Stop Making Sense, just Change.

I’ve been immersing myself in ba gua to get away from the cheapest room in the house-fear. Fear the world has finally succumbed to the dicombobulatory effects of smart meters and wifi; or the fear that big Boris J. was possessed by an alien until we voted ‘leave’. Fear that the emperor is finally realising he has no clothes, but persists in the brazen lie that he is fully clothed.

Chilcott follows ‘Brexit’. The Tao Teh Ching reminds us: “In the places where armies march, thorns and briars bloom and grow….when a victory is won through war, it is not a thing of great pride.”

So I’ve been walking in circles. I can’t turn the vote around although I did suggest to a constitutional lawyer friend of mine that a challenge should be mounted in the Divisional Court. That is all that I could ‘do’.

Otherwise, turning and changing, making no effort to make sense, battling only with moods and levels of energy and application. As everything turns and changes there is noticing of the unmoving empty clarity of awareness, fearless in the face of change. 

Who is truly responsible for their actions? Those who lead us, guide us through the process of collective participation, collective agreement or collective coercion abandon their repsonsibility towards the people and pursue instead their personal ambition.

Ambitious leaders encourage us to stay in the cheapest room in the house. We have seen this over and again yet we seem powerless to make beneficial change.

The hidden beauty of challenge is that we can grow from it individually. Collectively, we grow by forging new worlds, new ways to behave responsibly, to use our immeasurable skills.

Aspiration seems to be less nobly expressed these last few years. Politicians profess aspiration without commitment, without belief. “The kind person acts from the heart and accomplishes a multitude of things.”

The situation is impoverished for us concerning Europe-it’s a point of view. We were right to invade Iraq-it’s a point of view. Mistakes can help us learn. We haven’t learned.

Ba gua practitioners, Taoists, Outsiders, radical thinkers or non thinkers, tend to stay away from the mainstream activity of exchange of so called informed opinion-usually hearsay- until they are pulled in by the centripetal force of change. That moment when you see that your karma and the karma of millions is joining through common challenge [was it ever otherwise?] is a good place to look for pure attention. Rather than talk his or her way through it, the outsider resorts to attention, pure and clear. 

It’s a mood thing. It is not abandonning responsibility towards what must be done, it is recogninsing that significant change, impending or imminent, causes our mood energy to change. Don’t abandon what can be done, must be done, spare a moment also for the clarity of non-doing awareness as the great resolver.

Clarity, clouded by the eight trigrams thunderously punctuating unusually rapid change, generates a massive centripetal force.

In ba gua practice, one method is to walk so much or so fast that the energies of the eight trigrams begin to inexorably manifest through the physical body. Holding on to the form that has facilitated the chaotic emergence of all eight trigrams improves stability, letting go the form-seeing it dismembered by the eight trigrams-grants the expereince that heals us of our fear.

It’s one way to get out of the cheapest room in the house. It is highly efficient, generates inner calm and spreads calm.

For a ba gua master, faced with 8 or more assailants, there is a massive centripetal force exerted as all calculation and assessment of the situation is abandoned. The master and the assailants are all pulled into the centre. Into and out of that chaos comes great wisdom:

“The world is a sacred vessel and it cannot be controlled. You will only make it worse if you try….the master accepts things as they are and out of compassion, she avoids extravagance, excesses and extremes….”

Two Aspects of Change

Either it comes too soon or not soon enough.

The EU situation has come too soon for some, not soon enough for others. In either case, no one was prepared. How is this seen in terms of ba gua circle walking practice?

In addition to not being prepared for the consequences of leaving the EU, we are habitually resistant to the natural cycles of change. Either we press for change believing our dissatisfaction is because of circumstances, or we resist change believing that change will cause dissatisfaction.

Change presents challenge that was not evident in the prevous circumstances. Before the imminence of the change, we engage in opinions and beliefs which in politics depends upon the clarity of our politicians. In most cases, our rulers would benefit from a good dose of Confucius whose last mission was to provide rulers with an honorable and ethical code of governance.

