Cosmic dance

The true significance of Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan is that it is movement that invokes the flow of the All-Pervading Energy. It is motion that obeys and is in the Tao, the Way.

The wider implication of this is the potential for a human being to spread blessings through his/her motion.

There is both an art as well as a science to this transforming ability. A master of Yuan-Chi can turn walking, writing or housework into Grace. It is like transforming motion into music.

The field of systematic movement includes dance, sports, therapeutic exercise and martial arts. {Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan, incidentally, is all 4 of the above categories}

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I think that most systems of movement are too unevolved to be transformed into cosmic dance.

There are however notable exceptions:

  • In athletics; in running I have seen two exceptional Olympic champions who have imbibed (unconsciously?) parts of the secret: Michael Johnson of the USA in 400metres(retired undefeated) and Usain Bolt of Jamaica in 100metres. (If you discover what they have in common in their running styles you will have uncovered a few of the ‘tricks’ of Tai Chi Chuan.) And of course there’s a reason why graceful cricketers and tennis players are entrancing to watch?
  • In dance I think the following may have enough potential to be upgraded into Yuan-Chi; ‘belly dance’{Raas Shaqui}, Indian temple dancing, tango[milonga], flamenco, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, modern waltz, Chinese dancers twirling silk streamers in the classical style etc.
  • In martial arts, 3 styles come immediately to mind; judo, ba-kua[no surprise as it is condensed from Tai Chi Chuan] and Choy Lee Fut / Hung Gah.

Put another way, the greater of the greatest masters is one whose every movement is a prayer, a benediction, and dedication to the Divine.

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Yuan-Chi – A Paradigm Shift

YUAN-CHI TAI CHI CHUAN – A PARADIGM SHIFT

The essence of art
Art in itself is not inherently spiritual. It has the potential to express spiritual desire. At best, it can be a reflection of spirituality. Which is not the same as spirituality; in the same way that your  reflection is not the same as you. It may look like you (the better the reflective surface, the more faithful the reflection) but no matter how authentic the reflection, it has none of the substance of the real thing. In other words, martial art is part of the matter of the earth, albeit on a subtler level than some things.

The first master of martial art was perhaps Shri Parashurama, who lived in India about 8,000 years ago.
The original purpose of martial art was to purify and balance the grosser bodies in the hope that the subtle system may become clear enough for Mother Kundalini to connect us to the All Pervading Energy; the Grace of the Divine.
A secondary purpose was for man to not only connect with Nature, but to be in harmony with Nature, to awaken Nature within us, to become Nature.

The purpose of art is to create beauty; in this case beauty in & of movement.
On the gross level, we have emotions, physical activity and mental activity. If done properly, martial art may help balance us on this mundane level.

What then is the essence of martial art?
Balance- to be in perfect balance
Movement- the ability to move in harmony with the flow of chi
Energy- to be able to follow, tap into, lead and direct chi

Addressing this essence is what distinguishes Tai Chi Chuan in the field of martial arts.

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Tai Chi Chuan was developed from Taoist cosmic principles by Zhang San-Feng.
The Mother gave birth to the universe. The Feminine Aspect rules the universe. In practice; the theory, attitude, approach and techniques of Tai Chi Chuan puts it on a higher footing than the hard variety of hard martial arts. Water is softer than earth but harnessed properly it can overwhelm even the hardest steel. In fact, ladies have an innate physical & psychological advantage in the study and practice of Tai Chi Chuan.

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Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan – The paradigm shifts

When Zhang San-Feng discovered Tai Chi Chuan, before the advent of the Mother as foretold long ago, the way of Tai Chi Chuan had many things in common with soft internal martial arts. Nevertheless, it was quite different from other martial arts.

Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan is a step beyond all other Tai Chi styles.
The way of Yuan-Chi is as the Tao of the sage Lao Tze { Tao Te Ching or Tao De Jing }.

It is dancing on the heavenly river of the Way. It is spontaneous, it is the effortless way.

The movement of Yuan-Chi is powered by the All-Pervading energy of the Divine.
Automatically. There is no doing. Where ‘chi gong’ is energy work, Yuan-Chi is “chi liu”; energy flow.

It is beauty that is fashioned by the power of Grace.

