There’s a magical tree down at Martinsell and at this time of year it grows diamonds. The diamonds can not be seen by just anyone, to most people they are invisible. Only the initiates can see. To the uninitiated, there is nothing see, it is just a damp tree, just a grey tree on a grey day. But to those in the know, the truly initiated, it’s different. They can see without words, they can look without concepts, and experience without criticism. They bring no past conditioning and no judgment into the moment, so they can really see. They see what is there, rather than what they think is there, and because their minds don't filter out the diamonds, they are plain to see.
When the initiates see, they see with a quiet mind and when they give the tree their full attention without mental distraction, then that attention brings the tree to life. And in that moment the damp grey tree, comes alive and it’s diamond chandeliers reveal themselves and they sparkle in the glory of your attention. My job on these retreats is to show you the diamonds, and once you can see the diamonds, you’ll be able to see the sapphires the rubies and a myriad of shiny things wherever you look, because once you have learned how to see then the whole world shines back at you.
Sunday morning Chi King, facing the Sun rise and Martinsell Hill, was unbelievable. Chi Kung is a wonderful form of mindfulness training and a powerful form of meditation. The retreat centre sit’s on top of the Aylesbury ley which is one of the most important energy meridians in the country. Practicing Chi kung in this environment compounds many times over it’s effectiveness and once the chi was flowing nicely and everyone was in the right place to explore how the mindful art of managing emotion.
Learning how to effectively manage your emotions in the body is the key to self control, you see, by mindfully observing our inner emotional responses in every situation it means we are always alert to how we are in any situation, with this awareness we can take steps to deal with ourselves so we can interact more consciously in the world and move away from reaction towards right action. It’s a life time’s training to master yourself, but once you start applying these principles in your daily life, thing improve greatly . When you act consciously in the world, the world reflects that back to you. Simples