The Wisdom of Beautiful Whiskers
by Bataan Faigao
1. The physiological basis of character is posture, specifically the carriage of the head. If the head is straight, the gaze fixed directly in front- it shows that there is considerable kung fu . Villains always look sideways, askance. They look busy. Their minds are diffused, scattered, and they will not look at a situation in the eye. The carriage of the head is important. The head corresponds to intelligence.
2. There is a science that correlates face and character. It is called physiognomy. It gets to the spirit through the form of the body. The spirit of the eyes reflects the state of mind and body. If the eyes are still, the mind and body are still.
3. T'ai-chi ch'uan is not only a discipline for health of the body, but also for the development of character. T'ai-chi ch'uan is for health, for the psyche, and the internal organs.
4. The superior man can be recognized by looking at the eyes. They are strong and they look directly at you. Inferior people do not look straight at you. Neither are they focussed, but flit from one direction to another.
Then look at the nose. The nose corresponds to the element earth. The western man defines the nose as metal. There is this difference between East and West.
Then look at the eyebrows, which are parts of the eyes. The eyes and the eyebrows belong to each other. They have to be coordinated.
If you can not tell from the prior signs, then look for additional signs in the ears.
5. In America there is a prevalence of heart disease. This is because of the climate and the nature of the place. In this climate the corresponding element is metal. It is very dry and is bad for the liver which is associated with wood. Metal can chop wood. This climate is hard on the liver. The liver relates to the heart. The liver is the mother of the heart. So this climate is conducive to heart disease.
In Taiwan, where it is very hot, it is conducive to the disease of the lungs.
The liver is like the veins of a leaf. It is related to the nerves. Blood vessels connect with the liver. If the circulation is good, the liver is sufficiently nourished and this makes for good health.
6. The liver also relates to temper. People who are irritable and prone to anger and other kinds of tension are prone more to liver disease. People who are quiet, still, and contemplative are not.
7. How do you nourish the liver?
You can not nourish the liver. Analogy: To nourish a plant you only need water. You can not hasten the growth of an organism by stimulating it with fertilizers, even natural fertilizers. Somebody brought out an example of natural fertilizers, like water from a fish tank. Lao Shr said that the fish would be better off if it were in the sea, no matter how carefully and precisely we simulate environment. You start with an unnatural situation in the first place. You may get bigger produce but their energy will disperse very quickly. Natural food will not be as big or good looking, but the energy will last longer.
You can only nourish the liver by quietness. Action is bad for the liver. T'ai-chi ch'uan is best for the liver. It airs out the internal organs.
When you wake up in the morning, move around. I happen to like it as early as possible.
8. Don't nourish yourself unnecessarily.