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Feel the head stretch up as if pulled by a string.

Feel the sacrum pull down the s

Feel the sacrum pull down the s

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Sink the knees down.

(a) Elongation of the Spine Fig.3.11

Vertebra Disc Fibr Cartilage Vertebra

(b) Neck Force pushes Up.

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(b) Neck Force pushes Up.

Sacrum Force pulls Down.

Vertebra Disc Fibr Cartilage Vertebra

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Disc expands when Two Forces pull in Different Directions.

Disc expands when Two Forces pull in Different Directions.

Vertebra Disc Fibro Cartilage Vertebra

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Vertebra Disc Fibro Cartilage Vertebra

(c) Disc is Compressed Because of Stress and the Weight of the Body pressing into the Spinal Cord.

4. Three Chi Circles a. Connect the arm with the scapula-the First Circle (Fig. 3.12)

Raise your arms in a circle as if holding a large ball or a tree lightly between the hands and chest. This forms the first circle. Your fingers should be gently separated by holding the fingertips of each hand one to two inches apart from each other. The neck (C-7) is the main juncture where energy and the powerful tendons of the body meet. Gradually you will feel the Chi spread from the C-7 to the outside of the arm, to the middle finger to the palm and feel the Chi jump from the right middle finger to the left middle finger and from the right thumb to the left thumb.

Arm connect with the scapula.

Arm is not full} connected with the scapula.

Arm connect with the scapula.

Arm is not full} connected with the scapula.

Inward Sternum

Sternum moves in and the rib cage sinks in.

Sternum remains out and the rib cage remain out.

Incorrect Rounding of the Scapulae

Fig. 3.12 First Circle: Connect the Ams with the Scapulae

Sternum moves in and the rib cage sinks in.

Sternum remains out and the rib cage remain out.

Incorrect Rounding of the Scapulae

Fig. 3.12 First Circle: Connect the Ams with the Scapulae

Elbows sink down, turning inward, and should feel as if they are maintaining their position by resisting the downward pull. Imagine that someone is pushing you on the outside of your elbows and you, in turn, are pushing outward to maintain the position. Feel the spiral in your forearm as if it were a screw turning clockwise. This will connect the wrist, elbow and arm together. Relax the shoulders. Drop the neck muscles down. The trapezius muscles, connecting the back of the neck with the back of the shoulders, have to be relaxed so that the connection can be transformed down. (Fig. 3.13).

Trapezius Muscle

Trapezius Muscle

Side View

Bring your concentration down the spine, pressing down on your skeletal structure to the sacrum, to the knees, and finally down to the feet and the earth. You are pressing down on the skeletal structure for the body's support, rather than the muscles. The pressure gradually travels down the spine to the sacrum and hips, tightening the legs and feet. Eventually you will feel your bone structure connected down to the ground, rooted as if you had grown into the ground and were all one piece with the earth. (Fig. 3.14)

Stand erect, feet close together and feel the weight distributed evenly on the feet. Relax the neck, the shoulders and the chest. Gradually bring your attention to the navel and send the Chi energy to the navel until you feel a warm fullness there.

Elbows should feel as if they are simultaneously being pushed down and pulled up.

This presses down on the bone structure, increasing the pressure on the feet.

Elbows should feel as if they are simultaneously being pushed down and pulled up.

This presses down on the bone structure, increasing the pressure on the feet.

Rounding of the Scapulae

Feet press down through pressure on the bone structure.

Fig. 3.14 Press down on the bone structure.

Rounding of the Scapulae

Feet press down through pressure on the bone structure.

Fig. 3.14 Press down on the bone structure.

b. Connect the scapulae with the spine—the Second Circle (Fig. 3.15 (a), (b) and (c))

Thumbs point up so that the energy will flow between the two thumbs and the energy will connect with the big toes; thus, the two muscle-tendon meridians join together, and the front structure of bones, tendons, fasciae and muscles tighten the structure together as one. (Fig. 3.15 (a))

Big Microcosmic Orbit

(a) The tendons of the big toes' lines connect with the tendon of the tumbs.

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(b) Spiral the energy though the arms and out of the fingers.

