Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s New Year Message. So wise, so concise, so on point.
New Year’s Message 2019
Happy New Year! I will pray that the new year brings you happiness, health, and also that you will develop your spiritual journey, your awareness, compassion, and wisdom.
This is a new year and, of course, we all know that; our life is changing, the environment is changing, the whole world is changing. It is important that we accept that things are changing. We need to really let go of, what I call our “fixed mind:” the mind that creates a prison or a jail for ourselves, layer after layer, with preconceptions and a lot of judgment and lots of ideas. We need to accept these changes. This new year is a big change, is it not? If you can be with what changes, accept that which changes, that will really bring, or it has for me, a new perspective on life that is fresh and really sees things clearly. I become clear about myself, about my life, and in meditation, it really helps me to see my own mind, the natural qualities of my own mind.
You can see things around you, also, being fresh and alive. In a way, we all have this wonderful life, right now. It is amazing! and it is important to appreciate that you are alive, that you are breathing. At the same time, there is a lot of great qualities within us — within me, within you, and in this world. Appreciate that and be with it.
At the same time, practice letting go. Letting go is not giving up. Let go of your fixed mind. After letting go of your fixed mind, you will discover the fresh reality of yourself and the world. That only comes through accepting impermanence, changes.
With this day comes a big change for you and for all of us. It is New Year’s, right? I hope this new year will open new eyes, a new mind, and a new heart for you that is fresh, clear, joyful, and peaceful.
Teacher specially made time for me even if it were a last minute call to him. And I understood why. I cannot say how miraculous it was but he told me it was because he had been through my path.
His daughter suffered from epilepsy at 4, he quit his job and went on to discover for himself all sorts of healing methods he could apply for his precious one. He says, “My daughter is my teacher and the reason why I m here today. In this healing practice, because as I worked on her, i discovered and began to work this on more people. She had a big attack at age 4, then alls good for one year. Then another one one year later, then it became more frequent. But the medication had a lot of side effects so i took a bolder way, she did not use medications, but by age 8 she was doing well and now she’s recovered.”
I have seen him for 55 sessions, is that the reason why I have been seeing him.
Like a bigger hand that has a plan and is guiding me to it? Or, was I the planner——-How did everything get its place? How did i come to this position, or how did my family members and love ones find theirs in the now?
We approach not knowing.
I told teacher about Qinzhi’s seizure, and the big one she had on 27th December when we were holidaying. She woke up really angry and having mood swings. I handed her ningxia red and got her to drink, and she got really sore and let out, “why every morning like that?”
We asked her about this. Like what? we probed. Her brother was clearer, “Mommy, you always ask us what we want, but in the end, you gave us what you want.” But Qinzhi chose to keep quiet. She didn’t say or couldn’t say. She was struggling emotionally and she could not handle and the big seizure happened. I find her at the toilet dazed and not responding. We carried her to the bed. She vomitted out all the things she drank and remained to have impaired awareness not responding to us. Her dad cried and she could still wipe a tear off his face. But still remains in her world. I did not find this right and he carried her down and we drove sent her to the nearest hospital 20 min away. In the car, we kept rubbing her toes and talking to her, i sprayed mist on her and she responded, her hair fell and she responded. But she just did not say.
Did not say anything. Pinched her and got her round, she said ouch and gradually came to. But was afraid knowing we are sending her to hospital.
I told teacher about all this.
I told teacher Qinzhi was what Daddy and myself had after a 10 year relationship , after mom, uncle, his mom, passed away all in a very dramatic way. Through those years, we were together learning to patch our life back using what little mindfulness we had, we fumbled and made our way—on hindsight, really with blessings from above. Then we applied and got our house, and planned for marriage, that was when we discovered we had Qinzhi, after a korea trip —-some 5 months before before the day we were suppose to get married.
With a marriage certificate.
I was fixated on steps. I was educated to. You had to do this before you do that. You had to follow this and definitely DO something before you could arrive at that.
You had to get a marriage certificate before you are legally married and have a baby.
It was societal. If you did not follow, you were sort of the lesser crowd. AT that time. Also my tribe was big, my extended family was a big one and everyone was about getting things right. If not it was frowned upon and discussed on the side. If not, you risk the criticism and disfavour of grandmother.
It was like that.
And I had been a good student obeying all the rules all the while.
Only this time.
Yet Qinzhi is letting me discover the wonder of joy and magic in life. Of a blossoming. Of all the little and big things in life. Qinzhi led me on to wonders after wonders, morphing me into completeness along the way.
Now i look back, it was after giving birth to Qinzhi, that i started my healing journey. I blossomed I morphed.
But i was not able to cross that point when i conceived, not knowing what to do, who to turn to, i didnt knew how to take this news, Mom was already not here then. It was my nanny who knew first and started cooking for me.
Teacher listened and said, “So now can you already accept this?”
I honestly still feel that I have not resolved this, logically it looks really silly how these norms and watertight rules should override the precious magic of life. Silly, laughable, ignorance.
But truly i was under the spell of this.
And now I m writing, perhaps this was my way of rejecting or refusing and rebutting of those “norms” I was subconsciously not agreeable to. I wanted to challenge those. So I went against the tide having Qinzhi.
Teacher says, “Qinzhi can feel all this. Being not welcomed enough. For beings who feel this way, they become closed up in their own system and their own world. Like a defence mechanism.”
I asked what I can do about this.
Strangely I been having this feeling about reading my blog to her. When I discovered my pregnancy.
Teacher suggested this method called metamorphosis. Its putting your hands into a butterfly shape, recounting the time i was pregnant and moving and working with the pulsations at the points the fingers connected. Working on this for 10 days, 1 day represents one month.
Very nicely, he says that I can let him know when i start so he can support me.
I told him, Qinzhi has been a guiding teacher in my life. She kickstarted me to adulthood and my learning journey as a person. When I had panic attacks, and had to bring her to the music lessons, it was her hand that held on to mine to give me energy. But now, her hands are cold and limp. Her hands were always warm and full of energy. But in return for giving, we scolded her badly.
We gave her what she didnt want. We gave her what we want. We did not listen to her. We did not hear. We did not take heed and take care of her. We could not appreciate her heart and the voice there. We did not respond to her. Her pleas or her refusals to follow us. She just continued to take that. We did not see her at all. And now in her seizures she doesn’t listen or respond to us.
And I know realise this LACK OF RESPONSE IS HER LOUDEST RESPONSE.
Teacher explained Qinzhi’s epilepsy to me, “because she said and you did not take heed, you did not hear. So Qinzhi has chosen this path to make you listen.”
“She has chosen this pathway to subject herself to this to make you sit up and listen. You can not ignore this or subject her to hurt anymore. Help her find her light and become the light and wonder she wants. Not what you want.”
Teacher also cautioned us on a few things. That when the seizure happened, adults are in shock too.
