Daoist Principles in Practice
Taiji (Tai Chi), the Supreme Ultimate, is in practice what the 'Dao de Jing' (Tao Te Ching) expresses in principle.
These principles remain universal throughout the known worlds, undiminished by their common reduction to intellectual ideas, emotional values, or religious rules, by the various races of the Earth. The universal principles and the method for bringing ourselves into harmony with them could be called the worldwideway.
The Great Purpose
The great purpose of Taiji is the great purpose of life itself - internal evolution.
All are born with this purpose but most quickly forget why they are here, enmeshed in the physical world merely serving the body's survival. Society's physical and social edifices, intended as forms within which humanity may evolve, become prisons. While many dream of escape, few find the practical path to freedom.
World Wide Way
Trains Internal Power
Consciousness & Harmony
Taiji training begins within the physical,
centres itself within the Deep Mind,
then aspires towards the Beyond and the final realisation of freedom from the 3 worlds of human existence.
External Taiji trains the body and brain consciousness (superficial-mind).
It concerns itself with positioning, balance, weight, speed, releasing muscles, calming emotions and quieting the thoughts.
External Practice - Internal Preparation
Internal Taiji trains the Mind within the Deep Mind Energy Sphere.
Taiji as Moving Art (Gongfu)
trains intention, awareness & intelligence, within lower-dantien (body/etheric) energies.
Moving Art (Gongfu)
Taiji as Energy Art (Qigong)
trains intention, awareness & intelligence, within middle-dantian (deep-emotional) energies.
Energy Art (Qigong)
Taiji as Spiritual Art (Neigong)
trains intention, awareness & intelligence, within upper-dantian (celestial) energies & beyond.
Spiritual Art (Neigong)
Aspiration towards the Beyond admits the first ray of light from the Divine Self
without which the results of training will be subverted by the ego.
The Beyond (Dao)
Our aim is the gentle path of internal refinement. We train:
- Huang Xingxian 5 Loosening Methods
- Cheng Manqing 37-move Form
- Yang Chengfu 108-move Form
- Huang Xingxian Fast Form
- 8 basic fixed step Pushing-Hands
- advanced moving step Pushing-Hands
Class includes 15min guided meditation.
The further back in time we look the more obscure the history of Taiji becomes, yet from the study of this past two things become clear:
1. The inner essence of Taiji flows down from genuine teachers to sincere pupils in unbroken chains.
2. Each teacher must devise their own training system to express and pass on this impersonal inner teaching.
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