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Death of a Failure

During my Standing meditation this morning words gently passed in into my mind joining the dots of my mental wanderings. In moments of non doing a flow arises and all seems fine with the world, no confusion.

A thought about the ebb of flow of success and failure. It appears that the problem we have with the accumulation of attachments is that we build permanence and security into our lives where none exists, we build security into our little triumphs where none are necessary. This relative condition is simply that a condition and so all conditions can change.

All success through ego clinging needs to therefore to be clung to and all failure is a mini death, all things die and new life arises. One of the meditations that Rudolph Steiner taught his students was to observe well the birth of one season with the death of the last.

To meditate on things that are living and things that are dead. This continuous flow between the two could simply remind us that we are part of cyclic existence. What standing meditation aids with is the quality of feeling, being connected to a core feeling and having a firm and clear connection with the ground beneath my feet. To be able to really stand alone and to be well within oneself.

What are Empty Forms

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125,798 people have watched this Wu Shu Tai Chi Champion from Henan province on Youtube. The question is, is this anything like Tai Chi as performed by the founding fathers of the art? I could utilize ballet more effectively as a martial art than by attempting performance art version of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi Chuan never was a performance art.
An empty form is a form that has no core, no substance and no function. It is purely for show. Sadly I have met a few English people who have paid large amounts of money and time to take their Tai Chi fantasy to a new level by training with people who are quite happy to sell Chavvy martial arts, like the guy here in the Youtube video.

What do you want?

If you decide you would like to train the Gong Fu of any of the Internal Arts 9 not just tai Chi Chuan ) and realise the promise that they develop internal power then you have to take in board the notion that they were termed Internal for a very precise reason. The inside is more important than the outside. The facade, the exterior movement by does not indicate that there is much going on on the inside.

 The reason why the internal arts are good for health is that they work the internal environment of the person incredibly well, they massage the internal organs, lengthen and unwind constricted tissue and by doing so increase the flow of vital force via the meridian system and produce phenomenal bio- tensegrity and whole body communication.

Exaggerated forms are utterly useless and frankly plain pointless, what can happen is that when some genuine old boy does a visually muted yet internally generated form people demean it.

For example: one of my masters the late Tian JIng Jia was a phenomenal Tai Chi man. He practiced a version of Tai Chi Chuan that predates all modern forms, a clip on Youtube drew awful comments, yet this old man at the time would really mess you up if you tried anything on him.

The problem seems to be that internal arts are very difficult to visually appriase when the artist has internalised the movement principles. In fact the only sure way to test an internal martial artists work is to cross hands with them and feel what they have under the skin, a lawnmower engine or a V8. Then you will really know.

Whilst playing soldiers as children we are aware that we are pretending. Pretending to do something is not doing something. Equally any one performing Wu Shu should be under no illusion of what it is they practicing. Wu Shu is not martial arts.

Waving your arms about and squatting your backside on the floor and leaping high in the air are poor indicators that what your are doing will work or that it is at all related to the Internal Arts that they are passed off as. Wu Shu performers often are consummate athletes, but so are gymnasts, who as things go are more closely related to Wu Shu than Wu Shu performers are to Martial Arts. There are dozens of comments on Youtube arguing about the validity or lack of it of these forms. All this emotionality one way or the other misses the point.

There are many Wu Shu performers I can appreciate from a performing and athletic perpective, I have personally known much better Wu Shu performers than the guy in the video. One of my old friends used to compete in China vs Jet Li. So before anyone gets all hot under the collar, I admire all athletes. I do not admire empty forms. One however must distinguish between IMA and Wu Shu. They are really not the same.


check out my blog for the video:

The Cognitive Body & Contemporary Qi Gong Blog

MSG and Aspartame ( sweeteners )

Practicing any form of exercise cannot protect us from the rubbish we eat. Consciously or unconsciously ingesting toxic materials disguised as food is a criminal act that your governments are not willing to tackle. We have to take sole responsibility to source well what we eat and do our best to limit the damage we do through a lack of awareness. The more information gets out the better. The simple act of taking the time to look at what we eat is time well spent, for a few extra minutes during shoppingcould lead to simply feeling good after we eat.. which is the way nature intended.. get a grip of your own health. Never take any advice from obese, grey skinned, bloodless and therefore toxic, new age Tai Chi teachers who may tell you that Tai Chi or Qi Gong can help with health when clearly they exhibit no health themselves,  C.Ray 2012

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Hidden Sources Of MSG In Foods
From the book 'Excitotoxins - The Taste That Kills'
By Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD



An excellent resource for people interested in the Art of Ba Gua Zhang

The Ba Gua Zhang Journal

Medical Qigong

Dragon and Tiger Qi Gong is a relatively simple seven movement set that provides a way method which allows the practitioner to focus on the felt sense of ones immediate Qi (Chi field - Aura)

Our nervous systems and our minds can be attuned to sensing our life giving Human energy field. This field has been observed for millenia by varied cultures of the world both East and West, in China, India  and ancient Greece.

In the 20th Century many people in Western Science such as Semyon Davidovich Kirlian and Dr. Wilhelm Reich researched the aura of the Human energy field. Back in 500 B.C., the Pythagoreans believed that there is a universal energy pervading all of nature. They taught that its light could effect cures in sick patients.

The ancient Chinese 2500 B.C developed a methodology that allowed anyone to cultivate an awareness of this field as a felt sense phenomena and this led to movement systems that promoted self awareness and an increase in vital energy and blood flow. Masters of such arts could act as catalysts for the releasing of blockages in a patients field, simultaneously influencing the cells and tissues of another being. The power of the treatment had much to do with the personal strength of the masters own energy field and his good will and intent. A master’s personal energy field is trained much like an athlete would train his physical body. In reality all fields are interrelated and a master of considerable practice can sense blockages in another person and effect a change at subtle levels of being, not simply at the gross physical level as happens with regular physical arts.

The beauty of Qi Gong practice is that one can learn to work gradually over time to become more integrated with self and others in a positive way that benefits all. Qi Gong is a construct, an idea that can help those who feel they have no control over circumstances or their health. Qi Gong is a mindfully based movement system utilizing natural motion with deep breathing.



Useful Links

Master Ma's website, China

Ip Family Tai Chi Chuan

International Snake Style Association

Beijing Bagua Scotland

Energy healing and transformation

Earth Qi Gong for Women - Awaken Your Inner Healing Power

Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche - Nyingmapa of Tibetan Buddhism

Dzogchen Community UK

Frank Allen
Wu Tang Physical Culture Association

Graham Kennedy
Institute of Cranio sacral Studies

College of Integrated Chinese Medicine

Jan Golden
Tai Chi Ireland

The Spiritual Psychology of Acting

Daniel Maxwell Acupuncture
Treatment for a modern lifestyle