Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Small Heavenly Circle Continued

[Path to Mastery 6/2/10 – Wk38 D3 (Str 9.12.09)]

Continuing our Tai-Chi Journey:

Continuing the story on my journey with the Small Heavenly Circle meditation from last week:

Years later, I was sitting cross-legged and working on my Dan-Tien breathing.  This was a good day.  I had just completed Taoist Yoga and my body felt loose and relaxed.  I felt the heat comfortably accumulate in my Dan-Tien.  At some point I started feeling the heat coming down my central channel down the front, and then it naturally started overflowing from my Dan-Tien out and up my spine.  The Taoists say that water rises to the head, and the fire descend to your Dan-Tien.  The teachings say that when your Dan-Tien is warm and your head feels clear and cool, your energy is balanced and circulating well.  That is exactly what happened.  I started out this practice by moving my attention from my crown chakra (crown of my head) to my upper Dan-Tien (third eye), and then to my throat, then to my heart, then to my stomach and eventually to my Lower Dan-Tien.  When I moved my attention from the crown to my third eye (middle of forehead)  I felt the denseness in my head moving down.  When I moved the attention again, I felt the denseness again moving down to my throat.  It was both weird and a really cool sensation.  When I say denseness, it basically felt like this energy cloud of haze moving down my center.  By the time this dense sensation moved down to my Dan-Tien, my head cleared and my Dan-Tien was warm.  When I exhaled, the heat rose up my back, but by the time it reach my head, it was cool and refreshing.  Afterward, as I was breathing, I felt the heat accumulating and circulating down from head to my Dan-Tien clearing and emptying my head, and I felt cool energy climbing up my back to my head refreshing my head in a continuous cycle. 

To be continued.

History of Tai-Chi Journey up to this point:
Before the blog opened to the public, we covered the single person part of the system.
1. Chi-Gong (Taoist Longevity, White Crane Chi-Gong); 2. Standing Meditation
3. Stepping Mediation; 4. 7 Basics; 5. Basic Form; 6. 30 Form; 7. 108 Form
8. 4 Type Pushing Hands

Interactive training after we went public with the blog.
1. 8 Type Pushing Hands (Covered from 2/2 ~ 2/11); 2. San-Shou (Covered from 2/12 ~ 2/15)
3. Ba-Gua.(Covering from 2/16 ~ 2/19); 4. Weapons (Covered on 2/23)
5. Healing System (Covered on 2/24)

Non-Structured System:
1.Introduction (Covered 2/25); 2. Free moving – conditioning (Covered 2/26); 3.Free hand pushing hand (Covered 3/1); 4.Free hand (2 person drills and multiple person drills) (Covered 3/2); 5.Free hand weapon (2 person drills and multiple person drills) (Covered 3/3)

Detailed Instructions:
1.Principles (Covered 3/4)
2.Principle of Principles (Covered 3/5)
3.Principles of Upper Body #1~5 (Covered 3/8 – 3/15)
4.Principles Governing Lower Body #1~5 (Covered 3/16 – 3/22)
5. Principle Governing the Whole Body: (Covered 3/23)
6. Principles Governing Movement #1~5 (Covered 3/24 – 3/31)
7. Principles Governing Relaxation – General Concept (Covered 4/1 – 4/14)
8. Principles Governing Breathing
    1)       Awareness of Breath (Covered 4/19)
    2)       Breathe naturally (Covered 4/20)
    3)       No sound breath (Covered 4/21)
    4)       Crow Bridge (Covered 4/22)
    5)       Dan-Tien Breathing (Covered 4/23)
    6)       Directed Breathing (Covered 4/26)
    7)       Small Heavenly Circle (Covered 5/25 ~  )
    8)       Great Heavenly Circle
    9)       Reverse Breathing
   10)   Whole Body breathing


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