Post-Heaven Palm Changes , sometimes simply referred to as "houtians," are short forms that function as a catalog of specific martial arts techniques and fighting applications, based upon the actual battlefield experiences of ancient and modern-day warriors, and the principles and philosophy of the 64 energy changes and cycles contained within the I Ching (Sacred Book of Changes and Divinations).
On a martial level, houtian palm changes teach you how to appropriately tap into your more primal-animal nature, without over arousing your emotions and hormonal system. This skill can heighten your intuition, giving you a greater ability to recognize and avoid potential danger. However, if a confrontation with a more aggressive opponent is eminent, these practical forms and two person drills can prepare one's body to become more resilient and better able to survive a physical confrontation. Choosing physical violence to resolve a dispute is usually not warranted in most cases, so its wiser to simply walk away, especially since we live in a very litigious society where differences between winners and losers is not so distinguishable and the potential legal costs are truly great.
Taoist philosophy always seeks peace and harmony in all situations, but does not rigidly interpret spiritual virtues of non-violence as a holier than thou position to be blindly followed by an imbalanced intellect and or emotion. Equally important spiritual virtues such as: appropriateness- doing the right thing at the right time, respectfulness- valuing oneself and others, and righteousness– being fair, just and protective of the weak and defenseless, are also valuable and important virtues to uphold.