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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.

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