Your field of energy gives you protection. It helps to prevent accidents, can be used in emergencies and will help you recover if you are injured.
As you deepen your practice of Da Cheng Chuan, the energy surrounding you becomes stronger and extends further out from your body. It acts like a natural radar system. You become aware of possible dangers far earlier and further away from you than you did before. Your field of vision is broader and your mind becomes aware of obstacles before they are in full view.
Your training strengthens your nervous system. When you are put to a sudden test, you are more patient, calm and able to think clearly. You tire less and feel more resilient.
As you develop the five powers that are explained in Part Four and the stepping movements shown in Part Five, you discover a natural coordination that subconsciously protects you. Students who have had potentially dangerous accidents on dark streets, been attacked or fallen, find they remain in balance. They move easily out of the way with intuitive speed or spontaneously use their hands and feet to break their fall without serious injury.
If you have an accident or injury, you can draw on your Zhan Zhuang training for emergency help. If you are knocked down, fall or are hit, the first principle is to remain still immediately afterwards. You should only move if you are in actual danger. For example, if you are knocked off your bicycle and are not severely hurt, move to a safe spot nearby and then remain still. Any severe shock will automatically disturb your entire energy system. However, your energy naturally seeks to rebalance itself and will do this very rapidly so long as the entire body remains still. If it is at all possible, try to lie, sit or stand in a Zhan Zhuang posture. Then, before moving or while being transported, practice Sealing your Energy (page 15).
Your training gives you inner resources of Chi. Like this ancient statue carved in the rocks of Yungang - an area of China where Da Cheng Chuan is regarded as " the training of a Buddha" - your power envelops you like a protective mountain.
If you are injured and conscious, warm your hands (either by rubbing them or clapping them together) and then hold your injury if you can. You can wrap your hands around most twisted joints and broken bones or place them over an open wound. Your Chi will warm and protect the injured area, speeding the flow of healing energy. It will also help reduce blood loss. You can do this for yourself but you can also use your healing power in the same way to calm and assist others.
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