“And so we need to take cake of this as well. When adults are worried about the next attack—-you portray and create an energy field and more often then not, it leads to the subsequent attacks.”
“We have to be very mindful about this and there are things we can do.”
“Turning eyeballs. Rightwards 3 times and leftwards many times. Rightwards you times, imagine yourself in a time machine, and pushing a button gets you back in time to the time the seizure happens. When you are there, the eyeballs go leftwards. To release the energy of the incident.
Be creative about this. You can change things by changing or breaking the energy pattern in the fifth dimension. Now that you are in a safe position and turning your eyeballs leftwards, you can see clearly the situation then. How would you react? Visualise and use your imagination. Would you react the same way? Or would you give Qinzhi a gentle hug? You will see her eyes shine. Or if your husband and son is there, all of you can hug her. Doing this is creating a new pattern a new energy and this will impact the energy now and here.”
There is a lot of comfort you find in —-being able to address something which has passed. Like the least and at the same time the most you can do.
Teacher also taught about the helpfulness on massaging the spine to remove blockages in there which could affect clarity and our nervous system.
Teacher also cautioned us that we should not quarrel in front of kids because they do not know how to handle and process. “Like Qinzhi says, when she’s going to have seizure she feels like she cannot handle it. Kids cannot handle. So you and and your husband has to have a contract, how do you handle or manage differences? You have to sort that out. But NO—not infront of kids.”
“For every child, he or she looks for a nurturing mother and a protective father. When you had panic attacks, you had to be away, Qinzhi has to find protection in her father too to establish close relationships with you, and subsequently this will affect her as she starts to establish her relationship with the world.”
He also encourages us to look deep within —-in fact the first step would be exploring and putting in place and moulding our relationship as husband and wife, to achieve to sense of deeper bonding and understanding, a better cohesion of our relationship and changing things from within before we can address and make changes to our relationship with Qinzhi.
I told Teacher that I was trying to digest this along the way.
That day in Tasmania, it was winter solstice. That day i saw a FB post on one of my friend’s page and it read—-Read that Winter Solstice is a reminder to let everything go and begin again. Not just on 22 Dec but on any given day, any given moment. Winter Solstice is both the darkest day and the return of light. It is when things are darkest that light is about to return. It is the deepest part of night that the new day begins.
How poetic how right. No wonder the old folks always say, winter solstice is like the new year and we have the tradition of eating tangyuan or circle shaped dumplings on Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
Everyday in Tasmania, we drove past majestic mountains and land masses which opened up to the sun. That winter solstice day in Tasmania, as the kids slept in the car, I looked at the sheer vastness, the mountains the trees the openness and the tears just flow.
Life is so big.
The understanding is a bit different now. Its not that of having to succumb but that of reverence, respect and a humbling that comes with this new understanding of life that sent these tears of appreciation. It’s realisation and perception, a very powerful one. Seeing this allows you to put alot of things in pespective and to trust the process. Its not letting go but trusting the work and the underlying hand. And that’s when we can rest with the flow, ride with it and COCREATE.
I also thought about transformation. And using this as an opportunity to change and alter deep seated arrangements and practices, melting away things thoughts attitudes feelings emotions ways of life that do not work anymore.
Seeing this is amazing, its the practice that Mingyur Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has put in place these few years.
I also see the transient nature of life. In our last session, I remember telling Teacher that we can prepare for certain things. But apparently, not at much as we would like to.
I have never felt life so precious in a long while. Or appreciate its fleeting nature so greatly. The last was probably mom’s, uncle’s, auntie’s death as it loomed.
We forgot about appreciating the idea of impermanence in life, even if it was so true so real.
And I shared with Teacher that I also see this as a blossom or a ripening of sorts. That when conditions are present, or ripe, a fruit and flower blossoms. And learning to embrace this and letting down our preconceived notions about what should or should not why this and why not.
More importantly, the change has to come from within. He says, “For Qinzhi who is closed up, how do you breakthrough that? You have to address the close systems within you, you have to open up and change within yourself your old ways, so that she can see this happening to you to inspire her change and transformation.”
Teacher also shared about sharing important information with kids when they are most relaxed. That is when you are about to drift into sleep and the subconscious mind comes up to receive information. Understanding this can let us better use this precious time to transmit and send information to our kids.
“Look at this positively, and you can use this opportunity to transform.”
I asked Teacher how do i say goodbye to 2018?
He thought for a while, “by letting everything go back to Mother Earth, this grounding sense of energy, and renewing with her in her presence. When you let go, there is renewing of energy.”
And welcoming the new 2019?
“Welcoming Qinzhi back into your life and welcoming 2019 can be in tandem. If I were you, I will give her a big hug and say to her, how how how precious she is to you and the family.”
I told Teacher, if this is the time I should stop my work and come back to my family, it seemed to be the thing to do, to make myself feel better. But i also thought i want to put up a fight for this, to continue my work but adjust my time so that i show up for my kids at home when they are back from school. Teacher ‘s advice is, “Your work is your life, its how you concrete and gets inspired by life and inspire. I certainly do not see that quitting is the appropriate thing to do. But SURELY, showing up and listening to your kids and seeing who they are and changing within you to break down old systems and modes.”
I cannot say how powerful this teaching —-this teaching of life is. The work i have done in my professional field has been preparing for me to address my own. When i offer myself to the interview, to the newsmaker, to the chefs, i listen intently and with all of my heart. And I find out their light and put it in videos.
But I haven’t really offered my presence to my Qinzhi, the one who has taught me so much and kickstarted my healing journey to understanding life.
How can my works be sincere if I do not show up for Qinzhi and listen to her being.
And all these healing sessions, these 55 sessions of them, is truly powerful because I unlocked so much and found so many messages that gave me deep insightful understanding of how life works.
Most of all, teacher taught me about listening and offering his presence to me. Or to my soul development. And I think this is truly truly valuable truly precious. He taught by way of example. And I m very inspired to take the cue and do this for my Qinzhi.
To myself and my life, to truly listen to voices and let it shine.
Rinpoche teachings make me feel like there’s a lot I can do to my own practice or life
There’s a way out to make it better
He’s pointed a way out— go a little bit with the suffering , open up and feel it n be with it
There’s a way out, there’s something we can do
We started with the practice of “dropping” and “handshake” with issues at heart
I felt that I want to work on brokenness
At Ishinomaki at Nozomi project, Sue wanted to give me a pendant but I didn’t really want it
“It’s okay”, I said.
But it’s not.
There’s brokenness in me n that I didn’t want to address
There’s brokenness in me that I didn’t want to come face to face with or embrace
Why? I asked. In this session of mindfulness practice.
Because it’s a period of time which was a lack n imperfect I felt it was beneath me, me who excelled and is perfect in all ways.
