Be a Butterfly, not a caterpillar!

Holly Chamberlain

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(Here’s a throw-back-Thursday link to a powerful quote from Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s book, Silent Master…)

A Terrible Spell…

“But imagine if some terrible spell were to make the caterpillar forget his destiny, or forget who he really is. Imagine that the caterpillar never took steps to make the transformation possible. Imagine that he never ate the proper leaves, nor spun his cocoon. Perhaps he spent the rest of his life simply crawling around and avoiding his enemies, finally dying of starvation or old age. What a loss this would be! We would only hope that something, somewhere, sometime would make the caterpillar remember his true identity and fulfill his true destiny.” Silent Master, Dr Tae Yun Kim

Dr. Kim commented one day in, in Jung SuWon class, (Dr. Kim is a Great Grandmaster and the founder of the art of Jung SuWon), “What if the caterpillar decided to…

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Expressing purity is love

Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim, author, speaker, teacher, founder of Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy teaches “When you express “purity” which is the truth about yourself, you feel a love for yourself that is expressed by self-respect, self-esteem, and self-confidence!”  This is the part I was missing before I started training under Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.  I wanted others to love me while I hated myself.  I didn’t understand that loving myself is just being myself.  The catch is that I need to recognize who my true self is so that I can be my true self, and this is the part that required time and patience to look inside myself to see who my real self is.

You have the power to fulfill your dreams!

Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim, author, speaker, teacher, founder of Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy teaches “You have the power to fulfill your dreams!”  This is one of the Silent Master images in her book, Seven Steps to Inner Power.  What this means is that I have the ability to make my dreams happen.  I just need to be creative and work at it.  Some goals may seem impossible, but they truly are if I don’t even try.  Even if I don’t achieve a goal 100%, any progress I make towards that goal leaves me in a better position than if I don’t try.  The important thing is to take action and try.  Any baby step progress gets me closer to my goal, and then I can take another baby step.  Eventually I will get there if I keep trying instead of giving up.

To make a change, you must be willing to change

Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim, author, speaker, teacher, founder of Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy teaches in her book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within, “To make a change, you must be: willing to commit, willing to change, willing to have an open mind, and willing to take action!”

Change is hard, as there is momentum to keep going without changing.  For this reason, any change I make, first I have to be willing to make a real change.  It is easy to say I want to lose weight because it is a neat idea, it is another thing to really want to lose weight.  After I decide I really do want to lose weight for real, then I have to commit to that change, which means that I have to have an open mind to that change, and I have to be willing to take action.  To be different I have to do different.  I have to have an open mind to take action different from what I have been doing, and be willing to try different things to find what does work and what doesn’t work for me.  I have to commit to taking action, even when it is uncomfortable.  You lose weight by burning more calories than you eat, so either I need to work out more, eat less, or both.  Both are hard.  It hard not to eat when I am hungry.  It is hard to push myself to work out more when my body doesn’t want to cooperate.  This is why it takes commitment to stick to a goal and keep working at it– especially when things get hard.  It takes commitment not to give up when the going gets tough.  However, by committing to make sacrifice actions, I can achieve my goal– and that is my reward!

You must love yourself before you can give it to another

Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim, author, speaker, teacher, founder of Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy teaches in her book Seven Steps to Inner Power “Before you can express love, you must find love. You must know love within yourself before you can express it. You must love yourself before you can give it to another.”

It doesn’t work to ask others to love you when you don’t love yourself.  I tried for years to beg women to love me when I hated myself, and it never worked.  The more desperate I was for a relationship the more I drove women off.  Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim taught me how to love myself with all my faults, and then I wasn’t desperate for a relationship, and then I was able to succeed at getting a relationship by sharing my love with others.

Have an open mind! Have an empty cup!

Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim, author, speaker, teacher, founder of Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy teaches to have an open mind about new things.  She also refers to this as having an empty cup.  If my cup is full, then a new beverage can’t be poured into my cup for me to drink.  If I want to try new things, first I have to empty my cup to have room for new things to try.  The same thing applies to everything in my life.  I can’t learn anything new if my mind is closed with a full cup.

Experiencing Truth is Love

Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim, author, speaker, teacher, founder of Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy teaches “When you recognize or experience the truth about yourself you automatically feel love, because love is a quality of your true consciousness and true ideas.”  What this says is that the way to love myself is to recognize the truth about my self, and to be my true self.  Talking about myself isn’t love, being my true self is love.  When I lie to myself about my weaknesses, I am actually hating myself not loving myself.  I have weaknesses and strengths, and I have to embrace both to be truthful and loving to myself.