December 2nd, 2008
Yesterday was a highlight in my life. I was escorted by a private party to visit the place where Lao Tzu – author of the Tao Te Ching – lived when he wrote this immortal classic.
It is also where my Chinese kung fu teacher, Master Liu, once lived. It is where he was taught a series of energetic fighting forms that were passed down from one master to one student for over 2,000 years.
18 months ago Master Liu took me on as his student. Yesterday he gave me a couple gifts, one of which is over 500 years old – that was given to him by his teacher – and so on – for many generations.
Almost no one knows about this ancient space – or that Lao Tzu and Confucius used to meet here to talk.
When we got there in the morning Master Liu showed me the place where he practiced each day, then, before a small group of friends, he asked me to demonstrate what he’s taught me.
Talk about being put on the spot. I knew he’d want me to demonstrate power – not just go through the motions – and I thought to myself, “I’m not warmed up yet.”
Regardless, I took off my jacket and watch and stood in the place where he and his teacher and his teacher’s teachers trained for so many years. Then I began to move and breathe. At once I felt energy surge through my body that I never felt while training anywhere else. It was incredible.
When I finished the group applauded, and the abbot at the temple said to my brother-in-law, but not to me, that I had a lot of internal power.
If she said this to me directly I would have said, “Nothing compared to later. Only a little right now.”
Standing in the very steps of Lao Tzu, Confucius and my teacher, and his teachers – waaaaah, what a gift. I will treasure this memory my whole life.
Much more to tell you about in a book I’m writing about this trip. Details coming in a couple weeks.
What’s the takeaway from today’s message: Continually look for as well as remember the things in life that give you and have given you great feelings of grace, gratitude, love and enthusiasm. And bring these things to the forefront of your mind. Recall them often and your life will move forward, cybernetically, in seen and unseen ways – that are currently unimaginable.
18 months ago if you told me I’d be where I was yesterday, I wouldn’t know what to say. Today, I do. And it’s…
Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU.
(my first name in Chinese)
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