Hello and welcome to another episode of No Beer, No Zen. I am Mu Shin.
Today let’s talk about clinging.
Yes, you heard correctly. Clinging.
To cling is to be attached. To be attached is to be enslaved. We cannot be free to express the art if we are enslaved.
In Tai Chi training if you cling to the notion of style, lineage and techniques then you can never be free. Yet, this does not mean that style, lineage and techniques are not important.
If you stare at the trees you cannot see the forest. But if you keep looking for the forest you may miss the trees. Confusing isn’t it?
Yet, strangely so it should not be confusing. If you are clinging then you will fail to understand the nature of Tai Chi. If so, invoking your style, lineage and techniques will mean little because you will still not be able to express the true principles of the art in your techniques.
You need to understand that the most powerful tool you have to master Tai Chi is your mind. If you are not mindful then your body will have no awareness.
When you think closely you will understand that the mind is like the body’s operating system, the software. The hardware on its own has no nature. Without the mind we might as well be the living dead. So no mind, no Tai Chi.
How the body moves, our perception of what Tai Chi is, how our ancestors conceive the art of Tai Chi, they are all but functions of the moving mind. The body’s motion is the mind’s motion. Motion by itself is mindless. And mind without a body is motionless.So both have a part to play. For us to master Tai Chi knowing which comes first is the key.
We need to heed the fact that emptiness is a requirement for the mind to manifest the essence of its function. Hence, the motion is the mind, yet the mind is motionless.
This is why in Tai Chi we must seek stillness in motion and motion in stillness. This principle is how the founders of Tai Chi saw the function of the mind in mastering Tai Chi. If we don’t even understand this much less manifest the principles in our movements how can we say that we are doing Tai Chi?
So stop clinging to that which does not help your mastery of Tai Chi. Remember No Beer, No Zen.