Entrainment is actually an aspect of resonance. Resonance may be defined as the frequency at which an object most naturally wants to vibrate. One object may set another object into motion if it shares the same resonant frequency. When you strike a tuning fork and bring it near another tuning fork of that same frequency, the second tuning fork will start vibrating; even though it has not been struck, the second fork will begin to vibrate and sound merely by being in the same field as the vibrating tuning fork.

In the days of the old guilds, the apprentice would immerse himself in the master’s profession and movements.

This one-on-one relationship allowed for a close working relationship; where many skills ‘rubbed off’ on the apprentice, as well as being explicit step-to-step instruction.

At first when learning a new energy or form; it might be necessary to follow the instructor, and/or have them physically re-align or position your stance. This will give your body/mind relationship, a vehicle to incorporate the new learned experience (perceptions and related knowledge). Preliminary self-corrections will use the memory of the master’s demonstration as a model to compare oneself to.

When one follows another’s movements repeatedly, they become proficient at following; as cattle or sheep. One that is good at copying is a parrot.

When one’s learning advances, they become one with the master’s movements. They are riding/creating the same kind of wave. Each is feeling their own respective internal connections and energies; self aware and aware of the surroundings; adjusting accordingly.

Any medium, lesson, form or everyday task; can be used to teach. Whether this turns out to be martial, internal or spiritual; depends greatly on the condition of the student. Moves and words are interpreted differently; depending on previous training, physical abilities, culture, religion and philosophy.

Learning from a master or Buddhist depends one the purity of the student. Impurities in a wire affect the quality and strength of a signal. A student's expectations, language, culture, philosophy and self interests; all color what a student hears; and how they apply it. Any clinging to the student's pre-conceptions could be viewed as shaping the lesson; hence an impurity in the transmitting medium (mind).

The height of spiritual awareness is often depicted as a gold like yellow; sometimes as a halo. This halo symbolizes the upper consciousness (candle flame) circular perimeter connection to the heavens (the area around the candle as viewed from above has rings much like the waves of stone thrown into a water pond). This is a lot like the conductivity of gold. Gold is one of the best conductors of heat, electricity and forces; and gold does not readily corrode.

Everyone has an aura, those that are healthy and have a lot of energy have brighter auras. Those who are very aware; tend to be on a high level spiritually and have a golden yellow aura, that some can see. Sometimes a photograph will show this as a slightly brighter area around the person's head.

Traditional Shaolin Qigong and Buddhist Meditation

Shen is in the Upper Dan Tien (Third Eye) in the forehead. This is located in a type of valley between the two lobes of the brain.

The Shen can resonate with various energies and sense the supernatural. In meditation, the Shen feels like it is living in a deep valley; stretching further than you can see.

Entrainment and Traditional BeiShaolin (Northern Shaolin)

Some will learn Shaolin as external only; others will realize the full potentials of being internally hard and soft. No power or higher level of martial ability has ever been achieved by forms alone; whether it be BeiShaolin, Shotokan, or Ta Kwon Do. There are a number of classic examples; such as a teacher's pet learning all basic forms and the ten advanced forms:
  • unable to defend himself against any seasoned fighter (boxer, logger, fisherman, tournament karateka, professional kickboxer) of the same weight class.
  • is lacking any demonstratable breaking power,
  • cannot take a punch,
  • and has no internal penetrating power.

Many will get these abilities while studying other things WITH their forms. I myself had demonstrated all of these abilities before studying BeiShaolin forms. The forms help, but are not required

A singer breaking a glass with his or her voice is an example of resonance. This also occurs between two guitar strings, one struck and one motionless. Resonance is a cooperative phenomenon between two objects that share the same frequency; where the natural vibrations of an object with its own vibrations set the other into motion. Thus resonance may be conceived of as being passive in nature.

Entrainment can change the natural oscillatory patterns, frequency or rhythm of one object and replace them with the different patterns of another (changing the vibrations of one object to another rate).

Internal blows will cause damage by the transmission of negative energy; that can pass through other areas, without damaging and/or moving them.

This is how Kuo Yu Chang (Gu Ruzhang) can break a brick in the middle of a stack, without harming the rest.

Some oscillatory patterns, frequency or rhythms build on each other, like successive waves cresting on top of each other. Many Rouge Wave Rollers over a hundred feet, are created in this manner. Nicola Tesla could destroy a small building with a small oscillatory motor he built, that would vibrate at the same frequency, and build on itself. Troops marching over a bridge deliberately set their march out of time, since it has destroyed bridges before.

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