Spiritual practices for developing intuitive awareness

Binding Roots and Temple Bagua


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Binding Roots is a partially moving form that utilizes half-moon stepping. Elegant and intensely magnetic, it beckons the void that is behind the universal chi.

Binding Roots brings the cosmos into the temple of the body, whereby engaging with it one learns about the self through observing and experiencing the micro-macro interaction of the Tao expressing its mystery. This is the crowning jewel of the dynamic energy cultivation practices of the system and a unique manifestation of the internal art of Lo Ban Pai.

The connective energy activated through the stances will establish robust pathways of energy that rise up through the hands and legs as a force that moves forward, vibrating from the bones to the extremities. As the stances apply pressure to the bones they become elastic and vibrant, yet as strong as flexible steel, creating power within the ligaments and tendons like tensile wire.

When undertaking this program the student will also learn many of the principles and techniques of Shadow Fist Kung Fu.

Temple Bagua is incorporated in the Binding Roots program. This potent circular walking technique moves in intricate spirals that mimic the motions of celestial bodies within our universe. These movements integrate all knowledge learned in the introductory and intermediate programs. The training of the preceding forms cultivates hidden treasures. Once the initiate reaches this level, Lujan provides the keys to unlock these skills.

When Binding Roots is integrated with Temple Bagua it enhances connection with electric fibers that are subtly attached to the luminous cocoon, yielding the development of the phenomenon called Ling Kong Jing, which means ‘empty force’. In other martial systems, this technique is practiced with the primary focus on the empty force becoming controllable so as to be willfully applied.

In contrast, in Lo Ban Pai the mind is not employed, so this skill manifests as an energetic byproduct that is not connected to the desire of the practitioner. The student learns to focus this potency without desire so that it becomes an appropriate energetic response to circumstances. This practice delivers the initiate to an elusive state of awareness: a pure connection to spirit.

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