Wuji Gong has a few different names in the West, I've seen this form called Tai Chi for Liberation or Tai Chi for enlightenment, as well as Primordial Qi Gong. I decided to stick with the name Wuji because I feel it more fully explains what the form is and what it's designed to do. The term Wuji is often translated as invisible, mystery, void, limitless, unconditioned, a brief glimpse at these words suggests we are dealing with a concept that is not easily explained, so please forgive me for trying!
Wuji is the state before yin yang, before duality, before left right, up down, hot cold. This concept is not easily understood, mainly because our mind which we use to solve problems is well and truly stuck in a dual world, and so it is unable to truly understand a non dual world. Think of a new born child, we would say the child is still connected to that state of Wuji, it's only as the child grows older and we learn to judge that the connection is weakened, and it is this judgment that creates a duality. For more information on this please click here.
So in essence this form is connecting you back with Wuji or the your original state. Wuji is the place from which all existence arises, there are some striking similarities with the concept of Wuji and Quantum Mechanics. It would seem at the subatomic world we may be glimpsing Wuji, for more information please click here
For those who have studied qi gong before this form may offer something new. The form looks more like a Tai Chi form, it has gentle flowing movements that create a spiralling motion as the body continuously turns to the left. For those with a knowledge of Taoism the form is a treasure trove of wisdom, the simple movements hide an extremely complex philosophy.
The form was originally created at Wu Dang Mountain in China, we know it's at least 800 years old, however the concepts hidden within the form are at least 3000 years old. The form was only passed down by word of mouth and was not shared with the outside world until the last 30 or so years. Most qi gong forms are designed to regulate the Qi system, think of an electrician checking your electrics. However this form is different, it works on the information carried in the system, over time practice is just as likely to change your temperament as well as treating your asthma. Wuji Gong was designed for those wishing to seek enlightenment or liberation, however the benefits of Wuji can be felt almost immediately. I've taught this form to a couple of long time Qi Gong students, both commented that the energy or feeling created was very different to any other form they'd practiced. One student actually shared it with his teacher, his response was, "I don't know what it is, but keep doing it!"
I feel Wuji is a true gift that has the capacity to change and heal lives. My own research and experience has led me to believe Wuji gong may help us to understand who and what we are. Thats a bold statement but Wuji Gong is a little special. For more information about Wuji Gong and how it may heal please click here
Recently a student asked me for advise when practicing Wuji. What came to mind was a story that I heard many years ago that I feel may help in understanding what Wuji gong is. The story begins with a Taoist Priest sat with his student watching a kitten wrapped up in twine. As the kitten struggles to get free he moves closer and closer to a large cockerel. The Priest asks his student what the kitten should do. The student has no reply so the Priest explains the kitten needs to understand he can't do it by himself, in fact the more he tries the more trapped he will become, eventually getting to close to the cockerel and his life will end. Instead he should return to his mother, she will remove the twine and free him. This little story illustrates the role of Wuji gong, when Taoists talk of the mother they are referring to the Tao. In essence the Priest is saying when we become wrapped up in life and we can't seem to find a way out return to the mother, go back to the Tao. In this sense when we practice Wuji gong we are letting go, we are surrendering and asking for help. We don't grasp at pleasurable sensations and we don't block the unpleasant, instead we are humble, aware and receptive.
Below is a short video by John Milton, in the video he briefly looks at the history of Wuji and some of the movements are explored.