Kai Chi Do Seva Sunday

by Susan Robinson on May 4, 2015

2014-12-26_2039_001Each Sunday for the past many years, Charles offers Kai Chi Do class, open to the public.  He calls it Seva Sunday.  While we are enjoying this beautiful Spring weather here in Florida, the class location is Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs @ 9:30am (we gather at 9:30am and Kai Chi Do begins at 10am). After class yesterday, Mark Marano wrote this inspiring post on Facebook about his experience:

What a beautiful experience today during and after Kai Chi Do! Thank you Charles and everyone who was there! When Charles went around asking each of us to state our intention, I said peace and awakening.

On the way home today, unexpectedly, this struck me as I was driving. All of a sudden, I noticed the beauty of the trees and landscape out to my left as I was driving. I seemed to notice more details perhaps, or I was just more in tune with everything there. It felt very calm and peaceful. It was as if I were struck with awe. It was almost like time had slowed down yet it was really just me slowing down, and naturally relaxing into the moment. The mind was quiet or I was out of the mind. I was experiencing the world from a higher place, yet I was grounded and fully coherent in driving.

When stopped at a light, it seemed as if there were complete silence in that moment. I’d usually hear noise in the distance, though that had completely faded away. Once again, I had discovered the presence, the here and now. The silence of the presence had become ‘louder’ than the noise of the environment. Or just being more deeply connected to the presence, that silence manifested in the external world.

There is nothing more amazing than being in the present moment, especially being completely in the present moment without the chaos of the mind or ego. The world truly is beautiful. It’s just how we’re looking at it, and filtering it through the mind/ego, that prevents the true experience of what is. Know that life and the world are beautiful and you will begin to experience it as such, or you will embark upon your own journey that will bring you that perspective.

Earth will become truly amazing as more and more of us continue to awaken to higher levels of consciousness. Just imagine how beautiful our experience here will be when we are all fully awakened. It’s not that far off in the future. We’re getting closer and closer every day!

Choose love, peace, and awakening. Your world will transform around you.

Thank you, Mark!  Thank you so much for bringing your open heart to this world.

Many Blessings!

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The Math of Useful Beliefs

by Susan Robinson on March 4, 2015

When our daughter was little and learning basic math, she used a variety of devices to represent the quantities associated with numbers.  She used objects, an abacus, and tapping her pencil to count.

Her grandmother was delighted when our little girl finally settled on using her fingers as counting aids.  When I asked Grandma why, she smiled, wiggled her fingers in the air, and said, “Her fingers are always available.”

Useful beliefs are a lot like using your fingers as counting aids.  They are always available.  They keep you self-reliant, because you don’t need anyone else’s help to be able to use them.  They don’t require any special technical skills.  You can take them for granted and only pull them out when you need them.

You might ask, “Isn’t there some objective truth?  You can’t argue facts.”

Often times we don’t know all the facts.  We may have limited information.  Most things are open to interpretation.  We respond primarily to our particular view of the facts, rather than to the facts themselves.  We respond to the meaning that the events or facts hold for us. Sometimes, you have to look at facts in context of the bigger picture.

Abraham-Hicks uses a charming analogy to illustrate this point:  If men broke into your home with axes and hoses and broke up your furniture and flooded the interior of your home with water, you’d be outraged.  Unless those were firemen saving your home from flames.

A useful belief is a thought that feels better.  But don’t go looking for somebody else to do the math for you.  Dogma is blind belief, adopting a system of beliefs prescribed by someone else.

Beliefs are only useful when they are true to you, and when they feel good to you.   You can learn from other people but ultimately you decide.  You just have to ask yourself: does this thought feel good?  And if the answer is no, reach for another point of view.  A single thought can make all the difference.

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What Charles does when no one is watching

by Susan Robinson on February 28, 2015

Caught on video.

Play with Chi.  It’s good for the planet.

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Family, Friendship and Love

by Susan Robinson on February 3, 2015

This is a transcript of a speech our daughter Shanti gave to a class at St Petersburg College last week.  So many beautiful insights.  family friendship and loveMeet Shanti Robinson:

Hi everyone! I’ve brought an enormous paper sculpture that is important to me and is also symbolic. You may be wondering how to maintain a happy life. I’m still learning too, but these are some of the things I’ve learned and maybe they will apply to you.

My name is Shanti Robinson and I’m going to talk about some of the most precious aspects of life: family, friendship, and love.

Connection is one of the most important things in any relationship. Like this paper sculpture.  It’s connected to make this unified globe. And if you were to take one piece out, the whole thing would fall apart.

I’m really grateful for my family because we trust and respect each other completely. Trust enables us to share our deepest thoughts and feelings with one another. So our discussions consider everyone’s feelings and disagreements often end in compromise.

My mom and I are both very strong-willed individuals so sometimes we argue. But we learn from each other. One of the things I’ve learned from my mom is to think before I speak. I treasure this insight because it has helped me in all areas of life, particularly in friendships.
 
I calculate everything I plan to say. What I mean by that is before I respond, I predict how a person’s going to react and I edit in my mind until I can visualize a positive outcome.

People are multi-dimensional like this 3D sculpture, so people will react differently to what you say. The perception of kindness is relative. So in order to be compassionate with everyone, I learn about that person and adjust to better communicate with them.

My best friends are kind and we connect on a very deep level.  Although I love all people, through experience I’ve learned that there are some people I can’t be friends with.  These are people who take more than they give.  That can be really draining.  I learned that lesson when I fell in love.

The person that made this sculpture for me was the first person I ever loved.

Even though love is always magical, our relationship didn’t end well and I realized that there are two different kinds of love: incompatible and compatible.

Incompatible magic was what I experienced. It was magical because our connection and the moments we shared were intense and inexplainable and we wanted to spend all our time together. But it was incompatible because our needs conflicted. He wanted an undefinable romance and I wanted him to be known as my boyfriend.

Compatible magic is what I believe everyone desires. It’s the type of love where everything is mutual. Both people’s wants and needs are met. Compatible magic lasts forever. It’s beautiful and sometimes complex but there’s always a happily ever after.

So again, I’m Shanti Robinson.  And these are my deep thoughts on family, friendship, and love.

 

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Celebrating our love for the world

by Susan Robinson on November 26, 2014

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Something I am grateful for is…………

It’s a good way to start.  Something I am grateful for is….

The oneness in our family.  May all be so blessed.

How Charles sings off key.  May everyone know his gentle heart.

The warmth in our home and the abundance on our table.  May all be so blessed.

Shanti’s insights about people, life, souls, the universe, and Korean dramas.

The feeling of connection to all things.

Netflix.

The fireplace in our living room.  The hot tub on our porch.  Mountains.  Pinecones.   The fragrance of the desert.  Tangerines.   Amethyst geodes.  Inspirations in the shower.  Finding my balance when I wobble.  The moments when we sense heaven on Earth.  The moments when I disappear when I’m listening to someone.  The intimacy that happens when you ask and someone tells what their life is really like right now for them, when they say how they really feel, and you understand – just because you haven’t judged them, just because you are there in that moment, accepting, respecting, honoring, appreciating.

Things that comfort me…Charles’ voice.  Latex pillows. The kindness of friends.  Paid vacation.  The music of Nell.  The generosity of NemoThe Gentle Barn.  My reliable heart.  Hot cacao with agave. Puppies. Tina’s laugh.  Marty’s love cartoons.  Transformation.  The smell of baked apples with cinnamon.  Electric blankets.  Messages from the Divine, especially when they arrive on billboards and bumper stickers.  You, who lift us up with love.

May it be a year of abundant Blessings for you.

We appreciate you.

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