady.
shui recommends good support from both the left and right sides of your
support need not be too high.
serve to deflect strong or unwanted wind or energy flow from the sides hitting
your home and office.
for the week: Address elders by their proper title, not by name.
Kuek has published three books on fung shui. He specializes in yin and yang fung
shui, I-ching, life analysis and astrology.
Friday, February 12, 2010
are some fung shui no-nos for your home.
house plan should be square or rectangular.
having the front door face the stairs as this will drain your wealth.
avoid uneven floor surfaces or steps to prevent accidents and for better energy
messy garage is bad fung shui, so avoid clutter. Keep it clean, well lit and
dry, and arrange tools in an orderly manner. All this will help funnel clear and
kind energy to your house as you normally enter your house through this door.
Keep a door light on from time to time in the garage to cleanse unkind energy.
home decor, avoid dark colors such as black and red as these carry too much yang
or strong energy.
having an open-plan kitchen or at least use a partition to filter the fire
energy to the living room.
using round shapes if you want peace and quiet as this shape signifies dynamism.
On the other hand, don't use square or rectangle shapes if you do want dynamism
and hustle and bustle in your home.
having a kitchen that directly faces the bathroom, as it will create a clash
between fire and water elements.
should not be taller than windows for easy air circulation.
using downlights as such concentration of powerful energy intensifies your
should not be too strongly lit. Dim lights here will contribute to the yin
energy needed for everyone to have a good night's rest. Conversely, avoid dim
lighting for hallways and the living room.
the lights in these areas on for the whole day from time to time. This is
because the living room and hallway are the heart of the house that constantly
pumps blood to the body, that is, the rest of the home.
health reasons, avoid having a toilet door directly face your dining table. Same
goes for a toilet next to the kitchen or bedroom.
having a wall mirror face your bed so your soul won't slip away at night -
scared off by your own reflection.
furniture items represent the fire element and must be avoided as they obstruct
the flow of kind energy.
should not be done up in dark colors, as these lead to excessive yang energy.
warm colors in the bedroom if you want a good rest. In the living and dining
rooms, avoid cool colors. Warm colors here will provide strong energy and help
family members communicate openly.
the urge to get too much furniture and make sure pieces are arranged in an
your bed directly faces the door, your calm is lost.
hang any sharp object from the ceiling.
having any cough suppressants on your bed or table because your subconscious
mind is working very hard to prevent such things from falling down and you won't
have a good night's sleep.
Thought of the day: The mark of a true gentleman is the care and tact he shows to his parents.
of the people
Friday, February 05, 2010
Junsong, who lived between the eighth day of the third lunar month in the year
834 till the 12th day of the third lunar month in 906, was a well known fung
was also known as Yang Save the Poor because he left a life of privilege in the
palace to fulfill his dreams of improving the lot of peasants through fung shui.
in Jiangsu province, Yang was 17 when he passed the highest imperial examination
and began working for the king.
the time the Tang dynasty ended decades later, Yang was 45 and frustrated with
the rampant corruption in government, high taxes and the poor living conditions
of the common people.
decided to leave the palace, taking with him many works on topography,
geography, hydrology, and several other precious ancient works, including Guo
Pu's imperial writings.
moved to Chang'an and spent his life researching and applying fung shui
techniques. With him was his first disciple, Zhang Wende.
traveled far and wide, even visiting Hong Kong.
Master Lau Rui Shan, founder of metaphysics school Xuan Kong Zhang Pai (of which
I am a disciple), discovered two of Yang's works written on tombstones in
northern Hong Kong in 2004.
his travels, Yang was very attached to Jiangxi province and many believe that
the Jiangxi sect of fung shui is closely linked to him. He placed great emphasis
on landform, or topography, in applying his fung shui theory.
died after he was poisoned at the age of 72. It is believed that the king may
have had him killed.
his other famous disciples were Liu Jiangdong, Liao Yu, Lai Puyi and Liu Qian.
