Notes from August 11, 2020 Zoom class with Master Chen. Topic was http://practicalmethod.com/2015/01/recalibration/.
Three things but they are not a sequence, they are all interdependent on each other.
- Know the principle
- Act on it
- missed this one 🙁
- The standard for doing taiji is outside of your body. Must get to this standard to begin taiji.
- Scientific (real) / non-scientific (what you think and believe, emotions).
- Science vs social issue (cannot have a standard, outside of reason).
- In PM, we believe there must be a standard that must be agreed upon.
habits: we believe what we used to believe.
to this common standard. Difficult because we have
, out with hand
- That standard is .
- The stick from your finger to your elbow (forearm) cannot move on its own (inanimate). It’s a yardstick.
- As though there is something else pulling your hand out.
- Leading part that’s active. Following part that’s passive / inactive.
- Animals only think as how they were made, they move naturally. Unlike humans who think but need to be recalibrated.
- Body and mind.
- Purely physically: Elbow to hand; connect the body parts to each other. This also applies to the elbow to shoulder relationship. As with all body parts.
- Mind to body: When you think, your hand must be there. As soon as you think, it’s done.
- Your belief systems: For example, to not be loose vs popular belief to be more loose.
- Stability is to control 51%, if you grab 49% no one can tell the difference until it slips. Calibrating is to always control that 51%.
- Relaxing is to be able to rotate while maintaining . Tight, not loose.
- Teacher shows all the strict rules and teaches you how to follow them. Learning how to fight; for example, you can learn on your own.
Part of the whole
- This rule is part of it, but also all of it because everything is built on these components.
- When you’re outside of the door, you’re mesmerized by the possibility of things inside the door. But it has no meaning to you. Haven’t felt anything. Find the connection. Once you find the connection, you are totally focused on it.
Thought and action
- Example: speaking out the action as you work the choreography; saying “in with elbow, , out with hand” with the steps.
- When you say it, you calibrate the thought to the action.
- If you cannot do it, you do not understand it. The two are the same. If you cannot do, don’t say that you understand.
- How do you know when you’re wrong or right? Use a mirror to compare yourself to the principle.
- Will eventually deteriote into “what I’m doing is correct.” Must be careful of this, otherwise there is no learning.
- If the teacher is 100% and you are 30%, the teacher might only see your mistakes. But that 30% is still powerful enough to do something.
- Everything is physical. Your mind is a reflection of physical reality. It’s an illusion that it’s separate. Follow and copy, the mind process will also end up copying him. Mind and body are not separate.
- All human things require .