CONTEMPLATION. The ablution has been made,|
But not yet the offering.
Full of trust they look up to him.
The sacrificial ritual in China began with an ablution and a libation by which the Deity was invoked, after which the sacrifice was offered. The moment of time between these two ceremonies is the most sacred of all, the moment of deepest inner concentration. If piety is sincere and expressive of real faith, the contemplation of it has a transforming and aweinspiring effect on those who witness it.
Thus also in nature a holy seriousness is to be seen in the fact that natural occurrences are uniformly subject to law. Contemplation of the divine meaning underlying the workings of the universe gives to the man who is called upon to influence others the means of producing like effects. This requires that power of inner concentration which religious contemplation develops in great men strong in faith. It enables them to aprehend the mysterious and divine laws of life, and by means of profoundest inner concentration they give expression to these laws in their own persons. Thus a hidden spiritual power emanates from them, influencing and dominatin others without their being aware of how it happens.
I Ching, 20. Contemplation (View)
Health and Philosophy Study Group
This group meets to read and discuss classics of Taoism, Chinese culture, Chinese medicine, and contemporary texts of Tai Chi philosophy. Topics include Taoist and Tai Chi principles as they apply to everyday life.
Currently all Health & Philosophy presentations and discussions are part of all scheduled seminars.
For seminar dates please visit Seminar Schedule.
Cost and Times
Cost: The Health and Philosophy Study Group is free when you are a member of either the Ongoing Tai Chi program or the Meditation program unless otherwise noted.
Tai Chi Center of Chicago
4043 N. Ravenswood, Suite #228
Chicago, IL 60613
Call 312.927.5959 to register.