Me who was trying to rise up to the social strata n is set back
There’s a sense of shame that that part of my life was anything but perfect
It pulled me down that period of lack
There’s anger n frustration in there. A lot of pride and ego as well
I didn’t want to talk about it or bring it up. I want it to go away. And erase it get it out of my life
But go away it did not
It pops up every now and then, time and again when I see something or speak to someone or touch someone else’s brokenness
And I press it down
How should I go about this to transform this?
I thought about lack too
Why do I have problems giving to people even if I m able to?
Because I m reminded of a state when I was in my lack— a period of lack in my life that I m still living in n out of even if I m not now
But that period was an impactful one , leaving me a v strong imprint
I do not lack anything now n I need to release myself from it.
In fact I have been factually speaking and saying so, but energetically feelings wise I haven’t come out of it
For once I wanted to meet with it.
Come face to face with it
And try to understand both cognitively n emotionally that which went thru my mind n my body n my heart
It’s been tough for me n I took it all down n made it well on the surface
But deep down I know there’s a road to healing
And I m walking on it now
Slowly but surely
But now that I write, HOW SILLY! To live with a judgment I set and unwittingly got sucked into and suffered for. All this while.
On day 3 I understand or come to realize that we have to start to feel to get in touch with our self n our heart.
We have been thinking too much n now is the time to bring about a better balance in our life by feeling. I remember Alain Passard telling me, how he loved cuisine art because it got him in touch with his senses.
It brought him closer to himself.
I think the practice of life is such, bringing ourselves back to our intuitive nature, and unlearning concepts, practices, habits to return to our carefree boundless nature.
There can be many solutions to be arrived at just by being aware by just feeling.
Thinking can solve some problems and awareness more.
There was time devoted to taking refuge and the Taking refuge part is amazing
It feels really warm n enveloped or hugged in the heart area
Grateful for refuge, like an inner secure home you can always come to. Consolidated the teachings proper down here:
Betw cognitive mind n physical body Theres a world of feelings
Gd understandings if physical body n cognitive mind
But Subtle body understanding is not mature
Keep this subtle body healthy n it has impact on our consciousness n physical body to achieve gd well being
Many times we say I know but I don’t feel it
I know I m ok but don’t feel like it
We think we should b happy but don’t feel happiness
So there’s some blockage in the subtle body
Most times you know but don’t feel this way
Too serious will block joy
Serious only to function
Too serious get uptight not gd for subtle body
On outside function well n
Find humor internally
Mantra I created- simple inside complex outside
Learn to handle complex world with simplicity on the inside
Relax but open
Complex because external conditions of modern life is quite complex
Simple- because we have to find or connect with our birth right , unconditional well being, unconditional happiness
Keep this n cope with complexity of modern life
Feel for it
Only thru feeling we will transform our happiness
We have 2 types of habits
-Cognitive based habit
-Emotional or subtle body based habit
Emotional habits—-if we want to transform we go thru a special feeling to heal that feeling
In the subtle body, cognitive understanding cannot help transform
Mind understands but not enough to transform or heal
Simple inside, complex outside
World getting better but with it comes worry
How do u handle this?
What’s the right amount to worry
Simple inside = we r born with natural spark or essence love, unconditional stuff
we are born with our existence
This is important to shift some belief n understanding because we r used to looking for conditions
Happiness is not only outside or inside it’s a combination
It’s not smtg u can pinpoint
Eg how much strength do u use to hold this paper?
Right amount of grasp easy to see on the paper
When it’s in u, how’ve you holding your life?
You living life too loose or too tight?
How do u know? Do u know?
Feel your seriousness?
What is to relax?
Think about this?
Slow down? Slow down what?
Work slow eat slow?
Which part u relaxing? Action or mind?
Relax – is soft loose warm
Have u located it?
Where is it?
When I ask u to relax some of u look like u r gg somewhere. If that’s the case u can’t work n can’t deal with the complexity . If use this way, both can’t exist at same time
Have to b practical
Teaching of Buddha need to b applied to n arrive at change in life n become better n happier
If u have quarrel with partners, can u keep some calmness n deal with complexity of the emotion
This is important coz we go into black n white
We lost the beautiful dance with life
I want u to relax this subtle body
relax the feeling world not the physical world
Eg walk here to there fast but relaxed
If don’t relax subtle body tension build up
There will b blockages
There’s a Qi connected with speediness
You get Anxious
Think fast action fast but feel relaxed
Connect with relax first
relax but alert so u can carry on with everyday life
Relaxed n engaged
Eg u need to go to a place but still have 3 days but u r speeding up n already going
—->That not relaxed or being speedy . Y do u worry?
Can u relax n not b worry ?
That speediness is part of the subtle body
Mind knows 3 more days n says relax
How to turn down the speediness
Every time we r tired n exhausted it’s not our mind or physical body but the restlessness that is in our subtle body
-Cognitive based Mind
-Feeling based emotion Subtle world
Body is doing work
Mind already know what to do but body needs time to do
Feeling – so faster n faster quickly finish
Do u feel this
There’s work u don’t like but u have to do
That’s y u want to do faster to finish
So what do u do? Not to clean or with that job or change mind?
U think one way n feel another
Conflict between mind n feeling
Sometimes both go same Direction
Positive thought —-give positive feeling gd
But sometimes this doesn’t happen
It depends on connection between mind n feeling
Modern lifestyle broke the connection because too many things outside. You get sucked in n lost the inside world
Stress comes because the emotions in subtle body is pushing body to do fast
This restless feeling in subtle body
subtle body is made up of prana nadi bindu
Have to feel! Not just understanding
This click is important
Some things u can let it go let it drop
Say Extra worry tensions or baggage
We have these because we forgot to delete n it’s become junk
Why we care more than we need?
This extra caring is a burden
This burden will block authentic care
Have to let it go
Involves mind feeling body
Dropping means delete ok let it go
——Always input nvr delete
When u drop u get freedom
Most of times u want too many because of craving attachment… u hold everything in n don’t delete
Let go of breath
N mind- says who cares?so what ?
Whatever happens happens whatever doesn’t doesn’t
Too much hope n fear no gd
at the end let out big breath n open up your palms on leg
Stay there in the free open relaxed
Be in the now
U need this many times in daily life
Drop n relax
After a while don’t even need the shaking hands action
Now What r you dropping?
What is your baggage? Try to understand that
Simple practice for mind body feeling
When we care more than we need extra care become problem
When u become healthy u make other pple healthy n happy
Happy doesn’t mean things r perfect
Even if things not working perfectly you know how to sort or handle
Be kind to yourself and others
Subtle body teaching teaches balance n is about healthy human beings
Stillness w/o movement
Stillness with movement
Every thought has some feelings
When we make decisions, there’s some feeling in there
Every thought has a teabag
We need awareness to recognize feeling of body, emotion or mind
Sometimes decisions are made based on habits , this involves feelings
In fact many times we decide based on our imprints
Eg u go to hotel there r 2 beds, one near wall the other in middle
Which would u choose
Who is making the decision
The mind? Body?
