Letting go

Letting go physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually


I love the feeling of letting go spiritually. It puts a smile on my face and I feel more free. I am looking forward to achieving higher results in time to come. I am feeling chi down my legs and face also at times.

— Chris, Australia


Letting go is very important. We should let go physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

A lot of problems arise when a person cannot let go. He becomes tensed when he cannot let go physically. He becomes angry, afraid, nervous or sad when he cannot let go emotionally. He becomes dull-minded and stressful when he cannot let go mentally. He becomes depressed and imprisoned when he cannot let go spiritually.

When you let go spiritually, you open your heart. When your heart opens, you feel happy and you set your spirit free. You have found from direct experience the answer to a very important question that many philosophers have asked for ages, namely what makes a person happy.

It is not riches, not power, not meeting a pretty girl or striking a lottery. It is opening the heart. If meeting a pretty girl or striking a lottery opens a person's heart, he becomes happy. Otherwise he may remain indifferent.

We in Shaolin Wahnam have a few wonderful skills to open our heart. Our signature skill, of course, is to smile from our heart. When we smile from our heart, it opens, with the result that we feel happy and free. When you have this skill, it does not matter whether you are a pauper or a millionaire, on a lonely island or in a crowded city, when you smile from your heart you become free and happy.

It was not without good reasons that our past masters said, “Hok tak siu lam chan miew fatt, ho ko tim sek pin kam cheun”, which means “When you have accomplished the genuine, marvelous Shaolin arts, it is better than accomplishing the skill of turning stones to gold by touch!”

The above is taken from Question 2 of June 2008 Part 1 of the Selection of Questions and Answers.


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