When people start running the ARC process for real, for themselves, not as a conceept or philosophy or word or image or cover term for any fashionable but irrelevant physiological stand-in (fascia anyone?) but as the straightforward, mind-blowing tangible reality that it actually is, then they can circle back and re-investigate practices which they might have just skimmed right on by in their first readings of my stuff.
Case in point: in my books that focus entirely on Tai Chi (PENG and SURGE), I specify details of the Counter-Sink protocol. This is a way to super-charge you standing practice. Standing practice is big these days from another angle, usually called zhan zhuang and in current thinking sourced primarily from Yi Quan and some styles of Qi Gong. It's big but as usual, people both under and over think it. Under think it in that they stand without realizing how tense they really are, so they don't feel even 1% of what they could be harvesting. Over think it in that their minds are all gooped up with elaborate theories of internal this and that process, meridians and organs not to mention all the new fangled emphasis on micro-biomechanics. There's a role for a bit of that stuff but a little goes a long way. A few simple and straightforward points of attention are all you need. You don't need to goop it up as much as people do. That's just drawing legs on the snake 畫蛇添足。 Remember, energy theory as applied to your practice is like medicine - the right dose cures and overdoes kills (by tensing up your mind and body as you strain do it right). Eliminate non-essentials and WHOA HOLY FUCK the energy will just blast right through you like a tornado slicing up a trailer park. You won't need a weatherman to tell you how that wind blows.
Anyway, back to my specific point for today about standing. It's popular to stand upright with feet shoulder width, arms up like embracing a tree. That's big these days. Then of course it needs to be gooped up with all kinds of internal geegaw's and whatnot's. That's good but generally 99% of people are way too tense doing this, particularly their shoulders get super tense without their even realizing it. Anyway it's ok, anything is maybe better than nothing.
Another approach is to use Tai Chi postures for standing. Since most Tai Chi as taught in the major styles is also unwittingly going to tense you up (see my various books for details) I suggest you might want to base longer-timed standing practices on the ZMQ37 Tai Chi poses, which 'do the least harm' in terms fostering built-in tension as most other systems tend to do (not meaning to trash or diss other systems, they all haver their great points, but in this particular area of tension/relaxation most of the time the system as taught is actually fighting your efforts to relax. It's because they are at bottom essentially theatrical, they want you to look elegantly badass - but that goal is totally irrelevant to this post and the energetic process. ZMQ37 pose structures are somewhat better than average in this one department.)
You can work with any or all of the 7 poses illustrated and exhaustively detailed in my book Tai Chi PENG Root Power Rising. Or, if you know the entire form, use any other of the ZMQ37 poses. The point here is how you stand, not what you stand in.
Here's where people have lately asked me about the relation of my latest book The Aiki Singularity, to the earlier Tai Chi books. Short answer: it's all the same energy under discussion. All the same identical model and principles. But when you understand certain points in the Aiki Singularity book, you can circle back and apply those to great effect in the Tai Chi work.
For example, in Aiki Singularity book I point out forcefully that while the overall lower abdomen, hips, and waist area (pelvic assembly) are the internal power battery of the ARC process, within this units you want to work using your mind via the lower/outer edge of the hips, which is the femoral junction (acetabulum). This is really really powerful (paradoxically) addressed mentally. It's a mental practice. I say paradoxical because as soon as I mention any physical structure, everybody starts jonesing like yeah now we can get all phsycal again yay! Which is what people really like to do. But it isn't quite that way. It's the energetic counterpart of a physical area, so you don't really need to 'do' anything much with it, it's a matter of applying your mind and attention to it.
But you do need a bit of mental protocol to make it work, and some (very minimal!) physical process to set it up. A good physical process for working this is what I call the Counter-Sink in the PENG and SURGE books. I talk about a few variations of how to work that in those books. After you've read The Aiki Singularity and got the idea about the femoral junction (acetabulum) thing, you can begin to apply that to your Tai Chi Counter-Sink standing and whoa - liftoff! Escape velocity! A very effective method gets supercharged.
All you need to do is
(i) take one of the 7 pose with external correctness (as in the books)
(ii) do Counter-Sink but using your mind to sink at the two femoral juncture points. It's just a small amount of actual physical lowering. The main thing is to leave all the rest of the pose invariant (arm shape, 70/30 weight distribution, upright torso, etc.) - keep all that the same, and just feel that you are being lowered or pushed straight downward just via the two lower hip edges (outer inguinal points) as the control/contact surfaces.
Yeah, I know it sounds too simple so 99% of you will dismiss but for that one guy (or .6 of a guy or however the math works out if this post has fewer than 100 readers) I'll teach you now - just put your mind on those two points (left and right sides) and feel like somebody is using just those two points to kind of push you lower down (gently, softly, but continuously). That is exactly what Ben Lo used to do to us when we were standing in the class. He'd use those two lower hip points, with his own hands, to push us further down. If you can simulate that using your own mind, and if your poses are otherwise basically correct, you'll get a many-fold increase in the harvest of the Counter-Sink practice.
There are other variations of Counter-Sink detailed in the books, so rotate through them all, play with them all from time to time. This post is just giving you one more highly effective variation. It's an example of what I mean when I say the progression is not strictly monotonically linear, like you do Practice X at Stage Y and then leave them behind, but not flat circular (repeating) either. It's an ascending spiral.