Thursday 4 October 2018

Kahlil Gibran on Love

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
and  then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

Thursday 31 July 2014

Communigate Website Withdrawn

Jus to let you know are no longer functioning and that means my website has become defunct. I will re create something soon. JOe.

Monday 16 June 2014

Mind Moves

By Joe Harte The Taiji classics say the mind leads and the energy and body follow. But as my teacher Patrick Kelly asks “how many actually consciously train that way?” For the most part people move the body in some unconscious instinctive way and then bring their awareness into an often static held posture. How to break that cycle of move and listen, move and then become aware, is at the core of our training and transforms external movements, however slow, smooth, and beautiful into true Taiji. To begin the training to move the mind takes guidance and constant reminders so as not to forget to make the effort. The attempt should be to move the mind and use intention to lead every movement within the form, and then slowly bring that into the much more difficult scenario of partner work and the fixed pattern pushing hands. Master Huang (Huang Sheng-Shyan) said there are no secrets in Taiji just things too small to be seen. Patrick Kelly, Master Huang Xingxian’s long time inner school student, says that if there is a secret it’s knowing where to put the mind and at what time. This moving of the mind training begins with awareness which in itself has an intention buried within it. That is to say by its very nature moving the awareness through the body has an implied intention. Patrick Kelly teaches a training method that begins the first timing of the mind with the movement of the body itself. We contract muscles to lift the body, and then release muscles to let it fall. In the rising wave of contraction/ lifting the mind is trained to move with the rising movement. Then within the releasing of muscles and body falling the mind moves down. The timing of the mind relative to the activation/ de-activation of the body is usually introduced to new starters by asking them to press their feet into the ground to begin the lifting process then let the minds awareness follow that movement up. This is really just to introduce the idea and is in fact the opposite of what the classics state because in this instance the body is active and the mind passive i.e. the body has been activated (by some means) and then the mind follows. Some period of practise is necessary to allow people to get used to the idea of consciously moving the mind. Once that stage is reasonable and comfortable it becomes possible to begin to draw the mind up and down more or less simultaneously with the body movement whist at the same time becoming aware of the first two muscle state changes – muscle contract and muscle release. After some time and effort this then leads naturally and gradually towards moving the mind a little ahead of the body movement to include the joint sensors. At this stage the practise is now tending towards the ideal of what is asked in the classics – that the mind leads. And now we can say the mind is active and the body passive. Once that process has begun, beyond those initial timings exist a whole range of timings taking the mind slowly further and further ahead as the awareness deepens and is able to listen to more and more subtle and levels. As Patrick says it is only really possible to generate an intention from the level at which you are able to listen…….. and so slowly the deep mind awakens. Patrick and his students teach in Zurich, and recently he opened a state of the art facility in Shanghai which visitors are welcome to For classes and Seminars in the UK Joe Harte teaches regular classes in Durham with Seminars in Durham and London and elsewhere by request

Friday 17 January 2014


Regular Open Seminars in Durham & London.

with Joe Harte.

Taiji in the footsteps of Huang XingXian & Patrick Kelly


Next Seminar:

Jan Sat.25th 2014 DURHAM

Feb Sat.1st 2014 LONDON


Progressive multilayered seminars suitable for people with some experience - ALL welcome irrespective of style. Each seminar has a particular theme, and begins by introducing the basic methods for those not so familiar with our system – You are most welcome to come and find out what we do.

Joe Harte is a long-time student and Senior Instructor under Patrick Kelly. Using deep concentration on the 5 inner senses he aims to lead people beyond just the outer movement into subtleties of the deeper inner practice.

2014 Seminars with Joe Harte

Sat.25 Durham

Sat.1 London

Sat.22 Durham

Sat.10 London

Sat.24 Durham

Sat.12 Durham

Sat.19 Durham Yoga Group(D.Y.G)Taiji Intro

Sat.20 Durham

Wkend - Lakes Residential - Fri eve.7–Sun.9

(Potential for 1Days to become 2Days if sufficient interest registered in advance. Attend ½ day am or 1of2days as suits.)

5 Loosening Exercises
Fixed-pattern Pushinghands
8 Paths Meditation

All Welcome - irrespective of style

Training Times:10am-1pm; 2pm-5pm

Possible outside training if dry and bright so be prepared. Bring lunch & a drink.

Unless otherwise specified the venue is:

East Durham College

Houghall Campus



County Durham


Seminar Fees per Day:

£50 non members

£40 members

£30 members training twice weekly with Joe.

Please e mail your intention to attend with £20 deposit If the day cancelled deposit returned. No re-fund for 'no-shows' Please help organizer by booking in advance as venues have to be hired and paid for – Thanks!


The historic city of Durham is a great place to spend the weekend!

Seminar in your town? 1/2, 1, 2 Day seminars possible in your area, tailored to your group. Free place for organizer (if min 10 people attending) + agreed expenses such as hall hire. Discuss with JOe.

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