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(c) Stretch like a bow from C-7 to the thumbs, thereby connecting the hands, C-7, scapulae and spine

Fig. 3.15 Second Circle: Connect the Scapulae with the Spine

Attach the hands and fingers to the scapulae, or shoulder blades, and cranial bone by pulling the thumb tendons away from the body and the pinky fingers' tendons towards you. Feel a spiraling action turning in a clockwise circle as you pull the scapulae to the side. (Fig. 3.15(b)) As in using the wall, feel as though the inner edges of the shoulder blades remain on the wall with the shoulder blades sticking to the back of the rib cage. This will allow the transference of force from the shoulder blades to the rib cage, which in turn will transfer to the C-7, or energy junction point, to the spine, the sacrum, the knees and down to the feet. In this way the force can also be transferred from the earth to the feet, to the knees, to the hips, to the sacrum, to the spine, to the shoulder blades and, finally, to the hands. Since the shoulder blades, while near the spine, are not connected to it, there can be no force transferred from one to the other unless you practice the proper stretching.

In practicing this posture, you will feel a stretch of force form like a bow from C-7 to the thumb. When your elbows sink and press inward, you will feel more of the stretching of the bow. By stretching the scapulae and spine tendons and connecting them together (Fig. 3.15 (c)), the back becomes rounded and the chest sinks. Feel the hollowness of the chest. The sternum then sinks down to press the thymus gland, the major gland of rejuvenation and the immune system. (Fig. 3.16) Keeping this gland active will increase Chi flow.

These events will help to activate the cranial pump. (Fig. 3.17) Rest and feel the head start to pulsate. Joining the powerful muscle-tendon meridian down to the navel will connect the Chi energy in the front line and join the bone structure of the rib cage together (Fig. 3.15(a)) In doing so you are helping to sink the energy down. This forms the Second Circle.

Embracing the Tree will strengthen the thumb and toe muscles and tendons along this meridian. The thumb and toes have the principal rooting power.

By strengthening these muscles tendon meridians which join at the navel, all the muscles, tendons, bones and fasciae (connective tissues) will become tied together greatly improving the bone structure and holding a good posture.

Bad posture is caused by weak tendons, muscles and fasciae, which cause bones to fall easily out of alignment.

Ribcage Thymus
Fig. 3.16 Thymus Gland is the major gland of rejuvenation and the immune system.
Sacrum Out Alignment

Cranial Pump becomes activated during the Second Circle when, upon deep inhalation, there is a micromovement of the Cranial Bones.

c. Connect the hand, scapulae and spine to the sacrum—the Third Circle (Fig. 3.18)

Sacrum Out Alignment

This connection is made by pushing out the curve of the C-7 from the sternum, the natural curve of the spine, and locking the hips. This will stretch the spine like a flexed bow that will link the spine, C-7, scapulae, shoulders, arms, elbows, and hands together. Push the sacrum out as if you were pushing against the wall; the hips remain the same. The hip bones and sacrum can be separated individually. Once you can separate out and move the sacrum straight, you can activitate the sacral pump which is very important to help circulate the Chi. (Fig. 3.19) You will feel the connection of the spine, the scapulae and the sacrum. Find and adjust the gravity point of the sacrum in between the feet.

Pelvic Bone And Legs Human

The greatest kinetic energy and power in the human body is generated through the hip joints, around which are attached the largest muscles (the psoas muscles). (Fig. 3.20) However if you cannot open the pelvis and differentiate both sides (pelvic differentiation), the power of the hip joints is limited to only two directions. The simple fact of standing on one leg without leaning to one side would require an internal sense of the angle of the pelvis, and the arrangement of the spine. To feel "empty" on one side can only happen when you feel grounded, supported and aligned on the other (emptiness and fullness: Yin-Yang).

Round the pelvic area like an arched bow. By turning the big toes in slightly, the second toes point straight ahead so that your feet are positioned as though standing on the circumference of a circle, making yet another circle. This will gradually open the groin area and allow the Chi pressure to fill the area as if a ball were in this area.

Pelvis Alignment

Fig. 3.20 Opening the Pelvic Area

Fig. 3.20 Opening the Pelvic Area

The hip joints are synergistically dependent upon two further joint alignments: the knees and ankles.

