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This pattern is one of the simplest Tai Chi movements, as it involves no torso movement or weight shifting. It is completely done with the arms. Because this pattern is done with just the arms, it is sometimes called Raise Hands or Lift Arms. It's also sometimes called Tai Chi Commencement, as it usually is the first pattern found in longer Tai Chi sets. We prefer the name Lifting Water, which has been said to be the original Shaolin Kung-fu name for the movement. We've heard that in the Shaolin Temple, this arm-lifting exercise was practiced holding jugs of water as an early form of strength training. In "kinesthetic" Tai Chi, however, the emphasis is not on strength per se, but on relaxed movement using deeper layer muscles.
Tai Chi's Lifting Water - The Visual Approach
First, here are some simple visual instructions on how to perform this movement. Lifting Water uses continuous movement. Use the step-by-step photos to help you understand the basics, but realize that the still photos are not stopping points in the motion, since the motion should be continuous and "flow".
Step 1: Stand in a comfortable stance with some distance between your feet. Your arms should be at your sides, with your elbows turned out slightly.
Step 2: Inhale and lift up your arms slowly, until your hands are somewhere between chest and shoulder height.
Step 3: Now exhale and begin lowering your arms slowly from the shoulders.
Step 4: Continue exhaling and lowering your arms back to the starting position.
Before you continue on with this article, I'd like you to get out of your chair - right now! - and start learning this Tai Chi movement. Get up and try to learn this exercise from the above photos. The only way you are going to understand what I'm talking about in the rest of this article is if you try it. You have to experience the "visual" approach that I've just used above, and then experience the "kinesthetic" approach below. Just sitting in your chair and reading about it does not count!
"Monkey-See, Monkey-Do" - And You're The Monkey!
OK, from this point on, I'll assume you've learned Lifting Water using the above description and photos. If that's the case, what you've just experienced is how Tai Chi is taught "visually." Whether it's a book, a video, or an in-person class, you watch the instructor, and then try to copy her movements. The goal of this instruction is to try to make your movements look like your instructor's. We often call this "monkey-see, monkey-do" instruction. The teacher, book, or video may include some "verbal" instructions to supplement the visual "monkey-see, monkey-do" teaching. Beyond simple instructions like those I wrote above, some teachers will tell you to "stay relaxed" as you do Lifting Water. They will tell you that Tai Chi should be done "flowingly" with all your movements "smooth" and "graceful." And they may emphasize over and over - "relax, relax, relax" as you move.
How "NOT" To Teach Relaxation
I have a rather strong opinion on this next point: I personally think that just telling students to "stay relaxed" is a sign of incompetent teaching. Just saying those words is worthless - it's a sure sign of a poorly trained teacher, an inefficient teaching method, or both. After all, if you already knew how to "stay relaxed" while you moved, you wouldn't be going to the trouble to learn
and no amount of watching someone do the movements will ever teach you how it feels. Kinesthetic details "pump up" the level of benefits you'll receive from this so-called "simple" Tai Chi movement.Tai Chi! And it's also pointless to "demonstrate" how to stay relaxed.it will only take one detail to convince you of the power of the kinesthetic approach. you'll see that these kinesthetic details increase the power of Lifting Water. It will automatically happen when you are given the proper kinesthetic instructions. You'll come away with a greater appreciation of how a kinesthetic approach makes Tai Chi one of the most powerful and beneficial types of Qigong there is. relaxation is a feeling. even so "simple" a movement as Lifting Water. kinesthetic students learn more about Lifting Water (and indeed Tai Chi) in just a few weeks than many "visual" instructors know after decades! But even more importantly. As a matter of fact. This detail is what we teach instead of pointlessly telling our students to "stay relaxed!" And trust me . . You'll find an immense complexity of details and feelings in any Tai Chi or Qigong movement. As a matter of fact. with a kinesthetic approach to Lifting Water. Here's an excerpt directly from our ChiFusion™ Level 2 program. However. After all. a kinesthetic approach opens up an entire new "world" of experience and understanding in Tai Chi and Qigong. So let's take a look at just one kinesthetic detail that adds some "feeling" to this movement. you never have to be "told" to stay relaxed.
" .A Kinesthetic Experiment in Relaxed Movement We often start many of our ChiFusion™ workshops and classes by telling our students: "When we do a Tai Chi or Qigong movement.Excerpt from ChiFusion™ Level 2 Pushing The Wall . One of our most important goals in the ChiFusion™ program is to make the movements feel a certain way to you. In other words. it often feels quite differently to us. we want you to feel the same way doing the movement that Tai Chi and Qigong masters and instructors feel when they do it. We want the movements to feel to you the same way they feel to us when we do them. than the movement will feel to you. and to Tai Chi and Qigong masters and senior instructors.
You have to actually try the exercise to fully understand and experience it. If you don't.You've now learned the basic arm movements for Lifting Water. Don't be an "arm-chair" Tai Chi student! Try this experiment out for the full kinesthetic experience! Note: If you have any health concerns. And reading about this experiment is not enough. for us to give you the "correct" feeling is a bit more difficult. GO FOR IT! . Note: You will need to follow these directions precisely. But if you are relatively healthy. respect your body's limits and don't over do it. Especially if this is your first time doing anything like this. you won't get the proper feeling that we want you to experience. when done properly. will "trick" your body into making the movement feel the same way that it feels to us. We call this experiment Pushing the Wall. we have an experiment we teach in our classes that. While it may have been simple for you to learn. However. you might want to take it easy with this Pushing the Wall experiment.
PUSH REALLY HARD! Push even harder this time. Push. then push against the wall a second time. The harder you can push. push as hard as possible against the wall with the back of your wrists. and place the backs of your wrists against the wall. You should push VERY HARD! The harder. Stand as close to the wall as possible. For this experiment. . 2. Now you will need to stand facing a sturdy. first perform Lifting Water about 5 to 10 times. blank wall. Now. Now take a 5 second break. 4.Here are the instructions for Pushing the Wall. the better. the more successful this experiment will be. 3. Pay special attention to how your arms feel each time you lift them into the air. Use every bit of strength you have to push against the wall with your wrists. for 10 to 15 more seconds. 1. You should push harder and harder for about 10 to 15 seconds. push.
the muscles most people use for normal movement. KEEP PUSHING AND PUSHING .push. don't stop! We want to push as hard as you can for 20 to 30 seconds this time. then begin pushing again.DON'T STOP! The harder you push. How did this exercise work? Well. Keep pushing. If your arms are getting tired. and push more! 5. By tiring them out. the better this experiment will work. keep pushing. Your arms will feel more like they are "floating" or "rising" by themselves. and how they feel now. Do they feel differently this time? Try to describe to yourself the difference between how your arms felt in step 1 above. 6. you "tired out" your surface layer muscles . The movement will feel more effortless and relaxed. Now take another 5 second break. By pushing against the wall. basically we tricked your body into using deeper layer muscles to perform the movements. your deeper layer muscles "kicked in" to help . your second set of Lifting Water should feel quite differently than your first set did. Excerpt from ChiFusion™ Level 2 (continued) Pushing the Wall: How Deeper Layer Muscles Produce Relaxed Movement If you performed the Pushing the Wall experiment and followed our directions precisely. paying attention to how your arms feel. step away from the wall. Now perform Lifting Water again. After about 20 to 30 seconds.
with the pushing against the wall. your body will eventually learn to use these deeper physical structures automatically. That may seem fantastic to you at this point.just like a Tai Chi master! As you progress in the ChiFusion™ program. take a look at the video from our ChiFusion Level 2 course for this movement. but how it feels to her.Basic Movement" Download WMV When you see instructor Carole Taylor demonstrate the movement in the video. While we used a trick to give you this feeling. your deeper layer muscles were fully engaged and ready to help you with Lifting Water. You'll know that the smooth relaxed movement you see her performing comes from using these deeper layer muscles. advanced Tai Chi and Qigong instructors and masters don't need to use tricks. but the Pushing the Wall exercise shows you can do it too . Video: Watch "Lifting Water . Now that you've experienced how this movement should feel. . By the time you stepped away from the wall. you'll now know not just how the movement looks. but with torso and leg movements as well. You can view the video by clicking on the "video" window below. They can engage these deeper layer muscles under conscious command without having to "push the wall" first. They can not only use the deeper layer muscles with arm movements.
If all you've done is read about the exercise and about deeper layer muscles. you've missed the entire point of this article! You are no better off than if you were a student or a teacher in a "visual" Tai Chi or Qigong program. you are worse off . you now have first-hand experience in both the "visual" and "kinesthetic" approaches to Tai Chi and Qigong. (As a matter of fact.at least they are trying!) However.End of excerpt As I said before. you have to get out of your chair and try Pushing the Wall. And I don't have to say another word about it! I'm confident you now have an appreciation of the power of a kinesthetic approach to Tai Chi . if you did try the exercises in this article.
tight physical structures. relieving stress. and how this approach will help you reach your goals of improving your health. inhibited movement.and Qigong .and a simple one at that! I'm certain you now see how these details can increase your level of physical and energetic awareness. weak joints. The theme of Level 1 is Opening Body and Mind. and our Level 1 "body" exercises work primarily on flexibility and range of motion. we're going to learn our first Qigong exercise.all from just one kinesthetic detail . So let's get started right! . And best of all you've seen that with a kinesthetic approach. When you get the Level 1 course as part of your Complete ChiFusion Course. This Qigong style has been around in some form for over 800 years. you can learn to "feel" like a Tai Chi and Qigong master . called "Hold The Sky With Both Palms". and developing energy and vitality. Despite its ancient origins. and even problems such as bad backs. tension. so anyone can fit them into a busy schedule. the eight simple movements that comprise the Eight Brocades can be practiced in as little as 10 minutes a day. and low energy. Best of all. stress. This practice is taken directly from Level 1 of our Complete ChiFusion™ Course. you'll learn eight simple exercises from a style of Qigong called The Eight Brocades. it works on exactly the problems many people face today: lost flexibility.right from your very first lesson! Opening Your Body In this lesson.
Before we get started with this lesson though. The Wuji Stance The way we stand while practicing Tai Chi and Qigong is important.To help you open your body. we'll cover two important topics in this lesson: A. Hold The Sky With Both Palms We'll finish our first lesson with an extremely beneficial Eight Brocades pattern called "Hold The Sky with Both Palms. The Wuji stance is one of the most fundamental stances used in Tai Chi and Qigong." This pattern also incorporates both the Wuji Stance you'll learn in the first part of the lesson. we need to cover some important practice tips. Nearly every style of Tai Chi and Qigong starts with this standing posture. . B. because our stance can either help or hinder us as we learn to open our bodies. So we start our study by learning the proper way to stand.
mental. our most successful students tend to be slow. the most talented. the physically fit. slow learners. or the most athletic to succeed. and they practice within those limits. we've seen the entire spectrum of students: fast learners. athletes. In this time. natural talents. you do not need to be a fast learner. methodical learners who recognize their current physical. and just about every body type imaginable! With the ChiFusion™ approach. "couch-potatoes". those with injuries and handicaps. . and emotional limitations. "klutzes".Four Easy Principles to Success in our Program We've taught Tai Chi and Qigong to hundreds of students over the past 15 years of our combined teaching experience. As a matter of fact.
(We'll talk more about practicing within your limits in the "Important Practice Points" section below. Practice at a level that allows you to enjoy the exercises but still see benefits. and emotional benefits almost immediately! . watch the videos numerous times.From working with our students. Ten minutes of practice each day will bring you faster results than practicing in large bursts of an hour or more a few times a week. Stay within your limits. If you follow these four simple steps. you'll greatly increase the benefits and enjoyment you'll get from the ChiFusion™ program: 1. 3. and use the still images to help you review what you've learned. you too can get the most out of the ChiFusion™ approach and start seeing physical. and learn slowly and methodically. It's better to learn a few exercises well than lots of them carelessly. Work through the lessons at a measured pace and take your time in understanding the ChiFusion™ details. 2.) 4. we've learned that if you do just four simple things. mental. Practice a little each day consistently. Take your time. Read and reread the lessons. Review what you've learned frequently.
Please keep in mind your own . 1. you are responsible for your own safety. Safety first! When working through our lessons.Important Practice Points! Here are some important points to keep in mind while practicing.
Frequent Breaks Take breaks frequently. how long you practice in a given session. And if you are injured or hurt. 3. Do not do anything that in your estimation is physically unsafe or emotionally uncomfortable. take one immediately. If it doesn't feel good. then practice at only 70% of that maximum level. So you should only reach down to your knees or shins. wasting energy and causing injury.both physically and emotionally . well. how many repetitions you do.limitations and skill level. . Qigong and Tai Chi can be more challenging . For example. if we ask you to bend over and reach towards your toes. Any type of straining represents 100% or more. Estimate your greatest ability to perform any given exercise. and you know that you can only reach as far as your ankles. If you feel you need a break. if it feels good. your ankles would be your 100%. In other words. then stop! 2. go only 40% or less. Apply this 70% rule to everything: how far you stretch.than it looks. Practicing at the 40% or less level will give your injury the time and energy to heal without aggravating it. The 70% rule Here's a rule-of-thumb to use when training. then do it.
Now that you understand these important practice points. If you were doing this movement. you would reach up with your right hand and press down with your left hand. You should follow along with the movements as if you were looking in a mirror. look at the photo at right.Important Note About the Video and Photos in This Lesson All of the still images and videos in this lesson are done in mirror-image. As an example. let's get started. .
comfortable stance without extremes of any kind. formless. "Wuji" loosely translated means "unlimited. ." This refers to the fact that this stance is a balanced. This stance is called the "Wuji" stance. we can increase the levels of relaxation we'll feel while doing Qigong. The way we stand while practicing Tai Chi and Qigong is important. By practicing with proper stance. let's first take a look at a basic Tai Chi and Qigong stance. because our stance can either help or hinder us as we learn to open our bodies.The Wuji Stance Since many of the Qigong exercises you'll learn are done standing. or without extremes. stable.
As much as possible. which is the way most people stand. and bones) may have atrophied a bit. The first photo at right shows a splayed-out position. your stance will be slightly narrower than hip width. but this may be due to the fact that 1) the deeper physical structures in your legs (ligaments. you'll find you'll be able release this surface tension while allowing the deeper structures to do the work for which they were designed. Don’t rock . The correct foot position may feel uncomfortable at first. tendons. you'll need to place your feet directly under hip sockets. Since this is not the same as the outside of your hips. The second photo shows the proper position. if you work towards the correct foot position. Over time. and 2) you've compensated for the atrophy by tensing the surface muscles. with the foot flat on the ground except of course for the arch. place your feet so that they are parallel. The hip socket is where your leg connects into your torso inside your hip. Your weight should be equally distributed over your foot. with the second toe (next to big toe) pointing forward. This is not the same as the splayed-out foot position.It Starts with the Feet! To stand in the Wuji stance. Notice in the photo the difference between the outside of the hip and the location of the hip socket.
Your ankles should be directly over your heels. relaxed. . Stand with a slight bend to your knees. but do not bend them excessively (as in the second photo). collapsing your arches.back on your heels or rock forward on balls of feet. A slight. and do not let them roll out. This slight bend will help you feel more balanced and stable. Do not let your ankles roll in. putting stress on the ankles. comfortable bend is what we're looking for. Do not lock your knees (as in the first photo at right).
This "sitting down" feeling will position your lower back and hips properly. For the proper position. we are increasing the amount of muscular tension in our upper body. and we're in danger of becoming "top-heavy." For maximum relaxation in Wuji stance. shoulder’s held back. but only go the first inch or so. and keep the lower back open and flat. stomach in. lower back arched. For the torso. think about how you would start to sit down in a chair. Hips. allow the shoulders to drop. This is exactly the opposite of what we want! When we thrust out the chest and arch the lower back in military posture. you should stand with your lower back and hips relaxed downward. . first think of "military" posture: chest out.Legs. Feel how much more relaxed and tension-free this feels when compared to military posture. relax the stomach outward. This allows the weight of our upper body to sink to our legs and feet. The buttocks should be relaxed downward as well and not sticking out. we let the chest relax downward. and Torso in Wuji Stance In Wuji stance.
not pulled back or wrapped forward. . and Head In the Wuji stance.Shoulders. Keep your shoulders in a neutral position. Do not thrust your head forward or tilt it back. with the ear centered over the middle of your shoulder. Arms. The head should rest on top of neck. allow your arms to relax and hang comfortably at your side.
A Relaxed Harmony of Body Structure and Gravity In the Wuji stance. tension-free stance may feel unnatural! Just be aware that your current tension-filled stance is "habitual" not "natural. and tendons) to hold you upright. The Wuji stance uses your body in the way it was designed for standing up-right. We're so used to this tension that at first a correct. and as you start . instead of using your muscles to fight gravity. you are allowing the structure of your body (bones. however." It's a habit you've learned. ligaments. Note. that most of us are used to standing improperly and using tension to hold us upright.
second toe points forward • Weight equally distributed over both feet • Knees slightly bent . The next Qigong movement is Hold the Sky with Both Palms from ChiFusion Level 1.hips and buttocks relaxed down • Arms relaxed. . and head centered over shoulders Improve Your Health with "Secret" NeverPublished Details! Now that you've learned the Wuji Stance. There are many books and videos that teach this exercise. it's time to use it in a Qigong movement.not locked. but only our course includes all of the kinesthetic ChiFusion details that we teach you below. Keep these important points in mind: • Feet under the hip sockets • Feet parallel . you'll be able to release this habit and learn to relax naturally into the proper stance. shoulders neutral.opening your body in Level 1. Practice the Wuji Stance Now take a few moments and practice the Wuji stance. not bent too much • Lower back open .
I have tried many programs and classes. I was thrilled to get your program and experience the kinesthetic details and see the anatomy and the video and all the explaining on how to do this correctly. this "secret" detail for Hold the Sky has never been published in any other book or video! How important are these kinesthetic details? Just read what one of our students told us: "Your Courses Are Unbeatable" says Instructor "Thank you for your Complete Course. I was attracted to your program because of all the information and details you give. check out these details.Thank you for all the research you have done. Such valuable information and it is so easy to understand. Tai Chi Qigong Instructor. I have been practicing.Deborah Moen." -. To our knowledge. I have read many books and practiced from video's from some of our best peers. researching. Certified Relaxation Therapist. studying Tai Chi and Qigong for 5 years. Being able to access it on the Internet is so easy. especially Detail # 5. Whittier. "I am so glad I finally bought the course. Your ChiFusion Courses are unbeatable and very reasonable in price. Reiki Master/Teacher. CA .So even if you already know this exercise.
There's no guessing about why you are doing a particular movement.Click here to read more success stories! Hold The Sky With Both Palms Each Qigong or Tai Chi movement lesson in your full ChiFusion™ Complete course starts by telling you the direct and immediate benefits you'll get from the lesson. and vitality! . as you have to do in some programs. We'll tell you exactly how each exercise helps you on your way to health. stress relief.
the arm movements in this exercise stimulate the circulation of lymph from the lymph nodes in the armpits. • improving balance and coordination." In Traditional Chinese Medicine. torso. digestion. and legs.The Benefits of Hold The Sky The next pattern we'll learn is called Hold the Sky With Both Palms. • improved respiration and breathing. On a physical level. Hold The Sky benefits the "Triple Burners. • activating the immune system via the lymph nodes in the shoulder/armpit area. but in general. our body requires movement to actively circulate it. • increasing flexibility and range of motion. The idea of "burners" symbolizes energy being produced in the body through the "combustion" of the raw materials of oxygen and food. Hold the Sky is great for: • opening up the body. On an energetic level. This pattern is excellent for stimulating the chi energy meridians that are associated with these combustive processes. • better digestion and elimination. And finally. and elimination processes of the body. This pattern also allows you to connect yourself with both the sky and the earth. Lymph is a critical component of the immune system. • waist and back problems. the Triple Burners refer to the respiration. and to activate chi meridians (the energy pathways that flow through your body) in the arms. The circulation of lymph through movement may be one reason why active people are healthier and more resistant to disease than inactive people. .
the videos are mirrorimaged to make them easy to follow! Video: Watch "Hold the Sky with Both Palms" Download WMV How to Hold The Sky As you practice Hold the Sky or any of the Qigong movements in the course. so that you can see exactly how the movements "flow. The movements should be accompanied by slow and deep breathing. The explanation is written in an easy-to-follow style and includes large. You should follow along with the movements as if you were looking in a mirror." Just like the photos. clear photos to help you get the most health. Your lessons also include full motion video and near CD-quality audio. please remember to move slowly and stay relaxed. and energetic benefits. stress relief. . Remember that all of the still images and videos are done in mirror-image.After the benefits section in each lesson. you'll then find a step-by-step explanation of the Qigong pattern.