Beyond all other systems of movement, whether dance, sports, therapeutic exercise or martial arts, Yuan-Chi relies on this heavenly energy, which can be felt as a Cool Breeze.

Art of the essence
The truly artistic part of movement occurs when we move in obedience to the essence of the  movement, which is beyond the shallowness of mere form, i.e. substance shaping form not form before substance.

In Yuan-Chi, the dance is shaped by the pattern of movement of the limitless energy.

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But what are the benefits?
An avenue for graceful expression. Expect to enjoy increased energy levels , be less susceptible to illness and to improve your posture. Enhance your sense of well-being; feel balanced, supple, more confident and empowered. Just by the way, you’ll learn to defend yourself. You may feel more attractive as a result of improved health, self-confidence and poise.

Your physical abilities will be enhanced- balance, coordination, speed, ambidexterity, control, strength and reflexes that can spill into the emotional & mental sides. This may become apparent in your sporting activities or just in the way you walk.

Together with patience and harmony, you should gain a better sense of timing, more acute perception and become more effective at “going with the flow”.

You begin to live a philosophy of not wanting. You become natural. And peace shall descend upon you.

Along the Way, you may become a spiritual being.

“Practise Non-Ado, and everything will be in order.”
~Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching ch.3

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What students say:

“..all that remained of *me* was my awareness…” Danya

“The only way I would be able to describe it would be as being touched by Grace.” Carlos

“I felt I was watching a dance between you and a much beloved being” Linda

“It was as if my body moved by itself.” Stefanie

“I’ve never known squirrels to be so loving with one another, it was almost like a dream!” Amy

“have been having quite deep experiences of meditation in particular with Push Hands,” Andrew

“This morning I felt very strongly again the beauty of movement. I love it!” Gregor

“Gregor was in front of me and he appeared to be somehow ‘in’ the air” Jane

“John unconsciously emitted a strong cool breeze…” Master Michael

“I started feeling Tai Chi like a piece of music.” Eva

“The arrival and departure of this force was spontaneous – I didn’t make it happen, I didn’t try to hang on to it, I didn’t make it go away.” Magda

“And I felt like that I could be a balloon – that if I lifted my feet off the floor that I’d float.” Sharon

“I love the way birds gather when we are practising Tai Chi Chuan with you, they seem to be drawn to the energy.” Brenda

“I could feel it rushing through and around my body – like being part of a building whirlwind…” Sharon

Tyrone’s Tale

Tyrone O’Neill

I reflect that in three months (June) it will be two years from when I first started Tai Chi.
When I began I had a curious lack of expectation. I had done a few ‘Tai Chi’ classes at a health retreat I went to in May 2010, and although what I had experienced was a very simple style of Tai Chi, it somehow pointed me in the right direction. What I had liked about the Tai Chi at the health retreat was the feeling of flowing physical movement accompanied by a sense of peace and balance. (It helped that the classes were on the top of a hill and started just before dawn, with all of us oriented to see the sunrise.) However I knew that what I had been doing there was only very initial, so I went to Yuan-Chi Tai-Chi Chuan to learn.

It look almost a year of learning, typically twice-weekly lessons with one or two brief additional practices at home, to be able – although still with many uncertainties and hesitations – to finish the full 108 sequence. Even now that I am nearly two years into my practice, I am still not yet entirely confident in my ability to complete the movements of the full form, and I expect it will still take me one or two years to become much more confident about the overall flow. However I am now aware that this ‘gross motor skill’ aspect of Tai Chi is only a very initial level of learning. And still on a physical level, there are many minor nuances of position and balance which I expect it will take many years to learn.

However it is from an internal or mental/emotional/spiritual dimension that I feel I am only just beginning my journey.

March 2012

Danya’s Page

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Danya Rose

I became a student of Master Ric Lum in May 2002, largely as a matter of curiosity and opportunity. Studying Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan has opened my eyes to myself, to others and to “going with the flow” in both literal and metaphorical senses.

Through it I have discovered great balance, in both physical and non-physical senses, and my interest in and appreciation for the art has only deepened the more deeply into it I have seen and explored.

As a mathematician, I find that Tai Chi Chuan is of huge benefit to me as a centring exercise and practice for body, mind and soul.

