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Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Supporters,
We HIGHLY urge you to take the few minutes to watch the short video clips in this newsletter. They are profound.
This issue has at its center a jewel of a film that captures the essence of Tai Chi and Qigong, but on the surface is about Golf. A line in this film should capture the attention of those practiced in the art of Tai Chi and Qigong, the line is, "The way you hold your club, is the way you hold your life." Just as the way we hold our Tai Chi or Qigong forms is the way we hold our life. When we start learning the arts, we hold them, ourselves, more tightly. Over time, the mind, heart and body loosen, and the movements begin to flow through us, massaging us, loosening us, opening us.
I have never been an avid golfer, but once every few years I go to the driving range. A couple of years ago I almost died from a botched procedure that brought me to the edge of death, my organs horribly damaged, and my body an emaciated skeleton. Tai Chi and Qigong were a huge part of my climb back towards health, but at the time of this story I'm sharing I was still very frail, still healing day by day, when my daughter offered to fly me and Angie to Florida where she lives, so we could escape the Kansas winter, as cold was hard for my thin body to handle.
She asked what I'd like to do there, and suddenly the idea of Golf popped into my head, so she booked us a four-some tee-time for when we were there. I went to the driving range a few times, after not only not having picked up a Golf club for many years, but after nearly dying only months before. I was amazed by how well I was hitting the ball, it was like I let my Dan Tien swing my body and everything else just relaxed out of the way, and I heard the whack of the ball and watched it sail out to the fence over 300 yards away. I was stunned.
To make a long story short, my strong-strapping twenty-something daughter, Andrea and her even stronger and more strapping husband and athlete, Jordan, had been seriously practicing Golf prior to my arrival at their home that winter. We arrived at the Golf course for our tee-time, and I BEAT THEM. Me, this old dude who'd recently nearly died, and hadn't golfed seriously ever, and hadn't touched a club in years, beat these two young athletic Golf enthusiasts. How? Tai Chi.
Tai Chi helped me relax out of the way of my body's natural healing powers to lift me back to health, just as it helped me relax out of the way of my Golf swing, and to relax out of the way of finding the path of why I'm here on this planet, just as it does for all those who weave Tai Chi and Qigong's cultivation of stillness and quietude into their lives.
This issue is dedicated to the world's greatest Tai Chi and Qigong film, a movie that never mentions the words Tai Chi or Qigong once, but holds the essence of these arts like no other work of art ever has. See below clips from Robert Redford's exquisite film, "The Legend of Bagger Vance," starring Matt Damon, Jack Lemon, and Will Smith.
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In the Stillness We Find Ourselves!
At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
-- Lao Tzu, father of Taoist Philosophy
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
-- Lao Tzu
Several hundred years ago, Tai Chi became entwined with Taoist philosophy. Taoism is about opening to our sense of the natural rhythms of the world, the tides of awareness and energy that flow through us and around us.
Of course this is the essence of Tai Chi and Qigong, once you learn the movements, then the art becomes internal, feeling and sensing the blocks and pressures we hold inside, and then using the visualization, breath, and motion to loosen those dams of rigidity so that Qi can flow through us unimpeded, enabling us to flow down the paths of our greatest purpose here in this life.
The film, The Legend of Bagger Vance, uses golf as the metaphor for this most profound concept that Tai Chi and Qigong are about. This is the first of 3 clips we offer in this WorldTaiChiDay.org
Ezine edition, and we hope you find it as moving and inspiring as we do.
In the above quotes from Lao Tzu, he was talking about human's journey of trying to discover, or remember, what your true authentic swing is. When we lose ourselves in Tai Chi and Qigong meditation, losing our sense of self as though we were "part of the whole thing, and that's a good thing," a state of open awareness where we can feel our true authentic selves, we feel the zone, the field, 'somethin' we was born with.'
