FACIAL MASSAGE, POINT MASSAGE, HEAVEN DRUM AND WALKING ABOUT
Why do we do facial massage at the end of a chi kung session?
— Angle, Spain
The facial massage, point massage, heavenly drum and walking about at the conclusion of a chi kung session serve three important functions.
The first function is obvious. These exercises give us sparkling eyes, rosy complexion, mental freshness, and enable us to better enjoy the aroma of our food.
Secondly, they act as a transition between being in the cosmic dimension back to our everyday dimension. When we practice chi kung, we are in a heightened state of mind. If we suddenly open our eyes, there may be a cultural shock.
The third function is what we call the normalization process. While we are practicing chi kung, we are different from normal. We are joyful, peaceful and full of energy due to the increase in both the volume and smooth flow of our vital energy. These exercises spread the increased energy all over our body, so that when we eventually open our eyes we are back to normal, yet better than before.
This normalization process operates not only for each practice session, but over a long period of training. After five years of chi kung training, for example, you will be at a higher level in all aspects than when you first started. You will be healthier, more peaceful, more joyful, more efficient, have more energy and have more mental clarity.
The difference between the first day and after five years is vast, but the day to day difference is unnoticeable. It is like seeing children grow. If you see them everyday you don’t see them grow. But if you see them after a few years, you see a vast difference in their height.
Normalization of the wonderful benefits of chi kung is what we want. We do not want to be healthy, joyful and peaceful only when we practice chi kung; we want these wonderful benefits as a normal part of our life. Because they have become normal, we may sometimes not notice them.
Hence, you may wonder what has happened to your practice. When you first started you felt the difference noticeably; now there seems to be no difference. You may, mistakenly, think that you are not making progress. Actually you make more progress than before, but the benefits have become so normal that they are no longer spectacular like before.
The above is taken from Question 8 November 2011 Part 1 of the Selection of Questions and Answers.
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