Excerpt: East Meets West

lilyThere is a Chinese proverb that goes something like this:

“When the lily flower blooms,
we see its beauty and simplicity
like an open puzzle.”

Soul Currency is a book about solving your creative puzzle.

When I was five, we visited my grandfather, T.C. Chu, almost every weekend. He had come from China, where he had been a high government official during Chiang Kai-shek’s regime.

During our family visits, he would take me aside and explain, in his halting English, the tenets of Taoism and Buddhism. It was pretty heavy fare for someone who had just started elementary school, but Grandfather somehow always made it sound interesting with stories of mountains, sages, and magic animals. Grandfather had been brought up a Buddhist, still followed many of the traditions, and had also immersed himself in Taoism and Chinese metaphysics. Our visits continued until I was 14 and my family moved.

As long as I can remember, I have always taken for granted the Chinese concept of chi, or life energy. From my first exposure to Chinese medicine, I understood how important the flow of chi was to health and having a prosperous life. The Eastern concept of chi and the Western idea of currency, which is a more familiar and graphic way of describing prosperous flow in American culture, are complementary.

I have the perfect job. I love what I do, which is writing, speaking, and ministering to people, and I prosper at it.

I don’t have to commute, but I get to travel to some of the best places in the world: Palm Springs, Monterey, Honolulu, and even New York. My work feels like enjoyment. I find it creative, well paying, and fulfilling.

Excerpted from Soul Currency: Investing Your Inner Wealth for Fulfillment and Abundance by Ernest D. Chu. All rights reserved.

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