Re: I thought ki was fake.
Woah Jon! Sorry if I may have triggered your grumpiness at the end of your week!
Why do we live a sedentary lifestyle? Why do we eat poorly? We do we make bad choices? Isn't it because of the mind, and lack of clarity?
Yes, I totally agree with you, cultivating Ki is hard, not because it is inherently hard, but because we need to let go of so much baggage that is in the way.
If we don't have a belief system that includes Ki, we see and experience the world as a physical place. If our belief system is vitalistic, and includes some form of life energy, we experience the world differently. That is the whole point of Don Juan's teaching in the Carlos Casteneda books.
Jon, I believe our understanding is very similar, perhaps it is just choice of words that get in the way.
Anyway, have a happy weekend mate. Kia ora from New Zealand.