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May 14, 2018

SHEN MING & OSMOSIS


Posted by: Dan

shen mingShen is the Chinese character for spirit and there are 2 part to this character. On the left there is a 5 stroke character with 2 horizontal lines and 3 vertical ones.  This represents the sun, moon and other heavenly bodies in the skies. The right side of the character portrays a pair of hands extending a rope upwards. The character gives the idea of humanity reaching for contact with the heavens. It is called Shen meaning spirit / spiritual.

Ming is the name of one of China's most famous dynasties. The character is a combination of the characters for sun [on the left] and for moon [on the right] and so means light / illumination.

By extension Shen Ming is best translated as epiphany / enlightenment. A few days ago, when I was teaching sword form applications in Paris, I had 3 separate epiphanies.  According to the Canon of Tai Chi Chuan, through practice and familiarity with the techniques we can achieve epiphanies.

At a lower level of learning with the concept of osmosis; but again through practice, the essential elements of the art are absorbed and to a greater or lesser extent they are intuitively understood. 

 

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