This is yet another one I posted a long time ago. It’s been on my mind lately since I’ve reached a place where I’m really seeing the good results of sticking with this plan. I’ve tweaked this new version a bit as well.
A few years ago — 20 some years into struggling with chronic fatigue and the twisted muscles issue — I hit a new phase in understanding the “energy-ness” of being (see previous post). It occurred to me that maybe instead of massages and acupuncture and supplements, etc. that work on specific physical aspects, if I worked on balancing and raising energy I might have more success. Since a good flow of prana through a body that is balanced is a key aspect of good health, it seemed that energy practices could take me there.
I reviewed the many practices I’d learned over 20+ years of workshops and classes and chose three: (1) the Eight Key Breaths; (2) the Five Tibetan Rites; and (3) Flying Crane Chi Gung. I picked the Key Breaths because they build a strong energy — enough to start pushing open closed spaces — and they raise vibrational level too. The Five Tibetan Rites are very balancing and they address the endocrine system which has been one of my major problem areas. Flying Crane Chi Gung also balances energy, but specifically it — like other forms of Chi Gung and Tai Chi, etc. — builds chi, or prana.
About four years ago I began doing those three practices. The Key Breaths I’ve done pretty faithfully every day. With the Rites and Flying Crane I often did one or the other every day but I tried to do all three practices. What a difference! In fairness, over this period I was also regularly practicing the routines I’ve designed (and been teaching) combining triggers of release from Robert Masters’ Psychophysical Method with traditional yoga and receiving amazing Body Patterning treatments, both of which are clearly contributors. Recently I’ve gotten into Ravi Singh’s Kundalini yoga and I find the yoga done to breath of fire creates a lot of energy and balance.
Over the years I found that all three balance but the feeling tone of each is different and I really like the overall effect produced by doing them all. It’s hard for me to put in words because it’s more something I feel, but the key breaths build a huge energy and the movements move it throughout the body so there’s an energized sense of balance. The rites feel like they literally balance my body. Flying Crane Chi Gung creates a beautiful flow of energy evenly throughout my body.
The process of healing until the point that I began these practices had been incredibly slow and it sped up amazingly in these last few years. I give a huge amount of credit to the effects of the energy changing practices. As my muscles return to normal I’m much more able to feel nuances of what the practices do and I feel their power ever more. I can feel the powerful force of the Key Breaths pushing on blocked places. I can feel how much my chi has improved. I can feel the balancing effects of each practice and that there are subtle differences in each. I’ll never know how things would have gone without the Body Patterning and the triggers of release, but I think that building and balancing the energy changed everything.
See also http://www.scribd.com/doc/249007/Ti-Bet-an-Exercises