Laozi’s second chapter reads :
Existence and absence, difficult and easy, long and short, high and low, high-pitch and low-pitch, forward and backward, within every pair the one generates and complements the other.”
This statement seems very contradictory, yet all these apparent contradictions stimulate the emergence of life’s deeper potential. It is a philosophy of life and a principle for self-cultivation. It teaches us that whatever our current situation is, it has the potential to change. And it teaches that things may actually be the opposite of what they seem.
Similar contradictions are found in Taichi. They describe the natural balancing between Yin and Yang. So, in Taichi, we find the skills of “stillness overcoming motion”, “small triumphing over large”, “softness overcoming hardness”, “four ounces toppling one thousand pounds” and “Yin and Yang mutually sustain each other”. The skill of “Yin and Yang mutually sustain each other” is to emerge naturally; the key is to hide the usage of Yang and to display the effects of Yin, or to hide the usage of Yin and to display the effects of Yang.