Binding Roots: Lo Ban Pai

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The Primordial Essence

Binding Roots is a partially moving elegant yet powerful energy-cultivating form that beckons the void that is behind the universal chi. Lo Ban Pai practitioners who engage in this form will experience that the room they sit in may tilt in their direction by virtue of the fact that they have acquired external energy vortexes. This is usually witnessed by others while in their presence.

This void-like density is cultivated through all the forms of Lo Ban Pai but this force is especially prevalent within Binding Roots.

There is a flowing river of chi that resembles an x-shape within the human body that is awakened through this practice. The connective energy will establish pathways through the stances that rise up through the hands and legs as a force that moves forward, vibrating from the bones.

This Oriental shamanic movement form familiarizes the practitioner with the initial fundamentals before moving onto the Plum Blossom.

Health Benefits

This form generates warmth and opens up the four major channels that in unison run through the arms and legs that applies pressure to the bones to become elastic and vibrant, yet as strong as flexible steel, creating power within the ligaments and tendons like tensile wire.

Martial Arts Application

Binding Roots will take all other forms from the Lo Ban Pai system into a moveable small space that will create explosive power that will build confidence and nurture the internal will power through absorption of the universal chi. It is a close-quarter, short-range system where the stripping and locking capacity binds and gathers energy, then releases lightning force.

It becomes a catalyst to move all other intermediate forms into dynamic action. While the form reveals its beauty through the coiling movements, when applied they are highly effective as a self-defense mechanism if necessary.

Temple Bagua

Temple Bagua is incorporated in the Binding Roots program. This walking form moves in circular spirals that mimic the motions of celestial bodies within our universe. These movements integrate all knowledge learned in the introductory and intermediate programs.

Temple Bagua is a unique expression of Lo Ban Pai and one of the crown jewels of the esoteric system that Lujan teaches. It is the sister form of Plum Blossom.

The training of the preceding programs cultivates hidden treasures. Once the initiate reaches this level, Lujan provides the keys to unlock these skills.

Unique Expression of Circle Walking

Circular walking is a practice developed by ancient shamans. Walking survives in various forms in Bon and some branches of Taoism. It is best known in the West as the walking pattern for the martial art of Baguazhang. Temple Bagua is however fundamentally different from other expressions of the art.

Yin Energy Cultivation

The circular walking of Lo Ban Pai concentrates on the central force of the warrior: not an external central polestar focus, as is taught in many Bagua schools.

This method enables the energy to be absorbed within the center of the warrior as they rotate. Additionally by coiling partially inwardly and to the rear of the hip, the practitioner is familiarized with the essential energy that rises from the ground at the rear. At this location there is a very powerful energy vortex, which is traditionally called “witches broom”. The reason for this is that when the warrior contacts this area it has the shape of a dove-tail, cascading from the back of the hips to the floor.

Telekinetic Skills

Temple Bagua enhances connection with electric fibers that are subtly attached to the luminous cocoon, yielding the development of a phenomenon called Ling Kong Jin, 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 Temple Bagua, the mind is not employed so this skill manifests as an energetic by-product that is not connected to the desire of the practitioner. The student learns to focus this force without desire, so that it becomes an appropriate energetic response to circumstances. It delivers the initiate to an elusive state of awareness; a pure connection to spirit.

Esoteric Aspect

Circle walking mirrors the essential transit of planetary systems as a metaphor, typically with reference to a central point, or sun. Temple Bagua turns this in on itself to bring the cosmos inside one’s inner temple. By embodying these principles in motion, the initiate learns about the self through observing and experiencing the micro-macro interaction of the Tao expressing its mystery.

This interactive inner-alchemy represents an important paradigm-shift in the way the body supports spiritual development – even compared to other esoteric circle walking systems. The net result of the spiraling practice of Lo Ban Pai creates dragon gates, which provides a direct, experiential link with eternity.

Pushing Hands

At the level of binding roots Lujan will teach a complex set of pushing hands, which allows the vital chi to be released and recirculated harmoniously, which in turn generates more power.

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