in intention and energy." When you drop the shoulders and elbows while extending the palms, it stretches the back and the outside of the arms in a way that creates a heightened surface tension from the center of the spine to the tip of the little finger.
Guo (It - to bind or wrap): "Stay internally wrapped in intention and energy." The stretching of the back, twisting of the waist, plus the penetrating and twisting motion of extending the palms precipitates a relaxed compression of the abdominal area. This feeling is not brought about by any conscious contracting or filling of the area around the dan tian, but more as a natural outgrowth of proper practice of holding the postures while walking the circle. Both cheng and guo can be felt most obviously by a beginner while walking the circle in the Guard Stance.
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