.Step 1: Stand in Wuji Stance.
but not locked. Step 3: Now exhale. At the same time. and lift the heels off the ground. flip the hands over. and push them to the sky. to chest level. Interlace the fingers and inhale as you lift your hands. near your lower abdomen/navel area. with the palms facing up. Your elbows should be straight. The movements of pushing to the sky and of rocking forward on the feet happen at the same time.Step 2: Bring your hands together in front of your body. . rock forward onto the balls of your feet.
.Step 4: Inhale and lower the heels back to the ground.
(Remember. photos are mirror-imaged.Step 5: Exhale as you bend from the waist to your left. Bend to your left.) .
Step 6: Inhale and straighten up. .
Step 7: Exhale as you bend from the waist now to your right .
.Step 8: Inhale and straighten up.
then lower your hands. Step 10: Now turn the palms down. to shoulder height. we're not concerned with making your movements look like your . An Important Reminder! As we mentioned in the introductory material. with palms facing up. continue exhaling. Repeat this exercise a number of times slowly before continuing with this lesson. and lower arms to the sides.Step 9: Exhale and unlace the fingers.
We can't emphasize this enough. We have never published these details publicly before. Your movements should be within 70% of your range of motion. You do not need to rise as high or bend as far as Carole does. not how it looks compared to Carole's. Concentrate on how the movement feels.instructor's. but adapt them to fit your own physical strengths and limitations. we've learned that a movement that "feels" the right way will give you more benefits than one that merely looks a certain way. As you look at the above video and photos. Do not copy Carole's movements. Up until this point. keep in mind that instructor Carole Taylor is showing you the "textbook" ideal movement. Remember to apply this "feeling" approach to all the movements in this course! From our experience in teaching hundreds of students. That is your ideal movement. It's better to do a smaller movement that is structurally correct than to do a larger movement that ignores the principles of good body structure. This concept is the basic principle of the entire ChiFusion™ approach. . The ChiFusion™ Details section below will help you concentrate on getting the right feeling. even if that means you rise or bend only an inch or two. We're more concerned with making your movements feel the right way. What makes our program so successful? It's our special ChiFusion™ Details! They outline hidden "kinesthetic" details that give you physical and energetic benefits you wouldn't get just by watching and copying your instructor.
For now. you'll find that you learn the details better. a number of these details have been available only to those who have studied directly with masters and senior instructors in Tai Chi and Qigong. practice each of these details one at a time. As a matter of fact. rather than trying to combine them. ChiFusion™ Details for Hold The Sky Here are some important details for this pattern. . read detail 1. and will eventually be able to do all of them simultaneously much sooner than if you try to mix them together from the start. Then move on to detail 2. and practice five to ten times just concentrating on detail 2.they've been available only to students in our private classes. Continue this way through all the details. By practicing them individually. For example. then practice the pattern five to ten times just concentrating on this detail.
chin. Imagine a line that runs right down the center of your body. . the navel. your hands may not be directly overhead. dividing your body into a left and right half. This imaginary centerline runs from the top of the head. down the forehead. Depending on your level of flexibility. center of the chest. navel. but may be slightly in front of your head. Hands Come Up Centerline 2. make sure your interlaced hands come up your centerline and are directly overhead of the centerline when they reach their highest point.1. and groin" on a single line. nose. Any height of your hands overhead is OK as long as they are on the centerline. In this pattern. We sometimes shorten this to say that the centerline connects the "nose. and into the groin.
Hands and Head Stay Centered 4. Do not allow your head to tip or tilt to the side.3. Don't copy how far Carole bends. During Bend Make sure your hands and head stay centered as you bend left and right. . keep your hands and head in line with the centerline. as shown in the second photo. Notice in the first photo how instructor Carole Taylor has let her head dip to the side. Instead. and do not let your arms stretch farther than your head. Remember: it's better to do a small movement that keeps your hands and head in line than a larger movement that doesn't. Bend only as far as you comfortably can while keeping your hands and head on your centerline.
Notice in the first photo how Carole's feet are no longer in line with the hip socket. Do not allow your hips to shift to the right when you bend to the left. keep both of your feet flat on the ground. or to the left when you bend to the right.5. bend from the waist area (around your beltline) rather than shifting your hips. the hips should stay positioned in the same place during the entire exercise. In fact. one foot is actually in line with her groin! Instead. As you bend. and Feet Stay on Ground 6. as Carole shows in the second photo. and on your left foot when you bend to the right. To do this. Keep your hips over your feet as you bend. . Hips over Feet. One hint for doing this: Think about keeping weight on your right foot when you bend to the left.
9. the palms go through three positions on the way down. Palms face the sky as they are lowered to shoulder height. They are: 1. Make sure you keep your palms facing the sky all the way . 3. At shoulder height.7. rotate the palms so that they face down and return arms to side. Palms face each other when they are overhead. Three Palm Positions 8. After bending and unlacing fingers at the end of the bends. 2.
This will cut off energy and circulation. 10. which causes a sharp angle in the upper body. Look at the first photo at right. You'll see that Carole has bent by collapsing her midriff. in order to open up your shoulders and shoulder blades. Bend by Extending 11. Probably the most important detail for Hold The Sky is bending properly. One tell-tale sign that this has happened is that her blouse actually hangs rather loosely away from her . When you bend to the side. reducing the body-opening value of this exercise. do not collapse your midriff or the sides of your torso. Do not rotate the palms down until they are at shoulder height.from over head to shoulder height.
Practice the steps and details until you are familiar with them. To bend properly. Qigong combines movement. and torso continuously while you are bending. The above steps and details describe the movement and breathing. and mental concentration. head. giving her the added benefit of opening the torso and spine. breathing. She bends by extending up and out with her entire torso during the bend. In the second photo. This will help open up your spine and upper body. giving you the proper feeling needed in this movement. Engaging Your Mind in Hold The Sky As we said in the introduction. This keeps her from collapsing her midriff. imagine reaching up and out with your arms. Carole shows you the proper way to bend. 12. then add this visualization to help engage your mind for mental concentration: .body on the side that is bending.
with no abrupt or jerky movements. This visualization will help open your body and stimulate the appropriate chi energy meridians as you practice this exercise. • Breathe gently and easily in unison with your movement. Practicing Hold The Sky Please keep in mind the 70% rule when you practice.Imagine or visualize standing on an ocean beach. how far you stretch your hands over your head. imagine pulling energy from the sun and sky. . As you bend to the sides. then connecting it to the sand below your feet. you are reaching up and expanding all the way to the sky and into the clouds. As you lower your hands. and how far you bend from side to side. Keep these important points in mind: • Move smoothly during the entire exercise. Now take a few moments and practice the Hold The Sky pattern. As you lift your hands overhead. how high you raise on your heels. Also remember to keep to 40% or less if you are injured. • Review the details outlined above. Use this rule for the amount of time that you practice. especially with a back injury. your hands actually run along the clouds.
. 5. and any details. I strongly urge you NOT to get into the habit of following along with the videos or the online course. then click on the orange button to go to the lesson. Watch the introductory video. Here's what I suggest . 6. 4.Tips for Practicing ============================== A few people have asked me the best way to learn from an online Tai Chi course. 1. Read through the new lesson. . 2. paying attention to the benefits. PRINT the lesson on you printer if you don't have a laptop computer that you can move around and if you don't have space to practice in your computer room. go to your computer and log into the online course. When you get a new lesson from me. Start trying to practice the movements. from the printouts or from your laptop. any step-by-step instruction.. If you are practicing in front of your laptop or computer. Take your laptop or printouts to your practice area. 3.
Of course. so you really learn them. and after 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the clock or set a timer. these are just suggestions. Following along a few times is OK. stop your learning session. 7. You can pick up at this place the next time you practice. No matter how far you are into the lesson. just stop. The greatest benefit of our ChiFusion courses is that you can organize your learning and practice the way that works BEST FOR YOU! . but make sure practice the movements WITHOUT the video and the course.
with a few good benefits.Tracing. if you are required to move your hand. your Tai Chi and Qigong practice is a pleasant exercise. and Locking . being just an inch or a few centimeters off in the movement can seriously prevent you from improving your chi flow.Three "Meridian" Techniques to Improve Chi Flow By: Al Simon Greetings The phrase "a game of inches" is usually associated with horseshoes. By that. your Tai Chi and Qigong practice . For example. But with this level of precision. Chi Development is a game of inches as well. we mean that you Chi Development requires precise movements. So if you practice without this level of precision. But as many of you are noticing. Pulling.
. And "meridian" tiao shen are physical "tuning skills" that we use to improve the efficiency of our meridian system and encourage chi flow. but underneath the surface hide complex interactions in your chi energy systems. In Level 1. Exercises from Level 1 make good examples. and gain energy and vitality. "Tiao shen" means "tuning the body". The "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth is a simple exercise. Go to Level 1. relieve stress. the Level 1 exercises appear simple. Meridian Tiao Shen Precision really comes into play when we are talking about developing chi flow using "meridian tiao shen" movements. please open another browser window and log in to the Complete Course. In addition. you'll find a number of high-level precision details and instructions for Touch Heaven and Earth designed to encourage chi flow. involving only hand and arm movement. I'd suggest that you follow along with the discussion below using your Complete Course. But despite its simplicity. So right now. you'll find an exercise called "Touch Heaven and Earth" that is an excellent example. because they focus almost exclusively on chi flow. as opposed to the chi storage practices we explore in higher levels. and it refers to precise skills and movements that teach you body structure. If you are already one of our advanced training students.allows you to reach your full Chi potential to improve your health. Then click on "Next Page" to get to Lesson 2B: Touch Heaven and Earth. Let's take a look at three of these "meridian tiao shen" skills from Level 1 of our ChiFusion Complete Course. and click on Lesson 2.
The theory here is that the hands are a large source of both emitted and surrounding chi. Channel tracing involves tracing chi meridians or vessels with our hand movements. As your hand performs its downward movement. Those of you who have received personal coaching from me in our coaching course know that I insist on making sure this "sweep to the hip" is performed with as much precision as possible. entitled "Correct Path of Hand Downward". This is a way of encouraging circulation and/or storage using the chi surrounding the hands as a guide. By moving the hands in a path that is close to or parallel to a given meridian or vessel. notice how it falls down to the navel then sweeps to the side diagonally to the side of the hip. you . That's because this movement is one of many "channel tracing" techniques you'll find in the ChiFusion course.Channel Tracing Let's start with Detail #2 in the "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth.
your hand movement does not need to be right over the top of the Dai Mai.encourage energy to circulate in the chi meridian or to collect in the vessel. Note that as you perform Touch Heaven and Earth. . Gall Bladder #28. What is important here that the hand movement should at least be parallel and in the same direction as the Dai Mai. instructor Carole Taylor and I have long arms in relation to our torso.) In Touch Heaven and Earth. so our trace is much lower. For example. When we perform the movement are hands are somewhat below the Dai Mai. or the Dai Mai #2. It is an important chi storage vessel that stores and feeds chi to the organs in this part of the body. you will feel the chi movement in your Dai Mai when you perform this hand sweep. This movement of the hand is meant to draw the "attention" of your energy system on the Dai Mai to help draw chi to that vessel. as the hand sweeps to the side. As you become more energetically aware. However. While most energy pathways traverse the body vertically. While that is ideal.the Gall Bladder #27 point. (Not certain of the difference between a meridian or a vessel? See the "Energy Pathways" introduction to Level 2 in the Complete Course. it roughly traces the front part of the Dai Mai ("Belt Vessel"). your movement actually depends on the length of the arm. it traces the front part of the Dai Mai and finishes near one of the following acupuncture points that lie on the Dai Mai . The Dai Mai is a chi vessel that encircles the body near the waist and intersects the Gall Bladder meridian. the Dai Mai encircles the waist horizontally. that doesn't matter. As your hand sweeps to the side in Touch Heaven and Earth.
one purpose of points like the Bai Hui is to help push "stagnant chi" . is a point known as the the Bai Hui. your body can improve the flow of chi through the meridians that intersect with the Bai Hui. entitled "Correct Path of Hand Upward". The Bai Hui is an important point for collecting and emitting chi through the top of the head. on the centerline. As you lift your hand. At the crown of the head.out through the point to the surrounding chi field for "re-processing". . notice how we ask you to keep your hand on your centerline as you press it over head. Bai Hui roughly means "Meeting of the 100" in reference to the large number of chi meridians that meet at this point at the top of the head. or the 20th point on the Governing Vessel.chi that has become unmoving . The Bai Hui is known to acupuncturists as GV20. By pushing out this stagnant chi. The Governing Vessel is on the centerline of the body.Point Pulling Now let's look at Detail #1 in the "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth. In Chi theory.
Locking . As you become more in tune with your energy system. Once again. What is necessary though is that you be right on the Governing Vessel. This Governing Vessel alignment will help pull the stagnant chi out through the Bai Hui. you'll use a "pulling" technique that will assist the "pushing" out being done naturally by your energy system. the exact position of your hand as you pull stagnant chi will depend on your arm length. you may actually feel a pulling sensation at the top of your hand as you perform this movement. but not completely necessary. You'll use the chi from your hand to help "pull" stagnant chi out of the meridians that meet at the Bai Hui.As you press your hand overhead in Touch Heaven and Earth. much as if you were a puppet or marionette being pulled by a string on top of your head. the energy pathway on the centerline of the body that includes the Bai Hui. Being exactly over the Bai Hui is ideal.
when pressing the right hand overhead. In Touch Heaven and Earth. In this detail. In other words. we instruct you to keep your fingers pointing to the opposite side as you lift your hand and press overhead. This detail means that as you lift your hand overhead. Energetically.Finally. In other words. you will be rotating your palm outward and away from the body. though you might actually feel it all the way down to your shoulder. This creates a twisting movement localized to the wrist and forearm. Those of you who've studied martial arts recognize this as an "Adductive Wristlock" in which the back of the wrist is being rotated inward. we are applying the wristlock to our own wrist. we often perform these wristlocks on the wrist of our opponent. the movement builds chi in the arms before releasing and . When pressing the left hand. your fingers should point left. let's look at Detail #3 in the "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth. entitled "Direction of Fingers During Movement". localized twisting movements like this cause "chi pressurization" in the meridians of the arm. In martial arts. the fingers should point right.
as you twist. especially in Level 2's Spiraling Qigong. you build up chi in the meridians of the arms. Likewise. Locking techniques often result in dramatic experiences of chi. there's nothing subtle about "Locking". As you step on the hose. we apply a gradual twist. and when you release the pressure. Flipping over the hand while it is still in the air will heighten the sensation of released chi in the arm. That's why you should flip the hand over. We want a sudden release. while it's still overhead. which then spurts through the meridians cleaning any blockages when the twist is released. During the rising. Precise Techniques for Health. This is important: Do not simply perform the lowering of the hand as a "mirror image" of the rising. and Chi Development While the techniques of "Channel Tracing" and "Point Pulling" are subtle.redirecting it throughout the rest of the body. we instruct you to flip the hand over while it is still overhead BEFORE you allow it to drop. The imagery often used is that of water flowing through a garden hose. But we don't want a gradual release as you lower the hand. then releasing to push out blockages is a primary technique we use throughout the ChiFusion course. before lowering your hand. In Touch Heaven and Earth. to enhance this "spurt-on-release". especially as it starts to descend to the Dai Mai for the sweep to the side. Twisting to lock chi. the water spurts through the hose and will clean out anything blocking its path. Stress Relief. what I consider one of our most important practices. . water stops and builds up pressure.
As you can see. This will allow you to reach your full "Chi potential" to improve your health. relieve stress. point pulling. So until next time. Techniques such as channel tracing. even an exercise as simple as the "single handed" version of Touch Heaven and Earth is filled with many opportunities for precision. and the Microcosmic Orbit By: Al Simon Greetings - . and locking will help your practice become "chi filled". and gain energy and vitality. keep practicing. Circulation Mirroring. and especially .Physical Precision.keep practicing those ChiFusion details! Touch Heaven and Earth .
we then move on to the "twohanded" full version of Touch Heaven and Earth. I'd suggest that you follow along with the discussion below using your Complete Course. pulling. Precision is an important part of Chi Development. And sometimes just a single detail in the course will focus both on "physical" and "energetic" precision at the same time! In that last blog posting. stress relief. these details focus on "energetic" precision . So right now. Then click on "Next Page" to get to Lesson 2B: Touch Heaven and Earth. once you are comfortable with the "singled handed" version. . If you are already one of our advanced training students. Go to Level 1. and locking. alternating-arms version of the Touch Heaven and Earth movement. These three precision hand techniques can help us become aware of and enhance chi flow in the body in even the simplest Tai Chi and Qigong movements. and as you work your way through the ChiFusion Complete Course.In my last blog posting. and click on Lesson 2. these ChiFusion details focus on "physical" precision aligning the physical body to prevent injury and to increase the effectiveness of the physical technique. Sometimes. you'll find many kinesthetic details in our movements you don't find in most Tai Chi courses.making sure that the energy system is properly "aligned" for maximum chi flow. and Chi Development benefits from practice. These details are where we apply the precision needed to get the health. But for the most part. we talked about tracing. And this full version demonstrates how a single detail can enhance both "physical" and "energetic" precision at the same time. please another browser window and log in to the Complete Course. we used as our example the "single handed". In the ChiFusion course.
Physical Effectiveness and Energetic Precision
Look at Detail #2 in the full version of Touch Heaven and Earth, entitled "Falling Hand on the Inside". In this detail, you are instructed to keep the falling hand in Touch Heaven and Earth closest to the body. The rising hand should be on the outside, away from the body. When it comes to precision, this seemingly simple detail enhances both the physical and energetic aspects of the entire Touch Heaven and Earth movement.
1. Physical Expansion 2. On a physical level, one of the main goals of all of the ChiFusion Level 1 movements is opening the body. The movements should have an "expansive" feeling, almost like you are filling and increasing your personal space with the movements. You'll want to aim for the feeling of "stretching" into the
movements - without of course the muscle tightening and joint locking that is used in Western stretching. Since the rising arm in Touch Heaven and Earth specifically helps to open the arm and upper body, we want it on the outside to enhance this expansive feel. As an experiment, try this movement both ways - rising arm on the inside vs. rising arm on the outside - and pay attention to how it feels in the arm, shoulder and upper back of the rising hand. I think you'll feel a greater sense of expansion in the arm and upper body when the rising hand is on the outside. 3. Channel Tracing of the Conception Vessel In addition to increasing the physical aspect of Touch Heaven and Earth, keeping the falling hand on the inside also has important energetic effects. Energetically, the falling hand in this movement performs channel tracing. You may remember that we mentioned channel tracing in the my last blog post. Channel tracing involves tracing chi meridians or vessels with our hand movements. This is a way of encouraging circulation and/or storage using the chi surrounding the hands as a guide. In this case, we are tracing down the Ren Mai, known in English as the "Conception Vessel". The Conception Vessel runs down the front of the body. In Touch Heaven and Earth, we are tracing down the Conception Vessel until we reach the Dai Mai Belt meridian that we mentioned in the last blog posting. Keeping the falling hand on the inside enhances this downward flow of chi in the Conception Vessel. Also, because rising movements have a tendency to "grab our attention" much more so than falling movements, keeping the falling hand on the inside counter-balances the upward-
moving hand. The falling hand encourages a strong downward flow of chi in the Conception Vessel to balance out strong rising chi from the rising hand's movement. 4. Circulation Mirroring of the Microcosmic Orbit
5. In addition to simple channel tracing, the falling hand also takes part in a more intricate energetic technique. This intricate technique involves the coordination of the hands in what is know as "circulation mirroring". Circulation mirroring involves moving one or both two hands in a "mirror-image" of a chi circulation that is happening in the body. In this case, the two hands are moving in a way that mirrors part of the "microcosmic orbit". The microcosmic orbit, also sometimes called the "small chi circulation", involves the flow of chi in a roughly elliptical path through the torso and
head. Specifically, it connects the Conception Vessel mentioned above with the Du Mai or "Governing Vessel" that runs along the back of the torso. This creates an "orbit" of circulating chi through the two vessels. In this case, we are trying to encourage a rising chi through the Governing Vessel in the back of the torso, and a falling chi through the Conception Vessel in the front of the torso. This up-the-back, down-the front orbit generally has a calming and settling effect appropriate for improving health and relieving stress. In Touch Heaven and Earth, the falling hand is imitating the downward flow through the Conception Vessel, while the rising hand is imitating the rising flow through the Governing Vessel. Notice that the hands are a "mirror image" of this circulation, as if you were looking at the circulation in a mirror. In order to mirror the correct circulation we are attempting in this movement, it is imperative that the falling hand be on the inside.
