“I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the co-operation of other people”.
– Napoleon Hill
More amazing stuff happening between my inner- and outer-world!
If you’ve read my blogs before, you’ll know that I regularly practise Tai Chi. My instructor, Craig, is one of the most spiritual people I have met. This intelligent, talented and very capable man decided relatively early in his life to forego the mainstream, the “River of Dreams” as Mark J puts it, to follow his Dharma: namely mastery of Tai Chi. He has studied various spiritual disciplines, but his devotion to this “meditation in motion” now runs deeply within his life and his psyche. Serious practitioners don’t “do” Tai Chi, they don’t even “live” Tai Chi. They become Tai Chi. I am a witness to the impact that has on a person and the people that person encounters. Even more so after this week.
By week 8 of the course, Charles Haanel and Emmet Fox had been creeping up on me and had finally caught me. The first few weeks of Master Keys’ sitting exercises was relatively simple for me: I had been taught meditation principles by a Transcendental Meditation tutor a few years ago, so sitting still with my body still, then with my mind still and empty of thought was an exercise I could already do. However, I found Fox’s 7 day Mental Diet a REAL challenge: holding my thoughts objectively and rejecting the negative ones before I attach an inappropriate emotion to them and ruin my 7 day diet.
Thankfully, my subconscious and the Universe had been working on the problem: back in week 7, Craig had read a quotation from D.T. Suzuki and reflected on it. He thought it may be a good idea for a practical exercise – something a little different from Tai Chi, but proved a certain point in how to “feel” when practising the form. Two weeks later, I am in the Tai Chi session getting superb practical tuition in sitting still, calming my mind, (not meditating, I was told – that is emptying my mind and cheating, you can’t meditate in that way when in normal interaction with the world) allowing thoughts into my mind, assessing them and, if not appropriate, letting them go. Craig hasn’t even heard of Haanel, nor Fox and but I’m receiving form him clear guidance on how to deal with my very specific problem.
There’s more. Craig then starts talking about acknowledging the “real you” in your mind – the one that is not making the thoughts but the one receiving, controlling and discarding them. Basically he proceeded to give a precis of Master Keys, chapter 4.
So to conclude, I had a specific need and the Universe brought me the specific answer – in the easiest, most direct and useful way to learn it. Out of nothing (!)
There’s even more. What I’m still trying to come to terms with is not just the weird and wonderful way this all happened but also how I responded to it. At the time, it all felt surreal, but in my mind, my predominant feeling was one of calm. There seemed to be something in the back of my mind saying, “So? What did you expect?” Maybe it was an example of the manifestation of what Haanel describes in Master Keys 7:18 as “confident expectation”…?