Inevitably philosophers are plagued with the question, 'Why does the Wu Chi manifest motion?'
And this taunting question leaves us, no matter how much we may deliberate, with only two possible answers: either accident or intention underlies the motion.
The possibility of accident in the Absolute denies the very idea of Consciousness. Indian philosophy expresses this idea by stating that the first manifestation of the Absolute is 'Satchidananda,' which is composed of the three words: sat (existence), chit (consciousness), and ananda (bliss).
Chart 1, Descent or Limitation of Being, shows the devolution of these primary experiences into what man calls existence, thought, and feeling in the gross material world.
The particular manifestation of events in the material universe could be considered the result of the random interaction of the three constituents of the primary creation.
However, the fact that all possibilities occur is attested to by modern science in the concept of waves of probability.
This is also the position of esoteric philosophers as expressed by P.D. Ouspensky in the idea of the '5th dimension as the realm of all realized and unrealized possibilities.'
Since all varieties of intelligence and consciousness are inevitable, the source must contain and be greater than the greatest of the possible manifestations of consciousness.
This then brings us to the conclusion that there is fundamentally an intention, a purposefulness, in the very fact of the motion — that consciousness is inherent in the primary condition.
This fundamental idea or notion of movement is called li, and the principle of li is the basic source of the formation of all that is. First there is a li of anything — a notion, an idea, a picture.
Then there must be ch'i or 'will to accomplish,' and slowly it manifests as material occurence in time.
Li differentiates in the 'world of ideas,' and this is reflected in the material universe as the constituents and the events of experiential existence. - pages 7 - 9
Excerpts from 'Tao and T'ai Chi Kung' by Robert C. Sohn, used by permission.