Thursday, July 15, 2010

ANOTHER MILESTONE

July 15, 2010: Today I experienced what I thought to be a new level of qi awareness during my practice of peng qi guan ding fa. I want to write down this new experience before it fades into obscurity in my memory...

The experience of what my teacher, Liang laoshi termed as "zhou sheng yi jia" (experience of oneness of body), feels distinctly different. The slightest movement is felt throughout the body especially strong in the upper dantian. When executing push/pull the movement is very strongly connected to the hunyuan chiao, which is a moving energy centre. The connection can be felt from the navel right up to upper dantian depending on where my yishi (mind) is focused. What Ihave just described are felt during other normal practices but this time it is much more 'profound'.

The breath during this session is something that stands out. Previously I tend to breathe in during pull and breathe out during push but today, the level of relaxation felt allows me to breathe naturally without losing the deep feeling of oneness of body. This level of relaxation gave rise to a very keen awareness of even the slightest tension of a muscle that arises in my arm near the shoulder region and I can focus my mind to relax it before it causes me to lose focus on my fluid motion. For the first time I experience my body responding (opening and closing) with each breath that I take and the feeling of freedom from worldly constraints is indescribable...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Yishou Dantian

I found this posting of mine which was posted at another forum in 2008 and liked what I wrote ;-)

May 3, 2008

STAYING CENTERED DURING PRACTICE

I was reading a book on Tai Chi and came across the meaning of "Yi Shou Dantian" as mind being focussed on our lower dantian or lower energy center. The author went on to say that every movement starts with the dantian and in this way our spirit will manifest in all movements. I realized that this is what I need to stay focussed within during my practice and tried it out during this morning's session of ZBE. From the start: "Duan sheng cheng zuo..." I placed my "Yi" in my lower dantian and at the directive of "bai hui shang ling... sia ke nei shou..." instead of using my neck muscle I used my mind to think qi from dantian rising to lift up my bai hui... Thus the movement has originated from dantian. The effect was surprising.... an almost effortless movement of bai hui being lifted and chin following inward to my chest.. spine pleasantly stretched...

During establishment of qi field: "Siang qi kong... (think space)" A momentary affirmation of yi on dantian and then gently shifting yi towards "chi kong" produces a sensation of outward expansion which is being controlled from dantian acting as the center.

During ZBE1 I felt a relaxation in my abdomen and lower never felt before. Breating in I can feel qi being drawn seamlessly into dantian with concurrent relaxation of the lower back and lumber bones to accomodate the qi. Towards the end of the breathe in cycle I felt the need to intervene with a slight muscular action to change the cycle to breathing out. This muscular action caused a momentary loss of connectedness with dantian. Not perfect yet as I know the changeover should be a seamless transformation from in to out. More work needs to be done here.

The overall effect of employing "yi shou dantian" is a continual feeling of connectedness with dantian at all times... Whilst employing this mode of practice I am aware of my thoughts moving back to a week ago when I was at my son's school science fair. At the fair I had the opportunity for the first time in my life to peer into space through a telescope to look at the planet Saturn. It surprised me how beautiful Saturn looked in "real life" as opposed to seeing it in pictures and in photographs in the internet. I could not stay look at it too long as there was a long queue behind me. I felt that I need to look at her again and re-joined the queue right at the back for another opportunity. When my turn came again I am more prepared for it... the same sense of awe struck me at how beautiful the planet can be and this time I noticed that it is gliding across space from one side of the scope towards the centre... wow! I had to stop again as it would not be fair to the others waiting in the queue.

While this thought was re-playing itself in my sub-conscious, it dawned on me that it is TAO that is moving Saturn and all the planets and stars in the entire universe! TAO is the center of this motion... it is a point about which everything revolves around and yet it is not static for it is at the same time the origin of all movements of the planets and stars. A sudden inspiration strikes me:

WHEN WE DO OUR GONG WITH MIND FULLY FOCUSED ON DANTIAN AND ALLOW ALL MOVEMENTS TO ORIGINATE FROM DANTIAN...


WE ARE EMULATING OR IN TOUCH WITH TAO!


Hun yuan ling tong!
Kian Tee