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Spellbound — in search of Cha-Dao

Here is the next installment in a Dialogue between Ucluelet B.C Tea shaman Kevin Hartwell and Erick Smithe of Cloudwalker. It is offered in stacato form, as something postcards back from the journey into Tao with tea.

K. Hartwell:

Another amazing Tea Ceremony of 8 guests last night. ’15 Raw, Inspiration & Guest of Cloud. It was a dance between deep stillness & silence, deep sharing, laughing and perma-grins setting in by the time we reached Guest of Cloud. “Joy” was one person’s description of how they felt. This made me curious as to the grades of Tea outlined in Cha Dao – I see Joy is level 3. I suspect the Tea may be a higher level though. Evenings like this really allow the Tea, the guests and myself to shine. I remain incredibly grateful & honored to be a part of this way of serving Tea and furthering the energy of nature in the world. Thanks again for sharing this Tea and that love that shines through you too, I felt it here. Cheers Erick.

Erick:

Your most recent email about the tea session was well done. You’re capturing the essence of the process well. The tea tells me you’re doing great work. I would remember that it is being sensed through the whole cosmic chain of causation that is tea — from what we drink/store back to the trees of Yunnan.

It knows somehow, etherically or by some subtle energetic means I don’t have a word for. This is where the statement “…good tea is also looking for you” becomes even more meaningful. The more of this we do, the deeper our alliance with the plant grows.

Perhaps this is the nature of all things, but as far as positive and illuminating plants go tea is the most loving — for me anyway.

K. Hartwell:

Throughout the day yesterday I sipped a thermos full each of Guest of Cloud, Reishi & Inspiration and delved into some melding of energies in the forest yesterday afternoon. Headed into town and played a live show at the Ukee Night Market, dissolving into dreaming awake it seemed. Quite the spectacle. Sat this morning with Tea & quickly realized these old Teas remain with us far past the session. Only a bit of tea & presence led to what felt like another Guest of Cloud session. grateful.

Also seems checking in with the guests the next day is quite a good idea. Always interested in hearing how there night went and how they feel in the morning – insights, energies, dreams, gratitude, etc.

Into the flames

Blood maybe be thicker than water but not near as sweet. We drink but water and supple leaf. By this mixture the body becomes strong, wise as if by magical transference. The word beautiful is not enough, The liquid shimmers and lingers long in the marrow. Such is a path which extends back to before time. It wakes up in us ourselves, would we but have the love of water.

Learning to appreciate water is the essential element in tea brewing. It may be a first step or may come later, to love tea and water together is the progress to the exalted state. It is method through which we continually bow to the presence of life. It is a slow road to the divine embrace of self infinite —

By tea we may greet ourselves and other in truth and respect. Words may deceive, packages made to misrepresent, though energy never lies. It is a process of sharing which can unite and overcome all division —

What gongfu tea is & is not

Gongfu tea is not a style of tea brewing. It appears to be, and is often referred to as such. This, however, does not account for the manifold variations which arise according to personal taste and temperament. The individual is, ultimately, the most important factor in the art of tea brewing. Kung fu (gong fu), in the context of Kung fu tea, is equally solely referring to the invisible and indivisible power that the tea brewer can direct into the tea broth.

Those who fail to manifest this, or who are playing coy, will say it is simply a certain arrangement of cups, or that it is the use of small tea pot… Such a perspective is what is taken in kungfu circles — be they martial or artistic — as biao main (表面) gong fu — merely superficial skill.

What gongfu tea is & is not

Gongfu tea is not a style of tea brewing. It appears to be, and is often referred to as such. This, however, does not account for the manifold variations which arise according to personal taste and temperament. The individual is, ultimately, the most important factor in the art of tea brewing. Kung fu (gong fu), in the context of Kung fu tea, is equally solely referring to the invisible and indivisible power that the tea brewer can direct into the tea broth.

Those who fail to manifest this, or who are playing coy, will say it is simply a certain arrangement of cups, or that it is the use of small tea pot… Such a perspective is what is taken in kungfu circles — be they martial or artistic — as biao main (表面) gong fu — merely superficial skill.

Into the flames —

Blood maybe be thicker than water but not near as sweet. We drink but water and supple leaf. By this mixture the body becomes strong, wise as if by magical transference. The word beautiful is not enough, The liquid shimmers and lingers long in the marrow. Such is a path which extends back to before time. It wakes up in us ourselves, would we but have the love of water.

Learning to appreciate water is the essential element in tea brewing. It may be a first step or may come later, to love tea and water together is the progress to the exalted state. It is method through which we continually bow to the presence of life. It is a slow road to the divine embrace of self infinite —

By tea we may greet ourselves and other in truth and respect. Words may deceive, packages made to misrepresent, though energy never lies. It is a process of sharing which can unite and overcome all division —

Spellbound — in search of Cha-Dao

Here is the next installment in a Dialogue between Ucluelet B.C Tea shaman Kevin Hartwell and Erick Smithe of Cloudwalker. It is offered in stacato form, as something postcards back from the journey into Tao with tea.

K. Hartwell:

Another amazing Tea Ceremony of 8 guests last night. ’15 Raw, Inspiration & Guest of Cloud. It was a dance between deep stillness & silence, deep sharing, laughing and perma-grins setting in by the time we reached Guest of Cloud. “Joy” was one person’s description of how they felt. This made me curious as to the grades of Tea outlined in Cha Dao – I see Joy is level 3. I suspect the Tea may be a higher level though. Evenings like this really allow the Tea, the guests and myself to shine. I remain incredibly grateful & honored to be a part of this way of serving Tea and furthering the energy of nature in the world. Thanks again for sharing this Tea and that love that shines through you too, I felt it here. Cheers Erick.

Erick:

Your most recent email about the tea session was well done. You’re capturing the essence of the process well. The tea tells me you’re doing great work. I would remember that it is being sensed through the whole cosmic chain of causation that is tea — from what we drink/store back to the trees of Yunnan.

It knows somehow, etherically or by some subtle energetic means I don’t have a word for. This is where the statement “…good tea is also looking for you” becomes even more meaningful. The more of this we do, the deeper our alliance with the plant grows.

Perhaps this is the nature of all things, but as far as positive and illuminating plants go tea is the most loving — for me anyway.

K. Hartwell:

Throughout the day yesterday I sipped a thermos full each of Guest of Cloud, Reishi & Inspiration and delved into some melding of energies in the forest yesterday afternoon. Headed into town and played a live show at the Ukee Night Market, dissolving into dreaming awake it seemed. Quite the spectacle. Sat this morning with Tea & quickly realized these old Teas remain with us far past the session. Only a bit of tea & presence led to what felt like another Guest of Cloud session. grateful.

Also seems checking in with the guests the next day is quite a good idea. Always interested in hearing how there night went and how they feel in the morning – insights, energies, dreams, gratitude, etc.