The road of Wu Gong is very long, an everyday evolving process. After learning the basics of Wu Gong and your health has started to improve, the philosophy will begin to become more evident with further progress. Therefore, many students want to continue to learn because it is so fascinating. You can learn many drills, but if you do not study the philosophy behind them, practicing will be less effective. It would be like a farmer plowing the fields, but not knowing how to take care of the land from which the crops grow.
The practice of Wu Gong gradually opens your mind, making everything you study easier to understand. The chaos of the universe will start to make sense however illogical it may seem. There is always more than what meets the eyes.
Wu Gong philosophy has a long history and a strong tradition. Movements are based on the interpretation of the philosophy of the Dao, Qi flow, yin/yang, and body mechanics. I feel that 90% of Wu Gong is philosophy and 10% movement. Learning the movements is only the first step. And because Wu Gong can be seen as studying life, studying the functions of everything in life completes the movements. Learning the movements without the philosophy that completes them leaves the movements empty, without the core. "Lian wu bu lian gong, dao lao yi chang kong." "Practicing Martial Arts without the essence, ‘til old age you will still be empty."
Philosophy is a way seeing the world, thinking about life, and living life.
Feng Shui is organizing a house, office, and garden. It helps allow the qi to flow more fluidly.
The Ba Gua is a three layer collection of the Yin/Yang. It is used in everythng from philosophy, medicine, health and even martial arts.
The Dao is the concept of infinity, universe, the wholeness of all existence. It comes before the yin/yang.
The I Ching is a base of divination of ancient wisdom. It is built on the yin/yang and the ba gua.
The Yin/yang is the two extremes of the universe. It is the creation and balance of energies in the universe.
This book is by Lao Zi, and one of the most influencial books of all time. This is one of the most important books a Wu Gong practitioner can read.
The Five Elements are different energies that balance the world and our bodies. Learning the balance and flow will greatly help one understand health and nature.
Wisdom comes from many sources from all ages and all over the world. We need to learn from them and live our lives with their wisdom.