The knees, ankles and feet are the next connection to the earth. Embracing the Tree requires a precise alignment of the knee and ankle joints. The critical joint alignment is in the 'saddle' of the tibia (shin bone) over the talus (ankle bone), which stabilizes everything above. Sink, down and open the knees a little bit, turning the knees outward slightly as if you were in a saddle. Feel a spiraling downward movement as if your legs were screws, screwing down into the ground, created by pressing firmly on the feet, and then feel the whole body force transfer to the ankles, the feet, and to the ground. (Fig. 3.21) Feel your bone structure. The knees should feel as if they are simultaneously being pushed in and out. Lock the knee caps.

Knees are pushed outward.

Knees are pushed outward.

Press down and turn the knees outward to screw the force into the ground.

Fig. 3.21 Screw the force into the ground.

Press down and turn the knees outward to screw the force into the ground.

Fig. 3.21 Screw the force into the ground.

If the alignment is oblique, forces through the feet are not spread evenly.

The knee joints should not be positioned over the big toes as this may cause some to experience knee pain, making them unable to continue. If you have trouble with your knees while in the Horse Stance, you must judge just how much you can do. In your own best interest, you may have to forego some of the positions. Note, however that the cause of pain is not necessarily found in the physical location in which the pain is felt.

Fold the tongue back to the soft palate in the area of the Heavenly Pool. (Fig. 3.22(a)) If this is difficult, simply touch the tip of the tongue to the gum line behind the front upper teeth. (Fig. 3.22(b)) Now you should feel the whole body structure connect into one piece from the feet, ankles, knees, hips, sacrum, spinal cord, scapulae, arms, elbows and hands.

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(a) Heavenly Pool (b) Tongue touches behind the teeth

Fig. 3.22 Tongue Positions 5. Eyes Can Help to Direct Chi

The Taoists regard the eyes as the windows of the soul and a most powerful tool in directing and absorbing Chi into the body.

Direct the eyes to look at the fingertips of both hands. Hold the eyes steady to direct the Chi flow. Keep them wide open while looking at the fingertips to help connect the Chi between the fingers while seeing the tip of your nose with some part of your vision. Allow the ears to listen inside the body to the navel. (Fig. 3.23) This will make you feel very centered, peaceful and calm.

(a) Heavenly Pool (b) Tongue touches behind the teeth

Fig. 3.22 Tongue Positions 5. Eyes Can Help to Direct Chi

The Taoists regard the eyes as the windows of the soul and a most powerful tool in directing and absorbing Chi into the body.

Direct the eyes to look at the fingertips of both hands. Hold the eyes steady to direct the Chi flow. Keep them wide open while looking at the fingertips to help connect the Chi between the fingers while seeing the tip of your nose with some part of your vision. Allow the ears to listen inside the body to the navel. (Fig. 3.23) This will make you feel very centered, peaceful and calm.

During inhalation, create a ball by expanding the abdomen on all sides. Exhale and feel the ball roll up your chest.

Reverse Abdominal Breathing

6. Begin with Energizer Breathing (Abdominal and Reverse Breathing)

Concentrate on the area just one and one-half inches inside and below the navel until you feel some Chi activity there. At that point, begin breathing, preferably the Energizer Breathing. As described in Chapter 2, this is accomplished by first inhaling into the lower abdomen (the region below the navel). Feel the abdominal wall pull the lower lobes of the lungs down and the air move in. Feel the lower abdomen and perineum bulge on all sides like a ball, then forcibly expel the air through your nostrils. With this expulsion of air, feel as if a ball were rolling up your chest. (Fig. 3.24) Sink the sternum and press into the thymus gland. At the same time, pull up the sex organs and the anus. When exhaling, the abdomen is flat to the spine. Release. One such inhalation and exhalation constitutes a round.

Fig. 3.24 Energizer Breathing

Rounded Abdomen

Fig. 3.24 Energizer Breathing

7. First Stage a. Do nine to eighteen rounds of Energizer Breathing. Remember the breath should be generated from the lower abdomen, one and one-half inches below the navel. You can put your hand at the lower abdominal area to make sure the breathing is generating from there.

b. Exhale your last inhalation and be aware of how you flatten the abdomen, pulling in and up behind the front lower ribs to do this. This will increase and strengthen the psoas muscle. Exhale once more and relax the diaphragm downwards. Gradually you will feel the diaphragm press against the adrenal gland. (Fig. 3.25) Do not tighten the abdomen. Contract the perineum and start to do the Iron Shirt Packing Process.

