When making design & decor changes in the name of Feng Shui, there is one thing that you need to include, and that is the Three Secrets. The Three Secrets are part of the Black Hat Tibetan Buddhism Style of Feng Shui as taught by Professor Lin Yun. (http://www.yunlintemple.org) Using them will give all of your Feng Shui solutions that little something extra because it is a tool that harnesses the energy of your thoughts, words and actions in order to anchor the changes you are making.
The Three Secrets involve a mind, body and speech secret. Through the mind, you will visualize the result that you are seeking as you change the purpose of the items in your surroundings. You are giving each item a job, and you simply use your mind to communicate this. Through the body, you will use the ousting mudra to remove anything negative and retain all that is positive in the space that you are adjusting. “The meaning of ‘mudra’, which is a Sanskrit word, is ‘closure’ or ‘seal’. Mudra hand positions are physical gestures that have an effect on the energy flow of the body. The ancient practice of yoga links the hand mudras to the changing spiritual and mental aspects of a person.” (www.yogawiz.com) If you are from Texas or a Texas Longhorns fan, this one is easy. Think of showing your Texas Longhorns support, and then flicking your middle & ring fingers outward. That is the ousting mudra! Through your words, you will chant the speech secret which is a mantra known as the Six True Words:
Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum ~ Hail The Jewel in the Lotus
My teacher, Professor Lin Yun, preferred not to translate certain mantras. However, most people want to know what it is that they are saying when they repeat a mantra. I did a little research, and I really like the following translation:
“Om”, symbolizes one’s impure body, speech and mind, and also the pure noble body, speech and mind of a Buddha. Buddhism claims that an impure body, speech and mind can be transformed into pure ones of a Buddha, who were once impure and later by removing their negative attributes, achieved enlightenment on this path.
“Ma Ni”, the jewel, symbolizes factors of method, compassion and love, the altruistic intention to become enlightened. “Just as a jewel is capable of removing poverty, so the altruistic mind of enlightenment is capable of removing the poverty, or difficulties, and of solitary peace.” Similarly, just as a jewel fulfills the wishes of sentient beings, so the altruistic intention to become enlightened fulfills the wishes of sentient beings.
“Pad Me”, means lotus and symbolizes wisdom. Growing out of mud, but not being stained by mud, the lotus indicates the quality of wisdom, which keeps you out of contradiction.
“Hum”, means inseparability; symbolizing purity and can be achieved by the unity of method and wisdom.” (www.balilivingimports.com)
Professor Lin once gave us an example of how powerful it is to use the Three Secrets Reinforcement technique. He said that if there were two identical homes that placed the exact same solution into their home, and one person used this technique and one did not, it would be like have a 110% effectiveness vs. a 10% effectiveness. It’s kindof a no-brainer if you ask me!