Chi can be used to manipulate matter to a certain degree. While people certainly practiced this art in the past, little is known about the details. Our mission at Bending Academy is to attempt to provide some insight to the ancient practice of what we now call "bending".
Getting started with using chi can be fairly difficult. While there are many way to learn chi, such as through Qi Gong or other Chinese martial arts, we will be teaching a more modern version of chi. If there are Qi Gong classes available to you somehow, then I would strongly recommend attending them.
Meditation. Control over your chi cannot be accomplished without proper meditation. Why? Because to tap into that subconscious control your mind naturally has over your chi, you have to cross into and take control over your subconscious mind. An example of meditation would be sleeping. When we sleep, our subconscious mind takes over and our conscious mind is usually inactive. Casual meditation does not have to be as strong as sleeping. Casual meditation can be as simple as closing your eyes and thinking about nothing for 20 seconds.
So before you move on to the next section, I advise that you check out some of the meditations on the "Meditations" page, and find one you like (or even make up one of your own based on what is already given).
Our 5 senses are what allow our being to interact with the world around us. The two most prominent senses in the practice of Chi and Psychokinesis are sight and touch. Our eyes are directly connected to our brain by optic nerves, while our sense of touch is the nervous system itself. Hearing, smell, and taste can be considered more indirect, and not as necessary to interact with the world around us.
You may have already been wondering to yourself if it is possible to control bodily functions through the process of accessing your subconscious mind as described in the previous section, such as the heart beat, etc. The answer is yes, it is very much possible. It requires a lot of effort though, so you won't be able to do something like stopping your heartbeat by mistake. Our minds have many defenses against us being able to control subconscious actions, so accessing them directly is nearly an impossible feat. You have to know how to get around the blocks, and that is through Visualization and Feeling. Visualization and Feeling are all about manipulating your mind into doing something you want it to do, because by now you probably know that our conscious and subconscious are kept apart for various reasons.
Visualization is all about making your subconscious mind believe something is there that in reality is not. Our eyes are only tools. The real process happens where the optic nerve meets the brain. The eyes are your first obstical. You have to surpass them and gain control over the area of the brain that deals with sight. While the things you visualize will not be as clear as things you actually see, you have to focus on the surreality of it all and make yourself believe that it is real. This is a powerful tool, and it should be known that misuse of visualization could lead to terrible things such as anxiety attacks, other unwanted bodily actions, and even in the worst of cases heart attacks. But if you have enough control to get as far as to being able to properly visualize something, then you will have enough control to not do something reckless. It is visualization that opens up the gateway to feeling, which is where we find ourselves controling our chi.
Feeling is the easy part of it all once you are able to visualize. Sometimes depending on how good you are at visualization, feeling will come naturally and you won't even have to think about it. But at this level you should focus on using feeling voulentarily. Feeling is very hard to explain, but it becomes very clear to you once you have visualization in the bag. The most information I can explain in words about feeling, is to compare it to your sense of touch. Think about it this way. Are you able to feel something without touching it? And how do you know you are touching it if you can't see it? Picture a scenario where you are visualizing a ball between your hands. It is then that you can feel the ball, because you have successfully made your mind believe it is there. It can then be concluded that what you visualize has a lot to do with how your chi will feel when you work with it.
Finally! Assuming you have read all the previous sections (which if you did not already then you should before moving on), it is time to put together all the things we learned and use chi.
It is recommended that you do the following technique with your eyes closed until you have had enough practice where you are at the point that you can do it with your eyes open.
First of all, don't forget to meditate before beginning this (especially since it is your first time using chi). Find a meditation in the "Meditations" page that you like. Now when you have done your meditation, it is time to move onto visualization. Remember how we talked about visualization, and how you make your mind see something? In this basic chi technique you are going to be making a simple ball of chi in between your hands. Hold your hands as if you were holding a ball. Visualize your abdomen full of an energy or substance (water, fire, electricity, light, etc...) just don't be too descriptive (don't visualize your nerves full of milk or icecream). Visualize your abdomen glowing faintly with relativity to the color of the substance (if it is fire, visualize it as red, orange, yellow, or maybe even a hot blue). Remember, the details don't really matter when it comes to visualizing. Only be as descriptive as you need to. The glowing parts are only for effect, and for some people it helps them visualize. Now that you have all of this visualized, you have to start feeling it if you don't already. Feel your chi in relativity to what you visualized it as (aka don't feel your chi cold if you visualized it as fire, etc...). Feel and visualize the chi traveling through your body and into your palms, collecting there. Now, feel and visualize all the chi you collected in your palms coming out of your palms to form a ball in between your hands. Make the chi come out in streams from each palm, and colliding in between your palms and collecting there, growing bigger and bigger until the surface of the chi ball touches your palms. When you get more advanced, you will be able to take shortcuts to allow you to make a chi ball much faster, because your abdomen is not the only central area for chi. It is the easiest to visualize and feel your chi in, but it is not the only available pool of chi. These pools of chi are called chakras, and they are located all over your body. There are chakras in your palms as well, but it will be nearly impossible to access your chi from your palm chakras properly until you become advanced.