Abundance vs. Scarcity

Whenever you start counting, you know you’re in scarcity mode. "Do I have enough?" It doesn’t mean you don’t count, or care in abundance mode. You still care and count, but you care from an abundant place.

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Alexis Neuhaus
Raising Your Unconscious

Our System can almost be summarized in this: that the conscious mind and the unconscious get along. They learn to become partners, or a team. It is like the parent and the child. You’ve got to be a great parent so you can raise the child in you. The conscious mind is the parent, the unconscious is the child.

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Alexis Neuhaus
The State of Undivided Attention

The State of Undivided Attention is when you no longer have suffering in your own body. So that means that your mind is ever clear. It’s no longer caught up in thought. It’s no longer caught up in emotions. When they happen they just pass by. It does not mean that they cannot happen, but when you are in the state it stops bothering you. Like something just passing by. It does not affect you anymore. So that’s called the State. And the way you go about achieving the State is through first bringing yourself to intense focus.

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Alexis Neuhaus
Cherishing

In my youth, I was really after the ultimate martial art. When you are younger and you try to become powerful, you are basically going after the ultimate information! You are going after the POWER, because knowledge is POWER.

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Alexis Neuhaus
The Kingdom of Heaven

Every human being is seeking one thing. Everything we pursue, everything we look for, everything we desire is really one thing that we really want. All spiritual traditions talk about this. Many people call it enlightenment, the Buddhists call it Nirvana, the Hindus call it Moksha, the Taoists call it harmony with nature, and some people call it union with God. You may have your own name for it.

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Alexis Neuhaus
Beyond Talent

Tai-Chi is not something you can learn with talent. If you think it is possible, good luck.  I will tell you, of all my students, the ones that left too soon were the ones that were talented.  When I first started, like most teachers, I liked the people who would get it fast.  I have given up on those people.  I like the people who stay.  Because they get it.  I am young, but I have been teaching for twenty-some years now.  I started teaching in high school.  And in my twenty years, the only people who have learned it are the people who have put in the effort.  And the only people I have seen who have put in the effort are the people who actually cared.

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Alexis Neuhaus
It's not about being peaceful

The ultimate goal of the SUN SHEN System is not about being calm, peaceful, or in a zen state, unless that’s what you fundamentally desire. Our System is about having enough tools to have understanding about yourself to pursue that which you desire the most. Our System is based upon fulfillment, not abstinence or asceticism. We practice asceticism to understand what our deepest desires are, not to get rid of them.

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Alexis Neuhaus
Journaling

The Journaling portion of our System is where you can reach Enlightenment. The Tai-Chi portion is really for full potential. They’re different. A human being can reach their full potential without Enlightenment. I see Tai-Chi people who have immense amounts of ability and mastery, and they have no self-knowledge. And enlightenment to me is when you stop getting in your own way. When you have saved yourself from yourself.

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Alexis Neuhaus
Gratitude

It’s difficult to be grateful with what we have.

We have been educated to get ahead. To grow, to look for the next thing. We have been educated to be discontent with the current state of things. Also, what we have seems to be boring. There seems to be no novelty.

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Alexis Neuhaus
Play is not what we think

When we think of play, we think of fun moments from our past, especially when we were kids. We remember water parks, we remember Disney World, we remember the jungle gym… the kind of activities where we had fun and felt lots of joy.

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Alexis Neuhaus
Enlightenment

We think, thinking is good.

We think, thinking is necessary. We value and treasure our thoughts. We all say things such as, “Oh, I think too much!”, “Just stop thinking about it!” or “I should be more present, be in the now!!!” as pearls of wisdom but yet we end up thinking any way.

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Alexis Neuhaus