Eleazar from the Internet writes:
“Hi Sifu. I hope you can help me with my problem. I have been practicing Tai Chi for almost 3 years now, but it is a competition routine of Wushu which is the 42-steps Tai Chi Chuan. and I can’t feel this “chi” thing. Sifu may I ask how do I feel when “chi” is already working within me? What are these specific feelings that I should be feeling while practicing Tai Chi? I hope you can help me. Thank you Sifu.”
Everyone has Chi or intrinsic energy. If not, your heart would not beat, and your brain would not think. If you bang your head, you go to a hospital for an electroencephalogram, or EEG, to measure the electrical output of your brain. If you have chest pains, you go for an electrocardiogram, or EKG, to measure the electrical output of your heart. We are electrical as well as chemical beings.
What Tai Chi does, is kind of like CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) for Chi. You can control your breath, but when you are asleep, you let control go completely, yet you still breathe.
To control and feel your Chi, try to do it in the posture of your Tai Chi form (probably at or near the beginning), where you raise your hands, and then draw them back and down. We call it the Chi exercise because the Chi is easy to feel doing this exercise. Move as if you are up to your shoulders in warm water. Move slowly. Feel the warmth in your hands and then the tingling. The heat is improved circulation (blood) and the tingling is the Chi.
Chi is already working within you if you are alive.
In Tai Chi,