Reaching Your Full "Chi Potential" with Precision Techniques
Touch Heaven and Earth makes an excellent exercise for practicing precision hand techniques such as circulation mirroring. Since it is a simple exercise involving only hand and arm movement, it's easy to learn these techniques without the distraction of torso or leg movements found in other movements in ChiFusion Tai Chi and Qigong. As you can see, just one ChiFusion detail in Touch Heaven and Earth can help you on both the physical and energetic level. This
one detail is a good example of "meridian tiao shen" - body tuning skills that help encourage chi flow throuw the meridians.
Basic Qigong Yogic Breathing Exercise
A chi kung/qigong yogic breathing exercise that will generate and circulate the chi energy for vibrant health, energy and longevity? Also known as slow breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, deep breathing, or inaccurately, belly breathing, these yogic breathing techniques make efficient use of oxygen. Since the brain uses up to eighty percent of the oxygen we breathe in, chi kung/qigong yogic breathing exercises not only supply oxygen to the body for energy, but also nourishes the brain with oxygen, resulting in mental clarity and alertness (see Qigong Health Benefits). When we breathe improperly, not enough oxygen goes to the brain and we become sluggish and unable to concentrate. If you have never done chi kung/qigong yogic breathing or diaphragmatic breathing before, you need to first establish a baseline by breathing normally and counting your breaths per minute. Most people take quick shallow breaths when they breathe. When they breathe from the top half of their chest they are actually wasting more than half of their lung capacity. To compensate, they tend to breathe more rapidly, as much as twenty or more breaths per minute. The breathing exercise I'm about to show you is a general chi kung/qigong exercise that follows the principles of all diaphragmatic breathing techniques. (See Qigong/Chi Kung Breathing Techniques).
After establishing a baseline of your usual breathing pattern, you need to follow these steps:
1. You can do this breathing exercise sitting or lying down. If you are sitting, make sure you're not slouching, but you should still be relaxed. If you find this difficult to do, the easiest position is to lie down on your back with your hands relaxed at your sides and a book on your stomach. The book is an optional visual aid so that you can see better how your lower abdomen expands and collapses as you breathe. 2. Inhale slowly, visualizing filling your belly with air. This is why yogic breathing is sometimes inaccurately called "belly breathing". What actually happens is that when you expand your lower abdomen, you automatically pull down the diaphragm, a muscular membrane located in the solar plexus.
see your lower abdomen collapse within itself. you will find your breathing will begin to slow down even more perceptibly to two to four breaths per minute. including: mental clarity. As you get better. pause. because a tortoise breathes very slowly. but for the sake of visualization. Remember to pause again briefly before taking the next inhalation. it makes the yogic breathing easier to practice. you should be breathing about eight breaths per minute. Then begin timing yourself for one minute: an inhalation and exhalation count together as one breath. especially for beginners. Try this breathing exercise for a few minutes until you begin to fall into a natural rhythm: breathe in slowly. breathe out slowly. We call this tortoise breathing. releasing all the air. . Pause briefly for about half a second before exhaling. 4. 6. As you breathe out. Of course. It uses oxygen very efficiently. better concentration. pause. not only will you feel more relaxed. but you will experience a whole multitude of health benefits. air does not really come in and out of the abdomen. and thus is able to live a very long life. a stronger immune system and longevity. when you practice this breathing exercise. When you are able to do this breathing exercise on a regular basis until it becomes unconscious and you can do it in your sleep. 5. You should find that yogic breathing is much slower than your usual breathing pattern. If you are like most beginners.Pulling down the diaphragm allows the lungs to expand and fill up with air to their maximum capacity.
As they grow older. even though they may have faster heartbeats. most babies and toddlers. . sleep so soundly. you can extend your life span! Take a look at all living creatures around you: the faster their heartbeat. On the other hand. you would see how their bellies pump in and out like bellows. Children grow up very quickly because they have faster heartbeats than adults. you will see how shallow their breathing is.When your breathing is habitually slow. are also belly breathers. body temperature and blood pressure. Want to experience their energy and youth? Practice the yogic breathing exercise outlined in the steps above. Just ten minutes a day will make a big difference to your health and well being. if you ever look at dying people taking their last few breaths in life. their hearts start to slow down and their growth rate also slows down. and we adults can barely keep up with them! (See Qigong Health Benefits). the faster they age and the shorter their life span. such as heart beat. Little wonder they have so much energy. In contrast. your autoimmune system and even how long you live. Control of these functions is known as biofeedback. In other words. If you can slow down your heart. Why is this important? Because it gives you control over your health. you begin to gain control of normally involuntary body functions. they are natural chi kung/qigong practitioners! If you have ever looked at these children breathe.
also phonetically spelled chi. That is what gives them life. This particular breathing exercise will help with relaxation and mental clarity. Its main purpose is to promote health and longevity. if you ever start to breathe from your upper half of your chest and throat. Worse. then you will find yourself on your last legs of life! What does chi kung or qigong actually mean? Qi. or kung. your energy. as well as set a foundation for all other chi kung/ qigong breathing exercises. The breathing exercise outlined above is just one of many chi kung/qigong breathing techniques available on this website. and gong. some of them with specific health purposes. It's even helpful on headaches! As with all qigong/chi kung meditations. alertness and clear thinking? This exercise is not only calming and relaxing but easy to learn and takes only a few minutes of your time. you are cutting your breathing capacity in half and thus. or art. this one is also a brain exercise. means breath. A Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise Want a diaphragmatic breathing exercise for energy. In other words chi kung or qigong is literally. because it promotes the creation of neural pathways — . Practice it and see for yourself how chi kung/qigong breathing techniques can help you in a multitude of ways. When you breathe from the chest up.Healthy people practice slow breathing all the time. practice. means skill. the yogic art of slow breathing.
creativity and general cognitive ability. Alternate Nostril Breathing cleanses your body of toxins and contaminants and frees you of debilitating ailments that result from toxicity in your body. Alternate Nostril Breathing is a technique that specifically promotes whole-brain development and hemispheric balance. If you . Since our brain utilizes more than eighty percent of all the oxygen we breathe in. the best way to treat a headache is to feed the oxygen-starved brain. Most of us tend to be predominantly left. Likewise.or right-brain thinkers. which translates into hemispheric balance. By alternating your breathing between left and right nostrils. you are creating healthy brain development. It's what allows your hemispheres to communicate in whole-brain thinking. This corpus callosum is a broad thick band of brain tissue made of massive nerve fibers that acts as a bridge between the left and right hemispheres of your brain. It's especially good for whole-brain functioning or whole-brain synchrony and hemispheric balance by thickening and strengthening the corpus callosum. giving you energy and vitality. Want a healthy brain? You have to develop wholebrain health. intelligence. Suffering from a headache? Breathe it away with this simple breathing exercise. When you breathe in through the left nostril. Like all qigong/chi kung techniques. Alternate Nostril Breathing like all qigong/chi kung yogic breathing increases oxygen in the brain. This brain exercise will help with mental clarity and alertness. you are actually promoting right brain activity.good for brain health. creating an imbalance in hemispheric brain activity and development. breathing in through the right nostril will activate the left hemisphere.
You don't want to overdo the exercise and suffer from too many toxins being released from your system at once. read the Disclaimer before attempting any exercise on this website! Steps For Alternate Nostril Breathing 1. Use your thumb and index finger to press down on one nostril as you alternate breathing through one nostril: Start with pressing down on the right nostril as you breathe in through the left nostril. Sitting Postures and Lying Down or Recumbent Postures) 2. Switch and press down on the left nostril as you breathe out through the right. (see Standing Postures. All qigong/chi kung exercises are very powerful in their effects. Assume a meditation posture. Practice basic diaphragmatic breathing (also called abdominal breathing) with your single nostril inhalations and exhalations. And please.have a lot of toxicity in your body. Switch by pressing down once more on the right nostril as you breathe out through the left nostril. . 5. 4. 3. Then inhale again through the same left nostril. practice this breathing exercise for short periods of time. and this diaphragmatic breathing exercise is no different. Continue with an inhalation through the right nostril.
Whether you are practicing qigong/chi kung for the purpose of health. Also. diaphragmatic breathing. Most practitioners breathe from the diaphragm. oxygen to the brain and cultivation of vital chi energy. five minutes of practice should be enough. That's it — both a diaphragmatic breathing exercise and brain exercise in one. 7. energy. tongue resting against the ridge of your upper teeth and palate. make sure your lips are pressed gently closed. martial arts. If you are a beginner in qigong/chi kung or yogic breathing. or if you have a lot of toxicity in you. In fact. including abdominal breathing.6. always pause between inhalation and exhalation. all beginners should start with the basic abdominal breathing technique before trying any other breathing exercise. When practicing these breathing exercises. Repeat these steps for anywhere from ten to 30 minutes per sitting. Alternate Nostril Breathing is a simple exercise to learn and practice every day with excellent benefits. Diaphragmatic Breathing & Other Methods Diaphragmatic breathing exercises and other yogic breathing techniques are probably one of the most important aspects of qigong/chi kung training you will ever encounter. or other benefits you need to learn these breathing techniques to promote blood circulation. to give the chi energy time to collect itself when you are . a method also known as abdominal breathing or more accurately. relaxation. spiritual development. healing. (See Getting the Most Out of Qigong/Chi Kung).
This creates two major types of chi circulation known as xiao zhoutian or microcosmic orbit. A chronic nose bleed and severe allergies kept him weak for most of his school years.manipulating its strength or force. strength and resilience. and da zhoutian or macrocosmic orbit. Why are diaphragmatic breathing and other breathing techniques so important in chi kung/qigong? They not only promote health and energy by improving your oxygen intake. Though there are certain exceptions. my brother would do various diaphragmatic breathing and meditation exercises that were primarily responsible for his ability to build enormous amounts of chi energy. He was overweight and weak in health. generally. but also increase your strength. or to make any necessary changes in direction during circulation. Every morning. my master made him practice at least two hours of chi kung/qigong breathing exercises every day. My brother was only a young teenager when he first started learning chi kung/qigong. and your lips pressed lightly together. . The tongue is always against the palate. especially internal strength by generating large amounts of vital chi energy. When my brother first started training in martial arts. but they are outside of this topic of discussion. you should always breathe through the nose. (See Getting the Most Out of Qigong/Chi Kung Training). with your tongue placed in a natural resting position against the upper teeth and palate. There are other types of chi circulations. because it acts as a bridge for the chi energy to pass through from the top of the head down through the esophagus.
More than two years later. If you are in doubt as to your ability or level of expertise and still wish to try this method. This powerful qigong three-in-one breathing technique covers three different types of yogic . so called because fetuses practice this before they are born. as well as rapid chi development. This method promotes youth. embryonic or fetal yogic breathing. there are also many other yogic breathing techniques. he no longer suffered from profuse nose bleeding or severe allergies. Another type of qigong breathing is the Huxi Liao Fa or Three Breath Qigong Therapy. make sure you practice under the supervision of an experienced master. This type of chi kung/ qigong will promote intense generation of concentrated chi in a very short period of time. longevity. such as at the base of the throat: one thrust of a chopstick at that location. Stopped Breath chi kung/qigong involves some risks and therefore.However. especially at the very advanced levels. Other advanced forms of chi kung/qigong will also employ reverse. should be practiced only by very advanced or experienced practitioners who know how to control their chi. his chi energy was so strong. several months after training in chi kung/qigong. One of them is known as Daliang Cun Qi Fa ("Amassing Chi") or Stopped Breath chi kung/qigong where practitioners will literally stop breathing for prolonged periods. prenatal. he was able to channel it through three fingers to effectively push opponents twice his size so that they would fly a distance of thirty feet! He was also able to concentrate his repulse chi to protect vulnerable areas of his body. All these accomplishments within a few years of training and even before he finished high school! Besides abdominal breathing. and the chopstick would break without leaving any mark or injury.
chakra meditation. imagery or colors. While all of these exercises are meant to promote health. but concentration precludes judgment: it involves mere nonjudging awareness or acceptance of the experience as just a . guided meditation. strength. Meditation Techniques. creative insight. mindfulness and much more. Postures. breathing. inner peace and spiritual development. In itself. breathing. Generally there are two basic types of meditative practice: • • Concentrative. increased cognition. resilience and spiritual development. which does not focus on any specific purpose. In mindfulness. Mindfulness. focused concentration. please read the Disclaimer and instructions carefully. selfrealization. healing and longevity. personal development. Before practicing diaphragmatic breathing or any other breathing exercises. breathing techniques. requiring focus on specific objects such as mantras. Postures & Focus Tai chi qigong meditation techniques include mantra meditation. tai chi qigong is a form of meditation. mantras and many other techniques to focus concentration all need to be considered when learning how to meditate. keep in mind there are always some inherent risks.breathing for tonifying and detoxifying the body. nor does it attempt to manipulate or exert control over any stimuli. the meditator may still use breathing or music as aids to focus the mind. A logical sequel to the basic diaphragmatic breathing lesson. practiced for health.
before attempting any of the exercises on this page and anywhere else on this website. meditative practice and mind control. stances & rooting the chi 3. as well as other more advanced but lesser known techniques of yogic breathing. Qigong/chi kung gives you a choice of either type of meditative practice. Both concentrative and mindfulness are about developing consciousness: that is. personal & spiritual advancement 2. health & healing. ◦ standing postures and body poses ◦ sitting postures and body poses ◦ recumbent postures and body poses ◦ postural alignment.e. Breathing Techniques. self-realization and enlightenment through yoga. moving) forms. creative insight. including medical qigong may or may not include breathing and quiescent meditation techniques. To better understand the different meditation techniques and features. meditative positions and body poses. 4. Tai chi qigong involves both jinggong or quiescent (i. including both still and dynamic forms. Though contemporary qigong. not moving) and donggong or dynamic (i. 1. Postures.matter of being. you can read more about the following categories. both the more well known diaphragmatic breathing techniques. please carefully read over the Disclaimer.e. However. spiritual growth. Why meditate? For martial arts. almost all traditional qigong incorporates both .
chi circulation v. eye positioning vii. Hundreds of scientific studies have revealed their impact on the brain as well as on the body. guided imagery.yogic breathing and jinggong as two of its essential components. This site features informative and easy-to-follow explanations about brain waves. Visualization: i. How Yogic Breathing Fuels the Chi. mantra meditation. chi kung/qigong is only one of many kinds of meditative practices. see also Free Qigong Lessons. Holosync Breakthrough Technology for Faster Results & More Effective Meditation Of course. A great supplemental aid to any meditative practice! d. candles. meditative exercise. chants. incense and other paraphernalia ii. affecting physiological and psychological functions and resulting in profound short and 6. counting c. Also. chakras iii. more aware and more creative. Meditation Techniques to Focus Concentration: a. pressure points iv. most of them incorporating religious beliefs. healing energy vi. drumming. environmental sounds and music c. colors b. happier. etc. For more information on yogic breathing techniques. All meditative practices provide substantial benefits. 5. . hypnosis and binaural beats. b. Brainwave Journeys: A site for exploring how brain wave technology can help make you smarter. Auditory a.
classes and tools.long-term changes. sample lessons. That is the essential difference between the traditional approach and the contemporary commercialized approach. Energy Healing: Some Considerations Qigong energy healing can be used to heal oneself. benefits. and in the advance levels. but many will charge exorbitant prices and pull in students attracted to the idea of "new age healing" or the "qigong for the ultimate experience!" I have seen too many students who are too eager to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a weekend qigong session. If you are new to meditation and would like to learn more about different meditation techniques and schools in addition to tai chi qigong. If the instructor were honest enough. with the commitment to incorporate it long term in one's lifestyle. he/she might teach the real technique. Some will indeed offer medical qigong and other types of basic knowledge. check out meditation-all-you-need. You can learn more about these effects and associated research data under Health and Other Benefits. Forget the weekend workshops and the DVD of ten or twenty lessons guaranteed to turn you into a master. a beginner will not have sufficiently developed healing energy and the ability to control it. There is no quick fix with qigong. Most commercialized schools that offer qigong today are only interested in the profits they reap in. types. to heal others through psychic or distant healing. but even with that knowledge. It must be practiced regularly. .com which provides an excellent introduction to the history. with the promise that they can do healing immediately after they finish the course.
To transform the lifeforce energy that we call chi into healing energy is not something that can be done in a matter of days. It takes years of patient and unrelenting practice and only the traditional training of committed regular practice can provide that. the exercises are meant to realign body posture. either for oneself or for others. Because of six essential reasons: 1. thereby initiating preliminary healing in the practitioner. should not be done except at the advance levels when the healing energy and the yi consciousness are fully developed. as . you can actually drain and even possibly injure it when you attempt to use it prematurely for energy healing. However. A beginner must first build a solid foundation to develop the healing energy. Developing the healing chi energy also activates the body's defence system to begin detoxifying the body and healing itself. How do you know when the chi is developed enough to be channeled for healing? The chi is collected in the dantian where it is generated and nurtured. that itself can remove many imbalances in the body. you might not feel anything there. On the other hand. Anyone who tells you differently is not following the principles of wude meant to uphold honesty and qigong integrity with the intention of causing no harm to people. When practiced properly. Then slowly. When the chi is still young and undeveloped in the early stages. Why is that. weeks or even months. that is not to say that you won't see healing take place in a matter of days or weeks when practicing qigong in the proper traditional manner. At first. to deliberately channel the chi energy to heal a specific injury or pain. and the qualified practitioner is specifically trained in energy healing. you might ask.
Only then can the now refined essence called jing be safely channeled for energy healing. before any healing. If the healer is ill. after only a few casual lessons from my master. because it houses the yi consciousness. you might feel a tingly or warm sensation. up the vertebrae to the head and down the front. Besides myself. she will purify herself through meditation and by fasting or limiting her diet to only fruits and vegetables to guarantee a more successful and uncontaminated healing. Diet and fasting purifies the body. The stronger the chi the more the mind and body will purge and cleanse themselves of impurities. 2. If the mind is contaminated with . but it would also be easy for the illness or other toxins to be transmitted during the healing process. she has become extremely skilled in the art of healing. The healer must be cleansed of toxins in order to channel uncontaminated healing energy. But developing the chi also has another purpose: detoxification and purification of the mind and body. it begins the xiaozhoutian or so-called microcosmic orbit. Though she has never received any formal training in tai chi qigong. The mind plays an important part. many orbits of this to further refine and mature the chi. After a while. Meditation purifies the mind. Though her healing energy is far greater than mine. Once the chi becomes overwhelming and begins to flow out of the dantian. moving around as a separate live entity. How many orbits? Perhaps hundreds to transform the raw energy to something much more refined and powerful. It will take many. my mother has an even greater gift for energy healing. which is a circulation of the energy along the major meridians from dantian to the back. back to the dantian again. both in energy healing and in herbalism. Both play off of each other.the energy begins to accumulate. it will become hotter and more tangible. the more powerful the healing energy. then not only would his/her energy be weak. The more the mind and body are cleansed.
energy healing should only take place when the healer has undergone purification to effect a clean. However. Instead. well-trained healers are very careful not to use their own healing energy to heal themselves or others. advanced practitioners must also develop yi mind power. I do not understand how it is possible for any healer to take a nonchalant attitude of their own health. that the practitioner is able to develop the healing energy and the yinian to channel it. If the illness. Besides developing the chi energy. whose chi is the most powerful that I know. the energy healing will be less than successful. neither can the healer forcibly channel the healing energy to heal its intended target. 4. It is only over time. such as reiki and the laying of hands. . That is why it is so essential that the yi consciousness evolves proportionately with the chi in order to develop the sensitive control of handling the chi. when he feels unwell. channeling one's own lifeforce for the purpose of energy healing would not be wise. For minor energy healing transfers. uncontaminated healing. trauma or injury is severe. a healer is unable to control the powerful chi to channel for healing or for other purposes. Without well-developed yinian. it must be gently guided. possibly evoke an effective healing and not risk transmitting their own illness during the healing? Or to siphon the other person's illness into themselves? It is like having a surgeon perform surgery with contaminated instruments that have not been properly sterilized! Even my master. While I know there are other forms of healing. as this would only drain the vital force unnecessarily. such as for bruising. refuses to do healing. On the other hand. the vital chi can be easily injured. Therefore. If the energy is forced.negative thinking and other impure thoughts and/or attitude. 3. How could healers who are not well themselves.
