By Brian Kane 3/ 15/ 2011,
This was the second week of the Tai Chi Class. However the important lesson I learned was not during class. It is a lesson that pertains to honoring the lineage, teachers and students, as we are all one, on the same path towards happiness and spiritual freedom.
Many of us want to feel powerful, beautiful, smart, highly esteemed et-cetera. This is part of our egos. However, one of the great cosmic paradoxes is that we are all, in a sense, one. All part of the universe and all connected to each other—whether we know it or not. In the YiRen School, every person involved is following a similar path. In order for all students to feel the healing power of YiRen Qigong, we must all learn the same techniques taught in a sequence which has been developed by Dr. Sun, who is carrying on a teaching lineage that is thousands of years old.
Of course Qigong will evolve over time and become more effective as the masters develop it. But this process takes time. It also takes time to improve and develop yourself through Qigong, but once you have surmounted personal obstacles, the feeling of freedom is very rewarding and empowering. However, everybody’s path and rate of progress will be different, and a great deal of it depends on how much effort the student is willing to put forth, which will require courage and open-mindedness.
On Friday, March 18, Brandon Thorson held an Intro class at the 8-Limbs Yoga Center on Capitol Hill. One of the attendees, a man named Andrew, brought up a very insightful observation during the class. After one of the exercises, he said that he was becoming aware of new sensations and realizations in his mind and body. Upon discovering these things, he felt that he had two choices: either explore this new found territory (which could be uncomfortable) or hold off, and wait until he felt ready to venture into this newly discovered area of his being.
I think this idea applies to each of us in our own lives. Qigong is away to improve our lives. Just like learning a new skill to get a better job. This in turn can improve the quality of life for our families, which can help your spouse and/or children and friends, relatives (all the people you know) find inspiration to improve their own lives. But these individuals must find the courage and strength fulfill their dreams.
To me, it is kind of like turning frustration, into inspiration; it is like turning jealousy into joy. I experienced both of these feelings this week. An acquaintance of mine, I can tell, is really improving her focus as an artist. Her recent musical efforts have received attention and accolades from a few revered publications. This brought attention to my own aspirations and the fears or hang-ups that have prevented me from exploring new territory in my own music and other interests. At first I felt very jealous and even angry about her recent achievements. However, then I thought about it: I am sure that she had her own fears and internal blockages at one time. Just about all of us have fears. However, she overcame them, at least enough to whip up the courage to really go for it and release some great music. And then I thought about it more: What I was jealous about was even the wrong thing. I was jealous of the praise she was getting from critics and fans alike. But it was jealously from an egocentric perspective about her being exalted. (I want to be deemed brilliant too, I thought.) What I should have been jealous about was the elation she has experienced by having spread happiness to others. However I should not have felt jealous about that at all, but rather joyful and inspired. This is how I feel now.
I think that by realizing that we are all part of the universal consciousness and are all one, I have begun to free myself from jealousy and resentment. I now better realize that my actions can have a profound impact on others, especially those on the same path. I have stepped outside myself for once and am aware that I am no greater or lesser than anyone else. If my goals keep all of those around me that I hold dear in mind, and if I continue to develop a view of life from a universal perspective, I will feel satisfied, happy and successful. It will take courage. It will take time. I have both. I hope all of you all find the same.