From the book, 'Tao and T'ai Chi Kung' by Robert C. Sohn, used by permission.
'The practice of T'ai Chi Chuan is the primary effort to draw back from the personality and become in tune with the physical and energy bodies. The practice of T'ai Chi Kung encompasses the process of pulling back again and again, until the ultimate return to the Atman and finally to the Absolute....'
'Practical Psychology: The Use of Li to Change Qi
'The practical Chinese Taoist method of attaining enlightenment is to aid the mind to evolve deeper and more powerful li. Li is the underlying aspect of Qi, energy/matter. Without li, there is no Qi. The nature of li defines the nature of Qi. The way the idea is, is the way the world is.
'.... Li is the intermediary, that which lies between nothingness and the material universe. Li is the conception of the material universe. The primary li manifests on a level of reality far removed from the phenomenal world.
Wu Chi is the ultimate Real, Qi is the phenomenal real — that which is made to appear by the interaction of waves of probability with sentient observers. Li is that which forms the 'laws' that underlie the possible manifestation of the phenomenal world.
Qi is not real because it passes in and out of existence. Li, which is all ideas that ever can be manifest, in itself is real. It is the principle of ideal consciousness that exists inherent in Wu Chi. This li is expressed in the teachings of the Fourth Way as the Eternal Unchanging, the being state that lies between the un-manifest Absolute and the World of Three, the T'ai Chi. - pages 20 - 22
Excerpts from 'Tao and T'ai Chi Kung' by Robert C. Sohn, used by permission.