It is the conversations with Sifu, which challenges my brain deeply.
“Surrendered to the Chi working through spasmed muscles through the Dance of the 108 & felt another step… Nidra!?”
.. it was like my neck and my head were like a big fire, or like a spring of water spreading joyfully endless “light” in all directions.
..doing “Once around the world”.. help to relax.. my arms.. being pumped up full of energy.. It is wonderful!!
“After class I sat to meditate remembering the above. I experienced such strong cool vibrations especially after lighting the incense, that when I started I immediately stopped raising and tying up Kundalini, out of Respect, because She was already There.”
“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 have not previously experienced.”
“If you show me, then I will know what the problem is?”
“Dance: like sleep in its ebb and flow and gradual waking.”
“I learned something very precious: progress = practising daily bit by bit.”
“I experienced the highest state of Union with the All, my inner energy united with the All Pervading Energy beyond myself;”
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.
many & Moore?
“.. the movements are our attempts at becoming one with the GOLDEN RATIO, so awesome.”
“Follow what you see…Become what you follow…”
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
“Il Yuan Chi Tai Chi Chuan è illusione, spesso mentre si vede Sifu praticare ci si rende conto di questo.”
“the vibrations were present and strong, can’t wait till next time 🙂 May the Force be with you.” Hanuman
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.
“I had a sense of being immersed in the dance, as if I had stepped out of myself.”
“She was fascinated by this gentle, innocent & pure way like the people who have just received the highest blessing of realization.” Dagmar’s Vault
“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.”
I noticed after 4 hours..my aches and pains were just about gone!
“Never doubt the experience, always question the interpretation.”
William’s retort to ‘hotshot’ geek’s boast about his programming wizardry:
“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!”
“Today master Ric helped heal me of my cold and flu.”
“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.”
Links to Students
“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.”
“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.
This is Tai Chi?
“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.”
“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.”
“There are no thoughts in my head, just the graceful movements. I am at peace.”
“It is a mirage to the mind because it is so hard for the mind to comprehend but it is real.”
“while all parties were perfectly still and before any ‘physical’ movement, the students ‘sense’ of their center of balance appeared to be shifted.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Chris B Professes
“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 –”
“..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..”
“Thank you very much for your healing hands.” Miranda
“I did experience an energy movement that did indeed come out of the softening and surrender to Mother Earth.”
“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.”
“It is like I am sharper and I think faster and more clearly…my typing is faster… weird.” Jane Serves
“.. the monkey sees, but…”
“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.”
“May the Song Be Heard By All”
“I felt I was watching a dance between you and a much beloved being, maybe your Higher Self…”
“The act of trying to let go has struggle inbuilt…”
“The feeling made me joyful, as a happy surprise.”
“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?”