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Page 5 - Journey To Stillness

The 70% Rule

The 70% Rule means you must take the limits of your concentration only to a maximum capacity of 70% of your capacity. (This is a general rule for all modes of practice.) This guideline allows a comfort zone for your body, central nervous system and ability to remain relaxed while meditating, to reduce rather than increase stress. As you get better and significantly extend your capacity with practice, if you stay within the 70% rule, you will be able to accomplish the meditation in a relaxed, comfortable and effortless state of being.


Reprinted with permission of the author, B.K. Frantzis, from The Great Stillness: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series, Vol. 2, Clarity Press, © 1999. This excerpt was published in Qi Journal, Summer 2001 issue



1 This lifting is done so that the weight of the head does not cause any pressure or compression to the uppermost cervical vertebra. This slight head lift allows the back of the brain to remain unimpinged. If there are impingements, the messages to and from the brain will be partially blocked. Such blockage will often cause the sitting meditator to confuse neurological body noise with states of consciousness.


2 A full lotus position is one in which your rear end sits firmly on the floor, both legs are crossed, both knees are touching the floor, your left foot rests on your right thigh, and your right foot rests on your left thigh. In a half lotus, only one leg is on the opposite thigh, with its knee resting on the opposite foot or on the floor.


3 The chair you use for meditation should be one with a flat, unmoving bottom (not a canvas chair) with at least an inch of free space on each side of your hips and a solid, unmoving, straight backrest set perpendicular to the chair bottom. The chair should be the height of your knees, so you can sit with your feet flat on the floor with your knees bent at an angle of approximately 90 degrees (Figs. 5 and 5.1).


4 Nine orifices are used in this Taoist practice: the eyes, ears, and nostrils (two of each), and the mouth, anus, and urethra. One other opening is at the crown of the head, at the fontanel, which breathes (opens and closes) in infants, but not in most adults without a period of training.


5 There are separate techniques for each of the nine orifices of the body and the fontanel. Only four are described here for the sake of brevity. Depending on how open an individuals body is, varying results can be achieved in hours, days, months, or even years. It is best to learn directly from a teacher.

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