I had what i would describe as a breakthrough yesterday. I practice a Bear style qigung from an Ume mountain lineage, and have for about six months.
About a week ago, I started practicing the Taoist Longevity Breathing Excercises in the Dragon and Tiger PDF. I took my time paying attention to the energy moving through the nasal cavity. on day one, i could not even feel energy going all the way to the back of my nose, and had the dull pains of energy movement in upper back, just behind the diaphragm. in four days, however, energy moved very rapidly through my nose, and in the following days, i felt energy speed down my lungs as well. until yesterday, when i felt the energy move through my lungs, and into the Lower Tantiem. this feels like a chi pool, or a chi bowl, built in to my abdomen. As I breathe, now, I can feel the energy move through my whole body, and back in to the Lower Tantiem, like a circle, and it just builds there.
The physical sensation of connecting with this energy left me somewhat elated, however, and in my enthusiasm today, i decided to share the experience.
However, I know that the way you think affects the way things happen in your body, so I'm not sure if my metaphor for describing the process (as a breakthrough) is an appropriate one. It may symbolize violence or tension that is less than appropriate. as a result, I'm really interested in any discussion (any discussion at all) of the movement of Chi, the Tantiem, or any stories anyone might want to share on this topic.
Because Dragon and Tiger Qigong is a simple and effective qigong practice, it is taught to students at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. Tracing the meridian lines helps our students to become more sensitive to both their own and their patients' chi and enables them to become better acupuncturists.