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April 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm #134164
Shou fu Bruce,
You spoke briefly on santi position of metal discipline. We’ll you be teaching a complete form of the subjects given in the coming months?
I Bow in Respect,
Jerome BalalongApril 20, 2014 at 1:49 am #134165
Hi, Bruce, thank you for offering such great on-line course. I just finished the cloud hand. It was really great. You mentioned that when pulling chi into the belly, there are specific ways to circulate the chi. Are you going to discuss the specific ways of circulating the chi next month, or some time down the road? It would highly appreciated if you could do so. Again, thank you very much.April 20, 2014 at 5:17 am #134166
Thanks for making this available to us.
I too had and a couple experiences of “awakening” such as that you described from standing in San Ti.
Do the circumstances of the experience give clues as to practices or approaches that might be more conducive to further progress or smarter efforts?
My second experience occurred following a primal therapy intensive in Denver not too far from where you used to have your school here. I was “releasing” following the effort of the therapy, washed out emotionally and just feeling good to be more self connected, when whoosh my mind popped kinda like what happens when you’re ears pop, only it was awareness which opened and my “self” went on chattering in the back ground.
Part of the reason for asking this, is that there seem to be a lot of choices in this program, which may be confusing to some.April 20, 2014 at 6:05 am #134167
I have 3 questions
All 3 are about inner and outer dissolving;
Is the outer dissolving only accomplished as a result of the inner chi building and filling to the perimeter where it can be worked with and smoothed out?
-Is the inner dissolving essentially the same process, but can only be done after there is a sufficient fullness of chi in the body?
Is it accurate to say “what gets dissolved”, in inner, or outer dissolving, is always something that grows form the inside?
EricApril 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm #134169
Hello Bruce and thank you for doing the Q&A,
I am on the qigong and meditation tracks and am concerned with avoiding burnout as you’ve mentioned. In the first weeks there appears to be some overlap in the chi sinking practices and I would like to know what to watch for as far as burnout/ over practice symptoms. I personally have experienced relaxation to the point of sleepiness during the day.
I already have a history of depression/ anxiety so I think my nervous system is pretty burnt as it is.April 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm #134170
Could you please explain more about seeing with the belly or the tantien? Thanks.April 21, 2014 at 1:32 am #134171
My question is how you might be able and planning to keep the bar raised this high in future lessons (at least as much impact and implied depth- if not more so?) – not being glib, I find much of the value beyond what you teach (and as one how has not been able to be at your trainings for a while- so has had to re-study and practice into and “read-between the lines” of what you’ve said/written (as I didn’t have more info), test it out, etc.
and from that perspective, what is presented in this ‘first month’ aren’t just concepts that “are” but like seeds unfold/can grow (beyond what is said, ie can go deeper into these, vs what they are is only 1 level).
I don’t know if your approach might be to try and only include info that is not included in your other materials (with pointers to them, when such relations arise), thus as you say in the “live class’ intro- not what one could learn elsewhere in a class (or book/video even a blog/magazine-article …. but what won’t be fully grasped as to what beneficial results may come from (ie teaches more than what is apparent).
a question actually- if one “isnt'” practicing taichi (vs one that is) and yet finds the Energetic transformation in the CloudHands you presented this month very strong… would a practice doing on one side-then the other (thus left foot steps back- slides to the left 3x, and then take a break and then do in reverse- doing the CloudHands the other way- thus right foot steps back- slides to the right 3x) Would that be a good way to approach wiring that in? (concerns/ things to include with that- any ideas- vs it being something that one includes in the full TaiChi form.. as even many that do TaiChi may only do a short form- vs the LongForm?
thank youApril 21, 2014 at 1:50 am #134172
actually to follow-up/expand upon my previous comment/question- I have worked with Int’l Components and getting the body (and attn) to flow with, and I find that as they Engage (like gears linking in)- both in a practice (~warm-up) as well as overtime deepening; that there is a connected-denser feeling, but it moves slower.. as well as a feeling that is if get my system to respond, vs try and “impose” onto, that it wants to move very slow.
