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8 ....... 6 Phase 2: Opening and Distilling the Mind ........................................................ 5 Overview .....................Table of Contents Golden Thread Circle Walking Meditation (Intermediates) ....................... 5 Phase 1: Experiencing the Central Channel ....................................... 6 Phase 4: Letting Go of Blockages . 6 Phase 3: Gaining a Sense of Space .....................
as my teacher Liu once advised. and functions as a point of stability in midst of (potential) confusion.Golden Thread Circle Walking Meditation (Intermediates) Overview In the beginning."lf you would like to arrive sooner rather than later:' 5 © 2011 Bruce Frantzis-AII Rights Reserved. . The golden thread is always present. Too often they are taken over by the potentially ceaseless movement of energetic experiences within it and fall short of finding what the Taoists call the "golden thread" of still awareness that runs through the central channel. Let go of rushing to get to the next place and take your time with each phase of the practice-that is. most practitioners cannot find stillness inside their central energy channel. This four-phase Circle Walking meditation will help you find your personal golden thread of still awareness within.
add your arms and torso. use the internal opening and closing movements during Circle Walking to continuously alternate moving your chi in and out of your central channel.. Later.6 Bagua Mastery Program Phase 1: Experiencing the Central Channel This precursor phase will help you realize the meaning of stillness within the central channel. mental or psychic movements of the mind-be absorbed into your central channel. encourage and allow your mind to open. Instead of only having the thought or intent of your chi moving in and out of your central channel. With your best relaxed effort. energetic.e. yin-yang. Initially. do this in coordination with the opening-closing and inward-outward twisting of your legs. and release any sense of contraction. obvious aspects of thought and perception © 2011 Bruce Frantzis-AII Rights Reserved. Allow your mind to become very still and quiet of its own accord-without using any force. . your central channel and spirit will naturally become ever-more quiet. During this spontaneously arising event. In gradual stages. Eventually. in-out. you start experiencing it as a consciously. if only slightly. psychic states or even karma that might become activated-i. let whatever mental. As the swirling energies in your central channel and mind gradually and completely slow down. visceral and felt experience-what I call "the real deal:' Phase 2: Opening and Distilling the Mind Next. something inside you will shift. Phase 3: Gaining a Sense of Space Soon your central channel will begin to gain of a sense of space without contraction. emotional. emotional.
You will still be able to live and function well in your daily life. they will no longer be disturbing. attributing the qualities to them. Very often. . it will lack the outer appearances very commonly associated with what many ordinary people think a "spiritual being" might or should be. if this human manifestation is mentally ethereal. everything from the raunchy to the sublime can be comfortably and seamlessly accommodated within their personality. this image is not what is expected or wanted from a holy person. Eventually. However. In time. Yet as everything becomes still within your depths. However. People are looking for a particular type of energy or external demeanor to manifest-some mythological variation of Jesus Christ or Buddha.Module 9: Golden Thread Circle Walking Meditation 7 seem to come alive and stir inside. the internal space inside and whatever arises in the mind peacefully coexist simultaneously without any hint of anxiety. This internal spaciousness is non-dual © 2011 Bruce Frantzis-AII Rights Reserved. then meeting this manifestation of a spiritual being makes the unaware person very high and expansive. including rapidly Walking the Circle. All and everything becomes natural. amongst all the inherent chaos. enabling you to live in your inner meditation "cave" without needing to be in a physical one. you will notice that this state begins to translate and carry over to your normal daily activities. They can go so far as to believe that they are the holy one. Most people who arrive at this point (possibly even you one day) don't seem very special. or other uncomfortable or disturbing qualities. you gain a constant and immense sense of spaciousness that never leaves and which continuously seeks balance within yourself and others. usually as a person moves toward the central channel's stillness (within movement). so it's irrelevant whether any kind of personality manifests within their behavior. calm and projects significant light or psychic energy toward the receiver. Commonly. As this practice phase settles and stabilizes within your being. appearing very ordinary as they go about their daily activities.
So without limitations there is simultaneously the lack and presence of experienced internal activity and the ability to effectively engage with whatever must be. If you can stay with it. Continuous repetition of this again and again creates ever-greater internal stability within your meditation and life. The chi of the blockage becomes reabsorbed into your system and is made useful. .e. your next task is to simultaneously stay present to it and your central channel.8 Bagua Mastery Program (Buddhist term) or tai chi (Taoist term) as activity and stillness effectively and seamlessly fuse inside you. which brings them to their resolution. you can begin getting glimpses of the seventh energy body (the body of individuality). When your ability to bring any disturbance to your central channel of energy becomes strong enough. Your internal fixations let go and shortly thereafter become as though they had never existed. However. © 2011 Bruce Frantzis-AII Rights Reserved. the disturbances naturally release. blocked or disturbing). the only place from which this usually happens is within the central channel. The only way. if the energies moving in and out of your central channel contain anything untoward (i. Phase 4: Letting Go of Blockages As Phase 3 deepens and stabilizes with minimal effort. awaken and become continuously and fully functioning. let go. The sheer act of any blockage moving into the central channel ends it.. dissolve and vanish. non-dual or tai chi state from where the offending yin or yang originated. They revert back to an un-polarized. in order to bring this process about while Walking the Circle. your central channel must first open. you find you can quickly sort out all kinds of unsmooth yin-yang emotions and mental and psychic states. as this internal stability strengthens within. Gradually.