Monday, June 04, 2007

As I was checking out His Holiness Lama Zopa Rinpoche's website, I came across a very very interesting letter which he wrote on Feng Shui. He addressed this letter to his Centre Directors ( He wrote "..the main causes of success and difficulties are good karma and negative karma. However, there are also external conditions that contribute to both success and prosperity and also to problems. These outer conditions can be created by setting up the correct feng-shui inside one's house and in the external surroundings, placing cures for the disturbing environment....".

He went on to request his Centre Directors to place His Holiness the Dalai Lama's picture in the southwest or northwest part of the director's office to create the causes for His Holiness' guidance.

Wow, when I read this, I said to myself, what a Teacher.. a teacher who adapts to the current times. Feng Shui has been quite a fashion for the last few years and especially this type of new-age fengshui where placements of objects are given importance. To Lama Zopa Rinpoche, I place my palms together and pray that this precious teacher have long life for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Been taking a back-seat ~~~

It has been a while since I’ve “touched” anyone’s life with my Bazi readings. Well, I’ve got plenty of reasons for that. One reason is that some dharma friends have advised me against doing such readings as they felt very strongly that it will bring me bad karma. Shucks, there goes my little side-income generator, haha. Anyway, I did consult my Guru (refer to my other blog on this and his advice was for me to carry out certain retreats and let him give me the proper guidance before I continue to pursue this interest area of mine (yippee… my dreams come true…to be able to spend quality time with my Guru).

Actually, the truth of the matter is also that I have been pretty busy with life to really do any readings (ha ha, what a lie~~). I have been trying to juggle my day job, upholding my spiritual commitments, dabbling into MLM and I almost signed up for dance classes (phew.. luckily it was due to lack of funds which stopped me). Whilst doing all of the above, I was also trying to finish reading a couple of books at the same time. There are some days which I cannot even get out of bed in the mornings. I am so tired by the time I get to sleep, it’s really like lights out and next minute, the alarm would go off. Drats ..I just closed my eyes and I’ve got to get up again. Sigh…that is the story of my life I suppose.

Anyway, I am going to continue my studies on other facets of Unconventional Knowledge, i.e. Physiognomy. This is the fun stuff.. good for a laugh on its own. Will update you guys on the new things I’ll be learning in my next class with my Master, Joey Yap.

Til then…. ta ta and be good!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I was chatting with my sister-in-law yesterday over the net and she asked me a very interesting question. Her question was “A friend told me a bird touched her hair when she walked out of her office during lunch time”. Apparently this is the second time it has happened. “So, what significance does that have in Chinese metaphysics”. Mmmm…..

Being a student of this art and science field for the last couple of years, I was desperately searching my memory banks to recall the significance of “a bird touching someone’s hair” so that I could appear Smart and A-Know-It-All. But all I could think of is “Must be something in the shampoo she used which the bird liked”.

I seriously cannot think of any significance of that piece of action. Then I remembered what my teacher and Master Joey said “Do not attempt to relate every incident in our lives to Feng Shui. That will make us paranoids”. He has written many articles in his website and also in his books on the topic of people getting overly excited of incidences in their lives which they tried to relate to feng shui. In his article “A Fish Story” dated 1st March 2005, he wrote about a distraught lady whose pet goldfish “kicked the bucket” and she read it as the fish literally “sacrificed” itself to save her life, as it has absorbed her bad luck for her.

This was perhaps the lady’s first thought, especially if she was brought up in a culture steep in superstitions and old wives tales. In Wikipedia Encyclopedia, Feng Shui is defined as “the ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with the environment. The literal translation is "wind and water". Actually, Feng Shui is defined differently, depending on who you talk to. But take it from me, it is definitely NOT superstition.

In the case of the goldfish “pushing up daisies”, perhaps the fish simply died due to the water being unclean or some skin disease. Perhaps it was an “old” goldfish, which was due to meet his maker. It definitely has nothing to do with Feng Shui. In my sister-in-law’s case, my answer to her question was “No feng shui significance” But because I am Chinese, and it is my culture to be superstitious, and the Ghost Month IS approaching, my natural advice is for the friend to keep an eye on any other extraordinary event that might happen to her. And for my sister-in-law to keep an eye on her friend.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Face reading is really fun when you get into it. For those of us who are casual students, it’s a great way to find out more about the person than what he or she is telling you. For me, it’s a way to verify and substantiate my Bazi readings of the person.

However, in the name of fun, I would like to share with you some of the interesting observations that I have picked up during my study on the subject. Actually, it is not wrong or unethical to read a person’s face. How sure are you that the other person has not already read your face? However, you must not let it dictate your judgment and make you bigots or sexists.

