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Wuji Meditation


 Wuji Meditation
According to classical daoist philosophy, Taiji originates from the motionless and undisturbed Yuan Qi (Original energy). When the  Yuan Qi begins to move giving birth to Taiji thus forms Heaven and Earth (Yang & Yin). The attributes of Yang & Yin are embued in all things in the world and universe around us.
The Wuji posture approximates the Yuan Qi state. This is the preparatory stance to begin the Taiji form and is assumed by standing upright with the knees slightly bent, feet shoulder width apart, tailbone slightly tucked under, head erect as if suspended by a thread, chin slightly tucked under so that at the top of the head (Baihui) is exposed. The tongue is softly pressed to the roof of the mouth just behind the teeth so that you can swallow saliva generated during meditation. The shoulders are relaxed with hands down to the side. Imagine a line existing from the top of your head down and out the perineum (between the anus and genitalia) touching the floor between your feet. This is your balance line. Breathe in naturally through your nose deep into the abdomen and release slowly out the mouth through slightly parted lips keeping your attention on your dantian. The purpose of this form is to cultivate the jing, shen and qi.

Wuji Stance - Guarding the Dan tian

Zhan Zhuang Posture

"All the priciples of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is the truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together. When the myriad variations in the universal breath can be sensed, the individual techniques of the Art of Peace are born." O Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba.

Summary of interview with Grandmaster Feng ZhiQiang, "Taichi Magazine, 2000".

In response to a question of, "What is Taiji?"
Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang (FZQ)responded:
Taiji is essentially Heaven and Earth. Before the Earth and Heaven originated, it was an abyss or void, called wuji. There was no difference between clear and opaque.

Wuji was characterized by stillness, but at the same time it had dynamic movement. When the movement accumulated to a critical level, ji or grand movement began.

(In standing) as movement begins, the clear energy goes up, and the opaque or murky energy goes down. Going up means Heaven, going down means Earth. It becomesTaiji. Taiji has yin and yang: stillness and movement, inhale and exhale, soft and hard, close and open, empty and solid, short and long, withdraw and extend.
Feng Zhiqiang on Integrating Mind and Body
Paraphrased excerpts from an original article by Sifu Yang Yang & Scott Grubisich
Originally published in the June 2000 issue of T'ai Chi Magazine.