The post referendum debate, be it among friends, politicans or nation states throws up opinion, thoughts and personal ambitions. The conniving ambition of Michael Gove perfectly highlights the potential of change. We can grow with it, change with it, adapt to it. Whatever we might think of Michael Gove, he has changed [publically at least] from unambitous supporter to mainstream supplicant for the top job. Most observers have been astonsihed by the rapidity and completeness of how he has changed.

So what is the practical approach of ba gu circle walking?

The energy of life and all potential is experienced in circle walking. You walk. There are certain ‘rules’ about how to walk which are proposed for efficiency, to support the better energetic and physical function of the body, mind and emotions. The rules can be abandoned at any time, either through choice or through the automatic natural action of energy accumulated through walking the circle over and over. Regardless of how we walk, change is implicit. All formations, views, material and mehtods are subject to change.

Properly undertaken, circle walking generates energy that interacts with the material through which it passes: from the root in the foot through the legs, expressing in the arms and eventually expressing through change.

This energy tends towards highlighting obstacles and blockages. What we learn through experience is that the obstacles that fall and are let go through the impact of circle walking cannot be chosen. We might want to increase our physical stability through walking the circle yet it might be our emotional condition which stabilises first. We might want to end immigration, pay less to the EU, but when we leave, as we can see in the current situation, what will change becomes harder to predict. This is the impermanence of change and it is directly experienced through circle walking.

Repeatedly experiencing the divide between what I want to change and what will change gives rise to wisdom. In Taoist terms, this is natural wisdom, natural process. Rather than aligning ourselves with self will-what we want to change- we align with the creative and the acceptance that as energy moves it creates new circumstances and removes old ones. To seek to control this is contrary to a fundamental code of the cosmos: it is not man who holds all the controls.

To repeatedly experience this requires more walking. As you walk, you get fitter. As you get fitter, your energy transport increases. As your energy transport increases, hidden obstacles are revealed. As they are revealed, they may be released, but we don’t choose. With growing skill, we begin to sense how to use the tools of the 8 trigrams. We can begin to tacitly work or walk towards a proposal, accepting that another may come to fruit while the initial proposal awaits resolution.

The more you circle the more irresistible becomes the automatic change and the less resistant the practitioner becomes to all change.

In circle walking practice, It can be a change of direction, a change of speed, a change of walking style. Here we can observe two aspects of change: the first aspect, in the practice or apprenticeship mode is where we change direction, speed or style as a means to learn and observe, in accordance with a practice regime.

The other aspect is where we begin to glimpse the higher functions, the natural and self arising function and truth of change: it happens by itself. It is very striking and it is humbling, releasing our reliance upon self with the possibility to move towards alignment with the natural order.

The first aspect is where we change through the practice regime as a means to train. The second aspect is where we see, feel and experience change happening but it is evidently very differently configured.

The palm changes are forms reflecting the different characteristics of change as represented by the eight trigrams.These carefully constructed and practiced forms simply fall away as we are taken by the energy of change through a series of movements, sensations never practiced or experienced before. This deeply impacts upon the nervous system as a positive shock. Gradually, we see wisdom emerge as a result of application and effort towards abandon of form rather than adherence to it.

This is one of the more striking experiences of ba gua and it can be experienced at any level of competence if properly directed and aligned: the body is just taken by the energy you have generated through the walk. There is an aliveness and experience that we can see we have only mimicked hitherto. “Change just happens” is not an opinion. The belief that “I can make change happen” is an accident hidden behind all the times we have tried to change self, things, circumstances and have failed. We forget the failures and rely upon the rare occasions that change just happening corresponds with our intention.

We can activate and motivate for change, but whatever we do, it will happen of its own accord. So, relax! It will change again! But is there something I can do in the meantime?

Next up: how to use ba gua as a remedy for resolution, for calm, for clarity and for positive change.

