Thursday, April 18, 2013

Circulation of the Light and I Ching

The above picture (page 102) is taken from the book, “Tai Chi Chuan and I Ching – Second Edition – by Da Liu, 1981 R&KP". Da Liu, a grandmaster of Tai Chi Chuan, had taught this ever popular Chinese martial art - suitable for both the young and the old - in the US for more than twenty years.

While no accompanying explanations or credits to the picture were given in the book, Da Liu had elaborated on how the movements of Tai Chi Chuan - as founded by Zhang SanFeng - relate to the various hexagrams of the Book of Changes, and to the Circulation of the Light meditation which is represented by the waxing and waning of the Moon hexagrams. (The particular picture has also been published on a neidan blog years ago with no explanation.)

People say that a picture paints a thousand words. But unless they are very familiar with the Book of Changes and/or neidan (inner alchemy) meditation, not many viewers of this fascinating picture – including me at the time of this book purchase in the 1980s - could understand the profound story it wanted to tell.

Those who know what the picture wants to tell are welcome to post their commentary to help readers obtain a better understanding of the mystery.

Meanwhile others have to wait for me to gather my thoughts – contemplation – for the follow up article.

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