The Shamanic Origins of Tai Chi

“Only the multi-disciplined warrior, the techno-shaman, can scale the walls of lack of know-how and shed mild over the triumphing darkness. The warrior spirit must guide this system.”
The Warrior’s Edge, Alexander, Groller, Morriss

Under the moonlight, in a village somewhere in the Golden Triangle, the Ka-ren Shaman moved slowly and methodically. He changed into showing us the moves taught him by way of his Shaman, which were passed down thru the tribe for generations. The Shaman moved strikingly similar to a Tai Chi master.

The Golden Triangle is a kind of drawn geographic location that overlaps the borders of three international locations: Myanmar in the west, Laos inside the east, and Thailand within the south. This vicinity gets its soubrette from its most worthwhile export, the golden excretions of the poppy – opium. The terrain of small brown mountains and slim forested valleys is ideally fitted to guerrilla procedures. In the past this incomprehensible landscape acted as a barrier in opposition to the encroachments of the Burmese, Chinese, and Cambodian empires, permitting the area’s idigeonous hill tribes to preserve their personal autonomy. More currently, the triangle’s remoteness maintains to keep tons of civilization at bay. Both Buddhist and Christian missionaries have didn’t convert but a small number of the people away from their historical animist beliefs. The Shaman or medicine guy still performs an critical function inside the existence of the isolated villages. In 1987 the writer visited with the Ka-ren in one of the extra faraway areas of the Triangle. There he changed into lucky sufficient to spend an evening with a Shaman and witness his Spirit Dance. It changed into there that the relationship among this way of life and that of the Chinese martial arts regarded to meld.

Tai Chi has frequently been defined and written approximately as shape of meditation, a moving meditation. The purpose of meditation is to adjust one’s focus with a purpose to obtain a variety of dreams from rest and restoration, to extending one’s lifespan and many believe, developing supernatural capabilities. The photograph that most usually comes to mind while we do not forget meditation is that of the Yogi, the Buddhist, and the Taoist, sitting go-legged in a temple. The key elements are silence, stillness, and solitude. Contrast this picture with one in all always flowing, and from time to time explosive moves of Tai Chi, and it’d look like the antithesis of the situations needed for meditation. From wherein then did this particular idea, the linking of physical movement with an altered nation of attention, originate?

The 5 elements and their related heraldic animals represent an historical understanding of how heavenly forces could be manipulated to affect earthly destinies. The primary ritual of Taoist magic consists in the capacity to call up the forces of those Spirit-Generals and suggests that the heraldic Animals are indeed the essence of supernatural powers.
The Chinese PauKua, Ong Hean-Tatt,