Student’s Viewpoint

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Aron’s Awareness

“Surrendered to the Chi working through spasmed muscles through the Dance of the 108 & felt another step… Nidra!?”
Ray’s Find

“After class I sat to meditate remembering the above. I experienced such strong cool vibrations that stopped raising and tying up Kundalini, out of Respect, because She was already There.”
Andrew’s Account

“The image that came to mind was the coiling and uncoiling of DNA strands, the double helix, and my arms and legs moved with a fluidity and connection that I had never experienced.”
Magda’s memory

It was like I had a right arm made of energy which moved alongside with the left arm.
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“I felt the cool flow in the whole left side of my body.”
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“.. the movements are our attempts at becoming one with the GOLDEN RATIO, so awesome.”
Dagmar’s Vault

In 2013 I experienced in Moravka what I had previously only read about; The flow; Tao and stillness while moving?
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“Meet each person where they’re at with a perceptive task to stimulate them to learn for themselves.” Shona shifts

“If you show me, then I will know what the problem is?”
Gregor’s Tome

“Dance: like sleep in its ebb and flow and gradual waking.”
Danya’s page

Parvati leads Raise Hands“I experienced the highest state of Union with the All, my inner energy united with the All Pervading Energy beyond myself;”
Parvati’s Light

It was so peaceful and then I was standing on the globe, the earth, just me and the world.
I was supported and could look down and see the whole globe under me with space all around.
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It is the conversations with Sifu, which challenges my brain deeply.
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I began doing a mirror image of the form..after doing this I went back to the piece and had no trouble performing the tricky passage.  Tims’ Timbre

“I came to Constant Balance by mistake.. and have been in his class ever since.” Virginia

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“Il Yuan Chi Tai Chi Chuan è illusione, spesso mentre si vede Sifu praticare ci si rende conto di questo.”
Claudia Confides

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“the vibrations were present and strong, can’t wait till next time 🙂 May the Force be with you.”  Hanuman

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Despite having strong muscle pain for a few years, after more or less 8 days of intensive course I noticed a great lightness and greater balance in my posture and I found a very positive effect on my mood. This amazing experience has helped me to rediscover the unity within myself. The meditations have become more spontaneous and profound. I felt it obviously and clearly that practising Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan gives me a balanced well-being of all the senses in a very natural way.
Alexandra

“I felt my awareness slow to an expanded awareness of the present, I was aware of the warm sun, cool touch, soft orange light..in the stillness I could feel my heartbeat and my awareness of being part of something greater.”
Brenda’s Recommendation

“I had a sense of being immersed in the dance, as if I had stepped out of myself.”
Tyrone’s Tale

I noticed after 4 hours..my aches and pains were just about gone!
Mick’s Mission

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“Never doubt the experience, always question the interpretation.”
Lionel Speaks!

“In the summer of 2013 I had a severe injury in my lower back so I couldn’t stand straight or walk properly.
Then I met Lum Sifu and I started to learn the Way of Tao. I received a personal intensive course – learning Section One of Yuan-Chi  Tai Chi Chuan. Sifu also treated me and everything worked out perfectly.”
Hanuman

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“If you’re good at programming then I am God. But I’m not God so you can’t be any good!”

“I understand now what you meant, when you talked to me about real Tai Chi Chuan!”
Steffi Says

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“Today master Ric helped heal me of my cold and flu.”
Mick’s Surmise

“She was beaming out a ray of healing to all the children in the ward. All the kids slept soundly and total peace came over them all.”
Healing Rose?

Links to Students

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“Ric didn’t explain much but…showed my brother John and I the starting posture of Tai Chi Stance… what came after was totally amazing as John and my arms floated up without effort…”
Master Michael’s Musings

“As for my Southern Mantis Tong Long and Choy Li Fut Gung Fu, well, I have to say that I have taken a giant leap forward…This is one amazing journey of true Tai Chi…”
Master John’s Exposition

“To truly be movement of a subtle texture our internal calmness must overcome or control the pervasive influence of the external surroundings.”
Cam’s Mem!

