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Opening to the Spirit of China

Opening to the Spirit of China

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Published by MarcusTanthony
My Beijing trip was an eye opener.
My Beijing trip was an eye opener.

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Published by: MarcusTanthony on May 16, 2011
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Opening to the Spirit of China
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 www.22cplus.blogspot.com Here’s a confession. It’s not much of a secret really, and anyone who has read more thana few of my blogs will no doubt be aware of this at some level. So here it is. Sometimes I become frustrated at the typical mindset of people in China and Hong Kong. Ever sincethe late Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping declared “It’s glorious to get rich” around about30 years ago, China has been hell bent on modernization and in particular, the focus isupon materialism. Money and social advancement are at the forefront of most people’slives. Within this environment, there hasn’t been a lot of scope for the kind of ideas Italk about on this bog and in my books (well, my blog is blocked in mainland China,anyway!). For example, about four years ago I met up with a youngish woman in Beijing,and she was trying to begin a kind of spiritual/ New Age company there. I am pretty sure that nothing came of it, because she soon stopped responding to emails and I neverheard from her, nor of her, again. Yet there are changes afoot in China, in terms of a deepening of awareness, and likemost changes in china, they are coming fast!
Marcus T. Anthony 
(PhD)Email: mindfutures at gmail dot com
During the last days of my Beijing vacation, I attended a three day workshop with Australian spiritual teacher Leonard Jacobson (www.leonardjacobson.com) at a beautiful “resort” about one hour out of the centre of Beijing. I really didn’t know whatto expect, as I had only confirmed my place there two days before. I didn’t know who was attending, nor what Leonard was going to do. I just knew that I had to be there.I should mention that Leonard’s thinking has inspired me much over the years. Beforethe workshop I had met Leonard on two previous occasions, the last time being in 2001.I was driven out to the workshop by Amy, a Chinese woman who lives in Beijing withher American husband. I was expecting that there might be 10-20 people at the workshop. I shocked when Amy told me that there would be 130 people there from allover China, and I was the only foreigner attending! (not counting some Taiwanese).Beijing is very urbanised place, and there is not a lot of green space in the city centre.However when we got to the grounds where the workshops were being held, I foundmyself in large open spaces. The whole resort was brand new, and I could actually smellthe ‘fresh’ wood inside. The wide open spaces were bejeweled with large ponds (full of fish), and hot springs. Birds sang in the trees, and geese waddled around the walkways.Once the workshop started, I was amazed at how receptive most of the Chinese peoplepresent were to Leonard's teachings and the simple - yet powerful - processes he used.Basically Leonard brings people into deep presence. His entire teaching centres on thesingle premise that “enlightenment” happens now, and that attachment to the past andthought of the future ensnare us in the mind and ego.Incredible as it may seem, Leonard does no preparation for his workshops. Not even afour day workshop like this one! (I could only attend the first 3 days). Almost the entireevent unfolds spontaneously. There was wonderful translator there, a Chinese womannamed Tiffany, who had helped organise the event. As the audience began to relax into presence, the same thing began to happen ashappens with all Leonard’s workshops. Put simply, people's repressed emotional painstarted to spontaneously emerge. I was quite shocked actually. I really didn't think Chinese people would allow themselves to be so emotionally vulnerable in public, due tocultural restrictions there.Typically, what would happen is that Leonard would begin to talk about something, thensomeone in the audience would begin to sob or wail as their energy began to surface.Leonard would (on most occasions) then address the person, and quite often (thoughnot always) he would invite them out the front. Leonard would then help them toconnect with whatever pain they felt. This in turn would trigger some emotional releasein audience members. Let me give just one example. There is something of asynchronicity involved in this one, for me.There was a woman sitting right in front of me who kept putting her hand up. She wasprobably about late forties. I could see and hear that she was sobbing and shaking. She
 was a little scared, and kept putting her hand half up, but not high enough to actually attract attention. I wanted to help her raise her hand (the rescuer in me), but in the endshe got noticed. The whole situation was perfect for me, because there was something I was meant to see (of all the people who could have been directly in front of me, it washer!). Finally, Leonard asked her what her problem was. The woman was terribly distraufght, telling of how childhood was a nightmare. She began to sob deeply. Leonardinvited her out the front, and allowed her to express what she felt (the whole process was incredibly loving and gentle). Then the little girl inside her started raging against what happened during the Cultural Revolution (a hellish social movement started by Mao Ze Dong, lasting a whole decade, 1966-76). As she allowed the pain to surface, sheraged about how everything around her was darkness and pain and suffering, andnothing was safe.People started to shift a little uncomfortably in their seats, as you can imagine, becauseall talk of this period in Chinese history is effectively banned in China, right to this day.Soon the woman began to rage with full fury against the government and theCommunist Party for the living hell they had created. I was deeply moved by hercourage. She simply let loose her murdrous wrath, expressing what the wounded part of herself had been wanting to “do” for 35 years – to kill and destroy, to take revengeagainst those who had hurt her and those she loved.Leonard then helped her bring that wounded part of herself into the present, which is so vital for healing (As long as we are stuck in the pain, the suffering and the blame, wecannot heal). The purpose is to allow the pain and its accomanying story to surface, butto bring to deeper understanding that the story is not real anymore. It is only the painthat is real. The past is gone, and only the present moment is extant.I must say I was deeply moved by the woman’s personal courage.The next morning I was walking to breakfast, and the woman "just happened" to becoming out of her villa at the same time as me. So I started talking to her, and told herhow brave she was, and how China needed more people like her who could face the paininside themselves and express it responsibly. She agreed. She told me that she hadtalked to a friend beforehand and decided it was OK that she brought it up.The whole workshop made me realise that there are people in China, many in fact, whoare now willing to make the spiritual journey. Other Chinese people I spoke with told methat these kinds of ideas are booming in China now, and in the last year or two it hasreally taken off. One aspect of this is that life coaching using spiritual or intuitiveconsciousness is now increasingly in demand. I was told that there were many middleclass people in there 30s and 40s who are well off, but who are asking themselves why they are not happy and fulfilled.During my time at the workshop I was invited to give public talks and workshops atseveral different venues. During my vacation I also met with another women who has agroup of about 40 alternative practitioners in Beijing. She invited me to do some work  with her group.

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