The Permeable Person
In honor of my tai chi instructor, Bill Douglas, co-founder of the World Tai Chi / Qi Gong Day
(which was this past weekend on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum), today I want to talk about how to be a PERMEABLE PERSON.
Bill has been teaching tai chi & qi gong programs for a many years as stress & health management techniques.
He always prefaces his sessions with a lesson in PHYSICS. It is very important to learn what we are really made of. We are not solid objects– we humans– as one would believe. In fact, the chair you are sitting in also IS NOT a solid object, contrary to our perceptions. Everything is made of energy & energy fields’ & atomic particles. In fact, we are FAR more energy field than atomic particle. Research says that if you could somehow get rid of all the empty space (energy field) that humans are made of, & “smoosh all the atomic particles together from the WHOLE human race, we’d only all add up to one grain of rice,” Bill teaches.
Bill says, “Doesn’t that make you feel lighter? As if the wind could blow right through you…. We are not solid, impenetrable mass. We are open & permeable. Chi (Qi), or life energy, can flow through US just as easily as it can flow through the air around us. The only limits are our thoughts.”
This leads me to my Mind Medicine of the day. When people “come at you” with their insults or irritating ways, or whatever it may be, & usually “get your goat”… get a rise out of you… this happens because you have walls within your energy body that you have built up over a lifetime of hurts. It is RESISTANCE within us that allows these things to affect us negatively.
Instead, try to be permeable… completely penetrable. NO WALLS. Allow things “coming at you” to PASS RIGHT ON THROUGH!!! Sort of like water off a duck’s feathers. But even deeper than that.
Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, teaches as one of the agreements: Don’t take anything personally. !! This is the heart of being a permeable person. Always know that whatever is being directed AT you, is not ABOUT you. It is almost always about the person it is originating from. ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS! It will save your relationships! It has made ALL the difference in mine. 🙂
So, work every day at becoming a Permeable Person, & see the transformation in your life! You will become peaceful & calm, & see the world in a whole different light.
Breathe on, my friends!!
Love & Light always,