Practice Makes Perfect
I have just completed teaching Year One of my first ever Mastership Course and I was blown away by the level of mastery of The Infinite Arts that my most advanced students demonstrated as they performed Infinite Tai Chi in front of their peers. But then I remembered the rather shocking fact that some of my students have been diligently practising Infinite Tai Chi for nearly 20 years!
Every effort really does count when you are learning any kind of new, complex skill, such as Infinite Tai Chi, because in this world, there is absolutely no such thing as a genuine free lunch. Practising Infinite Tai Chi three times a week for example, will only assist practitioners to maintain their existing level of skill. They will need to practise at least 4 or 5 times each week, if they really want to improve.
I have heard so many students of mine saying that they just do not have the time to practise The Infinite Arts, but what they really mean is that their personality-self’s resistance to practising is still much stronger than their soul’s longing to be free.
We all waste so much time in our daily lives. In this world, we all have the same 24 hours in a day, and yet whilst a few superstars accomplish so much, the majority of people sit around and complain that they have no time. This is self-deception.
We all can find the time to do something that we are absolutely determined to do. Barak Obama was determined to become the President of the USA and so he found all the time and the money that he needed to accomplish this incredibly ambitious and even far-fetched dream.
What You Practice, You Become…
If you really want to become rich, you will invest a lot of time in money-making activities. If on the other hand, your priority is spiritual awakening, you will put your time and effort into pursuing enlightenment. Don’t kid yourself that you really want to do something, if you invest no time or energy into making it happen. Observe what you actually put your time into in your daily life, and this will clearly show you where your current priorities lie.
I may still look like an ordinary human being, but now, I only use time to reach timelessness, or eternity. Nothing else is important to me. I am focused on utilising all The Infinite Arts for spiritual awakening, because I am so passionate about Life itself. I also know how incredibly empty normal life is, even a supposedly luxurious life with all the trimmings, and so I practise Infinite Tai Chi and meditation daily to keep strengthening my inner light and my inner peace.
Many years ago, when I was working very long hours in my restaurant, I still found time to read spiritual texts because they set my heart on fire. Now I practise Infinite Tai Chi virtually every day because it is my passion. I also meditate every day because it is my life. If I could, I would meditate all day long. I know how challenging this world is, and so I always find the time to plug myself into an inexhaustible supply of energy. The more energy I expend on worldly activities, the more time I devote to sitting still and plugging myself into an infinite source of energy.
So, please keep finding the time for some kind of genuine meditation practice on a daily basis, to strengthen your inner peace and light until the chaos of the external world never disturbs you. Keep going within and connecting to Life Itself, regardless of what else appears to be happening in your life. When you invest everything in the external world around you, or insist that this world has to change before you can dwell in love, peace and joy, you are not really living at all. You are dreaming your life away!
If you really want to improve any aspect of your life – health, wealth, relationships – you need to keep diligently raising your consciousness – for example by practising all of The Infinite Arts – until your consciousness reaches an exceptionally high level. Once you do this, you will no longer drown so much in the chaotic world that is always swirling around you. You will become more centred within, so that you cannot be pushed and pulled so much by powerful external forces. Unfortunately, not many people in our world can yet do this successfully over any length of time. So please be patient until your practices really start to bear fruit.
In order to raise your consciousness high enough so that you can connect to inner peace, you have to keep taking time out from normal life to go within. Most people keep searching and searching for the solution to all of their fear, loneliness and lack, but they keep looking in all the wrong places. However, when you learn how to go within and connect to the light, you can eventually live your life in true grace.
This month, keep taking time out from this hyper-busy world to re-balance and re-energise your whole system. Take time out in nature, or go on a spiritual retreat of some kind. Hang out with people who have vibrant energy and an exceptionally positive outlook on life.
Meditation, particularly meditating with a group of experienced meditators, can be like a mental and emotional detox. But then, you have to be careful not to stuff yourself up with negative thinking and poisonous emotions once again. If you come out of a blissful meditation and start to judge your neighbour as a real pain, or entertain jealousy in your mind and heart, you are just like someone who follows a strict detox diet from Monday to Friday, and then treats themselves to a Big Mac with Fries every Saturday night.
Please do everything in your life from now on with spirit and with love. Never be half-hearted about your spiritual or energy practices. Practise with real spirit and then make sure that your daily activities do not undo all of your good work.
If you just continuously go for pleasure or comfort in life, you will not grow. But if you keep committing to raising your consciousness, you will eventually become much more confident deep within, and then you will simply smile when you meet another challenge in life, rather than reacting with fear or depression.
Keep practising your chosen spiritual discipline until you begin to shine out into the world with confidence and joy. This has nothing to do with egoic arrogance. True confidence always comes from our soul’s essence, not our personality-self.
Keep on going until you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are not just your very temporary personality-self. You are pure consciousness. But eventually, through your commitment and diligence, your personality-self does become transformed by a higher power.
Don’t lose your connection to pure consciousness, or you will waste your whole life away on trivial pursuits, such as making money, or seeking some kind of external love or approval.
My sincerest wish for you is that from now on, you will practise raising your consciousness and connecting to the light every day, until you really taste the incredibly sweet and precious fruits of the wonderful seeds you have planted for yourself. If you go on holiday this month, keep practising. If you go to hospital or to jail, keep practising! Wherever you go, take your spiritual practices with you so that your inner light never dims and the love at the very core of your being never fades.
Peace and Light,