The interpretation of my experiences is influenced by my
background as a long time practitioner of Sahaja Yoga
Meditation (SY), and as a physiotherapist.
My Experiences of Tai Chi Chuan, as taught by Ric Lum.
Thursday, 6 October 2011 Personal Practice Whole Main Form
..did whole main form. Focus shifted btw various
recent lessons. And remembering mentioning to Ric about
getting a bit jammed up at turns.
One nice experience felt a bit like having all
the cogs (like different lessons) mostly present, and
everything literally flowing almost effortlessly like clockwork.
On finishing I stood still for a while, then got in the car and drove easily to work near by. I noticed when driving that turning my steering wheel was a bit like the turns in the form.
Tuesday, 4th October, 2011 Push Hands
With Ric – very strong Vibrations. Flow
very good, very aware like heightened awareness of the other person.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 Push Hands
“inertia vs force” Funny stuff – part of story.. you do nothing. “If I am not myself, who/what is the other?”…then “ what does the Divine leave UnDone?”
..I held back and allowed Danya to slip and won? 2 times consecutively > Ric said Danya had right attitude – implied I broke rules to win. Difference ? Force vs the Way.
..(I always give and don’t receive, my default position, saves me from catching negativity from others in my line of work.)
Next time asked to try Inertia not resistance and felt very grounded like connected to the Earth; Ric’s release only returned me to neutral.
Later Ric stood in middle and asked 3 of us to stand around him and to “neither resist nor assist” . I found I succeeded in loosing balance several times; Ric said “very good”.
Generally as per Ric’s remarks felt
my perception of push hands etc. at a new level. I am yet to fully
recognise when I am applying force, ie my default position remains,
but starting to be aware of it.
Walking with Danya we were discussing in Push Hands apparent winning / avoiding being pushed over is not necessarily the goal, but the learning comes more when one is pushed over / apparent defeat.
Here are my experiences of Sunday 7th August 2011:
"See me, then Follow Me": On following you this time it became easier to remain thoughtless.
asked at the end, what did we have as take home lesson or
Thanks for a most enjoyable day together.
Sent: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 12:53:43 +1000
Friday 2nd July 2010 CMC Neither assist nor resist
Ric asked me: “What am I doing?” My answer was: Nothing, just witnessing, attention on Sahastrara. Following rather than trying to cause movement.
Tuesday 29th June 2010 Push Hands
I thought of Shri Jesus words “Turn the other cheek” related to Tai Chi – Surrender.
Tuesday, 22nd June 2010 Push Hands
-1st decided to be in meditation. Favourite Exercise (etc ):
At one point Ric actually said something like.. Watch my posture and see if I can show you a secret, but even after 3 or 4 tries, I still don’t think I got it.
Friday, 18th June, 2010 CMC form
From memory the tune Ric was singing / following was the Ganesha Stuthi... The qualities in relation to constancy would therefore be maintaining a steady constantly focused path without being distracted easily. One of His qualities is the quality of easily maintaining a rhythm.
Yesterday evening when I went to practise Tai Chi I noticed my quadriceps (front thigh muscles) were sore. Today they hurt just to walk. This shows me they really had a workout in class yesterday.
This morning we started
a new lesson in section 2. Ric explained the topic and then
demonstrated mainly using the weight shifting slowly and
with an apparently strained expression.
Then we did section 2
together, with myself at right wing. I usually prefer to
follow, because when leading I have to remember the form and
tend to forget the lesson, concerned I might forget were we
are, which has happened.
I have slipped (on slippery or loose surfaces) and fell over about 4 times in the last 3 weeks (unusual for me). Also I noticed when practising there was a sense of less substance, and the novelty of the previous lesson seemed to have gone (I suspect a bit right sided - yang in me). On my way home I hoped and kind of felt the change in lesson may bring back the substance, earthed ness, and heart in my practice.
Initially my experience was of a pleasing sense of relaxed movement. Within the first couple of lessons I noticed my attention was more focused for meditation after practising Tai Chi. I ended up having to travel much further for classes, but although at the time I really didn't have a definite reason why, decided to continue week-to-week, then month-to-month.
I have had no bad experiences, and so can only relate positive ones. At times when practising I would get a sensation of shimmering vibrations on my hands, and lots of cool. This experience is well known to practitioners of SY as the flow of Kundalini (the subtle desire and mechanism of our evolution within) becoming stronger.
Because I wanted to get my children to do exercise (they
tend to be a bit lazy), I asked Ric about martial arts, and
he recommended Kung Fu. I wasn't at the time able to find a
teacher of some of the purer more balanced forms (Ric's
suggestions), and settled for "close enough". This however
hindered my progress in Tai Chi (according to Ric), but I
continued for the sake of my kids. I was however surprised
and really enjoyed being able to get fit and flexible much
quicker than I expected. This was certainly at least in part
due to the Tai Chi.
Only a few days ago I was practising my Tai Chi on the
lawn in front of a big statue of Shri Ganesha (the elephant
headed deity of innocence and Wisdom) at the SY centre. I
experienced the feeling of many parts of the form expressing
the dance of Shri Ganesha. Immediately afterwards, when I
sat down, my previously good state of meditation (just
before the Tai Chi) became a very deep state with lots of
divine vibrations flowing. All this whilst the Founder of SY
was staying in the house I was doing voluntary security duty
Thanks and Best wishes, Andrew Rohowyj.