In your video you are pushing the right hand with your left hand, can it be pushed down with both hands, I don't know to keep one hand up and one down every time.. makes me feel asymmetrical (I hate that feeling). Or maybe i should every time change the position of upper and lower hand?
I'm assuming you're referring to Lifting the Sky. Next time state the form name, or I have to guess at it.
If you mean I'm putting my right hand over the left hand while pushing down, then yes...that's probably a bad habit of mine. If you want you can keep the hands next to each other, fingertips pointing at each other, as you lower them down the centerline
Can I follow up the qigong forms with dantien meditation? I was just starting to work that into my askesis before I joined this study group. I ask this because this is your curriculum and I'm the student here.
Also is there an upper limit of how long I should do these forms?
Should I do the Zen Meditation before or after the 3 forms?
Dantien meditation is next week. Also, the method I'm teaching is different from what is detailed in one of my articles. It doesn't use visualization. So, I'd prefer if you just follow the coursework for now.
If you need something extra to challenge you, then try meditating with a cup of good green tea and contemplate the nature of tea.
There *is* a general upper limit to how long to do these forms. I'd say it's about an hour for these three. Optimally, a half hour a day would work best (half hour of the forms, half hour of the Zen meditation). You don't want to do *too much* Qigong, this could lead to what is called Qigong sickness or psychosis. This is pretty well known in China, wherein people do too much Qigong and develop overactive Yang Qi that rises to the head and causes delusions. In a sense, you could say radki was probably brought around by Qigong psychosis- too many kids doing too much basic Qigong, becoming hyper and delusional, and thinking they're doing things they aren't, then inventing their own techniques.
I started with pushing the sky. I felt my energy calm down after just a few repetitions, and I kept going for somewhere between 9 and 15 minutes. There was tension in the area where my triceps connect to the shoulders, which pulled a bit but wasn't quite painful.
I had difficulty maintaining buddhist breathing during Pushing the Water, so I broke it up into sets so I could maintain breath control during the forms. The form and the breathing got easier as I progressed in the sets, and I finally managed uninterrupted repetitions towards the end of my time allotment. I started to feel some knotted energy I had around my solar plexus dislodge and untangle.
Shaolin Archer was a bit awkward for a few repetitions because I kept getting my hands switched and ended up doubling up on sides until I got into a rhythm. Once I had established a flow, I felt my shoulders and chest open up just a bit. This was the least eventful of the 3 forms for me, but it felt really good.
I did the forms before my daily askesis (magick practices) and I had an interesting experience during my void meditation and body meditation that I attribute to having done the qigong forms first. When I start to hit the very outer edge of samahdi (no mind), I get subtle non-physical tremors that a previous instructor told me is the energy pathways re-establishing uninterrupted flow. Today was the first time these tremors had been so strong, and they were actually enjoyable to some degree. When I finished up all my practices, I felt really good.
I can tell when I've done a particularly fruitful practice session when my motions start to feel sprightly. It's not like hypo-mania where one feels invincible and energetic, I felt the same but it also felt like there was less resistance in my motions. The only way to describe it is like weights had been removed from my arms and legs. This sensation was more pronounced today than it had been in a while, so I call this a success.
Good write up.
Lifting the Sky also causes a bit of tension or pressure around my shoulders. I think that's normal. You should feel it most strongly on the way up, and less on the way down (on the way down I feel it in my forearms).
If you have difficulty breathing during Pushing Water, try leaning forward slightly (bend at the waist just a slight bit and balance on the balls of your toes)...I find this helps.
The non physical tremors or vibrations in Wuwei meditation are interesting... they happen to me all the time in meditation. I always felt they are just a result of the strength of the energy body and your state of mind. I'm not sure if it really has anything to with energy pathways (meridians), I always read they are basically a manifestation of the mindstate, similar to neural discharges.
I can tell when I've done a particularly fruitful practice session when my motions start to feel sprightly. It's not like hypo-mania where one feels invincible and energetic, I felt the same but it also felt like there was less resistance in my motions.
Feeling clear and light is a good sign. This state will progress the more you practice, and especially the further you get in the course. I am glad you had such successes.
Remember, you can post multiple experience posts if you wish (as long as they are on topic). I am here to answer any questions. Also, everyone else should feel free to comment on others experiences, that's the point of the discussion.