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April 22, 2007 at 11:37 pm #138399JacenParticipant
Several years ago, I saw a movie called “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. You’ve probably heard of it. In that movie, martial artists do stunts that would be considered impossible. Floating, flying, balancing on tree branches, “unrealistic” things that perhaps real Jedi would be able to do if they had a measure of control over the Force. After seeing the movie, I wondered how such abilities would be achieved. I imagined that one would have to use the Force, allowing it to flow up through yourself, thus making you lighter than air.
Several days later, I tried to accomplish this. That is, pushing the Force up through me. At the time I was unaware of what I was about to do. I had no preconception of what it would feel like, or even what the result would be. In time, and practice, I used my experiences to develope a method by which we can ALL feel the Force phsyically.
Because it’s been mentioned elsewhere in the Academy that Force sensitivity should be a priority for apprentices to learn (http://the-jedi-academy.org/SMF/index.php?topic=32.0), I decided to retell (as I’ve posted this method on other sites) the steps I took to feel the Force.
I’ve heard reports, as well as had personal experiences, that would suggest the following technique can leave you with negative feelings, such as dizziness or disorientation. As blacksh33p suggested in his reply, eating or drinking heavier food, such as meat and dairy, can help you stay grounded and thus avoiding the negative side effects of the method and still experience the benefits. I would not, however, suggest you eat immediately before practice. Allow for a half-hour to an hour before hand, somewhat like before swimming.
I’d also suggest that after practicing the technique, as you are coming out of it, do things like blinking, clicking your teeth, flexing muscles, etc… things that are not physically demanding, but also bring back a sense of your body.April 22, 2007 at 11:42 pm #143806JacenParticipant
Step One: Comprehension
The first step in learning to feel the Force is understanding what exactly you are about to do, and what the Force is in relation to what you are about to feel.
You must keep in mind that the Force is energy. Easter religions call it Chi, or Qi. It is something that is always in you, and you can, by force of will, move it in different directions through your body.
The feeling itself can be described as a rush, or more to the point, like falling in love. You will feel light. You might say, you feel “enlightened”, no pun intended.
The method is about raising energy up through you, and therefore raising your senses to a higher level.April 22, 2007 at 11:47 pm #143807JacenParticipant
Step Two: Breathing
Breathing is important in many spiritual endeavors. Martial arts, meditation, etc. Here you will apply breathing to filling yourself with the Force.
First, sit comfortably, with your back straight and perpendicular to the floor. Rest your hands in your lap, one cupped inside the other.
Now, taking deep breaths, inhale through your nose and imagine light and energy flowing into you and filling you up. Exahle out your mouth and imagine darkness or empty space coming out of you.
Repeat that step until you can see in your mind’s eye that your body is filling with light energy (the Force).April 22, 2007 at 11:49 pm #143808JacenParticipant
Step Three: Focus
Imagine all the Force that has filled your body starting to gravitate toward the base of your spine. See it collect there and concentrate itself into a small point of focused energy.
Take as much time as you need to do this step and the one before it.April 22, 2007 at 11:52 pm #143809JacenParticipant
Step Four: Elevation
Allow the point of energy to begin rising up through your body along your spine. This is where the feeling of the Force will manifest itself. As it travels up through you, you may begin to have a sense of elation. If not, take your time, repeating the first 3 steps. You may not feel anything yet, but with practice you will.April 22, 2007 at 11:55 pm #143810JacenParticipant
Step Five: Release
The energy will raise to the top of your head. Next you must allow it to break free from your body. Allow the Force to flow out of you, like a river fed by the point of energy at the base of your spine. Also allow that point of energy to be fed by the Force around you, so that an infinite continuous stream of energy is flowing up through you at out.April 23, 2007 at 12:01 am #143811JacenParticipant
Step Six: Relaxation
By now, if you have been successful, you will understand why I described it as feeling like falling in love. Now that you have achieved this feeling, it’s time to relax and let go of it.
Allow the flow of the Force to slow, gradually. Take deep breaths. Allow the flow to stop. Move your body a little at a time. Because the experience can sometimes be so powerful, moving too quickly can be disorienting. Allow yourself to ease out of the experience, getting up only when you feel normal again.April 23, 2007 at 12:06 am #143812JacenParticipant
Step Seven: Practice
You may or may not have been successful in feelin the Force. Most are able to feel something on their first try, but for some, including myself, it took many practice sessions before being able to truly feel the rush that is the flow of the Force.
You may also begin to notice that immediately after using the method, that you will percieve things differently. Your mood may improve, your eyesight may even be altered, your sense of the physical world in general may be enhanced.
Now… feel free to post your experiences here for others to learn fromApril 23, 2007 at 4:07 am #143818blacksh33pParticipant
i’ll have to start working on this.
i did read about something similar recently and there was an urging to be careful about getting too lost in it, especially for those not prepared to handle it. it can leave you feeling disconnected and difficult to deal with daily life. in that case to occasionally include some kind of animal food product, even if just milk, cheese, egg or something like that to help ground you.April 24, 2007 at 12:20 am #143830JacenParticipant
I’d have to agree with everything you said. I have had experiences, though unusual, that left me feeling… hmm… dizzy. I’ll add a warning into the introduction of this thread.
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