T’ai Chi Chih has begun to spread. Little pockets of enthusiasm have begun to form in isolated places, and these tend to grow rather rapidly. It is exciting to see this. No amount of planning can cause this result; T’ai Chi Chih is spreading and proliferating because of what it is and because of the teh (inner sincerity) of those teaching it.
From the beginning I have felt that the future of T’ai Chi Chih lay not in Madison Avenue or Hollywood, but in the quality and dedication of the teachers. Early on, teachers found how rewarding it is to teach T’ai Chi Chih, to see the joyous, energetic look of students’ faces, and to feel the excitement of the group energy. My trust has not been misplaced. The quality of people who have been led to become T’ai Chi Chih teachers is very high. When people come to the annual teachers’ conferences they find others such as themselves, and the atmosphere is a very positive one.
Active teachers should make a good living from teaching T’ai Chi Chih, providing they stick to it and do not expect instant rewards. Some momentum has to be built, and giving presentations regularly, not just in the beginning, is one of the best ways to build it.
This article is published in Spiritual Odyssey.