Archive for January 2010
Part 1 Balance
Align with Heaven and Earth,
Relax and discover the truth about balance
Move with dignity and grace through life,
And harmony will be your companion.
Balance is a function of aligning with Heaven and Earth, relaxing into our roots and exploring the confidence of equilibrium within the self.
Harmony is a function of remaining balanced as we move through time and space, remaining content, while interacting with the forces of nature that act upon us.
Balance is always first, only then can we harmonize well.
In life, there are many ways we can discuss balance and harmony…..
If you think about the opening words, it is apparent that I could be talking about many different aspects of balance and harmony; be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, they all share the same principles.
In fact, if we learn the hierarchy of achieving balance and harmony in one realm we can apply the formula to any of the four realms mentioned. Understanding reality is one of the goals of Taoist praxis, and understanding balance and harmony is paramount to that goal.
For Taiji practitioners as well as in all aspects of life this is a fundamental principle. For example, “aligning with Heaven and Earth” could mean, to know your values and morals and align to them, this could help you relax in a relationship, feeling secure and confident about yourself. The balance gained will allow you to compassionately harmonize with your partner and remain content.
Taiji (the supreme ultimate) teaches us how to achieve balance and harmony in all things through the understanding of the simplest of methods. I have written blog posts about this topic that can be found elsewhere on this site.
To review, the most basic is the physical then as we move inward the next level of understanding is the mental, then the emotional and at the center is our spiritual core. Each level feeding its energy into the next one and each level is more complex than the one before it. As we move up through the layers in quantum leaps, the understanding of the principles reinforces the reality of the truth of the hierarchy of our personal growth.
In regards to transformational improvement of our lives then, all we need to do is start with the simple, external physical methods and understanding will emerge with practice over time and through space…
Back to Taijiquan…..and balance and harmony….
When we move in Taijiquan we first need to balance, then we can harmonize with things as we move. Now reread the opening lines and see what you can glean from the simple instructions.
In class, when we are transitioning to one leg, I say repeatedly…. Align, relax, and move. There are two alignments. First, there is “rotational” where you align your nose, navel, knee and toes. Secondly, there is the “Taiji Pole” where you align your Crown Point, perineum, and ankle, actually the bottom of your foot about 1 inch in front of the ankle.
After you are aligned with Heaven and Earth just relax into your leg and explore some counterbalancing with your arms and legs until you find that one spot where you feel confident. When you move (step) maintain a moving counterbalance to harmonize with your movement.
The Taoist sees the simple in the complex and the complex within the simple, achieving balance and understanding all things trough harmonizing with the principles of nature.
The sage sees the universe without looking out his window
The sage understands the workings of the universe without going out the door.
He does this by knowing that universe that lives within him, and that he is a microcosm made from Heaven and Earth, created by celestial design.
Little did you realize that all the wonders of the “modern science” of astrophysics reside within you…Like a pulsar within a nebula, our spiritual star powers layers of energy that radiate out into our personal world and merge into the universe around us!
Our star of spiritual energy, contained within our nebulous body floats in a galaxy of others within our communities. The collections of community galaxies live within a universe we call “life on earth”
Cultivate your energy. Refresh your star center with the flux of the universe that flows to you. Shine brightly, replenish your body and let the light of heaven shine out through you.
The Crab Nebula
Making quantum leaps of energy in the human system.
This page evolved from a foot note to Taoist Meditation Practices part 2; as I was reviewing the post I discovered more work was needed. Republished as a worksheet, and subject to revision as I refine my theory, this document is archived in it’s own category for reference and it will be changed as it evolves. I want to explore and elaborate on human energy quanta for purely esoteric reasons; please do not judge or denounce this work as it is an ongoing theory, comments however would be useful and appreciated.
Energy quanta multiply synergistically as they combine, in an algorithmic accumulation of energy. The following is a very simplistic attempt to explain numerically the potential for increased functioning at the different levels of energy.
Physical + Mental + Emotional + Spiritual
For example, imagine our physical energy as a factor of one energy unit or Eu and our mental energy as a factor of two and our emotional energy as a factor of three and our spiritual energy as a factor of four.
Simple addition yields a combined Eu of 10 yet when multiplied and rarefied to the spiritual level, the total is 24 times.
Reference these following equations, the numbers indicate Eus in each quantum layer of energy.
