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    Describe a time when you were most connected to your spirit/ the world even if for day or just a fleeting moment.

  • #2
    My first experience of this I'm aware of was When training up mount Tai. I truly felt that I was doing what I was meant to do, that I was where I was meant to be, that I was 'home', it's hard to describe.
    I was complete, content and hard found my place in everything. It was incredible.

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    • chriscrudelli
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      Great share I suspect many reading this may get a lightbulb moment.

  • #3
    My first experience of this was when I was actually meditating for the very first time. I had visions of me and my late dad, when we went fly fishing and chatting about things. Was so vivid that I got so emotional when I woke from the meditation. Emotional, powerful and amazing too!

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    • chriscrudelli
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      That is really touching. Thanks for the share.
      Hey did you guys catch anything? either of the times?

    • aussie5682
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      Well the funny thing is, I never went fly fishing with him when he was alive. But I really felt like I wanted to when I was with him this time, to spend more time with him. Sadly I did not catch any fish, but the time spent time with him made up for the lack of fish

  • #4
    In some ways this question will require more brutal honesty than the first 2 Sifu.

    I could not tell you! The first time i have encounterd the term emotional content or fully using your emotions / spirit within your martial arts is in your dojo a few months ago therefore am very ignorant to this practice.

    My understanding of how we explore both Aikido and Ki technique is done on a pragmatic and mainly scientific level. there is some zen training however it is more focused on being aware of the reality of your body, keeping in the present moment and perceiving / reacting on your environment rather than your instinct / emotions. There may be an underlying connection to this and what you teach, i am yet to understand this.

    Couple this with aspects of my life which I feel require me to level my emotions more than use them have steered myself away from this practice, it will be interesting training in this side with you.

    I have however felt connection to a partner during technique to the point of not remembering or knowing how they have led my mind or body during a technique which is incredible. 1 second you are attacking them, next you are on the floor with no idea how you got there.
    Last edited by Ljgale; 28-03-2020, 06:52 PM.

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    • chriscrudelli
      chriscrudelli commented
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      Thank you Linda, yes you are correct. Generally the Chinese systems tend to be much looser and more informal in their approach to Chi and Spirituality

  • #5
    On ABC Hand course I felt very connected .
    No doubts, or blockages, and felt I could flow in my sparring but also in my day to day thinking .
    I put this down , to just focusing on the one thing for the week, which they week was hard training with no time for temptation or distractions .
    For few weeks after I carried the same feeling around with me and made good day to day decisions very easily and can still plug into it now , however I am aware it needs maintenance and that’s is where I want to get back to .

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    • chriscrudelli
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      I think you are right. Maintenance is very important. It’s not like once you get it it’s there, it’s like anything isn’t it. And I imagine this is why religious or spiritual communities encourage regular prayer/meditation study etc with like minded people.

  • #6
    Hey Sifu,
    In some way my Spirt has appeared to me many times,
    in the form of my past ancestors. In particular one Nan I was very close to. She was of a huge influence on me?
    It tends to appear in times of..... when in need of inspiration or sometimes courage to achieve or gain some strength to conquer a problem or a Training Goal or life goal
    I feel I have a few guardian angles looking down on me.
    weather this is my Spirit working or not it can be very powerful..!!
    It’s something I gain massive strength from..!!

    Great Question
    Rich??

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    • chriscrudelli
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      Hi Rich.
      I love that. There are so many interpretations no one can be right or wrong. IMHO at least. I still feel strongly connected to my Nan who passed. It’s kind of wonderful that bonds to the ones we love are not always easily severed

  • #7
    Reading the other comments has made me think of number of experiences, some regular and some unique in my life which have been very different. It's right that there's many ways to interpret the question. At times in my life when I have not been in accord with myself spiritually I've been in conflict with myself and full of doubt. Meditation in whatever form shuts out the unnecessary noise to be open to intuition and helps self awareness. I think it's worth pointing out that meditation could be a walk in the country side, which everyone knows brings us closer to ourselves or even cleaning the house. One of the most dramatic experiences training I've had was once practicing free movement after meditation, my body just knew how to move as if pre reheresed but by someone else and I was just there as an observer. This experience didn't last long and my fear brought it to end. But this felt purely spiritual. Not been able to reach that state in movement for anything more than a moment or two since.

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    • chriscrudelli
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      If you know the road there, visit it on your own some times.

  • #8
    Describe what it feels like to be connected to your spirit
    This is a tough one!
    I have mostly experienced this outside of my martial arts experience. Walking on a remote hill top or through ancient woodland brings an inner calm and also great clarity to my thinking. This leads to a joyous enlightenment!
    I have had similar connections whilst playing music, but I am not a natural musician in the way of my friends who are entirely free within their practice and I think this is perhaps why I don't get the connection in martial training. My mind isn't centered, I dwell on the past or am ahead of myself and never in the moment.
    The forms that I practice have spiritual and emotional elements and I have yet to explore these fully as the martial and technical side of the movements are perhaps easier to practice and understand.
    Writing this highlights how repressed I am! . I need to learn to accept external events and internal doubts to allow my spirit to come to the surface. (Thank you for asking!)

