March 26, 2008 at 6:10 pm #27889
It seems that energy likes to go to my head and stay there. It’s usually hot. It usually stays in the front of the head, forehead area. It also sometimes lingers at the top of my head, the back, and other areas on the head part of that meridian, but mostly in the front. Is this normal development of my energy centers and shen up there, or something I should try to change? If I intentionally build up a lot up there, I can get it to come down the front, but when it does it by itself it usually likes to stay up there.
RyanMarch 27, 2008 at 6:24 pm #27890
Could be caused by the following:
1. Thinking too much during practice
2. Too tense; energy rises and gets trapped in head
3. Wrong practice for your body/mind type; cannot absorb into it because of it’s level or other easons.
4. Too much fire; need to nourish the yin
5. Lack of mind intention (attention) on Dantian.
What style of practice are you doing?
The above could be some factors or not…most likely earth element is weak and need to nourish yin. Standing practice work pretty quick and basic awareness style practices could fix this.
Sometimes its good to ad some basics of rooting and basic sitting practices to add to Alchemical Formulas….Solid Foundation are key and should be practiced alot. I have 20+ years and still invest time into them. SnowLionMarch 28, 2008 at 3:51 am #27892
A taoist word “Keep your head cool and your feet warm!!!”
So it´s important to fix this problem otherwise you cook your brain. Not a good idea!
Except I think you should look at Snowlions idea i also heard about a guy jogging alot to fix to much yang in the head.
S DMarch 28, 2008 at 6:24 pm #27894
Dear SnowLion and Swedich Dragon,
Before I even start with the body of the text, I will say it is quite lengthy and you don’t need to read if you’re short on time because you’ve already given my the solution I need, thanks! Too much fire. Not enough active exercises. I shall nourish the yin =). But here it is anyway:
As usual, thank you for your helpful responses. I like that saying, SD, I’ll remember that =). My current practice is actually not from HT. You might then ask, why am I on the HT forum? Because I plan to start HT and this forum has highly knowledgable, wise, and experienced people that (thankfully) are willing to help. And even the levels 1 and 2 of qigong here seem a little to advanced for my current condition.
So perhaps I should explain a little about my current condition. I had (I like to speak of it in past tense, for healing purposes) scoliosis. My governing channel in my head became misaligned or something once, but I have been working on that with help from others and my microcosmic orbit flows mostly correctly now. I don’t think that’s really related to the issue I brought up though because it does flow well, and it’s getting stuck in the “right” places as opposed to where it was getting stuck before work was done. I hope that made sense. So right now I’m working on my scoliosis and basic health of how energy flows in my head.
The practices I’m doing are simple sitting meditation, one 2-5 minute standing meditation where my arms are rounded at my sides, not lifted up in the tree hugging position, sitting six healing sounds, and something called inner nourishing where i inhale with my tongue on the roof of my mouth and thinking one half of an affirmation, then exhale with mouth open and tongue on bottom pallet thinking the other half of the affirmation. You might think, well duh, that’s what the energy is getting stuck from, but after doing that i take multiple deep breaths and it goes down very nicely.
But these are all non-moving qigong. I did just last night start some moving qigong as well as detailed in Master Chunyi Lin’s book Born A Healer. The thing about doing standing qigong is that I was doing it, but I could not do it well because of my scoliosis. That is why I have taken up this other routine. Now I shall create a new one! And of course, I’m open to any comments, questions, or suggestions.
RyanMarch 29, 2008 at 2:15 am #27896
***2-5 minute standing meditation***
Just food for thought…on Standing Qigong practices:
I worked in an Acupuncture clinic with patients that had diagnosis from high blood pressure, migraines, general stress, ALS & MS and addictions and what I had found over a 1.5 year personal study was 15-20 minutes on a basic level for “health maintenance practice” responded very well to almost anyone with little or no expierence in Qigong or Energy practices for that matter. 25-35 Minutes was the lasting effect were participants really excelled better day by day.
The participants such as High Blood pressure normalized to above acceptable levels, I had a drug user, be able to quit the need for the substance of choice, and the ALS and MS participants shaking and imbalance symptoms normalize relatively quick also; I add they did a short version of Yang Tai Chi also for developing their balance with movement.
I feel with the limited usefullness of internet advice that:
You might want to try boosting the standing practice to longer intervals. It is very common in Asian teachings that 30 minutes is basic level -up to one hour. One Master that I studied with his class was a 3.5 hour session of standing practices which quite simply could be equated to “The Dao of Standing Yoga”. There is a very real level of tangible energy that will be accumulated through these practices.
You might also want to check out Daoyin through this system or “Yin Yoga” which will help the body to stay flexible and the spine healthy. Taoist Yoga is different than
Indian systems that you find the less is more in the simplicity of the posture and to dissolve into it all.
Ultimately we have to what or body/mind responds to the best and not everything one recommends or teaches will work for everyone.
Good luck Be “Insistent, Consistent, and Persistent” until you get what you are striving for.
SLMarch 29, 2008 at 3:02 am #27898
It sounds like you are finding your way in your practise. Keep it on and focus on daily exercises and make changes from time to time to experiment with new methods and keep the ones that work best for you.
I am myself into much basics in the UT HT system. Perhaps we have reason to talk about that in the future.
Good chi to you.
S DMarch 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm #27900
Thanks for the encouragement, y’all. I have now been doing more active standing qigong and it has helped a lot. I have especially been doing a movement that aids in focusing on the dantien and balancing the energy, which has helped a lot. I also plan to begin practicing Tai Chi Chuan in about three weeks. I now think I’ll be able to start the HT system sooner than I was thinking, but I’ll probably start with Deep Healing before the Qigong Fundamentals series.
RyanApril 1, 2008 at 12:03 pm #27902
Glad that helped you so fast. Good luck with your new training.
S DApril 1, 2008 at 6:35 pm #27904
I concur with everything that’s been said so far,
and it’s good to hear that you’ve been noticing
Nothing wrong with starting with Deep Healing Qigong before
the Fundamentals. Actually, when I originally began the HT,
that’s what I started with!
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