<img src="http://www.bullshido.net/images/mailbag.jpg" align=left>I don't normally respond to emails spawned by threads here (partly because I don't get very many of them).
But I figured I'd share this one with everyone. Names have been changed to protect anonymity, though the author is encouraged to respond.
Sent: Friday, September 03, 2004 2:35 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Chi delusions
This is pretty much in response to the latest news article that you posted about delusions which was directed at the chi delusion crowd.
I like to go and do chi kung exercises, and when I do it, I feel very distinctly something warm moving about in my body. It's not the same thing that you feel when you exercise.
However, as far as I can tell, this dosen't seem to affect anything around me at all. I have no idea how I might go about trying to use the warm stuff to fight someone. And I certainly have no way of proving anything about it because as far as I can tell it dosen't do anything except flow around inside of me when I do chi kung.
But, I'm pretty sure that I'm not deluded, because I don't really have much of a personal investment in having chi powers. People on the internet like KiWarrior obviously have a big part of their self esteem and sense of self-worth invested in having super chi powers. But in my case, this warm stuff makes almost no difference in my life. I know that I don't have super chi powers and I don't care that I don't because I never expected to. I have no reason to be believing in this warm stuff I feel. I don't try to sell people lessons on how to develop super chi powers.
So, there's no particular reason why if I feel this warm stuff very distinctly, it isn't actually there. I have no reason to fabricate, in other words.
So, my bottom line is, I think that chi does exist, but that as far as I can tell it dosen't do anything like a lot of people claim that it does. I'm pretty sure, in addition, for the reasons I described above, that I'm not delusional either.
I don't normally engage in email exchanges about topics posted, but as I've personally experienced similar things during my CMA training, I'd like to respond with a more likely explanation and a question.
Do you feel that this is something Supernatural, as many proponents of Chi suggest it is, or do you feel it would more likely be the fact that you're paying more attention to your body, movements, breath, etc, and are actually just more aware of a natural process than you would be if you were going about your daily life?
The mind is a powerful thing, and if you have a strong enough desire to feel something paranomral during your martial arts practice, your mind will produce it for you. That's delusion.
Do you understand the principle of Occam's Razor?
Essentially it means that the simplest explanation is usually the most likely.
And in this case, it's much more likely that you're just experiencing a natural, mundane effect of your efforts, filtered through an unobjective desire to experience something special.