Did you know that your face is the map of your life? This makes a face reader able to pin-point the exact spot to read on your face to find out your current situation in life. If you are 28 years old (Chinese age), then the spot to look at is between your eyebrows. If this spot is clear, unscarred and unblemished, then it generally tells us that you would have a smooth sailing time at the age of 28.

Where faces are concerned, one which is unscarred, unblemished, not bony, and clear of moles and pimples normally depicts a person with a smooth sailing life. The shape must also be balanced, i.e. no lopsided mouth or crooked nose (a sign of dishonesty) or eyebrows which is higher on one side than the other (a sign of having siblings from either a different father or mother). Moles on the face normally do not bring good fortunes. At least 90 percent of the moles are not auspicious. Hence, certain moles may make one appear sexy or cute but when the person reaches the age on the face where the mole is seated, then the person would likely experience some obstacles in his or her life. For example, a mole right on the tip of the nose is rather cute. But when the person gets to the age of 48 (that is the age represented by the nose tip, he may experience some financial or wealth loss.

There is so much more that I would like to share that sometimes I am at a loss as to where to start. I really hope that some of you will write me a comment or two so that I can just zoom into to areas of interest and have a great time with you discussing it. Maybe I could learn a thing from you too. Do write…..

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Palmistry (Chirology)

“Astrology (palmistry and chirology) shouldn’t suggest decisions to someone. They should help you to make decisions in an intelligent way.” – Robert Hand.

In ancient times, the art of palmistry was a secret science shrouded in mystery. Nowadays, all one has to do is go to the nearest bookshop and purchase however many books they want on this topic. Even better, a whole lot of information is readily available on the internet.

There is so much stuff to be digested and sometimes it’s very confusing as different authors have different opinions. But I think what makes it fun for me is the research that one has to do and also to confirm so many things which may or may not be relevant or even true.

There is an interesting research material which showed that from the lines on the palms, one can tell if the child is autistic. Autism is actually a complex behavior disorder that will manifest in a child before the age of 3. Normally autistic children have limited language capabilities, are not able to start or continue conversations and often they have a preoccupation with a single subject, activity or a certain gesture. It was found that most often there will be rare features such as a line forming a ring at the base of the little finger and for those who know which is the head line and life lines; these 2 lines do sometimes come to be displayed as one single line. I know there are not many autistic people in the world (statistics show 16 out of every 10,000 babies are autistic), it may be rather difficult for me to carry out such studies on my own to confirm this occurrence.

There is another research that showed the differences in the hands of right-handed people and left-handed people. Now isn’t that interesting. The 'how' and 'why' of left-handedness is still a mystery. A popular myth concerns the idea that left-handedness is usually accompanied with a so-called dominant right brain hemisphere personality. Research has indicated that in left-handed people the right brain has a dominant role related to fine motoric movements, and in general one might say that the right brain is the more 'emotional' and 'holistic' brain. However, the assumption that left-handedness is accompanied with a dominant right brain hemisphere personality is a myth and belongs to the world of mythology.

The results of the research indicated that in right-handed people the fingers of the right hand are usually longer compared to the fingers of the left hand. Rather remarkable is that this phenomenon is most pronounced on the fingers positioned at a small distance from the thumb.A different picture is noticed in the hands of left-handers: on most fingers the results indicate that about 50% of the studied subjects have a longer finger in the left hand! In general one can conclude that the relation between left-handedness and leftward thumb-size asymmetry is also noticed on the other fingers, however the size of this phenomenon clearly depends on the distance between the finger and the thumb.

Palmistry does not provide us with the reason why a person is left handed or right handed. It is there to provide us with indications and signs of that tendency. My intention here is just to have fun during my journey of learning and to share them with those who are interested. So, please do join me here for discussions and chats on all topics which are deemed unconventional.

What is Unconventional Knowledge, one might ask. When I Google and Yahoo searched for the definition of Unconventional Knowledge, I could not find what I wanted. It appeared that most of the definition touched mainly on management philosophies and definitions. The definition that I was searching for was pertaining to knowledge which is related to the stuff which people have categorized under heretics, witchcraft, astrology, and anything which relates to the “unexplainable”. But then again, that is not really true. There is a scientific element in astrology, palmistry and even physiognomy.

I would like to include here interests which are very close to my heart and the main intention is to share with and learn from people who are interested to explore into the realm of my definition of Unconventional Knowledge.

My first topic will touch a little on palmistry as I believe that this is very interesting and next to physiognomy (which is face reading), we can almost do it without our subject being aware of it. Sometimes, this will help us get to know the person better and explain some of his or her behavior and characterics. However I must say that it is also my intention to keep it all light and interesting. Most of what I have to share will be for a few laughs and perhaps only to tickle the mind. As for the serious stuff, I will leave it outside of this space. My blog is to serve like an after dinner mint...something to chew on after a heavy meal