Saturday, November 07, 2015

EXPERIENCING THE QI FIELD

I wrote this piece on Pulse of Linkedin sometime in October 2015. Just want to place it here as it is my personal blog:



Experiencing Qi Field
The practice of qigong is a journey of realization. Today I finally realize that the qi field is not what I imagined it to be – like the body of water surrounding you when you are under water. Such a concept rather than helping tend to mislead you away from the real experience of qi field in various ways.

Firstly, the body around you is outside your body and this leads you to focus outside your body. Far from being outside your body the qi field actually permeates through everything in space time. To experience qi field your mind will have to be still, in a meditative state or if you like to use a more qigong related term – in a qigong state of mind. Next focus on your breathing and slowly relax and spread this focus to your dantian and observe how the dantian responds with each breath you take. You will slowly notice the in-breath equals an opening of the dantian while the out breath equals a closing of the dantain. Be quiet, take your time to enjoy this experience.

When you feel you are ready to take the journey a step further slowly move your focus (mind) upwards along the centre of your body until it reaches the crown (bai hui). If you are sufficiently relaxed and mind quiet you will experience a connection between bai hui and dantian. Slowing return your focus to dantain without losing connection with baihui. From dantain take your focus slowly down to your feet, at yong quan if you can. A connection between yong quan and dantian will be felt. Take your time, enjoy the experience of connection between yong quan, dantian and bai hui.

When you feel ready to commence the next part of your journey, without losing the yong quan, dantian and baihui connection, slowly and with a relaxed mind… expand your focus (mind) to infuse your entire body. Allow mind to relax to the front, back, left and right side of your body. You will feel a whole body relaxation (expansion) from the inside to… (I hesitate to say “periphery of the body”) for really there is no boundary.  Take your time to enjoy this experience. You are now in the qi field. Take your time… enjoy your personal qi field; at all times breathing deeply and quietly, mindfully aware that breathing is a beautiful outward rippling from the center of your being – much like how still water ripples outwards from the center when a small stone is dropped into it.

Going further… continue to explore the qi field… allow your mind to penetrate the deepest quiet of space. Hold your awareness to the quietness of space, the vastness of it, and the calmness. Your mind connected to the qi field. Each breath gently ripples from deep within your being and spreads into the qi field: You are the qi field and the qi field is you.

When you are ready to return from your sojourn slowly draw in your attention from the vast quietness of the qi field into the centre of your brain: witness your mind flow from the universe to the galaxies to the our milky way, to the solar system to mother earth to all things on earth to your body and finally relaxed in the centre of your brain.

You are now new. Recharged and liberated from all stress and illnesses.
Thank you for reading if you have come this far. I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me.
Lim Kian Tee 14/10/2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chen style taiji grand master Chen Xiaowang demonstrates ability to control brute force

The video above shows how a strong man who can push a 25tonnes container truck is somehow unable to even push grand master Chen Xiaowang out of the taiji circle. Why is that so?

I think there is a huge difference between the truck and the taiji grand master. First the truck is a dead thing and can only sit there to be pushed. However with the taiji grandmaster, he is able to respond to the force applied on him.

Notice how grandmaster ChenXiaowang holds onto the strongman and nevr lose contact with him. In this way he can 'listen' to the strongman's force. Depending how the force is applied the taiji grand master is able to counter it by rotating and thus directing the pushing force towards the ground. The push force is redirected and converted into a spiralling force into the ground. Hence the strongman finds himself pushing against the ground.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fang Song or Relax


I extracted this passage from a Chenshi Taijiquan website in Europe. The footnotes are inserted in by me from my own understanding. What is written in this article is applicable to zhineng qigong practice as well. Fang song in zhineng qigong can realised only if the practitioner diligently practices pengqi guanding fa and xingshen zhuang to achieve the final result of mind and body integration.

The peng jing (expansion force) developed in taijiquan to give practitioner the strong internal (of iron wrapped inside cotton) is really the zhengti (whole body) we are talking about in zhineng qigong. Read on and hopefully you will gain deeper insight into your own journey.
 Fang Song
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Many people spend years studying taijiquan but for most of them their progress is slow in gaining the skills of taijiquan. Part of this is probably insufficient practice, but a significant element is not understanding the basic skills[1] that beginners are required to develop. It is not possible to start taijiquan training and learning at a high level. Using conventional learning as an analogy, it would be like trying to start at Phd. research Level. In reality, first there is primary education, then secondary education, then undergraduate study etc. This is equally true in taijiquan. Without a good mental and physical understanding of the basic skills that are at the foundation of taiji, high level taiji skills will not be developed. It is not magic, but the result of consistent and sufficient training in the correct manner[2].
When asked what I consider the five most important skills for a beginner student in taijiquan, I listed them as:
1.    Fang Song – Loosen the body by relaxing the joints
2.    Peng Jing – an outward supportive strength, the basic skill of taiji
3.    Ding Jing – upright and straight
4.    Chen – rooted
5.    Chan Si Jing – Reeling Silk Skill
These five basic skills should be considered the early steps in taijiquan training. Without these basic skills being embedded in the body[3] and the accompanying changes that occur during the process, a student is stuck outside of taijiquan. They are learnt through exercises and in the process of learning and training the foundation form of taijiquan.
All of these ideas are very difficult to describe in words. In a recent article in the Spring 2010 edition of this magazine I wrote about the traditional Six Stages of Learning in Chen style taijiquan. At the request of my students, in this three part article I have provided some understanding of what to concentrate on as a beginner to make progress in Taijiquan. This article introduces these ideas and examines more closely the first of them. The second article covers the second and third skills and the final article covers the fourth and fifth skills and summarises.
These beginners’ skills are complimentary to each other and are acquired slowly with persistence of practice. Understanding what they are does not come all at once. With the aid of a teacher, the mind grasps a bit of the idea first[4]. Then, with considerable practice, the body gets the idea[5]. Then with lots more practice it becomes a part of a person. It is not like a light switch, being either on or off, although some part of learning these skills can seem that way. Only when the body understands at a certain level can the mind grasp what is beyond that level. As many teachers have commented, it is not possible to jump to a full understanding. It is not a mental trick, or something to do with intellect or high intelligence. It is a process that has many possible detours and no short cuts. (This process has been described by several high level teachers such as Chen Zheng Lei and Chen Xiao Wang, in print.)
These five basic skills are not learned one after the other. The student does not completely understand fang song before starting to understand peng jing. Rather they are collective, with progress in each skill acting as an aid to progress in the others. A little bit more skill gained here and a little bit more there. Persistence in practice provides the opportunity for progress. The more practice done utilising these skills the more progress is made.
I thought at first to put Peng Jing as the first skill as it is the central taijiquan skill. However, without fang song,peng jing will not develop, so I will start by talking about fang song.


