Reflections on TCA in Sedona 2017

After 23 tries I think I’m starting to get the hang of this. The 23rd annual Tai Chi Alchemy in Sedona wrapped up a couple months ago and the magic is still very much alive for me. The love, laughter, and open-hearted appreciation of this group pervade my every breath. TCA arises each September, Brigadoon-like, in the exquisite red rocks of Sedona. We enter a time warp and seemingly pack a year of experience into a few short days. People start to roll in a week early to get their full measure. Newcomers are greeted as old friends. Old friends… Read More

SuperConscious! Seeing With Three Eyes.

  SuperConscious! is the theme of September’s Tai Chi Alchemy in Sedona. The idea was central to my talk at the Society for Consciousness Studies Conference in June, and it has been at the core of my research for a long time. This is a continuation of a discussion begun in two recent posts: “Awareness vs. Consciousness” and “Conscious and Preconscious.” If you haven’t checked them out recently, I recommend you do so before going on. It’s ok. I’ll wait. Some will recognize the idea of “Seeing with Three Eyes” from Chapter Six of Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate: Eye… Read More

Conscious and Preconscious

Here are some more thoughts on Consciousness and Awareness, continued from last post. In the last post I distinguished between consciousness and awareness. It’s not an absolute distinction but a pragmatic one. It is useful to think of these words this way…for gongfu, for healing, for living. Awareness: Responsiveness to one’s environment.\ Consciousness: Awareness of awareness. We humans start our journey in a preconscious state: body awareness. It is a fusion state, and the nascent nervous system is unable to differentiate anything. Pure sensorimotor functioning. This holds to about four months, when we start to distinguish the physical body from… Read More