Well-trained healers know how to tap into Nature's energy. then turned to my master in desperation. but to no avail. . as the drain is minimal. The energy from our natural environment is plentiful and freely available for us to use. Ever been to the mountains or to the forests and note how fresh and revitalizing the air feels. especially after a thunderstorm? That is because of the bountiful chi in the air. She was taken to the children's hospital and placed on an assortment of different drugs. The next morning she revived and even came skipping out of the bedroom. pleading with him to save her life. transferring his own lifeforce into her. So exhausted was he that he had to retire into deep jinggong meditation to replenish his depleted healing energy. he seldom engaged in energy healing for the same reason. each one becoming more severe than the next. When she slipped into a coma. However. and very few would live past the age of 30. This was why most of them would age prematurely. Stories are told in China of ancient times when healers would literally sacrifice their own lives to dedicate themselves to healing. At the time. vibrant with energy and demanding her breakfast! My master. My master took her into his bedroom and worked on her for several hours into the night. her parents brought her home. the child had suffered many grand mal seizures. looked pale and drained. It wasn't until years later. In the past several days. using one's own healing energy is not a problem. that is a different matter entirely. for major energy healing. he improved his energy healing technique so as not to drain his own lifeforce during the healing. he had a goddaughter who suffered from severe epilepsy. When my master was young. her parents brought her to see him in the dead of night. When she was six years old. because the only qigong they knew was to tap into their own lifeforce to heal others.closing energy gates and reducing small pain. on the other hand.
we must also be sure that our own vital lifeforce is strong enough to withstand negative influences during the energyhealing. 6. of the healing that comes from without. . the healer must ensure that his own lifeforce is strong enough to resist the negative influence of his/her intended target. Think of a hose that acts as siphon for water to travel from one end to another. This not only conserves our own lifeforce but allows us to replenish our own limited supply. before any healing can take place. Our yi consciousness is the key to channeling this energy. we tap from the bountiful reserves of Nature. In a sense. as we heal others with the energy from the environment! How is this possible? Because we are mere conduits from which the healing energy passes through from Nature to our intended target. it is important to drain out any excess negative energy that might linger during the transfer — as it so often happens. we cannot tap the healing energy from Nature to transmit to our intended target. Without water at one end. Even though we tap the healing energy from Nature. When we engage in energy healing. The air feels alive because of the healing energy in Nature. It is not unusual for healers to inadvertently absorb the illness of the patient back upon themselves when their own chi is weak to begin with. our bodies are instruments 5. Without our own developed chi. but our own chi energy also plays a vital role in pulling this healing energy through us as well.Negative ions clean the air leaving it fresh and revitalizing. Otherwise what good will it do if the healer is able to help the one healed only to result in his/her own poor health? So after every energy healing. it would not have the atmospheric pressure to siphon the water to the other end. Therefore.
Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief The secret to stress management is in the shoulders and how you breathe. after every energy healing. as well as the person being healed. resulting in chronic fatigue. beginners and practitioners whose yi consciousness is not fully developed. increased weakness and lack of energy. should not attempt any energy healing. Qigong healing is not as simple as most people think.7. Therefore. Let me emphasize again. However. as often. If the energy gates are not closed. Usually. If you are suffering from tension pain and need instant . there are no quick fixes in qigong. It is a mental discipline that requires many years of intensive training to develop the vital chi and the yi consciousness to their fullest potential. Lastly. the healer must remember to close the energy gates of both his/her own. the healer will open the energy gates to increase the reception of the one being healed. For the same reason. only to have them open again later. they are also unable to close the energy gates sufficiently to prevent this energy drain. Sometimes. anyone who tells you there is a quick safe way to become proficient in energy healing would meet with my deepest skepticism. the energy will continue to drain. because the healer's yi mind was not strong enough to close them sufficiently. the healer must always be reminded to close those gates again. the practitioner closes the gates. The yi consciousness must therefore be developed strongly enough to withstand the force of the circulating energy that may inadvertently push the gates open again.
Inhale using qigong diaphragmatic breathing.and long-term stress relief. As you release your breath slowly. This is important if you are to know true relaxation. begin to lower your shoulders . If you are sitting. because you need to know how to "relax" into the stance. but neither should you keep your spine ramrod rigid. As you inhale. I teach them this exercise. 3. If you are a beginning student or new to qigong relaxation techniques. do not lean or slouch. just five minutes of practice every day will provide immediate relief. The following relaxation exercise is the first of a set of qigong exercises best practiced together. The idea is to keep your back straight without being stiff. Think song — relax! 2. When beginning students have problems relaxing. Qigong (also phonetically spelled "chi kung") is all about relaxation. For our purpose. Easy to learn and even easier to master. you can sit or stand for this exercise. you should have already mastered qigong diaphragmatic breathing. you need to know how to do the qigong horse stance properly. Here's how: Before practicing these relaxation techniques. it would be easier to sit. tensing as much as possible. You should also have read the Disclaimer before attempting any of the exercises on this website. Next. If you are standing. try the following qigong relaxation techniques. (See Sitting Postures for more information). bring your shoulders up. pause in your breathing before exhaling. 1.
Pause in your breathing. . By tensing your shoulders. the first thing they tense are the jaws? The second thing? Their shoulders. then hold them a little bit longer. 4. and find yourself tensing automatically. Ever notice when people experience stress. Problem: How can you relax your shoulders when you don't even know when they are not? If you are one of these people. you become much more aware of the opposite.again until they are totally relaxed. To know relaxation. exhale and relax the shoulders. Learn to relax these two and the rest of your body will relax almost automatically. Practice this exercise for a total of eight breaths: inhale and tense the shoulders. Try these two qigong relaxation exercises. That is why these qigong relaxation techniques are so effective. and don't even know when their shoulders are tense. Practice these exercises regularly and you should encounter fewer problems with stress. then inhale and begin the cycle again. Some of my beginning students are so used to having tense shoulders they have trouble relaxing them. No other relaxation exercise work so quickly. Yet they are so effective. They are short and simple and take little effort. try doing this: Tense your shoulders as hard as you can and hold them in this position for about several seconds until they begin to tire. And there you have it — a very simple relaxation exercise. you must know the opposite. pause. pause. When you finally release them feel how relaxed they are now. 5.
and she gained three inches in height! I have no doubt that with longer practice. If you don't have chronic back pain. Fortunately. Chronic back pain is difficult to remedy: it took years for you to acquire chronic back pain and it will take time to fix it. One woman who stood little more than four feet tall (a little over a meter) had a severely crooked back and was in constant pain. she was free of most of the back pain. she will continue to gain "inches" in progress. There are two basic stances practiced in all martial arts: the Horse Stance and the Bow Stance. However. that's okay: Practice this qigong horse stance and you can still benefit and prevent future back problems. thus healing scoliosis and a host of other back problems. To her surprise. I have helped many students with chronic back problems. she discovered her scoliosis was not as severe as before. Unlike external arts.Qigong Back Exercise For Back Problems Qigong back exercise is perfect for relieving back pain by realigning the vertebrae. regular practice of qigong back exercise will take less time to relieve you of that pain than the time for you to develop the causes. After six months of practicing the qigong back exercises. thereby relieving pressure. even some who have suffered pain for over twenty years. The qigong horse stance provides the needed support and good posture that realigns the spine and removes pressure from painful trigger points. do not expect instant miracles from qigong. qigong . correcting posture. and allowing the chi energy to flow smoothly through the spinal column. however.
the rest of your trunk sinking down. 2. 3. If you are doing this stance . Your toes should be pointed slightly inwards or parallel to each other. Before attempting any of the exercises given on this website. Qigong Horse Stance The Perfect Back Exercise for Realigning Posture & Correcting Back Problems 1. just as if you were about to sit down on an imaginary chair. please read the Disclaimer. the tailbone tucked in. If you are standing properly. measuring from your inside heels. They should shake like jelly when you pat them.stances require more relaxed postures and are therefore more difficult for some people to master. 4. The spine should be straight. Knees should always be slightly bent and leaning out slightly. the back of your thighs and buttocks should be totally relaxed. you will find the benefits well worth the effort. There is part of a groin area know in Chinese as Kua. Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Visualize hanging from a piece of thread from the top of your head. However. The kua must always be indented. where your hip and thighs form a crease. with regular practice of these ideal back exercises.
Only your buttocks should be on the seat. start off practicing the back exercise by sitting on the edge of a chair. your back straight. toes pointed forward. Your feet should be planted flat on the ground. again shoulder-width apart. Don't worry if you don't succeed with the qigong horse stance right away. Your knees should be bent ninety degrees. If you pat them. Each time when you rise. so consider this as part of the back pain exercise. repeat the back exercise from a sitting position on the edge of a chair. and your shoulders relaxed. . They should not be tense. The back of your thighs should still be relaxed. they should shake like jelly. Feel the back of your thighs.properly. Now raise your trunk slowly so that you are now standing in a horse stance position. 7. you should feel immediate relief from back pain. If you have trouble with this stance. feel the back of your thighs and buttocks. but not rigid. parallel to each other. not your thighs. If they are still tense. 5. It's actually better for your back to practice sitting and rising in this manner several times. 6.
tail bone tucked in. Now feel the back of your thighs. chi kung) back exercise will realign the vertebrae. promote good posture. . trunk sinking down. If you have scoliosis or back injuries.) away with your back to the wall. Practice this back pain exercise daily to realign vertebrae and correct your posture. knees slightly bent.8. but you need to practice regularly before seeing results. as if you are about to sit down. Visualize hanging by a thread from the top of the head. Stand about six inches (15 cm. Your back is straight. Congratulations. You have just learned the qigong horse stance. Back Exercise #2: Qigong Bow Stance Regular qigong (a. It should be much easier to relax those muscles in this position.k. Lean into the wall to take some of the pressure off your legs.a. If you still have trouble getting into a correct standing position. Major points to remember: • • • • The kua should be indented. qigong stances will relieve these back problems too. try standing and using the back of a wall for support. a perfect back exercise to relieve any back problems. The back of the thighs should wobble like jelly. stimulate flow of healing chi energy and gradually correct scoliosis and other back problems that cause discomfort and chronic pain. Then lean your back to the wall and slide a few inches downward to bend the knees and straighten out your vertebrae.
You should also read the Disclaimer before attempting any of the exercises on this website. Get used to standing properly by practicing the following qigong bow stance and the qigong horse stance. The two back pain exercises introduced on this website are simple to learn and can be practiced anywhere at home and at work.Back pain is usually caused by poor back alignment due to poor posture and little support. but takes time to master. 1. If you have not mastered the qigong horse stance you need to practice that one first. It is the easier of the two stances. and the toes of your left foot pointing out forty-five degrees away from the right. This back exercise appears simple. 2. This stance is called the Bow Stance because it is a stance that Chinese archers traditionally assume when they draw their bows. especially when combined with tai chi qigong movements. but you don't have to go to a masseuse or chiropractor to fix your back problems. Stand with your feet together. Just ten to fifteen minutes of practice every day should relieve and keep scoliosis and other back problems away. Steps to Qigong Bow Stance . Slide the right foot forward so that the heels are shoulderwidth apart. the toes of your right foot pointing forward.
your right foot) are pointing. Square your shoulders to face in the direction where the toes of your forward foot (i. .e. The distance measuring between the two heels should be roughly about the breadth of your shoulders.3. The weight of your torso should be evenly distributed between both legs. knees slightly bent. This should create a wide enough distance that will give you stability in your stance. 5. 4. 7. Then take a single step with the right foot several inches to the right to put space between your left and right feet. 6.
A few minutes of this stance can help relieve chronic backpain and other back problems. you should find the back of your thighs are relaxed: when you pat them. the tail bone tucked in. chronic back pain and other back problems. weight evenly distributed. not arched. creating a plumb line. this time with your left foot forward. knees are bent. Visualize hanging from a piece of thread from the top of your head. rest of torso sinking down.8. they will shake. Visualize hanging from a piece of thread from the top of the head. 10. When you have mastered these steps move back into beginning position. Xu bu or empty stance is another basic qigong/chi . So there you have it: practice this back exercise for ten to fifteen minutes a day to say goodbye to scoliosis. The kua — part of the groin area defined by the crease between your hips and your thighs — must be indented. 9. Qigong Back Exercise: The Empty Stance Another simple back exercise is the qigong empty stance. If you are doing this stance properly. shoulders relaxed. The back of the thighs should feel like jelly. your trunk sinking down. Then slide your left foot out and begin the bow stance again. Your posture should be straight. (See Qigong Horse Stance for more details). Key Points to Remember: • • • The kua is indented.
2. with the other foot resting lightly on the floor for support or in readiness to raise for a kick or a leg block. Follow these basic steps for the qigong (a.k. the crease that divides waist and legs at the groin 3. Most common to the practice of tai chi chuan.kung stance that when practiced regularly will help realign vertebrae and remedy back problems. Bend both knees even when legs are fully extended. The trick to aligning your vertebrae properly is to visualize your . tailbone slightly tucked in. it is also known as the cat stance.a chi kung) empty stance: 1. Indent the kua. It requires most of the weight to be transferred onto one leg. Keep the vertebrae straight.
head hanging from a piece of string from above and the rest of your torso sinking down. 4. Pull the chin in slightly to align your head with the rest of your vertebrae. 5. The toes of one foot should be pointing 45 degrees away from the toes of the other foot. 6. Let almost the entire weight fall on one leg as the other leg supports its position mainly on the toes with the heel drawn up away from the floor. Sometimes the empty stance is practiced with other hand/arm movements or positions as depicted in the image above. Otherwise, your arms can hang loosely at your sides. Practice this simple back exercise for five minutes at a time upwards to half an hour in standing qigong meditation. When done properly, just a few minutes every day should relieve your chronic backpain and keep most back problems at bay.
Free Eye Exercises to Improve Vision
These eye exercises are a part of a qigong (also spelled chi kung) vision therapy that I teach my students. Most if not all of them report seeing an immediate improvement after just a few minutes of exercise. If you don’t believe me, try them yourself. You have nothing to lose, except perhaps your eyeglasses! It’s unfortunate that the eyeglasses are such a multi-billion dollar industry in the West, because they have so much influence over our way of thinking.
Eyeglasses do not improve eye health. They may help you see better, but when you take them off, you’re worse off than before you wore them. That’s because they act like crutches for your eyes. When your eyes start to rely on them, the eye muscles weaken and become lazy. I prove this to my students by giving them a pair of pinpoint eye wear to try on. They can read the eye chart perfectly without eyeglasses! It's not that they have changed anything in their eyes, only in the way they use their eye muscles:
Remember, they aren't wearing eyeglasses, just eye wear frames with cardboard holes, but the pinpoint holes in the eye wear force their eyes to use certain muscles and to relax other muscles in order to focus properly. When they take off the eye wear, they are back to practicing their old habit of not focusing properly. Therefore, if you want to improve vision, the solution is to throw away the eyeglasses you have become so dependent on and practice eye exercises that will train your eye muscles to function properly.
Of course, if you cannot see clearly to function in an otherwise safe environment, then by all means, wear them. But while you are practicing qigong or qigong eye exercises, you should not wear your eyeglasses. In fact, you should try to minimize your wearing time to as little as possible. Let me say this one more time: Eyeglasses not only do NOT improve vision but make your eyesight WORSE over time! Think about it: once you start wearing prescription glasses, with time, you find that you have to get stronger and stronger prescription glasses. That means your eyesight is weaker than it was previously. However, with qigong eye exercises, you can improve your vision and maintain good eye health. There are a number of books on natural eye care. The Bates Method is probably the most well-known and involves similar eye exercises like this one. I have tried a combination of both qigong vision therapy and the Bates Method. Personally, I prefer the qigong vision therapy, because I find the results more effective long-term. These are the basic eye exercises that anyone can practice, alone or in combination with other qigong exercises:
1. Get a hold of an eyechart and test your sight without eyeglasses. Having 20/20 vision means you can see clearly without eyeglasses at twenty feet away. If you are nearsighted, you will not be able to see far. If you are farsighted, you will not be able to see clearly at closer distances. Testing your eyesight before doing the eye exercises will
help you establish a baseline and see the extent of your improvement. 2. When doing these exercises, make sure you are not moving your head, only your eyes. You may want to use your finger and let your eyes follow your finger as you do the eye exercises. The red dots in the following diagrams are where your eyes should target. The first exercise is to look to the right as far as your eyes can move. You should feel the pull of the eye muscles as you hold them in this position and inhale and exhale one time using diaphragmatic breathing for a count of three or four seconds. Then move your eyes to the left, again feeling the pull of the eye muscles as you move them as far left as possible. Inhale and exhale as you hold the position for another count of three seconds to four seconds. Continue stretching the eye muscles, right and left for a total of four times in sync with your diaphragmatic breathing.
3. Next, look up as far as possible, feeling the pull of the eye muscles. Hold as you inhale and exhale using slow diaphragmatic breathing. Then look down and hold that position, as you continue to use belly breathing for another count of three or four seconds. Again, you should feel the pull of the eye muscles. Repeat for a total of four breath
4. For this next exercise, bring your finger close to your nose. Follow your finger with your eyes until you are looking crosseyed. When you start to feel the pull of the eye muscles, hold for a count of three to four seconds, synchronized with one inhalation and exhalation.For the next breath, close your eyes and let them stay as relaxed as possible for a count of one three- to four-second breath. Repeat the stretching and relaxation for a total of four sets.
5. Now, close your eyes as tightly as possible, and hold for a count of three to four seconds, again synchronized with diaphragmatic breathing.For the next breath, open your eyes as wide as possible for another count of three to four seconds. Do a total of four sets in sync with your breathing. 6. Lastly, close your eyes again as tightly as possible. As you are doing this, rub your hands together until they are very
hot. You are stimulating the external chi energy for healing.
7. 8. Keeping your eyes closed, relax them completely and place your palms lightly over your eyelids. You should feel the warm chi flowing comfortably over your eyes from your palms and relaxing the eyes even more, so that you see complete darkness. Continue palming for about a minute or two. Always rub the hands before you palm. 9. When you have finished palming, test your eyesight again with the eyechart. You should find that you can see much more clearly than before. If not, it means you are tensing the eye muscles unnecessarily again, and you will have to continue with the palming until your eyes are relaxed enough to see clearly. When palming, do not press against the eyeballs or you will see stars. 10. When you have finished testing your eyes on the eyechart, finish off the eye exercises with qigong acupressure to stimulate the healing chi energy and help relax the eye muscles. 11. Continue to practice these eye exercises regularly but be careful not to overdo it: eye muscles are like any other part of your body; if you over exercise them, you can over-strain them.
His optometrist told him he had the wrong prescription and gave him a lighter pair of eyeglasses. two things MUST occur: 1. . A few more months went by. The third time he complained of headaches.One of my students was legally blind for the past fifty years but was so diligent in doing the qigong vision therapy (of which these exercises are a part) that after two or three months of the practice he began to complain of headaches. Just like brushing your teeth. IMPORTANT: Vision therapy will improve vision ONLY if you continue to practice them regularly in conjunction with other qigong exercises. you must develop a daily routine that habituates you into using your eye muscles properly. every day like clockwork. he didn’t even bother seeing his optometrist. He has been seeing clearly without glasses ever since. and he again complained of headaches. He got himself an even lighter pair of prescription glasses. those results will disappear quickly without regular practice. Although these qigong eye exercises can produce results that you can see immediately (no pun intended!). I told him to see an eye doctor. What does this mean? In order for these eye exercises to work. You must practice them regularly.
the improvements will be limited to just the improvements the one set was designed to do. I will diligently do the exercises. One set of eye exercises can only bring you so far. you know. They must be practiced with other qigong routines. .S. You cannot choose to practice only one set of eye exercises and expect longterm results. Tom Morey. coming up on my driver's license renewal. you will see dramatic and immediate results.A. read The Do's & Don'ts of Qigong Vision Therapy. Qigong vision therapy cannot work in isolation. thank you SO MUCH for posting all the excellent free advice. I need to do something and don't really want to have my eyes operated on.2.. but those results are only temporary and limited to just that. I'm just now starting the exercises having finally reached a crisis point where. at age 72. Love… Tom .. Yes. and though you may practice them diligently every day. and not being able to pass the eye test. (inventor of the Morey Boogie) San Clemente. That is why the qigong vision therapy programs range from six to twenty sets of exercises depending on the severity of your eye condition. For more information on optimizing your progress. even with my very thick glasses. U. So I'm writing to say.
k. Called Yan Bao Jian Cao or roughly translated as "Eye Care Gymnastic Exercises". both in the school and workplace. take a break every hour or two hours from whatever you are doing and practice some simple qigong eye exercises. Myopia.a. chi kung) pressure point exercises are part of a nation-wide program implemented by China's Ministry of Health to help prevent myopia and eyestrain. thanks to the support and requests from many of my readers. I have finally finished writing the vision therapy programs that are designed to meet all your vision needs. hyperopia. To prevent eyestrain. astigmatism and other eye conditions stemming from eyestrain can result from focusing and using the same eye muscles in one position for too prolonged a period of time.Now. If you have found the above eye exercises helpful. these exercises are routinely practiced everywhere in China. why not try the entire program that addresses your specific need? Give qigong vision therapy a try and literally see what it can do for you! Chinese Pressure Point Eye Exercises Qigong (a. .
