Mac1436umb wrote:Hi kirt, this was exactly what I was doing, focussing on the heart (maybe I shouldn't have been doing this). Can the change in the flow of chi have negative effects? Do you think the fainting was necessarily a bad thing?
I think Catmoon is correct on a physical level - the mind is very powerful and you can significantly lower your heart rate and blood pressure by meditation on points in the body (actually when I was a young teenager I lowered my heart rate to an extreme level - it scared me it was so low!). My former Taoist teacher said explicitly to not meditate on any of the points he taught except the way he taught. Tibetan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism do not use these points because the objectives are different. However kundalini meditation or other meditation do use the heart center directly. If you do not have a teacher instructing you to meditate on the heart area I wouldn't do this. It's not that TB, for example, *does not* use these points exactly but meditation on them isn't extended (although perhaps some TBist yogis *do*). The Taosit view on meditation on specific points is that indeed chi flow is definitely changed. This is not always good. A student of my former Taoist teacher's teacher meditated incorrectly and extendly on a particular point in the head and went temporarily blind (temporarily for several days - when he began to recover he saw everything in black and white and gradually recovered normal sight). The Taoist Master in Taiwan had warned him not to do this. So I would not meditate on points in the body without direct instruction.
If you want, I can give you the instructions on how to normalize chi flow *if necessary* during meditation (I can give the outer form but not the practice in detail) although usually the best thing is to just stop and get up slowly and walk around (and vigorously rub your head, arms,legs and torso). But I would see a doctor and make sure nothing is wrong. I did not do that after the two sesshin I was talking about because I could clearly eliminate the experiences by doing the Taoist mediation I was taught in a couple of sessions, so there was clearly not a physical problem and what I experienced was just a result of chi flow.