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    I’ve been at this for a while and one of the practices that I’ve never understood is the crap with gazing at the finger. This post may be nothing more than a brain fart, but I may finally understand what’s at play. Once you start to find wu ji, you can genuinely go out. But how is that possible, and how is the body perceiving it. What’s the physiological basis?

    The tai chi space turns out to have a physiological basis so why wouldn’t wu ji. One possibility is the eyes. They actually detect electromagnetic radiation in the visible light spectrum. What if it is possible they detect a boarder bandwidth? This is where the gaze comes in. It isn’t thinking. It isn’t imagined. That’s the easy way. That’s the path of hallucination. Been there. Done that.

    This is different. This is perceiving the winds of the Wind Palm. This is where your ability to go out is governed by your genuine ability to relax. This is born from thousands of hours of correct practice.

    Perhaps the whole business with the eyes is the basis of the unseen world(s) that Bruce always refers to. Time will tell.

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    It may not be clear from my initial post, but I was suggesting that the eyes may act as electromagnetic field detectors. Afterall, that’s what visible light is. I’m just making a leap that may or may not be true: the eyes may be capable of detecting a wider spectrum of electromagnetic radiation.

    All of the movement inside the body is moving tiny electric charges. Is it possible that we can transmit and receive? Who knows?

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    If you have access to the EATC, in Month 6 Qigong Session 12 @ 30 seconds in, Bruce describes how the gazing works in San Ti. I think Bagua and Hsing-i use a simple mechanism: pressure in the cerebral spinal fluid.

    The pathway up is just the rising pressure coming up from the legs and lower tan tien. You need to be balanced; otherwise ,the flow gets cut off and doesn’t center around your core. The pressure builds from the lower spine up vertebrae by vertebrae. Once the rising pressure hits the ventricles in the brain, it produces an expanding pressure. At the same time the pressure in the bone marrow in the arms and legs is maximizing, and we end up feeling as though we are expanding from the head out toward the hand.

    Does it really happen? Who knows. The pressure is real enough. But, it is easy for the brain to associate that felt sensation with any thought. So, it is easy to imagine it expanding outside the body.

    If nothing else, you should experience this real, tangible, felt pressure long before you start convincing yourself that you are expanding beyond the physical body. Hallucinating is much easier.

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    Once you get the expansion, you’ll start to find the condensing side. The condensing phase makes you feel like the eyes (really behind them) are pulling “energy” into the body. Again, you can associate this with pulling from outside the body. Whether it is actually occurring is another matter.

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