How Heaven Helps

Characteristics of Heaven

Heaven,  Heaven energy, the influence of Heaven and the impact of Heaven-the qualities of heaven cannot all be told. According to Chih-hsu Ou-i, “creativeness sums it up”.

In practice, through ba gua circle walking and in particular through the first or Heaven palm change, there is the opportunity to align with the creative. Heaven as a concept is less significant than the energy of Heaven, the influence of Heaven and the impact of Heaven. Seeking the creative through ba gua circle walking,  it becomes increasingly necessary-and obvious if well directed- to understand that the creative cannot be grasped as a thing as such. When the influence appears, the impact strikes, the creativity simply flows through the practitioner.

This experience of seeking the creative and recognizing that the seeking is an invitation and not an obligation or certainty can provide a significant shift in view, attitude and response. Instead of expecting a result, a consequence, there is an increasing preparedness to simply let go. This can often be seen and felt in ba gua practice: you walk, attentive to all the details of mind, body and emotional alignment; you pay attention to what has been pointed out. You practice as the masters have indicated and one day, when you let go, you experience the walking, the creative. It’s been happening all along, except that now there is less ‘you’ in it.

Positivity is a characteristic as are initiative, progressiveness, supportiveness, persistence, perseverance. These characteristics are felt and received through ba gua circle walking and through sustained practice of the heaven palm change. Historically, before ba gua was developed into a martial art, the monastic practices concentrated on just this one aspect-the characteristics of heaven; without seeking them, the energy is recognized, the influence becomes clear, the impact obvious.

Whatever projects or goals we have, whatever obstacles we are facing, initiative, positivity, progressiveness and persistence are all characteristics that will be supportive. Ou-i speaks of the creativity of Heaven because heaven energy can provide the energy to evolve, to change and to resolve. Without using the ordinary thinking mind, Heaven resolves and creates through action. Ba gua circle walking is just that-resolution without thought. If we can achieve that, imagine how much less stressful life might be.

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Improving response to change


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Take an opportunity at Tourné in the French Pyrennees to improve your response to the challenge of change and transition through the energizing and enjoyable practice of circle walking or ba guazhang, eight trigrams palm.

A ba gua and circle walking retreat introduces a particular way of investigating and interpreting change that impacts the way we respond to life circumstances and to our own perceived conditions, moods and energy during a period of transition.

The method works directly on your mental, energy and emotional bodies. At a mental level, expect to be subject to less troublesome thought connected with transition, decisions or change.

At an emotional level, expect to be more stable in the face of change and during periods of uncertain transition. Learn how to ‘roll’ the emotions into a complete energy rather than a fragmented emphasis on a single emotion.

At the energetic level, expect the higher intelligence of the energy body to take charge as you navigate change and transition in your life.

The method of examining change

Looking at the characteristics of change through ba gua circle walking reveals, in the moving form at first, a characteristic of water might be found in mountain, or a characteristic of heaven in earth.

Full and broken lines make up all the trigrams of the I ching. It is clear that visually the representation of a trigram has components that are germane to all the trigrams.

The I ching is the philosophy or examination of change through image, text and contemplation. Circle walking or ba gua is the practice that drives the philosophy beyond concept into experience, into the physical body with its corresponding effect on the emotions and mind.

Application beyond concept

Through the experience of repeatedly looking for and finding common characteristics in change- energetically, emotionally and mentally- an impact is made beyond thought. The wisdom that accompanies familiarity with the nature of change deeply effects the way we respond to and behave during periods of change and transition.

Beginners and experts alike benefit.

This practice does not depend on perfectly executed form. A novice may see as clearly as an expert who is executing a palm change perfectly.

A single glimpse of heaven in earth is enough to begin the process of rolling disparate and competing emotions into a single force.

The method of repeatedly looking

Millions of people the world over review the arising of phenomena in the mind and the body in order to impress the nature of impermanence. Conceptually, we know that seasons, bodies and all phenomena are impermanent.

