Cycles of change

Dr. Tae Yun Kim emphasizes that nowhere are cycles of change more obvious than in nature.  It doesn’t matter where you are, whether in a temperate climate, the arctic or in the tropics, there is always some sort of change going on in nature.

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In Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s orchard, the almond blossoms are always the first ones to appear.  Here you can see them just barely starting to open.

And no matter what the weather situation is like, they just keep growing.

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“We should be like these almond blossoms,” Dr. Tae Yun Kim says, ” No matter what is going on around them, they just keep on flowering.

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See how beautiful the fully opened almond flowers are?  Still, they will not last, and now when Dr. Tae Yun Kim goes out and looks at her almond trees, this is what she sees:

Almost ready almonds

Almost ready for harvest!  This progressive change in the almond trees reminded me of one of my favorite parts in  Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s new book, “Seven Steps to Inner Power – How to break through to Awesome!”

“You needn’t hold on to positive or negative conditions as though they will last forever.  Rather, let the flow from yin to yang to yin lead you into harmonious, balanced, progressive change.  Never be afraid of change.  By letting go and listening to your Silent Master, all change should lead you into greater good.  That is the purpose of change and the purpose of life.”  (page 113)

And isn’t this exactly what we can learn through these beautiful trees?

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New Beginnings

Spring has finally arrived in Southern Oregon, and everywhere you look it’s green and full of color, you feel it, you see it and you smell it.

It’s a time of new beginnings, also for Dr. Tae Yun Kim, who purchased a vineyard in the area and has just published her new and upgraded “Seven Steps to Inner Power -How to break through to Awesome!” Go grab this book either at any Barnes and Noble, or order online!

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Dr. Tae Yun Kim has had a grueling book signing tour schedule, and so enjoys coming to the tranquil Oregon place, tucked away in a small valley.

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Filled with trees and flowers, it is truly a place of refuge and refreshment, a sanctuary to recharge and refresh! Do you have a place where you can go and retreat to, refresh and feel better?  If you do not have access to nature close by, follow Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s suggestions on how you can still enjoy nature!

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The rewards of being patient

2013-07-16 18.54.26In Dr.  Tae Yun Kim‘s garden, there are many different plants, among them all sorts of fruit trees.

sweet, juicy figs

sweet, juicy figs

Dr. Tae Yun Kim uses growing fruit as a symbol for patience in reaching a goal.

“Unfortunately, we are bombarded by the media with images and slogans of instant gratification. ‘You want this…just call so and so now…’ Or, ‘You want to look like this, be like this…just buy such and such now.’  However, what you get easily, you can usually lose easily.  Even though as a rule we don’t take advertising seriously, we are still impacted by these images to some extent.  We are easily disappointed with delay when we pursue our goals, often using it as an excuse to give up.

2013-08-01 19.36.27Patience in today’s world is not something that comes easily and naturally, and is something we generally need to acquire.  That is partly because modern technology has given us a measure of instant gratification.  Today when we want food, for instance, we can have it instantly at the supermarket, at a fast food drive in, or at a restaurant.  But there was a time when we had to patiently watch over our crops as they grew, milk the cows, pump the water, make the preserves, bake the bread, and so on.  There was no room for impatience in that life.

2013-08-01 19.38.43Not everything will be simply handed to you in a spoon fed manner.  There will almost always be a process involved in realizing your goals, a series of many steps that seemingly start and stop.”  (The First Element, page134)

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Midsummer garden happiness and joy

2013-07-Happy Garden 1Dr.  Tae Yun Kim‘s garden is the perfect backdrop for her teachings and writings.  Wherever you are in her garden, there is peace, beauty, harmony, meditation and joy.

2013-07-29 Happy Garden 3It makes me think about what Dr. Tae Yun Kim wrote in her book, “The Silent Master,” about joy and happiness:

“Joy is something that exists all by itself, with or without material goods.  Material objects are merely enhancements, not necessities, and so happiness can only be increased, not lost.  You are really free when you find a natural joy within you and discover it is a part of you forever.  Why? Because nothing can ever rob you of your joy, and your joy will never depend on particular circumstances for it to exist.

2013-07-29 Happy Garden 4Joy is creative attitude.  Body and mind are one.  When you hold joy in your mind, you old one of the positive feelings that helps you create beautiful free forms in your physical life.  Just as love creates loveliness, joy creates happiness that is seen in your relationships, your work, and your home.”  (The Silent Master, page 160.)