[1] Ability (gong neng)
[2] Integration of mind into the movements
[3] Internalised (mind being aware of these forces – a knowing)
[4] Intellectual knowing
[5] Mind and body integration (practice and theory become one)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Anna Vladimirovoy - Excellent demonstration of spine qi gong


This is an excellent demonstration of spine qi gong. Pay particular attention to the very relaxed manner in which Ms. Anna executes the form. This is an excellent demonstration of body-mind integration.


I hope you have enjoyed this video.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Yiyuanti (意元体)

I found this piece of work on facebookon the subject of Yiyuanti - The Essence of Our Self. Unfortunately I am currently unable to comprehend what is written but I know it is important and comes from a mind that is enlightened. No doubt I will revisit this piece of writing over and over again in my meditation in order to find the key to unlock the door into the world of this mind.

Here it is from Facebook:
Keyword: Yiyuanti (意元体): is a unique being form that results when Hun Yuan Qi of the brain cells merges together. Yiyuanti contains the complete information of the universe, including human life. It receives and reflects the world, and is able to integrate, analyze, store, retrieve, and send information.
 
Brief Introduction to Yiyuanti
Yi is mind, yuan is original, essential, or one and ti is body. Thus Yiyuanti literally means: the essential body of the mind.
 
In Zhineng Qigong science, consciousness is defined as the special form of motion proper to a specific form of matter. Human consciousness is the condition of the motion of Yiyuanti through the neurons and other cells of the brain and nervous system.
 
Features of Yiyuanti
Yiyuanti is the integrated, refined being-state resulting from the harmonious and total functioning human nervous system. Nerve cells –neurons- are the foundation for Yiyuanti's development. Yiyuanti has certain independence from the physical body and can affect neural cells, thus the entire body. Yiyuanti is a shapeless, formless manifestation of the property of a particular state of matter. It is completely homogeneous within itself and is compatible with the physical brain's structure. The center of the brain is the center of Yiyuanti and Yiyuanti emanates from within outside the brain, throughout the body and its surroundings.
Yiyuanti has the complete information for human life. It receives various types of information, reflects on all things and has the ability to store, summarize, ponder, analyze, and extract information, as well as the function to store the results of its functioning.
When Yiyuanti is not being stimulated by sensory perceptions, it remains in a quiescent state called “quiet without motion” by ancient practitioners. When stimulated, Yiyuanti processes the stimuli and produces a resulting impression. This we call “perceive and respond instantaneously”. Consider how a normal mirror works. When there is nothing in front of a mirror, there is no reflection. When we place something in front of it, the mirror reflects that something instantly. A mirror can only reflect on a single plane however. Yiyuanti has innumerable ‘planes’ and can reflect many different aspects of a substance, as well as its own. When Yiyuanti has developed a sufficient neural network pertaining the outside world along with specific response patterns, the process and content of the movement of Yiyuanti becomes mental activity.
Yiyuanti contains a complete representation of the entirety of the information of life. In the evolution of humankind, a mature being develops from a single cell. At each step of the evolutionary process, the body receives information of itself and nature to allow it to develop further, to evolve. Considering the evolution of mankind and the prenatal stage, it is clear that as human beings we have incorporated the information of many different organisms, ranging from the simplest to the most complex. You reading this have developed from a single fertilized ovum into a complete human being. Every one of the cells in your body retains the same genome of the fertilized ovum. Since the nervous system permeates and innervates the whole body while maintaining an immediate connection to every part, the information of all the organs and systems is naturally accumulated inside Yiyuanti.
 
Complete Yiyuanti
Qigong training strengthens our ordinary consciousness, allowing Yiyuanti to receive and store a greater amount and quality of information. This often develops our innate yet concealed extrasensory consciousness, helping it receive and emit information. This allows our reference framework to acquire new impressions that more closely approximate reality as it actually is. Eventually, the dominance of our ordinary consciousness in the reference framework is transformed, allowing the true reflection of what is to be perceived directly and without mediation. This transformed Yiyuanti we call “Complete Yiyuanti”.
 
At-One Yiyuanti
After the development of “Complete Yiyuanti”, the extrasensory information of Yiyuanti can initiate changes to nature and oneself. This permanently changes the condition fixated by the previous, socially conditioned ordinary consciousness framework, transforming a person into a level that consists of extrasensory consciousness (EC) information. EC information in Yiyuanti commands and transforms the whole physical body to a state that reflects Yiyuanti. We call this condition of Yiyuanti, “At-One Yiyuanti”, and call this unified condition of Yiyuanti and body “Hun Yuan Consciousness”.

Hunyuan Lingtong, Xinxiang shi zheng
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