Increasing energy – Some considerations

“This other kind of exercise credited with producing “qi” sensations involves subtly contorting the body, and in particular the torso, in conjunction with creative visualisation techniques and / or specific breathing methods. What is actually being felt is the torso muscles themselves, working and moving in sequence – this is what creates the illusion of a wave of “energy” progressing from one part of the body to another. All that can really be felt is sequential muscle engagement – anything else is imagined and superimposed. When properly executed, the limbs can feel as if they are being pushed into place by the muscle groups beneath them, upwards from the ground, or outwards from your abdominal region, but you do still have to make this process happen, whether consciously or subconsciously, and you can prove this to yourself by consciously making it stop. Any experience of the body moving itself is just a result of movements being drilled into the body to the point where you can execute them instinctively and again, this does not prove the existence of a single energetic life force which combines numerous different physical and mental functions. The process involves multiple commands to be sent from the brain out to the various muscles employed, even if the practitioner does not consciously acknowledge the fact.”

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I investigate about the fundamentals and principles of Karate-Do Shotokai - the practice of Mitsusuki Harada Sensei.
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