“I experienced during the practice a feeling of purity and silence, and in a specific moment when I turned and was facing you, came a deep sense of respect and gratitude for you and what you were doing…sometimes when I was moving my arms and hands I could feel the energy, or Chi, as having substance and I could hold and move it, almost see it. As if the Chi became more dense and possible to grasp.”
Thanks for practice today. As I said, I couldn’t find words to express how I felt during the form, only later I realized that the only way I would be able to describe it would be as being touched by Grace. I will leave like that, the rest would be empty words.
Carlos China

This is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi fan squirrel“This little critter took time out to watch Amy and friends doing Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan in Santa Cruz, California. But the interesting part was that the squirrels stayed together afterward, cuddling and playing and preening each other for the rest of our time at the park.”
Amy’s Anecdote

“You looked like you could fly, you moved like a bird that might fly away.” Maurizia

“As a primary school teacher, my commitment to tai chi seems to be directly proportionate to my capacity to create engaging learning experiences in the classroom.”
Adrian Observes

“There are no thoughts in my head, just the graceful movements. I am at peace.”
Jan Enlists

“It is a mirage to the mind because it is so hard for the mind to comprehend but it is real.”
Sara’s Sagacity

“while all parties were perfectly still and before any ‘physical’ movement, the students ‘sense’ of their center of balance appeared to be shifted.”
Gerry’s experiences

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“Hi Ric, I enjoyed the class last Wednesday. I was very pleased and impressed with your approach and the emphasis given to The Way.
Your approach certainly struck a chord with me and I’m very keen to learn and develop my connection with / awareness of Chi and make that part of the external movement which, in turn, I hope to control without using muscles. I guess it’s about learning to dance as you say.
So much more to say, I feel both impatient for the next step (and the next, and the next) and relaxed that the journey has begun.
15/06/2011, Chris Crane

“..several months later I was in Villa Ada, in real-life with Master Ric, in the same place as in my dream!”
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“Yuan-Chi Tai-Chi during class always leaves me in a better place and my mind can clear and be free of burdens, worries and distractions. It is meditative for me and I feel lighter and more peaceful at class end.”
Neelica Finally

“If you apply it without having experienced the internal dynamics then you will use force / strength / speed to manipulate the opponent. – this is not Tai Chi.”
Rodney Reflects

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“I’ve already noticed little improvements like my posture has started correcting itself.” Tash’s tales

“The movements flow, the feeling is exquisite.”Susanne Heuberger

“I have also gained a certain resilience and inner strength of character through perseverance… And indeed, there are times when I feel as if I was in a state of meditation and I can float like a butterfly.”
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“I was having fun playing in the ‘spaces’ between styles – there is more ‘movement’ in them than I had noticed before, LOADS in fact and a lot of ‘force’/’springiness –”
Sharon Expounds

“..there was a point when a work-related issue came sharply into my mind.” Dinh’s Diary

“Amazingly, my neck cricked at the point which I’d been having rigidity problems for a very long time..”
Jo’s View

“Thank you very much for your healing hands.” Miranda

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Sally’s Compliment

“Quite early on in my learning I found that at the end of practice I would be greeted by a kind of ‘explosion of peace’, this still occurs.”
Jon’s Journey

“It is like I am sharper and I think faster and more clearly…my typing is faster… weird.” Jane Serves

“.. the monkey sees, but…”
Kyle’s Contemplation

“It feels like the wrist has become one solid but malleable rod of metal, without any joints or layers. Kind of like soft lead. Bent easily if gently pressed, hard and solid if hit with abrupt force.”
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“May the Song Be Heard By All”
Eva

“I felt I was watching a dance between you and a much beloved being, maybe your Higher Self…”
Linda

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“The act of trying to let go has struggle inbuilt…”
Janaki

“The feeling made me joyful, as a happy surprise.”
Ben’s Brooding

“When she saw me last (in February) she complained that it was so slow she could not stand it. This time she was seriously interested and tried to follow my movements. The question is, where was the change? With me or with her?”
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Magda’s Memory

Magda Hribar

I began my Tai Chi Chuan journey in January 2005. I had been having some lessons in Alexander Technique for some problems with my neck and upper back, and the teacher advised that Tai Chi was a very highly recommended form of exercise.
After I commenced Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan, I discovered lots of physical benefits – I have had a lot less problems with my neck and back, and I have also felt a lot more strength and stability in my legs and feet.

