As seen in the previous post, Tai Chi Chuan is an art on how to learn to follow the Path (the Tao). We also said that, to compare the Tao as something, limiting it to concepts, pushes away from Tao itself. These are two aspects that must be remembered, which is why they are repeated, in the second part of this post.
We also spoke about the alternants of opposites and the flow with the Universal Principles (Laws) that govern this Universe and our lives, and from here, we’ll continue on with these subjects.
Harmony is a fact that concerns all the dimensions, from the smallest to the largest, from the harmony of the various components of the atom to the harmony between the planets of our Solar System and the galaxies in all the known Universe. From this harmony, from this balance, depends all the subsistence and the continuity of life. When this balance, this harmony is present, existence continues. Humans are not exempt from this principle.
When this harmony is broken, there begins a process of self- destruction. This exists and is ruled by Principles that, even if unnoticed by most humans, allow the continuance of life as we know it.
Seen that our personality is composed from many “I’s”, even the harmony within ourselves is of fundamental importance for experiencing a balanced and healthy life.
When we are in a state of inner harmony, it is easier to be in harmony with others and the environment in which we live. Understanding this point is of core importance in order to understand the reason, the utility and the beauty of practices such as the Tai Chi Chuan, the Yoga (intended in its integral, and not fragmented meaning), inner research in general, and many other disciplines and practices.
All the ancient seekers have studied in-depth harmony, and many have made it the aim of their life.
The Tai Chi Chuan, such as the whole Taoism, is based primarily on the study, the mastery and the harmonization of the opposite, but complementary forces – the Yin and the Yang.
Learning to recognize them from their effects on matter, and learning to flow, to harmonize ourselves with the “fullness and emptiness” produced from these two forces (about which we spoke in another post on this blog) ), is one of the main elements that are at the core of the Tai Chi Form (even the short form).
The study of Tai Chi Chuan is practical, and this practice is to learn to make a gesture (every gesture, not only the gestures during the form) with balance, presence and harmony.
Also, as information, it would be good to know that such perceiving and recognition of the forces, energies in flow, is what in the ancient language of some schools has been defined as “Riding the Tiger”, and as “tiger”, they intended to mean the material energy in constant fluctuation.
Balance, dynamism and rhythm are three main elements in the practice of Tai Chi Chuan, and they are also present in our daily life, but often we don’t give the right importance to them. We become aware of their existence only when one or all of them miss or alternate. When this happens, such lack of balance provokes a state of disharmony that manifests itself in a state of uneasiness that is commonly well -known between people.
But becoming aware of these elements is not enough. We need to fine -tune these aspects because the external disharmonic conditions influence and undermine our inner balance. And that’s not all. Indeed, even our inner balance must continuously adapt itself to the external rhythms, so as not to be overwhelmed or excluded from them.
Imagine an instrumentalist, who, during an orchestral concert, goes out of rhythm and begins to act as a soloist: this would create only confusion to himself and the other members of the Orchestra.
Similar things happen in life, with the difference that there is not only an orchestra, but many. Once aware of that, it’s our decision to choose those that perform the “music” we like and try to synchronize ourselves with this “rhythm”.