Listening and Looking

“For each five minutes spent in listening, a thousand minds are opened to the truth.”

So says A Course In Miracles.  “If you will lay aside the ego’s voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts which give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind…then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in its messages.”

In our Integral Tai Chi training, we develop an appreciation for meditation.  When I sit in the silence, I first imagine I am laying down my thoughts like tools, and allowing myself a moment’s rest.  Then I listen…listen…listen to the silence.  When thoughts arise, I say “Thank you, not now,” and return my attention to listening.   For me, listening is synonymous with looking within.  When I can get past my self and all my distractions, the experience is both astonishing and comforting.

In The Teachings of Don Juan, Carlos Castaneda writes, “For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length–and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.”

Listening and looking….breathing deeply….breathlessly….comforted and astonished.


“I am open and courageous as I follow my heart to new adventures.

I give thanks for divine discontent – that inner stirring to do or be more.  With each inner nudge, I have an opportunity to express more fully my divine potential.  I open to my higher voice, the whisper of Spirit in my heart, compelling me forward on new quests and rewarding life experiences.”  from the Daily Word April 12, 2016.

Last night I set up my first website, full of trepidation, questions, concerns that it wouldn’t be right…but moreover, excited, empowered, and open to new possibilities.  I awoke an hour earlier than usual this morning, abuzz with creativity and optimism.  Thank you for visiting Three Keys Tai Chi.  To join the discussion about Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation, please register and share your thoughts.