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Interview

Aiming for Immortality
interviewed by Instructor Lis

JM has always been interested in the spiritual aspect of life, reading and attending talks on the subject over the years.  But recently she has become much more focussed on her spiritual evolution.  Tai Chi is part of this development, particularly the strengthening of energy flow within the body. 

 

“Brett talks about the different levels of Tai Chi and the way qi flows through the meridians.  I haven’t experienced it yet but I have a sense of what he is talking about.  I know what I don’t know.  I’m very aware of the chakras when I’m practising the first Hun Yuan Qigong movement, but I’m not sure if they’re the same as the Tai Chi Dan Tians.”  She added with a laugh, “I want to develop my mind and body to the stage of physical immortality.”

 

JM trained as a nurse, and it was while she was working long hours and doing odd shifts that she took up Tai Chi for relaxation and rest from that hectic life.  The Academy taught traditional Yang style when she began.  She thinks about fifteen years ago if not more.  The shiftwork made regular attendance impossible.  She went for long stretches without being able to attend class.  Eventually she stopped completely to restart when she retired three years ago.

 

The Academy was now teaching Hun Yuan Tai Chi, but this didn’t bother JM because she couldn’t remember the Yang form anyway.  She enjoys the flowing Hun Yuan movements and has done several of the Academy’s complementary courses – the Bang (Stick), Self Healing Qigong, Ba Duan Jin and Chan Si Gong (Silk Reeling).

 

“I’m very unco-ordinated but Tai Chi has helped.  I still have trouble when Brett shows us something new, as he often does.  I have to say to him, ‘My brain won’t compute this.’  Eventually with practice I get it.”

 

“On occasion a different instructor will take the class or I’ll visit another venue.  The way that person explains, something suddenly clicks and I understand a movement I’ve been struggling with.  I do sometimes have total mental blanks when I can’t remember the form at all.  Fontane assures me this can happen to anyone.  It may be connected to tiredness, I don’t know.”

 

 

 

In 2010 JM was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Determined not to let this beat her, she changed her lifestyle and diet so as to minimise the effects.  Diabetes can damage the internal organs, particularly the kidneys.  Through diet, exercise and Tai Chi, JM has lost weight and been able to reduce her medication and hopes eventually to have the disease under natural control.  Fontane recommended the Tai Chi Walking as a way of helping maintain the health of the kidneys because this increases energy flow in the kidney meridians.

 

As part of her retirement, JM has finally had time to engage practically in a lifetime love of music and has begun learning the violin.

 

“I’m discovering Tai Chi plays a part here too.  My teacher has spent three lessons on the correct way to hold the instrument and the bow.  In my younger days, I would have thought this deadly dull but I love it.  I understand when he asks me to relax my arm and shoulder and I can feel the shapes he wants in my hand.  Relaxation is really important in correct bowing and producing a beautiful tone.  He is very pleased with my progress, and the ability to relax my arms and shoulders and move the joints is the major reason.”   

 

JM has made Tai Chi part of her everyday life.

 

“The reason why goes very deep.  I’m not able to put it into words.  It’s an inner sensing, a knowing.  Focus.  Mindfulness.  Being in the now.  Calmness.  Peace.  Relaxation.  Stillness of mind and body.  Meditation.

 

To feel, know, sense all there is at all levels in Tai Chi and life, to feel and sense energy and energy flow both internal and external, one needs more than a lifetime – one needs physical immortality.

 

But what a wonderful journey!”

 

(This is an actual interview, but the name has been changed for reasons of privacy.)


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