Right and Wrong

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It has been said many times that Taiji is about “relative to”. Whether something is Yin or Yang depends on what it is compared against. A practitioner can appear very supple and relaxed when pushing hands with an opponent who is a beginner. The same practitioner may look stiff and tense when pushing hands with his teacher.

To an observer, the practitioner must have done something “right” when pushing hands with a beginner, and at the same time, when pushing hands with his teacher, he must have done something “wrong”. In actual fact, the practitioner did exactly the same thing in both instances. He did nothing “right” or “wrong”; he is just being himself.

When a beginner finds it difficult to relax his shoulders during his practice, do we conclude that this beginner is doing something “wrong”? More often than not, our ability to perform a certain task is learned, acquired through many setbacks in the form of mistakes and failures. Once we learned from our mistakes and failures, and finally acquired the ability to perform the task, we call this process “learning experience”. Once we have made enough mistakes and learned from these setbacks, we will emerge stronger and wiser. At the risk of sounding simplistic, when Yin reaches its extreme point, Yang emerges, and vice versa.

So does that mean that when we have been doing something “right” for too long, it will turn out to be a “wrong” sooner or later?

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