Dear Lujan,

Last year I suffered an injury to my abdomen tearing the muscle and connective tissue. When I workout now after and do the meditation I usually end up going directly into the eight gates and often doing other mudras without thinking either to substitute the recommended or to accompany.

Is it okay to do the eight gates after strenuous exercise and can other mudras combined with the gates further assist in healing an injury?

Should they be spaced apart and could different mudras combined with gates or meditation this way help to heal other conditions like skin for instance or bone?

Thank you for your time and the gates, they have really helped.


When doing the Eight Gates, for instance, if you write the word bone on a piece of paper and look at it there are two ways to perceive this. One way is our conditioned social response, which is to say the word that we see.

The second is to see it and know it: It is not necessary to say the word in one’s head when you know what you are looking at.

So the word “bone” can be perceived as your bones without the interference of a thought process. To stop the interference of the dialog overlaying the word your simply listen to what you can’t hear and breathe into your body.

As your arterial cortex becomes activated through this concentrated effort, wait for the sensations of the area that you are focused upon to start pulsating rhythmically with your own heart beat. Meditation is a very subtle affair. If you started to do mudras while focusing like this, your chi would go to the mudra and not to the area in question.

In some way you could see the mudra as a desire to be fixated on, similar to a thought. Once this occurs you have to get through it so the concentration can be focused upon your lower abdomen instead of your hands performing the mudra.

It is always pertinent to find the pulsations in one’s hands before going to an area in the body. This concentrates it. But the trick with this intent is that you have to concentrate the chi and blood to flow without the interference of wanting it to be there.

Being there through the process of one’s intention is to be one with the process.

To be one with any process is to gaze upon it without thinking about it. As you look at a tree you become one with the tree by breathing in the experience, instead of thinking about the experience that is the tree. The latter causes separation and the former creates unity; an all-encompassing feeling that will develop a sense of joy by being there without really being there in a social sense.

From the solar plexus to the pubic bone, there is an immense neural network. If the mind is concentrated and empty of its own thoughts, this is known as being mindful, but not full of thoughts.

This is where the emptiness of the mind learns to focus its intent into our lower dantien – or hara – that cannot accommodate words. When this is strongly concentrated, one automatically begins to feel joy. This joy can be interpreted as a form of chi or shen – the spirit – an all-encompassing effect of silence being filled to the brim with itself through just being there.

This is why there are so many disciplines that focus upon ethics. It is very difficult for someone that does not have a strong moral background to stay in this area of non-duplicity via the emotions that cannot be controlled through the process of knowing that one has not proceeded with integrity – or to be without sin – which just simply reinterpreted means to be sublimely in harmony, instead of in opposition.

So when one breathes into the lower abdomen, a higher state of consciousness occurs, and what manifests from this is higher ethical and moral conduct becomes available; knowing exactly what to do and what not to do in comparison to the circumstances that occur.

And yes it is okay to practice the gates after strenuous exercise. The highest form of discipline within the eight gates is to be without thoughts continually so that one can just see, thus becoming a vessel; an uninhibited river that flows into everything it comes into contact with.

To heal the bones and skin  a certain conduct must occur in terms of what you put inside your body. If you eat clean food then the body becomes more powerful through the process of detoxification and this can feel uncomfortable in some cases as the healing crisis occurs because of this.

Or you can still just keep doing the meditation and if you haven’t changed your diet then another type of upheaval or crisis will occur, but it will be a crisis of the incapacity to cleanse because the body is being continually filled with items that eventually will not support you physically.

So it is better to have a healing crisis through a cleansing than at the end of one’s life to have a crisis that you may not be able to resolve because the lymphatic system is blocked and the kidney energy collapses. Even though they still function the kidneys may not be filtering adequately.

How is little bear going?

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