Don’t Dissolve Your Blockages

Dissolving HeadThat’s right, don’t dissolve blocked energy, tension, or contraction in your body….let it dissolve.

Now, that might seem like a fine semantic distinction, but it captures an attitude towards practice that is essential for energetic resolution and finding deeper layers of the mind.

Let your body relax.

Let your chi sink through the structure of your joints and bones.

Let your mind land on the body.

Let the blockages dissolve.

If you come to your practice with a soft intention to be present without trying to make things happen, you will forge a stronger connection between your mind, your energy, and your body.

Try the opposite. Really feel into your body. Go so deep, so fast that you slam into tension that lives in your muscles and soft tissue. This is not the way to resolution…

Find the line that is so easy to cross between concentration and contraction. You’ll come to recognize it by repeatedly going too far. If you get familiar with the mind contracting in an attempt to feel, you will also be able to recognize the moments before it happens and pull back or not go as far. This is the 70% principle.

Whatever you plan to practice this week, try this approach. Don’t do your Tai Chi form, let the form do you. Let the mind sink through the body when you stand. Or let the blockages release.

Whatever you do, don’t dissolve. Let dissolving happen.

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  1. Great punchy-pithy-presentation of what can hint at the feeling of that distinction…. that doesn’t quite go in words. (so easy to interpret the sayings about “let it happen” as pretend and ‘create’ the experience as-if it was letting… or else “make-it” happen so that it seems to let-go.. vs actually ___)

    sort of like “re-lax” can’t really do it, it happens (or doesn’t).

    I think a key is your line above- re feeling the moment Before your mind ctontracts, or just before “it” does (and thus if you sense Mind reacting, then Mind “about to” react… what is sensing? Mind? or something subtler than Mind?
    -easy to jump to interp, ah that would be like (which is then an image-rep “in” the Mind, vs something that Mind is within… unless a thought can be aware of what the whole of Mind, that contains it, does… (my words don’t have the punchy-pithy impact as in the above article-post.. what might have seeded it? -assuming that something caused it to jump forth (like Tiger from a cave)….?

  2. Great point, Gary — “so easy to interpret the sayings about “let it happen” as pretend and ‘create’ the experience as-if it was letting”

    As we’ve been working on it in class this week, many students have also commented on how refreshing it is to get a direct feeling experience without trying to make the mind do something…and how much that leads to relaxation throughout the whole body.

  3. Dan,
    I think this is your best one yet! I love this language especially: ” Go so deep, so fast that you slam into tension.”
    I’m off to dissolve. Thank you!