1+2+3+4=10 Simple addition
1x2x3x4=24 Synergistic algorithmic accumulation of quanta
After correcting for the necessary Eu needs in each layer and then dividing the remainder by the base Eu in each layer we have an expression of the improvement factor available in each realm.
24-(2+3+4)=15/1=15 Energy potential expressed Physically
24-(1+3+4)=16/2=8 Energy potential expressed Mentally
24-(1+2+4)=17/3=5.6 Energy potential expressed Emotionally
24-(1+2+3)=18/4=4.5 Energy potential expressed Spiritually
Lets say our spirit is normally a base 4 Energy units…we could multiply that up to 24-(Eu required for P+M+E)=18, now these 18 Eus of rarefied energy are available to heal any area that requires them. Used solely to enhance our spirits we would have 4.5 times our base Eu needs available. In reality these “extra” Eus would be divided up into each realm and so the mathematics would be long and (boring) and complex.
I am theorizing that while the energy is multiplied as it is accumulated (algorithmic projection) it is redistributed linearly (liner projection) due to the opening of the layers and the semi permeable nature of the boundaries that make up each energy shell layer.
Please understand I am only making these numbers up to explain the power of multiplied energy quanta in the human system, but it makes sense actually, these may be viable numbers. It is possible that an evolved person has the potential to be 15 times less likely to get sick, 8 times more in control of their thoughts, 5.6 times less likely to suffer negative emotions, and 4.5 times more spiritually aware then before they transformed their energy.
When one can still their bodies, minds, emotions thus combining Eus inwardly and not wasting them in each realm we multiply their potential. Once they are combined into the spirit, then they are redirected and redistributed externally as necessary; effortlessly, as directed by our now aligned and aware and energized spirit.
The Cat's Eye Nebula
First no form. Then form. Then no form…….
In the first three articles on basics and the first article on practice, I laid out the foundation for our actual cultivation procedures. Please read these previous articles until the concept of “dissolving the mind into the body” makes sense to you. Keeping in mind, we are on an inward journey when we do Taoist meditation.
We pass from an external-centric universe to an internal one. Along the way, we go through different layers of ourselves. From a completely external world, through the body and mind, revealing our emotions and ultimately our spiritual center. From that perspective, we continue back through the layers and return to the external.
Always remember we are working with energy and when we do so we need to adhere to basic energetic principles. Also, know as we move inward we encounter different energies at each layer each combining and adding to the previous energies. I am talking about quantum physics here. As we move inward and the energy level increases, it requires more training to control it.
The first step in the actual process of the “Transformational Tao of spiritual alchemy” is a basic understanding of what we are going to do… so up until now we have been looking at a kind of map of our journey. On the path, so far you could say we have “opened the door” now it is time to step through it.
First, we need to align and relax our physical bodies. Next, we train an awareness of our energy allowing it to permeate the entire body. We start externally and as we become more aware, we move internally, melting away the boundaries between the layers as we progress.
When this is completed, we achieve a freedom from our bodies. By utilizing our minds to become aware of the energy within us, we meld the two together essentially dissolving the mind into the body. After we acquire this skill, we are able to get freedom from our thoughts as well.
Before starting, I suggest you Tune your Breath
Stand or sit in proper wuji, focus initially on your alignments.
After you are aligned and relaxed, close you eyes and let your arms hang down at your sides. Bring your awareness to your hands. Just notice that you actually have hands….become aware of each finger or pairs of fingers one at a time. Just do this for a couple of minutes. Let them fill with blood and energy and feel them tingle.
In your mind’s eye, have an image of yourself standing or sitting there. An image of you aligned to perfection, symmetrical and relaxed.
The only imagery we use in the Taoist method is that of reality.
Your “energy you” is a projection of your energy, that is what we see here. Now out of the corner of your mind’s eye notice your hands. As though you can actually see them, and as you do feel the tingling sensation therein.
This tingling sensation of energy is a manifestation of the only thing of any real importance that you have. Work on getting in touch with the pureness of your energy. Repeat this process until you can restrict your thoughts and body movements to the method outlined above.
This is the first step to dissolving your mind and body together, a skill known as sublimation. Just work on this for now… do not think of “stuff”, do not allow imagery to invade your mind’s eye.
Eventually we will even dissolve away the image of yourself as separate from the energy that creates you…anything but pure energy is just an illusion….
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