What illumines the Tai Chi I teach? I have no interest in developing Tai Chi Chuan for its own sake. In other words if I cannot use it in my day to day life then I am not interested. I know of teachers in many different methods, some in Tai Chi Chuan, who are excellent at their art but not very nice people. How can this be, if the art is, as I know it to be, a truly profound path of self realisation? What are these people doing or not doing?
This has been my quest, what really makes a difference, what makes an art into a path of self improvement. With this realisation, you can make a pot of tea and it is pure Tai Chi. Tai Chi Chuan, Chuan, the way or method which allows us to discover Tai Chi, the supreme ultimate. I used to think that was really arrogant but slowly I have come to realise that the translation of supreme ultimate does not apply to the method but to being in harmony, the supreme ultimate state of being - a human being.
There is a saying "As above so below", and another, "to be in the world but not of it", to truly live, not just survive life. To be able to move without hinderance, to flow without giving oneself up, to stand like a tree and really listen. The art of Tai Chi allows us to explore these principles and through the understanding that comes of this the "Kung Fu" of living increases until it is greater than the fear of failure. Then our fundamental basis for breathing is to live each day, not just to survive each day.
All these things can be seen in the body, Tai Chi Chuan is an exquisite mirror, it's all there to be seen, all the Tigers are there to be Embraced and in so doing, the Return to Mountain. All these principles that illumine the Chuan can be practised and perfected. In some ways in order to become a master we all need to journey back to the moment when the Tai Chi is discovered as though for the first time. We return to the original moment and when we do we no longer have to ride another's back, the Tai Chi has become the teacher. All good teachers want to become obselete.
I am not there, but I am on the path, no different than any other student of Tai Chi Chuan, we are all on the path, equally. I wish you a life full of living.