After you are conceived in your mother’s womb but before you are born, there is the xian tian zhi qi, “Before Sky Chi,” the “Chi Before You Saw The Sky,” that is, the chi before you were born. The food your mother eats is transformed to become her blood; and the mother’s blood feeds your Before Sky Chi.
Once you are born, there is the hou tian zhi qi, “After Sky Chi,” the “chi after you saw the sky,” that is, the chi after you were born. This is the Origin Chi which together with air and food sustains life. (“Food” here means everything you eat or drink.)
At birth you severe your connection with your mother; thenceforward you must breath on your own. Through breathing we are connected to the universe.
After birth your mental and physical conditions are very important. You come into the world prenatally conditioned, without any choice in the matter. As you grow up you are conditioned mentally and physically by your family. For example, you eat what your family eats, and your family influences your experiences. You must accept that you are as you are. Then you can make an effort to change yourself, to free yourself from your mental and physical conditioning.
Through study and practice we are able to change our xian, Before The Sky Chi. Through study we can improve our mental condition; and through physical practice we can improve our physical condition. Through practice we can change our After Sky Chi (hou tian qi) as well as improve our Before Sky Chi (xian tian qi). In other words, although the After Sky Chi is ever-changing, it is basically dominated by the Before Sky Chi unless and until we make an effort to improve the Before Sky Chi. This effort can only be made through serious study and serious physical practice, such as through the study and practice of Tai Chi Chuan.
Level 1: Paraphrasing-
State in your own words the meaning of each sentence.
Before you are born, in your mom’s stomach, you have haxian tian zhi qi, “Before Sky Chi,” the “Chi Before You Saw The Sky.” The food your mother ate fed your Before Sky Chi.
After you are born you get hou tian zhi qi, “After Sky Chi,” the “chi after you saw the sky,” this is the Origin Chi. The Origin Chi keeps you alive along with air you breath and what you eat and drink.
When you are born your connection to your mother is severed and you are on your own. Your breathing connects you to the universe.
Before you were born you had no control of your mental and physical condition. After you are born it is up to you to free yourself from mental and physical conditions. Your family upbringing conditioned you mentally and physically. You were brainwashed by your family. You ate, thought and did what your family did. You were brainwashed through repeated experiences. It worked. You are what your family made. Accept it. Then you can change and free yourself from your mental and physical brainwashing.
Through study and practice you can change your Before The Sky Chi, improve your mind, and improve your body. Through Tai Chi practice you can change your After Sky Chi and your Before Sky Chi. The Before Sky Chi rules over the After Sky Chi unless you improve the Before Sky Chi. This can only be done through intentional and deliberate study and physical practice. This is what the practice and study of Tai Chi Chuan can do for you.
Level 2: Explicating-
- State the main point.
- Everyone has Before Sky Chi (before birth) and After Sky Chi (after birth). You can improve your Before Sky Chi and After Sky Chi with the practice and study of Tai Chi Chuan.
- In other words….
- Before you were born you had no control of your mental and physical condition. After you are born it is up to you to free yourself from your mental and physical brainwashing conditions through study and practice of Tai Chi Chuan.
- For example…
- Practice Tai Chi Chuan to change your After Sky Chi and your Before Sky Chi.