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    Please post any questions you would like to ask me directly here. If you have questions I encourage you to create a new topic thread so that the many instructors can also help you. Thanks, Bruce



    Why have you switched to Dzogchen as your primary practice? Are there things there that do not exist in Daoist meditation?



    Bruce, I’m also a long time Nyingma/Bon partitioner, specializing in Dzogchen these past several years. My “next step” is the dark retreat. As you know, trekchod is where we abide in the clear light and as the body moves, obstructions in the body are dissolved. We simply let whatever inflows to be perfected in the clear light. Is this close to or the same as the Taoists way of practicing Bagua or Tai Chi? (This is how I walk the circle).
    Note: if you don’t want to reply to this publicly, I will understand, but would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
    I’m glad to hear you work with Lama Wangdu. I myself did Shije lineage for quite awhile.



    Hi Bruce, I’m Michael. Its amazing to actually hear from you personally, and I appreciate the opportunity you are presenting here for us to ask any questions of you directly. If you don’t mind, I do have some that I have been waiting to ask of a real master of the Taoist arts for a long time, and I think that hearing your spin on them could help myself and many others in the circle.
    To keep things as short and to the point as I can to save on time as I know you are very busy, here they are:

    What does sinking qi actually feel like, in reality, and what are some of the “road signs” that would tell a practitioner for sure that they are actually sinking qi, and not just “imagining” it? The best way to achieve this?

    What does it feel like when someone truly manages to place the mind/awareness into the lower dan tien and feel it in their body for real, again not just imagining the experience? Again, in your opinion, the best way to achieve this?

    If you were to name only 2 or 3 practices that someone could do on a daily basis and attain a high level through them, hypothetically never doing anything but those again, what would they be?

    I ask because I may not be able to actually remain a part of this group for long, as much as I want to, because of financial reasons, but I wish to get the most out of it while I can afford to do so. I hope to at least follow through for the first 2 or 3 if not 6 months, but beyond that I don’t think I can afford to do so in terms of finances. Thank you for your time Bruce, I appreciate it.




    Concerning the intermediate practice of creating heat in the lower Tantien, is it a pre-requisite to already clearly feel the central channel, or can that be developed as one sinks chi progressively down the central channel ?

    (In other words :
    if I can only feel my central channel in a very rough manner, does that mean that I’m not ready for the practice of developing heat in the lower tantien ?)

    Also, what practices are the easiest to develop a clear intern alt sensation of the central channel?

    Thank you very much in advance,

    Erwan Kergall



    I’d also be interested in this question.

    What is the easiest way to develop a clear sense of the central channel?



    Somewhat related to the above. I would also be interested to know this. How to develop a clear feeling of the central channel and the Dan tien as well?



    Hello and great Thanx for opportunity!

    I am a beginner, so i have a question obout feeling of condensation. Some time during standing still (qigong), some time shortly after standing i experience sensation of condensation. Some part of my body feel condensed ( not tens, but like aggregate) and extremely solid.

    So the question, how i need to interact with this feeling, and what does it mean ?

    Have a nice day, and thanx.



    Bruce’s experiences with San Ti
    Hi Bruce, Thank you for this course. I am curious to hear more about your “awakening” experience with San Ti. I had a very similar experience spontaneously. It was as if the whole universe opened to me and I felt like I was one with the universe. The sky opened, swirling, lights, and my body trembled and pulsed. My nervous system from the base of my spine to the crown of my head seemed electrified. I was tripped out by this because I didn’t know what was happening. Will you be talking about this more?
    I can get that “connected feeling” anytime I choose. I have not been able to recreate the light show. When I “connect” I can spontaneously break out into what seems like Tai Chi and Yoga poses in a series.

    I was drawn to your course in hopes to understand this energy, what it means and even be able to access it more clearly. Will you be talking about this more?



    I would be also interested in the questions of Mike about sinking Chi and the lower dantien.



