Books: 108 Insights into Tai Chi Chuan: Book

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108 Insights on Tai Chi Chuan – A String of Pearls #27 “The concept of Wu Chi to Tai Chi is paramount to understanding Taoism and Tai Chi Chuan. Wu Chi is the state of complete balance, nothing and everything, the all inclusive Void. At some point the balance is shifted so that Yin and Yang are formed. In perfect balance Yin and Yang combine, and only through imbalance do they appear. Our lives contain two movements. The first is from nothing (birth) to something (maturity). This is the Yang phase of life, the movement outward and upward. At the peak of our maturity, the Yin phase starts. We start our movement back down and in toward Wu Chi and reuniting with the Tao. It is the natural way of the universe, and man is a part of nature. Observe nature and you can understand how things can be and are. Our Tai Chi form is a ritualistic dance that plays out this process. We start by standing in perfect balance – Wu Chi. At some point a thought comes to us to set us into imbalance and then starts the movement back and forth from Yin to Yang and Yang to Yin until, at some point we return to balance and Wu Chi. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe the birth of energy, experience the fullness of each movement, and prepare for death. Wu Chi to Tai Chi – Tai Chi to Wu Chi.”