Originally written by: John Brown
… I have been working with the bands, focusing on the instructions you have given me.
- The bands really help to recognize whenever there is lack of alignment, or some body part is moving when it should be fixed in place. Also, the bands are extremely valuable to clarify experience of the elbow pulling in to the exact center, while the hand remains fixed in place, yet feels pulling effect away from the elbow. The same effect is felt when the kua sinks down, yet the shoulder feels the separation from the kua.
- This experience of separation of hand from elbow and separation of shoulder from kua, instead of the habit of following one part with other body parts, really enhances the experience of solid center.
- The bands seem quite useful as they magnify the sensations, as any deviation is immediately exposed as pulling outside the centered tension.
- One obvious requirement for this experience is the rock solid foundation of solid stance, without wobbling of center of bottom of kua, and without bending of the knees in any horizontal direction. This has always been difficult to achieve. But the bands really help to “Zero in” on all the angles, again, by exposing wobbling or misalignement.
- I can almost sum up the process in simple terms. So far, I have not been getting stance solid enough, and not enough alignment of shoulders above hips, with centered pulling up, while tailbone is centered pulling down. Also the importance of the tension centering in the appropriate parts of the feet, and the lower legs, during the rotations.
- All these “details” seem to fall in place by strict attention to the instructions you have given, to pull the elbow in, without following in with the hand, (which is rooted in the fixed front foot on inward part of circle), while the hand always pulls out, in outward part of circle, connected to the back foot.
- It is a most fascinating process find the parts connecting with the whole, when attention is properly focused on a key variable.
Thank you very much,