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    Bruce always talks about emptiness in the middle of the Bagua diagram. As I’ve been trying to understand and find wu ji, I’ve realized that emptiness is both inside and outside. I’ve found a way using the central channel to begin experiencing that emptiness through a simple open and close of the central channel. Not just pulsing (although it does include pulsing the joints), but opening and closing every felt thing.

    There is emptiness inside and outside everything we feel. We feel what the body can sense. If you have a mechanism in the central nervous system that can sense something, you can feel it. Everything else is empty. So, if you equate the trigrams with felt experience, there is emptiness both inside and outside them. We can use the body to produce a sense of expansion and we can use it to produce a sense of compression. You can even do both at the same time.

    Something interesting happens when you recognize the edges, the limits of your ability to feel via the physical body. Playing with this produces some of the smoothest and most connected Bagua I’ve ever experienced. It also yields great cumulative results – you improve faster.

    Once in a while I get a glimpse of emptiness. Just for the tiniest duration and spirit fills the emptiness. It is too fast and too fleeting to grasp. All I’m left with is a sense that that was it. That’s what they wanted me to stumble upon.

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    makes me think of the gaplessness between yang and yin in the punch of the Thunder Palm Change

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    It is basically a variation on Module 4 Level 11 written material. After all this time I’m still trying to work through that material. My variation is “play” before the work of training based on Bruce’s instruction. I’m still trying to gain enough control before practicing in the disciplined approach that Bruce describes.

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    I think the speed of the change is related, but I’d guess it is as much because you never disconnect (another way of saying you are integrated) and the lack of inertia inherent in emptiness. I’d also guess that applying this to the palm changes is no different than playing with a neigung element.

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