These lines, from the Tai Ji Classics, are very important. The idea of double-weightedness is crucial to practice, since, as explained above, this fault is the opposite of the experience of tai ji.

There is no word "double-weightedness" in the English dictionary. So to better understand this concept, we need to examine the tai ji principles and the Chinese language. The first character(shuang) shows a hand and two birds, the meaning, two or both. The second character means heavy, a weight. Together, they imply double-weightedness, or "both heavy."

The classical teachings have a central theme, the idea of differentiation of yin and yang. When we are differentiated, there is full and empty. If it is not differentiated, it is not the tai ji expressed in the symbol for which this art is named. It is "double-weighted," not the taiji of yin and yang.

An image that comes to mind is that of the vertical axis through the suspended headtop, dantian, and bubbling spring and a horizontal wheel that represents the waist ( the hip joints, dantian and sacrum.) The hub of the wheel is the dantian, and the hips assist the motion of the rim. If both hips lead, there can be a "tug-of-war" or at least the potential for "uncoordination." When neither leads (mindlessness), there is stagnation or collapse. When differentiated, one hip leads (the full hip) and one hip completely follows (the empty hip). Any other arrangement is "both heavy." (And the mind directs all this from the dantian!)

The experience of the flow of yin and yang in the body is compromised when we have internal "tug of wars" or confusion as to what leads and what follows.

As the classics remind us, "the practitioner must carefully study."


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