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November 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm #129174
Ive got a bunch of questions here; some are more related than others but Id really appreciate feedback if you feel you could lend some insights.
Recently on my journey to learning Outer Dissolving I have found that I sometimes do so in large sections for example the entire head, or neck, or arms or legs etc.
In addition, I don’t always feel a blockage – actually more often than not I don’t (I suspect due to my skill level).
So is dissolving large sections recommended if it feels that’s the way the energy is flowing and I cant perceive any specific blockage?
Also, usually after I begin dissolving at the top of my head, I feel like I’m sinking already in my legs and feet. Should I ignore this and focus on my head until I get to my legs?
My standing dissolving sessions usually last 20-30 mins. But Ive also feel like I could sink my qi to my feet in a minute or so. Is there a range of time that is typical? Is it realistic to sink or dissolve in a few minutes for a beginner or intermediate?
In the meditation session, Bruce talks about Outer dissolving in our sitting meditation. Although Ive heard of at more advanced levels combining outer and inner dissolving in meditation, Ive always done my sinking/outer dissolving during my standing practice in Energy Gates Qigong. Should I start experimenting with sitting outer dissolving?
That’s it for now, thanks in advance,
KevinNovember 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm #134716
If you don’t feel a blockage, then I would continue scanning downward until you find a blockage.
When you are dissolving in one location, like your head, you may notice other sensations in other parts of your body. This is because your entire system is very interconnected. Changing stuck energy in one part of your body, can affect other parts that are connected to it. It’s a little like a chain reaction, dissolve your head, and your shoulder might be affected, which might affect your ribs, etc.
It’s important to remember that the reason why that whole chain reaction is taking place is because of the dissolving that you are doing in the original location (in your case, your head). So the best thing to do is to try to ignore all the other sensations and stay present to the primary location where you are dissolving. This will give you the most bang for your buck. I know this can be hard, because those other sensations can be so damn interesting!
In terms of how throughly to dissolve, I would try to stay close to 70% of your capacity. You don’t want to try to be super detailed and dissolve every square millimeter of your body. This would be too much and would cause you to strain yourself. On the other hand, you could scan and dissolve your entire body in 30 seconds but then you won’t get much dissolving done. So it’s a balance between the two extremes of trying too hard, and not trying at all. You want to go for a happy balance of making sure you got a good workout, but you didn’t overstrain and injury yourself.
Standing is the easiest way to learn and practice Outer Dissolving, if that’s working for you, I would stick with that approach.
Hope this helps,
JanakNovember 26, 2014 at 1:43 am #134717
Hello Kevin, to followup on the good comments-info from Janak,
Standing seems to make it easier to connect up the body (as in a “posture” the alignments&connection” in the legs is important, but often when we sit that is shut-down.. so sitting can give less to distract- not need “balance/stand”.. while standing drops-torso down/into legs.. both have strengths – if any of that makes sense.
(in the end ‘everything’ opens up and awakens, but getting there, its an issue of where to focus- its not all at once, so in the beginning (and intermed and.. its sort-of a trade-off, you might note some practices shut-down aspects that were opened by other practices (say standing vs sitting as a posture… although as another posted comment just wrote, there is standing posture /or sitting/ and yet with some Slight-Subtle adjustments… a whole-diff-ballgame…)
Also I’d distinguish (at least in concept) the terms of sinking qi, from concrete-sinking/movement of fluids, from a sense of settling-with-gravity (which is more an adjustment/release, the first 2 can happen inside, not just ‘shifting’)… from what might be called
(that last could be like feel a release under your RightShoulderBlade (scapula) which affects your breathing (an auto-sigh deepens), and you feel a movement in your R &/or L foot… as Janak wrote, reactions of release/adjustment ‘mechanically’ of one part of body to changes in another is a bit different from a ‘release’ (whether begin to sink, or begin to dissolve/’let-go’- a change in quality)…
[ex wrapping paper/un-packing- you take some paper that was wrapping something and wad it up in a ball, and put it aside, it sits there a moment, and suddenly a slight movement, then maybe another shift… the paper that was folded or twisted was sort of caught, but then the elasticness of the paper and its weight sort of opens/breaks free a bit… little unravelling movements sort of like the “throw something in a closet and shut the door’ ~packing to move a very-full truck or car-trunk/boot …. something is tossed on the “pile” and everything can adjust/settle/shift a bit, and then shudder a bit.. part of the gravity… this being integration of a shift that occurred, not a separate new-shift..
above became wordy trying to figure how to be clear.. if imagine that feeling the physical has more and less subtle aspects, then fluids are more subtle, then the nerves (and the signal and steadiness or jumpiness of the nerve-charge), and the vibratory-connection of the ConnectiveTissue (ligs/tendons/fascia)..
and the Chi is more subtle than all of that…. -the affects of indirectly feeling a reaction to chi movement, not quite the same as feeling the chi moving itself directly.. if that adds anything to your exploration.
in short, as mentioned in above, you seem to have found somethings that work, if you try little variations and see what you find.. doesn’t sound like your too far off- luckNovember 26, 2014 at 2:53 pm #134718
Yes, all very helpful comments-thank you!
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