<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mrnaples:
<B>I've recently started in a T'ai Chi class at my University, and I've enjoyed the freedom of expression involved in the practice of Yang style T'ai Chi.
I've been a follower of Christ for about a year, and I do not intend to change my spiritual beliefs, but my question is whether or not it is beneficial to health and emotion without belief in the Tao.
Though I've experienced a benefit emotionally, my form is not quite fluid or expressive. It's just been mechanics, and I would like to perfect the continuity of the movements.
From what I am learning, Chi would be similar to the Christian "Holy Spirit". The "kiyai" point in Karate Kata is this Spirit being celebrated.
I have no desire to debate here. I would simply like an honest answer. Thank you for your time.
Love in Christ,
tai chi chuan, is supposed to be a martial art. so you should first ask yourself, this question; is this ok with ur faith?
you should also know, that tcc, these days is mostly practiced as a form of exercise.
it may even give the same, health benefits as swimming, jogging or playing ball, do.
so think about that too.
i would advice you, if health is you concern, to try hatha yoga, a better vehical for that then taichi,...
but we would be back on square one, cause the hindus word for 'chi' is 'prana'
to the subject of "Chi" in a philosophical context
this 'chi' cannot really be defined.
but no need to get into details here...
think of 'chi' as the building blocks of the universe and it keeps it going
with out it, no universe.
'Chi' is also what gives you life and keeps you going. but it is not, god.
don't know if this opinion, will make you continue with tai chi, study or not...
but its an honest answer to ur inquiry.
and not some Mish mosh that Yang Jwing-Ming, or other are to sell these days.
imo, tai chi chuan or hatha yoga or any other exotics, exercises.
do not go against anybody's faith.
it's not a religious thing. 'chi'keeps everybody alive, no matter their spiritual belefis.