"Joint Cultivation" means working together in groups to improve ourselves physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. When we gather together to meditate, pray, play, or do movement arts like Qi Gong and Tai Chi, we build on each other's energy. I will speak of this using both Western and Easter terminology to honer the traditions we are steeped in at our weekly sessions.
We are more likely to move through the whole healing set or program that we have established as our ritual or routine if we have others around us doing the same thing. In our Qi Gong practice, we have a set of exercises that begin with "Saluting In," thereby creating a "sacred" space where ever we are. We salute into the circle and acknowledge that we are about to embark in an hour or so of joint cultivation. Our focus will be exclusively on the moment letting go of all the distractions that encumber us in our daily lives. We will allow our body, mind, and spirit to be undivided. We do this by practicing five types of Taoist exercises:
Finally we separate or "re-individuate" ourselves after a period of joining our energy fields throughout the group. We salute out, returning the "Sacred" space in which we cultivated to the "Profane" (non-sacred) space that it is during all other times. We can then go our separate ways without unnecessary energetic ties to the people we cultivate with.
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Sifu Mark Angel
Mark is a Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor and gives classes and private lessons in Carmel Valley, CA