[QUOTE]Originally posted by psalchemist:
[B]Greetings Heng Yu,
I found your posting thought provoking...Psychological methods of neutralization...Although, perhaps, this extends beyond the realm of Taijiquan...
Hi there! Well, that kind of depends upon why you practice taijiquan in the first place; to ignore the mind whilst training the body, will not lead to the highest levels.
May I ask for a definition of "unified existance" in this context, as you mean it?
What are the qualities of an individual possessed of "unified existance" and how would this affect an opponent thus?
Generally speaking, the first level of unification is purely physical, i.e. the alignment of the skeleton - shoulders with pelvis, pelvis with heels, elbows with knees and hands with feet. The head resting on a naturally 'S' shaped spine. This state becomes the norm. When the musculature is free of habitual tension, the bodyweight will naturally fall, via the aligned posture, into the floor. this produces to effects;
1) Rootedness - it is difficult for an opponent to move you.
2) Due to efficient placement of bodyweight and alignment of the skeleton, the practitioner is able to glide with ease in any direction, with the force of an iron ball.
The correct dropping of weight through an aligned posture has a psychological effect. It calms the mind to an incredibable degree. Which inturn, leads to the next stage,which is the unification of the mind and body.
How is this unification achieved? A calm mind perceives more. When the mind is not taken-up solely with intellectual activity, the true spectrum of awareness comes to the fore. What does this mean? Simply this; the mind's natural awareness (which is always there) becomes obvious and constant. The body appears to arise within the scope of awareness of the mind. In other words, the body is permiated by awareness. This awareness is often signified by a circle. Holding the '3 ball' posture is symbolic of this state, with the unification of mind, body and spirit, or;
1) Shen (spirit/mind).
2) Jing (body.physical universe).
3) Qi (universal energy.
The higher physical aspects of taijiquan are accessed via the mind. The relaxing of tension is achieved with the dropping of the breath and the opening of the qi channels.
The attributes of those in this state, are calmness and precision. On a personal level, many become compassionate and socially active.