The first thing we need to do at the beginning of a session is bring our energy down (grounding) because we have usually come from a hard days work (not me of course!!!) or been stressed out in one way or the other. We do this by standing in Wu Ji, which literally means emptiness, bringing our energy out of our heads and focusing more on our centre.
Visualisation plays a big part in this and I have noticed that sometimes I have to change the way I describe how to attain Wu Ji. Usually I go through a list – Feet shoulder width and parallel – Legs straight, not locked – Tuck the tailbone slightly – Slightly sink the chest – Relax the shoulders and let the head sit comfortably with the chin slightly pulled back and then imagine your energy coming down from your head – releasing the thoughts that come along and interrupt the process and feel your energy just accumulating in your lower Dan Tien with the feet rooted through Kidney 1 spot.
Of course, all this makes perfect sense to me because I have performed Wu Ji for many years and can drop into the posture and state easily, but for some this concept is hard to imagine so I ask that you make your own visualisation.
I suggest newcomers to imagine themselves as an egg timer with the sand slowly dropping from the top (head) to the bottom (lower Dan Tien and feet) and this seems to work really well for everyone – I always joke that it only last for three minutes though (the old gags are still the best) – I then encourage people to make their own visualisation – you don’t have to necessarily share what it is but people do come up with some wonderful ways to bring their energy down – and if it works then that’s great.
Also ‘Tucking the tailbone’ sometimes gives a little trouble because people tend to thrust their pelvis forward causing them to lean back and be as far away from the Wu Ji posture that it is possible to get, so I advise that you just let it drop so that it points to the ground – this is quite easily done if you have your knees relaxed.
Pulling the chin back also has the opposite effect sometimes because the student tends to lift the chin up thus forcing the head back (if you combine this with the thrusting forward of the hips you get some very strange postures!!!) – instead just gently pull the chin towards the chest and feel the top of the head lift as if being suspended from above.
I hope this may help you in your Wu Ji. I advise standing in the posture for at least five minutes once you feel ‘rooted’ and just ‘Wallow’ in the stillness!!!