Everyone in China knows these pressure point exercises. Squeeze and massage these two points with forefinger and thumb for a count of sixteen.To prevent any possible infections. I suffered from myopia. you should first wash your hands with soap and water before massaging these acupressure points. Massage in a circular direction for both left and right eyes at the same time. at least once a day. These are also good for moistening and detoxifying the eyes. when you felt eyestrain or fatigued. you should do a full set of these exercises including three other sets of pressure points: instead of a count of sixteen. as illustrated in the diagram. These two points are called Qingming or "Clear Bright" points. You may have instinctively squeezed on them before. while dispelling negative chi energies called "wind" and "heat". but I stopped wearing glasses after learning the qigong vision therapy. My eyesight had improved sufficiently that I could read without them. Then. optimally. I continued to wear the same prescription glasses for the next 25 years! That meant . and I wore glasses only for driving. massage each point for a count of eight times eight (totaling sixty-four counts) for each of the four exercises. The red points show the location of the points. Follow the procedure above if you are limited by time constraints. However. Since a child. since they are taught and practiced in schools as part of a regular exercise routine. when I got my driver’s license I found I was still slightly myopic. The diagram shows the second pair of pressure points in a set of four. I have practiced these exercises myself and have been able to maintain my eye health for the past thirty years.
if you already suffer from myopia. To do that. follows Taoist principles of Nature and Universe. Often truncated in English as simply "tai chi. Tai Chi Chuan: Martial Art & Meditation Tai chi chuan. I have been able to continue maintaining good eye health. resort to Ortho C that Canadian optometrist and police officer John William Yee has developed as an easy and permanent remedy for myopia. and my eyesight has not deteriorated. although massaging these points will prevent it from deteriorating any further. (a. More than likely. A further important note: these pressure point eye exercises will help maintain eye health and prevent many eye conditions that result from eyestrain. the most widely practiced of all qigong martial arts and moving meditation. thanks to the vision therapy and qigong I practiced. taijiquan). probably because I practice qigong meditation and other exercises.my eyes had not gotten worse. I confess. However.k." taijiquan is the official phonetic name and is usually called by its full name in Chinese. had I been more persistent I would have been able to improve them to 20/20 vision. they will not reverse it. . Be that as it may. you would need to practice the entire qigong vision therapy. body and spirit.a. or if you are lazy like I am. that I will become lazy when it comes to regular practice. However. the pressure point exercises in combination with other qigong exercises do work and I have my eyesight as well as my students' to prove it. Taichi is truly an intrinsically beautiful art form in motion that engages both mind.
Admittedly.k. As practitioners become more familiar with individual movements common to most tai chi forms. but its chief distinction lies in its martial art application. taijiquan or tai chi chuan signifies a sophisticated form of martial art originally created for self-defense. The extended length of the longer sequences also . because of its many other benefits. Little wonder that this 300-year-old martial art was also once known as mian quan or "cotton fist.a chi kung) practices? Tai chi chuan is just one of many categories of qigong. Thus. At the heart of this unique combination of relaxing grace and beauty is a lethal set of movements ultimately designed to overcome the opponent in combat. taijiquan has withstood the test of time. resulting in the ultimate whole. most prefer to practice the more complex forms. to long complex sequences that might take upwards to half an hour to perform in their entirety. dual interacting dynamic forces in Nature that blend together.Taichi. The tai chi form can range in length from just a few sets of movements that take just a few minutes to complete. based on the principle of "soft overcoming hard". the longer and more complex the tai chi form. (phonetically pronounced taiji). However. Chuan (also phonetically written as quan) means "fist" and refers to barehanded martial arts. the more beautiful. How is it different from other qigong (a. means Supreme Ultimate. not to mention a natural moving work of art. Most beginning students like to start with short sequences. offering its practitioners both health and spiritual benefits. It signifies the cosmological manifestation of yin and yang." Tai chi chuan is made up of precisely executed movements ordered in a sequence called the taichi form.
give the practitioner more time to generate more powerful intrinsic chi energy. healing and personal. History and Development 2. Because of its complexity as both martial art and meditation. Principles of Combat and Self Defense 6. the longer one practices the tai chi form. and its subsequent development independent of other qigong forms. Crucial Principles of Practice 7. Individual Tai Chi Exercises ◦ Key Points to Remember When Practicing Tai Chi ◦ Loosening Exercise for Hypertension ◦ Lan Que Wei (Grasp Sparrow's Tail) ◦ Yun Shou (Wave Hands in the Clouds) ◦ Dan Bian (Single Whip) ◦ Xia Shi Dan Bian (Squatting Single Whip) ◦ Shizi Bai Lian (Cross Lotus Kick) ◦ Mei Ren Zhao Jing (Fair Lady Looks Into the Mirror) ◦ Bai She Tu Xin (Snake Sticks Out Its Tongue) 8. The Many Styles and Taichi Forms Chinese-Swords-Guide. longevity. spiritual growth. 4.com: Interested in Chinese swords and tai chi sword forms? This website offers all kinds of information on Chinese swords. swordfighting. balance and longevity. Names of Taichi Forms 5. martial arts and swordsmanship — just about everything you ever wanted to know about Chinese swords. using yinian to generate and manipulate the chi energy. After all. Since chi is integral to health. tai chi is a study of health. the more effective the practitioner becomes at generating chi and benefitting from it. Martial Arts and the Dance Form 3. Tai Chi Classics . tai chi chuan deserves its own discourse and closer study: 1.
If you experience too much fatigue or physical pain due to weak muscles. and do • • • • . Be aware. Avoid taking a shower immediately after practice for the same reason. Like all physical exercise. Also. Lineage Transmission and Instruction of Tai Chi Chuan Some things to remember when practicing these exercises: • Avoid overeating just before exercise. Most importantly. there are potential side effects that can be dangerous to your health. To realize full benefits of qigong exercise. you should not overdo. take your time in practicing these exercises. stop and rest. avoid exercising immediately after a meal. Therefore. Avoid drinking cold fluids during or immediately after practice for the same reason. It takes time to make improvements. A full stomach interferes with chi circulation. if you overdo and progress too quickly. Listen to your body: do only as much as your body feels comfortable. you should practice regularly for a minimum of ten minutes each day. Try to practice the same time each day to establish a habit. The best time for the circulation of chi is between five and seven o'clock in the morning and between eleven and one o'clock at night. remember to go slow: one new exercise per week is enough for you to benefit and progress quickly. Do not rush the lessons.9.
Contemporary styles offered in commercialized schools is mainly about profit. however. Classic Tai Chi Qigong: 7 Key Components Unlike contemporary tai chi qigong practice. Contemporary tai chi also emphasizes physical movements. grace and beauty. is not business oriented. Place little emphasis on the yogic breathing. spiritual and personal development. conventional training is more intense. and therefore. The traditional approach. Instructors of these schools cater to the demands of the students: get them to master qigong quickly. On the other hand. something that is outwardly impressive that will inspire and awe them. but offers far greater rewards to higher levels of achievement. Key differences lie in the training. mental discipline.not continue to the next lesson until you feel you have fully mastered the first one. colored belts and degrees that mark their levels of progress. it offers far greater benefits than students of the contemporary school could ever imagine: martial arts and self-defence. health. Chinese governmentsanctioned medical qigong relies on simplicity: cut out the spiritualism and religious dogma. Ironically. meditation involved in the practice. healing and longevity. commercialized schools call it "moving meditation" when there is little. a lesser known and dying art form. Stress on physical exercise and relaxed movements. if any. concentration and psychic development. elegance. . preferably accompanied by fancy papers of certification. other than keeping the breathing slow and natural.
but much more superficial. Postural alignment. stances and rooting or grounding the chi. healing and psychic and personal development. often as not. Though graceful. health. inaccurate. Humility to facilitate development of chi and yinian development and to draw on the higher consciousness. Yogic breathing to increase oxygen and circulation and to nourish the vital chi energy. Relaxation and looseness to facilitate circulation and channeling of the chi. if any. concentration. mental health and healing. and higher levels of consciousness for psychic. because they see it as little more than that. in the practical applications of self-defence. So how is traditional tai chi qigong different? Training involves several key components: • • • • • • • Chi development and refinement. Little wonder traditional masters derisively dub contemporary tai chi as balei wu or "tai chi dance". and Meditation to promote development of chi and the yi consciousness. . Yi development for manipulation of the chi for various purposes of self-defence. spiritual and personal development If you are only interested in medical qigong. as they form the basis of a mental discipline in which contemporary qigong has no part. tai chi calisthenics and other types of contemporary qigong that emphasize mere physical movements. then you need not worry about these constituents.And because there is little training. they are not anatomically correct or precise. the movements are.
But once they begin to transition from physical to mental.My master has taught thousands of students. When I was young. my master used to tell me many stories of famous qigong/chikung and other martial arts masters and how they trained their students. lies the vastly different approach to tai chi qigong between contemporary and traditional schools of training. Since the beginning levels emphasize mainly physical. Unfortunately. it is ironically. intent. and though he has always taught with the traditional approach in mind. and deep concentration with subtle changes in energy development. . Medical qigong? Tai chi dance and calisthenics? Contemporary new age qigong? These are nothing compared to the traditional practice which offers far greater rewards than most students could ever possibly fathom. No longer is the qigong merely superficial physical movements but on a much deeper level that includes visualization. most students have little difficulty training at these levels. Many of these masters would test their students to see if they were truly committed to learning the martial art. the complexity of the training becomes more obvious. the fastest and most effective way to mastering any martial art. the few who have continued to train at the higher levels of mental discipline. I can literally count on one hand. And this is where the five key components come into play: Therein. today's commercialized classes just don't measure up. Tai Chi Qigong The Most Effective Way While the traditional way of learning tai chi qigong seems slow and tedious.
(one kind of qigong/chikung). Sounds simple doesn't it? He and three other pupils would practice arm-swinging several hours every day at their master's home. commercial schools cannot teach students in this manner. but already known for his unusual skill in several martial art forms. as would be the natural inclination. The master would walk up quietly behind them as they were training. If the student resisted the push. months and even years on one seemingly meaningless exercise. then suddenly push a student from behind. When my master first trained in tai chi chuan. Unfortunately. so that there was nothing to push. loyalty. and endurance. Sometimes their master would disappear for months at a time before suddenly returning home to see how his students fared. the students were still practicing this tai chi qigong/chikung exercise when my master was suddenly pushed from behind. they were tests on patience. Aah! My master had learned how to yield before an attack! Now. Six months later. My master yielded immediately in response. the master would shake his head and tell the student to carry on. What? Pay a teacher to make me practice several months like this? I might as well learn it without his help! What students don't . he was very young. because all of these virtues are essential to becoming a skilled martial artist. even years without the student ever knowing he or she was being tested! Truly.Many of these tests would last for many months. Yet his tai chi master said he was not ready to learn tai chi chuan until he completed the foundation of warm up exercises that consisted of swinging the arms from side to side. he was ready to learn the next step in tai chi chuan! This was the traditional way of training students in martial arts and tai chi qigong: practicing for long hours. commitment.
My first lesson in tai chi chuan was not the well-known slowmoving form that everyone sees people practicing in the parks. he made me practice raising my right arm extended . but an old man's exercise. That was my typical teenage thinking. But when I was supposed to be practicing the "gentle" art of tai chi chuan. that was too advanced for someone like me! Instead my master taught me how to relax. Unfortunately. cheaper. I enviously watched my brother train in praying mantis staff and bare fist sparring. When I first began learning martial arts with my master. this does not work well with tai chi qigong and other martial arts. (See My Personal Profile). Students want their money's worth and they better have something to show for it at the end of the day. and myself to develop nei dan chi or internal lifeforce energy. And my master decided I was best suited to learn tai chi qigong. Oh no. even though I was so convinced that I would be better at the more fast-paced. action packed martial arts like the praying mantis or sword at which my master was so skilled. Faster. is the slogan of the business-oriented West. I did not have any say in what I wanted to learn—that is up to the master to decide. Both my brother and I practiced qigong/chikung. Every day for one whole week. better.realize is that this is actually the fastest and most effective way to reaching the top! The usual practice of commercialized schools now is to cram students with as much information as they can take in. Tai chi chuan? What was that. my brother to develop his wai dan chi or external lifeforce energy.
in front of me. and about a year later. By the end of the month. the second week. an hour or two hours. I realized how fortunate I was that he gave me such special attention. fang song!" — "Relax! you are not relaxed enough!" or "Practice more!" or "Keep practicing!" Finally. lower it down. Compared to the other students in his qigong/chikung class. Ancient masters viewed it not merely as a meditative exercise routinely practiced. while he watched on. he taught several sets of movements all in one three-hour sitting! After what he had put me through. I practiced for a tedious half an hour. and then lowering it down again. I was just starting out on the first step in the tai chi chuan form. only to be set aside and forgotten until the . I thought we were racing! Years later. over and over and over again. he said I was ready for the next lesson: do the same with the left arm! And so again. chanting "Song! Fang song. Every day. when I opened my own tai chi qigong classes. the same thing: raise it up. assuming the hand position known as Mei Ren Shou or the Fair Lady's Hand. after completing about thirty sets of movements. I made more progress that first month than they ever did in ten years of training! Making the Most of Tai Chi Qigong Stressful demands of today's busy society makes it difficult to practice tai chi qigong/chi kung the way it was practiced traditionally. To my surprise. in the class. he decided I was ready to join the rest of his students. all the time.
eating with him. This went on for many years until I graduated from university and moved away from home. This was the life I was raised. listening to his lectures. for most people. and even practicing qigong/chi kung meditation in my sleep. but even then. Of course. between five and seven o'clock in the . (See My Personal Profile). and eventually on my own. So how can we make the most of tai chi qigong/chi kung meditation and exercise without compromising our training in the limited time we have? Here are some suggestions to which I advise students to adhere: • The best time to practice tai chi qigong is a half hour after rising in the morning. it was a way of life. following in my master's footsteps. watching him when he worked with other students. qigong/chi kung exercises.next session. The demands of work. Every day my master waited for me to come home from school to begin our day together. school and family prevent us from devoting more than a tiny portion of our day to exercise. my master encouraged me to continue my training with other masters in China and Taiwan. and tai chi sparring. and listening to his stories and lessons. this kind of traditional tai chi qigong/ chi kung lifestyle is not possible. whether it be ten minutes or two hours. I thought it a matter of course and didn't know any other way of learning. training several hours a day in yogic breathing. I followed him everywhere he went. Rather. That meant living and breathing qigong/chi kung every moment of consciousness. practicing tai chi qigong under his supervision. rising at five in the morning to meditate. that they followed every minute of every day.
The tongue acts as a bridge for the vital chi energy to flow freely. Wear loose comfortable clothing. you can discard the extra layers of clothing. Tight clothing restricts movement. Practice rooting into your posture. but if possible. abstain from eating. your shoulders relaxed. If the exercise is a dynamic one. As you begin to warm up. resting your tongue at the roof of your mouth. Choose an open space. If you are hungry. you should not practice within the last couple hours before going to bed. such as tai chi chuan or Eighteen Postures of Tai Chi Qigong. The place should be quiet so that you will not be easily disturbed or distracted. against the frontal palate and ridge of your upper teeth. • • • • . Practice yogic breathing. Also wear your clothing in layers. If the tai chi qigong/chi kung exercise requires a standing posture. eat a light meal or snack a half hour before practice. It is important to keep warm during practice. the knees not extending past your toes. chest slightly caved in. blood circulation and the flow of vital chi energy.morning and between eleven and one o'clock at night. preferably with fresh air but no strong winds. as the cold inhibits the flow of vital chi energy. lower your center of gravity. • Establish a daily routine that is consistent with your habits: Practice tai chi qigong/chi kung the same time and at the same location every day. Do not shift or otherwise lose your balance. Make sure when you practice that you are well rested and that your mind is free from all worries and needless distractions. Keep your head and trunk straight. This will inhibit the vital chi energy from flowing. Do not eat a heavy meal before practice.
• Therefore. …as manifested in vital chi energy. As you empty your mind of thoughts. your glands will secrete more saliva and you will find it sweet tasting. an essential element to tai chi qigong and other meditative practices. This is because the vital chi is also contained in your saliva. Below is a brief elucidation of the importance of visualization from my master's book. • Unless otherwise indicated. but swallow it gently. the intrinsic lifeforce. • Calm the mind and relax the body. so should you empty your heart of desires and emotions. using your abdominal muscles. breathe deeply and slowly. Emotions and excess desires injure the organs. a student would never be able to attain mastery of tai chi qigong/chi kung. Yet very few books or commercialized schools in the Western Hemisphere make mention of this fact. making sure to visualize the chi circulating along the meridians or pathways throughout your body. The Secrets to Eternal Life: Tao Teh Chieng: Visualization is the method or Agent used to convert a thought into material or tangible equivalent. • cloud the mind and impede the flow of chi. Empty your mind of all extraneous thoughts. (Lao Tzu). (see Meditation Techniques for more suggestions on ways to focus your concentration). rather than your chest. intent and goal setting are components integral to developing the yiconsciousness. Do not spit it out. that without them. visualize yourself as an empty vessel • that you fill with Tao.In time. Visualize the tension easing out of your muscles. so much so. Let the motivation of our thoughts be always constructive instead of • • . Visualization.
if you take the time to establish a strong foundation. The joints are like gates that regulate the flow of chi energy. detoxification.* • Keep in mind that your movements should be slow and even. Unless otherwise indicated. Yet all feats and miracles are not beyond the abilities of ordinary men if only they are willing to try. the Yogi. These can be injurious to the heart • • • • . the practitioner tries to focus his thought in a single streamlined concentration. Always practice the same tai chi qigong movements over and over again until you master them before continuing on with a new lesson. Thus. Locking the joints will slow down or inhibit its flow. Tai Chi or Chi Kung Masters can perform astounding feats that normal people cannot do. limbs and extremities and apply the acupressure points. Tense jerky movements will prevent the chi energy from flowing smoothly and efficiently. Abstain from drinking cold drinks or taking a cold shower before or after practice. practice the Twelve Treasures or other tai chi qigong daoyin exercises to stimulate muscle tone. after long years of meditation. Why? Because destructive thoughts come back to us like a boomerang. You will learn more quickly and master the movements more effectively. do not lock your joints. eating. or retiring to bed. After meditation. and further blood and chi circulation. (See Additional Learning Tips & Strategies). An ulterior thought tortures our conscience… In meditation.destructive. rest for a while before taking a shower. After practice. Massage the organs. Thoughts and conscience are closely allied or related.
get adequate sleep and try to practice equal amounts of jinggong or quiescent (i. the purpose behind qigong exercises are either tonifying or detoxifying. as well as donggong or dynamic tai chi qigong meditation forms. even injurious to vital chi circulation. a minimum of twenty minutes of daily practice is • • .and inhibitive. drink lots of fluids. In general. it is also advisable to practice jinggong or quiescent meditation and/ or Chi Calming Qigong. influenza. blood. Perform eye exercises to keep the eye muscles in shape and to teach them to relax. and organs. Like all other learning situations. However. abstain from practicing tonifying qigong. fever or similar debilitating disease. Tonifying qigong tonifies the chi. Depending on your medical condition and aptitude for learning. practice qigong/chi kung massage and acupressure. still). particularly dynamic exercises such as tai chi chuan. invigorates both mind and body. If you are ill. your body is focused on cleansing. If you have a cold. Consume nutritious foods. if you are flush with fever or other debilitating disease. your main interest should be to detoxify and remove toxins from your body. it is important that you practice what you have learned inside and outside of the classroom. you should avoid the exercises that target tonification. Most will provide some of both benefits but when you are ill. or rest a while before retiring to bed. supplemented by herbs and Chinese medicine. These exercises will improve your eyesight. tonifying exercises interfere with the detoxification process and will only serve to drain your body of needed energy that should be reserved for detoxification. Since tai chi qigong. • Always supplement your qigong/chi kung exercises with a healthy lifestyle.e.