    The Three Swings are (according to the Opening Energy Gates book) a fundamental chi gung practice. Is it possibly in the works to offer a Group/Course on the Swings which would accompany the written material? Or, perhaps, could such instruction be offered in the Master Class portion of the Energy Arts Monthly Training Circle?



    I would be interested in the same question like Mike was describing – how does sinking qi actually feel like? You were mentioning the the same in qiqong, meditation and breathing session. I’m an absolute beginner of these arts.
    As you mentioned in longevity breathing session , we have to be aware/feel the crown of head, tips of the palm, and foot. While I’m practicing the longevity breathing/Meditation/Qiqong, all I could feel is fingers (feel like breathing through the fingers), but haven’t felt anything at the top of crown or tip of foot. Is it something you would feel through years of practice? If it is not, then obviously I’m making some mistake some where, I’ve been practicing Tai Chi and D&T through your mastery programs for almost close to a year. So with this TC program I’ve added the breathing/ Meditation sessions to the daily practices.
    So any mistake could end up useless for the entire practice. Any help would be really appreciable.



    Hi Bruce, i hope you are well.

    I wondering if you will be including details on opening and closing, and general material related to Heaven and Earth in the training circle? I have the basic moves but as i couldn’t attend the training last summer i am interested in the various exercises and a breakdown of the internal content.

    have very much enjoyed the first month, the cloud hands section in particular was great for me

    many thanks




    Question: Neutral and Anteverted Pelvis – When and Why?

    Thank you very much for this unprecedented opportunity to study and practice in the Energy Arts Training Circle! Thanks also for the opportunity to ask this foundational question, to which I have not found a definitive answer.

    My understanding from studying, practicing and teaching various forms of Qigong and some Tai Chi, is that the proper pelvic position is neutral, as presented in “Opening the Energy Gates of the Body”, pg. 98.

    Yet, in my experience and reading this is not the best pelvic posture for most walking, sitting, and weight bearing activities. It is pointed out that the anteverted pelvis, butt up/belt buckle down, position is the most natural, healthy, and effective pelvic position since humans began walking. The anteverted pelvis preserves the wedge shaped L5-S1 disc, whereas a retroverted pelvis can cause L5-S1 to bulge, herneate or sequester. In the anteverted pelvis the low back is not flat, but has a distinct curve, while the mid and upper back are flat and straight.

    It appears that anteverted is the primal posture the world over in traditional cultures and is what allows, for example, women in Africa to carry large jugs of water on their heads, with a baby on their back and laundry bucket in their hand, while walking long distances barefoot or in sandals over open ground. It is also the posture of elite runners. It is also what we see in Greek and Egyptian statues – a pronounced lumbo-sacral angle and the relatively flat upper lumbar spine, arms hanging along the back of the torso, chin angled down, lower border of the rib cage flush with the front contour of the torso, and soft angle of the groin.
    Also, in yoga we see the belly down posture: press the pubic bone, hip bone, and lower abdomen into the floor.

    Why have I not heard about the primal posture in Qigong and Tai Chi? Is it simply a matter of what works best for our specific physical activity? Thus the neutral pelvis is best for qigong and tai chi moving/fighting/healing and moving Qi postures, whereas the anteverted pelvis is best for most walking, running, standing, sitting, bending and carrying loads?

    How does the Qigong/Tai Chi “neutral pelvis” relate to the Yoga/primal posture of indigenous peoples?

    Many thanks for your considerations,




    Many thanks for this course offering the space to pose questions.
    Many of the above questions already have me looking forward to hear your answers.

    One question that has been forming for me: Whilst I am starting to feel energy in many ways through my upper body and arms, my legs still seem dormant (energise). I understand that with time and patience this will improve and chances are energy is already working its magic evne though I cannot as yet feel it. Yet could you indicate certain practices or excercises to help strengthen and support the legs, so they don’t feel so “left out”.

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