The happiest and most important thing a person can do is correct one’s own error.
– Ou, Wen Wei, Path of Life Volume 1
This is a quote from the Path of Life Volume 1, Chapter 30. Personally, I find peace in taking responsibility for my actions and my emotions. When I make the choice to stop (or not to start) beating myself up for something I did or said, but instead choose to check in with my ego and step up with as much humility as I can access in the moment and correct the error, it actually feels GOOD – freeing. I feel stronger, not weaker, on the other side of the events. It is actually EASIER to correct one’s error and move on with a happy, calm and free heart. Definitely, it’s EASIER than digging in, being self-righteous, resentful, mired in shame or guilt, etc.
It wasn’t always this way for me
It wasn’t always this way for me, even though I was raised within a “love thy neighbor” household: A SIMPLE concept to love others – not always EASY to really live and embody. Definitely not.
I am no stranger to wanting to be right – wanting to win; no stranger to indignation or self-righteous thoughts
I am no stranger to wanting to be right – wanting to win; no stranger to indignation or self-righteous thoughts. …And I am certainly familiar with the pattern of beating myself up over actions (or inactions) or words that I initiated. Over these last 6 years, Pangu Shengong practice and studying with Master Ou, Wen Wei has helped me have a stronger foundation so that it’s actually EASY to choose calm, humility, and loving-kindness. This takes the weight off; allows me to claim my emotions and actions and take responsibility for them. FREEING.
What joy comes from letting go
What joy comes from letting go of the perceived judgment of others when I feel solid and rooted in my authentic actions and words! Not only do I move through my days with more joy, but I my chronic pain is gone, plaguing health concerns have vanished, and I consistently sleep well and wake up rested.
Also since practicing Pangu Shengong, I notice and interact differently when others are “correcting their errors” either with me or with others and have more compassion for their efforts. The uselessness of “they knew they were wrong/I was right” or any kind of self-righteous judgment of others is EASY to see now. Softening to what “is” when it comes to other’s baggage and obstacles is much more pleasant than going to battle with it.
In the broader context of the world, there are instances and examples of our culture moving this way – of correcting past actions, of forgiving both themselves and others. Every now and then you even hear a politician or policy leader do this. Of course, in our current climate, we are also going the other way.
Ultimately, peace starts at the grassroots in our own microcosms.
That is where the power is. At a bigger broader level, we have so far to go as the public sphere stays in a blame game and “us against them“ mentality. What if it’s true that we, the individuals, HAVE to be the ones to elevate – to STEP UP to make real change, to bring real, lasting and deep healing in our bodies and to the larger world context. I welcome that challenge. So, I keep looking at what is getting in the way of me doing that fully: I correct, I forgive, I love, I am happy. Repeat.
Are you interested in learning a form of cultivating healing energy and bringing the body into balance? This practice is the ancient art of Qi Gong. I am certified to teach the first two levels of Pangu Shengong, a particularly powerful and simple method that not only strengthens the physical body but also goes deeper to support heart and soul healing.
I am teaching the Foundational Qi Cultivation Course, Pangu Moving Form Qi Gong, Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 9:30am-11:00am ($120), at my NEW office inside Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine, 4505 Fair Meadow Ln, Suite 111. Sign up in advance here: http://www.empowerwellness.com/schedule/
If you can’t attend, but want to learn more, please contact me.
AND Qi Gong Master Ou, Wen Wei will be making his annual visit to Raleigh, June 22-25, 2018. Save the date! Classes, lectures, and group healing opportunities!