Practice is a very very interesting topic. More so than people give it credit for.
When I started the Awakening Dragon Taoism School I had a Dilemma of how to teach Practices.
Most people when they teach a practice: you start with a form and you practice within the form over and over again until you get the form perfect and then you can move on …
I find that to be too restrictive. TO concentrate so much on forms… can blind a person to variations and personal angles that could be of greater benefit…
Instead I teach practices in a “meta” sense. I teach everything that goes around the practice but not the form. Hence I teach a formless practice. I work with each student and I use their own life as the form to fit the practice within.
Do you see the difference?
Most people learn a practice so they can change their shape to fit the practice
I teach Taoist practices to fit within the shape and form of each student!
It’s a vastly different way of teaching. Yet when teaching a student it always fits like a glove as then the practice will always fit to their life fully.
Now this isn’t for everyone. In fact more people than not do better with form based practices. Its less work and keeps a person very busy. Formless practice doesn’t work for very literal people needing precise and very sharp definitions.
But formless practices are great for rebels, for people that don’t fit in anywhere else becuase they are so strongly their own person, or for those seeking how everything connects together but in a non literal and relaxed manner.
It took me years to ponder and develop a very simple concept of how to embrace practice… not as practice but simple as “________” or “Pu”, formless yet full, that is enough to assist students discover and fill the empty space which defines us each. To teach a practice that enhances a person’s form but doesnt define them as the practice.
That is Formless Practice. How to implement “Pu” “the uncarved block” as a full practice
To be within full potential and explore all potentials that as a person we each can represent.