The imprint is mostly making the decision
Imprint is the chop in the nadi, one of the 3 in the subtle body
Coz our habits r v stubborn , so who cares ? So what is directed to ourselves
Subtle body is more than mind, less than body
Not a mind nor physical
It’s In between
Subtle body Comes from 3 components prana nadi bindu 气/脉/敏点
气Prana: every movement is based on prana, also called lung
There’s external n internal Qi
Every moment is dependent on Qi
This natural movement of subtle body due to outside forces makes it unhealthy
This unhealthiness manifests in 3 forms
脉Nadi- connected with subtle nerves to connect feelings
There can b healthy subtle body
Transform Fr distorted subtle body to healthy body
Imprint x habits
environment n habits leave imprint on us
We learn fr environment society parents friends etc, imprints r left on in subtle body
Some r healthy some unhealthy
2 kinds of habits – karmic(fr past life)n learned habitual pattern (fr this life)
Cognitive habitual pattern- fr childhood u recognize n build up habit overtime
In the process there might b trauma , these also leave imprint
Painful state in world of feelings. Emotions move around that
Issues in there
Some r sleeping imprint, most r
This imprint we call cause
This cause is triggered by smthg similar n is activated
When old imprint is activated,
you feel the same feeling that old event triggered
All these r activated
Mindfulness help u not react to that
— oh this is triggered not actual one
Actual thing already gone because of trigger n activated and it’s in u now
It’s the leftover imprint giving u suffering
Practice – aware of that moment feel the feeling n transform that
This is my imprint it’s not me
have to transform no need to scared its leftover residue — it’s not me
It’s my imprint it’s not me
Train! Thru mindfulness awareness
Every time its activated , use love understanding n awareness to transform
It’s real but not true
The feeling is real but the message isn’t true because the real event is gone
So when u have the feeling that smtg is activated, strong habits etc b aware of that
It’s my imprint not the real one
This can change many things in the family
You recognize that it’s their imprint it’s not them
All of us are clinging on to our imprint
Learn to identify n separate the 2
Communicate with imprint n let it go
Eg when couples quarrel
U know that his or her imprint has been activated
!!!!!Meet our imprints!!!!! Handshake Practice
Say hi smile be kind not suppress
Don’t run away but feel the pain if u have
It has happened
It’s real but not true
If you cling to it follow it and make it true you lock in to that habitual pattern
You wear that glass you perceive life from there
You suffer your family suffer your partner suffers too
This is all unnecessary suffering
The birth age illness death suffering is enough
We can change this n transform 90% you can function well
It’s not me
We can transform the imprint
When sleeping imprint is triggered, normally mind n feeling give out lots of stories and the imprint is activate. you react, then After many reactions , the imprint is reinforced
We have to stop the reactions
This is feeling world so takes a little time but this is so important
Drop the thinking mind
Whatever comes up be with it – handshake practice
Know vs feeling
Drop the thinking n feel
Learn to meet raw with the inner monsters
Feel the pain for a while n it will open up
Change from core
Chant with the monster not to monster
One day u b proud of yourself—- for meeting face to face
If u can transform it will help you greatly
We have a lot of unnecessary suffering n we carry it all the way n think it’s me n see others thru that
But we have a right to live happily
Smile without reason
Trigger essence love
Thru knowing things will change
Of course there r techniques too
But sometimes just knowing can change naturally
Find your ground your center n look
If qi go up it means You lost your ground
Trust yourself have confidence to b yourself
Acceptance fr feelings rather than mind
Learn to listen to the voices that come out of our system
Eg of him crossing bridge at KLCC
He stopped at one end of bridge
Use cognitive/thinking or analytical mind to investigate bridge is safe or not
Access it’s safe coz pple r on the bridge
Try to walk second time
Felt same fear n stood there to check myself
2 messages come out
Cognitive mind says go
Feeling says no
I walked back because I want to transform
I don’t want to force
Force maybe can do one time but next time more forceful
I walked back n stayed for a while for self reflection
Outside is safe, bridge is safe
Inside is complex due to an internal beautiful monster
When I was young I fell Fr tree or mountain many times so I have these imprints in my subtle body
Conflict betw mind n feeling , ego or I don’t know who to support
Everyday u have this
We all have this don’t blame yourself or others but we can transform slowly minimize suffering
Many habits are in the subconscious in the subtle body
Use that beautiful monster to understands ourselves n others
Many great things in this world because of beautiful monster
A lot of pple are great because they r connected to some form of monster
If u stuck no solution but if u use monster
If we use right way it can b healthy
I know the value of that pain n not to let other pple have pain
Eg Milerepa master
He’s have a great monster n use that n transformed
Lean in on the pain
Go into the pain almost like refuge
When u stop reaction monster open up
Because that monster is not permanent but dependent n its nature is openness
Communicate with the monster
Fear fr feeling- is not fact based fear
But from imprint that was triggered n activated
Many imprints r in our life
The complexity is due to a mixing of imprint based fear and fact based fear
Based on clarity of mind , with mindfulness practice, we can guide n transform distorted habitual pattern into healthy new pattern
Buddhism encourages intelligent mind to do investigation
If we want to know our real self we have to find the selfless egoless self
We need healthy relative self
How does it appear to you? Distorted reality n imprints
What is the reality?
When u open up
Confidence inner confidence inner strength understanding compassion will come
Won’t immediately react
Lots of beautiful things happen
Inside n outside is healthy
It’s great n joyful
You dwell gd because it’s not due to outside conditions
Experience of essence love is our birthright
It’s always there but due to imprint n our fixations, it’s covered up
We lost our connection to essence love but keep going to look for happiness outside n you experience hollow inside even if you r successful
Arrive at Experience of movement of Bindu
Bindu = home of love courage clarity bliss joy
Feel grounded calm warm heart less judgmental kind
Feel well inside
Connecting with essence love via shamantha 止 practice
So u can always go back there
Home must b healthy
All kinds of love must come fr essence love otherwise its conditional love
Then u know how to forgive also
Like with parents
Otherwise if smtg happens
Understand that this is their habit also
If we can understand this we can forgive
How to bring qi down
-As soon as you aware it goes down
-we need to have calmness n clarity because meditation can arise out of that
-grounded body calmness warm in body clear heart
-calmness is in the feeling not in the mind
-modern life is busy n qi is v active, you need extra effort to b calm
we use a lot of lung n qi to function in modern day
But we forgot to bring it down or let it go back to their place
– mainly shamatha n vipassana
-shamatha needs focus
-before this u need preparation understand subtle body etc
-after shamatha, vipassana will come
Eg handshake with fear
N fear goes away
But you miss fear ?
