In this post we continue to share Jason’s insights about 7 levels of Infinite TAI CHI Mastery. Level 3 – Chi Moves.
If you make just one awkward move as you perform Infinite Tai Chi, you will block Chi flow. So, whenever you practise Infinite Tai Chi (ITC), you need to focus on building up Chi between your palms and then hold the intention of flowing with Chi through all of your ITC movements. But please be aware, that if one movement is not in alignment, or if you move your arms or legs clumsily, the Chi cannot then flow. So as well as focussing on holding Chi, you also have to perfect each and every move in the ITC Form. One clumsy move and you will significantly diminish your Chi Flow and Chi Presence.
Some students can now hold the Chi when they are standing still – for example when they are performing Standing like a Tree. But when they move, they are still unsure, jerky or out of alignment, and so the Chi simply will not flow. For example, if your torso is over twisted in any of your moves, you will be like a bent or blocked water pipe. Water simply cannot flow smoothly or powerfully through a twisted or blocked pipe. Similarly, Chi cannot flow smoothly or powerfully through a twisted or blocked physical body.
If you are not in perfect alignment when you move – for example if your shoulders are too high, your hips are out of alignment, or one foot is in the wrong position – the Chi will get trapped. So now you need to keep practising and keep checking all of your footwork and the position of your upper body to make sure that you are not inadvertently blocking Chi Flow.
Please occasionally go through your ITC Form whilst looking into a full length mirror because this will assist you to notice where your body is out of alignment. Or ask a friend to video you doing the Form, and then watch it back to see where you are moving clumsily or awkwardly. Some students are not aware that they are out of alignment when they move, because they have not yet cultivated strong body awareness. So please find a way to keep checking your alignment.
You can be really focussed and mindful as you practise the ITC Form, but if your body is not in perfect alignment as you move, you can still block Chi Flow. Your stance only has to be a few inches out of perfect alignment and the Chi Flow will be blocked. Moreover, whenever your body is not in perfect alignment – for example your shoulders are too high or your hips are too stiff – there will be no real grace or beauty in your form because you will not be moving naturally. You will be moving awkwardly – whether you know it or not.
When you are in alignment all your ITC moves should have Chi Power in them. This Chi Power can come up through the earth and then up through the bubbling springs on the soles of your feet, through your spine and out through your arms, hands and finger tips. Once you have this Chi Power, you can extend it out through your fingertips as you move to empower yourself and those around you. But please always remember that this power is not yours. It just flows through you once you have mastered ‘Chi Moves’ and ‘Chi Presence’.
Love & Light,
Jason Chan & Infinite Arts Team