Spiraling Nei Gong
It has been over 20 years now since the first time I did standing chi gung, it was like a spark was ignited and years of practice have turned that spark into a fire. When I first started I couldn't understand why I wasn't able to let go of tension, i though of it as if there was some magic switch I just had to find and then all my tension would disappear.
What I eventually came to accept was that there was no short cut I just had to practice more. Admittedly, I would frequently take classes that were over my head in the hope that I would get a little extra to feed the fire. And sort of like a child learning to stand sometimes I would fall and sometimes I would stand, both figuratively and at times literally.
It is hard in a few short words to explain why standing is so important but standing helps all the other stuff to "gel." Initially, standing and moving are taught as separate exercises, later standing becomes the process for wiring in the internals of the physical movements.
In order for this to happen the body has to have become extremely comfortable with the standing dissolving practice, this is important for two reasons. First it acts as a safety mechanism the dissolving can put out the fire if things start getting to hot.
Secondly, it clears out any blockages which present a potential danger when energy starts rising in the body.
Once the dropping and rising of energy are balanced various internal techniques like creating circles, spirals, spheres are used to more deeply open the inner body and the awareness to the energy flows inside of us.
This sets the stage for eventually unifying the energetic body into one unit. This is done in Spiraling the same way the physical unification happens in every gates.
To become comfortable standing is no easy task, but when it finally happens it becomes an incredible oasis from the stress and chaos of the everyday world.