It would seem to be an obvious statement for the accustomed readers of this blog, but the difference between a man or woman that we could define as “common”, and a man or woman that we could define as “on the path”, lies mainly in the fact that the first is not aware of his disharmony and the second is (at least should be) aware of this fact. At least partially.
The realization of a general imbalance could become as a spur for seeking the reasons of this condition, such as the methods which could allow us to restore a more natural way to live, an inner harmony and a harmony with the surrounding environment.
In order to accomplish this, one has to cultivate oneself. It’s not the seeking for a static perfection, but rather the rare and not simple art of a dynamic balance between different fields of force.
To use a metaphor from the Yang Tai Chi Chuan philosophy, a man lies between Earth and Sky (but this is more than a metaphor). Such condition drags him to be attracted one moment upwards and the other moment downwards, constantly losing the center.
It is very interesting how often people are attracted to the “upwards” , despite its lack of practicality, stability, or grounding. They seem to flow without grounds, detached from reality and without a feeling of “I”. Those who are attracted “downwards”, often seem to be excessively meticulous, stubborn, rigid, materialist and centered toward themselves, namely the image they have about themselves.
The first without consistence, the second much too rigid.
The first too opened, the second too closed in themselves.
Of course, we are speaking of a tendency – no one is attracted exclusively to one side.
What I wish to point out here, is, in most cases, people lack of a stable center that could prevent them from falling constantly in a field of force and remain between “the two worlds”: the third field is the place of man.
Such “center” is known between the taoists as “Dan Tien”, in Japan as Hara. It is physically placed in the natural place of balance: the belly.
And here lies the importance of the practice, namely the inner and outer training that could allow us to take the place in a field of Consciousness, the third field of the the Yang Tai Chi Chuan: the man – to a place from which one can interact with the world without being constantly identified with it.
Of course, practice doesn’t mean only the time we spend for an exercise or a discipline, such as Yoga or Tai Chi Chuan, but it has to become an integral part of every moment in our life, in every action, and constantly “cultivating ourselves”.
To accomplish this, it is essential to dedicate ourselves to the art of Presence without which nothing would be possible, but this is a well known story, at least in this blog….