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    • chriscrudelli
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      Don’t be hard on yourself! To know ones weakness is the door to find ones strength

  • #9
    Describe what it feels like to be connected to your spirit

    This is a great question, something I can honestly say, I have never confused what it feels like... I have read other comments and has allowed me to cast my memory to many points in my life where it just was! I was there! I was present and everything just flowed! Being a very creative person it has been during the journey of my DJing career as to say many gigs, radio shows are memories I treasure but casting back I felt connected so to speak, with everything and everyone, I still get this now in my studio tattooing, certain tattoos, I can’t explain why but it’s like my consciousness slips so focused, content, I could carry on for hours and hours, days but of course the tattoo come to a point where by we must stop or it is finished. I can also say I have had this many time in trading with youself sifu and in particular when we do meditation exercises with you. ?? Again not actually knowing this is what I would say is my interpretation.

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    • chriscrudelli
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      Duende! Duende!

  • #10
    This is a great question!
    Is to be in spirt to be inspired? I believe it gos hand in hand . That creative life force that we feel comes from somewhere other then our own thought pattens.
    I’ve had flickers of it when I was growing up but didn’t really believe in it in my late teens and early 20s I had some eye opening experiences I started to feel and understand energy’s in a more visceral way and understand that there’s many different paths to the same place.
    I feel now This is the most important relationship to have, so it’s become a daily practice that I align with my higher self . Meditation and practicing presence and feeling good are great ways of tapping in to the energy that inhabits us all.

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    • chriscrudelli
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      “My fathers house has many rooms”

  • #11
    Difficult question for me to answer. The answer for me maybe never. However i have had instances playing drums in live situations where i have shut my brain off and let my body do what it wants. Its a strange feeling and whenever i have done it i have always played without any mistakes being made or any hiccups. Its like something has taken over and is controlling my limbs without me even being present. Its a wonderful feeling but it doesnt happen too often. This could be the closest answer i can give.

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    • chriscrudelli
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      Practice martial arts enough and this happens too

  • #12
    I feel most connected to spirit when I’m not thinking of my ‘self’. This occurs when I am lost in drawing, or sometimes when I play basketball and time flies.

    It’s like I’m 100% engaged in what I’m doing, time is forgotten and there’s not one worry on my mind, as if I’m ‘not there’, it’s beautiful!

    “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”
    – Lao Tzu

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    • chriscrudelli
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      Surrenders it’s beauty, perfection and awe

    • kungfubear
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      Namaste Sifu ?

  • #13
    The only thing I can possibly resemble being close to this or how I perceive it is in Tai chi - But specifically when I was practising at home recently. I had some free time before I was due to start teaching kung Fu. I decided to practice with some tai chi as it had been a particularly stressful day and needed to re centre myself if that make sense. Once I got into the flow which is normally a good 20 mins in, I did more. What I thought was only 10 minutes more. It had actually been 1 hour more! So in that time My mind had completely switched off, my body had gone into what I describe as auto mode and I was totally relaxed to the point I lost time quite literally. I guess this is the definition of moving meditation. I personally find it very hard to meditate . I either fall asleep or can’t switch off , no in between. So the fact I can do it when I am moving is incredible. I was connected but didn’t know I was until it was over .

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    • #14
      A bunch of different life moments flashing through my mind here:

      1. Hanging off the funnel rail on HMS Sandpiper by my elbow while the ship slides sideways down a 120ft black wave, in a Force 11 in the Channel, then my ears popping as we climb the next wall, and I can see only black mountains for miles in every direction, the sky is bright yellow, and the wind has that dual tone howl you get when you hum and whistle at the same time, only it is deafening. I remember hanging there for dear life, for several hours, unable to let go to get inside the bridge, covered in vomit and salt and grinning into the mouth of the tiger. I came away exhausted but fully connected to the supreme power and authority of the earth. I realised how completely nothing I was. A great lesson for a 19 year old.

      2. Tai chi walking alone in a patch of forest on a week long t'ai chi retreat with buddhist monks. Lost in the pleasure of walking without weight or intention, I came up behind a fox. As I got closer I realised the fox was stalking a rabbit. Neither noticed me until I was in touching distance of the fox. I believe I had gotten so close because I was practising being empty (and probably downwind).

      3. Walking home in Brighton at midnight on a Sunday many years ago. I was just getting really proficient at t'ai chi, and finding my perceptions were changing a lot. A voice in my head says "don't go up North Street" and I challenge it, saying to myself don't give in to stupid fears. The voice continued to nag me. I laughed it off and strode up North Street. I got to the top and said to myself "see! you idiot!" and just then 5 lads walked past me and the 6th one grabbed me by the throat and tried to punch me. I broke his hold, slapped him in the face with my foot and started to jog away. I looked behind me and he was running after me. I side-kicked him to thefloor, saw he was out, and put him in recovery position. As I looked up his 5 mates were there looking pissed. I stood up, told the mthey needed to look after him and walked away. To this day I can't understand how I knew so strongly that would happen. Coincidence? I've listened to my inner voice a lot more since.

      4. I love the sea and the mountains (and Dartmoor) for sharing energy and immersing in our mother. Bodyboarding in the rain is fantastic exercise, where you can lose all sense of time and place (but keeping an eye on the wind and tide and curents!). You can do all kinds of stuff to attune to the natural magic found out in the wild. Any meaningful ritual, anything that connects you truthfully to now.

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      • #15
        So many moments come to mind. Often while song writing, while jamming by myself or with others, performing. Martial Arts training gets me there pretty effortlessly. Not all Martial Arts though. For instance, Takewondo (Taegeuk) forms could never do it. Shaolin (Songshan) on the other hand, takes me into the present and connects me so quickly. Working with weapons tends to due it as well. Spending time with my Wife and Kids connects me everyday

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