January 21, 2010 - Somebody very kindly pointed out my mistakes I have corrected it now. Hope no more mistakes. ;)
[a] Should the forceful inbreath coincide simultaneously with the pushing out of abdomen and mingmen when releasing the fingers from the nostrils, like a solid straight suction to the abdomen?
At all times be relaxed: especially your shoulders should be relaxed leave a space underneath your armpits. With thumb and index finger touching "yin xiang" point egntly close both nostrils by bringing thumb and index finger together. At the same time take a deep breath... with nostrils closed you will feel a slight pressure build up on your thorax.. without letting the pressure become uncomfortable release index finger and thumb from nostrils... you will feel a sudden in-rush of air (qi) right into your lower dantian. Remember to relax your abdomen. If you got it right you will feel your stomach rising and even your "mingmen" point will move back and out towards your back.
[b] What if we have blocked nostril or nostrils?
Good question. I have not had blocked nose therefore have no experience on this. I should think the nose is never absolutely blocked and so you should be able to still take in some air/qi. Perhaps it could even clear your nose blockage.
[a] How is the short and powerful inhale and exhale in 3 to 5 steps done?
At the end of ZBE 2 bring both hands together in praying position ("he shi")in front of your chest. Open both hands interlockfingers into "hun yuan sword" fingers position.
1. Slowly bring up sword finger to nostrils and allow left index finger into left nostril and rest the right index finger on "ren zhong" point.
2. Instead of taking one deep breath into your lower dantian, take 3 to 5 short breaths (through your right nostril) into lower dantian. Remember to relax your shoulders, armpits hollow, and feel your abdomen rise with each short breath.
3. A the the end of fifth breath, slowly change postion of your index finger such that right index finger is now inside right nostril while left index finger rests on ren zhong. Now instead of letting out one deep breath, let out 3 to 5 short "out-breaths" (through your left nostril).
4. At the fifth out-breath you should feel your abdomen fully collapsed. Without changing index fingers position, take 3 to 5 short "in-breaths" through the same left nostril.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 above; each time alternating your index finger positions.
[b] What does "as if it happens within the belly means"?
It means as I have described above. With each short breath you should feel your belly (stomach) "rising for in-breaths" and "collapsing for out-breaths". If you are able to "feel" your dantian you should have no problem experiencing what Jane described as open, open, open and close, close, close.
[c] During ZBE3, what should we do when feeling lethargic, dizzy head and fainting feeling? Are these denoting improvement or symptoms of hyperventilation?
Dr. Pang has taught us that there will be reactions during practice and we should not be unduly alarmed by them. If reaction symptoms arise remind yourself of Dr. Pang's teachings and carry on. If symptoms becomes unbearable, listen to your body... and stop if you think you need to. I have had pains in joints, dizzy feelings, really red-eyes (totally blood shot) shot etc. but they all clear up soon enough.
ZBE as far as I can see is fairly harmless and it is actually quite similar to Dr. Pang's Lianqi bafa (eight methods of cultivating qi) - That's my opinion but others may think otherwise. Qi is not guided and therefore it is safe.
[a] In posture 1,2 and 3, the positions of fingers at the top of the head remains the same as when they started. But it seems the positions are different at the back of the head. What should the positions of the fingers at the back of head be?
First of all you must know the positions of the accupoints: 1)er men & tong zi niao for THCMM 1; 2) tong zi niao, yu yao jie, dazhui for THCMM 2; and 3) tong zi niao, yu yao jie, san ken, yin tang, tian men, bai hui, and yu chen for THCMM 3
Your fingers should be positioned correctly to massage these points as you sweep your hands over your head. Position of your hands at the back in my opinion is not so important as no acupoints are massaged at the back of the head. What I do is for THCMM 1, keep my hands close to the ear at the back. For THCMM 2 I allow my hands sweep past yu chen and down to the back of my neck (da zhui) before bringing them back to the front. For THCMM 3: index finger at tong zi niao, little fingers at shanken, ring fingers at yin tang, and middle fingers at yu yao jie. When sweeping back all fingers brushes over yin tang, bai hui, yu chen and dazhui.
[b] It seems that the fingers must massage the face when going back to the starting position in posture 1,2 and 3. But in posture 3 it seems [in the video] that the
fingers don't massage the face when going back to the starting position. Is this correct
Fingers massage I have mentioned above. When hands are back in front: for THCMM 2 you must place fingers back in the starting position: ie index finger on tong zi niao, little fingers on yu yao jie. Starting fingers positions are important for THCMM 3, that is why you see master Liu bringing the fingers straight to the original positons described in [a] above.
[c] What if one don't massage the face? How much pressure to apply in the massage?
You do not have to apply pressure. Just touch the skin and sweep your hands. What's important is your "yi" (mind intent). If you think: as I sweep my hands I am stimulating qi flow along the meridians and activating the accupoints to allow greater opening and closing of these points thus enhancing the natural process of qi-exchange between my body and the qi of the universe.
Hun yuan ling tong!