The Wisdom of Beautiful Whiskers
by Bataan Faigao
28 THE PEARL OF WISDOM
1. Overcome the fear of being pushed and the desire to push.
2. Lao Shr reiterated the supremacy of the four movements ( Ward Off, Roll Back, Press, and Push ). The four movements must be practiced with sincerity, integrity, a firm commitment and determination for truth.
3. Lao Shr set my head on my spine and adjusted my posture. Posture must be straight. "Remember this posture," he said, as if telling my body, sending cellular messages. The instructions registered in body memory. When he touched you, his touch was so even and warm. Others were cold, careless. Lao Shr had the touch of a sculptor. He shaped you into perfect form. Later he called me to attention and straightened my posture. I realized I had this weird posture brought about by the manner and bearing of my head. "Do that for a hundred days," Lao Shr advised. The idea is to get the weight of the head to go down to the roots of the feet. The chin should point downward. (*10)
10*There are 15 physical ailments recorded in medical books that result from poor and incorrect posture. The bearing of the head is very critical because all the nerves relay across the neck area. The Jade Gate, the area between the shoulder blades, is the gateway to internal strength. After the Jade Gate is the door to t'ai-chi ch'uan, the neck area (the Jade Pillow). The ch'i passes through this door and the passage of ch'i through this critical area (often blocked if tense and broken) vitalizes the last bone of the vertebrae. Criminals literally develop a plate of armor in this part of the body. The Hindus use this bone as a measure of our divine connection, our spirituality. After being cremated, a holy man would leave a pearl-like bone coming from the area of the neck. It is round and white like a pearl and its size measures one's spirituality. The physiological process of spirituality involves the passage of ch'i up the spine. The bone is the topmost bone in the vertebrae. It is called the atlas ( after Atlas, who carried the world on his shoulders) because it supports the head. It is quite an interesting bone. It is actually several bones. The passage of ch'i fuses it and crystallizes it into a pearl.
The infusion of ch’I on the physical body also acts as a preservative of sorts. One of the buddhists who cremated himself as a protest against the violence of the Vietnam war had his heart remain fresh and intact. They had to douse it with gasoline several times before the heart turned into ashes. There are many more examples of this kind of phenomenon in history. Probably the most incredible is the story of St. Francis Xavier, whose body remained fresh close to a hundred years after he died. The body was open for public viewing until too many pilgrims came to take a swipe at the body to take home as a relic. An Italian countess, for example, took a bite of the thumb and smuggled it out of the church.