I provide free online support and advice. there are a stipulated few that should be practiced under supervision. it is always best to review the essentials of what you've recently learned in preparation for the next lesson. However. and read the Disclaimer before attempting any of the exercises on this website. • If you are learning from a master or instructor. . when taught or practiced incorrectly. However. As you progress. However you do it. it lies in your best interests to follow any orders or advice given. only a qualified instructor can transmit the essence of tai chi qigong/chi kung and impart to the student a proper foundation through correct instruction. tai chi qigong/chi kung cannot be mastered in one short session. Most of the lessons I offer on this website are quite safe to practice without the help of a teacher to monitor your progress. You should always take the necessary precautions against unauthorized instruction and demonstration. Like everything else. See Finding the Right Instructor or Master for more information about finding a qualified instructor offline. Instruction should take place only with a qualified instructor. dangerous and even potentially fatal. it is expected that you will gradually increase the amount of practice time spent daily. If you are in doubt. Taking notes and videotaping can help to jog your memory of essential details. Should you have any questions or require guidance in your training. some exercises. These warnings are placed there for a reason! Remember. tai chi qigong/chi kung is a very safe and healthy exercise to follow.required to see any significant improvement over time. you should seek clarification. can be very harmful. When monitored by a qualified instructor on a regular basis. Please practice the exercises with qualified supervision where I have suggested. Choose wisely and practice with care. especially at the advanced level.
• Keep a daily or weekly journal. As I have said before. Keep track of your own individual progress and learning. but avoid unfair comparisons. By reviewing what you have learned. so if you don't have a support system in place. (especially if students' chi is cultivated at advanced levels). depending on many factors such as medical condition. or getting "more results" than you. Personal development through any discipline can be a very lonely journey. you may experience learning plateaus or feel that you have not made sufficient progress in your learning. and to learn from your mistakes. degree of effort and investment in practice time. it would be very unfair for any student to attempt to compare his/her own progress to that of others. everyone contributes to each individual's success. I still recall when I was only an adolescent among middleaged students in a senior class and the slowest progressing student. Share ideas with other fellow students and offer each other mutual support and help. out of about 30 senior students only about five • • . tai ci qigong/chi kung meditation and exercises are best practiced in groups. Since every student progresses at his/her own individual rate. my master saw something in me that no one else did. By being supportive of each other's progress. recording your learning experiences. At times. as well as your successes. but also see how far you have come since your first attempts. Work with other students. Yet despite my immaturity. but don't be discouraged if someone else you know is progressing faster. Since the chi energy is more easily generated in large student numbers. aptitude. it is difficult to find the right instructor. the larger the better. In the end. contact me and I will do my best to answer all your questions. you are not only able to keep track of vital information.
Tai chi qigong/chi kung masters are admittedly able to perform phenomenal feats of strength and psychic power. and the farther I feel I still have to go. But these are merely side effects and not the end goal. however. Master-Disciple Relationship and Choosing the Right Master/Instructor). the less I feel I know. after only a few months or so of training exclaim how great their chi is or how advanced they have become.of us of continued to train regularly and teach tai chi qigong/ chi kung. Do not be tempted to stray from the path by fame. Progress is not measured in results. Most would agree that the senior students in our class probably know far more than most so-called "masters" in the Western Hemisphere. we are nothing to boast about. and you will make more progress in tai chi qigong than they can accomplish in a lifetime. each one competing to outbid the other in so-called abilities. but how you persist over time. My Personal Experience with the Controversial Falun Gong. By standards measured by traditional masters." Forget those who seek to compete for these material results. there are always students who. (See The Martial Arts Business Industry. Keep to your tai chi qigong practice and do not measure your progress with "observable results. if there is truly any. Training the Traditional Way. we still have a long way to go. in my master and his peers' eyes. Who am I compared to the real masters of old? That is why I find it amusing that commercialized schools often boast of self-styled martial arts "masters" and "senseis" that impress only those who truly know little of the traditional arts. Out of these are also those who join the ranks of selfproclaimed teachers. The more I train. money or ambition. including mine and my master's. gurus and "experts". . In every class.
The same physiological location of the body can be called several different names in the same article to confuse the outsiders. Today the different qigong book writers each of them has his or her own version of what the trainings are. da xiao zhou tian by: Joe Hing kwok Chu 大小周天 The basic foundation training of dao jia (Daoist philosophers) is the minor cycle of the universe and the major cycle of the universe. The Secrets of Eternal Life: Tao Teh Chieng. it is important to note that this practice is not suitable for every body. Minor Cycle of the Universe (micro cosmic cycle) Moving the qi downward along ren mai to the perinium and up the tu mai at the back to complete a cycle is called the minor cycle of the universe. 1985. It is difficult for the general public to read the old Chinese writing on these training. ." because nobody has seen a ghost or very small number of people had had these trainings until the Red Chinese Government started to promote qigong in the late fifties or early sixties. (Edmonton: Aurora Printing & Graphics.Footnotes:*Victor Shim. p. huang tin etc. It is like the Chinese saying "It is easier to draw ghosts than to draw people. second edition). 130-13 Major and Minor Cycle of the Universe (Macro and Micro Cosmic). For example dan tian in the same article can be called he dong.
" is a misnomer. and punching. They are the preliminary exercises of the martial arts. Traditionally these are not classified as neigong exercise." Eight Sections of Silk has nothing to do with the number "eight. including eye exercises. The correct name is "pull and break tendons. a corporate data base supervisor. massaging points. stretching. (Neigong was the term before the term qigong became popular). Arnie Miller is an engineer." In Chinese.Major Cycle of the Universe (macro cosmic cycle) Moving the qi to all the jin luo (meridians) of the body are back is call major cycle." also translated as "eight pieces of brocade.) Introduction These are mainly stretching exercises coming from the Shaolin Monastery which is well known for its martial arts. the names sound almost the same. Eight Pieces of Brocade) Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by: Vera Eby Retyped and reformatted by: Arnie Miller ( Vera Eby is an English teacher in San Francisco. The former is written as: (eight sections of silk) . Eight Sections of Silk (Eight Sections of Brocade. The name "eight sections of silk.
Some "scholars" even did questionable research by fabricating ancient texts. The Exercises Click here to see some of the warm up picture. you can buy books or charts . The first author made the first mistake. on "twelve sections of silk." Traditionally Chinese authors prided themselves in doing "research" in ancient texts. the mistakes might perpetuate. The former exercises are performed sitting on the floor and the latter exercises are performed standing up. Actually the "pull and break tendons" exercises are performed in standing positions and in sitting positions and also in lying down positions. much more impressive than just "eight sections. written by wise men of the Orient." etc.The latter is written as: (pull and break tendons) Today the name "eight sections of silk" is commonly used. Almost all of the subsequent books followed the same mistakes. The Outlines (1) Roll the Eyes 36 times (2) Tap the Teeth 36 times . Most books describe the exercise as consisting of eight postures (movements). In the class we focus on the more important exercises. If there were mistakes in the ancient texts. Today. Many books on "eight sections of silk" describe the exercises as consisting of what they called the scholars' eight sections and martial artists' eight sections." "fourteen sections of silk.
roll the eyes 36 times to the left and 36 times to the right. * Tapping the teeth With the mouth closed.Chest and Arms . Massage the points at the beginning of each eyebrow. * Tapping the bones behind the ears Tap the bones lightly 36 times with your index fingers. Massage the jaw muscles. Massage each arm. starting on the inside of the arm: the shoulder the upper arm the lower arm the hand . Self-Applied Acupressure * Massaging the body Massage the temples.Butt and Legs (5) Movements (6) Stretches * Detail Descriptions Rolling the eyes With the eyes closed. both sides. tap the teeth together lightly 36 times. Massage behind the neck. both sides. Massage the neck muscles.(3) Roll the Tongue 36 times (4) Self-Applied Acupressure :Head .
Pass one palm over the other, slowly, a few times. Massage the outside of each arm, moving up: the hand the lower arm the upper arm the shoulder W Washing the legs Massage the lower back in the area right above the buttocks; find the sore spot on both sides; press & rub. Massage each side of the hips, where the trunk of the body joins the legs. Massage each leg/foot: the middle of the thigh the knee the lower calf the side of the ankle, four
fingers above the bone
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To Maintain Spleen Channel and Stomach Raise One Arm 調理 脾胃單舉手 Stationary (click here to see movie here) Turning the Body (click here to see movie here) Two Hands Supporting the Sky to Maintain Triple Fire Channel 雙手擎天理三焦(click here to see movie here) Spreading The Bow Left and Right as if Shooting the Eagle 左右開弓似射鵰 Stationary With moving stances Peacock Spreading its Screen 孔雀開屏溫命門 The Giant Eagle Spreading its Wings 雄鷹展翅健腰背 Seven Rocks and Eight Rolls to Get Rid of Hundreds of Illnesses 七傾八 顛百病消 Moving the Head and Swaying the Tail to Get Rid of Fire in Heart Channel 搖頭擺尾去心火 Look to the Side and Back To Get Rid of Chronic Problems 左右回首去固疾 Two Hands Holding the Feet To Strengthen the Waist and Kidney Channel 兩手攀足固腰腎 Twist out the Punches with Angry Look 怒目攥拳增氣力 Stretches First warm up the body by loosening from toes to the neck. 1. With hands resting on the waist, men step forward with the left, women step forward with the right. Place more weight on the front and less weight at the back. Rotate the
foot at the back in circle to left and right directions while the balls of the foot contacting the ground. Do about 16 circles on each foot. 2. With hands resting on the waist, spread the feet to the left and right about shoulder's width. Rotate the hip in both directions about 16 times. 3. Place the feet together and hands on top of the knees with fingers pointing inward. Rotate the knees about 16 times in both directions to loosen the back. 4. Spread the feet to one leg's length and place the hands on top of the legs a little behind the knees with fingers pointing inward. Look back to the left and to the right and stretch the shoulders one at a time while pressing the shoulder downward and look back. 5. Straight the legs while still holding the legs to rest the body weight partly on the arms and look back to the left and to the right to loosen the back. 6. Stand straight up and stretch the left hand down while stretch the neck up and to the right. Repeat on the other side. Do this a few times. 7. Stretch both hands down and stretch the head up. Do this a few times. The following #8 stretches were recorded by Peter Croke. 8. Place one hand on opposite shoulder. Place other hand under the elbow of the hand on the shoulder. Pull the elbow across the chest to stretch the triceps of the arm with the hand on the
shoulder. Repeat on the other side. Place the palm of one hand between shoulder blades with the elbow facing up. Place the other hand on the elbow of the same hand. Grab the elbow from the back making sure the forearm is behind the head. Stretch by pulling on the elbow to stretch the triceps. Stretch by pulling towards the rear of the head. Reverse the arms.
Place one arm behind the back at the waist, parallel to the floor and with the palm out and at the mid back level. Grab the wrist (from the inside) with the other hand. Pull gently on wrist to stretch the arm behind the body. Then switch arms. Interlace the fingers and stretch the hands over the head. The elbows are gently straight and the palms are facing upward. Sway the arms and hands from side to side while breathing in and out. Feel the stretch.
Feet are placed in the bow and arrow stance*. Hands are placed on both hips. Stretch by bringing shoulders back and puffing out the chest. The face looks forward and the tongue is stuck out for a good stretch. * Bow and arrow stance: spread feet one legs length apart. Turn one foot so it is facing sideways. Bend the same knee until you cannot see your foot. Rotate the torso so the upper body is facing the same direction. The other leg is straight on an angle. The foot of this leg does not move and remains facing the same direction.
(standing or lying down) Standing: Pull one heel up to buttocks. Hold the leg to buttocks with the other hand holding that leg by the ankle. Balance on the other leg. Lying: While on your side keep the top leg gently straight. Pull the bottom heel, with your upper hand, up to the buttocks. To pull the heel to grab the ankle. Stretch. Repeat on the other side. Lie down on the floor.
Lie on your back. Extend the arms to the sides, so the
elbows are gently straight. The arms are at a 90 degree angle to the body Bend the knees so the feet are flat on the floor. Take one heel and bring it over the other knee and pull the knee toward the floor. While doing this rotate the upper torso in the opposite direction. Stretch and repeat on the other side.
Lie on your back. Extend the arms to the sides, so the elbows are gently straight. The arms are at a 90 degree angle to the body Bend the knees so the feet are flat on the floor. Take one heel and bring it to the other knee. Place it foot against the inside of the other knee and push the knee toward the floor. While doing this rotate the upper torso in the opposite direction. Stretch and repeat on the other side.
Lie on your stomach. Rise up so your upper torso is resting on your palms with the arms straight. Knees are bent so they are supporting the legs and touching the floor. The body is on an angle. Turn the face upward and stretch the body.
* Stretching – Seated on the floor 1. keep one leg straight and bend the other leg at the knee. 2. twist. Bend the arm of the straight leg and place the elbow against the outside of the opposite knee. Reverse and do the other leg. Push the knee toward the floor. Bend the left leg with the foot positioned at the crotch. grip the ankle with your hand. Bend one knee & move the leg so the foot is positioned at the crotch. Spread the legs & lean forward. 3. looking out to stretch the shoulder. At the same time. Place the foot of the bent leg flat on the floor. Turn the head and upper torso in the opposite direction. bend the right leg with the foot facing out.Stay on the floor and get in a sitting position. and turn. with the elbow on the inside of the knee. . put your hands behind your back. Stretch and repeat on the opposite side. 4. Lean to the right & massage the right hip joint. lean towards the straight leg. Place it on the outside of the other leg (at the knee level). In a sitting position with your feet together and touching at the bottom.
With the right knee up. Lower the legs. raise the right leg. Then do the opposite. then do the same with the right. 11. Lie on the floor with the arms extended and palms out. Begin to loosen the body. Now gradually lower the buttocks & flatten the back. With the arms extended and the knees up. 10. Reverse & do the other leg. 9. one vertebra at a time. first. Stretch the neck and look back. pulling it with your right hand. Cross the left leg over the right with the ankle on the right thigh. grip the left with your hand. then turn toward the left & look to the right. grasp it with the left hand and pull it to the left & then back to the right. raise the buttocks slowly. so they are extended straight out. turn toward the right and look to the left. With knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Cross the right knee over the left. Exhale deeply. Bring both knees up toward the chest.roll forward & back. straightening the spine. starting . gripping the ankles or feet. Raise the legs up high and do the windmill (walking on a cloud). 7. 8. just above the knee. one vertebra at a time. 6. Bending the knee & keeping the foot flat on the floor. 5. pulling down and toward you. Then reverse and bring up the left knee. 12.
then closer and closer. Five Animal Chart Play qigong Taught by : Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by : Peter Croke and Linda and Karen . looking far in the distance. Then open the eyes. roll them in big circles. looking around you. and finally blinking.with the toes and loosening the parts of the body in the following sequence: the toes the ankles the knees the legs the hips the perineum the dan tian the belly button area the upper belly the chest the shoulders the elbows the wrists the hands the neck the head the face the throat eventually the whole body Closing: With eyes remaining closed.
Keep the fingertips touching and breathe a third time. Rotate the feet (toes and then the heels) until you are standing with your feet a little more than shoulder length apart. ** . so it is now call "Five Animal Chart Play". (3) Lower the hands back to the dan tian and then raise them in an arc over the head. Rotate the feet back under the body and bring the arms to the side. about two thousand years ago. with palms facing up and fingertips touching and breathe once. Bend the elbows and bring the hands to the side of the body with palms facing up and making two fists. Hua Tuo. Bring the hands together with tops touching each other and fully extended the arms forward.(Peter Croke of San Francisco is a registered nurse. Hua Tuo. It was recorded with a chart of pictures.) This qigong exercise was designed by a famous doctor. Breathe 12 times. Karen of San Francisco is a physical therapist. Bend the elbows and place hands (palms down) and fingers facing forward and together . Bend the knees until you cannot see your toes. Linda of San Francisco is a interior designer. It is an excellent qigong exercise for stress management and rehabilitation after sicknesses. Ma Wang Dui. This version was discovered in a famous grave. (2) Raise the hands to chest level with the palms facing up and fingertips touching and do a second breathing. Avery one claims they are from the doctor. Bring the hands to the sides. Breathe 4 times. of the Han dynasty period. during the Han dynasty. There are hundreds of different version of "Five Animal Play" exercises. Ape: (1) Place hands below the dan tian area.
Interlock fingers of hands and rub back and forth with the palms. then gently tap the same area with the tips of the fingers of the right hand (back and forth) while breathing. at the dan tian level. The palms should be facing outward with the elbows bent. ** (2) Rub the stomach below the belly button. Breathe once. Do this while breathing. Do this while breathing. Stretch the arms out so they are level with the shoulders (to the side of the body) and palms are facing down.(4) Rub the stomach above the belly button. Place hands together in a prayer position in front of the chest then raise the hands above the head and open them up with the palms facing out. with palms facing up and fingertips touching. Rub in a semi-circular movement (the top half of a circle). Breathe 5 times. Place the hands on the middle back with one hand above the other and the upper side against the back keeping the fists. Rub in a semi-circular movement ( the bottom half of a circle). Rotate them in a circular motion until you reach the shoulders and hold them in front of the shoulders. Deer: (1) Place hands. Breathe once. Breath 9 times. Raise the hands to the chest keeping the same position. Breathe once (in and out). Interlock fingers of hands and rub back and forth with the palms facing inward. Return the hands to the side. Bring the hands out in front of you with two fists one on top of the other. Make sure the arms are extended all the way and breathe. Gently tap the same area with the tips of .
When you stop. breathe out. Breathe out as you do this. breathe out and lower the arms and hands to shoulder level. Breathe 6 times. Raise the left arm and hand to the level of the shoulder (fully extended). BEAR: . When you stop. When you stop.** Repeat from the beginning on the other side. Raise hands to chest level and breathe. focus the chi to the side of the torso under each arm as it is raised. Rotate again to the right side to the count of 4 and breathe in. Bring the other arm so it is right below it with palms are facing each other. breathe out and lower the hands again to waist level. Rotate the arms and hands again twice as fast to the left and then back to the right while breathing in. Rotate the arms to the left while keeping the hands interlocked and breathe in. Breathe once. During this exercise. Keep them on the left side. angled and perpendicular to the body. (2)Flip the hands keeping them interlocked and extend the arms to the right side and up as far as you can. Bring the arms to the side. The palms should be facing upward.the fingers of the right hand (back and forth) while breathing. Tiger: (1)Place hands at the dan tian level with palms facing up and fingers interlocked.
Rotate the hands while keeping them interlocked and raise them to the sky. Lower the arm and make 2 fists. hands resting on lower belly (take one breath) 2) keeping the same hand position. Lower the arms to the side. but face each other with very little space between them. Take 1 breath. Rotate the hands again but keep the arms raised over the head. This should place the hands above the head. palms up. When you extend the hands. The palms should not touch. Take a breath. Release the fists.** Repeat on the other side. Keep the arms on the left side while taking 4 breaths. Lower the arms so they are perpendicular to the body while keeping them fully extended. Raise the hands to the chest level and take 1 breath. The arm and hand should be parallel to the body. Touch the palms together and the external palace of labor should be on the outside.(1) Start with hands in front of the dan tian with the palms facing up and the fingers interlocked. Take 5 breaths. Arm movements: 1) fingers intertwined. Take 1 breath. palms should be facing the sky. bring hands up to chest (take one breath) 3) turn palms foward. Take 1 breath. push arms straight out front and raise above head (take one breath) 4) keeping arms in the same position (take five breaths) . THE CRANE Legs in stance position. Raise the left hand with elbow extended fully above the head and the palm facing outward.
palms facing forward and lightly touch fists. release fists.5) release hands make a soft fist and bring hands straight down to shoulder height (take one breath) 6) keeping the same positon (take nine breaths) Legs in narrow stance position 7) As you narrow the stance position. palms up. place one hand above the other (take one breath) Feet shoulder width apart 10) closing: swing arms to the front. **The closing on all of the animal exercises is the same and is as follows: Return the hands to the front of the body. chest level. Bring the hands to the middle of the back (across from the belly button) one hand over the other (palms open) and breathe. fill it up and move to the chest unless otherwise detailed. thumbs down. fist over fist (take four breaths) 9) bring hand around to the center of the back. TOTAL BREATHS 25 * Note: The chi on these exercises should start from the belly. . palms facing out. fists togther. Hands are in a fist. arms forming a circle. chest level (take one breath) end with bringing fists around to the back one hand above the other. Arms are perpendicular to the body. and staighten arms out to shoulder height (take one breath) 8) bring arms straight out foward. Breathe once.
