Humbled, I move.
I am not yet a Master but the taste lingers … and I can feel them.
I can feel my sway, although not of my intention, I am learning to balance. Not to allow myself to get caught up in any attainment, I breathe and gather. Soon realizing the moon is directly above where my hands come together to meet in front of my brow. She approves and I give her my gratitude.
I settle and begin to use my imagery. I watch myself pull swords and twirl them with courageous vigor. This is an emotional beauty. It is not always such a violent dance that I intend in my Moving Meditation. I often see myself being filled with and emitting white or green light of unconditional love. Being filled with chi (life energy), it forces itself out of my palms like the milk of a nursing mother’s nipples in the morning. I move. I exude so that the baby does not cry.
Feeding this love and intending it to reach not to only to the inhabitants of Earth, but even outward to her lay lines. I can manipulate it at will. It can be what I will it to be. For this, as a healer, Tai Chi is a priceless practice in maintaining the highest health of all my bodies; physical, mental, emotional and etheric.
When the unseen and seen facets of the human body are free from any resistance to desired movement, we are experiencing health.
We do not have to compare our own health to the health of others, nor should we lust after what others can do. If we hold the intention to maintain our highest health, then in our moments of small choices we should be encouraged to make the choice most aligned with our desired intention. Don Miguel Ruiz; author of The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love, says in his book of Toltec wisdom, “Practice makes the master. But it is the action that makes the difference.” With practice, keeping healthy will become easier and easier.
Not only is health a state of being, it is also a practice. Illness in the body starts within the unseen bodies of our emotions and energy fields that are interacting with the world each day. Many of us are sensitive to others emotions but are unaware; therefore, we carry heaviness along with us and don’t know why or what to do about it. So many of us self-medicate to rid ourselves of the feelings, having an active spiritual practice can inspire a different avenue of moving through the emotional hurdles that cause these addictions to non-beneficial things in our lives.
There are spiritual humans who subscribe to the perspective that we are cleansing our own DNA along with the DNA of our ancestors right now. Simultaneously we are cleansing our own blockages on the path to unconditional love, as well as clearing up ideas and vibrations from other sources beyond ourselves; yet connected to us nonetheless. These perspectives, if we allow them, can inspire us to release feelings and attachments to all forms of perceived personal traumas.
Tai Chi teaches to let go. I can hear Sifu Herb’s voice now, calmly but sternly, father-like, “Let go. Let it all go.” I follow his directions and remember exactly who I am.
Religious concerns are often an issue for those unfamiliar with the arts of other cultures.
Realistically, a spiritual practice can be incorporated into any lifestyle. It is not about adopting any other culture’s philosophy, although we are in a time where delving into other cultures is easy so, why not?
Let us not be afraid of knowledge.
The exchange of information from human to human is literally how we continue to exist. This is also why we must stay balanced on the inside while maintaining who we are so that we are exchanging the truth of who we are to be. While walking in whom we’ve chosen to be, we also hold the accountability to walk in harmony with our environment. This means being accountable for ourselves and our impact. There’s a perfect blend of everything created. It’s a beautiful melody humanity creates when we are in sync with each other.
One way to reconnect with ourselves and the available abundance around us is to get into an environment bigger than ourselves, such as nature. Depending on where you live (not unlike our ancestors) will determine what that means for you. Perhaps a park, the mountains or trails; even if it’s the yard inside of a prison, get outside if you can. While you’re out there, look up at the sky and remember that there are universes unknown to human consciousness. There are stars and a great sun. Get rooted and grounded with Mother Nature under your feet. Then, make yourself aware of what energies lay in what we perceive as above. Feel the heaven’s unconditional love and the light of God above your head and be humbled.
As the reality of our limitlessness spinning in infinite directions positioned within something that extends beyond our imagination, it inspires us to take a breath. In every move, Tai Chi reminds us of the importance of the breath. We can learn how to control our breathing in order to assist us in connecting to the Source of power that we have access to; our chi energy. This practice is called Qigong (chi-gong). I’ve heard that Qigong, which is taught with Tai Chi, is often referred to as Chinese Yoga. That makes since because they are both Moving Meditations that inspire connection with breathing, one’s own body and an understanding of how the body relates to the environment. Yoga is another powerful tool to maintain an all body’s spiritual practice.
Spirit-ritual…Spiritual, something one can do to reconnect with spirit in a consistent way.
Spirit is connected to breath, truth, light and Creator. Religion does offer much external gratification and fulfillment in our lives. Yet, there are many who feel a personal disconnect to a spiritual source even within the religion that houses them. I believe this to be because in many Western religions, someone else speaks to God and we receive it second, third and fourth-hand. Many feel lost finding rules to make decisions instead of connecting to the God-given spirit within them. This is the nature of meditation. Yet, with our high-strung lifestyles, many of us can’t see sitting on the floor and trying to Om ourselves into some kind of peace.
Something of us needs to be in constant motion, almost mimicking the nature of our thoughts. Although in many ways this can be considered a problem, I prefer to look at it as extra energy. It’s our power waiting to be directed and the necessity of its force is made obvious by its presence here. What do we do with all that energy? Can we not clear our minds if we won’t sit still? No. We move to get clear if that’s what’s natural to us. It can even be used to clear a pathway that leads one to being able to sit for awhile.
One must be able to step outside of self and look upon self objectively. The mind causes blockages within us. We become lost in our emotions and thoughts of ourselves and others. We pray and we don’t see much change. Usually, we continue building stories upon what we assume or have experienced, solidifying it in our existence. We must create a space to break the cycle of stories. These methods of Moving Meditation inspire us to leave the mind behind for awhile and allow oneself the moment to breathe. With this breath we gain a clear space to access all that we know and are becoming aware of. Even up to the integration of new knowledge, we can be aware, if we know that we have the option to choose it.
We learn in Tai chi to be open, to allow. This is the state of integration. However a human is able to obtain this vibration of receptivity is beautiful, worthy and personal. But, if one has not yet found a way to clear the space within and release the demons we all carry, then we will continue to feel stuck in our own development.
There is grace to be found in our movement and power to be discovered in our self-control.
It's 3:47am and perhaps I’m delirious, but I don’t think so. If there is one thing I know, Tai Chi offers a constant reminder that there is always room for refinement. But it is not about chasing dreams of perfection. It’s being in the vibration of a knowing that this perfect moment, seeds the next perfect moment and even if this moment is filled with folly, it will still lead to mastery.
In my movement, I am reminded that this mastery is the mastery of me.
Kukata Kali is an Urban Shaman and Vibration Specialist in St. Louis.