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#193 Brian

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 07:08 AM

So, I've been practicing GOT1, GOT2, and the sequential activation. It is a wonderful godsend. Before, I was extremely impacted by my environment. Now, though, I can actually sleep easily without all of the crazy things that would happen during the night over the past few years. It's wonderful; the first time in 5 years I have been able to sleep without disturbances.

It's so much better that I am almost feeling remiss to press forward with some questions. Even so, I do want to know about shielding. My reasoning is from the past few days. I had been at a retail job for 8 hours on a register; the only means I know to limit being impacted by my environment is to be somewhat spacey---as Spotless said, it raises the vibration. It seems to limit how others could influence or pull me. Despite that, at the end of the day I still felt somewhat depleted and my practice felt decidedly different.

Granted, it was 8 hours and that is to be expected. But, again, the next day, myself and my dad went to visit a pawn shop out of curiosity---both because it was well-known in the region and on the road toward home. Anyways, that was a very educational experience. In my mind, it was like when Swedenborg was describing strange spirits that he encountered. In particular, the spirits who "were allotted to have one vice" by the providence of God and, for some reason, it happened to be that these spirits wanted to dwell in the stuff of stale urine and feculence. That was the level of difference between my vibration and the vibration of this super-pawn shop. (Cops and security cameras everywhere, the store radio playing "Bleed the freak"---at least that's what I think the radio hosts called it). And it was a very energetically unpleasant place to be.

So, if it is possible to do shielding in a way that allows me to be a bit more presented-minded and guarded from things that I find in the environment, it would be good.

Yes, Stillness-Movement and the GOT sets which are part of the system are surprisingly efficient, aren't they?

First, and for emphasis, the spirit realm isn't an amusement park. Simply avoid places which are energetically unpleasant and do not seek out ghosts, demons, aliens, monsters, vampires, zombies, Cthulhu or Beelzebub (just to name a few...) Seriously.

Second, you have it backwards -- being in a shifted state (the "spacey" forced higher-vibrational state you mention) is not natural or healthy and actually increases your interaction with your energetic environment rather than reducing it. You shouldn't try to maintain such a state -- over time and with steady & consistent practice, your vibrational energy will continue to rise and to grow naturally. Over time, you will find that you naturally are spending more time in a shifted state, and will learn to walk with one foot in the mundane and one in the energetic. There is nothing about Stillness-Movement, however, that is forced and trying to maintain an expanded and "spacey" energy-body is not what you need to be doing. Instead, spend more time on the closing movement ("Salute to Master Wang") which ends both GOT I & GOT II and practice resting in stillness with gentle awareness on dantien. This is a grounding & centering process which will help to draw in that expanded energy-body. This not only strengthens you but it has the side effect of making you less noticeable from an energetic standpoint (both to the customers you deal with at work and any spirits you accidentally come across). Again, don't seek out such places!

OK, so...

Shielding.

As we practice Stillness-Movement and the GOT qigong sets which are part of that system, we become increasingly clear and radiant. We naturally begin to attract attention to ourselves. We (all of us) are naturally equipped, though, with what an engineer might think of as a "high-pass filter" which helps to block low-frequency energies while allowing higher frequencies to pass through. We are just generally unaware of it. By gently placing awareness on that extant component of our energy-body (for lack of a better description), we can "light it up" and reinforce it. This can be helpful for reducing unwanted attention and for reducing the impingement upon us of "sick qi" -- thereby reducing the likelihood illnesses, which is especially important for the active healer. I'll send you a PM later today with a little more info regarding "shielding."

DISCLAIMER: I am not speaking for Michael here or claiming to represent the system or lineage with this post -- I am trying to share some of my own understanding. Michael or some other more experienced practitioner of this system may very well come along soon to correct what I have said here. In fact, I hope someone within the lineage does so as I always look forward to learning opportunities.

