Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Unless youre Native American; you have a Chain of Immigration

Over 118 years ago my great grandmother took her 5 children to a White Star line Ship (same company of Titanic) and shipped them off before her from Nivola Finland to escape the Nazi's and the Russian Red Guard. Four daughters and one brother made it to New York and my grandmother vividly recalled "once you saw statue of liberty" you knew you would be safe; America accepts anyone it was magical." They didn't know English or anything all they had was what they were wearing and a little money from their parents.  My grandmother is first on the left; her oldest sister on far right ran the whole show. They immigrated eventually and settled into Hancock Michigan and the rest is history.  

I often take this story and cherished picture to heart throughout my life; how lucky I am to be American and have free will to do whatever I like pretty much. Whenever I feel sorry for myself I pull this up on my phone and changes everything in a instant. I often wonder could I pull off what they did?

The President rode on "Make America Great Again"; his immigration Policy is fueled by scare the public and having a "us against the Rest of the World". His heart is on Building the Wall; by the time its gets done maybe many of us will be climbing that wall to get the hell out of here! All he is doing is causing a police state and creating more unneeded unrest. I like to remind him his ancestors were foreigners as well; not to mention two of his wife's as well. I usually stay out of cranking about politics but what the hell is really going on now. I am glad my Grandmother is not alive to see this nor her sisters or brother, they would be heartbroken in disbelief. America can you hear us, see us or feel us? Where are you......signed souls of hope and freedom
   I leave you today withe inscription on the statue of liberty:

 Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Meditation Moment: Cultivating Daily Balance

 A common trend in American Culture is to rush, hurry up, achieve, and proceed non stop. What many are lacking although is how to find balance, take time out for ourselves and appreciate our current daily life. This is why a Body/Mind system that fits your age, personality and body type is so crucial. Finding what is correct for you and developing it, is very important if you care about yourself.

If you don't take time for yourself outside of your Family, Spouse and Work Life, it will not be a surprise that you feel burned/fried out. I am forever grateful for what I have practiced since a young teenager and developed during my life. It has brought many many personal treasures beyond words.

 To see it through you will need a slick mind; in many ways blind faith on "Giving it a Serious Try" and enduring Spirit. Be it Qigong, Meditation or a personal Yogic Tradition, it will take commitment to it beyond what you normally give to normal activity's. Invest in yourself..


New Certified Teacher in Tai Chi 氣 Chi Flow Level I (太極氣流) and Emei Lotus Tradition I

Congratulations to Kathy Liang for passing the Certification Test in  Tai Chi  氣 Chi Flow Level I (太極氣流), a student now - a teacher dedicated to the tradition. She also received a teacher Certificate in Emei Lotus Meditation  and  Certificate of Completion of the Emei 49 day Purification Tradition. She will have classes in North West Michigan area; for more information contact us through this website.

Kathy has been a rare student whom practices what she comes to class for. I can see it in her practice and how she carry's herself in daily life.  A student of the past 4 years of weekly private classes; she's a textbook perfect example of following traditional guidance through verbal instruction and one on one training.  A perfect example of real experiences gets you to the end goal, and learning how to integrate "Qigong Way of Life" in one's everday experience.

I have taken her through many traditional foundations and rare ritual practice of  Emei Mountain Healing that Master Wen Lei Chen had taught me many years ago in Windsor at Reaume Park. Today was coming full circle where had I met her four years ago as curious student; she now is one of my most competent teachers to share Health and Wellness practices of Qigong and Ritual Meditation. Great Job :)

Gary W. Abersold