Whatever is there be with it eg b with absence of fear n maybe there u will find shamatha
Eg u handshake with fear but anger comes
Stay w anger or handshake anger
Then sad come
So handshake the sadness
But there’s an end
So stay there sadness will open up n gone
N maybe there will b doubt , so handshake that
There r layers as emotions r linked but there’s a root to this
Maybe there will b essence love freedom etc in place at the end
Just b there
Essence love is your nature
Ego has 4 expressions:
-Mere I (healthy)- simple I
-Realified I- my point of view is right, this is the truth (unhealthy)
-self centered cherishing I – all about me,
-social I – come out of self cherishing strong I , v high maintenance , high when in a group
Ego arise Fr fear
Go back to childhood, have a look
Most healthy antidote is love
Esp essence love it will heal
Our world is missing authentic pure unconditional love
Too many conditions
Caught up with expression of love but we really are disconnected fr essence love
Come back to basic
Rebuild n reconnect ie with qi that should b at dantian
We grew up too quickly no time to play
We need connection with feeling our hearts
Handshake is to make mind emotion feeling connected
Calm n aware = good
Calm n don’t know what is happening = no good
Calm is not a hiding place to ignore things
!!!!!!Bringing Lung down!!!!!
Tight neck burning eyes like boiling state n shaking
Do breathing exercise to bring lung down
(1)3 steps: breathe in /push down (- like peeing ) /count 6 /breathe out
You feel groundedness mind clear eyes brighter feat subside
Lie down at home put book on belly. Breathe in belly bigger breathe down belly smaller
Do v regularly
Still can talk n qi stay at dantian
Feel grounded n achieve clarity
Cooling at forehead
Some itchiness in scalp
Qi in legs
We r happy to open eyes
Have Water in your eyes
Look into light n sun quite ok
Respond fr qi groundedness calm
Take care of your qi
The above will help life n minimize suffering
Nowness n clarity stay v long
Handshake – for imprint nadi
Breathe- for qi prana
!!!!!!Happy without reason!!!!!!
Guru Rinpoche Empowerment
Connected to guru rinpoche
Empowerment: Your body speech mind perception everything— like trying to upgrade to guru rinpoche ‘s mind speech body perception way of thinking living etc in a enlightened way or adopting guru rinpoche ‘s enlightened body speech wisdom
I feel v blessed to have this opportunity !!!!! May I share this joy and gratitude with all sentient beings
Main purpose : adopt enlightened perception , with gd effects of gd health less obstacles
After empowerment, chant mantra, more effective
1)Water purification- purify obstacles
Blessed water n saffron water to drink n on head n sprinkle – think of purifying yourself obstacles sickness all gone
2)sharing blessings with maras
3)Visualize 5 colours of light rep 5 wisdom protect u
4)dharma teaching- keep gd motivation
I do not know what rinpoche is chanting but I feel blessed to b here at the moment to have this opportunity
I thank the good that has been done I thank the difficulties that have brought me here
And I want to make this opportunity good by motivating myself to b better to practise to do better so I can share my light n pave the way for more gd opportunities
Chanting to ask for blessing
Visualize your body dissolve into emptiness n with it comes luminosity
N transform into new body of guru rinpoche
Light Fr my heart n Fr rinpoche heart meet
Go to guru rinpoche ‘s pure land to invite wisdom
Multicolor light go to head chakra
Blessing of guru rinpoche body speech mind received forever
Visualize yourself as guru n his body come to u n dissolve
Receive Mantra to cleanse prana qi wind
Blessing of guru rinpoche ‘s heart or wisdom. Mind pushed by thought after thought fixations , rest n find empty luminosity
Long term effect: awaken n become
Chant time to time
Have happy healthy life
Pls take care of yourself your family n sentient beings
Live a healthy meaningful life
If live with “Mere I”, attachments is lesser
Based on us as human, until we depart as humans. When we r no longer humans, perception change. We r what we r because of conditions coming together
Now we come back to mere I
Clarity is the uniqueness of our mind, means clear and self knowing
Only mind has this quality not elements not flower etc
Mind Also called consciousness or 心
Calmness is subtle body
When we meditate, mind subtle body mind all involved
Mind expresses in 4 ways:
Knowing mind – simply u know. Automatic. eg flower is flower, book
Thinking mind – think to find out. eg who made book? In order to think n find out we need some reference ie what you learnt before. Then you think n judge . Problem is : if we have wrong reference n we make wrong judgement n conclusion because this is all connected to habitual patterns n imprints
Awareness of mind – v important!!!!! What is Difference between knowing n awareness? When u have anger in you, do u notice you have anger ? You know ? And are you aware? What’s the difference? You look at flower? You know this is flower? But Are you aware that the mind is or you are knowing the flower? Awareness is like a double mirror. YOU KNOW THE KNOWING it’s in the present moment . Part of the knowing but also knows the knowing . It’s not part of thought nor thinking. It’s the intrinsic quality of mind. Best companion that comes with you. Not too strong not too loud. We always try to find out from or with thinking. One day it’s not a lot of difference because whatever you know awareness is there . Whatever you think there’s awareness. Almost no self but there’s something in there. Beautiful! If you can bring this into your life, many problems will be solved and one day that awareness become automatic. This awareness almost take care of everything. Practice! But not by thought. Drop the thinking . We think we can find solutions by thinking but that is not true. Thinking has its role but not all can b solved by thinking so drop the thinking and just aware.
Clarity: like an ah moment . Opposite is dullness. If you know dullness you must know clarity. Is this thought? No. We have clarity n this is our innate intrinsic nature of mind. Need to b aware n nurture it. Find by awareness n nurture with mindfulness. Otherwise when we meditate we go into dullness. Dullness gives some peace but not wisdom . Like the heart sutra it comes from clarity n out of all knowing mind. Buddhist meditation looks for calmness and we want clarity. Aware of Clear openness . Thought emotion comes but you are not sucked into it . It’s shamatha without support——- happiness without reason. Calmness love clarity. All these yours just reconnect n strengthen n let it b part of your existence
Authentic shamantha has calmness and clarity and stillness.
Thinking is movement
In stillness of calm n clear , thought comes, that movement of thought. Is that stillness still there?
If stillness not lost fantastic. It’s stillness with movement. V useful for everyday life.
If stillness n thought comes , stillness gone. Gone
When u r in shamatha without support n in stillness u hear one sound n u know it’s a dog , with that knowing , r u still in stillness?
Knowing is there but it doesn’t becomes thinking
Whatever u know u know
Whatever you don’t know you don’t know
You not trying to know or stop
Don’t stop the knowing don’t switch it off
Just don’t go into thinking
Knowing but not going into afflictive mind
Some pple afraid of going into afflictions or discursive thought
so switch off knowing but switch off knowing n u switch off clarity
Thoughts n emotions come but u r not reacting
So thoughts n emotions are liberated
When u r being in the stillness
Some point u cannot continue when there’s emotion to make u lose the state
Do u re-recognize the state or handshake ?
