Wednesday, February 24, 2016

41

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WHEN a wise scholar hears the Tao,
He practices it diligently.
When a mediocre scholar hears the Tao,
He wavers between belief and unbelief.
When a worthless scholar hears the Tao,
He laughs boisterously at it.
But if such a one does not laugh at it,
The Tao would not be the Tao!
The wise men of old have truly said:
The bright Way looks dim.
The progressive Way looks retrograde.
The smooth Way looks rugged.
High Virtue looks like an abyss.
Great whiteness looks spotted.
Abundant Virtue looks deficient.
Established Virtue looks shabby.
Solid Virtue looks as though melted.
Great squareness has no corners.
Great talents ripen late.
Great sound is silent.
Great Form is shapeless.
The Tao is hidden and nameless;
Yet it alone knows how to render help and to fulfill.

Translated by John C. H. Wu
Interpretation by Bill Bernsen


CREATIVITY
When a worthy student
Hears the Master
He practices
Anytime/anyplace
Thinking about
Grandmaster Yang Lu-Chan
I looked at his picture
On my wall
He had eagle eyes
Tai Chi Chuan
Have two names
Yin and yang
It is a fulcrum
Feeling
Two sides
At once
Tai Chi Chuan
Is passion
It makes dim bright
Retreat progress
Rugged smooth
Deep shallow
Melted solid
Fill empty
Empty full
Becoming
A child again
By returning
To slow set
Constantly
The great
Of everything
Seems
Not great enough
Greatest insight
Is only great
Then something greater
Appears
Few follow
The art
Some wander
Into/out of it
Offer it
It is a drunken joke
To fools
This is how
It is protected
Standing inside
The square
Cannot see the corners
Two ways
To look
For the corners
Go higher above
Look down
Go forward
In the direction
Of the corner
Approach a corner
Neglecting
The other corners
Find out the corner
Approaching
Is really rounded
Ancient China
Believed
Earth is square
Heaven is round
Now we know
Earth is round
Heaven on earth
Heaven has corners
Of ideas
Religion
Tai Chi Chuan
Learning ends
When I realize
I am undoing
What I previously
Learned
Practice it
All day
All my life
It seems to disappear
But it is always there
I writes
It down too
Hear it
Follow it
It will lead
Elasticity
The secret to stretching
Can I hear
Rubber band stretching
Can I see
The stretching
Can I smell
Energy stretching
Can I taste
Intent
Can I feel
Ending
Be more diligent
Practice becomes
What I need
It to be
A fulcrum
For life
Listen
To yin/yang
Of the situation


