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The mystical chi energy master woke up early in the morning. He lived in the middle of the huge and sprawling city of Beijing, in China. He had a very tiny house, with a small garden. Each morning he would wake early like this, make himself a cup of hot green tea, and sit in his garden, contemplating the nature of life and of the universe, and the multiverses that continued endlessly into infinity. Thoughts like these took him out of his little body, and he expanded his consciousness to envelop everything. It was days like these that made him the happiest, when he did not have any engagements or appointments to attend, and he could just spend his time in silence, albeit not perfect silence, for he was living in a big city filled with millions of residents. But he would have had it no other way. This was the life he preferred. He had lived alone like this for the past twenty-five years. His wife had died twenty-five years ago, and he had not remarried. He had learned to just enjoy his own company, and the peacefulness that he felt when his spirit was fully awake, so he could become lost in its grace and magnificence, for his spirit was a part of creation itself, which was everything, including the whole universe and everything contained within it.
Life was good. He was not rich, and money mattered very little to him. He had his house, and he had some modest savings that would last many years into the future. Basically, if he kept to his frugal lifestyle of cheap but healthy food and drink, he would not have any major inconveniences in his life. He did his chi practice each and every day. That gave him health. That gave him youth. That gave him everything he would ever need. It may even give him the sustenance of life if he truly required it, without the need for food or water, but that would be a discussion for a different day.
Here, this morning, sitting in his small but well-kept and pleasant garden, the chi master sat crossed legged in the middle of the small patch of grass, placed his finished cup of green tea to the side of him, and fell into a deep trance, a meditation, if you will. In doing this, he became at one with everything in the universe. He was everything, and everything was him. In these moments, and they were often, the chi master felt truly ecstatic and blissful, and he felt as though he could almost float off the ground and into the air due to the feeling of weightlessness at having no earthly attachments, or any emotional baggage of any sort holding him down to the ground. He felt as though he was slowly being filled with helium gas. It was an extremely happy feeling, more than anything he could describe. It was the most perfect sensation that could be felt in the whole world, he was sure. Then all of a sudden, as he touched the pure source energy that was the Creator of the universe, his physical body actually rose up from the ground about one foot into the air, and he just hovered there, motionless, except for a few slight movements that were required when he had to make tiny adjustments to his balance, in order to keep himself straight and upright. Now, in his little garden, in the cool shade of his house, in this huge sprawling metropolis in China, this seemingly frail old man was performing one of the greatest known siddhis possible for a human being to achieve. He was levitating. He was floating. He was flying. He was defying the so-called laws of physics, simply by using the natural powers of his mind, his consciousness, something that everyone had available to them, and something that almost every human could achieve if they really wanted to.
After about ten minutes of floating in the air like this, the chi master gradually floated back down to the ground in a controlled and perfect fashion, as gracefully as a butterfly setting down on a flower. Then, after another minute or so of experiencing the sheer and complete pleasure that was a side effect of performing this levitation siddhi, this supernatural power, he slowly opened his eyes, and returned back to the present moment, back to normal reality, and he was once again aware of his familiar surroundings, the potted shrubs dotted around his garden, the dilapidated roof of his little old house, and the fragrance of the green tea in his mouth, that he had drunk just a few minutes earlier.
Yes, this chi master was more than just a chi master, he was a grandmaster of the highest order, perhaps even one of the most powerful living beings on the planet, but he was not concerned with such things as power and fame, and all the things in between that involved the ego. No, he was happy with his quiet little life, although on occasion, he did give talks, seminars, and lectures to students who were following the path of tai chi, and the path of developing inner power, or internal power, as it was known. Of course, he did not charge money for these events, for he simply wanted to pass on the knowledge that his master had passed on to him. He had not paid his master, and so he did not expect his students to pay him. He did not have any personal students studying under him, but nevertheless, he still wished to share the knowledge and wisdom that he had gained over the years of developing and dedicating his life to the internal arts, and in particular tai chi itself.
If he had wanted, the chi master could have become very rich a long time ago, a multi-millionaire, if he had gone public with his chi powers, his superhuman abilities, but he had wisely chosen to shy away from the light of publicity and fame, for he knew that it would bring him nothing but ruin and dishonor, and those were two things that he had trained himself to keep away from. He knew that there were many fake masters throughout the lands in China, and all over the world, who were claiming to be masters of chi energy, and claimed that they had developed special powers through their years of hard training and dedicated practice. These were all lies of course, for anyone with true powers would not be boasting about it, and would certainly not be charging money for teaching it. How could a true master charge money for something that was freely give to him or her by the great Creator? Surely it was wrong to charge for God? True spiritual masters throughout China and India would not even consider charging money to have their students learn their sacred knowledge and wisdom at their feet. So why should it be okay for someone who had claimed to develop a high level of chi power.
Anyway, these thoughts did not concern the chi master, for he was wise enough to know not to burden himself with the concerns of other people’s lives. His own life was enough to manage, and sticking his nose into the affairs of others, he had learned, only served to bring him down, and weigh his mind down, for that is what worry and stress does to a person, it not only brings them down mentally and emotionally, but unknown to them, it brings them down physically too. They actually become physically heavier in their mind.