EDIT: Looks like Michael and I were typing at the same time! Funny how that works, eh? ;)

EDIT 2: Added word "contrived" in third paragraph to emphasize distinction between resting in that state as a result of consistent practice and holding that state for protracted periods by willpower.

Edited by Brian, 01 March 2016 - 10:27 AM.

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 10:23 AM

Thanks for the replies.

 

I don't actually seek these things out. But the two days back-to-back made it clear to me that I didn't actually have a good understanding of what shielding is or how to do it. I've switched operating systems back and forth (windows to linux and back) to get different software to work for me (both for school and exploring, on my own, some open source software that's out there).

 

Now that I'm back on windows, I'll begin by getting my kindle program set up and look in the book for more on shielding.

 

Again, thanks.

 

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Edited by Apeiron&Peiron, 01 March 2016 - 10:24 AM.

"The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order"
 
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Posted 19 May 2016 - 11:49 AM

Finally - it is now available.
www.store.qigongamerica.com

See this thread about Taoist Medicine DVD release.

hey i was told you have animal healing stories, could you share them with me or provide me  with a link to them?



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Posted 06 July 2016 - 12:33 PM

Is there a point where intent could be too strong----maybe "strong" is not the right word. Is there a point where a strong intent/will  could jump from a state of "allowing" to a state of "forcing"?

 

I think I might have a bit of difficulty with knowing the role of will/intent. There are moments when the practice is strong but I can't help but wonder if I might be a bit too passive. There are times when it does feel like I am just going through the movements. (This is just a general thing)

 

 

On a more specific note, somewhat related to my older post about shielding, I had the house to myself for practicing for a few days. This doesn't happen often. When relatives returned, though, it felt similar to the pawn-shop experience. So, with awareness that shielding might be a good thing, I put my mind to doing that and noticed that it felt like there was already a shield with a sort of pressurized feeling to it. It was something that I felt periodically in the past and thought that was a good sign that things were working the right way. But it became obvious that my mind wasn't settled. It was like little pockets of pressurized smoke somehow moved into my head and clouded my awareness. There wasn't a visual component; it pretty much entirely kinesthetic.

 

Since I thought my shielding was supposedly working and it would be rude to simply leave after they'd just arrived, I stayed, sat, and talked. It became obvious that this weird pressurize packets that moved into my head weren't going away or getting better. So I eventually went back to my room (where I practice qigong) and there was immediate relief. For the rest of the day, though, it was substantially more difficult to settle my mind. I could coordinate breath and clear some things out but there was a lot more disjointed internal activity than I had been accustomed to.

 

From ~10:30 to 12:00, I practiced the sequence in GOT:I and GOT:II. When I finished, I felt like a usually do but, even so, wound up waking up with my mind racing and a number of other irregularities around two hoours later.

 

In retrospect, there would be any number of points where things could have been handled with greater care. What I would like to know, though, is what this type of phenomena actually is and if there is a better way of handling it.


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Posted 07 July 2016 - 04:37 AM

Is there a point where intent could be too strong----maybe "strong" is not the right word. Is there a point where a strong intent/will  could jump from a state of "allowing" to a state of "forcing"?
 
I think I might have a bit of difficulty with knowing the role of will/intent. There are moments when the practice is strong but I can't help but wonder if I might be a bit too passive. There are times when it does feel like I am just going through the movements. (This is just a general thing)
 
 
On a more specific note, somewhat related to my older post about shielding, I had the house to myself for practicing for a few days. This doesn't happen often. When relatives returned, though, it felt similar to the pawn-shop experience. So, with awareness that shielding might be a good thing, I put my mind to doing that and noticed that it felt like there was already a shield with a sort of pressurized feeling to it. It was something that I felt periodically in the past and thought that was a good sign that things were working the right way. But it became obvious that my mind wasn't settled. It was like little pockets of pressurized smoke somehow moved into my head and clouded my awareness. There wasn't a visual component; it pretty much entirely kinesthetic.
 