Impermanence is the complete and simple expression of change. Examining the characteristic of change installs wisdom. Mindfully examining change, concentrated on the mechanics of change, wisdom grows. As wisdom grows based on the investigation of the nature of change, the nervous system response to change becomes smoother, the emotions more stable and the mind clearer and better able to make decisions.

Finding the inherent change in moods and emotions

Do we know that joy is found within sadness? Do we see how the rising energy of the mountain contains thunder, fire, water?

Emotionally, mentally, we can become transfixed or panic stricken in periods of transition.

When a life circumstance is changing, we might refer constantly to only one part of the transition-the fear of the unknown, the negative side. Equally, we might refer only to the foreseen success or growth-the positive side.

Seeing only limited characteristics in a period of transition, good or bad, we risk making wrong choices, poor decisions.

We can understand that all things change, that the rate of change is impermanent. We may even have had direct experience of this through meditation.

While change is occurring, life is often difficult and challenging. Challenge does not diminish us, but a challenge that causes too much struggle, too much resistance, risks that we interfere or react too strongly.

Through ba gua circle walking-investigating the characteristics of change-wisdom grows, we interfere less, remain calm, learn to act from higher intelligence at the appropriate time.

This is what the I ching and all predictive esoteric methods such as the tarot teach: use the oracle or the practice from which it originally derived, as the vehicle to higher function.

The energy of change and wisdom

Ba gua circle walking allows us to study change and our reaction or resistance to it. This more detailed investigation of the components of what we ordinarily take to be singular phenomena has an impact on the energy body and on the mental body. The basic exercise of circle walking, static postures and changes impact the physical and emotional bodies as well as enhancing the levels of energy available to the practitioner.

The effect of continually looking for, investigating and seeing the components that constitute a palm change begins to impact on the energy and mental bodies as it breaks down our adherence and belief in concepts. Even a mountain is a concept which prevents the energy body from connecting with the non conceptual energy of what we call ‘mountain’.

Prepare for great challenge in the 21st century

Learning and practicing ba gua circle walking prepares us for change; using this method of investigation during practice introduces a new element that prepares us for the challenges of the 21st century.

This approach to the practice of circle walking will serve you particularly well in periods of difficult and challenging change or transition.

It can be applied by anyone who has studied circle walking, is familiar with how to change direction, how to hold static arm postures and how to effect palm changes. All these components are regularly taught on ba gua retreats at Tourne.


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Améliorer la réponse aux changements

Publié par nestor sur Juin 17, 2013 dans Bagua


Profiter de l’occasion à Tourné dans les Pyrénées françaises à améliorer votre réponse au défi du changement et de la transition à travers la pratique énergisante et agréable de marcher en cercle ou ba guazhang, huit trigrammes palme.

Un ba gua et marche en cercle retraite introduit une manière particulière de l’enquête et de l’interprétation changement qui influe sur la façon dont nous réagissons aux circonstances de la vie et à nos propres conditions perçues, humeurs et de l’énergie au cours d’une période de transition.

La méthode fonctionne directement sur votre santé mentale, énergie et corps émotionnel. Au niveau mental, s’attendre à être soumis à la pensée moins gênants liés à la transition, décisions ou changement.

Au niveau émotif, s’attendre à être plus stable dans le contexte du changement et pendant les périodes de transition incertaine. Apprenez à ‘roll »les émotions dans une énergie complète plutôt qu’un accent fragmenté sur une seule émotion.

Au niveau énergétique, s’attendre à l’intelligence supérieure du corps d’énergie pour prendre en charge pendant que vous naviguez changement et de transition dans votre vie.

La méthode d’examen changement

En regardant les caractéristiques du changement par ba gua cercle de marche révèle, dans la forme se déplaçant à la première, une caractéristique de l’eau pourrait être trouvée dans la montagne, ou une caractéristique du ciel sur la terre.

