Wednesday, February 24, 2016

43

43  

THE softest of all things
Overrides the hardest of all things.
Only Nothing can enter into no-space.
Hence I know the advantages of Non-Ado.
Few things under heaven are as instructive as
 the lessons of Silence,
Or as beneficial as the fruits of Non-Ado.
The greatest straightness looks like crookedness.
The greatest skill appears clumsy.
The greatest eloquence sounds like stammering.
Restlessness overcomes cold,
But calm overcomes heat.
The peaceful and serene
Is the Norm of the World.


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



INSTINCTIVE


Push hands
Instinctively
Can enter
Into any space
Full can take
No more
Hollow can
Take all
Apprehension listens
To all
Intent focus
On one
Spirit can fill
Hollow soul
Gravity can hollow
A full container
The wisest
Application
Is no solicitation
Masters find
Room in me
If I am hollow
Of intent
Be vacant
Stand exposed
Stay aligned
Passive
For the Masters
To enter
Intent
Is the start
Of disorder
Calm is the source
Of direction
Talking
Is the access
Of trouble
Quiet is the entry
Of commitment
Hard and heavy
Cannot  be moved
Soft and light
Is limp
Without
Elasticity
Chi or Jing
Can enter
The body
The Masters thoughts
Can enter  
Whether or not
It is up to me
The upper body
Is soft
Lower body
Is hard
The waist is elastic
The Master
Heaven
As his spirit
Earth
As his legs
Students
As his heart
Soft, empty, silence
Is non-ado
Once non-ado
Happens
Hard things
Becomes elastic
Water is soft
In the form
Of a wave
Nothing
Is more powerful
Kow Tow
To gravity
Water
Will penetrate
Any empty space
As will pain
And pleasure
Elasticity
Over the rigid
Making rigid
Into elastic
Is the secret
Must practice Slow Set
To understand
No intent
Can enter
Any resolve
Hollow
Silence rings loud
To earth’s energy
Water
I am 75% water
So act like it
Soft Forearms/hands
Overcome stiff arms
Push hands
No intent
Can instinctively
Enter
Into any space
Full can
Take no more
Hollow
Can take all
Apprehension
Listens to all
Intent focus
On one
Spirit can fill
Hollow soul
Gravity
Can hollow
A full container
In push hands
Softness
Comes from
No intent
Hollow apprehension
Is solid harmony
Cannot walk
If sitting
Cannot sit if legs
Does not bend
Sacrum
Opens/closes
Transferring weight
Leg to leg
Sit
Undo tense
Upper body
Silently
Heart in hand
Hands press outward
Head presses backward
Heart presses outward
Heart in hand
Hand on opponent’s heart
Soft heart
Soft hands
Hard to find
Tai Chi Chuan
Takes a long time
Calm fluid
Of the inner ear
This is done
By not doing
(Wu Wei)
Silent and listening
Be balanced
Like a scale
Find the fulcrum
Of the situation
Remember that intent
Is the enemy
Soft eyes
Instinctively
Sees all
Hence
Feels all
To be soft
Be calm
Be as quiet
As ice melts
No intent = softness
Be as silent
As a snake
Master controls
His students
As a rider controls
His horse
Yin overcomes
Yang
In all situations
Ward off
Inside the arm
Is stainless steel
Outside the arm
Is silk sensitive/respective
Arm can
Gently penetrate all
Try moving a horse
With a sudden push
It will not move
But softly touch
The horse
Then lightly press
It will move
This is Tai Chi Chuan
Seek Wu wei
Hollow
Of obstacles first
Then Tai Chi
Soft
Needs hard
To identify itself
And vice versa
Soft joints allow
Chi to flow with
Silence intent
Without intent
I can hear all  
Teaching
Without words
A hollow heart
Will heal
A heated
Harmful heart
Hollow
In body/mind
Brings
Change with change
With “Tigerback”
Appendages
Are soft/receptive
Arms
Soft
To listen
Drain force
Down
To legs
No space
Between hand/earth
Silence is the secret
To push hands
Silence
The minds  
Internal dialog
The “one chi”
With no intent  
Will enter
Opponent’s body
Softness = listening
Softy
Hollow of intent
Apprehension = silence
Think it
Don’t touch it
Think it
Don’t see it
Think it
Don’t hear it
Think it
Don’t taste it
Think it
Is the sixth sense
The sixth sense
Is non-action
Think the above
Don’t do it
Be as silent
As water
Will ripple out
When touched
Physically or mentally
Be soft
Stretching
Stretch to open
Receive
Control
Opponent’s intent
Like controlling
A horse
Legs/reins
Fulcrum
Of the bows
Reason
For Hernia
To get me
To lighten up
Hollow/receive
Is the concentration
Master teaches
Don’t say it
Just think it
The legs
Kowtow
To the pelvis
So Jing/Chi
Can enter
Hollow upper body
No intent
Can deter
Opponent’s center
If he has intent (square)
To stop
Use circle
Intent
Is hard
Apprehension
Is soft
Harmony
Is Tai Chi Chuan
Push Hands
No intent
Can cause
Apprehension
Without intent
Instinct
Can find
Opponents
c.o.g./fulcrum
Yield
To original
Nature
The more
False intent (hard)
More difficult it is
