Why I Love Tai Chi

I began taking Tai Chi classes in September of 2013, simply looking for an exercise method that I could do wherever I was. What I soon came to discover was that Tai Chi also gave me a whole new set of tools to learn to harness my energy.

In our Tai Chi classes, one of the things we learn is how to project our chi (energy). Up until that time, I had never tried to do it consciously. I know that my energy projects when channeling or teaching a class, but I was not thinking about it during those times. So, to learn how to project my chi by thought has become a wonderful tool for me in many ways.

One of the first things I noticed when we begin to learn about the energetic aspect of Tai Chi (which we do in Grandmaster Wang’s Search Center style, taught by Ted Libby) was that the next day I felt like I had just channeled. The effects on my energy body were the same after participating in Tai Chi class as they were when I was channeling. Over time, Tai Chi has increased (and will continue to do so) the amount of energy I can hold and the length of time I can sustain it.

Another benefit I have encountered is that Tai Chi has become a way to move the energy through the body. This is especially helpful after teaching a long 2-hour plus class. In those long class sessions, the energy pools in the large muscles of the legs. When I take the time to go through my Tai Chi form after classes, the energy can move throughout the body and it becomes easier to release.

Once I complete my Tai Chi for the day, I am instilled with a sense of peace that I truly cannot explain in words, it is simply so peaceful that I do not even want to talk for a while afterwards.

I am sure the benefits will continue to grow the more I work at mastering the concepts of the chi projection as well as the intricacies of the form itself. I am so glad to have found an exercise method that not only provides physical benefits, but so many energetic benefits as well.

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Karen Downing

Karen Downing is a Soul Mission Facilitator, here to guide others to living an empowered life.

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