Pushing and Pulling Qi

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    The instructions for pushing and pulling qi in the first video are super helpful. Watching Paul is a lesson in itself in the qualities that are needed to connect with qi. Watching him do it is highly instructive! And what he says of course comes from deep experience and thus shares information on many levels. I am grateful to be a recipient of this experience.

    There are a few different words that have been helping me to connect with the subtlety which seems to be needed, ‘relaxation’, ‘sensuality’ ‘gentle presence’ and the concept of moving as in water.
    It’s hard right now to couple those qualities with actually trying to’ do something’ (pushing and pulling), but I guess this is part of the deep learning, learning a balance or receptivity and action together.

    When I was unable to practice one day I decided to imagine practicing before going to sleep. I get it when Paul says that feeling qi is not an imaginative exercise but more a sensing exercise,a feeling. So perhaps imagine is not the best word to use here. I practiced with my senses but not the movement, sensing the flows of qi. It was tangible, I could feel it.
    It got me thinking, Is qi a thing or is it a relationship, one of the components of which, is consciousness?

    Big question. But here seems a good place to ask it : )

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    Keep exploring! The only way to truly answer questions related to qi practices is through direct experience. That said, Water method practices are rooted in the body, so physical practice is the normal focus in the beginning, say first 10 years of training.

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