” ‘You’ve been on the spiritual path for 40 years. What have you learned?’
” ‘I’ve learned that there is nothing to be done.’
” ‘Ah, but if you hadn’t been on the path for 40 years, you wouldn’t know there’s nothing to be done!’ ”
–Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997
What are you learning on the spiritual path?
“Experiencing something, living something, manifesting it, is far different from having an intellectual understanding. Words play no part in the genuine article, and the realization of this Unity often leaves one tongue-tied.” — Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997
How have you experienced a difference between intellectual and experiential knowing?
“When we perform T’ai Chi Chih properly we feel the results. Sine we are, essentially, a conflux of moving energies, stimulating and balancing the Intrinsic Energy (Chi) affects our whole being. The effects seem to be personal, but, in truth, they are widespread. Just as our Enlightenment is saving all beings, so does the balancing of the Universal Energy affect both the outer and the inner. So many students have written me about how their lives have changed with the practice of T’ai Chi Chih! — Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997.
“Constant resentment should be a warning to a person that something is wrong; the soil is ripe for new planting. Resentment comes from self-clinging. ‘Who are you to tell me what to do?’ we say, creating a problem where none existed. Take a good look at the ground from which the resentment or problem arose. Have the habit energies, the attachments, created that ground?” — Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997
“So often I hear teachers (and students) say, ‘I can’t even remember what I was like before T’ai Chi Chih.’ It’s good you are aware of the change. (I’m sure your friends are.) Such practice is rewarded — more than you know.” –Justin Stone, Spiritual Odyssey – Selected Writings: 1985-1997
What were you like before learning to practice T’ai Chi Chih?