Gather Celestial Energy
Preparation: left — Eagle Stance; right — Bear Stance.
Sequence 1: Gather Celestial Energy
1. Eagle Stance
Slowly raise your hands and create a half circling movement round your hips. Bring your hands together in front of your lower abdomen about two inches below the navel. The tips of the fingers of both hands should point to each other, but should not actually touch. The palms of the hands should be facing down to the floor. Your elbows will naturally move outwards as you execute the above movement. Simultaneously draw your left foot in until it is alongside your right foot.
2. Eagle Stance
Now slowly raise both arms and hands to a point directly above your head by taking them forward and upward in an arc, until the palms of the hands face towards the ceiling or sky. About halfway through this movement, your hands will be on a level with your eyes — at this point let your eyes follow the back of your hands until the maximum vertical point is reached. This will mean that you will have to tilt your head back during the execution of this movement, but there should be no strain or stress. Ensure that the fingertips of both hands still point to each other.
3. Eagle Stance
Lower both of your hands in a half circle forward and down to a point in front of the lower abdomen. As you do so, allow your head and eyes to follow this movement, until your head is naturally erect and your eyes look directly ahead. Once your hands reach your lower abdomen, let the tension go out of your hands so the fingers point downwards, then immediately slowly rotate both wrists so that the palms of the hands face upward. You will notice that both hands will make a small circle, so that they arrive at a point two inches below your navel. Make sure that the fingers of both hands point to each other but do not touch, and keep them straight without tension.