“Cultivate Ourselves”


The tai chi master Yang Chengfu

The tai chi master Yang Chengfu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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….

About mr Sarmoung

Andrea Dandolo je pisac i istražitelj razvoja svijesti i duhovnosti uključen u razotkrivanje drevnih učenja s ciljem olakšavanja unutarnjeg razvoja ljudskih bića. Jedan od načina kojima se time bavi je i kroz blog koji je preveden na engleski, španjolski i od nedavno hrvatski. Od rane mladosti je u svijetu duhovnosti i rada na sebi sudjelujući u radu grupa koje potječu direktno od Gurdjieffa, tj koje su bile vođene od strane samog Gurdjieffa U skladu sa drevnim znanjima, naglašava razvoj svjesnosti kao primarno sredstvo za psihološku transformaciju i duhovnu osvještenost individualaca. Karakteristike sistema koji predlaže su jednostavan jezik i moderni prijevod drevnih učenja kao i njihove praktične primjene u svakodnevnome životu. Njegov blog čitaju ljudi iz svih krajeva svijeta. Samorazvoj je ne religiozni i ne dogmatski put; sastoji se primarno od naprednog dostizanja viših stanja svijesti, p prisustva i konačno od ostvarivanja svoje prave intimne prirode, koja je poznata u mnogim tradicijama pod imenima poput esencija, duša, biće. Kroz takav razvoj individualna osoba ulazi u nove dimenzije svijesti koje mu omogućuju da vidi stvarnost sakrivenu iza iluzija. To mu omogućuje kreiranje osobnosti neovisne i otporne na vanjske situacije i vanjska uvjetovanja. Posljedice takvog razvoja su oštra inteligencija, izvanredni kreativni kapaciteti, ravnoteža i smirenost u svakoj situaciji i stabilno stanje višeg stanja svijesti koje je poznato u drevnim tradicijama pod nazivom “buđenje”.
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