Les lignes complètes et brisées représentent tous les trigrammes du Yi King. Il est clair que visuellement la représentation d’un trigramme a des composants qui sont communes à tous les trigrammes.

Le Yi King est la philosophie ou de l’examen du changement à travers l’image, texte et de la contemplation. marche de cercle ou ba gua est la pratique qui conduit la philosophie au-delà concept en expérience, dans le corps physique avec son effet correspondant sur les émotions et l’esprit.

Application au-delà notion

Grâce à l’expérience de regarder à plusieurs reprises et de trouver des caractéristiques communes dans le changement- énergiquement, émotionnellement et mentalement- un impact est faite au-delà de la pensée. La sagesse qui accompagne la familiarité avec la nature du changement affecte profondément la façon dont nous répondons à et se comporter pendant les périodes de changement et de transition.

Les débutants et les experts avantages semblables.

Cette pratique ne dépend pas de forme parfaitement exécuté. Un novice peut voir aussi clairement comme un expert qui exécute parfaitement un changement de palme.

Un aperçu unique du ciel sur la terre est suffisante pour commencer le processus d’émotions disparates et contradictoires de roulement en une seule force.

La méthode de recherche à plusieurs reprises

Des millions de personnes dans le monde entier revue l’apparition de phénomènes de l’esprit et le corps dans le but d’impressionner la nature de l’impermanence. Conceptuellement, nous savons que les saisons, organes et tous les phénomènes sont impermanents.

Impermanence est l’expression complète et simple du changement. L’examen de la caractéristique de changement installe sagesse. Examiner Mindfully changement, concentrée sur les mécanismes du changement, sagesse pousse. Comme sagesse pousse basé sur l’enquête de la nature du changement, la réponse du système nerveux à modifier devient plus lisse, les émotions plus stable et l’esprit plus clair et mieux à même de prendre des décisions.

Trouver le changement inhérent à l’humeur et les émotions

Savons-nous que la joie se trouve dans la tristesse? Ne voyons-nous comment l’énergie montante de la montagne contient tonnerre, feu, eau?

Emotionnellement, mentalement, nous pouvons devenir transpercé ou pris de panique dans les périodes de transition. Quand une circonstance de vie est en train de changer, nous pourrions sans cesse se référer à une seule partie de la transition de la peur de l’inconnu, Du côté négatif. Également, nous pourrions référer uniquement à la réussite de prévue ou la croissance du côté positif.

Voir seulement les caractéristiques limitées dans une période de transition, bon ou mauvais, nous risquons de faire de mauvais choix, de mauvaises décisions.

Nous pouvons comprendre que toutes les choses changent, que le taux de variation n’est pas permanent. Nous pouvons même avons eu une expérience directe de ce à travers la méditation.

Bien que le changement se produit, la vie est souvent difficile et exigeant. Défi ne nous diminue pas, mais un défi qui provoque trop de lutte, trop de résistance, risques que nous interférer ou réagir trop fortement.

Grâce ba gua marche en cercle, l’étude des caractéristiques de changement de sagesse pousse, nous intervenons moins, rester calme, apprendre à agir de plus grande intelligence au moment opportun. C’est ce que le Yi King et toutes les méthodes ésotériques prédictifs tels que l’apprentissage de tarot: utiliser l’oracle ou la forme de pratique qui qu’ils provenaient, en tant que véhicule pour la fonction ultérieure.

L’énergie du changement et de la sagesse

Ba gua marche en cercle nous permet d’étudier le changement et notre réaction ou de résistance à ce. Cette enquête plus détaillée des composantes de ce que nous prenons habituellement à des phénomènes singulier a un impact sur le corps de l’énergie et sur le corps mental. L’exercice de base de la marche en cercle, postures statiques et changements sur les corps physique et émotionnel ainsi que l’amélioration des niveaux d’énergie disponibles pour le praticien.

