You may find circulating chi to the navel point is quite comfortable, but when the power moves up to the head you may discover that you are easily irritated and sometimes have headaches. Concentrating on the heart chakra, you may develop congestion and pain in the chest and heart area. Be assured, however, that though you may initially suffer some untoward effects, your continued practice will set you free of all such symptoms. However, it must be stressed that you keep your instructor alerted to whatever you might experience so that he will be able to help you. Make sure to finish each session by returning the energy to the navel and circling it 3 to 36 times clockwise and 3 to 24 times counter clockwise for a man, and the reverse for a woman.
The following centers can act as safety valves, thus helping to avoid side effects: 1 ) the navel can store energy, 2) the Ming-men on the back of the spine helps guide the energy downward, 3) the Wei-Chung (the back of the knee) can store up energy, 4) the Yung-Chuan in the feet acts as a grounding wire. The Hung Chaun energy center can also be used as a safety valve to draw off energy that builds in the head. When too much energy surges up to the heart and seems to have no place to go, you can redirect it downward to the feet and then up to the navel.
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