Shifu Michael’s Journal Entry – 3.15.15

Shifu Michael Rinaldini

March 15, 2015
Wow, my 65th birthday flew by this past week. I am now really 65 years old. Congratulations to myself for this achievement.

Presently, I am trying to finish reading the book by Master Sat Hon from NYC who wrote a book on his cancer story. It’s called Healing Cancer with Qigong, One man’s search for healing, love and a cure for his cancer through complementary therapy. I plan to finish reading it today. In this insightful book on the fight to be cured from cancer using both traditional western medicine and the healing practices of qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine practices, Master Sat Hon weaves his story of his recovery back to health. His book even inspired me to learn the simple, yet powerful qigong walking exercise called the Gou Lin Healing Walk Qigong. I learned it easily, at least on the beginner’s level of understanding it, and even shared it with my Saturday qigong class. I mentioned that it is good to know even if they don’t have cancer, but at some point, someone they know may get cancer and they can then pass this knowledge onto them. And for now they can think of it as a way to practice spring cleansing qigong.

Towards the end of this book, I came across another nice surprise where Master Sat Hon and I, meet in harmony with the Dao. I’ll include a few lines here from his book on my favorite topic of Not Two, and the realization of the Dao:

To conceive of the awakened nature belonging to a fragmentary self is completely nonsensical and ultimately a form of insanity. Therefore, the phrase, ‘I am enlightened’ is an oxymoron for in the enlightening state of being all identification and separation dissolves into the vast cosmic ocean of consciousness. There is only awakened nature without coloration or image, there is only enlightening without the ‘I am.’ [1]

What a wonderful description of the nondual state of being that I write so much about from our zuowang meditation point of view. Here is a core Daoist understanding that there are not two separate things in the entire universe and that it is only our limited “I” centered egos that prevent us from seeing through the clouds of separation. And furthermore, Master Sat Hon goes on to give us a gem of truth from his cracking the matrix experience during one of his difficult battles with cancer. You’ll see here the transformation of the perception of reality from the dual to the nondual level of reality:

I gazed back at my own original unborn face. Instantaneously, I was plunged into a boundless, non-conceptual consciousness and the mind stopped; time stood still, space expanded then vanished. All that was left is pure un-fabricated pristine awareness without self, other or anything else. In that brief moment perhaps lasting no longer than a few minutes, my life had irrevocably shifted from insanity to sanity, from the delusion of ego-hood to boundless being. And I wept and then laughed: So that’s it. Tat Tvam Asi. Suchness. Enlightenment. Awake! [2]

How similar to my own story of what happened to me back in my early days of learning about Zen meditation in the 1970’s. It is refreshing to see the universality of such experiences and it is a testament to the spiritual path as being essential for being truly alive. And as for Master Sat Hon, it is no surprise why I asked him last year at the Daoism conference in Boston, to be an Honorary Member of the American Dragon Gate Lineage, which he humbly accepted.

[1] Healing Cancer with Qigong by Sat Hon. P. 120

[2] Ibid.

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