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 I recently joined a TAI CHI class. Our class master (a westener) lectured to us about CHI and CHI GONG which is an essential part of TAI CHI. He used terms like “energy” “harmony with nature” “meditation” etc. I was brought up in the context of Chinese culture and what the class master said were not in conformity with what I was taught in Chinese school. So I decided to research and find out if indeed I goofed off in my high school class. I found out that not only I was right but it gives me reason to believe that ancient people in China knew about creation, about the flood and about God. Here is the philosophy of TAI CHI as recorded in ancient manuscript.

In English …The ancient philosopher called the “Void” and “Boundless or Formless” chaotic state which prevailed before the world was created and from which the universe was formed “WU CHI” (无极) or  the  “Ultimate Nothingness “. Before creation, it is said there is nothing, yet certainly there is something. We do not know what that something is, nor do we know what that something comes from but certainly something is there. This something  cannot be comprehended rationally;  its existence is only implied, like an object one almost catches sight of in a fog.  Ancient Philosophers described it as the phenomenon of nothingness (无物之物) or thing of none” . That is to say, that it has form yet is unformed; it has shape that is still without shape; or one could say it is vagueness confused. One meets it, and it has no front, one follows, and there is no rear. This phenomenon of nothingness was the source of movement and stillness. From WU CHI thus TAI CHI (无极而太极)  …translated and edited by Shoshana Shapirow, PhD.
Genesis 1”1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty (” Tohu and Bohu” in original Hebrew language which means chaos and disorderliness), darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
From TAI CHI it branches into YIN YANG (阴阳) light and darkness. Then sky or heaven and earth (天地)and goes on to “SPRING AUTUMN”( 春秋) or season.

Just as it was recorded in Genesis. From “nothing” to “chaotic state of formlessness” to “light and darkness” to “sky and dry land” and to seasons.

Psalms 19: 1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line[a] has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world. KJV

Romans 1:20  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, SO THE PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE .    NIV