Since I thought my shielding was supposedly working and it would be rude to simply leave after they'd just arrived, I stayed, sat, and talked. It became obvious that this weird pressurize packets that moved into my head weren't going away or getting better. So I eventually went back to my room (where I practice qigong) and there was immediate relief. For the rest of the day, though, it was substantially more difficult to settle my mind. I could coordinate breath and clear some things out but there was a lot more disjointed internal activity than I had been accustomed to.
 
From ~10:30 to 12:00, I practiced the sequence in GOT:I and GOT:II. When I finished, I felt like a usually do but, even so, wound up waking up with my mind racing and a number of other irregularities around two hoours later.
 
In retrospect, there would be any number of points where things could have been handled with greater care. What I would like to know, though, is what this type of phenomena actually is and if there is a better way of handling it.

If you haven't already, read Ya Mu's book -- it's on Kindle. If you have, read it again! :)

"Listening" is critical -- compassionate people have a tendency to want to jump in and help but that is not always the appropriate course. When we allow ourselves to shift into "forcing," the intent becomes self-centered. The better path is to set intent on doing what is appropriate ("the will of the Light") and then "listening" for indications of what that will is. This applies to life in general, not just to healing intent...

You see now what I meant about the shield already being there? Practice gently touching that bubble with your awareness many times a day, not just when you feel you need it -- this helps to clarify it and strengthen it, and will make it more effective and more discriminating.

All of us are constantly awash in a sea of energetic ripples and we constantly generate ripples of our own which interact with others just as theirs interact with us. Generally speaking, most people are unaware of this interference most of the time but we are affected by it. As we raise our vibrational frequencies and clarify our energy-bodies through high-level energetic practices (such as Stillness-Movement), we simultaneously strengthen both our ability to perceive the ripples which impinge upon our energy-bodies and the power of our own ripples. We become better antennae, stronger transmitters, more sensitive receivers, more efficient at inductive coupling, whatever. As we practice, we get better at managing this personal growth but the development is somewhat lumpy.

One of my first experiences with aware interaction (that is, interaction of which I was aware rather than interaction which I consciously invoked) was very early in my practice, when I passed a stranger on the sidewalk and was suddenly flooded with waves of sick energy. I hadn't even noticed the guy until then and turned to look. Even before seeing his gray pallor and wasting features, I knew instinctively that he had late-stage cancer. The darkness of that brief interaction stuck with me and I did extra S-M & GOT that evening to help "burn it off." I then contacted Michael for more guidance on shielding -- which he had discussed in workshop and book but which I had neglected as something I didn't really need to consider, at least "not yet." He gave me the same sort of advice I've given you.

You are on the right track.

Edited by Brian, 07 July 2016 - 05:15 AM.

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Posted 07 July 2016 - 05:15 AM

Shielding and Cleansing oneself and space are great tools for the psychic frustrations that life often throws at you. Another tool that i picked up from a practitioner was verbal releasing methods. I use it particularly for when people are unintentionally tossing thought forms at me and its disturbing my train of thought and causing me to go on tangents or think about them. Very useful for girlfriends, families and friends whom are bothering you psychically and don't even realize it. (not for serious goo like the cancer example Brian mentioned).  

 

Example of verbal releasing method (say this):

 

"Am i willing to release all thought forms put on me by other people in the last 24 hrs." Then answer Yes/No. Its been helpful for me and is a fast food way of clearing out daily bothersome projections. Cheers.


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Posted 07 July 2016 - 09:21 AM

Thanks. I started re-reading the book yesterday.

 

I'll put more attention into what I am doing. I had kind of slid into a frame of mind where I thought the practice would take care of itself but I should have probably put more awareness into the procedure. For a while, I was thinking that I could just go about my days and having a regular schedule of qigong would be a tune-up for the general work that I was doing with full lotus. It apears that I can rather easily get in my own way with things, though. There is a lot more going on than I had considered when my practice habits were forming....

 

 

Thanks again.


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