In a recent post I explained the origins of the expression Reversing Shaolin to create neijia, the inner school.
It means to take the "substance" of Shaolin ideas and methods and reverse them. Reverse-Substance is an expression from jindan, the golden elixir or inner alchemy. Reversing Jing.
I have to wonder if I’m the only person who is saying this openly, I’m not aware of anyone else.
Here is a superb scholarly description of jindan. It is a preview of an essay by the dearly departed queen of Daoist studies Isabelle Robinet (very thoughtfully translated by Fabrizio Pregadio).
As you can see, internal martial arts are simply the application of jindan to martial skills. I am using different language than Robinet to say the same thing. Basically, once you create the correct order of perception-action then you start reversing things.
Here is a list of some of the things we might think about reversing. Note: This is a blog post, not sacred text, or an epitaph, I’m just throwing this out there.
Make that which is full, empty
To be full, hollow out (Laozi)
Fight without fighting
Wei wuwei (act without acting) (Laozi)
Shi wushi (start without starting) (Laozi)
Wei wuwei (taste the tasteless) (Laozi)
Bend what is straight (Laozi)
Make fake real, and real fake
Be soft on the inside, hard on the outside (instead of the other way)
Replace outward strength with inward
Replace balance with counterbalance
Replace inner breath with breath outside the body
Replace sinking qi with fluffing qi
Replace technical know-how (意) with spatial-aliveness (神靈)
Replace Fajin with Huajin
Replace focus with openness
Replace listening with ignoring
Replace feeling with trust
Replace vegetarian diet (grain and boiled-vegetables) with meat and pickled vegetables in stock
Replace social with asocial
Replace 'shoulders down' with shoulders hollow (tong 通)
Replace ‘chest relaxed’ with 'chest reactive'
Okay that’s a start! Feel free to add more reversals in the comments.