You wrote: <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2"><B>
I now prefer to view “neutralizing” as “transforming,” which immediately provokes the question: “Transforming into what?” The Chinese word “hua” can mean to “neutralize” or “dissolve,” but I think it also has an underlying meaning of “transform.” </B></font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
My beginning understanding of neutralizing energy was something like yielding, deflecting off to the side, and then allowing the incoming energy to dissipate off into space after guiding it away from my center. Now, rather than allowing the energy to dissipate, I’ve been working on circling it back, this idea of meeting it, matching it, turning (transforming it), and returning it in progressively smaller circles. This includes the “bouncing,” where the physical structure compresses then rebounds outward, as though the momentum of the opponents energy circles through my chest, into my arm, and then back at them.
Is that what you mean when you said, “In the first part of this circle you drain the opponent and store energy. In the second part, you release energy and circulate it back into the opponent[?]” I’m curious to hear more about what you think of “draining” and “storing” energy, particularly what that means on an energetic (qi) level, or if you think it has “only” to do with conserving momentum?
With regard to the “dissolve” element of “hua,” isn’t there also a jing for absorbing energy and dissipating it utterly? Say, like a lightning rod channeling lightning into the ground? In this forum there’s been talk of guiding the opponent’s energy to the ground and then guiding it back up and out, like a basketball bouncing off the ground, but now I’m not talking about bouncing, or redirecting off to the side. No deflection, no reflection. What would the application be? I think it would be for absorbing a blow you didn’t want to return, or possibly as an intimidation tactic (with luck, preventing further attempts).
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2"> “Hence, zhan (adhere), ti (lift), ting (listen), and fang (release), already exist at its core (yi zai qi zhong). The techniques of unite (he), swallow (tun), and spit (tu), all obtain in an instant (sha na jian).” </font>
I think this sounds like what you (Audi) were talking about when you said,
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2"> “Some of the “shock” in receiving a push from advanced practitioners is that one often feels the Jin leave one’s body, concentrate in the opponent’s body, and than return through a vulnerable spot. </font>
Does it feel like advanced practitioners unite with your energy (match speeds, frequencies), swallow it (incorporate it and make it their own), and then spit it back? To me the condensing feels rather like a spring condensing/contracting before it springs open again, only the direction of the release is finely controlled, aiming for those vulnerable spots.