Continuous Motion, how do we do this?
Continuous Action, how do we do this?
Two very common questions when learning about how to understand Tai Chi Chuan.
Let me ask you a question
When you think about Continuous Motion, from what perspective are you making your observation from?
Here’s another question
When you think about Continuous Action, are you seeing with your eyes, or are you feeling where the Desire for your Action comes from?
Both questions I have asked will be greatly influenced by the environments from which we have all individually been raised in and the internal environments that has nurtured within us. Both questions will have answers I am not aware of, please feel free to share yours. Both questions will always become new questions, because as we nourish ourselves with the evolutionary process of life, we will always have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the limitlessness of the mind and how the expands the actual limits of our physical body.
The American way has always been External.
This external appeal has had greater influence with Social Media becoming an Influenza and Narcism becoming an Epidemic. People are their own paparazzi’s, everyone wants to have a voice, but they don’t actually want to follow through on anything to give their voice value. People want to show they have something to say, but more often than not, their talk lacks Action and Action has become diluted as a means of just acquiring immediate satisfaction, attention, making Action, Action-Less. We are drowning in an Action-Less society of people who want to show-off what they think their idea of themselves to be, without having the actual content to actually follow through on those ideas after the selfies are taken and they are “liked” enough. We have become a society satisfied with “likes” and that is about as deep as most characters can go. People want to speak loud, not realizing that the loudest voices have nothing to do with lack of volume control and that to be heard you have to come from a place of depth, hard-work, clarity, confidence and RESPECT. It has become cool to be obnoxious for attention and most people live for the moment, cheapening the true meaning of what it used to mean to have heart. It’s a surfaced kind of world we are living in, so when it comes to understanding Internal Arts you find that people’s inability to understand, stems from society’s overly saturated ideals placed on what is shown-off, what is bragged about and whatever it is that gets the most “likes”. With all of this outwardness and desire for external appeal people have no concern for who they actually are because they don’t even know who they are and they don’t really care, attention triumphs here. Content has been replaced by photoshop and Beauty is applied by a brush. No matter how many “likes’ you get, from mostly people you don’t even know, it will never be enough until you actually like yourself.
Continuous Action is how we are all wired to exist.
Continuous Action is our most Feeling state, because Action is driven from Feeling, not manipulative thought or calculated measure. Even though it seems as though Actions can instigate calculated manipulations, tactics of this nature do not originate form natural flow, manipulations require constant displacement from the goodness of nature, creating unnatural response, usually for the means of greed and control. Greed and control are both anti-nature, animals who hunt in nature only eat till they have satisfied hunger, eating anymore would inhibit them from being able to move around they way they need to for survival, they don’t have the luxury of food comas, that leaves them susceptible to now becoming prey. Control in nature also doesn’t exist because you can’t control balance, balance is a condition of Continuous Action. Action is simply an honest response to the external environment, which is uniquely calibrated by your Internal State of Flow. The body always listens to respond. Our listening state is our most Active state, because it comes from the power of sensitivity. Sensitivity is what allows us all to achieve balance so that we can maintain constant flow. This is strength. Staying connected to you is your Super Power.
Continuous Motion is a byproduct of Continuous Action, because Motion is meant to flow from within. However, most people are distracted by what their eyes seem to interpret and we get confused when we try to imitate what our eyes only see, instead of understanding that motion flows from what is felt. I’ve made this mistake myself, it’s natural and it’s part of the learning process, but so many of us are afraid of the learning process because they feel it means they don’t know anything, so let me ask you another question. What on earth do we really know? Life is a constant searching of understanding and understanding is the most free state to exist in, because it gives you the confidence in knowing what you do understand while balancing your integrity with understanding all there is you still, have yet to understand. Learning is a humble game and you will find in life that it is those who are humble who are the most beautiful and addictive energies to be around. They are the flame that the curious moths fly to and when you catch that kind of fire, you discover the exhilaration of what it feels like to become that flame too.