Along the journey of improving my physical well-being, I have also felt mental and emotional benefits. The way that Master Ric guides us in teaching Tai Chi Chuan has improved my ability to concentrate and to focus; it has also assisted me in dealing with stress. I look forward to contining the journey to see where else it leads. I also enjoy helping others on the journey because I have found that when I am instructing someone, I am also learning, so the journey is always ongoing.

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Neelica Raffel

Subject: 1st Viewpoint
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:41:46 +1100

It has been some seven months now since I started coming to Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan with Master Ric, (not-with-standing a near two month absence during Christmas and New Year!), and in recent weeks I have had the fortunate opportunity to attend many classes per week. The more I come the better I feel!

During this time I have had the most wonderful experiences of increased calm, an inner quietude and greater acceptance of what is. The journey to this place has not been without its hurdles, but I do believe completely that Yuan-Chi Tai-Chi has been instrumental in bringing about this shift in my mental, emotional and physical condition.

I began Tai Chi with a long-suffering hip injury that is considerably improved and causes me significantly less pain or discomfort. I have greater movement in that joint and improved balance and strength overall.

My every experience of Yuan-Chi Tai-Chi during class always leaves me in a better place and my mind can clear and be free of burdens, worries and distractions. It is meditative for me and I feel lighter and more peaceful at class end.

The greatest trap for me is to get “too much in my head”. The expression “go with the flow” has never carried greater significance than in Tai Chi. Once it comes to you, you cannot ignore it, you cannot deny it, and it will move you???..quite literally.

Ray’s Find

Ray Hampton

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On 5/05/2015 10:23 PM, Ray Hampton wrote:
Healing through Tai Chi
On my journey of Yuan Chi Tai Chi I have discovered internal therapeutic benefits in our style.
Whether it be push hands, our Dance, CMC or sword forms.
‘It’ starts with a connection that activates from within and becomes an undulating ebb of nurturing, healing, connecting flow that emanates from within and flows outwards as far as we are able to let it go or surrender. This energy is the all pervading power that physically flows through us and resides in us all.
Under the instruction and teaching of Master Ric Lum I have experienced the physical benefits and health benefits of this all pervading power or Chi energy. It works from within and is the true connection and meaning of the Chinese term ‘Tai Chi’.
I strongly recommend a class with Master Ric Lum to gain this experience.
sincerely
Ray Hampton

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Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:32:25 -0800 (PST)
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Tai Chi develops the subtlety of character.
Tai Chi and the meaning of its moves and depth of connection reveal themselves as person becomes more subtle.
I have seen “grasp birds tail” in other martial arts performed by evil people, I mean evil in the sense that there is no sense of kindness or ability to have discretion of when it is appropriate and not appropriate to use or teach this knowledge. Such techniques of potential lethal use should not be taught to whomever wishes to learn them. UFC is the ultimate expression of gross physical.
In Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan, in our school, the meaning and variables of each move reveals itself as a person becomes more subtle, gentle, understanding and compassionate, i.e. they experience the genuine all pervading Chi and change internally and externally as a result. Reveals as a person becomes worthy. Genuine Tai Chi develops the subtlety of character.
Ray

..previously…

I am a Sahaja Yogi who took up Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan 3.1/2 years ago. To me it made sense to do exercise that would complement what I have been doing in Meditation for some years now. Prior I was doing a lot of running and Judo and many other martial arts. These clearly were not the way and I experienced great frustration having done Judo since I was six and knowing that what we have inherited is not the gentle soft way that Judo was originally supposed to be.

There are two levels at my stage of progress that I wish to comment on:

1 The physical/Gross aspect:
Core strength and flexibility have greatly improved and injuries for which I took treatment often no longer require that treatment.

The biggest blockage physically that I have always experienced is tension. This is now peeling away layer by layer. As part of the process I am becoming more aware of that tension and therefore more needful to be rid of it. However the step by step approach is the essential one as trying to achieve the goals prior to readiness will only create more tension. Physically I have noted other subtle changes such as once upon a time always feeling hot. This heat has now gone to the point where I now overcompensate to dress warmly. I have also become aware of the extensor muscles at the back of the neck continuously in a state of overwork and the head being at a point of unbalance thereby irritating this situation. Awareness is the biggest step to fixing the problem.