If you just lose mindfulness , just come back to the state gently
If it’s old things come up then handshake . Feel that pain. Be with that. Be kind. You will find some space. From there go back for the calm
You met the raw pain state for a while
Open it up
Then from there progress
Awareness includes knowing
Knowing doesn’t include awareness
How long more are you going to hide from yourself? Run away from yourself? We want to b free within , not block. If you hide you will never conquer the samsara.
Go back to the root. It will help us a lot.
Number of practices:
Shamatha without obj
Openness n opening up
Restricted mind is based on our imprint
We need awareness to develop ourselves
Like a number to call Buddha
Buddha bodhisattvas want to help us
We call out to them when we need
I m going to change n improve myself
Bring virtue in my life n others
To deal with own n others monsters, the way is to:
Practice practice practice then one day simplicity will arise
Golf cooking creative artist life death all like that
Complex will lead to simplicity
Also, change yourself to change others.
Do not wait for others to change. Change yourself. You b surprised how many other changes will come.
Change the right one
!!!!!!Imparting this wisdom to others:
Every stage uses different methods
Best time is young time ie birth to 6-7 years
Teaching manifest in form of silent transmission, ie make sure they have feeling of safety or grounded body, if u have baby hold baby face outside so adult become live chair n your groundedness is transmitted to child via nerves
Make their subtle body healthy
So just drop everything n b in the center n just hold them
They will feel care safe n free
Teenage time use different methods because now is rebellious time, they think parents don’t understand them
Be strong n understanding of their emotions n problems
Bottom line is if u know clearly, u will b able to help others
Many things u have to work in silence based on love kindness compassion
Work in silence or silent transmission
Things still move
That’s the best way
Like a blessing and a miracle
People have to learn from you silently
How do u know if monster has opened up?
When feeling says – I want to know more about the pain
Normally is fear numb shut off don’t want to know
It’s not delivered by mind
When monster is triggered
u can chant mantra from time to time to see how monster feels- it is real but not true
Stop talking, just be
Fear of death :
Use this teaching to practice
Not just cognitive but also in subtle body
Need to practice
It’s not only what u know u can change
Sometimes you know but still cannot change
It’s habitual accumulated over time
Don’t seek new information you know v well already
Don’t seek new thinking
Just do it
Don’t wait for perfect conditions to do it to practice
Any place any moment any situation
Just do it
!!!!!If you want to say no, say it!!!!!!
2 types of habits
-Karmic habitual pattern
-Learned habitual pattern: healthy n unhealthy
Within unhealthy is distorted wounded n not wounded
Monster – wounded n unwounded
Wounded u have to open up its related to emotion
Unwounded one like Qi speedy
– home of or basis of love clarity courage bliss joy
-it will happen by itself if I take care of Qi lung imprints balance well being etc
-feels openness essence love courage okayness
-feel well unconditionally or inner vibrancy feel happy without reason
-modern living encourages happiness with conditions ie if u do smtg then u b ok
-opposite of bindu is hollow.
– if cannot experience, handshake the blockages or bring lung home
-people r easily affected be they r hollow inside
At this part of bridge I stopped n wanted to transform
Fr subtle body there’s a message I can walk across bridge
I talked to my physical body to ground it
Halfway thru let go of arm walk
Walk to n fro to reset
There r many levels to work on to release the imprint
Gentle vase breathing
little bit of breathing mayb 5% n let go so we can still talk n move
If u do well this will save your life
Live happy n healthy
Guide others n your next generation to a healthy direction
Don’t quarrel with partners accept differences
You don’t know who will go first
N your children will feel better n you yourself too
For pple who experience death let it go
Cannot fight with facts
Accept n let it go
Chant their name n say they have passed away
Know when is the right time to let it go
One great master said, end of building need to come down
End of life is death
End of gathering separation comes
But what you practice you never separate from that
Teacher always appears when I need a boost to my mind.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche held a dialogue with superstar Jet Li and they exchanged thoughts about calming the mind and how to do so.
The following are the gist of the talk.
What are the benefits of meditation ?
neutoplasticity neuropathy of mind
Mind become pliable workable
Most problems come Fr mind
Learn technique to free yourself = scientists say meditation
Essence of Meditation = awareness , knowing
Awareness is always with us—Iike sky always there n pure n calm
We have thought n emotion like cloud, stress panic worry like storm like cloud
Cloudless is openness
-Sound Meditation: ear hears sound n mind knows sound, awareness. When u listen to sound there may be thoughts. If you don’t forget the sound, any thought comes is ok
-Open awareness: 2 steps. 1) learn to relax When you heave a sign of relief, after jogging cooking exam washing etc. After letting go of breath rest a few sec. 2) open awareness M. How to b awareness itself . With space itself .
Non meditation is best meditation
Not meditating but not lost
Awareness n there’s no grasping
Jet Li says that he has been studying Buddhism for 21years. He was 34 in 1997.
“I was told to Study work hard n u b successful, I worked really hard
I thought with reputation fame power love wealth I would have solved all the problems
But when I have these I m still unhappy. I had anxiety. In 1997 there was the Asian financial crisis, I saw a lot of pple who were more successful than me multi millionaires being unhappy or suffering.So what can we do to b free fr suffering, they have all they need in life!
At that time I read a book. So 2500 years ago shakyamuni has fame power love wealth
Yet this prince said he is suffering he couldn’t solve old age sickness death, I found this interesting , up till today no one emulated Shakyamuni. After six years he found a solution—-he says, ‘I no longer want to fight n work so hard for fame wealth power’.
I began to understand after studying Buddhism all these years, that
in this world if there’s anything that is made up of one element, it will come apart. We call this impermanence
We have emotions, n often it will b a cause of suffering
Cause and effect
Birth reincarnation samsara nirvana
I study so hard because this is the most important thing
In life what u have is temporary possession, there will b one day you let it go
If u truly want smtg, u will find the time for it”
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche says, there are 3 levels of Meditation
Meditation for this life: don’t need religion, it helps u attain peace calm
Accumulate quality of Meditation: essence of Buddhism for transformation
Result of Meditation
He spoke about this overcoming panic attack with Meditation, and the way to do it was to make friends with laziness n panic-and how you ask?
“V easy. Watch lazy . Be aware of lazy. Then that becomes your support for meditation, if u see river u r out of river. River continues but u r not in it.
Whatever thought let them come, so long as you r aware.”
He pointed out the importance of Motivation of meditation- for all beings.
He also pointed out this important point on what it means to be letting go,
“Letting go is not giving up. Letting go means following the flow of nature n respecting that. Like open awareness u r not doing anything in particular, but you are not giving up awareness.
In our life, insight comes when you let go.
If we look for happiness based on outside or external circumstances, it won’t b lasting
At least as of now, I finally can understand what it means when someone says, it is a gift. Life is a gift and the everything in it, of it in life—-are gifts.
