Taijiquan Through the Western Gate

ISBN-10: 1583941398
ISBN-13: 9781583941393
Edition: 2006
Authors: Rick Barrett
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 1/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Who among us wouldn't like to optimize our performance, health, well-being? This groundbreaking volume applies today's scientific revelations to what could otherwise be dismissed as intuition. Delightfully readable, it is a carefully built map that helps the reader visualize and feel what is often only explained theoretically. To the athlete, it offers the "Zone." To the executive, it offers calmness under fire. To the ailing, it offers a path to self-healing. To the martial artist, it offers a path to excellence. Book jacket.

Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration and Romanization
Introduction
A Hidden Barrier
Translation and Nomenclature
Passage through the Gate
William C. C. Chen
James Oschman
Ken Wilber
Entering the Zone
In the Zone
Knifing through the Zone
Better with Age
Waysun Liao Demonstrates Internal Power
What Is Taijiquan?
Gongfu
The Gongfu of Taijiquan
A Wordless Book
Insubstantial and Substantial
Stuff and Non-stuff
Relative Terms
Daoism and Taijiquan
Daoist Cosmology
The Western Gate
Science versus Scientism
Flatland
The Punch Line
Embracing Paradox
Nervous System Development
The Power of the Insubstantial
Getting Comfortable with Paradox
Seeing with Three Eyes
The Three Eyes
Injunctions
Three Strands of Valid Knowledge
Transrational Consciousness
Demonstration of the Transpersonal
Moving with the Way
Ask a Fish about Water
Discovering Air
Vitalism versus Mechanism
We Are Both Of and In It
Quantum Vacuum
Energy in the Human Body
Energy Healing
Not Always Present
The Copper Wall Project
Valerie Hunt's Research
Spectrum of Frequencies
The Egely Wheel
Direct Experience of Qi
Injunctions for Qi Recognition
The Power of Attention
Correct Language
Taiji Ball
Coherent Energy
What Is Energetic Coherence?
Coherence and Entropy
Life's Spectrum of Coherence
Psychophysiological Coherence
Testing Energetic Coherence
Taiji Training
Muscle Testing for Energetic Coherence
Taijiquan Forms
Accessing Energetic Coherence
Coherence: The Means, Not the Goal
Coherence Criteria
Taiji Coherence
Driving with the Hand Brake On
Rooting
Rooting the Hard Way
Rooting Results from Coherence
Stumbling Blocks
Force versus Power
Internal versus External
Keys to the Car
Return to Wholeness
Beyond Relaxation
How It's Done
Understanding Song
Tensegrity
What Is Tensegrity?
Tensegrity in Structure
Everything Is Vibration
The Living Matrix
Half-Second Delay
Liquid Crystals
Properties of the Living Matrix
Why the Index Finger?
The Living Matrix in Form and Practice
Erecting a Tent
Tensegrity in a Taijiquan Form
Standing Meditation and the Living Matrix
Coherence in Push Hands
Applications of Push Hands
Pitfalls
The Nine-Channeled Pearl
What Is the Nine-Channeled Pearl?
Energy Follows the Path of Least Resistance
Kinking the Hose
Raising the Spirit of Vitality
The Kua
Set the Knee
Release the Kua
Release and Energize
Song Kua in Practicing the Form
Now and Jin
The Monkey Trap
The Problem with Meditation
Presence
Turning the Light Around
The Body Is Not an Adversary
The Host and the Guest
The Path of The Secret of the Golden Flower
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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