As discussed in Bionic Muscles, Part 1, we need to develop our opposing muscles. Now I discuss how to attain those supple opposing muscles!
As you develop your clean-celled musculature, make a point of keeping your muscles very, very supple. You don’t want armor, you want strength and true strength is primal fire flowing through your physical form – the primal fire (Qi, life force, force from the Source, as you like) is the big boss.
Your muscles should be developed as part of your body’s endeavor to express each of its systems as the primal fire would have it done. In this light, your lungs are a servant of the primal fire; your kidneys are a servant of the primal fire, as are your bones and muscles. When we invert that truth, we have big problems! Put the primal fire’s requirements first (which are, namely, to conduct, move, express, expand, and experience) and you’ll know how to support your body’s systems on behalf of the primal fire that depends on them. You’ll be living life in your body right side up, instead of upside down.
So, by all means, increase the fortitude of your muscles. But do it by consciously complimenting development with malleability. Note bene: flow is the cousin of malleability; flexibility serves these cousins — flexibility is a tool to increase flow and malleability, not the other way around.
Methods for Attaining Supple Muscles
There are several excellent, easy, free practices you can do daily to make sure you are optimizing your malleability as you train. Daily massage is an obvious first stop (self-massage more than suffices and can be done whenever it suits you). Intuitive dance and intuitive yoga for even a few minutes is a great way to ensure fluidity!
But, this is one area where visualization is highly effective! Take some time once or twice a day to visualize all the condensation of energy, all the stagnation, emotional residue, and mental tension leaving your muscle tissue.
If we want to become living embodiments of the primal fire (which we do, believe me), we have to live the primal fire lifestyle and think like primal fire thinks. We can’t let anti-primal fire stuff set in – not in our organs, not in our connective tissue, our joints, our hearts, our minds nor our muscles. Best of all, you can expect your muscles to be stronger. So, lift your weights, sculpt your yoga muscles, run, cycle, climb, row, whatever suits you best – but remember, for all the development you do, you need to clear, clear, clear stagnation from that muscle tissue.
Malleability is Strength
If you’ve read the Socrates book series by Dan Millman (one of my all-time favorite set of books — I cannot recommend it highly enough), you may remember that the main character, Socrates, explains that our bodies should be so malleable that we should be able to be massaged right to the bone! That’s a good image to keep in mind — to strive for. With muscles, increase and malleability = strength. Those are the complementary forces for bionic muscles.
I love my bionic muscles. They make me feel almost other-worldly, like I’ve got a secret in them, like they can do things that I’m not even fully aware of yet. Ah the ever-unfolding mysteries of the inspired, syntropic, ecstatic life!
-in loving service,