Its hard to see this in the storm of it, but now that I look back, each and every single thing that happened in my life, is for me.
Because I needed them.
I went for my mindspa session yesterday and as always, Teacher has been most wonderful in facilitating the session.
At the end of it, he says, “我有一个强烈的预感，或者，已经不是预感，你妈妈想通过我跟你说，她真的很为你感到骄傲。你的成长，你的突破，你的成就，一切。”
He says that he has a feeling—no, not a feeling, but an understanding that Mom wants him to pass this piece of info to me—that she is so very proud of me, my growth, my my attitudes, my achievements.
I remember when Mom passed away, i had a similar healing session, and the words that came out of it from Mom were,
“I m so proud of you, Go do what you think deem fit, You can Do it”
I had these words written down and they were always in front of me on my desk in my old office.
Teacher also said, “你的妈妈对你太重要了，你很在乎很在乎她。而且，你很想念妈妈，非常非常非常的想念。”
He said, “Your Mom is too important to you, you very much take her as the world. And, you miss your mother, a lot, a lot.”
I couldn’t sense it when he said this. Really? I thought?
When he said it, I thought of my daughter Qinzhi, i can sense that she sees the world of her mother—me, too.
Maybe more than how my mother feels to me.
And today, I finally understood what Teacher said.
I finally..honestly shared with SY how I felt about her niece’s sudden death, her 4 year old cutie niece, had influenza b 2 weeks back and that was the end of her young life.
I told her this, “SY一直没有勇气跟你说，也很怕让你难过。尤其看到你好像恢复平常的笑容，但是看到你们家小可爱就这么离开，真的很难过。我妈妈是这样走的，所以我很不愿意有人必须经历这样的心痛。难过到我不能呼吸。所以那几天你不在，我好像一直和你们在一起那样。不知道可以对你说什么，你那边怎样，我也不知道。你之前不让我去follow，但那几天你不在，我还是忍不住每天去看你的instagram。希望你那里一切还好。希望你们一家今后可以好好的，互相扶持，让时间疗愈。 may u b well n happy!”
“I didnt have the courage to say, and I was afraid you will be heartbroken, Especially now that I see you smile again, but seeing your precious little one go, made me very sad. My Mom left this way, and I didnt want to have anyone else experience this pain. I couldnt breathe hearing what happened to you. And in the few days that you are not in, i went to follow you on instagram, to see if alls well at your end. I hope all is well, and I hope your family stays strong, and allow time to heal.”
I got in touch with the pain of losing mother as I wrote this.
And I finally understand why Teacher said, “You miss your mother so much.”
And SY said to me, “没事 她一直在我们心里
“Its alright, she’s living in our hearts. Time will heal everybody, she’s been happy these 3 years, I feel consoled that I brought her to Japan. I think you must have thought of your Mother this time, I hope you are already on the mend.”
Seeing this made me cry so hard.
When this happened, I didnt know what to say to SY, I didnt know what to do, I didnt know —until now—but now I do, this recent incident, sent me back to the time I lost my mother to a cold or flu, and when virus went to her heart. Mom left like that.
Now as I write I know, I was caught in that situation and trapped. In the world of healing, they call this—Trance.
All the feelings of pressure, helplessness, sadness came, and now I understand why I had all these unexplainable bouts of indigestion, bloating, pricks in the chest, heartache, backache.
All the pain and lack of support —they are all back.
And they remind me, there is something not resolved in my life, I m blessed and thankful I have Teacher with me to help me bridge the river I was to pass these 16 years.
Yes Mom, now I know —or probably not enough—-how I missed you, how important you are to me, how I see the world of you. How you love me, and how I love you.
It seemed like I didnt progress at all these 16 years, not making sense or accepting that you have left.
It all started with a little story I told Teacher yesterday.
I shared that I was missed out in a few meetings on content for events, and the final presentation came below my expectation. Also, I used to plan content for some events, but now I m not involved because I was left out of it.
I felt like I was not respected, not recognised, I was sore and angry about not being consulted and for the final event to come out sub standard.
But it beyond this thing about respect and recognition, I wanted to give and offer my help, but I was rejected.
It was as simple as this, like I came forward despite all and I was not given a chance to offer. Its like being turned away.
It hurt me a lot. Rejection.
Teacher was very sharp. He picked this out, that in life if you meet with circumstances again and again, it meant there was a deeper root that needs to be undone. Well in my last role, I also met with an authority who did not see my capabilities and rather believed in substandard people who were all about telling sweet nothings but had no real capabilities.
Teacher was so sharp, he laid me down, and asked for permission to put his hand on my stomach.
Coincidentally, in the days before, I had the thought of him using his magic hand, to help me clear away old energies, I felt trapped in all the body symptoms I was experiencing, it felt so tough so I thought of using his hand.
And he did.
He didnt do anything, his hand was just above my tummy and we spoke.
He said, “Before we start this process, I would like to say that, a lot of times, there are problems which surface once and again, and somehow you get the idea that, these problems cannot be solved with your capabilities, intelligence, so we ask upon higher powers whom you feel an affinity to, to be present to support you. To show you the path so you can breakthrough.”
I did, “Dear Lord Buddha, Goddess of Mercy, Guru Rinpoche, my guardian angels, may I invite you to support me, to show my the path, the light, may I be healed.”
Teacher: “Alot of times, we neglect this energy that is Mother Earth, Mother Earth is all encompassing and nurturing, You lost your mother, but there’s Mother Earth, use a bit of imagination, see yourself running on the greens. Feel Mother Earth’s love.”
Strangely last week when I was in the Botanic Gardens, I had this longing to lie on the green grass and I did even if I was dressed for dinner at a starred restaurant.
A few days ago, while I was walking after lunch, I specifically looked for a patch of green, my back was so uncomfortable, I felt like I just needed support, I just needed to lie down.
I told Teacher about this, and he went, “See your longing to be connected?”
“I want to bring you to the greens, and rest in nature. What do you see?”
“I saw myself in my old house, I was ironing the clothes, and Mom was back, she went to mop the floor again even if I had done it for her. I was so angry ironing clothes, I told her off—– next time you do it yourself. Mom was very sad, she cried hearing me say this, she came over and put her hands on my shoulders, and I brushed it off. She said, ‘Girl, dont be like that to me’. I told her off.”
She rejected my help and I rejected her plea.
Now as I write I know—this I had been clinging on to.
Teacher said, “did u regret? did you feel sorry?”
I said “Probably? I was so sore and angry and frustrated, when I have already done it for you, why do you have to redo? Dont you trust me?”
Mom had high expectations and she redid things I did.
Teacher was super sharp. He pointed this out, “If you had the chance to do this again, what would you say to her? What is it you want to say to her?”