L’effet de regarder en permanence pour, enquête et de voir les composants qui constituent un changement de palme commence à avoir un impact sur l’énergie et mental en se décomposant notre adhésion et la croyance en des concepts. Même une montagne est un concept qui empêche le corps d’énergie de se connecter avec l’énergie non conceptuelle de ce que nous appelons «montagne».

Préparez-vous pour grand défi du 21e siècle

Apprendre et pratiquer le ba gua marche en cercle nous prépare pour le changement; en utilisant cette méthode d’enquête lors de la pratique introduit un nouvel élément qui nous prépare à relever les défis du 21ème siècle.

Cette approche de la pratique de la marche en cercle vous servira particulièrement bien dans les périodes de changement ou de transition difficile et exigeant.

Il peut être appliqué par tous ceux qui ont étudié la marche en cercle, est familier avec la façon de changer de direction, comment tenir les postures de bras statiques et comment effectuer des changements de palmiers. Tous ces éléments sont régulièrement enseignées sur ba gua retraites Tourne à.


What is ba gua circle walking?

Ba gua circle walking refers to the ancient Chinese Taoist practice of circle walking for meditation and vibrant energy. It refers also to the more recent martial art of baguazhang. It refers also to the ancient oracle of the I ching.

What is circle walking?

Circle walking is a complete meditation and physical exercise method that incorporates central themes such as rest as the foundation of movement, movement as the potential of rest. It is a method rich in the cultivation of receptivity to the way things are directly perceived inside and outside the body as the foundation for a valid creative and personal process. The physical practice is based in walking a circle. Specific stepping methods are used that work deeply into the tissues of the body and affecting the way energy moves and altering the body’s predisposition towards learnt habit patterns that restrict energy flow. It uses adherence to form as the way to abandon form and incorporate change energetically with wisdom rather than through emotions and habit patterns based in preferences to limited perception of the truth of the characteristic of change. Instead of seeing change as tending towards the good or the bad, it is seen as a complex compound beyond good or bad, incorporating the basic components of all phenomena.

What is ba gua zhang?

Ba guazhang is the more modern martial form of circle walking. It is a hybrid between the Taoist monastic circle walking practice and Taoist internal martial arts. Since its introduction to the west it has been taken up increasingly by practitioners for its health enhancing, meditative and enjoyment potential.

Relationship to the I ching.

Circle walking ba gua provides the direct perception potential of the philosophy and ontology of the I ching. Rather than learn about the principles of change, they are directly perceived through our intuition and experience while practicing circle walking. The I ching discreetly proposes unbiased understanding of the characteristics of change. Unbiased change is subject to the highest natural laws and innate higher intelligence. The practice of circle walking ba gua gives direct experience of the truth of the function of higher intelligence. Through repeatedly looking at the characteristics of change, we become emotionally more stable,mentally more clear, physically less prone to fatigue.

Modern day application and usefulness

The 21st century sees rapid and often radical changes affecting lifestyle, moods, needs and emotions. All meditation practices go some way towards helping us deal with change. Circle walking ba gua is a highly potent and easy to learn method that provides rapid insight into change. What appears to be a difficult period of transition can be seen equally in its corresponding form of a positive period. When we enter what we perceive as a period of positive change, it is equally important to be appraised of the potential difficulty. It is not a dualistic ‘either or’  in change. It is seeing change with wisdom, becoming aligned with change to realise personal potential without reference to subjectivity that clouds judgement and affects levels of happiness and moods.

Ba gua circle walking is fun

Walking a circle at various speeds, holding and changing postures, moving in and out of types of changes based on the eight trigrams of the I ching, ba gua presents a meditation method-essentially a means to use the external and internal worlds-to examine change and our response to it. Ba gua is fun. There is form, the form can be abandoned. There is speed, it can be undertaken slowly. It can be undertaken in stillness. The pleasure that can be derived from learning or practicing circle walking ba gua in a group is unrivaled. You will understand without thinking. Wisdom will arise without the need for it to be created. You will have fun without trying.