Naked Tao Challenges Your Assumptions

Naked Tao Challenges Your Assumptions

Naked Tao is a modern fable that offers creative solutions to modern crises using ancient truths. This offbeat story is told by a modern Taoist struggling to find his way in the 21st Century. As you turn the pages you will find yourself examining your assumptions about sex, medicine, and relationships.

Our journey begins at 9:00 p.m. tomorrow night. Sunday Night Cliffhangers at NTPublishingCompany.com. Spread the word my friends.

Peace out,
Robert

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Spill Out Into the World

Spill Out Into the World

Excerpt from Robert Grant’s Upcoming New Novel

Yet, here I was making sand angels next to the mother of all sea turtles. Her presence was no accident. If I had learned nothing else from Ch’ing, the one thing he taught me was to pay attention and never assume events are accidental. The Universe gladly delivers the message we most need to hear. All we have to do is pay attention and the way will become clear.

I took a slow deep breath and focused on a pinpoint of light at the still point of my being. It is from this vantage point that I co-create my life with all sentient beings. The stillness radiated outward from my center until I was full of emptiness. Only then did I allow it to spill out into the world around me, because we are all in this together.

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Spread the word my friends.

Peace out,
Robert

Ancient Beginning

Ancient Beginning

There is a thread running from the beginning of time through the present and forward to the end. Yet it has no beginning and no end. It is known by all, but forgotten by most. Remembrance occurs in a flash and requires no special skill or knowledge. It is both change and changeless. It is here and not here. Know the ancient beginning, but live it now. Tao is but a word that suggests the essence. Truth can only be experienced firsthand.

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Fourteen

Look, it cannot be seen—it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard—it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held—it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
The form of the formless,
The image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.
Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the ancient Tao,
Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert

Infinity

Infinity

Legend has it there is a path to immortality. Most of us want to believe it is a true path and not a false one. However, if there are immortals among us, they guard their secrets well. Like many others, the Taoist have a tradition that speaks of immortality, but when we read their ancient texts, we see passages that encourage us to do less and permit nature to take its course.

Kevin Akers was a long-time student of Gia-Fu Feng. In this video we posted on YouTube, https://youtu.be/UjjpIIMoVVQ, he teaches a simple Chi Kung exercise that is called the “Infinity Exercise”. Rather than approaching this exercise as something new to learn, we suggest you think of it as a way of letting go of the things that keep you from remembering who you are. With this ritual of relinquishment, you will find the Tao and perhaps extend your days.
Bamboo Grove Infinity Exercise
Chapter 48

In the pursuit of learning, something is acquired every day.
In the pursuit of the Tao, every day something is relinquished.
Less and less is done
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The world is governed by letting things take their course.
It cannot be governed through interference.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert

Liberate your Creative Genius

Dear Friends,
 
I will be teaching a creative writing class to young authors (adults are welcome to attend) on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 11am to 12pm. The class is called “Learn how to Brain Dump the First Draft of the Book you Always Wanted to Write”.
 Brainstorm Writing Your First Draft
In his lifetime, Louis L’Amour wrote 89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction. His advice to writers was to “Open the faucet and let the water flow.”
 
Your head is full of great ideas. Do you want to learn how to open the faucet and let your ideas flow? Join author, Robert Grant, for helpful advice on capturing and improving your first rough story ideas at Lebanon Junction branch of the Bullitt County Public Library, located at 11382 Preston Hwy, Lebanon Junction, Kentucky 40150.
 
You can register for the class at: http://www.bcplib.org/writingcontest/index.htm
 
Call the library at 502-833-4648 if you have any questions.
 
If you are unable to attend, send an email request to Robert@NTPublishingCompany.com and I will send you a copy of the Power Point Presentation created for the seminar.
 
Liberate your creative genius
 
Peace out,
Robert

Stillness and Tranquility Restore Order in the Universe

Stillness and tranquility restore order in the universe

The practice of sitting or standing like a mountain exists in many spiritual traditions. It can be an integral part of a formal meditation practice or easily adapted to daily life. For example, try standing like a mountain while you wait in line at the grocery store.
Still and Tranquility Mountain
Here are a few simple things to keep in mind:

• A mountain is still and tranquil.
• When you inhale, stretch the crown toward heaven like a mountain peak piercing the clouds and reaching for the stars.
• Sink your root deep into the Earth. There is no separation between the mountain and the Earth. The visible part of a mountain is only a fraction of the whole. Be the Earth.
• Pause a moment before you exhale. Be still.
• When you exhale, pull your core in tight to support and hold the upward stretch.
• Pause a moment before you inhale. Choose tranquility.
• Repeat, but be gently with yourself.
• Observe as order is restored in the Universe.

Forty-five

Great accomplishment seems imperfect,
Yet it does not outlive its usefulness.
Great fullness seems empty,
Yet it cannot be exhausted.
Great straightness seems twisted.
Great intelligence seems stupid.
Great eloquence seems awkward.
Movement overcomes cold.
Stillness overcomes heat.
Stillness and tranquility restore order in the universe.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert

Gia-Fu Feng Tai Chi

Gia-Fu Feng Tai Chi Performance in 1976

Gia-Fu Feng Tai Chi PerformanceHere is a link to a Tai Chi Performance by Gia-Fu Feng in 1976: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5mNnRb3jI.  We want to thank Jan Errit de Vries who shot this wonderful film of Gia-Fu Feng in 1976.  You can learn more about Jan at http://taoartunlimited.nl/over-jan-errit-eartheart.

Gia-Fu Feng is best known for his beautiful translation of the Taoist classic, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.    You can purchase it direct from the author at:  http://www.eheart.com/TAO/TTC/TTCbook.html.

Of course it is also available in most book stores or from Amazon.com.

Gia-Fu Feng taught this form at many seminars around the world and at Stillpoint in Manitou Springs, Colorado, USA. He said he was taught internal martial arts from the monks at the Bamboo Grove Monastery in Southern China.

Peace out,
Robert

Bamboo Grove Internal Arts

Bamboo Grove Internal Arts

Follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BCN30f6Lg8  to a YouTube video of the Old Five Elements Tai Chi form from Bamboo Grove Internal Arts performed by Robert Grant. Gia-Fu Feng taught this form at Stillpoint on Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA. He said he learned it from the monks at the Bamboo Grove Monastery in Southern China. Kevin Akers and Robert Grant have taught this simple, but beautiful form, to over a 1,000 students.

Peace out,
Robert

Bamboo Grove Old Five Element Form

Review of Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching

Review of Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching

Many wonderful books inspire us to be the best version of ourselves, but on occasion one rises above the pack to Lao Tsu Tao Te Chingchange the very fabric of our lives when it reveals the nature of the human condition. Such a book knows no political boundaries or cultural barriers. Time does not dilute its message, because it is immortal. Gia Fu Feng and Jane English’s translation of Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching has been such a book to me.

Available direct from the author at http://www.eheart.com/TAO/TTC/TTCbook.html or on Amazon.com.

Peace out,
Robert