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  1. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    Not really for this. A more mundane guess is that Damo thought that the three threads from the flame in the Lu were the legs of a tripod cauldron. But it is a picture of a flame, in another chart the same shape is a picture of "fire".
  2. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    freeform, you seem to know Damo Mitchell's work fairly well. In White Moon on the Mountain Peak (p.158), and also in the article on Ding and Lu I cited above, he has a symbolic picture of them. It must come from Lu Daochun's Zhonghe ji (Compilation on the Middle Harmony), which is also from whence his term "firing process" comes. But this is the "An Lu", and this is the "Li Ding" in that book, and the trigrams above them are the reverse of Mitchell's. Any insight on why he switches them up?
  3. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    Is that tugging in the same place where the mind is when the mind passes through the dantian, or is it perhaps elsewhere? Like elsewhere in the abdomen?
  4. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    Since we both are looking to understand this, I just found this on Damo Mitchell's Scholar Sage site, it is informative.
  5. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    This is going to be hard. Okay, I have a challenge to focus on Ting and try to let my breath be. Thank you.
  6. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    It's the mind used for pushing hands. But it usually makes my breath die away. No, for me, standing is easier than sitting, if the time period exceeds 1/2 hour.
  7. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    It does help, thank you. I'm very familiar with the posture, and can relax into it and fa sung. So I guess it's to learn to sink my mind, which this: is very instructive. By not focusing or directing, I'm assuming I'm using to much yi 意? My usual way of "turning that off" is to remind myself when I start using it that, "I don't know how to do this, I need to stop knowing how to do this," before relaxing my thoughts. I will try this. Thank you, and thank you for the dantian position behind the qihai.
  8. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    This is good advice. I have been able to visualize everything else but thought I had a block on doing this. Maybe it wasn't meant to be done. This is the point where my pulse descends to when I sink it, I can find this. This is where I've been focusing. I stand, but not in wuji, somewhat similar but with arms up, seven circles. I can move my center of gravity there. I can sink there. I can breathe there. Does the tug come every time or just a "first" time? I kept my mind there daily for about 23 years, and got meditation sickness. The workaround was to follow my breath so I am just starting into (5 months now) putting my mind there again, and am concerned about getting things right, so I was expecting heat. If the tug is every time I'll wait for it, if it's one time, it's quite possible it's a long time ago. Good advice, too. Thank you.
  9. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    That's all of my abdomen.
  10. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    1) 下丹田 lower cinnabar field 2) The place to which I sink my qi when doing a neijia form 3) The place in which jing is raised to purify it and create qi 4) The place to which I'm supposed to rest my awareness during (3) 5) The place which is supposed to concentrate to a ball and grow hot when doing (3) and (4) Or if (2) and (3),(4), and (5) are not the same place then (5) which is also (3) and (4). If all these are not the same, then I would appreciate knowing about that, too, I guess.
  11. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    To quote Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day, "What? Which part?"
  12. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    You mean like left and right chong mai/left and right nadi? Or separating male and female energy?
  13. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    I really appreciate you spending this time on this with me, it is very helpful. On sinking my qi to my belly, I've been doing that as a matter of practice for liuhebafa for a very long time. It's possible it may have refined to a point about 15 years ago, it wasn't what I was focused on. Is the combination of me doing these neidan exercises plus sinking my qi going to be different than sinking my qi in another context? I will take your suggestion, but if you know the answer to that, I would appreciate hearing it. In terms of the original post, the reason I had asked about the sacrum is because for the sacrum, I can actually "set that ablaze", very specifically. In the Nei Jing Tu, the dantian is back against the back (or at least the words, Correct Dantian (成丹天) are there).
  14. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    I just tried this (not worrying if it was or wasn't above the waist). It produced some tummo-like heat all over my body, a little twitching (not sure of the location), but no heat at the new location. Of course, it's only one try so far. When I sink my pulse, it goes to the same place, not the new place.
  15. Dantian and Bones - How should it be drawn?

    Mine are within a centimeter of the same height.