y and secondary education, one will not be able to follow the courses at university level.
To learn taijiquan one has to begin from the elementary and gradually progress to the advanced stage, level by level in a systematic manner. If one goes against this principle thinking he could take a quick way out, he will not succeed. The whole progress of learning taijiquan, from the beginning to achieving success consists of five stages or five levels of martial/combat skill (kung fu). There are objective standards for each level of kung fu.
The highest is achieved in the fifth level.
In order to master Taijiquan you must begin with the most fundamental steps, and systematically work up to the advanced levels, slowly building up your knowledge and technique as you go. This book explains the five levels of Taijiquan from complete beginner to highest level practitioner. Presenting a word for word translation, with commentary, of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang's original Chinese text, Master Jan Silberstorff provides detailed guidance through each of the five levels. Readers will learn how to assess their current Taiijiquan ability and identify exactly what is needed to reach the next level and ultimately the highest goal - the perfection of Taiji, or reaching a complete state of being. This is an accessible and motivational book for all Taijiquan students and practitioners, as well as anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the ancient art of Taijiquan.
"ONLY together, [as merchants of LOVE ] , can our starlight help
us find our way, in this cosmic soup of choices and beauty."
d I am in the world.
I am part of nature, and nature is part of me. I am what I am in my communication and communion with all living things. I am an irreducible and coherent whole with the web of life on the planet.
I am part of society, and society is part of me. I am what I am in my communication and communion with my fellow humans. I am an irreducible and coherent whole with the community of humans on the planet.
I am more than a skin-and-bone material organism: mybody, and its cells and organs are manifestations of what is truly me: a self-sustaining, self-evolving dynamic system arising, persisting and developing in interaction with everything around me.
I am one of the highest, most evolved manifestations of the drive toward coherence and wholeness in the universe. All systems drive toward coherence and wholeness in interaction with all other systems, and my essence is this cosmic drive. It is the same essence, the same spirit that is inherent in all the things that arise and evolve in nature, whether on this planet or elsewhere in the infinite reaches of space and time.
There are no absolute boundaries and divisions in this world, only transition points where one set of relations yields prevalence to another. In me, in this self-maintaining and self-evolving coherence- and wholeness-oriented system, the relations that integrate the cells and organs of my body are prevalent. Beyond my body other relations gain prevalence: those that drive toward coherence and wholeness in society and in nature.
The separate identity I attach to other humans and other things is but a convenient convention that facilitates my interaction with them. My family and my community are just as much “me” as the organs of my body. My body and mind, my family and my community are interacting and interpenetrating variously prevalent elements in the network of relations that encompasses all things in nature and the human world ...
everything that has ever happened on this planet has had at its source the idea of a single individual. For sure, there are groups we can look at throughout history that have been responsible for a lot of things, but the genesis of that group came from someone. And the best of those groups were those where those who made up the group were being ‘someones’ as well.
So in reality, the individual and his individual actions are the only things we have that will make a positive difference. If you’ve ever been led to believe that that isn’t true, that’s because, unfortunately, there are some not too nice people out there who don’t want you to make a difference. And in fact, our society is full of efforts to make people not only feel like they can't make a difference, but that the only way they can survive is to be dependent on someone else, such as the government.
So we are all here to make a difference. We are going to make significant changes in this country and we’re going to look in the mirror every morning and know that we have made a difference. The difference.
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y and oneness on us, and on all things in the universe. The world is
like a vast hologram, coded by basic patterns that “in-form” the entire cosmic matrix
known as spacetime.
There is nothing entirely random and meaningless in this world; there are no truly chance
events. LIFE itself is not a random accident. The latest discoveries show that organic
macromolecules, the basic elements of life, are synthesized already in the physical and chemical
evolution of stars even before they emerge and evolve as biological organisms on some planets
... (Spectral analysis of comet ISON will no doubt eventually prove this to be the case)
The evolution of life is not a fortuitous event in the world, but
the expression of a coherent logic carried by universal laws." Ervin Laszlo