July 19, 2005 at 8:13 pm #6520
I have recently purchased Michaels Chi Kung Fundementals 1,2 and think
they are great products. My Qustion is, is it ok to focus more on the
seated meditations rather then the standing Chi Kung postures, for example I personally prefer doing the seated healing sounds rather then the 5 animals, Im also drawn to the Microcosmic orbit mediation rather then the Chi Kung forms. Previously before I came to the HT I was doing seated Zen style meditation for 2 years and find I really prefer to go deeper inside with mediations rather then movement, although I still love doing lots of Ocean Chi Kung before my healing sounds.
DanielJuly 20, 2005 at 11:55 am #6521
There’s an argument (and I think it’s a good one) that movement chi gung is a very important component of any inner meditative practice. So I think it’s important to have some of it.
I don’t however think that it’s necessary to be rigid about following any particular system or sequence on Michael’s tapes.
My own personal view is you should follow what’s working for you but keep going back to the “structure” or “form” that you have been taught. In other words, if you prefer seated meditation done a certain way, do it that way, but once in a while go back to the sequence Michael teaches on his video. You may find yourself gradually picking up more of his form, or may discover a day when all of a suddenn you feel like you PREFER to do it his way.
The sequence is there for a reason, as are other aspects of the practice. So, while not being rigid in practice, it’s always a good idea to go back to the original sequence from time to time and see what it does to you.
good luckJuly 21, 2005 at 3:52 am #6523
I like doing the standing movements from time to time, but I prefer seated meditations and feel I get more from them..July 23, 2005 at 8:12 am #6525
The movement forms are either designed to open a channel without using head “visualizations” or to prevent stagnant jing which eventually happens from sitting too much. They are not designed to replace sitting medition, but to balance it. Its ultimately the balance between post natal and pre natal chi.
I cannot tell you how many zen practitioners I have treated with qigong therapy for various types of stagnant chi resulting from fixed body positions leading to fixed energetic patterns and sometimes disease. The diseases have gone away when they began doing movement and foxusing on chi flow. The reality is in the physical plane, there is a tendency for any high energy frequency to drop to a lower orbit. That is why physical plane needs fire chi in the form of the sun and human heart fire to keep it going.
That is also why Taoists switch positions from sitting, standing, moving, and lying. When you master all four you are cultivating 24/7. My favorite thing is to sit for six hours and go really deep. But it only happens because I’ve done plenty of movement. The jing level holds that memory even while sitting in meditation.
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