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Tai Chi Philosophy
the wider culture around tai chi - philosophies, ideas  

Upwards & Outward Downward & Inward

A Hill, a House, the Sun on the Roof, Radiating Light and Heat.

A Hill, a House, the Sun on the Roof, Radiating Light and Heat.
The Other Side of the Hill; Cool, Shady, Resting.
You either see it or you don't!

The practice and study of Tai Chi and its related philosophies is far more a process of creativity than a process of logic; yet it begins as a concentration (or meditation) upon body mechanics.

Each and every posture in the Tai Chi form is in fact and of course a Chuan or Martial application or 'move'. In turn, every posture may be applied as offensive or defensive.

Therefore, each are both and may only really be defined by whichever postures proceeds or follows - either.

Ultimately there are no separate postures and each simply flow from and to each other as one - in accord.

The only other definition that may be applied to any Tai Chi posture might be in accord or in reference to DIRECTION.

Whilst even standing 'on the spot' there are options and potential already for two directions:

1. Upwards
2. Downwards

This is where Tai Chi as a concentration (or meditation) upon body mechanics should begin. For example:

Yin Hand

yin hand

To begin with a limb such as the hand is not an over simplification; given the fact that there as many bones in total in the hands as there are in the other parts of the body added together. For this reason postures are first approached with a much broader [crude] attitude and in general the arms and legs are referred to each as a single unit.

Yang Hand

yang hand

Ultimately there are no separate limbs and each simply flow from and to each other as one - in accord.
All Tai Chi forms always begin with an investigation into Upwards and Downwards in the broadest sense as Attention to Preparation. No further progress can be made until Heaven and Earth are "United" by you, the connector.
There follows opportunity for further investigation in the form of Beginning - when the legs "sink" and "the arms are raised".

These (above) are the last 'symmetrical' postures in the whole form and from this point on the arms and legs (both of each) continually 'shift' from upwards, downward, inward, outward, full and empty.


John Lennon insisted that he was a "singist" and not a Singer. What did he mean?
I think he meant that he was able to sing a tune, yet at the same time he implies perhaps that a person actually trained as a Singer is capable of a more polished rendition of any tune; even one that he 'created' or wrote himself. Despite this apparent modesty, I think that we could all agree that John's own recording of his own voice at the white piano on "Imagine" is without doubt the archetypical
Following the line of logic it would no doubt prove to be true that there were musicians superior in ability in every one of the instruments that John he himself ever had a go at ... and I think he was happy with that! History shows that his achievement's were triumphs in CREATIVITY, not logic. Love, not Reason.

kangaroo
In a distinctly Taoist manner he appeared to be perfectly happy to allow others to look after the business of logic so that he might get on with the process of being creative. He also gracefully enacted the base Taoist precept of The Action of Non-Action. How? By staying in bed for a week for Peace, only interrupting this from time to time to "sit in a sack! . With this same grace he almost claimed the words "All You Need Is Love" as his own, though he (perhaps through bitter experience?) would never himself make such a claim. This is, after all, the man that gave away his O.B.E. A Taoist Activist! Like Gandhi! Gandhi's enactment of the action of non-action changed India and The British Empire forever. Martin Luther King did the same for the blacks of America. J.F.K. did it in Europe when he said "I am a Berliner".


The practice and study of Tai Chi and its related philosophies is far more a process of creativity than a process of logic. This creative process is no more "logical" than the evolution of the Kangaroo!

To enter into Tai Chi - in accord with Tai Chi is encounter the void, the tao.

 


 

The practice and study of Tai Chi and its related philosophies is far more a process of creativity than a process of logic. This creative process is no more "logical" than the evolution of the Kangaroo!To enter into Tai Chi - in accord with Tai Chi is encounter the void, the tao.

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