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Cracking open the tool shed~

mediterranean door

There is a way to open yourself up to everything that is.

It will open you to the limitlessness of existence.

It’s a way that will dramatically change your perspectives and connect you with the deeper awareness of things.

It’s represents a doorway to infinite possibility (and choice) and will  take you as far as you want to go, if you let it.

And it’s something that you will likely judge and dismiss in quick fashion.  (As it is not sexy and doesn’t have any bells or whistles or flashing lights and besides, it’s scary moving into a radical new way of living.)

But if you explore it you will come to see just how what a powerful tool it is as it allows you to guide your conscious mind into the realization that you no longer have to uphold your world together.

You can can allow everything to be.  And you can simply be.

And when you come to understand just what it means, maybe this tool will be exciting and sexy for you, in a sense.

This tool is simply this:

Observation without judgment

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between you and infinity~

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“Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.”

― Terry Pratchett, Jingo

There is absolutely nothing between you and infinity.  Between you and limitlessness.

Limitlessness is who you are.

Bring that awareness to your conscious mind.

The space between one choice and another is confusion.   Complication and doubt.

Your true nature is the energy of choice.

Choosing freely

without fear or guilt or impediment or justification.

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The deeper exploration of Tai Chi and Qigong~ (and how it applies to you)

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There is a concept that is an integral part of Tai Chi and Qigong and other internal arts that applies to everyone looking to expand their existence.

It’s called ‘sung’.  And it goes far beyond relaxation (although relaxation in no small achievement).

Sung is partly about going deeper by letting go or releasing and dissolving tension and blocks.  Not just the tension in the physical body but in every part of the self.  And it’s also about connecting with that place of ease deep within where our movement in the world can be unhindered.

To become truly sung means to see the world and yourself with clarity.  To the point where your relationship with everything else is an exploration of interconnection and oneness.

Look at it this way:  you see yourself as a physical entity living in the world and that everything is separate from you in the sense that it is ‘external’.  From that perspective it is a literal impossibility to be truly at ease and peace with yourself as your mind will be in survival/control mode evaluating, judging, planning dissecting, preventing, organizing, thinking, doubting, worrying, justifying.  Busy-busy-busy.   Tension, stress, control.   As you are literally up against a universe of potential conflict and problems.

To be truly sung is about exploring the energy of oneness, the energy of allowance in the universe.   It’s an opportunity to move with the essence of energy.   A place of being and understanding where there is a ease and a broadening.

So it is a way of experiencing yourself, experiencing reality in a new way.  A more complete and holistic way where everything opens up.

So it may look like a simple thing but beneath the form of Tai Chi and Qigong there are radical and transformative things happening.  For those that choose to explore that.

The possibilities are endless.


End note:  there is a Tai Chi master, Adam Mizner, who has a passion for what sung is and often talks about and shows the martial applications.  Check out his online videos.

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The puzzle called enlightenment~

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Enlightenment is simply about connecting with your deeper sense of awareness.  Clearly seeing things as they are.  In a practical sense, seeing through the illusion of the world.

But enlightenment is also a game for the mind.   A puzzle and fuel for the mind.  Which is okay.  Give it some candy and make it happy.

But the question arises:  how do you connect with your sense of awareness?  It is a place very very few really connect with as it is far beyond the five physical senses.

The simplest answer I can share is that you do it by choosing it..

By going in that direction and exploring deeper and living the choice.  How big is your desire to understand the bigger picture and to experience something more in your life?  Allow yourself to move with that flow of energy.

As a practice, meditation can be a useful and there are, of course, many practices that can facilitate an expansion.  As long as at some point you take the hinges off the doors.

It basically comes down to observing yourself and the world — without the filter of judgement, as much as possible.

Observe your choices and choose more.

When you connect with your sense of awareness you are choosing limitlessness.

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Add some Qigong to your life~

 

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(photo from Taiji Forum)

The magic of Qigong is in its simplicity.

It is easy to learn and will enrich your life beyond measure.

And you can can take it as deep as you want.

As the exploration of energy is inexhaustible, isn’t it?

I have been doing Asymya for years and at this point in my life enjoying Tai Chi/Qigong as a daily practice.  And I have found that one informs the other.

Qigong is an ancient but flexible practice and there are a million ways to bring it into your life and make it work for you.

 

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breathing through the skin~

energy-body

With ‘internal’ arts training it is essential to realize the importance of breath.

There is a esoteric concept from Qigong (and much earlier) that has to do with opening up the body and allowing the flow of energy by ‘breathing through the skin’ as part of the process.   Breathing through the pores.

And with this concept, the breathing with the belly/lungs is in co-ordination with what I will call vitality-breathing basically.  Life energy breath.  Connecting with yourself as energy.  Feeling and stimulating the flow and movement of energy.  Opening the ‘gates’ and clearing the tension and blockages of your body and perspectives.  Dissolving what no longer serves you or at least allowing the structures that have limited your movement to not be so rigid.

And as you open to see yourself as more than just a physical body, there is endless possibilities to explore and play as the universe becomes your playground.

 

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‘Invest in loss’

Cheng Man-Ch'ing_

There was a dear and great late master who crossed the ocean in 1964 and settled into NYC for a decade teaching students and bringing Tai Chi to the West.  His name was Cheng Man-ch’ing.

What made him great was who he was and how he shared himself the world.  There was a humbleness and softness about him that is clear from videos and his energy is clearly expressed, even now decades after his death.

One of the things he shared was for his students to ‘invest in loss’.

As I learn his 37-form and explore Tai Chi more consistently now, this concept means to me that we can embrace the simplicity of and joy of Tai Chi and life and make our own choices by letting go.   We can allow that such that the mind does not interfere in what we choose.

Beyond the daily practice of learning Tai Chi, for me the concept relates to the letting go of what is not essential.  Letting go of attachments including perspectives that limit us.  One such attachment is to our ‘physicality’ and our fears and necessities and even survival relating to being physical.  Instead of merely seeing ourselves as physical we can see ourselves as energy and create and move with that movement (and define it how we will.)

We even have an attachment to being separate from anyone or thing around us (ie. victims of circumstance or environment, at the whim of the world around us) and any practice exploring energy is one that will lead to an exploration of the interconnection and oneness of the universe.

It is a paradox that the more we let go the more we gain as at that point we open ourselves to all that is.

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