Body Mind Connection #2 – Elliptical Mind Models-2

Elliptical Mind Models #2

Three Energy Orbits

In my last post, I described how you can use the Qigong concept of “no straight lines” to enhance internal energy movement. This involved expanding the microcosmic orbit from a vertical ellipse to a much larger horizontal ellipse. You can use the same mind models to gain finer control and more insight into your energy centres. In this post, we will look at three powerful centres; one in your abdomen (Dantien), one in your chest (mid sternum/ Heart) and one in your head (mid skull/ Amygdala).

These three energy points are not only energy centres (chakras) , but gravity centres that lie at the mid points of their respective energy lines. In this post I’ll introduce them to you, but suffice to say there is a lot more that you can do with these centres other than feel internal energy around them.

If you have practiced the microcosmic orbit, you will be familiar with rotating an energy ball or energy flow around your body.

For each of the three energy centres (abdomen, chest, head) try to imagine an energy ball orbiting around a centre point. For example for your head energy centre, imagine the ball rolling vertically around the inside of your skull, up the back of your head and down the front of your head, just like it’s a small section of the microcosmic orbit. You can use the same vertical rotation with the abdominal center, imagining it is the lower section of the microcosmic orbit. Your chest centre can then be imagined as the centre section of the microcosmic orbit.

Once you have practiced these circular orbits, you can extend then forwards and backward to form extended ellipses much as you did with the complete microcosmic orbit (see diagram). Try rotating each elliptical orbit in turn and then try the complete microcosmic orbit again and feel for the nuances.

Your abdominal orbit can make you feel more rooted, your chest one more emotionally stable and your head orbit greater control over your body-mind.

The head orbit has some very powerful uses which you can try to discover – and I’ll write about them in my next post.

Enjoy!

Other posts:

Body-Mind Connection Through Elliptical Mind Models

Sending Yourself into a Microcosmic orbit

Body-Mind Connection Through Elliptical Mind Models

Elliptical Mind Models

elliptical mind-models

 

A powerful concept in qigong is “never move in straight lines”.  An example of this is a straight hand push out from a tucked in position at your side. If you push your hand straight out in front of you, slowly, your micro-movement control can be enhanced by imagining the straight movement as a curve in your mind (top diagram).

The concept of feeling movement inside your body is a strange one for many people.   But as more and more people realize that happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment are almost entirely within the grasp of your body-mind, the concept becomes less strange.

What the no straight lines approach engenders is micro-control as your mind checks what your body is doing every millimetre of the move you make.

This principle is powerful for physical movement, and can also be used very effectively for internal movement.

A simple, practical example of this is the microcosmic orbit. If you practice this already your probably already use some form of mind model to imagine a ball or energy flow going around your torso from your crown down your front, around the bottom of your groin area (PC) and back up your spine to your crown.

You can enhance the microcosmic orbit by extending the orbit model from a narrow vertical ellipse to a wider horizontal ellipse (lower diagram). The bigger and slower your ellipse, the more powerful it gets.

You can use this technique daily to not only calm yourself, but also do some useful, meaningful internal (qigong) exercise.

Enjoy!

Do try this. If you have any questions just ask, and if you want some more powerful internal training tools, drop me a line.

related post : microcosmic orbit

Wim Hof Method – Addin #2

WHM Addin #2

Following on my from my post on Mindfully Connected structured breathing, here is another simple trick to help with the breathing.

Out-Breath Hold

My out-breath hold length varies depending on whether I am in the shower or lying down. Lying down I can hold my out-breath after the 3 x 40 structured breathing for around 1.5 minutes – standing up for around 1 minute. The addin is on the in-breath hold.

In-Breath Hold

When breathing in, I keep my abdomen flat (i.e. I don’t let my abdomen expand). Then when I have taken the in-breath, I hold it and distribute the air around my body. The way I do this is, what I call, a 5 star mind-model. Imagine that your body is a star shape with it’s centre around your abdomen (dantien) and each part of the star pointing into your feet, your hands and your head. When I distribute the air in my body I push it along the points of the star, going around the star 2 times slowly (i.e. to a long count of ten). This gives a wonderful feeling of moving energy along your limbs and up your torso into your head and a mindful sensation of inflating the fascia around your body.

Enjoy!

Julian.

The next post in this series is Moving Mindfulness.

