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
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
"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". www.tai-chi.com/
In response to a question of, "What
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.http://www.silkreeler.com