The Entrained Mind-Body State for Coherence & Superior Abilities

Mind-Body State and Physical Skill

Whether in street combat or contest, exceptional fighters embody a special body-mind state that slows things way down, gives them access to super creativity under stress, and allows them to perform with instinctive timing AND POWER.

Superior athletes call the state "being in the zone."

However, this special mind-body state is no longer as mysterious as it once was. IN FACT, WITH PROPER INSTRUCTION, THIS STATE IS AVAILABLE TO EVERY SERIOUS ATHLETE. The pages that follow will define this special mind-body state in terms of
entrainment” — the ability of a person to harmonize his or her biological rhythms. They will also provide a shortcut so that you can learn to induce that special state on your own. It will also be explained how this special state of entrainment is one of the nearly lost secrets of the great internal martial art masters such as Dong Hai-chuan, Sun Lu-tang, Wang Xiangzhai and others. Even more, we’ll show how it is the very foundation that made the internal martial arts both famous and deadly effective.

Below: Students Practice Entrainment applied to Close-combat Training

Below: At Expert Level, Entrainment weakens the opponent, who can be controlled by a slight touch

When this observation is supported by further research and experimentation, it will be revolutionary for two reasons. First, because of the way that the mind-body state, when linked with physical skill, defines the abilities of the top athletes, and second, because it functions as the long sought-after secret of advanced performance, allowing medium and high-level athletes to quickly advance to world-class status in their respective endeavors. In short, it becomes a state of internal harmony that allows a person with only a modicum of skill to perform in a masterful way. A video demonstration of the principle, applied to mock combat practice, can be viewed from the link shown in Box 7-5.

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Chapter 38

The Power of Intention

For a moment, let us step away from our discussion of the history of the internal martial arts to look at the psycho-physiological foundations of these arts. Over the last twenty-five years, a new category of mind-body research has emerged which demonstrates that when one’s bio-rhythms attain a state of synchrony, one can non-physically influence an external physical target. This groundbreaking research suggests that human intention may soon be recognized as a force of nature, but then, why is this discussion relevant to the topic of the internal martial arts?

Here, we will describe how this special mind-body state, when matched with the power of intention, adds a kind of magic to athletic performance. In the examples that follow, that magic materializes as the ability to control an opponent with the most minimal touch.

Introduction to Entrainment

 The practitioner’s ability to entrain biological rhythms is a new way to investigate the genesis of nei chia ch’üan (internal) martial arts such as t’ai-chi and ba gua zhang.

As introduced earlier, entrainment refers to the ability to synchronize one’s biological rhythms. Applied as the key to unlocking  highest secrets, entrainment involves the unconscious pairing of skill with a type of biofeedback training.

Internal martial art pioneers would not have understood the psycho-physiology of biofeedback training. However, they would have noticed how the power of attention could merge with physical skill in a special way that produces a more advanced level of performance. In the current vernacular, this would be called being “in the zone.”

Clues to this kind of superior performance are provided by scientific studies of the power of intention. To demonstrate that human potential could be awakened through the synchronization of one’s biological rhythms, in one of his experiments, Stanford University professor emeritus William Tiller relied on a gas-discharge device to test whether a person could influence the apparatus through intention alone. Results showed that when a person attained the entrained mind-body harmonious state, and then intended to interact with the gas-discharge device, they could cause the device to generate an electrostatic discharge. This occurred when the individual was standing next to, but not making contact with, the device. [i] In other words, the experimental results suggest that intention acted as a physical force! Expanding on his intention experiments, Tiller conducted many other kinds of studies to test and verify that intention could act as a real force. [ii] Some of these are described in Section X.

[i] In his research Tiller investigated the power of intention to influence the external world via a gas-discharge device experiment.  The gas-discharge device was designed to investigate intention as a real world force of nature (as opposed to theoretical or conceptual). Tiller and fellow investigators found that when a practitioner was next to the device while and in a state of biological harmony and then intended to interact with the device that the device registered the intention. Tiller et al conducted numerous tests with multiple individuals between 1977 and 1979.

Tiller, William, Science and human transformation, pp. 5-7.

[ii] Tiller, pp. 222-224.