There is much doubt when it comes to the tales of negative Tai Chi Chuan Chi Power. The old man who kept a bird from flying off his palm is one of the tales. Another one, more practical, is the Tai Chi Chuan Master who, when struck, grips his opponent’s fist with negative energy and holds his fist immobile against his belly.
Skepticism can be a healthy thing in many ways, but not when it comes to the reality of Chi Energy. After all, pretty much anybody can use explosive energy and what are we talking about but reversing that energy. There are three elements to this subject that, once mastered, will lead one further into the subject.
The first basic is figuring out how to get a ‘sucking energy’ feeling into the tan tien. First, it helps if you do this in conjunction with Roll Back, which I liken to ‘pulling a rope.’ As you pull the rope you don’t tense the abdomen, but rather get the sensation of relaxing.
You don’t exert effort to make this occur, and this is the crucial point where people usually have trouble. You hold the tension in place with your mind, and give a mental command to the muscles to reverse perception. You simply reverse your perception of what is happening in the tan tien, and this makes the tan tien look the other way…or start to ‘suck.’
The second basic has to do with the arms. As you move the arms you must not use muscle, but try to get that same sucking reversal of perception inside your arms. I find it very helpful to imagine arrows pointing at my arms from all directions, and visualize the arrows pointing the other way.
The third basic has to do with stance, and this may be the most important, as it enforces and substantiates the other things you are doing. Again, you try to reverse the perceptions of the legs. This means that you are going to attempt to feel no weight, no matter how much weight you feel in your legs.
This matter of having weight, but not feeling it, is what Flux Theory is all about in tai chi chuan. Weight, and your ideas of the direction of weight, is what you have to undo. The problem is you have to do it by giving mental commands and literally reverse the way your brain has been hardwired.
To use the muscles without using the muscles, to create force out of nothing. These are the odd concepts that are, once you focus on the Flux Theory, not so odd. But, even understanding this theory, it will take work and concentration to truly plumb your potentials for creating Negative Chi Power.
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