Whilst I do not go out of my way to stretch there is more flexibility. With each new step physically I discover more movement internally and externally.
Weight wise I have become more aware of what I am ingesting and aware that the losing of weight is about sensitivity/awareness of what we consume, not the unsustainable damaging exercise that we must keep up in order to keep poor health and weight at bay.
Each time we go through “the Dance” new aspects reveal themselves and each time is different both on the subtle and gross physical levels.
I have become aware of the “Flow”, and that this “flow” has its own time and speed that is like a groove that you fall into and the movement moves by itself.

2 The Subtle/internal aspects:
As a Sahaja Yogi I am already aware of the connections that we have to the Param.Chaitanya. What I have experienced internally is the benefits of the physical moving in conjunction with this internal knowledge thereby helping me from inside and out. “Meditation as movement in stillness and stillness within movement” the two are one and the same: being meditative in stillness as well as in moving .

Throughout these past few years of practising Yuan-Chi Tai-Chi the subtleties of the internal and external have been revealing themselves in each new step. One particular experience is that of the power of Mother Earth actually coming up through the entire being and actually making a real connection with the Earth as opposed to an unrealised superficial connection of standing on the earth.

Another one was the experience of the Adi Guru area of the void actually physically rippling as the Kundalini came rushing up. This had me ruminating that the actual origins (like many things) of the belly dance may have actually been auspicious as opposed to its common modern portrayal.

One thing is certain. Everything is in constant change of improvement. I am not sure where this will go but I am enjoying the journey of discovery that I suspect does not end but results in a better version of me than the one the moment before.
Lets see….

Ray Mon, 5 Dec 2011 04:42:19 -0800 (PST)

Previously..

Sent: Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:42 PM
Subject: Tai-Chi Experiences…

I started Tai-Chi with Ric Lum one year ago. After doing Judo for 33 years and a variety of other sports including long distance running I found that physically nothing was improving with regards to flexibility and old injuries. I started looking for something that would complement Sahaja Yoga, the vibrations and spiritual growth but from the physical side. I knew nothing like this existed but did try to find it in the gentle way of Judo. The club I was at had practitioners regularly suffering from injuries that seemed second only to that sustained in car crashes.
A Sahaja Yogi suggested I try this form of Tai-Chi he was studying with Ric Lum. I went along to a session with all the reservations that a yogi would have with regards to something which may not be categorized as pure knowledge. Ric asked us to only judge on our vibrations what he said and taught. As we started to move I felt the vibrations flow.My personal feeling is that Ric has found a way of plugging this form of Tai-Chi back into the main frame – The Paramachaitanya-.

One of the most profound experiences was that of experiencing becoming aware of moving the feet very lightly and gently on the living, loving, supporting Mother Earth.
I am enjoying this form of exercise not only because it is much more than that but also found meditations more surrendered as some of the physical blockages are opening.

Our youngest daughter at ISPS had suffered from debilitating knee pains since the age of two and were not abating at 10 years of age (to the point of not sleeping due to the agony) No doctors could fix it and one podiatrist/orthotics specialist wanted $500 for an insert which she would need for the rest of her life without any cure possible for what she perceived the problem to be.
Last ISPS holidays we took her to Tai Chi classes with Ric and the problem was fixed within 2 months.

Mick’s Surmise

Mick Smith, Mascot

I have been doing Tai Chi Chuan with Master Ric since December 2007. After studying for a short time for the Catholic priesthood, my direction in life changed when I decided to get married. I then studied industrial chemistry and worked in the cement industry for 15 years.

After a life crisis, I developed an interest in meditation. During this time, I was informed about the potential benefits of Tai-Chi. After many years of searching for a Tai-Chi master, I accidentally bumped into Master Ric at Glebe while he was filming an instructional DVD.

I have now developed a love of Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan and have experienced wonderful moments of inner peace and stillness.

Parvati’s Light

Parvati Lum

*Sent*: Monday, May 31, 2010 6:35 PM
Subject:BeginningsZia

My husband persuaded me to learn Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan. To begin with, the slow movement was difficult for me as I have no patience. And I so wanted to connect with this Energy.
It was wonderful…for the first time I felt no gravity when I moved! And with joy in my heart.
It is hard for me to advance at the moment as my husband is so far away.
But once we are reunited my voyage in Tai-Chi shall deepen.
JSM