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Taijiquan Classics - Chapter 2

The Practice of Eight Gates and Five Steps

The Ba Gua and Wu Xing (eight trigrams and five phases) are part of a human being's natural endowment. We must first understand the meaning of the words conscious movement. After grasping conscious movement, we can begin to interpret energy, and finally, from interpreting energy, proceed to spiritual illumination. However, at the beginning of practice, we must gain an understanding of conscious movement, which, although it is part of our natural endowment, is very difficult to grasp.