Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | March 10, 2010

The Higher Path of Tai Chi Chuan

The path of tai chi chuan kung fu is three fold. It is good for your health, it is an excellent martial at, and it is a spiritual journey, steepd in its own tradition and qualities, but also steeped in taoist philosophy.

The higher path of tai chi chuan recognizes the ineffable divinity that courses through all things, that is the source of all things. It recognizes the call to holiness. The spiritual practice of tai chi chuan is not just about postures , body movement, the flow of chi in one’s body. It is also about developing the human character, being a person of authenticity, inegrity, honesty, truth, wisdom, innocence, gentleness, kindness, loving and compassionate, perseverence and equanimity, and accepting. The tai chi chuan person is a person who exhibits wu we, the art of non doing–not acting out of the inferior emotions of the ego: fear, anger, inordinate desire, jealousy, hatred. The tai chi chuan person does not manipulate or try to control. He allows the world to shape itself and adapts to changing circumstances as they come. He is creative and spontaneous because he is a reflection of an an image of the divine, which is the ultinate in creative spontaneity.

When one practices tai chi chuan kung fu, their gong fu should become good, and they should exhibit all of the above qualities in their movements. This is a bit of a vague concept, but very important. The movements and postures should be infused with all of these traits. Likewise, one should be able to demonstrate these qualities and embody them in daily life, when one is not ostensibly practicing tai chi.

The path of tai chi chuan is a higher path, and when one does tai chi, they are bearing witness to a higher truth.

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  1. Hey Teresa,
    Thanks for the positive words. I agree, it is like standing in the eye of the storm. The other thing I’ve gotten from the I Ching lately is that life is very much like the weather, and a taoist kind of lets the chaos or brewing storm diffuse itself. No sense going outside and trying to stop a hurricane from coming. So, same with life, sometimes storms come, things get chaotic- let them knock themselves out.

    Mike

  2. Mike, I love this part…
    “The tai chi chuan person is a person who exhibits wu we, the art of non doing–not acting out of the inferior emotions of the ego: fear, anger, inordinate desire, jealousy, hatred. The tai chi chuan person does not manipulate or try to control.”

    My vision for this is I’m standing in the eye of the storm. It’s calm in the eye while everything swirls around the edges. Ultimately we can only control ourselves anyway.

    The higher path is always difficult to travel, but I bet the view is worth the climb.


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