In order to benefit from the still, slow and soft movements of the Tai Chi Chuan form, it is necessary for one to have cultivated an awareness of Chi and internal power through the Opening of the Microcosmic Orbit and Tai Chi Chi Kung. The Tai Chi Chuan form further educates the body to serve the mind through relaxing and strengthening. In addition, Tai Chi Chuan can be used as a self-defense technique, but only if one is able to properly circulate and utilize the intrinsic energy called Chi so that every movement of the body is guided by internal power.
Before beginning to study the Tai Chi Chuan form, the student must have completed:
1) Opening of the Microcosmic Orbit;
4) Seminal and Ovarian Kung Fu Level l.
The staff includes western M.D.s, nutritionists etc. Master Chia regularly visits each center to lecture and individually counsel Taoist practitioners. He also aides all students in increasing their circulation of Chi by "passing energy", especially to those who for whatever reason feel blocked. This is not "instant enlightenment", only an experience of higher Chi flow so that the student may better learn to create it on his own.
Future volumes of the Esoteric Taoist Yoga Encyclopedia will explore in depth these other ancient disciplines whose methods have largely been kept secret from westerners.
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