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It is possible through far from certain I might be traveling through London sometime in Fall, if it happens at all then probably late September. If you either (a) would have interest to attend an energy-centric Tai Chi/Xing Yi seminar for a day or two in that time frame; and/or (b) you have or know of a decent seminar venue (karate school, yoga studio, dance floor, or whatever) in the area, shoot me a line sometime: seeotter @ the same monster octopus that everybody else's email is on dot com.
Contents would be something similar to the upcoming San Francisco Chinatown thing (one slot left if anybody wants to join at last minute, hit me at same email as above) , or see flyer below: but maybe 2 days as I do SF all the time, London rarely if ever.
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Nice testimonial from an intelligent reader who's been actually working with the stuff as written, instead of ripping open the shipping box then jump straight to the keyboard for blorting out a feel-good 1-star review:
I've been working on Santishi as your blog posts advise, and also how you mentioned to practice it in Packing, and it's really begun to blast the energy through my feet and legs. Incidentally, part of why it was weaker in the lower torso for me (pretty sure) is due to the tension that I found that I hold in my hips chronically (your ;single leg operations' and kick drills made that obvious very fast), so I've been working on deeper relaxation around that joint. Not easy for me yet, but I will get there. It's mind blowing having this power radiating through my body almost all the time now. It's become exactly how you described an jing at this point, the newest thing being the sensory part. I had forgotten that you mentioned that part, until it started happening, but... yeah. Amazing and unexpected. It's one thing to read that it will happen (like so many other things in qigong books), but when it slaps you in the face, it's pretty hard to doubt.
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We've had some discussion on my Facebook group about the concepts "light touch", "butterfly touch" etc. It's the idea that you don't put much or any physical force on people's bodies whether in push hands or healing or whatever modality, so that you remain sensitive to changes and information in their bodies and can easily and flexibly respond. That's all good and a common enough basic idea of all bodywork and martial arts.
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Energy-Centric Zheng Style Tai Chi
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What is that for the sake of which all else is done?
Periodically the existential question WHY will resurface. I'm not reacting to any one question or exchange, it's something I've been meaning to re-visit. I tried to cover it in some pedantic detail as 'The Big Picture' (last chapter of Juice). Actually, it's kind of an underlying thread or atmosphere throughout all my books: What's the point?
All these methods and drills and mindset and everything, but what pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? After all I don't do combat sports, I don't work as a SWAT tactician, I don't have a professional chiro or acu or other alternative healing practice, so.... WTF man?
Well, heaven forbid that I task you to go back and reread (or worse yet, buy the book if you have not) the final chapter of Juice. That would be shilling! And I'm much too pure for that. So I solemnly vow that you'll never read the following line in this blog:
BUY THE #*(%-ing BOOK
So let me give you another, shorter, kind of inside-out answer to this whole motivation thing:
If people could instantly and magically feel even 1% of what I'm laying out here (the internal result of all these methods I'm trying to put across) - to anybody who had felt even 1% of that experience, this whole motivation thing would never come up. But since so few have any idea of it, I have to kind of hint at and drag in some tired old cliches: MAYBE you'll get some minor self-defense against street punks ... bite nails... or MAYBE it'll lower your blood pressure a couple points... bleh I have to talk in these cloddish ways. Of course it could have some of those benefits. Improve balance for seniors! fuck it... frankly I don't care about any of that. I'm bad to the bone, I admit it, in a way not really qualified in the standard sense to be a professional teacher of this stuff.
Anyway cut to the chase here it is: Nobody EVER asks about the 'motivation' for SEX, DRUGS and ROCK N ROLL. You just don't ask that! And why not? Because you'd look dumb, the motivation is absolutely self-evident: they are amazing, thrilling, spectacular, super-cool EXPERIENCES. That's all. Three self-justifying activities. And now the fourth.
But just because this internal stuff is so hard to kick-start, against the grain of our relentless physicality, I have to serve up my lame little justifications like every other teacher out there. But my heart's not in that game. I really should not pander to that. Anybody who wonders why just isn't sufficiently EXPERIENCED yet, that's all.
I don't say this with any rancor whatsoever. It's totally understandable. In fact, I blame myself, that after how many books and tapes I still haven't found the optimal way to lay it out more plainly, make it more accessible.
Now anybody could say about their own little hobby they enjoy what I've said here. They like it cause they like it, they enjoy. Mountain climbing, white water rafting, fly fishing, yoga, whatever. But even those people, everybody really, has to admit: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll - those three are in a class by themselves. And now the fourth.
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