Mindful Movements Instructor Certifications
Today the Mindful Movements program was official announced, offering certifications for those wishing to become part of the Raised Spirit family. Currently being taught in 4 countries, Nick has opened up spaces for 10 more instructor positions, with the next workshop being held in Oxfordshire: Janurary 5th & 6th 2018. Get in touch to apply: email@example.com
The Middle Way discourses - Chapter 1
The present contains both the past and the future.
It contains both the inevitable and the opportunity for choice.
The pre-determined is cause-and-effect at work.
Free-will is our tool for creation.
Using our intent to manifest; the alchemy of thought into matter occurs.
What is happening right now is a result of our past choices.
Where this moment leads is determined by our current choices, in the here and now.
If we see things for how they are then we always have free will, free choice.
We shape the direction we move in by our reaction to the present moment.
If we are seeing the current moment clearly, for how it really is, we can choose wisely.
If we see it through filters, then we are interpreting it and we are deluded.
Then we are not reacting to what is, but to what we perceive as is.
"You can take a horse to water but you cant make them drink it."
In this blog I would like to introduce and give thanks to some of the teachers who have been most influential in my understanding of the Internal Arts. The ancient streams are pointed towards by one generation to the next... without transmission there cannot be growth.
The man who first introduced me to Tai Chi Ch'uan - Jeffrey Sutherland is a Jamaican Londoner with a big heart, who stays true to his roots. Sensing the Dao at play in our meeting, Jeff generously offered to teach me for free in the beautiful Battersea park, right next to the River Thames and close to a large Pagoda. It was a rare find to study under a teacher who was also passionate and knowledgeable about the martial side of the Internal Arts, and after downloading some new information every session, I would always leave with a smile on my face!
Adam Mizner is a teacher who explains things in the way I think, so it was a breath of fresh air to hear someone able to articulate so clearly the methods and mechanics of Tai Chi Ch'uan. Attributing his quick progression in the art to years of meditation, Adam has penetrated deeply into the workings of the mind - and shares advanced yet easy-listening Dhamma talks.
“George” Xu Guo Ming has been able to adapt well and comprehend both the Eastern and Western ways of thinking. An elder gentleman, George's experience and wisdom guides him to emphasise the planting of an idea deep in your psyche, recognising that this inception can go on to grow and bear many fruits if supported and nourished in the correct way. A two and a half hour private lesson working on one idea is time well spent in my book, and I know there is no point going back for more until I have become that idea!
This is just a short introduction - I will be putting up some photos/videos in the near future! There have been countless others who have also helped shaped my path, all greatly appreciated x