Beginner's Gong (training) 1. Place the hands together with the palms touching. 金 龍 擺 尾 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Breathe normally. Palms should face each other. .Fragrant Qigong (Xiang Gong) Level I and Level II Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by: Peter Croke Edited by: Vera Eby Starting: feet shoulder width apart. The golden dragon wagging its tail. Both hands should move away and then toward each other. The hands should never touch but remain about 8 inches apart. Preliminary exercise: Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Fingers should point straight outward. Repeat. breathe normally. All exercises should be done 36 times. Rotate the hands from one side to the other keeping the hands together and at the level of the chest. These exercises should be done standing and may be done while watching TV.
Fingers should point straight outward. Playing the stringed instrument 雙 手 杌 琴 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Move the hands back and forth keeping them on the same level. Both hands should rotate in an arc movement. 4. The jade phoenix nodding its head. Palms should face down and hands shoulder width apart. The character eight dividing gold 八 字 分 金 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. coming closer at the top and wider at the bottom. 2. Place the hands together with the palms and fingers touching. Palms should face each other (on a slight angle with the topside of the hands turned slightly inward) close together but not touching. The hands should never touch. Separating the begging bowl and the wooden fish 砵 魚紛飛 . The hands should move inward and touch and then move outward in opposite directions. 3. Keep the body straight. Rotate the arms up and down while keeping the hands together. 玉 鳳 點 頭 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. (like playing a flat stringed instrument). 5. Repeat back and forth. (arc like rotation). Repeat up and down.
Do this counterclockwise or to the left and repeat. 8. Repeat back and forth. The lotus leaf blowing in the wind 風 擺 荷 葉 Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. 6.Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Rotate the hands from one side to the other keeping the hands the same distance apart. Turning the universe to the left 左 轉 乾 坤 Place hands at the bellybutton level with the palms facing each other but not touching. Palms should face up. Move the hands back and forth keeping them on the same level. Do this clockwise or to the right and repeat. Rowing the boat 搖 櫓 渡 海 . Rotate the hands together in a circular motion. 9. Palms should face each other. but be shoulder width apart. Turning the universe to the right 右 轉 乾 坤 Place hands at the bellybutton level with the palms facing each other but not touching. (several inches apart). Repeat this movement back and forth. The hands should move inward and touch and then move outward in opposite directions. Rotate the hands together in a circular motion. (like holding two bowls in the hands). 7. (several inches apart).
Bring the hands up to the ears using a swinging motion. Keep the hands several inches from the ears. Curl the fingers as if holding the oars of a boat. Elbows are bent and rock the arms back and forth as if rocking a baby. Curl the fingers when .Place hands in front of the body. Bring the hands up to the eyes using a swinging motion. before moving up again. The hands move forward. 13. 11. Place them several inches apart on the same level. Bodhi Dharma sailing the boat 達 摩 渡 舟 Place hands right over left with palms up. down and then back toward the body. with the elbows pointing out and palms facing down. replacing left on top. Rotate the hands in a circular motion toward the body. Leave space between hands. Right hand should be directly over the left hand. The golden light shining to the eyes 金 光 耀 眼 Start with the hands at your sides. Swing them back down to your sides and repeat. Curl the fingers when you swing. The wind filling the ears 雙 風 貫 耳 Start with the hands at your sides. 12. followed by right hand on top. Pretend you are rowing a boat and repeat this movement. Turning the dharma wheel 法 輪 常 轉 Place hands in front of the body at the mid torso level. Place the hands right over left directly on top of each other. Palms should be facing down. 10.
Closing exercise: 收 功 Bring the hands up to the throat level with palms facing away from the body. Swing the hands and cross them right over the left keeping several inches between them. Curl the fingers and lower the hands down to the waist level making sure the hands are away from the body. Fragrant Qigong (Xiang Gong) Part II (level II) . Rub the palms together to make them warm. Then place them over the face but not touching. Cross the hands below the belly button and then repeat the same. 15. Palms together 雙 手 合 十 Start with the hands at the chest level in the prayer position. Bring the hands up to the forehead. 14.you swing. Do this exercise only once. Lower the hands and spread them apart in an arc like motion. Do this only once. Swing them back down to your sides and repeat. together with the palms facing the face. Hold in this position for 1 minute. Pull the palms down and over the face from the forehead to the chin. Keep the hands several inches from the eyes. Repeat this exercise several times. Crossing the hands 交 擺掌 Start with the hands at your sides.
directly in front of the body. 2. Point the fingers outward and place hands next to each other. Hips should make a circular motion front-side-back-side on the same side that the hands are making their motion. Sway the hands side to side while swaying the hips at the same time. Imagine you are holding a small box about 10 inches wide. Hands should move in a slight circular motion 3. Keeping the box in your . Move the hands outward and back towards the body while swaying the hips. Both hands moving things Place hands in front of the body. Pushing hands and swaying of the hips Place the hands. Palms down and swaying of the hips Place the hands. Point the fingers towards each other while keeping them on the same level. This hip motion is used on all of the exercises.Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by: Peter Croke Edited by: Vera Eby Intermediate gong (training) Hip motion: Sway the hips. palms down. 1. directly in front of the body. palms down.
1. Sprawling tiger moving qi Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Place them at the hip level and point the fingers away from the body. Imagine the box always stays in your hands. Pick up the box and move it to the right side of your body. 2. one side in a circular motion. Place hands to the left of the body keeping the same position at hip level. palms down. Repeat. chest level. Turn to the right and repeat. directly in front of the body parallel to the floor. 4. This motion should be like turning a wheel. Turn to the right side and repeat. and face the palms outward. Jade lady threading silk Place the hands in front of the body with the fingers separated. imagine you are placing the box to the left of your body. Press the palms toward the floor. Turn the hands toward the body. palms down (parallel to the floor). Dragon lady picking lotus Place the hands in front of the body.hands. Sway the right hand back and forth to the right. like claws. Sway the hips at the same time. . Both hands drawing squash Place the hands. 5. Repeat. Turn the hands one over the other in a circular motion. Place the hands to the left of the body while keeping the fingers curled. Palms should face outward when away from the body. Point the fingers outward next to each other while keeping them on the same level. Curl the fingers of the hands.
Folding hands and drawing curves Fold the hands with the fingers interlocked in front of the body at the stomach/chest level. Curl the fingers as if you are holding an imaginary stick. Palms should not touch. Palms should face each other but not touch. Move the hands from left to right and back to the left. Rotate the hands in an arc like movement up and down. 5. Heavenly girl presenting flowers . Moving staff Place hands at the chest level and face palms outward. with one hand next to the other. Poking the hands Place the hands in front of the body between the belly button and the last rib.3. 4. bending at the elbows. Turn to the left and poke hands downward with the fingers together. Keep the hands in the same position. Back of the hands should be facing outward. 1. Sway back and forth keeping the palms over each other and at the chest level. Move the hands back and forth as needed to the left and right. Turn to the right side and repeat. Hands should be on the same level but not touching. 2. Old person swaying Place hands in front of abdomen palms facing inward. Men right palm over left and women left palm over right. Keep hands several inches apart.
Heavenly girl spreading flowers Place the hands directly in front of the body at the stomach level. The palms should face inward. 4. keeping the hands apart. Palms should face each other. Start in the center of the body at the stomach/chest level. left to right. Bring the hands up to the forehead moving up the outside of the face. then bring it to the center. from the left to the right. hands should not touch. Sway the hands and arms back and forth. bring the palms together at the forehead and drag the hands down to the . 3. Empty hands moving the Qi Place the hands directly in front of the body at the stomach level. Post exercise: Bring the hands up to the throat level with palms facing away from the body. Then place them over the face but not touching the face. 5. Do this exercise only once. Place this box on your left. then your right. Sway the hands back and forth. Sway the hands back and forth. Hold for 20 seconds and drop the hands.Raise both hands in the air above the head. Palms facing each other and shoulder width apart. Palms should face down. Rub the palms together to make them warm. Three sages doing sitting meditation Imagine you have a small box between your hands. while they are above the head. left to right. Curl the fingers like claws and lower the hands down to the waist level making sure the hands are away from the body.
Repeat this exercise several times. The Detailed Outline of Guo lin Qigong by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu I. Three breathing and three openings and closings . Many qigong exercises are created recently and are attributed to Buddha to draw attention or as a advertising gimmick. Fragrant qigong is suitable for older people to use as a physical exercises but in a strict sense it should not be classified as qigong. Tian Ruisheng (田瑞生) claimed that this exercise was a classical Buddhist exercise. (him) but he died . Back to Part I Epilogue The creator of Fragrant Qigong. From the names of the movements of Fragrant Qigong. and it's movements. Tian said that Xiang Gong (Fragrant Qigong) has 3 parts and the 3rd part is advanced part and you can only learn it from the grandmaster.chin without touching the face. He died in September 30. Mr. 1995 of liver cancer. We do not know who has been appointed by him as the next grandmaster to teach the 3rd part of Xiang Gong. it seems that they are created by a person who are not familiar with Buddhist philosophy or Buddhist scriptures.
When exhaling. imagine there is an energy field between the hands and the energy pushes the hands apart.Stand straight with arms relaxed. Repeat three times. When inhaling. Straighten the legs. Then imagine there is an energy field between the hands. Hold them apart about shoulders' width. imagine that the energy field collapses. imagine the energy field collapses and the hands go back to the original position. imagine that the energy field collapses. Bend the knees to lower the stance. drop the hands and bend the knees. Hold the hands up in front of your chest a shoulders' width apart. When inhaling. The hands go back to the original position (down on the sides). When exhaling. imagine there is an energy field between the hands and the energy pushes the hands apart. Do this three times. Then hold hands up in front of your chest. imagine the energy field expands and pushes the hands apart. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth three times. Repeat three times. Place the right hand over the point (Sea of Qi) at one and one-half inches below the navel. When inhaling. II. III. When exhaling. Next take one step forward. Loosening the waist a. Rising and lowering with openings and closings Stand with feet about one leg's length apart with arms hanging down on both sides. Place the left . Moving the arms and waist Stand with feet apart about shoulders' width.
(to be uploaded soon) . The right leg is straight. The mingmen is an acupoint on the spine opposite the navel. b. Walking with breath control Usually practice this at least 2 hours a day. Stand with both feet apart about shoulders' width. Hold the position for the duration of six or nine counts. Repeat tilting forward three times. c. IV. Repeat six times. Step forward with your left leg and bend your left knee until you cannot see your toes.) When inhaling. Tilt forward about 15-20 degrees. Then exhale and lower the arm by continuing to move in a large curve to the back and end up at the right shenshu. Repeat with the other side. raise the front arm (right arm) in the front of the body all the way over your head.hand at the back with the back of the hand resting on the acupoint shenshu. Repeat three times. The width of the stance is about one leg's length. (Shenshu points are one and one-half inches on the left and the right from the acupoint mingmen . Repeat with the other arm. Turning with bow-arrow stance Place both hands on your back with the backs of your hands resting on Shenshu points. Tilting forward Place both hands on your back with the back of your hands resting on Shenshu points.
Massaging acupoints (to be uploaded soon) VI.Free training in guolin qigong walk in Golden Gate Park. Then imagine there is an energy field between the hands. When exhaling. With the left palm (Palace of Labor) facing the Sea of Qi . imagine the energy field collapses and the hands go back to the original position. Then inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth three times. imagine the energy field expands and pushes the hands apart. women start with the right side and men start with the left. V. . California. a point 1 1/2 inches below the navel. Men use the opposite leg and arm. PALM IN FRONT OF SEA OF QI Women place their right leg in back. guolin walking Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by Joanna Weichert As in all guo lin exercises. San Francisco. INHALE TWICE WITH TWO HALF-STEPS. These directions are for women. 1. When inhaling. Closing with three openings and closings and three breathing (closing means end of the practice and exit the program) Stand straight with arms relaxed.
EXHALE WITH ONE FULL STEP AND SWITCH ARMS Now take the next step. You may walk in a slow. with the other leg. Exhale as you step. inhale halfway and pause the breath brieﬂy. As you move your leg. Then take another half-step forward with the right leg. you may stop and change sides. switch your arms easily and normally. Keep your left palm in front of your belly. You will ﬁnd it easier as you practice. doing the half-step with the other leg. You may walk for some time--hours even. landing ahead of the ﬁrst leg. medium or fast speed. Continue this in a gentle easy rhythm. and the ﬁrst arm by your side. As you do this. 2. SWITCH LEGS After you have been doing this for some time and if you feel tired. 3. resting on the ball of the foot. a full step. Gathering and Dispersing Qigong 集散功 Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu . Pause and hold your breath.move your right leg even with the left and pause. placing your other hand in front of your belly. ﬁlling the lungs as you do. Practice this for about 2 hours a day.
which is a point on the spine across from the navel.Recorded by: Joe Broda (Joe Broda of San Jose. On the exhale. gathering the qi in the general Dan Tian. You can also do this qigong while lying down and facing up. Breathe and calm the body down. California is a special education teacher) Stand straight with feet apart. an area three inches below the navel. Send the chi up and down the front of the body. This exercise can be used for calming down. Breathe in slowly. Find a perfectly balanced posture. Practise for about thirty six breath at about six breaths per minute. Breathe as indicated. Longevity Qigong Taught by : Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by : Peter Croke (Peter Croke of San Francisco is a registered nurse. Practice these exercises slowly. legs and feet. and from there out to the arms. send the qi to the Gate of Life.) Loosen up by stretching the body. hands. Send the chi up and down . Prepare the body for qigong. about shoulders' width.
the middle and to the upper chest. When raising the forearms. Place your hands by your sides. send the chi to the perineum. Bring your hands towards your shoulders in an arc like motion while keeping the arms above the elbow still. Raise up about 90 degrees or less. This movement is like conducting a symphony. . When the hands come in. 1. (click here for movie). Place the hands in front of the body at the middle chest level. Breathe in when the hands go out and breathe out when you bring the hands inward. (click here for movie). Raise and lower while breathing in and out. Raise both arms in front of you until they are parallel to the ﬂoor. Breathe in on the up and breathe out on the down. Swing the arms back and forth in an arc motion. 2. When you breathe out. keep them even with the sides of the body. Palms should face upwards. Keep the hands perpendicular to the body. they should be parallel and almost touch.
Let the right arm lower to the right knee. Bend the torso at the waist. Bend the knees as far as you can. and the left arm point straight up in the air. (click here for movie). The right leg should bend at the knee while the left leg should remain straight but on a slant. with your hands reaching away from the body as far as possible. the . Palms should be rotated so they are facing each other when pulled in and facing outward when reaching away from the body. When coming up to switch sides. but not farther than parallel to the ﬂoor. Keep the elbows close to the body. keeping them perpendicular to the ﬂoor and mid torso. This is like a cross position. 5. 4. Practice the same movement but turn the palms (palace of labor) downward. Pull the hands toward the body. Stretch them all the way so the elbows are not bent. Breathe in when the arms are pulled to the body and out when the arms are stretched away from the body. 3. Raise the arms so they are parallel to the ﬂoor and stretched out to the sides. Repeat this on the other side.
First build qi in the general dan tian. and out when the torso is bent.one hand over the other toward the body and then the opposite way away from the body. Breathe in when the arms are raised. (Click here for movie).arms will again be parallel to the ﬂoor. The Three Dan Tian in One Exercise 三田合一 Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by: Joe Broda (Joe Broda of San Jose. and then shake the legs and feet. Then send to the middle dan tian. Rotate the hands around each other in front of the body at the mid torso level -. California is a special education teacher) Objective: Using the mind to direct the qi to target areas. which is located on . This is a circular motion. (Click here for movie) Then shake the arms and hands. (Click here for movie) 6.
Step II Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu . located at the perineum (the region between the anus and the genitals). send the qi to the upper dan tian. then to the upper one.an imaginary line 1/3 of the distance from the Sea of Qi (one and a half inches below the navel) to the Gate of Life (a point directly across from the navel on the back). Send the qi back to the middle dan tian and down to the lower dan tian. sending the qi back to the middle dan tian. which is the point of intersection of a horizontal line drawn from between the eyebrows and a vertical line coming downwards from the point on the top of the head where the three bones meet. middle again and down to the lower one. Three dan tian in one. Repeat the exercise. From the middle dan tian.
lower the eyes and lower the tongue from the roof of the mouth to the floor of the mouth to help guide the flow of the qi. Then draw an imaginary line down from where the three bones meet on the top of the head (the soft spot on a baby¹s head). Stand with feet shoulder-width apart.Recorded by: Peter Croke (Peter Croke of San Francisco is a registered nurse. 3. Breathe deeply into the dan tian* (three inches below the navel). keeping them at the sides. Repeat the breathing until the general dan tian is full then move the qi between the three subsequent areas of the body also called dan tian. As you breathe in. The locations of the three subsequent dan tian: 1. Draw an imaginary line from the sea of qi** to the Gate of Life***. Move the qi to the second dan tian while breathing in and out. Fill the general dan tian with qi while breathing in. Relax hands and arms. The perineum is the lower dan tian. Draw an imaginary line from between the eyebrows inward. The upper dan tian is where the lines intersect. He has been helping many people practising guoling qigong in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco). As you are doing this. Keep legs straight but knees relaxed. The middle dan tian is 1/3 of the distance from the sea of qi inward. 2. lower the qi from the general dan tian* to the lower dan tian (perineum) then breathe out. Move the qi to the third .
This exercise may be done standing or lying down. A biological inch is equal to the length of the middle joint of your middle finger. *** Gate of Life : Directly across from the navel. Bring the qi back to lower dan tian Repeat these movements and eventually hit all 3 dan tian with one breath. When drawing an imaginary horizontal line to the back on the spine. Taiji Qigong Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by Peter Croke Edited by Vera Eby . adjust it down a bit as the tendency is to identify the spot a little too high. (on the back).dan tian as you breathe in and out. Lower the qi back to the second dan tian as you breathe in and out. ** Sea of Qi : 3 fingers below the navel or one and half biological inch below the navel. Lower the eyes and tongue as you bring the qi down. between the two kidneys. When you bring the qi to the head raise the eyes upward and touch the roof of the mouth with the tongue to help bring the qi upward. Note: * General Dan Tian : 6 fingers or 3 biological inches below the navel.
1. Palms should be rotated so they are facing up when pulled back and face outward when reaching away from the body. When you bend down. so that when the arms are fully extended out in front of you.) The knees are bent but not less than 90 degrees. Keep the elbows and arms close to the body. The shadow of the sword and the shooting star Legs are in horse stance: The legs are one leg's length apart. keeping them perpendicular to the floor and mid torso (elbows are at 90 degrees). Palms face up. (The leg is measured from the inseam to the foot. The hands are brought back to the sides of the body as far as possible. Breathe inward when the arms are pulled to the body and out when the arms are stretched away from the body. the palms are facing forward. The torso is slightly forward so the coccyx is sticking slightly out. Push the hand and arms forward while rotating the palms. Push the arms. Click here to see video . the knees move in slightly. The elbows move back.Each exercise is done 16 times.
cut across the diameter of the circle to the opposite side (3). Then reverse this exercise. palms will also face upward. The first rotation is from 6 to 9. keeping the fingers interlaced. Next. Click here to see video 3. The breathing is switched as the exercise is reversed. The universe and heaven and earth Legs should be shoulder width apart. Breathe in. Breathe out. first counterclockwise and then clockwise. Imagine a big clock right in front of the body (facing you). Then rotate the hands and arms up and around back to 9 again. Allow the knees to relax. Rotate the arms and hands in a circular motion. The remaining rotations are a half circle between 9 and 3. The arms are in front of the body and pushed toward the ground as far as they can go without bending the torso (elbows straight). The colorful cloud at the edge of the sky . Make a circle as big as you are able to stretch the back.2. Only the first rotation is at 6. Interlace the fingers of both hands with the palms facing downward. When circling upward.
