In my previous post, I mentioned attending a Natural Chi Movement workshop conducted by Tienko Ting. The workshop was a revelation. I was introduced to a man and a process that allowed energy to flow through my body without my conscious control. To describe the process is maddenly difficult. Before even attempting that, let me describe what transpired that day.
The workshop opened with a lengthy and detailed presentation by Taylor Call who served as workshop facilitator. Prior to attending, participants were able to download a 29 page guide that described what to expect on the day of the workshop. Taylor shared how her path had led her to Tienko, outlined the goals of the workshop, and encouraged us to take what we learned home for subsequent daily practice. To encourage relaxation, Taylor had us pair up with someone we did not know and took us through several movements designed to reduce any emotional anxiety we might have been carrying.
Taylor told us Tienko would simply move through the room and activate our chi by communicating “nature to nature.” She then introduced Tienko, a very calm, gentle and unpretentious man. Tienko kept his instructions simple: “Close your eyes; relax your body; and empty your mind.” He indicated that each of us would experience the activation process differently. We were to open ourselves to the process and to refrain from analysis. The activation would take one hour.
I stood erect and did as I was told. My years of Zen meditation helped me to empty my mind. Within minutes I felt my hips and torso move, seemingly of their own volition. I felt a subtle but distinct feeling of energy move through me. Time passed and my body “suggested” that I drop gently to the floor as the energy continued its flow. I laid on my back and then turned over on my stomach, all the while feeling the energy move through me.
The rest of the day, with time out for lunch, was spent learning how to practice natural chi movement in various positions: standing, lying prone, sitting in a chair. During breaks, participants shared their experiences with one another.
I left the workshop feeling I had experienced something beyond the realm of the intellect, yet something that had tremendous potential to heal and alleviate human suffering.