Continuous Action is where Continuous Motion comes from, because both are an inside job and what your eyes interpret as Continuous Motion is actually a physical interpretation of your body’s internal state of Continuous Action, feeling. There is a distinct difference between Continuous Motion vs. Continuous Physical Movement. Physical Movement is absent of feeling, which is why when people are first learning anything physical, it feels weird. Feeling weird is the process by which our bodies need to Learn the Right Feeling. It always feels weird when you are learning something new or somebody new which is why I love anything weird. When I find myself in that weird feeling, I’m a full on addict, because I am about to learn something entirely new about myself through the discovery of something and/or someone else, it’s so invigorating. Everything we do is wired to feeling and whatever we train, is meant to always accomplish the “right feeling”, you know what it is because of how it feels. This is true for bad feelings too and when you feel something bad, this is you telling you that it is time to change where you’re at and what you are doing, because nothing grows from the bad. What feels bad is crippling and it is the crippling state which initiates the deterioration of the healthy state and once you loose your healthy state, it is the natural cycle of nature to die. So, choose to live, because living is a choice you can make, you just have to choose which way you want your natural cycle to flow.
Continuous Action comes from Desire. Desire is influenced by many factors, but the end result of Desire is the Satisfaction of Feeling Goodness. Desire is supported by the Brain and the Mind is the blueprint for getting there.
What I want you to focus on now is the feeling invoked by the word Desire. We all know this feeling, I know we feel it in different ways, but I think we will all agree that it creates a pretty strong feeling. The strength you feel from the actual feeling of this word is Flow and the Flow it creates is to lead you to what you Desire, this is called Action.
Action is a continuous state for us all.
Action is how we are wired to Live.
Without living in a constant state of Continuous Action we would die. Continuous Action is how our bodies work naturally 24/7. Continuous Action Flows and when the Flow of our Natural State of Continuous Action is disrupted we experience physical and mental health deficits.
Action comes from the language of the feeling heart. Action is all about feeling and the great Maya Angelou flowed from a natural feeling that speaks to us all…
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”
“When you learn, teach. When you get, give”
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back”
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be”
“I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody too”
“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me”
“In the struggle lies the joy”
“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats”
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time”
“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself”
“Life sometimes gives you a second chance”
“If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die”
“Words go into the body. They can cause us to be well and hopeful and high-energy and wondrous and funny and cheerful”
What did reading all of that make you feel? Did it hit you from beyond where your eyes could see? This is where Desire is birthed and Action flows from, it’s all about your feeling state.
Your feeling state is your healthy state, or it can be your unhealthy state.
To approach Continuous Motion from an external perspective is where you will always begin by feeling uncomfortable, when you finally access your internal state, this is where the Continuous Connection of Motion flows. When understanding flow, the easiest connection to make is with your natural breath. We breath, naturally and continuously. The Action of Living, creates the Continuous Motion of Breathing. Our natural breath is directly influenced by the environment around us. This includes temperature, moisture, smells, sounds and emotions. Your breath is your truth teller, which is why I always focused on the feeling of my opponents pattern of breathing as we stood opposite each other before stepping in the ring. The continuous motion of their physical body always expressed what they were feeling inside. The less I saw their breath caught up in their upper chest cavity, the more relaxed I knew they were. The more I saw the physical structure of their breath caught in their upper chest cavity, the better I knew where their head was at and if I was in the ring for an actual fight, this is where I applied pressure more than I boxed, but if I was just sparring and the person was not at my level of experience, this is where I tried to get them to relax and moved smooth and easy so they could feel that they could trust me and once they could trust that I wouldn’t hurt them I would get to take advantage of the full-on beating they would try to apply and this tactic always strengthen my defensive skills. Without the power to defend, you will never know how or when to strike and sometimes you can even use a powerful defensive strategy to outwit and breakdown your opponents mentally. A powerful mind is quiet and knows how to create the openings necessary to win. Lenox Lewis lectured me one night at Marquee about the power of defense after lecturing me about not boxing, realizing I wasn’t about to take his advice when it came to not fighting.
Continuous Motion is felt and its actual physical movement originates from the ebbs and flows from our internal energy reservoir. You aren’t meant to show-off what you are feeling, you are only meant to flow with the natural timing of it. What appears to be still to the naked eye is where stillness is birthed from flow. You have to feel it, cause even if you are physically moving, it isn’t Continuous and it isn’t Motion if you have the absence of timing created by Internal Energy Flow.