These thoughts are just clouds passing through the sky, and they do not stick in the chi master’s mind. He lets them go as soon as they come. He does not block them from coming, for he wishes to remain free and open to whatever may come, and they do continue to come, and when they come, he lets them pass. Nothing sticks on his mind.
Even when his wife died twenty-five years ago, who he loved very dearly, he let her pass, gracefully, knowing that trying to hold onto her would only cause him more suffering and heartache. These were heavy things that he did not wish to carry around with him in his heart every day, and they were thing that his wife would not have wanted him to be burdened with too. His wife’s passing had been an important lesson for him, maybe the most important lesson that life had and would ever give him. To let go and allow the heart to heal itself and be whole and free once again without being weighed down with emotional baggage that should never have been placed on the heart in the first place.
Wisdom came with time. Time and wisdom are like two eternal lovers, forever entwined, inseparable, for there cannot be wisdom without time. The chi master had a lot of time, and that is one thing that life had given him generously. He was almost one hundred years old, but he did not feel it. He felt like a child inside, and that is what gave him his youthful appearance, for he looked not a day over the age of sixty. He was healthy in every aspect of his being, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. He had a lot to be grateful for, although he had worked hard in life, in his younger years, committing himself to excellence in his art, and making sacrifices to get where he was now.
Becoming a true master of anything in life was not easy, and required sacrifice, but to learn and master the internal arts required the mastery of the three aspects of the physical, the emotional and the spiritual. Basically, one had to master the whole self. It was not like just like mastering the piano, or mastering a language. The internal arts asked everything of a student, and required total sacrifice in almost every way. That is why the world today has very few true masters of chi energy.
But these are just my passing thoughts, so do not pay too much attention to them, and be sure not to hold on to them, for do not forget, they will weigh you down, and if you ever aspire to have the ability of levitation that you have just witnessed me perform, then you will heed my wisdom very carefully, and quickly make it your own. While you are in training with me, while you are a student of mine, I will share with you only the truth, I will not garner the truth with fairy dust and sugary sweet toppings, so that it will be easier for you to digest. No. I will give you the honest truth in any and every situation and lesson that I can. Sometimes you will not like what you hear, or rather, your ego will not like it. You would be wise, to quickly throw away your ego, right here and right now, lay down your ego, and walk away from it. You need not trample upon your ego, or find other ways to destroy it, for that is not necessary. You are stronger than that. If you have enough inner strength, you can simply say to the ego, “I will not be requiring your service anymore. You are now free to leave. In fact, I demand that you now leave my presence, for I do not wish to be held in the cage that you so desperately seek to keep me in. A prison of my own creation. Now I have wisdom on my side, and the intelligence to see things for what they really are. I am done with the illusions that you have been so carefully and elegantly spinning over the years of my life, but now, I declare that I am a free being, and I no longer am in need of my ego to allow me to live.”
Do not hold any grudges against your ego, for it was only trying to do its best to protect and serve you. Thank the ego for the good work that it has done, and simply set it free. The ego has its uses in life, but they are few and far between. During your training and apprenticeship under me, I require that you leave your ego at the front door, before you step in to my training hall.
Please remember that I am just a simple little human being, living a simple life, and I do not crave attention or nice words. I prefer directness in every way, and that is how I communicate with others. There is no time for playing with and mincing words. To speak in an honest and direct way, saves time for both parties, not just in the present moment, but in the long run too.
As I was saying, most days I am free to do my usual daily routine of meditation in the morning, physical training in the afternoon, and chi energy training later in the day. However, today is going to be different. Today I am meeting with a class of teenage students from another district of this city. These students are studying tai chi under respected teacher, who does not claim to be a master in any way. That is why I will be sharing my knowledge today with these students, because their teacher is an old friend of mine, and he has my respect. Even though he does not possess any magickal abilities with chi energy like I do, his physical form of tai chi is very good. He moves with elegant and flowing movements, like water, which is how every student of tai chi, and in fact every student of kung fu, should move. To be like water is to be free flowing, taking the easy and simple route in order to reach one’s destination, without the need for great force.
There is an old temple not far from here. It is so old in fact, that it is no longer used for ceremonies or celebrations of any type, but it has been kept from going into ruin by the generous donations of a few kind souls in this city, who do not wish to see such a beautiful and ancient piece of Chinese architecture fall into disrepair, only to be knocked down and have modern apartment buildings constructed in its place. Like I mentioned, it is a very old temple. It is called the Black Dragon Temple, not for any dark or foreboding reason, but for the simple fact that the roof tiles of this particular temple are black in color, and the walls of the temple are very dark grey. There are numerous ferocious looking dragon statues protecting the roofs and courtyards of this small and modest temple.
Even though this temple, the Black Dragon Temple, is small and largely unvisited, it holds a special kind of power within its walls. This power that I speak of remains invisible by most who enter the temple, and only those who have a good level of sensitivity to chi energy are able to detect the power contained therein. The power is an ancient power, and it is a dark power, but not dark in the evil sense, but more in the sense that it is mysterious and holds a power of a supernatural kind. Anyway, it is at this temple that today’s teachings with the students will take place, because it is convenient for me to travel to from my home, and also the atmosphere of this temple is perfect for those serious in learning the ancient powers of chi energy.