September 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm #51186
Some thoughts on the five elements.
I was surprised to discover some time back that the Wood element is the most yang, and the Metal the most yin… I had presumed it was Fire / Water, but no.
What I notice is that the Wood cycle growing so strongly is working to generate a pile of energy that is then burnt by the Fire cycle. Generating / Harvesting. Like a farmer growing crops and then harvesting. Likewise on the other side the Metal cycle is condensing with is also generating, and then harvested by the Water cycle.
So it seems that these 4 phases are Generating / Harvesting twice. I am sure many conjectures could be made of why this design has been chosen for the universe, what the implications are, and how it can be harnessed.
When the Wood is burnt – where does the energy go ? A fire burning is very beautiful isn’t it ? Perhaps it is the same with our work labour, we work 5 days a week and burn the product of our work for 2 days on the weekend partying.
And in the Autumn (Metal) there is the fall with its many tasks of preparation, and from that we harvest the retreat and stillness of the Winter (Water).
We seem to be energetic machines that grow and then harvest.
Explore and then reflect.
MMA / TAIJIQUAN
Another question is why Taiji does not defeat MMA and how can we understand MMA grappling techniques in terms of the Five Elements.
Crushing / suffocating must be the Metal element. So the responses could be Wood or Fire -manifested as mobility / ferocity. Or sliding into the Water element – manifested perhaps some technical understanding of slipping out of the grapple.
Also the MMA Grapplers, these people are not seeking to become balanced for their internal growth. Such one dimensional “fighting” is not good for the health. If one just wants to win, bring a gun. But “fighting” and hopefully all our social activities should be designed in accordance with the higher goals of life, there should be a harvest, and should bring balance to ourselves.
However MMA certainly represents a society headed downwards, stamping on the heads of men and women who are on the ground, is a new low.
The Metal > Water transition I still don’t quite understand.
Also I personally feel the 4 elements are complete in the manifested world and the 5th Earth element represents the downwards link to the Source. The 4 elements are too present without the ground.
Another thing is that if there were only 4 elements in a regular cross something about it just doesn’t feel right, there is not enough variation and too much symmetry. With 5 Elements you can rotate with 4 you cannot.
4 elements in a double Generating / Harvesting pattern and neatly explains the relationship between Yin / Yang and the elements.
You cannot make a connection between Yin / Yang and 5 elements, because 5 is not symmetrical. Which is why I believe the 5th represents a different meta-dimension of existence, namely absence. 4 represent presence, 1 represents absence.September 19, 2017 at 3:27 pm #51203
Sorry for my broken English.
…also the MMA Grapplers, these people are not seeking to become balanced for their internal growth…
But all real Shaolin practitioners are after that; isn’t it so?
HOWDYSeptember 22, 2017 at 11:52 am #51209
…another question is why Taiji does not defeat MMA and how can we understand MMA grappling techniques…
One surely needs enough full-contact training and clearly it’s possible to make real development in Tai Chi Chuan only very slowly.
A (full) contact sport is any sport for which significant physical impact force on players, either deliberate or incidental, is allowed or within the rules of the game.September 22, 2017 at 3:46 pm #51210
A duel is an arranged engagement in combat between two people, with matched weapons, in accordance with agreed-upon rules. Duels in this form were chiefly practiced in early modern Europe with precedents in the medieval code of chivalry, and continued into the modern period (19th to early 20th centuries) especially among military officers.
The novel depicts a world where genetic selection for increased health, longevity, and intelligence has become so widespread that the unmodified ‘control naturals’ are a carefully managed and protected minority. Dueling and the carrying of arms is a socially accepted way of maintaining civility in public; a man can wear distinctive clothing to show his unwillingness to duel, but this results in an inferior social status.
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_This_Horizon-September 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm #51211
How much globalisation to allow ?
Can we do more to liberate women ?
Does tai chi have enough full contact practice ?
The monkey-people debate endlessly about these questions.
But these aren’t the questions … that you are looking for.September 23, 2017 at 11:37 am #51212
…however MMA certainly represents a society headed downwards…
Not at all!
It’s not at all about for example avarice; it’s about competiotion.
Dueling scars (German: Schmisse) have been seen as a “badge of honour” since as early as 1825. Known variously as “Mensur scars”, “the bragging scar”, “smite”, “Schmitte” or “Renommierschmiss”, dueling scars were popular amongst upper-class Austrians and Germans involved in academic fencing at the start of the 20th century. Being a practice amongst university students, it was seen as a mark of their class and honour, due to the status of dueling societies at German and Austrian universities at the time, and is an early example of scarification in European society. The practice of duelling and the associated scars was also present to some extent in the German military.September 23, 2017 at 12:13 pm #51213
Few escape from this place because they cannot imagine anything different.
Man is deeply lost and he betray his own soul, and so loses it.
Wide is the road and broad the gate that leads to destruction, and many find it.
Where has innocence gone.September 25, 2017 at 6:31 pm #51223
…where has innocence gone…
Innocence clearly doesn’t lead anywhere.
It’s only makes one weak hypocrite.
Sorry but was this so called grace for example what this Anneliese Michel received because of innocence?
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