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Theory and Method of Our Practice

Posted in practice with tags , , , , , , on December 20, 2009 by marksun
Dec 13 2009 – notes from class…
More on the concepts are the foundation of our practice, and we are starting to explore them more directly than before, gradually tying them together. theory and method

The model we work with consists of three levels
Jing,Qi, and Shen  , corresponding to our physical body (jing), the vital force/energy of the living body (qi), and shen – the higher level of our selves and spiritual being.  The focus is often on Qi because it links all layers of our being.
The methodology of our practice can be summarized  song, chen, shen – relaxing completely, letting the weight settle , and shen exemplified in carefullness
All of us over time have a tendency for the bodies center of gravity to gradually move upward over time against where the body bodies true center of gravity which is down in the lower abdomen. Thus our method stresses the sensation and visualization of a heavy tailbone, a sandbag pulling the tailbone down to allow body and mind,  to experience and feel.  There is a stress on “feeling”, or “sensing” the effect, with emphasis on effect, of the heavy tailbone.  Song,chen, shen are incorporated into the method of relaxing, weight down, sensing with care and conciousness of this physical practice.
We recognize that ultimately everything is energy. We choose what to practice and where our consciousness is directed…  Jing, Qi, Shen,  Song, Chen, Shen.
Another thing Limin touched upon going back to the fact that everything is energy on one hand and the healing aspect of our practice on the other.  Our practice of Taiji and Qigong are health/healing oriented and motivated by the intention we share of trying to make a change inside, internally.  To do this the higher the level of energies and spirit we marshall, the greater is the healing effect  – from Shen, to Qi, to Jing  through practice of song,chen,shen.  The higher levels have greater healing because “there is more room for things to move around”.  Then she used the analogy of steam, water, and ice as corresponding to the energies comparable to shen,Qi,jing…
(The chinese character for Qi   combines symbols for steam over rice.  It is an image to symbolize  transformation of raw matter into a life giving substance  by the energy of the universe.)

Jing, Qi, Shen, Song, Chen, Shen

Posted in practice, taiji with tags , , , , on December 6, 2009 by marksun
These words are fundamental concepts in our practice:
Three that are related to what we are:
  1. jing  – essense – body fluids – glandular secretions
  2. qi – energy
  3. shen – spirit
These three are related to methods of practice …
  1. song – relax completely
  2. chen – settle weight down..(something heavy)
  3. shen – spirit in place and in charge
Realize that  Qi is not the limit in Taiji, and that Qi is not the ultimate in Qigong.  There is more beyond Qi and the development of Qi –  Shen.

Jing Qi Shen

Posted in practice, words and concepts with tags , , , , on June 6, 2009 by marksun

jing, qi, shen – in traditional method this is a verbal drill to hammer the concepts home. Occassionally we talk about it in our practice to cutivate these central ideas into awareness.

jing –  “essense”, the secretion of glands.   The chemicals of life

qi – energy

shen – spirit

In practice we work our way up to raise  jing,  qi, then  shen. In the course of the day we can be worn down spirit first, qi, then jing leaving us tired and exhausted.

We talked more about weight transfer.  A weight transfer usually involves a graduated pushing motion from one foot to the other.  Weight moves slowly through the move. Feet are planted firmly throughout so the connection to the ground is complete, solid.

emphasis on tailbone, shoulders, elbows down

[couple of new faces to our class – their toddler nearby, w,v,l,p]

Qi – steam and rice

Posted in qi, taiji with tags , , , on March 28, 2009 by marksun

Steam rises through grains of rice and the rice cooks in the steam.  Our inner development is like rice cooking, our practice and effort is like the steam transforming  raw grain into sustaining food and energy.

It is interesting that the ancient Chinese and Kanji characters for Qi is composed of images of steam and rice.  Qi in wikipedia these images are in the character for qi – (same as in kanji) the one on the right is the character

“steam () rising from rice () as it cooks”

Up and Down Qi

Posted in taiji with tags on March 14, 2009 by marksun

Sometimes  our qi is up, for example if one practices form by balancing something on the head to check posture, the qi rises. What does that mean, rises,  or by the expression the “qi is up?”

When the qi is up, it is like the sand in the bottle stirred up. When the qi is lowered, it is like the sand in the bottle settling down clearing the water.  Thoughts are the sand particles. Do the thoughts stir as a result of the qi rising, or do the stirring thoughts cause  qi to rise?

use the mind to move qi

Posted in saying, taiji with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2008 by marksun

We talked about the phrase : Yi Xin Xing Qi

Use the heart, the soul, the mind to put something in motion
Xin – heart/soul/mind
Xing – something in motion, put something in motion

We talk about sensing the inner depths

When the energy channels are clear the sensing channels are also clear.

Focus mind on the heavy tailbone

Da mo brought nothing material with him.  “there was not even one word came with Da Mo when he came from the west, all (practice) relies on your Xin Yi (heart and mind) to progress” ….means one has to sincerely use ones mind in his practice.

Often this phrase is used to remind people  not to learn by reading words but to use sincerity, to use intuition and to practice