2013-07-16 Happy Garden 2So wherever we are – even if not in a beautiful garden – let us find joy, peace, harmony and happiness within ourselves.

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Stargazer flowers – a true story

picture taken by Grandmaster Scott H. Salton

picture taken by Grandmaster Scott H. Salton

Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s estate is called Stargazer, and in her garden, she has planted a lot of Stargazer Lilies.  This time of year, her garden is exploding with the beautiful Stargazer flowers, and the strong, sweet scent permeates the air.  She explains why these flowers are so important to her:

“When I was a little girl, my parents rejected me as a curse to the family, since I was a girl – the firstborn – a girl, born on the lunar New Year – how horrible!

So, my father used to get drunk, almost every night, and was abusing me on a daily basis.  Because of me, he wouldn’t get his inheritance.  Because of me, he was an outcast in the village.  I was the root of all his problems!

He would always send me down to the local equivalent of a liquor store, and had me get him “makkali”, his favorite drink.  Me, a little girl, had to walk all by myself, in the dark, and get the drink, and then carry it back home without spilling it.

After he got drunk, he would then beat me and yank me out of the house by my hair, and lock me out.  It didn’t matter whether it was summer or freezing winter – he was drunk!

This picture was taken by Grandmaster Scott H. Salton

This picture was taken by Grandmaster Scott H. Salton

So when I was outside, scared, cold, hungry and hurting, I would look up at the sky, look at the stars, my only friends in the long, dark nights.  They seemed to blink so warmly and nicely at me, and keep me company, and helped me pass time.  In memory of my gazing at the Stars for countless nights, I was happy to find that there is such a beautiful flower called Stargazer.

And since this flower is also so very fragrant, I thought about the sweetness of its scent, making my life so much sweeter!” (Dr. Tae Yun Kim)

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Not “just a simple palm tree”

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It’s a pretty well-known fact that a palm tree, like any tree, makes a good home for birds.  See Dotty and her youngest baby?

But Dr. Tae Yun Kim pointed out more:

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Good luck clover growing right from the tree!  And even an oak tree is trying to make his home from here:

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And even what we consider a weed, has established a nice home here:

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This reminds me of what Dr. Tae Yun Kim says in her book, “The First Element,” on page 88:

“True serving is a powerful and pervasive form of love that benefits the server as much as the served (if not more.)  It’s sometimes true that the world does not appreciate the service and generosity of true servers.  But it doesn’t matter, because the servers know the gains, rewards, and true freedom that come with acting from this point of power.

Why is serving an expression of power and freedom? The answer revolves around “giving.”  Serving is the attitude of giving rather than taking, giving rather than controlling.  Giving people are powerful because they have something to give and they know what they have.  Knowing what you hae, especially if you know the Source off what you have, means that you can manifest infinitely.  What freedom this is!

You are complete, peaceful, and fulfilled

Your Silent Master expresses completeness, fulfillment, harmony, peace, joy, and love, and imparts these qualities to everything it creates.”

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The Fruits of your labor

When Dr. Tae Yun Kim grew up in Korea, having a garden was a necessity for survival, and not some sort of hobby.  Of course, people weren’t really growing pretty flowers (except perhaps rich people in the city or at the royal court) – they grew food in whatever space they had available.  If you didn’t plant, you didn’t harvest, and you didn’t eat!

When Dr. Tae Yun Kim was little, her family didn’t grow these….

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but mostly rice, potatoes, radishes, carrots and other down home foods.  There was nothing fancy, only plants that could produce well and reliable, and were not considered a luxury item.

Now that Dr. Tae Yun Kim has a wonderful and large garden, you can find different kinds of grapes in it.  In case you didn’t know, here is how grapes look when they are very small:

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The flowers are barely gone, and the tiny little round things are future grapes!

To Dr.  Tae Yun Kim, even something as simple as growing grapes, is very important.  She enjoys nature on many levels, and growing grapes fills her with joy – as a little ostracized and abused girl, she could never even dream of eating grapes, and now, she is growing them in her own garden!

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The power is in you, it is your personal choice what you do in  your life!
HE CAN DO, SHE CAN DO, WHY NOT ME!

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