Spontaneous Chi Kung

This chi kung method is not part of the Yang or Tso family of Shen Long Tai Chi Chuan.  It was taught to me decades ago, and my purpose in posting it is simply to capture the knowledge.  It is not essential to your practice, however, you may find it interesting in its application.  It is certainly an enjoyable meditation.  

It is called spontaneous chi kung because after diligent practice over a period of time, the chi will spontaneously manifest in a surprising manner.

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Yin and Yang, Pa Kua and the Five Elements

Yin and Yang

Tai chi (not tai chi chuan) goes back in history to the ancient Chinese. The work of Emperor Fu Hsi about 4,500 years ago is usually regarded as the start of tai chi’s recorded history. The emperor is credited with inventing both the tai chi symbol and the pa kua symbols - both still in use today.Yin 1Yin 1

Fu Hsi was said to have studied intensely the cyclical changes of nature. Many ancient sages shared this interest; Fu Hsi’s distinction was that he was the first known to have organised his knowledge of the natural cycles into a system that would improve human life. He developed tai chi.

The tai chi symbol is a graphic statement - you need no specific language to grasp its meaning. It expresses the most general truth about reality - the ultimate ultimate: reality is a constant flow of cyclical changing and blending.

The circle surrounding the symbol represents the fullness of reality. Within the circle are the principles of yin (represented by the dark area) and yang (the light area). They are complimentary in shape and opposite in shade, and each has some of the other within it. Their shapes communicate the notion that each flows from the other.

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Chi: A basic requirement for human activity

There are many different explanations of what chi is.  Using reasoning and deduction, we can logically and easily establish its values.

I consider chi as a basic requirement for human activity. What is its function?  Chi is a mysterious and special element that has the potential to transform human beings, according to the traditional Chinese point of view.  It is a product of the universe; is permanently indivisible, just like Yin and Yang.  It is not material, but more like a logical entity similar to the synapses in our brain.

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Chi Energy and Physical Injuries

Disclaimer: I stress that this article speak of Chinese medical principles.  I do not intend it as a guide to your treatment, or treatment that your friends or family might need.  In such cases, consults a licensed medical practitioner.

Traditional Chinese thought starts with an understanding about the relationship between chi and blood.

Chi leads the blood.  Both circulate within the body 24 hour a day.  Externally, they tonify our skin, muscles, nerves and bones.  Internally, they regulate what we Chinese call the five viscera and the six organs (the 5 Zhang and 6 Fu).  While trauma has obvious external signs in many cases, the Chinese believe that repair of all medical conditions comes only after chi and blood are restored to the best relationship.

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