Here, we step for the first time on to the diagonal axis. Movements of this kind present a fresh challenge, helping us to develop our own sense of orientation. We are now compelled to work in relation to our own centre, without reference to our surroundings - the walls of the room, for example, are no longer of use in lining things up. This enhanced self-awareness is an important stage in the tai chi journey.
Cany the Tiger to the Mountain In the (indem classic, I be I Ching or Book of Changes (c. 1IOO nc), nine directions are mentioned: the cardinal points, the Jour points in between and the all-important centre, each one symbolic of a natural
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