The Three Levels Of Chi

There is actually a good way to understand for this subject we call Chi, one which explains away all the mystery. The problem behind all this is that internal energy has been a bucket to catch whatever people don’t understand about the matter. The truth is that Chi responds very well to the definitions which are used in the field of physics.

When one considers the field of internal energy they must understand that there are several layers inherent within it. These layers actually exist in stages, and they follow certain rules and adhere to certain methods. To understand the potentials contained here one must consider that water is first ice, then water, then steam.

On the first level Chi is a solid substance, it is the material which makes up objects and bodies. That chair you are sitting in, it is made of immutable chi. So is the refrigerator and the computer screen.

On the second layer, the one that most people deal with, internal energy is a plasma sort of energy. Ground your body, move your body in a way that promotes generation and circulation, and you can feel the energy moving around inside your form. Interestingly, this liquid lightening type of energy actually moves through the apparent concreteness of your body, coexisting with matter, and actuating it.

The body is solid, but there are degrees of solid. Consider the body a stove, and the arms pipes, and it is easy to follow, and even create, the rules of how to move Chi energy. The real trick, of course, lies with understanding the third level of internal energy.

The third level of chi is thought, and this is the stuff by which you move the energetical substance through your body. Thought is interesting stuff, because people believe it is sentences and words and such. Thought, however, is not words, it is the urge behind the words.

What grunt of notion causes motion? What momentary impulse is behind all the sentences that try to describe intrinsic energy in a million different ways? What notion moves us, from worm to country?

To cycle energy through the body one must learn to imagine the universe on progressively abstract stages. One must move the objects of reality with muscle in the beginning, and then build to less effort, and finally utilize perceptions to the point where one can actually perceive the notion or primal wish that actuates all motion in this universe. In the end, it is the effortless non-energy of perception that enables us to comprehend this subject of energy, and to move it by gut and notion, and this effortless, light method is the arena of that art we name Tai Chi Chuan.

Al Case has analyzed Tai Chi forty+ years. You can see what he knows about Internal Energy at Five Army Tai Chi Chuan.

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