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Practice can improve mental and physical functions, rejuvenate and improve longevity. That's what we are taught, and experience shows that it is a possible outcome of proper practice. But why is it so? Years ago, Roger Jahnke wrote an excellent essay on the subject of physiology as it relates to the internal arts. You can find it in one of JAJ's really big and thick books (like that narrows it down 🤪). Now, 2020, that essay is outdated. Physiological research have moved on, new mechanisms have been found and understood, and quite a few of these relates to what you do with proper practice. It's all in the basics: Proper alignments Proper breathing Proper attention If done right, you will entrain several systems that normally do not work together, and this will potentially affect your brain in a major way. If done right, some of the functional networks in the brain will reverse their temporal behaviour. Even the creation of ling sui/amrita can be (partially) explained by this entrainment. Including how it drips down from the soft palate. @Earl Grey wrote about the necessity of intent and micro movements in another thread. That aspect, called nei gong principles by Frantzis, becomes really important if your purpose is to develope entrainment to the max (see my NEW video series Entrainment to the Max, now downloadable at sendmeyourmoney. com). One of these days I will write more about this in a PPD near you, including references so you can read the source material. That might be a slightly dry reading, physiology for the initiated tends to go that way, but you can at least see that I am on the subject.
I was reading about 5 levels and I cam across Bodhiharama supposedly a qigong & zen master base this 5 levels. Has anyone attain one these? Does this cultivation practice of storage qi or purifying/increase qi flow? Venerable Bodhidharma was about to go back to India. He said to his students, "The time has come. Can you express your understanding?" 1 One of the students, Daofu said, "My present view is that we should neither be attached to letters, nor be apart from letters, and to allow the Way to function freely." 2 Bodhidharma said, "You have attained my skin." 3Nun Zongchi said, "My view is that it is like the joy of seeing Akshobhya Buddha’s land just once and not again." 4Bodhidharma said, "You have attained my flesh." 5Daoyu said, "The four great elements are originally empty and the five skandhas do not exist. Therefore, I see nothing to be attained." 6Bodhidharma said, "You have attained my bones." 7Finally Huike came forward, made a full bow, stood up, and returned to where he was. 8Bodhidharma said, "You have attained my marrow." 9 Thus he transmitted the Dharma and robe to Huike. 10