 

Wim Hof Method and Energy Shifting Addins for You to Try

WHM

I think the Wim Hof Method (WHM) is a great new way of spreading the word about some very old principles that had faded into relative obscurity. Personally, I really like the newfound discipline of combining structured breathing and better oxygenation with the system shock management of cold water showers. Many people get it and can just apply Wim’s approach, but others can’t or they want to try different nuances on his method. Here I will share a couple of ‘addins’ from the work I do on moving energy and explain why.

Structured Breathing

Breath Holding

Moving Mindfulness

Structured Breathing

I’ve read a number of discussion posts from people that find the breathing exercises difficult to master. I’ve outlined this before but here’s a more comprehensive description of, what I call, structured breathing: think of your body as having three ‘organic’ balloons centered 1) in your lower abdomen 2) in your chest (mid sternum level) and 3) in the middle of your head (mid-way between your ears).

Breathing In

When you breathe in, 1) tip the top of your pelvis forward and allow air to ‘inflate’ your lower abdomen, and as this fills-up, 2) allow the next batch of air to inflate your chest ‘balloon’ in 3 dimensions – not just raising your rib-cage. Then, even though you may have taken in most of the air you can, continue to feel that your body is expanding, but this time, 3) focused on your head, allow the sensation of expanding to give you the feeling or air going into and inflating your head. As you do this, let your head tip slightly backwards. Together with the pelvis tilt, this will give you a noticeable arched back and neck – try and keep your eyes horizontal as you do this.

Breathing Out

Now, the breathing-out is essentially the opposite of the breathing-in pattern.  Sigh and relax slowly, then let the balloon in your head contract and your head tip slightly forwards (eyes level). Let the air in the top of your lungs start to come out , followed by the mid-chest balloon contracting and releasing air, and then contract your abdomen as you let the pelvis top tilt backwards. You can practice the pelvis and head movement as being big movements, but after time even small movement will help trigger the movement pattern.

Structured Breathing is an integral part of the Mindfully Connected Method of mind-body energy management.

The next post is this series is: Breath Holding

It’s All About Me!

It’s All About Me!

How many times have you been training, listened to a podcast, watched a video or read an article and the material is interesting but it’s not about you. It’s about the author or the trainer. The purpose of the the article or the training session seems to be more about enhancing their feel good factor, kudos or something else, for them, but not you! That may well be because of the way in which the material is communicated. If the material is all about how the move should look – then it tends to dictate that you need to follow visually and prescriptively what is being demonstrated and articulated.

Beauty and Flow

Very often the way something looks when it is demonstrated belies what is, or should be, going on underneath the surface. Some training videos I’ve seen recently epitomise this. When something is demonstrated well – it looks beautiful, it flows and has that feel about it that says, “that’s good”. When it doesn’t look beautiful and doesn’t flow it can look false, jittery and impractical.

So what is the “secret” to making it all about you, and at the same time making the training relevant and the videos look good?

Feeling

The answer is – feeling. If it feels good, it probably is, with one big caveat – the feelings must be based of meaningful reference levels for how the move should feel. Now that may sound a little like gobbledygook, but the reality is we have all the parts we need to benefit from feeling and feelings based reference levels.

Body Patterns

Our bodies are actually very well organised and have developed from simple biological patterns. These patterns repeat themselves throughout our bodies.

Once you understand the way one segment of your body feels and works, and how it makes use of reference levels, you can apply the same, or at least very similar, methods to all the other segments of your body. Sound far fetched? Well there is plenty of documented evidence – ranging from how your body is structured (Anatomy Trains), through how your body detects whats going on with biosensors (proprioception), to how your body and mind are intimately linked through neuroplasticity.

Benefits

Apart from looking better and more beautiful, what are the advantages of feelings based training:

– a better structured, connected body

– better breathing

– enhanced mind body connection

– an increased awareness of spirt

– enhanced, connected power

– better balance

– better, more efficient movement

– a more relaxed body and mind

– enhanced body pumping (circulation and blood pressure)

– empowerment – feeling in-control

Who can benefit?

Anyone with an open mind. This is different!

I have taught professional instructors with decades of practise and witnessed some lovely “eureka” moments when the penny drops for them, and I have taught lay people that have literally jumped for joy when they have discovered what they are truly capable of.

If you want to seriously up your game physically, mentally or spiritually, or if you have any questions, do contact me mailto:julianj@threnergy.com

I can do one-on-one sessions or group workshops to suit what you need. Instructors and non-instructors welcome.