Thank you so much for addressing my queries with your thorough and informative post.
You have certainly assisted in enlightening, developing and reinforcing some of my impressions of these matters.
About lightning storms, you wrote:
<<..the atmosphere is highly charged with ions during lightning storms. When the electric potential reaches a certain threshold, it discharges in the form of lightning. We are affected by the energy/chi of the storm ourselves. Now, when we are affected by a storm we can feel it in different ways. One might feel a “quickening of the blood:” excitement, an elevated heart rate, anticipation, or the hair on the arms standing on end in response to the electricity in the air. Now, when practicing tai chi, one of the main principles is to relax. It’s very, very hard to do this if you are experiencing any of the above. Moreover, there are startling lightning flashes, the thunder is crashing, and if you’re outside, there’s the potential for death--all of which are antithetical to relaxation...
...So, in a storm, it may be the case that the potential energy built up around you can be enough to disrupt your system if you are deliberately trying to bring it into your body during tai chi.“Practicing tai chi correctly naturally gathers chi into the body, much like re-charging a battery. It’s possible that the transition of chi and electricity in the air passing through the body could be enough to disrupt the chi, even without actually getting struck by lightning...>>K
Relaxation deprivation and Energy disturbance...
So, in essence we are inhaling the energy of the storm in the air, as we do with the Qi in the air?...Fascinating.
Very interesting comparisons...Something I will definitely ponder.
<<One can make the analogy that the body’s meridian system is like a complicated electrical circuit. (See Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis of Bioenergy Therapies
by James L., Ph.D. Oschman ,Candace, Ph.D. Pert) If the meridians are the wires, then the acupuncture points are the resistors. In fact the acupuncture points actually are areas of lower electrical conductivity.>>K
That is something novel to my ear..."Acupuncture points as areas of LOWER conductivity...as resistors...Great analogy.
Just as using gold tipped patch cords improves sound quality on a stereo, by lowering the resistance at the junction?
So...moreover it is the state of the actual points which is pertinent...not the meridian channels themselves...thought expanding.
I had considered these points as simply continuing upon the meridian line...the resistor concept lacking...Thanks for highlighting that distinction.
Kalamondin:<<Anger can cause physical tension and speed up the chi flow.>>
Psalchemist: Now theres an interesting concept...speed up the Qi flow...May I inquire from where you have you gleaned that issuance?
K: It’s personal experience on that one. I’ve just found that when I’m angry there’s a real temptation to practice more quickly, that if I allow my chi to move me, it goes very fast, but it doesn’t go smoothly. If you think about what it’s like to be angry, you may know what I’m talking about. Our culture has terms that describe some of anger’s manifestations like: fast and furious, frantic, flustered. You might have noticed how being angry can make people’s movements short and jerky-knocking things over by accident, throwing things, driving erratically, making spur of the moment decisions-there’s the saying “act in haste, repent at leisure.”
There’s a tendency for short, abrupt movements that indicate that the chi isn’t flowing smoothly. If I really give in to the impulse to let my chi do what ever it wants when I’m angry, I might end up punching the crap out of something soft and inanimate. It’s a trick to stay relaxed enough not to hurt myself. Anger really makes me tense. I often end up wrenching or spraining something anyway b/c I’m unable to adhere to the principles and my technique goes to pot, so I don’t recommend it at all!>>K
Thanks for providing your personal knowledge and experience stressing heed against strong emotion while engaged in Taijiquan.
Although I've no experience while performing the form "angry", per se, I have experienced the "fast and furious, frantic, flustered--*jerkiness* " you allude to...nerves the cause, rather than anger...has the exact same effect...form speeds up substantially etc..etc...
Have not found a cure for it yet, though...Tried everything known to man...though I have never hurt myself, my form does dissintegrate, root is lost etc...etc...not an effective manner to train, I agree.
So you believe that the Qi is also revved up faster when the body is prompted or compelled to move faster?
I had not thought of that!...Sometimes we make thinks more complicated than they are...That could very well be.
<<I think I’ve heard that chi moves more slowly when you are sick, tired, or old, and that it moves more quickly when you are healthy, lively, and young.
Or maybe that was just the quantity not the speed?
I think that the cumulative effect of practicing tai chi naturally speeds it up in addition to increasing the quantity and quality of the chi.>>K
Nice to hear confirmation of existance of quantity and quality and speed of Qi...hopeful.
Quality of Qi?
About increasing speed, you wrote:
<<So, you’ve probably heard the analogy of the meridians as highways, and blocked chi as a traffic jam, etc. The average tai chi practitioner just isn’t very relaxed. Tai chi is definitely relaxing, but the level of relaxation necessary to do fa-jing safely is hard to get to and maintain. So, if you think of blockages as obstructions on the meridian freeway, it makes sense that you don’t want to go too fast until these are removed (through relaxation and regular practice). When you are completely relaxed, the chi won’t have anything in the way, and will naturally be able to handle freeway (or Autobahn!) speeds without difficulty. If you try to go too fast too soon, well, that’s just asking for an 18-car pile up. But the more relaxed you are, the more you’ll understand this on a personal experiential level. You’ll get it because you’ll be able to feel it, or see it, or whatever your preferred mode of sensing is.>> K
Good advice...Makes alot of logical sense.
P: Are you saying that tension works on the meridien system as it does on a water hose...tension-narrowing the tube and thereby intensifying the flow. ???
K: No, I would say that tension constricts the energy flow instead of intensifying it.
<<Much like a kink in a water hose-or more accurately, like stepping on it or parking your car on it. The resulting energy is weakened, if it gets through at all-like water trickling out one end and the water stopped at the other. This can be like water growing stagnant in a blocked hose. If you are trying to fa-jing through a chi blockage/kinked hose, this might result in something like a leak at the hose-faucet junction, or worse yet, a leaking pipe inside your house. The chi is forced somewhere it’s not supposed to go, it’s wasted, and can damage whatever it spills over into.
Another analogy could be that forcing chi through a blockage on a meridian might be more like the flash flood that comes after a dam breaks.>>K
Thank you...Yes, I can appreciate your explanation about blockage, and the slow down effect..That WAS the answer I was looking for.
<<You mentioned “narrowing the tube and thereby intensifying the flow.” I have read about something like this, but to my knowledge it can only happen in the absence of tension. Waysun Liao talks about this in his translation “T’ai Chi Classics.” He has a section on condensing energy into the bone marrow that sounds something like what you mentioned. I think you would find his section on kinds of energy fascinating. I read it a long time ago and most of it was beyond me. I understand a little more now, but much of it I still don’t understand.>>
AH! YES! That IS probably what I am seeking...storing energy...in bone marrow!?
Waysun Liao---Tai Chi Classics...I will inquire.
Kinds of energy...
...I WAS thinking of that in the lightning section.
I really appreciate all your efforts, opinions, knowledge and references.
You've been a big help, thank you