Inspiration from The Vital Force
This month: Changing consciousness
“...every word spoken to you will be a signpost to guide you,
if you let it.”
– Justin F. Stone, TCC Originator
This e-newsletter offers inspiration between quarterly issues of the T'ai Chi Chih (TCC) journal, The Vital Force. TCC is a series of 19 movements and one pose, a moving meditation practice that helps circulate the Vital Energy, the Chi. Practitioners experience peace, health benefits and more.
Quotations from the most recent issue of The Vital Force
Simple but not Easy: "As teachers of T’ai Chi Chih we have a tremendous responsibility to complete and carry on Justin Stone’s vision. He believed and taught that a daily practice of TCC – when practiced with integrity and sincerity – could and would raise our individual vibration and increase the speed of our personal evolution. Perhaps it could even speed the evolution for all humanity. This is a pretty tall order. …As I have grown as a teacher, I have come to learn that instead of rules, Justin gave us his teachings and his example. And, I have found, if we follow these guidelines we will not lose our way. Are the guidelines hard to follow? No. However, like TCC, they are simple but not easy. …TCC keeps us grounded and present. It keeps us in the moment and it brings clarity. " – EF, Glenwood Springs, CO
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A Way of Healing: “TCC has been my form of stress relief, anxiety relief and a safe haven for about a year. Coming into it, I thought it would be ridiculous, but it proved me wrong. In a competitive school, I’m always thinking about what’s ahead. But TCC helped me be in the moment, slow down, make sure I’m okay. TCC really is a way of healing. I’m much less stressed and I feel like I have control over my emotions. I can feel them and I let them come out, but I don’t have to be scared of them. I’m glad I took TCC this year; it really has helped me.” – AN, Albuquerque, NM
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Identification with the Universal: "In a higher state of consciousness, this feeling of narrow, isolated individuality expands and develops into a closer identification with the Universal. At times such a one may feel his awareness going far beyond the walls of his room or the shell of his body and covering vast areas of consciousness. …There is no limit to which consciousness can expand, understandable when you realize that it is not 'our' consciousness. Sentience is everywhere." – Justin F. Stone
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*TCC watercolors by Judy Kistler-Robinson