91. Refining Jing into Qi
1 Refining jing into qi might take three, five or ten years of practice, but the task may still not be finished. When is there a proof that this first step of practice is complete?
2 In my experience, you reach a trance-like state where there is internal breathing, but no external breathing. You do not know where your body is, and you reach the stage of self-forgetting.
3 When that happens, the workings of qi will proceed naturally. From the Conception Channel to the Governing Channel to the remaining Eight Extraordinary Channels the process moves through each pressure point.
4 This is why I say: moving qi deliberately or guiding it by visualization is forcing something to happen. To do so is only a perception in your mind, and not truly qi in action.
5 In quiet sitting, the workings of qi should be allowed to proceed naturally. They should correspond to the natural movements of heavenly bodies. In this way you can reach a trance-like state of self-forgetting.
Spiritual Talk about the Practice of Chinese Original Quiet Sitting, August 5, 1979