Tai Chi and Qigong don't have our answers, they are only tools to help us relax open to our truest inner self, or in the words of this film, 'our true authentic swing,' and when we open to that sense of self, we feel ourselves as connected to, and a part of, everything -- and that's a good thing.
|The Legend Of Bagger Vance Clip 1 Authentic Swing|
Tai Chi and Qigong Help Unlock Us to
Relax Out of the Way of Our Deepest Purpose
Tai Chi & Qigong Can Help Us Sense and Relax into The Field, The Tao!
The Tao [the field] is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.
-- Lao Tzu
The Tao is called the Great Mother:
empty yet inexhaustible,
it gives birth to infinite worlds.
-- Lao Tzu
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
-- Lao Tzu
It nourishes infinite worlds,
yet it doesn't hold on to them.
Since it is merged with all things
and hidden in their hearts,
it can be called humble.
-- Lao Tzu
Tai Chi and Qigong enable us to see "the field" to feel "the field." When you truly begin to find your true authentic Tai Chi or Qigong movements, you become part of the field. All those who have felt this, know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, stick with it, and one day you will, but you have to let go of what you think you are supposed to feel, and just let it flow through you.
Einstein wrote of how we are truly connected to everything, all part of the same energetic field of existence, and to think of ourselves as separate is a kind of self delusion. When we relax deep into the stillness of inner awareness that Tai Chi and Qigong cultivate, the delusion of seperateness evaporates, we lose our sense of self, and feel ourselves as part of "the field."
As we let go of our grip on life, we can begin to surf the eddies, swirls and waves of the field of life. By not expecting or bracing or gripping onto what we think it should be, we become fluid, pliant and adaptable as a surfer must become in order to ride the waves rather than being beaten by them.
Tai Chi and Qigong's model for loosening around life, enables us to be surfers of the field of existence. See Bagger Vance's beautiful and profound take on this in the clip below.
What Tai Chi and Qigong offer us cannot be gripped and held like the multiplication tables or addition tables are held in our head. When we move into "the field" the movements of Tai Chi and Qigong just flow through us, that larger sense of possibility, that flow, takes us, we ride upon it, we don't control it. It is an egoless experience of surrender, the "sinking" is a sense of absolute letting go.
We move into a state where we relax open to what it is that is supposed to flow through us. Something grander and more elegant than we can squeeze in our head or load on our shoulders.
In one of my Tai Chi classes, a student was struggling with a movement, and I was having her and the class repeat the movement again and again as I talked to them about how the movement feels when you let go and "sink" into it, letting the movement "flow through you," rather than holding it or making it happen.
The student got exasperated, saying, "Yeah, I got it, I get it."
I replied, "Wait, listen, I don't want you to 'get it,' I want you to feel it."
As we started the movement again, her eyes cleared and her shoulders relaxed as the insight bubbled through her, and she exclaimed, "Yes, I see what you mean now. I feel it."
She had let go of trying to squeeze it in her head, or hold it in her body, and just opened to the flow, the field, and the sensation was all encompassing. You can't mentally understand it, you have to let go, and flow down the river, and surrender open to the feeling of it.
|Golf and The Field|
Tai Chi & Qigong Can Help Us Ungrip from the Past-To Expand into the Future!
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality
be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in
whatever way they like.
-- Lao Tzu
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
-- Lao Tzu
In this film clip Randolph Junah (played by Matt Damon) is haunted and held back by the PTSD of his time in combat. The golf game is a metaphor for a way of life, a way of being held down by the past or surrendering all we are to expand into the future, and to find some faith. Tai Chi and Qigong can help us let go of our grip on the past, and loosen the past's grip on us, so that we can flow into the game that only you were meant to play, the one that was given to us when we came into this world.
Like life, Tai Chi is a game that can't be won, it can only be played, and how we play that game is how we hold our life. If we hold our breath and move tightly in Tai Chi, well that is how we hold and move in our life.
Tai Chi and Qigong can help us let go of the hurt, pain, regret, and grudges we squeeze in our physical and psychic body, so that we can once again find our way back to the center of who we are, and not hold anything back, letting what we are here to do and become flow through us as we let go of all the baggage.
|Legend of Beggar Vance - The Woods|
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