“You are so busy and tired already, the floor is not important, your well being is more important. ”
Teacher: “Do you see how much you cared for your Mother? But look at this again, this time in the perspective as a Mother, if your daughter is doing housework for you, would you do it again?”
I was like, SHIT.
Teacher, “And it was because you saw things your daughter couldnt. Yes you would, because you have your mother’s exacting standards. So your mother also saw things you didnt do, that was why she did it again. Can you understand this? So if you cannot accept your daughter’s work, can you accept what your mother did? The fact that she mopped the floor again?
Do you see how much of your Mother you carry in you? High standards, if not higher. Very high in fact.
And if your daughter did work for you, what would you say to her?”
“Thank you Qinzhi for loving me and helping me.”
And i immediately felt regret: How many awful things have I done to my daughter? When I shouted at her for not doing work? For not knowing math.
And Teacher picked that up!
It was impossible to fool him.
He asked, “Did you feel trapped in the middle, you with your mother, and you as a mother, facing your daughter?”
“Yes yes yes,” I said, “I think my daughter sees the world of me, much more, even more than how I see my daughter. She loves me more than I love my mother, very much more. But how many times have I hurt her? I dont know the extent of impact of my actions and speech on her. Like how my mother was to me. So how do i undo this? Is it to say the things I have to say? ”
Teacher, “Nope, we still have to go back to that situation. What is it you really wanted to say to your mother? I want to hear it, you have to say it out.”
And he couldnt wait longer, “You also wanted to say, I care for you, I hope you have time to rest, that is why I did housework for you. That was how much your Mother mattered to you. You wanted to help her and she rejected. But you see, it doesnt mean that you dont matter to her. It doesnt mean that she does not acknowledge your effort.
So coming back to the situations you encountered in life, once and again, meeting with bosses who do not seem to see your capabilities—-YOU DONT NEED THEIR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, THEY ARE NOT YOUR MOTHER.
Your practice and homework now and forward is—have the awareness to see this point. When your boss comes to you, be sure to understand this in you—that she is not your mother, you do not need their recognition. ”
Strangely, a few days ago, this popped out in a variety show I watched. It was a singing competition, and the contestant sobbed on stage recounting how they have been praised and discouraged by comments online. To this one of the judges said, “DO you know them? If not, why do you allow them to matter to you? ”
Another said, “Why do you not choose to look at the 100 praises but allow the 1 negative comment to affect you?”
Clamouring for recognition praises likes, these are the things I fall into to.
Teacher, “You mistook these for your Mother, because you once was rejected and was not recognised or acknowledged for your effort.”
But these situations come back to remind you to show you about a distant past I was fixated on.
Knowing this is important for me to breakthrough. Understanding that I m complete and not in need of recognition or acknowledgement. And Teacher brought me back to my intentions to show me why I was on this path.
“Do you remember, when you considered this job change, what was your motivation?”
“It was to share a light. To touch and to warm people’s hearts. I wanted to do that”
“Yes Yes, i remember you saying that! You have a gift for doing that. You are already able to see beyond words and speech to reach to that light below. You know, each of us is a light, but alot of times, this light is not being exposed, because of many reasons, like the norms of society and others.”
Earlier, I told Teacher about interviewing Daniel Boulud the day before.
I was at MBS and I had their crew to support. Everything was set up so perfectly, it was a dream come through for me.
I had interviewed the same chef ten years ago when MBS opened. Ten years later, we are back like how a circle completes it path but this time, even if we are in the same interviewer-interviewee position, so much has changed.
The setup is like magic to me, I commanded the team. There was a cue board, which someone held on to clap and it beared my name and the crew supporting it.
Seeing it clap is like magic, it reminds me to be in position. To be present to listen to ask the right questions.
It was also a motivation for me, where else can I go now that I m here, this setup inspired me, HERE.
Continue to go deeper within –yourself and others. The only way I can fetch out good quotes is others, is to go deeper myself. To experience myself.
I shared with Teacher how I made Daniel Boulud cry.
He was giving me all the best answers and I was almost giving up, I need something more personal.
But i persevered and wanted to try go deeper.
I got my chance when he talked about writing a book for young talents.
Until he talked about dreams and sacrifice. I asked him, what was the greatest sacrifice?
And he teared up.
“Every night, we busied ourselves working for the pleasure of others, no one would be able to understand how much a chef has to do to get to where he is.”
I could feel for what he said.
Many at times, it was as if, he was talking about my life.
I told Teacher about this. I told teacher also about Crenn who told me about her being adopted. But I said, even as she shared about accepting, I felt that she has not yet fully done so.
“You see, you can already see beyond speech, to bring people to their light below.”
I told Teacher about feeling like him when I do these interviews with chefs. And I can see how Teacher as a bystander and outsider sees so much more clearly. I said that everything is actually quite apparent if you are on the outside.
To which he agrees, “Yes because most of the time, we are all embroiled in our own story. ”
I thank him dearly, for being with me to support, to offer his time and presence, and to listen.
“It is easy for an outsider, but greater is the ability to stand above your story to see from a birds eye view. I m only a facilitator or a boatman who is helping people bridge the river and to go from one end to the other. You did it because of the inner wisdom and the desire to mend or heal yourself. So Pat yourself on your shoulder.
The setup is like a gift, from the universe, your effort and work is being recognised and this is like a gift to tell you how far you have come.”
I told Teacher about the Ishinomaki trip about this couple who went to this badly hit village in NE japan and came back changed.
The husband quit his job and left on a trip with his wife was was suffering from depression. He gathered that no matter how much he earnt it was meaningless if his wife isnt well.
The wife was healed on the journey because she saw for herself how little she compared to the people who lost precious ones to the forces of Nature.
When they came back from their trip, the husband decided to do something he really wants, a little restaurant he always wanted and named it Ishinomaki.
They continue to visit the place and support the people there, by way of important produce from that region. I had a chance to interview this couple from my previous position and now the wife is giving me a chance to work on a video. And wanting me to go because she felt I would be the best to express this.
I told Teacher I was hesitant to go, because I dont think I want to confront myself. I told him in the process of interviewing chefs, I see my story in theirs and their story in mine.
And Teacher says, “You have all along been telling me about other people. But what about your own story? I want to hear your story.”
I was very touched.
I was thinking in me, “would anyone want to hear my story? does my story matter?”
But Teacher says, “I want to hear your story, you should be in the frame.”
I was very touched, because he acknowledged me, my time my experiences and all of the emotions the ups and downs, the mistakes and the right.
I saw a FB post on how tibetans did their sand art, “Each grain of sand is important in building a thing of great beauty.”
Teacher heard me in the heart and saw me.
I told Teacher that more and more, I am beginning to see myself. By first beginning to acknowledge my credit as an Interviewer at the end of my videos, and then wanting the crew to film me in the process of interview.
I think Ishinomaki is the right one.
He adds, “I think the timing is right. You are ready.”