Posted tagged ‘Tae Yun Kim’

This is Our Year!

January 29, 2017

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This is the Year of the Fire Rooster!  Welcome to our New Year, crows Jupiter, Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s rooster.

Here are the general characteristics of people born in the year of the Rooster.  Take it with a grain of salt, of course.  Dr. Tae Yun Kim cautions that while there is a lot of wisdom in these predictions, do not use them blindly and do not use them as if it was the total truth.

As for Jupiter, our mascot for this year, he used to live in trees until he took charge of a coop of hens.

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Nowadays, he is taking care of several chickens.  Here are some of them.

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See what I did?  Arent’ they beautiful?  Helena seems to say.  She is very proud of her eggs and makes sure they are healthy and perfect.

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She also doesn’t mind showing them off.  And why not?  Dr. Tae Yun Kim says to be proud of what you accomplish!  Don’t shortchange yourself.  If you made a mistake, acknowledge it, and if you accomplished something great, also acknowledge it!

So you see, roosters and chickens can be our great teachers, especially during this, their year!

 

 

 

Beautiful Hawks

January 26, 2017

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I have said it many times – I absolutely love and adore birds of prey.  They are so majestic and I am very drawn to them.  If I don’t see one for a day I really miss them. This morning, this beauty seemed to be waiting for me, at the tree he/she always is sitting on.

Halona, the hawk, reminded me of what Dr. Tae Yun Kim has said many times – it’s about how we view our lives.

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“The higher your view, the wider and more thorough your view.  Think of viewing something from the ground,  from the top of the tree, from a helicopter ( or mid-flight of a hawk) and finally from a satellite.  Which gives you the widest view?  The most information about the environment?  The Satellite of course!”

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Just think about it – if Halona had to try find food while on the ground – she wouldn’t ever see any and would starve.  The higher she goes up in the sky, the more she’ll see and the better the chance to spot her dinner.

And just like that, Dr Tae Yun Kim says, we need to let our spiritual being go way up like the satellite, and view our lives from that view!  Only then can we truly make decisions and gain insight into our lives!

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Why Coyotes can teach us a lot

January 25, 2017

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Who is that peeking out from under tall grass and underbrush?  Yes, that’s Corey, Corinna’s cub.  He feels quite safe there and he knows that I wouldn’t do anything to attract mommy’s attention.  Coyotes are highly protective of their young and will fiercely protect them.

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You might wonder what we can learn from coyotes.  Well, for one, Dr. Tae Yun Kim emphasizes how we can learn from every animal, every plant, every piece of nature.  They are God’s creations and they all have something to tell us.

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Even Coyotes.  Many farmers and rancher view them as dangerous predators, and they are absolutely right.  Yet coyotes are very intelligent animals who work together and plan their hunt together.  They know the power of teamwork.

But even when they are temporarily by themselves, they know what Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches us humans:

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“Too much of the time we feel controlled by forces outside us, when in fact, the goal of life is to realize that all those ‘forces’ are made of the same energy we are.  We are one with this energy and we can participate with it; we can transform and direct it instead of letting it just act on us.”

(The First Element, page 124)

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Corinne sure seems to feel confident and at one with nature around her!

Special insights from German Shepherds

August 13, 2013

Today we have a special treat – Sarang, one of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s German Shepherds, has graciously agreed to do a guest post for us.  Let’s give her a big hand, and read what she has to say!

Hello  everyone!  I am so glad to meet you all!  I am a very happy and outgoing dog, and I love to meet new people.   But that being said, I am Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s personal protection dog, alongside with my buddy Chung Song, and together we make sure that she is safe, at all times.

When we are in the living room, we each take our position on each side of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.

Sometimes we get rewarded, Korean style.  I have really come to like seaweed!

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When we are not busy protecting our Master, we love to play!  Our Master always says, “work hard, play hard!” and that is what we do!  Our favorite game is to play fetch!  It is actually a great game that requires speed, quick reaction, change direction in mid run, sometimes mid-air and incredible coordination.  Just like Martial Arts, and it keeps us in perfect shape for our protection job!

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Now during the hot California summer months, I really like playing in the water!

Here, I am imitating Chung Song, the perfect gentleman, drinking from the hose:

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But this is how I prefer to handle it:

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It is so much fun, and again, it is just like Martial Arts training!  You have to charge in, you have to be able to predict where the water will go, and as a special bonus, you get to drink a lot!