For Example KaiHe (opening-closing; ~shrink/grow), I feel I have more of my fluids, and my “mass” tied in, as well as an energetic activation- but its like getting a wave in water- the more is “warms up” it gets deeper, but even slower… ‘heavier’ even… Thus to use in a Martial Arts (or even in NeiGung, where you mention making and opening or closing happen) it occurs faster- perhaps even like a flick. but even at the speed of bending a finger… vs I find the “natural” sense of my system wants to move as “honey sliding down the jar” speed
(and the sense of how fast my system wants to move- seems that the Egates want to pulse at their speed- like the heart has a certain pulse… and making it beat- disturbs that pattern, of heart, or of the Egate.. ) -is that missing something? just indicating my system is “Thick” and will speed up as loosens and dissoves? or some change in practice?
I hope some aspect of this might be addressed- whatever practice or subject it relates to appropriately.
(to be clear this occurs not just in KaiHe, but in Twist changes, or in Peng starting and then shifting to.. whatever… say An…. like Mollasses… or the speed of int’l Sinking wants to molasses-melt vs “drop” [and I can “grab’ it and move it, but that feels wrong, and doesn’t seem to relate to your teachings, rather (A) the quality of action/energy changing in that Physical-part -as well as- ( the quality of the Mind-Attn linked to it…… both of those seems to sort of slo-mo (matrix “bullet-time” ooze…
I hope this isn’t too long- but I feel tricky to put in words, as tricky for me to clarify to myself- something I’ve wanted to ask you for a long time.
-garyApril 21, 2014 at 5:11 am #134173
Mr Frantzis, in the Chi Gung section, in video 4 (introduction to the intermediate practice), you insist for some time on how SanTi helped you integrate your Mind, Body and Chi. Should we take this as an indication to practice this month’s instructions while doing SanTi ?
The same question would go for practicing sinking Chi down the Central Channel into the Tantien while standing in SanTi.
ErwanApril 21, 2014 at 5:13 am #134168
This is another central channel question :
What is the relationship between central channel breathing (as presented ion the Hsing-I mastery Program) and sinking down the central channel?
Are the stages of seeing from the lower Tantien and lighting up the heat there different things or only aspects of a same process?
In other words, can I develop both at the same time or do they need to be trained separately ?
ErwanApril 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm #134174
I too would like to hear a bit of expounding on the position of the sacrum in standing. It feels a bit more natural to me to maintain the curve of the lumbar spine (tail slightly lifted) than the neutral of tucking the tailbone slightly under (tail between legs).
Also in one description I seem to remember you saying “so that the sacrum is facing the ground” – which seems to be the more natural feeling to me than the neutral?
Hope this is as least as clear as mud.
Many thanks for your continued efforts, Bruce.
JoelApril 22, 2014 at 3:58 pm #134175
There are times when I want to listen to audio with headphones and personal disc player while performing I Chaun. Do you have a sense of the electromagnetic fields of the device being problematic for one’s energy field, since the hand passing close to the body is disruptive to the energy field?April 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm #134176
I’m also interested in a detailed explanation as to when and why the neutral pelvic posture works better than the anteverted one. I am a bodyworker myself and I have the same considerations as John Neff.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us,
PanosApril 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm #134177
Bruce – you mention (and I whole-heartedly agree) that emotions will undoubtedly be encountered during the course of this work.
Is there a recommended approach in Taoist methodology for processing emotions as they come up? Express them, dissolve them, focus on them, ignore them, etc.?
Thanks again, loving the program and thinking I’m going to have to start saving up for a class soon.
JoelApril 25, 2014 at 4:16 am #134178
What are the benefits of the different sitting postures for meditation,? e.g. in a chair versus, on the floor, cross legged versus lotus
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