To negate it
How do I repay
The lineage
For all that I have now
My art
My son’s education
The writing journal
Perhaps this is it
Recording
The process
And expressing
The art for them  
Thought
By feelings teach
Spirit intent
If soft/yielding (open)
The teacher’s intent
Can enter without words
Fame/wealth
Cause injury
To my spirit
The more
Applications
I know
The less action
I need to take  
Teach the above
Without words
Water
Can enter
Without making
Any noise
In most cases
It will also exit
The same way
The extremes
Hot/cold
Coming together
In humidity/humility
To find
Another’s center
Enter
Hollow
Of intent
Don’t let
Opponent’s intent
Enter my
Hollow space
By using
Tai Chi Chuan
Gestures
Don’t answer
Just keep questioning
The answer will come
In the form of
Another query
Silence is nothing
It can enter
Into no space
If a student
Is closed
Then the only thing
That can enter him
Is silence
Riding the Dragon
I cannot force
The Dragon
With my intent
Must control
Control the Dragon
With Tai Chi Chuan
Gestures
Go from hard
To soft (know self)
Overcome the hard
Of other because
Experiencing hardness
In self
Softness
Has no intent
Therefore it can
Center hardness
Because it can
Enter hardness
Hardness
Cannot hear
The softness
The form
Softness
Tai Chi Chuan
Penetrates
Every cell
In the body  
Do nothing
To neither
Speed up
Or force it
Only relaxes
Stay insubstantial
It becomes part of me
It already is
Only we have
So much
In the way
It cannot be
Fully expressed
Eventually
The student
Gives up to it
Or just gives up
Master teaches
In class what
Is true
Master corrects
What others have
Made false
People who practice
Tai Chi Chuan
Try to be like water
But lack
The connectedness
Their body
Is all separated parts
As if water
Was separate drops
Must connect all parts
By undoing
The broken connectors
Masters are
Like a  river
Go for a swim
Good feeling
I had in my arms
Master told me
To relax
It will go away
But still be there
Like water in a river
It is there
But moves on
Coaching
Minus words
Practicing
Without movements
These occur
Because the effect
On the other person’s feeling
They cause them
To go away
Just think it
If they are listening
Have their attention
Then they will
Go away
Master’s teaching
He just thinks something
In general or specific
If I am listening
It will affect me
All the above
Will occur
Only if I am
In touch
With the Master’s
Spirited center of gravity
Intent can have
No substance
Have apprehension
Teaching
Without words
Worthy will hear
With their 6th sense
Encompassing
Of the essence
Extents everywhere
Master’s guideline
Are without words
Women drive men
Men what to control
The driving
At first
I saw
The whole
Tai Chi Chuan art
After 10 years of practice
I saw only Slow Set
Chi/Ching/Shen
Is what holds
It all together
Remain calm/receptive
Masters teaching
Will penetrate
Even when not
Thinking about them
Do not take
Action
Let the Masters
Work thru me
This is teaching
Without words
Calm the fluid
Of the inner ear
Silent/listening
Be balanced
Like a scale
Find the fulcrum
Of the situation
Remember intent
Is the enemy
No intent
Is softness
No intent
Can enter
Into nothing
With apprehension
Approach
Thinking
In a Wu Wei
State of mind
Softness
Comes from
One side
Being anchored
As soft
As water
Held up
By the hard earth
Hollow
Of intent
Negates force against force
All words contain intent
Be frugal
And apprehensive
With voice
Silence/apprehension
Until asked
No words can enter
Mind without intent
No intent
Is softest
Apprehension
Hears all
The lever must
Have no intent
To hurt…only help/heal
Be a whip
In the Masters’ hand
Silence for corrections
To ascend
Reaching the heart
Like a loop in a whip
Everything returns
To the earth/China
So relax/open/soften
Let force/intent
Sink to earth/China
No intent
Can enter all
Non-ado achieves
Awareness
Give up
To the Masters
Who are like water
Non-intent
With apprehension
Soft/pliable leaves
On top
Hard/solid trunk
Supports
Cannot see/hear
The tree growing
But I know it is
Slow Set at the speed
Of a tree growing
Be apprehensive
About unknown
Is something
Silently
Silence
To hear
Masters
Guiding silently
Proof
I don’t speak
Chinese
But hear instructions
Tai Chi Chuan
Contact point
Hollow like
A hub to hear
To the heel
The conduit
To China
All gestures
Are elastic
Forever changing with change
Unbreakable/silent
Don’t think
Just sink
A reflex
Masters
Instructions
Gather as a
Whirlpool
Push hands
Receiving
The same
Yin overcomes yang
Yang protects yin
So it can enter
Infinity
Heartfelt
Gestures
Listen with
6th sense
Silently
Listening
Gestures
9-14-18




















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