I asked my Hairdresser friend - he confirmed that whorls are in different places on different people and that some people have more than one.
The most he'd seen on one head was 3 apparently
and apparently I have two?
I dont have much on the neck subject except perhaps an anecdote?
Earlier on in my Taiji career I joined a ballet group for the postural training. I was the only man - and all the girls thought I was injured because I was so 'unsupple'.
(This meant not being able to do a side split for a bunch of girls who'd started when they were 3)
Anyway - I had some good conversations with the teacher and I told her that I loved the mood the exercises gave me. This prompted her to tell me how she had taken the girls to watch a ballet recently and then got them to join in on the troupes training the next day.
Apparently the girls had all come away complaining that they professionals were arrogant.
The teacher explained to me that they weren't - it was just the feeling of nobility that they had inherited from the postures.
I like that.
I studided Zazen and if you aren't familiar.......whilst some meditation schools teach a whole variety of techniques, zazen teaches how to sit.
When you get buddha posture - you will get buddha mind is the method.
They also say that buddha mind is not something that you create (otherwise it could be destroyed - and it is a permanent state) - buddha mind is something you uncover. It is innate.
(the taoist diamond body is similar if I remember)
I think of taiji in this way - perfect posture is something you uncover. Through releasing and letting go the taiji body emerges.
With the body comes the mind. I like the idea that through postures we are inheriting the mind of the past masters.
Sorry I've gone on a bit - if I stand any chance of you reading it all I'd best stop now
[This message has been edited by Anderzander (edited 12-03-2003).]