Diaphragm presses down on the adrenals and kidneys.

Psoas Will Not Tighten

c. Perineum power: Inhale ten percent of your capacity with short, quick breaths generating from the navel by using the navel to pull the air in and pull up the sexual organs. (Men pull up the testicles and the penis; women pull up the uterus and squeeze the vagina tight.) Keep the abdominals in the position they assumed when you exhaled and feel pressure build in the upper abdomen. (Fig. 3.26)

Diaphragm, abdominal wall and perineum press into the abdomen.

Vagina Spiritual Energy
Fig. 3.26 Perineum Power

Practice of Postures d. Inhale another ten percent and pull up the left side of the anus. Bring the Chi to the left kidney and wrap and pack the kidney and adrenal glands with Chi. (Fig. 3.27) In the beginning you might not feel it, but when you practice for a while, you will feel something under the back rib cage bulge out. The sensation is very unusual. Inhale again to the right side of the anus and pull the Chi to wrap around the right kidney. The kidneys are the first organs to be exercised. Remember the first point of each kidney, K-1, is on the sole of each foot; these points are the major points of rooting. When the kidneys are strong, the bones will be strong because the kidneys control the bones and the Chi in the bones. When you can master the kidneys' Packing Process, that is, wrapping and packing the Chi around the kidneys, you can easily move to wrapping and packing the ovaries, prostate gland, adrenal glands, liver, spleen, lungs, heart, and thymus gland. (Fig. 3.28)

Fig. 3.27 Wrap the energy around the kidneys.

Anus Pull Up Energy

Fig. 3.27 Wrap the energy around the kidneys.

Spleen Thyroid Adrenal Glands

Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

Lungs

Heart Liver

Spleen Kidneys

Ovaries

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Middle

Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

Lungs

Heart Liver

Spleen Kidneys

Ovaries

Right

Middle

Anus

Once you have mastered the Kidney Packing Process, you can proceed easily to wrap and pack the other organs.

Fig. 3.28 Kidney Packing Process e. Concentrate on the navel and circle the Chi in that area nine times in a clockwise direction in an area three inches in diameter, and nine times in a counterclockwise direction, thereby condensing the Chi into a ball. (Fig. 3.29) Use your mind and eye movements to help create the circular direction by moving the eyes in a round circle. (Fig. 3.30) First move the eyes clockwise beginning with the eyes looking downward, moving up to the right comer, to the top, to the left comer and down again nine times; then, circulate the Chi counterclockwise by moving the eyes from the bottom to the left, to the top, down to the right, and to the bottom nine times.

You should begin at your navel and circle inwards using a three inch diameter, while thinking that the Chi in the body is being drawn to that place by that activity and that it is being packed into the smaller and smaller area of an energy ball, to be finally contained in the navel. Slowly do nine rounds. Concentrate and collect your energy when you feel Chi has been generated. The Chi will condense into a small, dense unit.

Chi Ball Breathing

Circle the Chi and concentrate the energy into an energy ball. Fig. 3.29 Creating an Energy Ball

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Use the mind and eyes to help circle the Chi energy ball nine times clockwise...and nine times counterclockwise.

Fig. 3.30 Circulate the Energy Ball.

There are nine points in which the Chi is to be circulated and condensed. (Fig. 3.64) In later practice, you will condense, store and bring up the Chi from these power stations. These Chi power stations are tremendously useful in the Kung Fu energy and spiritual practice.

It is most important to keep the diaphram down. Remember to check it by touching the sternum and the stomach. You can feel the diaphram coming down when it is distinguishable from the stomach.

f. Inhale another ten percent. If you feel that you cannot inhale more, you can exhale very little and inhale again. Make the abdomen flatter and draw Chi into the lower abdominal area. The area below the navel seems to be filled, but keep the upper abdomen flat in order to minimize the space so that the Chi pressure can be increased. As mentioned previously, this sensation is caused by the action of the diaphragm pressing down against the organs contained in the abdomen. The pressure between the outer wall of muscle of the abdomen, which is kept flat, and that of the diaphragm pushing down from above serves to compress the abdominal organs. When you pull up the pelvic and urogenital diaphrams and pull up the sex organs and anus, more energy will pack in the lower abdominal area. There is where the Chi is condensed into an energy ball. This energy ball will expel wastes and rinse out the toxins from the system, aiding in the circulation of blood and lymph through the area and driving excess Chi into storage between the fascial layers. (Fig. 3.31) Remember the Chi will occupy this space,

Lymphatic System Pelvis Lumps Anus

Packing and condensing the organs will help to expel toxins and wastes from the body.

