There are two histories of mankind: one is cultural, which is lasting, and the other is the study of aggression and violence, which is fleeting. As an example, there are no remnants of the work of the Greek army, but the philosophers and playwrights of Greece contribute much to our everyday life.

The spiritual development of humans is so slow that we take it for granted the egocentric way of thinking is the only one: “How does it affect me and mine?” Both Jesus and Buddha pointed the way to compassion, but that was merely a foretaste. The usual thought is that poor people bring about welfare, and that raises my taxes. There is no compassion for the poor; they’re merely inconvenient.

As one works with the Chi, in T’ai Chi Chih – circulating and balancing the Life Force – the pace of the evolving is greatly stepped up. How we think and act affects this Chi, but, in turn, we are the products of the Chi. Call it the divine instrument if you want. As we practice T’ai Chi Chih this Chi will be molded (and accumulated), and our spiritual evolution will be greatly enhanced. We will begin to change, and so will our world.

This article is published in Spiritual Odyssey.