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    barrys is offline Sifu Barry Smale - Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam England
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    Language :)

    Language/words are obviously useful as a means of communication. It/they can also be limited and are most easily used when there is a common understanding of them. This can be a challenge in an international setting.

    Just for clarification, when I am using the word Esoteric I am meaning the following dictionary definition:

    adjective: esoteric
    intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialised knowledge or interest.

    So, in that sense, I am certainly hoping any potential students don't see it as an esoteric art .

    Regarding the word Mystical - there are two main threads of meaning in English dictionary definitions:

    adjective: mystical
    relating to mystics or religious mysticism

    having a spiritual symbolic or allegorical significance that transcends human understanding.

    relating to ancient religious mysteries or other occult or esoteric rites.

    of hidden or esoteric meaning
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    inspiring a sense of spiritual mystery, awe, and fascination.

    concerned with the soul or the spirit, rather than with material things.

    At Fully Alive, we focus on the second of these meanings. We aim to help people to practice Chi Kung well enough to get practical benefits in everyday life. From our perspective these include awe and fascination with the everyday world and a sense of themselves beyond the material. If you have any experience of how these benefit you we would really love to hear.

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    Hi Barry Sisook,

    Would it be possible for one of the Fully Alive teachers to give some of their own examples of using chi kung skills in daily life? That might help us better answer your question.

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    Andrew
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    Quote Originally Posted by barrys View Post
    Thanks to everyone for their responses so far.

    Just a reminder of the question being asked:

    Thanks Barry Sisook. Well, I can scrub that mental clarity benefit of my list above . But in my defence, I can claim English is my second language .

    One of the main skills we train in our daily Chi Kung practice is to empty our minds of thoughts to get into a chi kung state of mind. This skill has enabled me in my daily life to replace negative or unproductive thoughts with positive ones more easily. Another skill we train daily to get into a Chi Kung state of mind is to relax physical and emotionally. Because of this training, I have better awareness of what it's like to be really relaxed physically and emotionally. Therefore if I start to get physically or emotionally tensed, my awareness picks this up very early. I then use the skills from my daily Chi Kung practice to relax and let go of the tensions.

    Another valuable skill from our daily practice that I use regularly is smiling from the heart. I generally use this in two ways in my daily life. The first is when I have a thought that I am grateful for something, I then just smile from the heart because it brings that gratitude thought to life so much more and I feel so much better in that moment physically, emotionally and spiritually.

    Another way I have used smiling from the heart is to let go of physical tension or pain. If my training is hard physically and I feel the physical tiredness and tension is starting to creep in, I find a smile from the heart somehow just disperses that tiredness and tension out of me to a useful degree, allowing me to continue more comfortably. Another example are times when I have had a painful physical accident. If I am in a public place where chi flow is not appropriate I'd just relax and smile from the heart. Again, this action just disperses to a large extent the pain and tension that I instinctively feel within the first few seconds of the accident. I think smiling from the heart works in this way for me because when I smile from the heart, it generates a chi flow inside of me which I can mildly feel and this chi flow helps to disperse any physical tension or pain I may have felt at the time.

    Best wishes everyone

    Martin

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    Hi Martin,

    I actually thought your first answer was very useful already. This one is even more detailed.


    Hi Andrew,

    I also thought your answer was very useful as well.

    A couple of examples from my own experience:

    One of the things that really struck me in my early learning from Sifu was "very good, carry on" when I explained some weird and wonderful experience I had in Chi Flow. I partly took this to mean not getting caught in the intellectualisation of experience. It served me very well in my Chi Kung practice. I have also got better at not being too quick to jump to conclusions in everyday life. This has helped me when a person's actions have led to me experiencing hurt or anger. By just "carrying on" I have, to the best of my ability, avoided adding any "heat" to a situation. It has also meant their actions have often slowly come to make a more helpful sense than jumping to the conclusion, for instance, that it was a personal insult or attack.

    Learning to be relaxing has helped tremendously in both enjoyment and being proficient when I took up cycling. I watch many of the people I cycle with tense up when they try to go faster or up a hill. For me it has become increasingly natural to be relaxing - even when applying more energy. And I am still enjoying developing this skill.

    Looking forward to learning more from people sharing their experience.

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    Thanks for your clarification, Uncle Barry.

    After thinking about it, here are a few times I've actively used a chi kung skill in daily life, rather than passive skills that are always present.

    - Healing Injuries: Last year I tripped, fell and sprained my ankle one day. It didn't hurt much at the time but later that night, even after chi kung, the pain was so bad all I could do was take a painkiller and lie down. The next morning I did chi kung and used the skill of sending chi to my ankle and was then able to walk at about 80% capacity. The next day I was back to normal.

    - Traveling: Before a long trip I will sometimes use a pattern like Flicking Fingers to generate a stronger chi flow and will use the skill of adjusting the type of chi flow I enjoy to focus on building, rather than cleansing/nourishing.

    After being on planes where there is a lot of stagnant chi, I will use a pattern like Lifting the Sky or Carrying the Moon and shift the chi flow to focus on cleansing to feel refreshed.

    - Post-Meditation Stabilization Sometimes in sitting meditation I'll experience a big internal shift or clear some mental rubbish, which can initiate an energetic shift in me. After a little rest period I like to enter standing meditation and use the skills of smiling from the heart and just flowing to allow the new energies from the shift to settle, which I think is the process of nourishing.


    This was one of the suggested threads that came up today: Integration of Shaolin Arts in Your Life

    Best,
    Andrew
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