Joy is Our 'Natural State'

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March 2019

Inspiration from The Vital Force 

This month: Gifts of TCC

"Joy is your natural state....”

– 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, theChi. Practitioners of TCC experience peace, health benefits and more. 


From a recent issue of The Vital Force:

Gifts of Presence: "I gave space to let my heart feel into what was important to share before sitting down to write this. The words 'powerful field of Presence' kept arising. Something very beautiful and miraculous happens when we gather together, especially over the course of a TCC retreat or Intensive. A powerful field of Presence is activated by the grounding in our practice. There is nothing we need to 'do.' TCC itself carries with it the intention of opening up Presence. This field we create together through TCC is so holding and supportive. It opens us up to the gifts of Presence: love, courage, strength, wisdom, inspiration, joy and lots of laughter. Presence creates a safe space that welcomes everything – including tears and pain. This compassionate space has the power to deeply heal and transform our soul." – MD, Loveland, CO

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Gifts of Practice: "I learned to glide; to let my heels gently rise, rather than lifting them; to let my knees and elbows let go and move; to settle my shoulders, and to begin to feel the energy in my hands. Personal one-on-one guidance helped me discover new ways of making room for spirit in my body, offering cathartic emotional releases and glimpses of ecstasy." – RGB, Livingston, MT

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Gift of Relief: "Two years of TCC practice has proven to be a tremendous healing power in my life. Extreme foot pain and insomnia have vanished, my balance improved and my creativity expanded and deepened. Two months ago, my left knee was replaced and the first three weeks of recovery were wicked. It was extremely difficult and painful.  In week three post-surgery I woke up in tears and cried out, 'I can’t endure this pain one more day.'My inner voice said, 'TCC will help.' I finally put on Justin Stone’s DVD, played it over and over, fell in and out of sleep, trying to do some arm movements. After a while I was doing the movements in my mind. I fell gently asleep – my first good sleep in three weeks." – JW 

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Gift of Joy: "Joy is your natural state, although it is usually clouded over. When the Mind returns to its natural condition, you are joyful. Such Bliss is not the result of anything. 'To the Mind that is still the Universe surrenders.' The Life Force itself is joyous. All we have to do is get ourselves out of the way and enjoy it. This is not difficult for animals and plants, but few humans achieve the natural and the spontaneous." – Justin Stone, Climb The Joyous Mountain 

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