The Wisdom of Beautiful Whiskers
by Bataan Faigao
49 TRAVELS OF CH'I
1. The ch'i travels up the spine and rests in the region of the back (between the shoulder blades). The neck area must be open so the ch'i can rise to the head where it is distilled and this distillation washes down the face and settles in the tan tien where it works on the five viscera. As the ch'i washes down the face on its trek down to the tan tien , you begin to see more, hear more, etc. There is a feeling of your senses heightened in their sensitivity. This happens very gradually.
2. The middle area of the body is around where the kidneys are. This is important in visualizing balance.
3. You have to be full inside, not flat. The lungs must be full in four directions (round). The fullness inside can not be detected from the outside. Lao Shr turns around and his chest is round.
4. The ch'i cushions the viscera from the external weight and prevents friction between the viscera as they rub against each other.
5. Pay attention to the form. If you don't have form, you don't have ch'i. I can see the ch'i in your eyes, your nose, the color of your skin, your hands, etc. The presence of ch'i can be detected from physical signs. The important thing in the form is lining up the joints so the ch'i will pass.
6. Always stand on one leg and alternate, then you won't get too tired.
7. The deeper one's legs go down into the ground, the lighter the other leg becomes. The more rooted the legs, the better the kung fu.
- Walking with the toes pointing out at an angle: The joints of the leg and the hips open up and the ch'i rises and escapes.
- Walking with the toes pointing in toward the center: The joints of the leg and the hip closes and the ch'i is blocked.
- Walking with feet parallel: The ch'i is able to settle in the tan tien and rise up the spine.
But you should not force this. Walk the way the feet falls and adjust towards c (above) gradually.
9. What do you think of when you walk? Just think of the feet being on the ground. Also, when you close your hand to make a fist, the point where the middle finger hits is the spot where you let all the weight fall.
10. Sleep on the right side with the right palm under the right side of the head. Left leg should be over the right leg, left leg bent 45 degrees. The right side has more sections ( 3 ) so it can take more pressure.
11. Seasons in relation to the viscera (internal organs react to the external environment):
- Summer: The critical organ is the stomach. There is a lot of dampness against which the stomach must be protected. In the summer everything is held in. Drinks are important: neither too cold nor too hot.
- Autumn: The critical organs are the lungs. There is a lot of destructive wind against which we must protect the lungs.
- Winter: The critical organs are the kidneys. The kidneys-- the urogenital system-- correspond to the element of water. Too much sex is injurious generally, but especially in winter.
- Spring: The critical organ is the liver. In the spring the liver is strong.