Category: Wisdom

The Giving Tree Meets the Demanding We

The Giving Tree is a childrens’ book written by Shel Silverstein and first published in 1964. It received a mixed reception with religious organizations lauding it as “it was hailed as a parable on the joys of giving.” while others described it as “one of the most divisive books in children’s literature” (Elizabeth Bird). It …

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Magic? – No but it feels like it!

Over the years I have encountered a lot of skepticism about Qi with remarks like “magic” and “mumbo-jumbo” fired in my direction. I too had been skeptical, extremely so, before I was exposed to Qi in its truest sense. The use of “magic” was meant to be derogatory but, in one respect at least, it …

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Stop Pushing!

Stop Pushing A student came to his master with a problem.  He was having a recurring dream that was frustrating him.  In the dream he walks across a field to a wall, with a gate, between him and the next field.  He knows that he needs to be in the next field but that he …

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Physical or Energetic?

In Qigong, questions regarding whether our actions are physical or energetic, whether they are External or Internal, crops up regularly. Here are two such cases, the first has been raised on numerous occasions, the second is a new one for me. Is your Qigong mindset physical or energetic? Case 1 While taking part in a …

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Many paths to the same destination

Many paths to the same destination In the any journey there can be many paths and the route chosen depends on a number of things including: The starting point, the end point, the terrain, the mode of transport, obstacles to be overcome, etc. Navigation too! Sometimes we find ourselves going in circles, covering the same …

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Garden musings

My garden musings I often spend time gazing into my garden pond and, when I do, my garden musings occur as my brainwave pattern drops into Alpha. These garden musings provide me with insights into myself and my direction as my brain gets sidelined and my higher self (consciousness) takes centre stage. Hedgehogs are amazing! …

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The Five Spirits that make us human – Taoist belief

The Five Spirits In Chinese tradition there are Five Spirits that, together, make us human. The Shen (consciousness), the Yi (reasoning mind, the brain), the Po (the body), the Zhi (willpower), and the Hun (ethereal soul). Each has its own role in making us human. The Shen 神 Is the human spirit, the consciousness. It …

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Qigong – a personal insight into what Qigong means to me.

Over the past three decades, plus, my personal insight of Qigong is has changed over the years. It has done so because my experience and understanding have both grown and have come to understand what my Master meant when he talked about being a “Qi man”. (I am sticking with Qigong and deliberately not mentioning …

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Yin & Yang and their relationship

Yin & Yang and their relationship is the Chinese concept of two complimentary yet opposing qualities of Qi and therefore everything in the universe can be described in terms of Yin or Yang. The literal translation of Yin is “The shaded side of the valley” and Yang is “The sunny side of the valley”. Yin/Yang …

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Tanzan and Ekido

Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. “Come on girl”, said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms he carried her over the mud. Ekido …

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Attaining Mastery

The Master looked at his new apprentice…….. “Here, have these” he said as he handed over a lump of rough-hewn wood and a saw. He showed the apprentice how to use the saw and said “Go saw”. He was then taught how to keep his saw sharp and clean. When the apprentice got the hang …

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Nothing hurts

Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen visited one master after another. He called upon Dukuon of Shokuku. Desiring to show his level of attainment, he said “The Mind, Buddha and sentient beings do not exist, the true nature of phenomena is emptiness, there is no realisation, no delusion, no sage and no mediocrity, …

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Living in the Present

How many times do we need to be reminded that we should be living in the present, to be 100% here and now? I have picked three of my favourite pieces of wisdom on this matter, each from a different background but each with the same message. From Taoism “If you are depressed, you are …

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