See how although we are K-9s, we are still warriors?  Oh and before you go, watch this – I am the star in this video!

How Henry the hawk helped me understand “awareness”

August 2, 2013

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Perhaps I am obsessive and compulsive.  Every time I go outside and every time I drive along our country road, my video camera is on the passenger seat, turned on, but not recording, just in case I see something I want to blog about later.

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But, I look at it more as being ready, and living in the here and now.

“Be ready anytime, any place, for anything,” Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches.

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See how good it was I had the camera with me today?  I hadn’t gone more than maybe 20 steps out of the house when I heard the tell-tale swoosh pretty much right overhead.

All I had to do was find Henry in my viewfinder, and videotape him. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, but with practice it works!

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This experience reminded me of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s wise words:

“True awareness means being right where you are, right now, without fear or worry or obsession about the future or past.  when you manage to do that, a wonderful thing happens. Focused here, now, you become undistracted.  You find yourself becoming mentally quiet.  And when that happens, you “hear your Silent Master, your inner voice, quite clearly.  you perceive all around you quite clearly.  You find yourself knowing what to do – now, ten minutes from now, or tomorrow.  As a result, you consistently find yourself in the right place at the right time.” (Seven Steps To Inner Power page 54).

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Underground Terrorists, or, why gophers?

July 30, 2013

Oh oh, what have we here?  What is that at the patio glass door?

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Could it really be…?

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Goodness, it’s Geoff, the gopher!  What is he doing here, above ground?

Now, granted, most people are not fans of gophers, in fact, if you love to play golf, if you love gardening, or love anything that has to do with outdoors activities, you probably don’t like these pesky little things.

However, God created them too!  And Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim talks about the importance of Yin and Yang, about balance, and about the Universe needing each species to be complete.

But seriously, a gopher?

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Help! Someone let me in! Please!

If you let me in, I promise not to dig in your garden anymore - promise!!!

If you let me in, I promise not to dig in your garden anymore – promise!!!

Well, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches that there needs to be balance, good and bad, hot and cold, sunny and rainy, and so on and so forth.

Since God created what we consider “good” animals – horses, cows, dogs etc….it’s easy to see why there are “other” animals, such as mosquitoes, spiders, snakes, gophers, and such.  For balance!

Here is my favorite quote by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim about this subject:

“It’s easy to want to change a bad condition into a good one, and it’s easy to make the choice to do so.  But what about when a good condition changes into a bad one and you didn’t choose that?  The knowledge of balance and change is a tool here as well.  This knowledge helps you keep your perspective when changes you didn’t expect occur.  (Like heaps of fresh dirt on an immaculate golf course 🙂 )  (Seven Steps to Inner Power, page 50)

And as for Geoff?  He realized he had to find another place to go to.

I guess I better go now

I guess I better go now

Hmmm, where did he go?

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Busted!

If I act really tame will you believe me that I am just a hamster??

If I act really tame will you believe me that I am just a hamster??

Finally, Geoff realized he had to go back home.

But it was great having him stop by and help us understand the concept of Yin and Yang – wouldn’t you at least agree on that?

Physical Training is Observing Reality

July 28, 2013

If you wonder what squirrels could possibly have to do with Martial Arts, consider this quote by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim:

“Even if there were no martial arts systems in existence, ,we could still learn much about the valuable trains developed by these systems, like survival, self-defense, courage, discipline, and patience, just by watching nature.  It’s not by accident that many martial art forms incorporate the qualities of animals: the tiger, eagle, crane, bear, turtle, monkey.  The original martial arts masters observed valuable traits in these and other animals, then imitated them to extend their fighting skills.”

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Not much in this picture other than dirt and a rusty pipe, right?  Well, on closer look

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you’ll see a very smart animal under cover.  Or shall we say, “in cover.”

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And if you are the main food for this highly skilled hunter

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You would look for cover too!

For both, hunter and hunted, it’s a matter of survival.  But Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s words apply to both sides:

“Now is all there is, therefore, any blow coming to you, or any blow needed to strike at your opponent, can be known or felt or sensed now.  This foreknowledge or ability to sense this is the best offense and defense you can have and is the reward for being disciplined to live only in the NOW, the only reality.”  (Seven Steps to Inner Power, page 84)

So you see, there is much to learn from even squirrels, out there, in the wild!