Dear REN XUE family,
2019 has been a year of growth.
It has been a big year for the growth of REN XUE. With the generous funding from donors and dedicated work of the community, vigorous foundation building has finally begun. This much-needed foundation will put REN XUE in a much stronger position to better serve the community and reach out to the world. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this positive development.
In REN XUE life cultivation, growth also has a very specific meaning – progress towards realization and wisdom. It has been the focus since the Level Six Teacher Training held in November last year, and it will continue to be for many years to come.
Why do we focus on growth for our work on life? First of all, it is a short-cut to good health, happiness, and a sense of wellbeing, which we all want for life. Secondly, it will enable us to transcend the restrictions imposed by survival instincts and unhealthy patterns, and as such, allow life to be guided by clarity and wisdom. Thirdly, when we make good progress in realization and wisdom, our ability to help others will also grow with it. In other words, realization and wisdom is the key to Zi Du Du Ren (uplifting our own lives and helping others to uplift theirs).
This new focus has been very well received! REN XUE teachers are also making it the focus of their work. I am aware that many of our teachers are working on Five Xin (trust, openness, love, gratitude and gongjing – true respect) and patterns with their students – topics that are becoming even more popular than the moving Qigong such as Tian Yuan and Ren Yuan. I’m not surprised by this because the work on the essential qualities of the heart and patterns can have a profound effect on life. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers for the excellent work they do for the community and for being true examples of Zi Du Du Ren. I would also like to thank all students for using REN XUE to work on your life – I trust that you will all continue to work on yourself to transform your own Xin Ling (heart) and consciousness.
I have been enormously touched to see the positive response to this new focus at all the events I have taught this year – five weekend workshops and four retreats. It was very clear to me that the focus on realization and wisdom reached many who were ready for it. At every one of these events, I felt a deep heart connection with every participant, and I saw fervent eagerness in their eyes. This connection inspired me to share from the deepest place of my heart and Shen. I could only hope what I shared was good enough nutrients for their growth!
I feel very grateful and hopeful seeing how you take the work on realization and wisdom so seriously and whole-heartedly. Humanity needs to wake up from the long sleep if it is to deal with the many crises it faces and succeed. I now have all the reasons to feel positive about it! I thank you for your relentless effort on your own growth. Your growth means the growth of humanity.
I hope you will take a moment to reflect on 2019 and celebrate all that you have achieved, big and small. I look forward to continuing to Zi Du Du Ren with you in 2020.
With utmost gratitude and love,