What to Expect at Tai Chi Alchemy

Two things on my mind right now: Finding You in a World of It and TCA’s twentieth anniversary in Sedona. And they are on a collision course for September 19-21! That’s right, we’re releasing Finding You at TCA! The book is finished and at the publisher. (Beatrice did a wonderful job copy editing!) Micaela is finishing the illustrations and cover art. And I’m all a-twitter. Western Gate was written primarily for us taiji geeks who want to know what is going on with this strange martial art we spend so much time practicing. This one is for anyone and everyone… Read More

Twenty Years of Alchemy

“This is why alchemy exists,” the boy said. “So that everyone will search for his treasure, find it, and then want to be better than he was in his former life. Lead will play its role until the world has no further need for lead; and then lead will have to turn itself into gold. That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist In the early 90s I visited Sedona, Arizona for the first time and was immediately smitten. Magic was… Read More

Guru Mike Casto Talks TCA in Sedona

It seem like forever since I last posted. Sorry about that. I’ve been in the home stretch on my new book and I just finished the manuscript!  I’m really excited to share it with you. The book is called Finding You in a World of It. I’ve been working on it for a couple years (Okay, maybe longer than that.) This one is not a t’ai chi book, per se, although it is certainly informed by my decades of t’ai chi experience. I’ll talk about it in a post soon. Right now I’m focused on getting it through the publishing… Read More

Second Person Plural

I got a great question from martial artist and myofascial maestro Devin Ronaldson that I’d like to share with y’all. How does it affect I/you relationships that in some languages there is a plural you? Every romance language has one. Can one have an I/you relationship with more than one “you”? I/yous? I/y’all? -Devin Beautiful! The You of I-You is unique. There is only one YOU. When I address a roomful of people, it’s just You—not you and you and you and you. Distinguishing the individuals in a group where I emphasized their separateness would make it I-It. Second person… Read More

Coherence and Resonance

Coherence and resonance are two related terms that sometimes are confused. Coherence refers to the degree of unity within a particular system, like a car or a human body. How much wholeness is present? Resonance is the degree that one system vibrates with another. Do they cooperate or fight? Both are terms that are helpful in describing whether things are coming together or splitting apart. Any living creature can be said to be coherent just because it is alive. It has wholeness, existence as itself. None have absolute coherence. They are more or less coherent moment-by-moment. When highly coherent there… Read More