功到自然成

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Previously I would understand the phrase “功到自然成” as putting in enough effort, and you will succeed naturally. If I would read it out loud, the phrase is “功到,自然成”.

However after a recent lesson with a teacher, I have a different interpretation to the phrase. During the lesson, the teacher was explaining how we have to commit the principles of Taiji into our every movement. Just like what the forefathers have mentioned in their Taiji literature, “信手而应”, “应物自然”, etc, it has to become second nature to us.

So now, I would read the phrase as “功到自然,成”, which loosely translates into “when it becomes natural, you have succeeded”.

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