Fig. 3.31 Pack and condense the organs. - 115 -

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g. Inhaling ten percent more of your total capacity presses the diaphragm even lower so that now you become more aware of the contents of the lower abdominal area. (Fig. 3.32(a)) Women should be aware of the area in which the ovaries rest. Hold your breath until the need arises to inhale.

It is at this point that you can work on your feet and coccyx, which are most important as energy sources. Those who have already completed the Microcosmic Orbit should make rapid progress here.

h. Inhale ten percent more of your capacity. Concentration should now be on the sexual organs.

With more practice your mind can direct the Chi more easily, giving you greater control over the Chi energy. Condense the Chi into a compact ball. Hold this energy in the lower abdominal area where you can increase it by using your mind and the Packing Process.

i. Inhale ten percent more of your capacity to the Hui Yin (perineum) to activate Perineum Power. Pull up the perineum, push and pack the Chi down to the perineum area and condense it into a ball. (Fig. 3.32(b)) Concentrate on the perineum again. With more practice you will gradually feel the perineum bulge downward. You should be able to feel a big channel running from the navel to the abdomen to the perineum connecting with Chi. Hold the breath as long as you feel comfortable.

j. Now exhale and relax the whole body, sending energy down the back of the legs into the ground. (Fig. 3.33) Regulate your breathing with energizer breathing. Inhale more; exhale less. When you exhale, pull up the perineum (include the sex organs and anus). Be aware of the middle of the palms of the hands and the middle of the soles of the feet. Use the mind to feel the palms and soles "breathing". Coordinate your breath with the palms and soles, breathing simultaneously. With the Packing Process Breathing, the palms and soles will open easily. Gradually, you will feel as though the soles and palms seem to breathe. (Fig. 3.34) The left eye looks at the left palm, the right eye looks at the right palm. In the forehead, above and between the eyebrows, resides what the Taoists regard as another eye called the "Heavenly Eye". Feel the Chi from the palms flow to the forehead while the "Heavenly Eye" sends Chi to the palms.

Now exhale and relax the whole body, bringing the Chi down the backs of the legs to the soles of the feet and hold your attention there. Concentrate on the soles until you feel the energy going down into the ground. Gradually, increase the energy down to the ground and feel as though you are growing roots like the roots of a tree inch-by-inch downward, at first six inches, then one foot, and so on. Feel the flow of Chi from the navel to the perineum, to the backs of the knees, to the soles of the feet and down into the ground. Become one line of energy flow.

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Exhale and let the energy flow down though the legs and into the earth. Fig. 3.33 Send the energy into the earth.

Major Bones Skeletal System
Fig. 3.34 Feel the palms and soles breathing.

k. When you can feel that you are rooting into the earth, you are hooking up to Mother Earth's inexhaustible sources of energy (Fig. 3.35) Become aware of the "loving, healing energy" emanating from Mother Earth, which enters through the soles and rises up the front of the legs six inches at first, then two feet, then three feet or more. Continue in this way until your whole body is full of this "loving, healing energy". Hold and pack the Chi in the perineum until you feel the urge to breathe. Exhale and do the Energizing Breathing to regulate your breath.

Standing Position Pressure Points

At the end of each stage, once you have finished packing the Chi, standing or holding yourself still and relaxing the muscles of the whole body are very important. You should hold this position for as long as you can or have time to hold it, gradually increasing the time, if possible. Using the Iron Shirt Chi Kung Packing Breathing has created a tremendous Chi pressure and you can now use your mind to condense and direct the flow. (Fig. 3.36) At this point, you will fully feel the energy flow in the Microcosmic Orbit. Use your mind to direct the energy up and down, flowing from finger to finger, down the legs and back up.

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