We Play Tai Chi

From the World Tai Chi and QiGong Day newsletter by Bill Douglas

Yin space is playful …

Bruce Lee once wrote, “Learn everything you can about your art … then spend the rest of your life trying to forget what you learned.”

What did he mean by that?

When we learn our Tai Chi moves we are “holding” memory of positions, foot placement, posture, when to breathe in/out, etc.

But in time, with practice, our Tai Chi moves become us … or we become our Tai Chi moves … and we spend the rest of our lives trying to let our mind “relax out of the way” so that the energy, the power, can flow through and expand through us so that we can become more and larger than before.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
— Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching

As we practice our Tai Chi over and over and over … the Tai Chi become us … we become the flowing Tai Chi as we let go and relax out of the way … and a greatness has space to expand through us. We become larger, unbound, and unrestricted from formulas definitions.

We become adventurers in this life, not here to endure or kowtow to what we are told is possible … but rather to breathe deep droughts of breath … to open to the unfolding possibility that this world … this miraculous world … has to offer us.

“I don’t flow the energy, the energy flows me.”
— Master William C.C. Chen

Microcosmic View of Our Whole Life Experience …

When we are born and very young, we are immersed in Yin consciousness … we have no words … no definitions … no categorization of what we perceive … we rather “behold the world” rather than “understanding the world.” WE LIVE IN A YIN CONSCIOUSNESS-the feminine-receptive.

THEN AS WE AGE, we begin to learn how to define the world, to name the things in the world. We learn how to navigate the linear YANG Consciousness world, the masculine-dynamic.

“Know the masculine, but keep to the feminine.”
— Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching

Tai Chi & Qigong are called “a return to child-likeness” by some Chinese Tai Chi masters.

It can help us find our way back to the garden of wonder that we lost somewhere along the road to adulthood. When Chinese people do Tai Chi, they don’t say “I’m going to work out,” they say, “I am going to play Tai Chi,” or “I am going to play Qigong.”

This changes our entire Tai Chi and Qigong experience … to remember this often … when we do our Tai Chi or Qigong. It changes the brain waves and how our mind works, and how our body holds itself, or lets go of itself. It changes EVERYTHING.

Thanks, Bill, for the wisdom of play!

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