The Yin Yang Aspects of Infinite Tai Chi
Infinite Tai Chi has both Yin nurturing aspects and Yang strengthening aspects to it.
As you practise Infinite Tai Chi Form, try to be aware of both its Yin and Yang aspects. To focus your mind on your movement when you first practise Infinite Tai Chi, cultivate Yang focus by using a physically sounding breath. This will really assist you to cultivate physical vitality. Performing Infinite Tai Chi in Yang mode will assist you to concentrate more and to become more determined and self-disciplined. Infinite Tai Chi is definitely not just soft and gentle movement. Practising the form builds character and mental strength. But first, you need to cultivate an unwavering focus throughout the five stages of the Form.
To practise Infinite Tai Chi in Yin mode, open and soften your heart centre and then breathe deeply and silently. Your moves then become less physical, as you soften and deepen your breath to create soft power.
This soft, yin power needs to be cultivated. It is quite different from Yang power and you need to be able to feel the difference between the yin and yang aspects of the Form. You can even punch and kick using soft Yin power, rather than harder Yang power. There is absolutely no aggressiveness in yin power, and when you perform Infinite Tai Chi predominantly in Yin mode, it becomes a beautiful piece of art – so graceful and flowing!
When you perform Infinite Tai Chi in Yang mode, you should aim to become ‘as strong as a mountain’, or as well-rooted as a mature oak tree. Once you are well rooted or grounded, you can cultivate unshakeable inner strength so that you can support yourself and others through all of life’s many challenges.
Does life still overwhelm you from time to time, or do you now have the inner strength to face all of life’s endless challenges? Some of you find this world a very fearful place, and so you need to keep cultivating inner strength and bravery (Yang energy) to rise above all of your fears and anxieties.
Your inner strength has to be cultivated on a daily basis. Don’t be naïve and say ‘Everything will be alright. God will look after me’. God is looking after everyone, but in this universe, we get out of life what we put into it, and so you need to concentrate on strengthening yourself on all levels.
Your focus and presence should be stronger than the insanity of your programmed mind. This is the standard you need to set for yourself if you are determined to empower yourself on all levels.
When practising Infinite Tai Chi, develop supreme concentration. If your mind wanders off even for a second or two, it will show in your Infinite Tai Chi Form. Once you have developed supreme focus, your mind will stay clear and strong. Please understand that whenever you mind moves and entertains thoughts, it makes you anxious. But if you learn to rise above your thinking, egoic mind, you will find that there is no longer any nervousness – just supreme focus and ‘supreme focus = true power’.
Infinite Tai Chi is based on pure nature in motion. So whilst you practise, be completely natural not artificial and leave your ego to one side. Eventually, as you perform Stages 1-5 you are always remain in a semi-meditative state with the clear mind and a movement ‘as smooth as silk’.
You need to cultivate a sense of being totally at ease and totally natural whenever you practise Infinite Tai Chi Form. As you practise, never rush. Move as though you have all the time in the world. Can you do this yet through all five stages of the Form?
Your Form should unfold from stage 1 to stage 5 like a beautiful flower gently opening all its petals in bright sunlight. Flowers never rush to open, they unfold naturally and so beautifully!
As you perform Infinite Tai Chi, make sure that none of your moves are just empty postures. As you practise the Form, only practise perfection. Never practise sloppily or half-heartedly. Don’t just vaguely, or mindlessly, move your arms and your legs. Cultivate supreme focus so that every move counts. It is not so much how many hours you practise each week that will count, but how focussed you are each time you practise.
In every move, you should be holding the chi, and when you can do this throughout the Form, your Form will be awesome!!
Infinite Tai Chi has a life force in it that sustains all life. It also has an eternal presence or light in it that you should be able to feel for yourself. When you perform Infinite Tai Chi, it raises your vibration and thus begins to rescue you from the destructive egoic programming. It can really assist you to rise above it and release the blockages from your system – if you are ready to do some deep self-healing.
Light & Blessings
Jason Chan & Infinite Arts Team
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