Long ago, I stopped teaching Standing meditation. It is the essence of movement and the beginning of 10.000 Things (Ways) in Martial and Movement Arts, yet it is rarely understood to the fullest.
It is so limited into phrases like "you will get a better rooting and structure" .. or .. "it helps the inner Qi flow, and you can start feeling your meridians.." etc.
If Standing would "only" be this, it already would be by far more valuable than it is understood and assumed by so many so-called internal Martial Arts 'Masters'.
..is not "only" this.
Years back at mt. Wudang, I remember how Basic Instructor Students of mine who were candidates for Advanced Instructorship told me that they don't need to practice Standing Meditation anymore because their level was already high and passed that state of practice.
What can you say .. to those who think the FUNDAMENTAL WORK is too low for them?
What was the idea behind such action?
Better; how could THEY, who were long-term students don't understand the value of such critical & essential practice? Yes, we also had very beginners who were asking us, what the reason for such a dull routine is, or practicing it one day; they were telling, "yes, I did this already yesterday, what's up for today?" I can understand this from a beginner. But from an advanced Student... there are only two plausible explanations:
1) The practice is still too difficult and heavy for them (this implies that they are not candidates for Advanced Instructorship).
2) The ego does not allow such practice due to various inner reasons but creating OUTER reasons to cover the inner ones (like, "yes, but my hip is hurting" or "I always have back blockades when I stand longer" instead of 'if I'm honest with myself, it is just to difficult to overcome the MOVEMENTLESS 'TIME' and 'STATE' during the practice' or 'I don't want to do stuff, beginners usually do.' (real outer physical body issues aside).
...is the symbolic indication for THE HUMAN.
STANDING represents the ONE- and WHOLENESS.
The HUMAN is UPRIGHT. UPRIGHT in his deeds and action as well as his thoughts and ideas. Standing stands for this uprightness.
It is a 'persons' attribute and easy to talk about mistakes in 'others.' But it is a 'humanly' attribute to point and see profound truth in 'others' and the 'mistakes' in oneself. The second of these actions is called UPRIGHTNESS.
The five stars are facing heaven—a Chinese & Daoist phrase for Full Lotus Meditation Position. (Because the Energy-points under the feet are facing up, the hands are facing up, and the top of the head is facing up)
The 5 Stars:
The two hands, the two feet, and the head, representing the Big Heavenly Circle and building a BIG STAR of 5 peaks, have six realities.
What are these realities?
1) LIFE (alive without limitation)
2) NON-DEPENDING (SELF alive, not depending on birth or death)
3) JUDGEMENT (scaling via eternal truth, not with the truth of cultures or traditions)
4) FAIR (judging even-handed, equitable, impartial & right-minded from 'above and within')
5) HOLY (BECAUSE of the above 4)
6) INDIVIDUAL (these 5 realities, when manifested on ONE individual, represent the HUMAN within the being(s) - the ONENESS within the 10.000 Things) - Remember: 'Wàn fǎ zhuāng gōng shēng.' Now, ZHUANG GONG (Still Standing -Pillar- Work) has four main categories. Like the Human has one Pre-Written Destiny, one Spiritual Inner Reality, one Physical Earthly Reality, and one UNDERSTANDING AND OBSERVING Reality.
Every Category includes 3 States of enlightenment or awareness.