Yesterday I got back from a trip to Ireland.
I took a Qigong course taught by the Grandmaster I am studying with for seven years.
Yes, I have a Sifu, just like Kung Fu Panda.
He teaches me Qigong, Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan.
He lives in Malaysia, is 70+ years and still travels the world to teach his Energy Arts.
It’s always special to learn from him.
(Although I didn’t always think that way!)
The first time that I took a course with Sifu (which means teacher) was in Ireland.
I had just finished dance academy, and I was convinced that nobody could teach me anything anymore about movement practices, "because I knew it all."
Oh, boy was I wrong!
In that course years ago, we learned an advanced Qigong technique.
At one point energy was moving my body, without me 'doing' anything.
But instead of going with the flow, I was trying hard to take the control back.
The other people in the course did let go, letting the energy clear any blockages within their body-mind.
And I stood in the corner, being grumpy and trying to resist whatever the F*ck was happening.
At one point I decided to walk out of the room because I couldn’t stand being there anymore and I wanted to get back to ‘normal.’
And then it happened.
Standing there, outside at a beautiful Irish lake, I did the exercise we had just learned by myself, trying to prove that it didn’t do me anything. But after doing it a couple of times, my arm started moving, and my whole body was swaying.
My resistance cracked.
And I let go.
Something that I didn’t understand was happening to me, and I was finally ready to surrender.
Its one of the best things that have ever happened to me.
My resistance broke, and therefore my mind opened, my heart opened, and felt better than ever before.
As my dear friend Laura Hames Franklin says, it was a Wholly Shift Moment.
Resistance means, being in your head.
And that is not where the magic happens.
Sometimes you've just gotta let go...
Explore new waters.
There is no greater gift you can give yourself