Sunday, March 29, 2015


The Inner Voice

Eons ago I met a friend named Louise, an outspoken nurse, in a prayer group.

We shared an instant bond and started meeting in a local cafe book store once a month.  Wonders of God!  I took pen and paper and took notes!

One day Louise said, "I'd love to come to your Tai Chi classes, but I broke my ankle a while back and have metal plates there.  I wouldn't be able to stand on one leg or kick."

Right there in the cafe, I jumped up, demonstrated White Crane Spreads Wings, a Tai Chi move, and exclaimed, "You don't have to kick, just point the toe!"

After that Louise came to every class, every level I taught right away!  She wanted others to know that Tai Chi is an experience of "being" rather than doing or learning a form sequence in a logical way.  

Louise continued, "When they see me modifying moves or not fitting in exactly, they'll be encouraged and keep coming to class and practicing.  Students will be set free of preconceived notions!" 

Become like a Human Feather

The Tai Chi Crane is a symbol of health, strength, and longevity.  The crane is a Tai Chi master.  Cranes blend Yin and Yang energies.  Waiting and watching with stillness and patience represent Yin.   The motion of a fast action strike, is Yang.  Both are necessary.

"All in balance in Tai Chi."

The crane is a study in grace and power.

The Human Angel
One day Louise mentioned, "I have to tell you, I am an Earth Angel.  I have been on Earth for many lifetimes.  I am leaving the Earth this time." 

Oceans of time passed.  

When Louise crossed over, I was miles away and teaching Tai Chi.  I gathered myself and continued on to class.  Only two student/friends came that day.  We shared and practiced very little.  At the end of class, a small white downy feather floated slowly downward from the ceiling?  Where did it com from?

Someone said, "It's Louise!  She's Here!"

I cradled the feather in the palm of my hand, soft, light, and perfect.

I thought I gave the feather to Dolores, one of the class members that day....

Light Years Later

Judy J. came to pick up the portrait of her two Cocker Spaniels.  For some unknown reason I told Judy about the feather floating down from the ceiling and showed her a photo of Louise.  

Within a short span of days, when Judy was at work, she looked down and, "behold," a white feather was resting on the floor just like I had described!  Judy picked up the feather and kept it, knowing Louise is near.  
Judy J. exclaimed:

"I have an Angel!"

The Tale of the Traveling Feather

Next, I called Dolores, my Tai Chi friend and student, but she claimed she does not have the feather!  I don't have it either.
Dolores questioned, "I wonder where the feather will appear next?" 

* "Do you ever wonder what fills the empty spaces?"

"Let the petals of your life unfold like a rose opening, one at a time and each in perfect order."


Key Words:  Angel, Cranes

* quotes by Louise Watson, R.N.

Related Posts:
Once and Forever, returning to center, painting the spaniels' portrait. 
The Rainbow Crane, Louise comes to call

Angels 101
The Human Angel 
Healing Hearts
Double Vision Two Cranes are Better than One
Universe, Shadows of Cranes, a Tai Chi story and poem

The Future of God, God A Revelation, and How to Know God by Deepak Chopra 

Ask Your Angels by Alma Daniel et al

Doreen Virtue, All Things Angel.  Books include Healing with the Angels, Angel Therapy, and Earth Angel Realms.

Tai Chi and Qigong 
Dr. Yang Jwing-ming book Shaolin White Crane, Eight Pieces of Brocade DVD's and more,

Dr. Paul Lam, Tai Chi for Health Institute.  Exercises for all levels, experience inner peace, improve strength, balance, flexibility, and range of motion.
New Book!  Born Strong, Dr. Lam's autobiography is here.  Read Paul's journey of overcoming his own obstacles then reach forward help others worldwide with unique Tai Chi programs. 

Wing Cheung,  18 Form Tai Chi Qigong is easy to follow and practice.  Expertly constructed exercise based on Yang Style Tai Chi, from He, Weiqi, and Qigong (energy work) from Lin, Hou Seng.

Five Animal Frolics, is an ancient Chinese exercised practiced by many.  Crane, Bear, and other creatures are included for strength and balance of specific areas of the body.

Musical Resources:
Song of the Day: Love Story by Taylor Swift, album Fearless

The Chieftains, Toss the Feathers, Irish music

Scarborough Fair, instrumental by Celtic Renaissance

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Images by Dahlis
The Flying Rainbow photo
Flying Crane, ancient Chinese symbol, detail in Dancing Cranes, oil painting
The Neon Rose, photo