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Taijiquan Classics - Chapter 3

Our Natural Powers of Discrimination

When we are born into the world, we have eyes to see, ears to hear, a nose to smell, and a mouth to eat. Color, sound, odors, and flavors all appeal to our natural sensory endowment; gestures and steps and the various functions of our limbs are all derived from our natural endowment for movement. Considering this carefully, is it without reason that, while similar in nature but different in habits, we have lost our original enowment? Thus, wishing to regain our original endowment, it is impossible to discover our movement potential without physical exercise or to find the source of consciousness without intellectual activity. This then leads us to movement with consciousness. With mobilization, there is sensation; and with movement, awareness; without mobilization, there is no sensation; and without movement, there is no awareness. When mobilization reaches its peak there is movement, and when sensation reaches its peak there is awareness. Movement and awareness are easy, but mobilization and sensation are difficult. By first seeking to develop conscious movement in yourself and realizing it in your own body, you will naturally be able to know it in others. If you seek it first in others, it is likely you will miss it in yourself. It is essential that you understand this principle, and the ability to interpret energy follows from this.