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I've been doing some thought tonight regarding chi/ki/whatever you want to call it, and arrived at a sort of epiphany.
If you were to look at a river, it's sometimes hard to tell how strong its current is just by looking at its surface. Throwing a stick in can help you judge this, as you'll see how fast it moves. Then there's also the saying, "Still waters run deep," which as at least some truth in it. Either way, the surface of water can tell you a lot about what's underneath, but it can also be hiding quite a bit (ice over the ocean, anyone?).
At the same time, water can't really be compressed. If you were to take a cylinder, fill it with water, and then take a plunger and try to compress it, you'd either break a seal, break the container, bend something, or whatnot. I've heard before that cars that were in flood zones can get "hydro-locked" from water getting trapped in their cylinders.
One last thing about water. Imagine a body of water with a plastic sheet placed over its surface. Now, imagine a jet of water being pushed just underneath the surface. As the current moves, the plastic sheet will ripple, jiggle, and generally move with the current.
Now in Buddhism, we focus on the egoless self ("ego" is not quite the same as the Freudian ego). Buddha In my recent thoughts on both the egoless self, as well as my thoughts on Ki (mostly stemming from my Aikdio, though not entirely), I've come to think of Ki as water, and that my ego is a container for it that is trying to compress it. At the same time, the surface (ego) ripples and jiggles with the flow of Ki underneath it.
So, get rid of the ego, and you have free-flowing Ki that isn't trying to be restrained. It's sort of like this verse (#367) from the Dhammapada: "When a man is without self-identification with any object or idea, and does not grieve for what does not exist - that is what is called a [monk]."
Or maybe I should just stop listening to goa trance...