Hi Audi, NickC, Bob3, Michael,
I like your posts.
Concerning special chi claims, and things related to the paranormal: although I might acknowledge the existence of the talents that experimenters have shown statistically, I don't fully accept anything that I haven't experienced.
Michael wrote > If you can create the proper structure, find what they call "sung", and practice hard and practice more, it will teach you all. <
When I was a kid when tests were given and grades were handed out, there always seemed to be an underlying assumption: "This is what you are, and this is all you'll ever be." The idea of developing, of increasing your ability in one area or another, was almost totally absent. The idea that anyone could figure anything out for themselves seemed to be excluded.
In much the same way, people get labeled as clumsy or inept, or as a slow learners, as though that is in an inborn trait. To me this lack of understanding of the truly prodigious capabilities that we have for growth is antithical to being human. We all learn at different rates. And, if you're like me, you too may have an excellent capacity for making mistakes. All things being equal, you are as capable as the next person. Believe in yourself.
What Michael says here is, to me, extremely important. As you get a handle on the structure, your body will show you the way to develop.
It is my experience that if you do what Michael and Bob3 are talking about, and listen to your body, your body will teach you. Be patient and practice intelligently and the answers will come.
In reference to comments about the mind:
In biofeedback training, people who get migraine headaches are taught to pretend that they are warming their hands over a fire. Apparently the development in our species of our manual dexterity coincided with the development of the neocortical area of the brain, so that blood flow in the hands and the brain are linked.
By imagining our hands warming, we can actually increase the blood flow in them (and in our brains) and increase the temperature of the skin. This is measureable. By bringing awareness to every part of our bodies we can more easily become "sung."
This, in part, is one of the 'secrets' of Tai Chi. Bring your mind with you where ever you go. Don't leave home without it.
[This message has been edited by DavidJ (edited 04-19-2001).]