Recently I got good comments from a couple of people who have picked up on my stuff after having experience with various other systems and methods. I want to cherry pick from their correspondence and then riff off that a little. They aren't really Questions per se but that's my normal format.
Q1: I never felt anything much until I started applying your methods. But now that I am applying them, as I work with my old Long Fist stances which can be very hard, I can feel if I am doing the stance correctly or not based on whether or not the ARC will run in the posture. So as I do it I make a tiny adjustment to hips or shoulders or whatever, and sometimes my Daling lights up, or sometimes I feel something in my spine or any random place. It's fun to play with. Sometimes it seems like my body really knows the right posture and it will find it if I can stand the burn and focus on the ARC. Usually the adjustments that activate the ARC are whatever puts more of the physical stress into the legs, not allowing any little cheats of leaning or tilting the spine or elevating the shoulders to distribute strain into the upper body. When the legs burn, the ARC turns on... But again, you are absolutely right to take the approach you've taken. I never would have discovered these subtle modifications without your stuff.
Q2: The interesting thing about your approach, is that for me at least doing a similar program as what you described, I've been able to generate and build a pretty substantial energy experience without spending a lot of my practice time on the whole ZMQ37 form or xingyi fists and animals. I get that it grows over time, but currently it's does have the same kind of drop in the bucket feeling when I compare what I was originally feeling when I first began adopting your methods in my practice. But now, because when I stand in Quiet Standing my whole body lights up -- like those little Fisher Price glow worm toys from back in the day -- the interesting thing is to take this BACK into the ZMQ37 form and xingyi and to try, as you had mentioned in a previous post to try and sustain that charge the whole way through. That is hard, but so interesting because it does make my Quiet Standing at the end feel way different. Maybe more intense.
A: What you guys are describing, how you work it, is exactly what I've been aiming at in all my books, seminars, films, etc. The whole point is that the energy is real and it is not so far from us that we need to BLINDLY follow purely conventional patterns. It's like if you had to find some object in a large dark warehouse. If you believed there was no lighting system, no light switch, no windows then you would be resigned to just groping all over the dark walls and the stuff in there. But, even if the lights were switched off, if you knew that electric light is possible and if you were told that there IS a switch, and you were given its approximate location from the door in terms of which side and how many paces to walk, and turn left/right, etc. then you could combine that straightforward knowledge to guide your own walk into the warehouse and search first for the switch, turn that on, then easily hunt down the target object.
In this analogy, I believe the role of my stuff is first to convince you that the internal power is a real thing, worth pursuing - electric lighting is not a hoax, and the light switch is not up on the ceiling, etc That conceptual work is probably the most important thing in this world of either physicalist pure mechanically reductive materials, or on the other end, overly elaborate and ridiculously parochial methods as 'just so' stories, you must do it 'just so' like [fill in style or master teacher]'s forms prescribe. That was the function of JUICE book and the most important thing.
But then so many people ragged on JUICE cause everybody always wants lots of DRILLS (I predicted that reaction in JUICE book itself actually) so the follow-on books - hey if say you want DRILLS ... !!! So. Those are the two functions of my stuff. BUT the over arching point is where you guys are getting to - that you realize this stuff is real and its development and intensity are under YOUR control, not that of me or your Master Teacher or some Supreme Style or Perfect Form. Finger at the moon. I don't own this power or control the easement to it. And it isn't to be found in Gray's Anatomy or some physio-lab, but nor is it limited to some cave in Tibet or the inner sanctum of the Wudang temple. It's in you already you just gotta work it. As I always say: "Mama may have, and Papa may have, but God bless the child that's got his own".
That's the most important thing. Please re-read the key quotation of my Facebook group, on the header panel: "There is no Tai Chi, Ba Gua ,or Xing Yi" etc. By evidence of your posts you're doing exactly as I'd hoped people would begin to do. As for the lower body physical work, at a certain stage it is good as one way to force yourself to understand that the power comes from below, gets your mind to a place where we normally don't put our minds because we are all so rabidly upper body and arm centric. Later you'll realize the physical effort of that isn't absolutely essential beyond a certain point.
Another thing I want to say is that, just as right now you are realizing that you can re-visit many styles, forms, techniques and drills that you learned in the past, independently of and prior to my stuff, and now you see them with new eyes, and find amazing things in there that you never experienced the first time around (ARC activation etc). OK - now, in that same spirit, you should someday go over my stuff all over again, with that idea in mind, just do the drills and the ideas exactly as I've written them, even when you feel you've may have already transcended them, and the same thing will happen, you'll be amazed at what you missed the first time through.
Ultimately the truth of all this is not any special single little teacher, school, book, style, form, drill, technique or method. The ultimate truth is the simple statement in the header panel of the Facebook group. Transcend!
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