Diligence
Vigilance
Perseverance
The road
To Tai Chi Chuan
Seems retrograde
Perhaps illness/injury
Is part of the retrograde
Think about it
Diligently too
Use body too     
The dedicated student
Receives
A new feeling/idea
Accepts it
Stores it inside
Mind/body
Becomes part
Of him forever
When Masters
Correct
Toil all day
To understand
Listen
Weight both sides
Of everything
This is Tai Chi Chuan
Fulcrum
Practice diligently
To be
A diligent Master
The way
To push
Is to think
Of pull
Results in elasticity
Tests
By Masters
Art toiling
Progresses
Seems
To withdrawal
Insightful
Originality
Appears unsown
Be assiduous
Conscientious
Practice
Not just physical
Mental too
Parallel
Many are called
But few chosen
Matthew 22:14
The vortex
In the Tan tien
Have no corners
The greatest power
Is wisdom
It always comes
With age
Great voices
Cannot be heard
With the
unworthy ear
Highest level
Of Tai Chi Chuan
Has no shape
When a student
Asks how long
It will take
To learn Tai Chi Chuan
Tell them Tao Te Ching #41
Practice
To train
Diligently
Diligent practice
Of the femur fulcrum
Change with change
Only by being
Elastic  
The way
To enlightenment
Looks obscure
Improvements
Seems like
Withdrawal
Insightful
Imagination
Seems uncultivated  
Sturdiest control
Appears scrawny
Tao is hidden
Has no name
I’ll name it Tai Chi
Fulcrum
Center of gravity
An idea
Slow Set
Alone
Nourishes
And fulfills
All forms
To open
Is to
Open upward/outward
To close
Is to
Open downward/inward
The more open
The more chi gathered
Stowed
Practice above diligently
Practice above diligently
Practice above diligently
Did I?
High virtue
Seems hollow
Unique feeling
Of coil spring
Opening
Pressure down
Into feet
Pressure up to hands
Master Yang Cheng-fu said
First learn to open
Then close
Opening
Building
A bigger spring
Closing is compacting
The spring
The above opens
Every cell in body
Both directions
Moves starting
In KD#1
Bottom of foot
Body feels
Likes a whip
Anchored
At the feet
If opponent
Presses on me
KD#1 presses down
On earth
And responses
Like a coil spring
Diligently look for
The fulcrum
In everything
Always Jing/Chi
From earth/China
It is
Life/immortality
Pronounced
Ability
Matures late
Masters
Are hidden
Unless student
Is worthy
Has a 6th sense
To receive
Guidance
Great space
Has no junction
Be aware
Of the Masters
Keep a creative mind
Tai Chi is the point
In between
The old and the new
The old gives way
To the new
The new is built
Upon the old
The process is
Found in Slow Set
The worthy student
Hears the master
He will practice
Get the urge
To practice
Practice
It might be
A silent order
From the Masters
Average
Abilities
Certainty/skepticism
Doubt
Little ability
Giggles at it
Giggle is evidence
Of the profound
Tai Chi Chuan
Is not for everybody
Difficult
Is a sign
Of something new
Is coming
To solve
The problem
Advancing
Looks
As if it
Is retreating
Flexibly
Forward and back
A large container
Takes the longest
To fill
A good student
Does not demo his form
While it is still
Being learned
Always being aware
Of the other’s
Time/space
To get to know others
Somebody seems like nobody
Nobody seems like somebody
                               Master’s words
Shadow of darkness
When practicing
Be aware
Of the good feeling
But keep working
On the shortcomings
Hear an idea
Write it down
Ponder it
Feel a technique
Practice it
Many are called
few are chosen…
Matthew 22:14
Correct practice
Looks dull/dim
Just doing form practice
Is not engaging
Advancing
Looks regressive
Like drawing a bow
To advance the arrow
Practice
Is always
Circular
Going back
To the beginning
Practice
Is high and low
Like a wave
Fa Jing
Kong Jing looks
Like endless elastic
What is perfect
White
Looks spotted
The spots are
The new ideas
Each one
Of the proverbs
Circle back
To the beginning
Statement
Bring on a new Idea
This must be practiced
Parallel
Several are summoned
But limited taken
The vortex
In the Tan tien
Have no corners
The supreme control
Is wisdom
Always comes with age
Greatest voice
Cannot be heard
With the unworthy ear
Highest level
Of Tai Chi Chuan
Has no shape
Because it is as unique
As the spirit
When the wise
Student
Gets a new feeling
He is worthy
When a wise student
Gets a correction
He practices it
Attentively
He practices
It diligently
Great roundness
Looks straighten
Must get to point
Of being calm
With the unknown
Be aware
Of the pure
But keep
Smudged
Get the urge
To practice
Practice!
Urge to not practice
Practice!
When a wise warrior
Senses danger
He is safe
The tactic
To applications
Seems blocked
Circles back
To beginning
Start over looking
For misalignment
Spiritually/physically
It is inflexible
If not listening
Virtue should
Not have intent
Must go beyond
Shortcomings/mistakes
Be aware
Of mistakes
Look beyond
The mistakes
With passion
This cannot
Be a mistake
The seed or idea
Comes from nowhere
It just appears
If I am worthy
Moving on
The Tai Chi Chuan
Path
Feels
Like riding Dragon
Relentlessly adjusting
Body/mind
To the form
Boundless mind
Has no limit
The greatest gesture
Does not stop
It may live in
Mind forever
Get a new idea
Practice it
Thru out
Time/space
Humbly slow set
Can improve/perfect
Slow Set
Touches
The emotions
Do to a lack
Of students
I am practicing
More diligently
Slow set
Encourages/accomplishes
Applications
To get it
Practice diligently
Thru diligent practice
Use energy
This must be renewed
Done by nourishing
With new ideas
During the practice
Masters
Tests arise
Facing the opposite
Of anything
Want to go forward
But feel like
Going backward
This is chi
Going from one
To the other moving
With mind
Tai chi is being aware
Of the above
At the time being
A fulcrum
Being pulled think
Being pushed
Which = elasticity
Opposites = elasticity
The worthy student
Connects
To the Masters
Practices for them
Next the non-connected
Ambivalent student quits
The unworthy students
Never joint
The lineage
Cannot balance
Yin and yang
Without a fulcrum
Of the mind
Must practice
The above diligently
Diligently practice
Morning Slow Set
Something new
Confirmed
Thru out the day
In all forms
Diligently practice
The above
Spirit and gravity
The Masters
Are hidden
From the unworthy
Fulfill the worthy
Thru endless tests
Hollow has containment
Full contains the empty
Masters fill or empty
I am the fulcrum
In between
My demo
Master sees it
What he sees is good
And makes corrections
Others see it
See bad
Some laugh at it
They do not see
What the Master sees
Using
Tai Chi fulcrum
Imagine Yang
Envisage Yin
Now balanced
They laugh
At my demos
Not for long
Practice vigorously
Masters are watching
Important part
Of practice
Is creativity
The creative part
Is hidden from
The unworthy
Diligent practice
Means reeling silk
With previous practice
Mud is the foundation
Of life
Diligent practice
Until understood
Repairs seems
Worse than
The original
Injury/illness
Tai Chi Chuan
Helps/not hurts
Whatever I have
Done to this date
Must be right
Because I am
Still practicing
Diligently
Now

Persistence
Practice
Diligently
Reeling silk
With lineage
8-9-18










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