Kung Fu Panda and Enlightenment

“You must let go of the illusion of control..”

~ Kung Fu Master Oogway

Dear Wonderful Reader ~

Are you, like me, a fan of the Kung Fu Panda films?

Within them contain treasures:  golden wisdom treasures. In fact, most everything you need to know about life, energy, and higher consciousness can be found in the storylines. According to lore, Einstein once said: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.”  That would sum Kung Fu Panda up in a nutshell.

Our brains are continuously evolving and our consciousness eternally expanding. And although intelligence is typically looked upon with admiration borderlining on reverence, wisdom will always surpass intellect. Intelligence is finite.  Wisdom if infinite.

Case in point the Tigress…the obvious shoe-in for the Dragon Warrior: Focused. Determined. Confident. Ultimately her experiences humbled her…which, in itself, is a sign of strength…her destiny lesson was learned.  And who would’ve thought the clumsy, emotional, wide-eyed, open hearted Panda was actually born to be the Dragon Warrior. Such is life.

The character Po is:  intuitive, enthusiastic and humorous–forming a trio of important energies which contain the fundamental elements of Enlightenment.  And so we bow deeply to Po and sit at his feet. He makes it look easy…and it simply is. We choose to make thing more difficult than they need be. Choose joy instead, it’s your birthright.

Make it a practice to hone your intuitive skills. Listen to your gut feelings….get in tune with your personal connection to universal energies by going outside of yourself and into nature.  Dive deep within your solar plexus (manipura  is the Sanskrit word for the third chakra which translates to the “City of Jewels”) in meditation.  Breathe deeply into the center of your being.  Connect the dots in your life, trusting you’ll be shown the highest and best path. If something organically doesn’t feel right…that’s your intuition guiding you. However if  you’re spending a lot of time dissecting things and mulling over them in your head, then you may be playing into suspicion and paranoia–hence the importance of meditating on your feelings. Refrain from cooking something up, the truth will bubble up from your center. This is a learning process…and like anything…the more you practice the better you’ll be at discerning the truth of your experiences. Our intuition is one of our greatest gifts.

Enthusiasm is another key ingredient to living life to the fullest.  The etymology of the word enthusiasm is “divine inspiration”.  With that in mind, instead of being excited about something, be enthusiastic…it’s a much more powerful and creative way of expressing your feelings.  For example, Po was the “biggest fan of Kung Fu around” and his enthusiasm was the fuel that kept him going as he evolved into the Dragon Warrior.

Humor is another golden key to enlightenment.  Lighten up, already!  I’ve found the easiest way to achieve non-attachment is to laugh! You’ve probably heard laughter is the best medicine…and it is. Laughter is the quickest way to lift your vibration. I imagine you’ve experienced the magic of laughter turning your day around. Laugh always at yourself and at your seriousness…laugh not at others.

Lastly, I so enjoyed how one of the quotes from the film overlaps with one of my personal favorite  wisdom morsels from Lao Tzu.

I think Lao Tzu would’ve gotten a kick out of Kung Fu Panda!

With So Much Love ~ Angela xoxox

“Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.”

~ Kung Fu Master Oogway

“Do you have the patience to wait
Till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself?”

~ Lao Tzu, “Tao Te Ching”

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