June 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm #42573
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I’ve got a question you might be able to help me with.
I’ve started doing the Five Shen exercise from Fusion 1 two weeks ago. I am liking it very much. Its main benefit seems to be that I am becoming incredibly more aware of the present moment throughout the day, with all the extra benefits that this brings (less stress, greater clarity of thought etc.)
I haven’t felt any major effects when I’ve done the exercise. A few times though, it feels like there has been a “factory” in my abdomen, so to speak. When I’m forming and merging the pearls I feel a (positive) energy buzz or tension there. Since I started the exercise my sleep has been reduced to about 5,5 hours per night, because I’ve got extra energy throughout the day. Feels a bit like adrenaline energy, although that probably sounds too extreme. But it doesn’t bother me and doesn’t hinder me in doing my daily tasks.
But a couple of days ago, something new happened: I had formed the pearls and integrated them, and was doing the final part of the exercise, where I breathe in from the blue kidney/perineum pearl and on the outbreath I visualize the breath energy being cycled through the 5 pearls and back to the kidney pearl. I had probably done 15-20 cycles of this, when the experience changed and became highly pleasurable. Each time I did the outbreath, there would be a small wave of pleasure throughout my body. I won’t describe it as an orgasmic feeling, but it was definitely pleasurable. It gave me the goosebumps. At the same time I suddenly started perspirating, my body felt more heated and tingling and it seemed like my energy level was increasing. I did it for a couple of minutes and then stopped.
Now what’s the problem, you might think? Well the problem is that I had a hard time grounding my energy afterwards. I had to do twice the number of cycles on the orbit to get it down. And now two days after I still feel a bit hectic – adrenaline release, perhaps. On the first day the extra energy impaired with my ability to concentrate and read and write.
I should probably mention that I have an energy imbalance (kundalini related), and originally entered the Qigong world to learn how to manage it. Michael has helped me with that, and I’ve found that if i do the inner smile, pan-gu and orbit I can reduce my symptoms with 95%. I even started meditating a few minutes per day without any bad effects. There are still certain things I can’t do, such as enlarging my energy body or visualizing energy outside my body. Somehow that screws up my inner equilibrium.
But I’d like to progress in Qigong, because after all, what is life without progression? 🙂 So I took up the fusion 1 practices. When I experienced the above I discontinued the practice, just to be on the safe side. I don’t have any friends doing qigong so would like to hear your opinion.
Is there anyone who knows if this is a totally normal occurence? Or is there a specific reason for why I’m experiencing this? Should I be careful, or should I just proceed full steam ahead?
I’d like to be able to not have all that extra energy up in the head as it made reading and writing difficult on the same day. Today I still have extra energy in my body, it can heat a bit and the head and shoulders can sometimes tingle with energy it seems, although it doesn’t bother me too much.
Perhaps I am finishing the exercise in the wrong way? What I do after having breathed in the cycle for a bit, is that I visualize the breath going up into the yellow earth/spleen pearl, and then being breathed down into the dan-tien and form a yellow earth/grounding peal there. I do this about 5-6 times and then focus on slowly spinning the dan-tien pearl as a way to finish the exercise.
Maybe I should have done some preporatory exercises first? This my qigong exercise history:
– 5 animals (sitting, without the sound due to voice problems) 2 months
– inner smile +3 months and counting
– orbit 12 months and counting
-pan-gu – +3 months and counting
– counterforce breathing 1 month
– 5 shen 14 days
Thanks for the help!June 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm #42574
Ehem, sorry – the first line is in Danish. It says “post this on michaels forum”. I wrote the above message in notepad, copy-pasted and forgot to delete that comment :).July 1, 2014 at 9:41 am #42576
Trying to ground your energy down just doing the orbit or various meditations is unlikely to be more than marginally effective. To get seriously grounded, you need to involve your whole physical body and use your body to ground the energy into the earth.
Consequently, you really need to start incorporating some rooted standing practice. A good starting place would be the “3 standing-in-stillness postures” that Michael teaches in QF4. Get his QF4 DVD.
Even better would be to start learning the Iron Shirt 1 postures . . .
It would be good to connect with a teacher to learn this, but without this, you can working with the Iron Shirt book by M. Chia.
SJuly 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm #42578
Hi Steven, thanks – that makes sense. I actually see from the system overview that the Iron short practices precede the Five Shen, so seems like I’ve skipped that one and moved too fast ahead. Will look into these practices..
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