Can you hear the Ting Jing Listening Energy?

Ting Jing Listening Energy refers to one of the most important jing expressions in Tai Chi. Jing is normally defined as Chi directed by the mind intent. In this case the jing is actually feed back for the mind of what can you sense and feel. Mostly ting jing listening is practiced when you are in contact with someone and you are trying to read / feel what they are trying to do and what they are thinking about doing. However, you can practice ting jing listening energy by yourself for internal development.

To begin with let’s talk about feeling the intention of someone else. At first a lot of people give a funny look when you talk about being able to feel inside of another person to determine what they are thinking about doing or starting to do before it can be perceived with the eyes. This always amuses me because one of the most basic medical tests there are is to feel the pulse and to determine what the heart rate is doing. You would think that with an internal sensitivity test being practiced so openly and so often that people would be used to the idea that you can feel inside of a living human body and get a reading of what is happening with a person. But, I digress.

One of the basic practices I like to use to help folks with development of Ting Jing Listening energy is to have person A close their eyes and hold onto the outside of person B’s arm. Person B tries to strike person A with the other arm and person A’s job is to feel and move the second that they feel person B move the arm. It is really easy for person A to feel and really hard for person B to hide. This is basic first day Tai Chi Ting Jing Listening energy practice and it helps folks get used to the idea that you feel and understand what someone is doing without having to use your eyes to do it.

Over time Ting Jing Listening energy becomes more and more refined so that eventually it is as if you hear the person think to move and you counter before they actually begin moving. What’s more is that you counter in the right way, angle and direction to completely neutralize their attack. With practice you can actually feel where there are structural errors in their body posture and push them so that you put out very little force but to the recipient it feels like you forcefully shove them with an explosive cannon shot. Without Ting Jing Listening Energy it is very difficult to build this kind of ability and with Ting Jing over time it is simple and easy.

One of the other benefits of Ting Jing Listening Energy is that it can be used to listen to your own body. In the beginning I find it is used to help correct posture and to get better Sung relaxation and better and deeper breathing while helping to find and remove blockages. Over time it can be used to help perform such skills as Marrow Washing and moving sickness out of the body.

Ting Jing Listening Energy is an important skill that is very useful for both health and self defense. Have you listened to your body today?

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