Tai Chi




When I was a very young child I was quite outgoing and adventurous, often to the point of quite happily choosing to do things that were way beyond my capabilities. I was curious; I wanted to know what would happen if I simply went ahead and tried despite the difficulty of the challenge I was contemplating. Thankfully, I did have ‘some’ common sense that told me when to stop before I got myself into situations that would probably not be too pleasant or beneficial to my health or well-being if I persisted in my efforts.

As an adult, sometimes the choices I make are intuitive choices that act as a safety net when I am not fully apprised of all the details and consequences of a given situation or practice. I am ever hopeful that my intuitive choices will have the same effect as my common sense childhood restraints—that being, they’ll keep me out of trouble!

Sometimes those choices involve a decision as whether to participate in certain activities that my friends and acquaintances enjoy, such as Yoga and Tai Chi.

In making decisions whether or not to participate in these types of activities, I try to differentiate between the specific aspects of the activity in question (such as exercise, stretching, breathing techniques, etc.) and the totality of the system (the practical or spiritual principles) behind each activity.

The foundation of Tai Chi is the Taoist belief in a universal energy called chi (also spelled qi or ki depending on the language of origin). Chi is believed to be the binding life force in the universe, existing both externally and internally, moving through invisible channels in the body called meridians.

Read more: Christian View of Tai Chi.

While I do not question that it is true that the human mind and body benefits from training and exercise, regarding the practice of Tai Chi, I simply do not want to open spiritual pathways in my body for “chi” energies to flow. I do not want to have any supernatural power flowing through my body—especially a supernatural power that denies the truth of the existence of the Creator God of the Bible that I love and serve.

I concur with the statement in the above quoted reference where it states:

Jesus Christ created and holds the world together, not the Tao or an invisible force called chi: “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17).

For me, doing Tai Chi or Yoga, even for physical purposes only, would be condoning a spiritual belief system at odds with God’s Word.

My choice to not participate in Tai Chi is not because I’m trying to be ‘holier than thou’ or to prove that I’m right and someone else is wrong; rather, my choice is made on the basis of my understanding, conviction and yes, a desire to stay out of trouble. For me, staying out of trouble often comes down to the old adage—when in doubt, don’t.

😀 Whew! That took a lot of words trying to explain why sometimes I just say no!