famous works include Trembling Dragon Scripture, Suspicious Dragon Scripture, Du
Tian Treasure Scripture, Green Capsule, The 12 Commandments of Burying
Techniques, Heavenly Jade Scripture, Master Yang's Golden Content Scripture, The
Diamond Shaped Burial Map, The Fu Li Cone and The Black Bag Scripture.
defiance of imperial ruling, he openly applied and published books on his fung
shui techniques. I believe that is why most of his texts used cryptic and
metaphorical descriptions - to avoid open confrontation.
was said some of the ancient works Yang took from the palace were written by
fung shui masters, but he never names them in his works.
has given rise to a controversy among scholars and fung shui practitioners
regarding the authenticity of Yang's fung shui techniques.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Is fung shui magic? The straight answer is no. No legitimate practitioner will tell you they can perform miracles.
how ridiculous it would be if you're a heavy drinker and smoker and still
believe fung shui can improve your health.
you earn a living without going to work? Can your business venture succeed
without the proper attitude, hard work and business acumen? What fung shui can
do is create synergies that attract opportunities conducive to enhancing your
health, wealth and happiness.
a home always be bright?
is the essence of life, bringing yang energy to your home. Too little of it
encourages yin energy, which causes lethargy and passive feelings.
as with everything in life, too much of anything is not good. You want the right
need more yin energy at night, especially when we are asleep. Balancing yin and
yang may require matching colors or curtains, wallpaper and furniture.
our homes start getting messy, our solution is often to move to somewhere
bigger. But the clutter remains. You can clean a room many times, but if you do
not remove the clutter, it will continue to carry negative energy. Clutter
produces excessive unkind energy, especially yin.
ancient Chinese believed that stagnant old energy hinder the inflow of new, kind
energy. Before using fung shui, you need to clean the home to remove this
door facing the staircase
main door directly facing a staircase is not conducive to holding on to your
wealth. Many of my clients in the United States have such homes and are
invariably plagued by such difficulties.
avoid such a design if possible. If you can't, place a plant with big leaves and
at least a meter high to prevent the outflow of energy.
is a logic to this: you don't want the flow of energy from upstairs to flow
directly out the door.
The tomb sites mentioned last week are not just in Hung Fa Leng. They can also
found in other mountains such as Tai Mo Shan and Kai Kung Shan.
of the week: Sibling harmony is a sign of filial piety.
of the dragon
Friday, January 22, 2010
tomb sites are good places for sensing the power of ancient fung shui. One such
area is Hung Fa Leng peak in northeastern Kowloon.
famous site has many traditional dragon points, identified from auspicious
formations such as the Woman Kneeling Posture, Seat of Immortals, Qilin Spit
Book of Jade and Thirsty Horse Drinking Fountain.
forceful and gigantic parent mountain is known as Hong Kong's Pioneer Dragon.
The location of this mountain is similar to that of the mainland's Pioneer
Dragon, or Shanhai Pass, created as a result of a volcanic eruption.
to fung shui calculations, the dragon starts from Wudong mountain in Shenzhen,
flows through the gap between Sha Tau Kok and Sheung Ling She, and forms the
peak at Hung Fa Leng.
this makes Hung Fa Leng the heart of Hong Kong, as well as its jugular. If it is
destroyed or changed in any way, the fate of the people of Hong Kong will go
under as well. This is a serious matter as a country or territory is often
protected by its parent hill.
can see the liveliness of such gigantic movements from Hung Fa Leng peak.
location is doubly auspicious because its northern part overlooks Tai Pang Wan,
while the southern part overlooks Tai Mo Shan - an alignment that satisfies both
yin and yang principles.
Kong's Pioneer Dragon was a restricted zone under the British as it was on the
border between Hong Kong and the mainland, and used to be guarded by the Royal
the handover in 1997, the area came under the police force.
longer a restricted zone, it is now a popular hiking spot, so you can go and see
for yourself ancient fung shui in action.
of the week: There is family order when the older children look after their
brothers and sisters and the siblings respect that.
As featured in Hong Kong Standard Newspaper every Friday
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