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Old 08-30-2006, 04:44 PM   #31
Mike Sigman
Location: Durango, CO
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 4,123
Re: Deep Breathing and its meaning

Adam Bauder wrote:
Mike, there is Shinichi Tohei's Ki Weblog (in English) and this link with reference to Tohei's book. The latter is all in Japanese, so I'm not sure where to go from there ...
Thanks muchly for the reference.
From my training, the one-point has been always described as a more-or-less location. I've heard the top of the hips location many times. Finding it in yourself is the key. What I get with ki breathing practice is tension, compression, inflation, etc. (and the occasional pleasant adjustment to my lower spine) ... all good stuff. Through all this I get the image of myself as being in the shape of something like a gel-tab, or oblong shaped balloon, while in-haling.
I use a balloon analogy a lot, but more in line with a human-figure-shaped balloon with an airtight fabric as the skin.
Down low in this shape and deep within, I find the calm which is my one-point. No tension there. Sort of like the eye of a hurricane. There is more going on which I am not able to satisfactorily describe in this post. However, much of what you and Rob John have been talking about, has been giving me some "aha!" moments, as I try to apply what I've "learned" to what I "know". Just thought you wouldn't mind a viewpoint from someone who trains (although definitely not an authority) in Tohei's methods.
Good viewpoints, Adam. One of the problems is that ever-prevalent "slight skew" that tends to lead people off-track. A lot of my closer questioning is to get a feel for what the real track is, under peoples' buzzwords. Since there are only a limited number of buzzwords, too often everyone chimes in with "oh, we practice that stuff all the time" or "oh, my teacher talks about that all the time", when in reality the congruence simply isn't there. And I don't say that negatively... it's just one of those things to always be on the lookout for.

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