Chi Kung (Qi Gong) is a movement art developed in China in ancient times. Practicing these movements on a regular basis enhance energy flow throughout the body as it improves strength, balance and circulation. Some records show that Chi Kung is the foundation upon which the martial art of Tai chi was built; the latter carrying into self-defense the idea of optimal health and strength. Other healing movement and martial arts were developed in China over the centuries. What differentiates Tai Chi and Chi Kung is that both are steeped in the Taoist philosophy inculcating the universal oneness of all nature.
This Taoist philosophy teaches that first, there is one (wuji). From the one emerges the two (taiji). And from the two emerges the “10,000 things” (all matter and energy in the universe). So, what is before the one? Tao. What is Tao? Well, that is the eternal question that can be pondered, meditated upon and even experienced, but never explained or described.
We practice twice a week from 9am to 10am. On Wednesdays we are at the gazebo in Jewell Park in Pacific Grove, and on Fridays we are at the gazebo in Carmel Valley Community Park in Carmel Valley. During the hour we explore the meaning of Tao as we practice Chi Kung exercises and meditate on the One and that which emerges from it.
These weekly messages will expand on the one and share some core ideas held by traditional as well as not so traditional Taoist practitioners. I hope you will continue to read and enjoy the journey.
Sifu Mark Angel
Mark is a Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor and gives classes and private lessons in Carmel Valley, CA