Click here to see video. Lean forward on the front leg as you raise the arm. The fingers are pointed downward. Relax the arms and hands so they are just dangling. The hands are side by side. Raise one arm over the head (in an arc motion). Legs are at an angle. Keep the elbow straight. Spreading the clouds and paying respect to the sun Feet are placed shoulder width apart. Put one leg behind the body and one leg in front of the body. switch the legs. When you get to the throat area. Move the hands in . Arms and hands are at the sides. Place the hands in front of the body. 4. The palms are facing toward the body.Legs are shoulder length apart.) Lower the arm. Raise the arm of the leg that is forward. Raise the hands up toward the throat while keeping them about 2 inches from the body. (When raising the arm the heel of the leg in back will come off the floor. spread the hands out. Breathe in as the arm moves up. they are placed in front of the bellybutton area and about 2 inches from the body. and repeat with the other arm. and breathe out as the arm moves down.
The moon sinking into the Yangtze river Legs are shoulder length apart. Rotate the hand so the fingers are pointing up as you spread them at the forehead or above area. Click here to see video. Keep the elbow straight. Keep toes facing forward. The hands are now to the side of the body but still 2 inches from the body. Keep the palms facing inward. 5. Breathe in as you go up and out as you come down. Put one leg behind the body and one leg in front of the body. the leg is then lifted off the ground in front of the body. Breathe in as the arm moves up and breathe out as the arm moves down. Arms and hands are at the sides. Legs are at an angle. Repeat. Bring the hands straight down and then back to the bellybutton area. When the leg comes forward. Relax the arms and hands so they are just dangling. When the arm is coming down the same leg comes forward. Hold the leg in this spot for several seconds and then lower to .opposite directions of each other. Raise the arm of the back leg over the head (in an arc motion). They are at forehead or above level.
above the head.the ground. down at sides with hands open. switching the legs and repeat with the other arm. Raise the hands over the head and reach to the sky. also in a semi-circle. Arms are at sides outstretched but loose. with palm up. left arm arcs down. Right arm arcs upwards. Ten piles in the sky Legs should be shoulder width apart. Click here to see video. Breathe in as you go up and out as you come down. almost at shoulder height. as body tilts to right. Taiji Qigong Part II Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Recorded by Vera Eby 1. the arms and hands. Arm and hands should dangle at the sides of the body. Repeat. in front of the abdomen. MALE EAGLE SPREADING HIS WINGS Legs apart in riding horse stance. and outstretched. as in . 6. FIERCE TIGER STRETCHING HIS TENDONS Hands are at chest with palms facing chest. While reaching raise up on the toes and the balls of the feet. Reverse. 2. with left arm up and right arm down. then moving away from body. Hold for a few seconds and then lower the feet. Return to the starting position. in a semi-circle.
Begin with hands in front of lower abdomen. Then raise the hands in front of the face at forehead level. Twist to the right with the head turning to look down. 4. 5. EFFICACIOUS CAT CATCHING THE MICE Legs are apart in the rider's stance. GREEN DRAGON TURNING HIS HEAD Hands are at sides. one crossed over the other. but stopping each stroke in front of the body rather than carrying through. elbows down and hands at chin level. and down with each move. 3.supplication. The left heel will lift up. Then. move the left foot forward. In the meantime. . Continue with the other arm as if doing the crawl stroke. bring an arm up and forward to the front as in the crawl stroke. Then reverse and twist to the left. 6. JADE LADY PRESENTING TREASURES With the hands outstretched. the hands move up. turning the palms toward the face and sweeping the hands down. forward. Switch feet and repeat the hand action. MUD SWALLOW TOUCHING THE WATER Hands are outstretched on each side. as if to "wash" the face. Move the hands forward to form semi-circles. about six inches from each side.
When sweat is coming out. Then divide the qi into 2 branches and go into the eyes and go to the pupils also visualize a hundred circles. An Example of Daoist Coded Writing by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu Usually the daoist writings are coded with terms that are not understood by outsiders. Do gen bei (艮 背)for one incense. loin are. send to feng fu (風 府). Merge the qi and go into the ridge of the nose. Source of Chinese Writing: Bao Sheng Mi Yao .Secrete Essentials of Health Maintenance (a Daoist writing). After entering ding (定) practise xing ting (用 行庭 ). The following is one of them. avoid wind. Eat your meal a little later. Press and massage feng fu (風 府) for more than a hundred times. fullness in the upper back. also visualize a hundred circles. Circle for some time and go into que qiao (鵲 橋) and pass cong lou (重 樓). knees. After calming down. visualize a hundred circles. For headache. Rub hands till hot. focus on qi hai point.follow the movement of each hand with the eyes. Now the practice is effective. and fever: Watch gen bei (守 艮背). Circle into the deep area. cross fingers of both hands and grap feng fu (風 府) tightly and bow forward for more than a hundred times. straight to ni wan (泥丸). go through .
多旋一會. Practise until the mind is clear (心 純) and the qi will go to the front and back. 亦旋入 深處. 按摩風府百餘次. 入定後用行 庭. 飯食遲進. It will create dao yin (導 引) effect. 行胸腹. cong lou. huang ting are all daoist terms. 亦旋百度. qi hai. que qiao. feng fu. 則效矣。 [運 功法] 《保生秘要》曰: 凡頭 脹、腰脹、膝酸、發熱 者. 止於氣 海。 睡時以兩手捻孩兒印. (To decode the writing. 旋眼胞.the chest and abdomen and stop in qi hai (氣海). 定息氣海. Note: gen bei. 俟汗自出. 向前拜揖百餘. When you sleep. 運至風府. most daoist writings are heavily loaded with those jargons to confuse outsiders. 漸入瞳人百度. xing ting. Or. use your fingers massage both side of your head and to the ears. 經重樓. 至鼻柱合行.) One incense: the time of burning one stick of incense. Bad energy will dissipate. 當先守艮背. ding. 兩 屈指. make child's seal (孩 兒印)with your hands and curl your toes of both feet. Bite your teeth together and focus and circulate in qi hai (氣海). ni wan. All pain and swelling will disappear. 後 定心以兩手交 緊抱風府. 意在 . 接上鵲橋. 用意繞回百度. 傷風導引運功 法 (保 生秘要) 《保生秘要》曰: 先擦手心極熱. consult your instructor. 直行泥丸. To guard their secret of training. which is about an hour. Use the nails to squeeze them till you feel the pain. 後 分兩路. 、目脹、 背 勿見風. 緊 關. 清坐一香.
m. 有導引之功。 Time of the Day and Optimum Qi Flow 脹自止。 或以手 指於腦上著力分兩 邊摩之. . .m. 前後間行. 不覺真意自 旋一貫. 以指甲捻之至 in Different Channels 子午流注 by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu These are the most efficient time to practise qi gong or therapy for specific illnesses according qigong theory or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but do not interfere with sleep. 及耳根處. 練至心純.m. . to 3 a. Gall bladder channel of foot shaoyang 丑 1 a. to 1 a. 邪氣無不散者. Time in Chinese Hours Meridians (Channels) Click on the link for chart: 子 11 p.m.氣海旋繞。 或繞入黃庭注念. Sleep is very important in maintaining the immune system.
m. Stomach channel of foot yangming 巳 9 a.m.m.m. .m.m. to 5 a. Spleen channel of foot taiyin 午 11 a. to 11 a. to 9 a.m.m.Liver channel of foot jueyin 寅 3 a. to 3 p. Large intestine channel of hand yangming 辰 7 a.m.m. to 1 p.m. Lung channel of hand taiyin 卯 5 a. to 7 a.m. Heart channel of hand shaoyin 未 1 p.
to 11 p. Kidney channel of foot shaoyin 戌 7 p.Small intestine channel of hand taiyang 申 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bladder channel of foot taiyang 酉 5 p. to 5 p.m. sanjiao channel of hand shaoyang free qigong exercise: Roc spreads its wings: opening position: stand with feet shoulder width apart feet parallel and facing 12:00 imagine head lifted from crown chin tucked in slightly .m.m. Pericardium channel of hand jueyin 亥 9 p.m. Triple warmer.m.
slightly bent transition move: breathe in raise arms straight out to sides at shoulder height palms face front arc body forwards: breathe out arc forwards from hips arc arms inwards until hands cross at wrists palms face ground .eyes forward and relaxed shoulders relaxed arms hang loosely down fingers gently apart and slightly curved palms towards body tailbone tucked in knees relaxed .
arc body backwards: breathe in arc backwards from hips until you are leaning back very slightly keep chin tucked in arc arms outwards until they are extended at shoulder height palms face front return to starting position: breathe in arc arms to hand loosely at sides palm faces thigh end of free qigong exercise end of qi gong exercise Putting it all together: The complete free qigong exercise sequence .
We’ve also seen what looks like the same exercise done as a warm up and called 'Early bird spreads its wings' so you might already know it.the swooping action of raising the arm is found in the simplified tai chi form as 'White crane spreads its wing'. .introduction: Roc spreads it’s wings is another free qigong exercise for you to learn. The influence of birds and their wing movements is not just found in qigong . If you would like to learn more please visit tai chi 24 step form resources For this move imagine that you are a powerful eagle as you raise your body and heels and stretch your wings out to get ready to fly free.
benefits: back is strengthened by the heel raises balance is also improved by the heel raises lungs benefit from the arm extension up and out said to help lift depression tips: avoid bending too far forward or backwards .you could put too much pressure on your back muscles Always do things slowly and comfortably – Tai chi and qigong for health and relaxation are not meant to hurt! – ever! .
Awakening Your Healing Life Force .
and transformed into a higher form of energy. It does not depend on the total absence of thought. this system stresses meditating on the ﬂow of chi or life force energy throughout the body. or images operating beyond the sensory processes of the ordinary mind. colors. The second is the Mantra approach in which the mind is rhythmically lulled with sounds or images. conserved.” facing a blank wall and watching only your thoughts. increased. The ﬁrst is the Zen approach of “silent sitting. until the mind becomes blank. This enables you to become aware of your higher self and assists in the development of your immortal spirit. is the stilling of the mind.Energy Meditation. You sit until moment of pure awareness arrives. pictures. Instead. This approach is different. This meditation is the basis of the Healing Tao System called the Microcosmic Orbit Meditation. It is sometimes called the warm current meditation because it helps to direct chi (warm current) along the meridians of the body to the power centers known as chakras. Most of the meditation techniques taught today still the mind using one of several basic approaches. Once the energy is in the chakras it is recycled. . properly speaking. After thousands of repetitions the body begins to vibrate at a higher frequency and the meditator becomes aware of the higher energies and sensations of symbols.
I have to add a caution: People who eat and drink foods full of preservatives and additives may experience discomfort when circulating chi due to the impurities in their body creating blockages along the meridians. The meridians along the front are on the Functional (female) Channel. In order to begin circulating chi in the direction of the higher energy centers you have to open the two main channels or meridians that the chakras lie on. This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum to the tip of your tongue. Energy that runs up this channel is considered Yang or hot and is commonly thought of as Kundalini energy. Energy that runs up this channel is thought to be Yin or cold. While it is not necessary to be a vegetarian to enjoy the beneﬁts of Microcosmic Meditation you will experience greater beneﬁts by eating and drinking foods of a quality higher than fast food and junk food. Opening the Microcosmic Orbit is the ﬁrst stage in “wiring” the body and is followed by opening other routes so your body can handle . This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum (at the base of your body right between your legs) up the spine over the head to the third eye. At least reduce the amount of preservatives and additives in your food and water.The secret of circulating chi has been passed along for thousands of year in China where it has brought extraordinary improvements to health and the quality of life. In the diagram above the meridians along the back are on the Governor (male) Channel.
When you open more routes the vital organs will be able to receive and contain more energy. Before I begin the instructions there are a few cautions. Wait until you have achieved a level of success doing the meditation before activating the throat chakra. To open your eyes to take a peek at the diagram during meditation can break your relaxation.more energy. In the beginning I found that staring at the location of each center was enough for me to recall it in my meditations. Take a moment to closely examine the diagram above. Do not activate these centers when doing the Microcosmic Orbit. Do you . The Gia Pe point opposite the heart chakra and the Ta Chui point opposite the throat chakra are not used in this particular meditation. Each of these chakras should be visualized as being on a line in the center of the front and back of your body. I sit in a comfortable position and use a technique of visualizing my body parts and mentally telling them to relax. How to Activate the Microcosmic Orbit You need to relax to do any meditation. The Hsuan Chi or throat chakra is not used in the beginning.
visualize this chakra glowing with a golden light. That’s your cranial pump at the medulla oblongata. Bring your attention to the chakra center at the base of your skull. Bring your attention to this chakra center visualizing it glowing with a golden light as you did at the other centers. direct your attention to your navel chakra. Continue up the spine in a similar manner bringing your attention to each chakra center on the diagram above. Once you feel the energy gathered there maintain the golden light in it as you bring your attention down to the sperm/ovary palace. With a gentle concentration visualize this chakra generating energy as a golden light. With the same gentle concentration as before. Bring your attention to this area and visualize the golden light glowing from within this chakra. Remember to skip Gia Pe and Ta Chui. When the energy has accumulated here proceed downward in the same manner to your perineum chakra. Once you are relaxed.already have a favorite technique? If so. Once this . Any method used to relax your body and mind is the best one to use. that’s the one to use. Feel the golden light glowing from within as you maintain the light at the previous chakra centers. When you feel the energy activating the chakra at your perineum maintain the golden light in this and the two previous chakras as you move up to the base of your spine at the sacral pump or coccyx.
2) Further back at the center of the roof of your mouth on the hard palate. Once the feminine channel is activated you can rotate the energy in a circular fashion throughout your body. Visualize the golden light being generated within this center. Maintain the golden light as you move down your forehead to the mid-eyebrow or pituitary center and bring your attention there. Connecting the masculine and feminine channels Now that you have activated the energy in the masculine or back channel it is time to activate the feminine or front channel. With experience you’ll be able to move your tongue back to point # 3 so don’t sweat it if you can’t in the beginning. 3) Further back along the roof where the palate gets soft.chakra is activated move your attention up to your crown chakra. Since this is probably new for you it is best for you to use the one that is most comfortable. 1) The point where your upper front teeth touch your gums. . There are three locations you can choose. In order to bring the energy down the front you must connect the two channels by placing the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. The further back the better but any one works good. The important thing to remember is that the only way to circulate the energy is to touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
Stay relaxed and enjoy! You can add to your energy by mentally opening the centers on the soles of your feet to the earth. Now that your tongue is connected bring your attention to the thymus gland/heart chakra. Once the energy at your heart center is established move your attention down to the solar plexus point. Now that you have activated all the major chakra centers maintain the golden light at each one with a gentle concentration. Visualize it glowing with a golden light generated from within. The sensation is different for everyone so I won’t try to describe it. As you activate this center maintain the golden light in all the previous chakra centers. circulating down the front and up the back through all the centers. Then open your crown chakra to the . You do not have to visualize your tongue glowing. The tongue is very sensitive. Direct the earth energy up your kegs to the perineum and add it to the Microcosmic Orbit. Visualize the energy being generated there glowing with a golden light. Bring your attention to your tongue as you place it to the roof of your mouth. Remember: Each of these chakras should be visualized as being on a line down the center of the front and up the back of your body. Keep your tongue to the roof of your mouth and “see/feel” the energy as a golden wheel rolling over and around your body through the chakra centers. This is the fun part! Visualize the energy moving. You should experience a change in the ﬂow of energy.
Make 36 circles counterclockwise slowly making larger circles. left hand over right. Slightly tighten your perineum muscles. and move both hands together in . afternoon. Women and men use the same technique except they move in different directions. MEN: Stand with your feet hip distance apart. taking care not to go beyond the diaphragm and the pubic bone. and move both hands together in a spiral motion to the right then down (counterclockwise). Slightly tighten your perineum muscles. Place your hands over your navel. WOMEN: Stand with your feet hip distance apart. energizes. Collecting and Sealing Your Energy The Microcosmic Orbit opens. then reverse direction and make 24 circles slowly making smaller circles stopping at the navel.energy from the cosmos. up. right hand over left. or night. Place your hands over your navel. and distributes your natural energy throughout the body. When you’re ﬁnished it is necessary to collect the energy and store it in the navel chakra. Try to do it for at least 15 minutes. It works best for me to do this meditation before eating whether it’s in the morning. I won’t recommend or suggest a length of time for doing this meditation. Direct cosmic energy into the crown chakra and add it to the Microcosmic Orbit. As with most meditations the longer you do it the more results you’ll get.
a spiral motion to the left then down (clockwise). As you energize and empower your chakras you may become aware of obstructions on the pathways and in the chakras. then reverse direction and make 24 circles slowly making smaller circles stopping at the navel. taking care not to go beyond the diaphragm and the pubic bone. Actually put a smile on your face and send the energy from that smile to loosen up the blockage. Just take your time when activating that particular chakra or location and send smiling energy to that chakra or location. . If this happens it is natural. Make 36 circles clockwise slowly making larger circles.
Meridians The meridians are the energy channels of our body. This is where energy or chi circulates. The two primary meridians of the body are the governing vessel and the conception vessel. The governing vessel ﬂows up the spine (the spine governs our movements). The conception vessel ﬂows down the chest bisecting the belly button (we were attached by our navel at conception until birth). These two meridians connect at the base of the spine and are connected by sealing mula bhanda. On the other end they are connected at the roof of the mouth and by pressing the tongue ﬂat into the space behind the teeth. By connecting these meridians we stimulate energy to move and ﬂow within us opening blocked areas and imbibing us with greater power. There are 7200 nadis and just as many meridians in the body. Aside from the primary meridians (governing and conception) there are the 12 organ meridians. These meridians circulate the energy between our organs and help regulate our physical bodies functioning. Once chi / kundalini has been awakened and the microcosmic orbit has been practiced further exploration into the meridians is possible.
The microcosmic circulation is a solid basic practice to start with to begin to increase your chi kung skills and abilities. 1. The circulation is begun by ﬁrst exhaling all of the air in your lungs 2. Next seal the root lock and inhale, focusing on drawing energy up your spinal column 3. As your reach the crown of your head press your tongue onto the roof of your mouth 4. Allow the energy to sink thru your palate and tongue as you exhale feeling the energy ﬂow down the front of your torso 5. Sense the energy connect at your root as it continues its circulation 6. Keep the tongue pressed on the palate and the root lock sealed as you keep breathing. 7. Inhale as the energy rises, Exhale as the energy sinks
8. Continue practice of this art until it becomes second nature
A more advanced practice for those familiar with chi kung and the microcosmic circulation is to connect with the earth meridians also known as ley lines. There are often ley lines that follow streams and major waterways. Find a local water way and familiarize yourself with it until it is etched into your head. Sit by this water way and practice this one time then in the future you can just visualize the spot and still tap the natural chi from that spot even if you are distant. 1. sit facing downstream 2. exhale and allow your energy to sink into the earth
3. feel the water coursing by you as you inhale and draw up the energy from the earth 4. as the energy reaches the top of your head use your eye muscles to pull slightly down on your outer eye edges just at the transitioning point from inhale to exhale 5. exhale allowing the energy to sink back down to your root 6. continue circulating the energy 7.now each time as you inhale draw energy from the water up your spine adding it to your own circulating energies
In Japan. In the 1930s. The Microcosmic Orbit The chakras are polarized. all the stray energies in the body. a Chinese . The microcosmic orbit touches the yin and yang parts of the chakras. and raise them up from the muladhara to the ajna. the orbit is completed. and channel. On exhalation. it is called "shoshuten. all the orbits of energy we have looked at were along the yang lines of the chakras. on the front of the body. ending at the ajna. which means this energy is available to all other meridians and organs. up the back and over the crown of the head. This activation of energy is a key preparation for many advanced Daoist practices. while at the same time preparing the way to a deep spiritual understanding. is the yin part of the chakra. An orbit is followed." which means a "circling of light. comes a yin and yang orientation to each chakra. Recall. So far. circling down under the spine. beginning in the lower belly. Through activating the microcosmic orbit. Motoyama believes the chakras to be cones. back down to the lower belly. Richard Wilhelm  described the beneﬁt of the circling of light in his translation of the Secret of the Golden Flower. as energy descends along the front of the body. The term "microcosmic orbit" is a translation of the Daoist term for a full orbiting of energy through the front and back body. and circles the whole upper body. This is perhaps the best way to cultivate health and long life. This is the inhalation half of the orbit. the reservoirs of the Governing Vessel and Conception meridians are reﬁlled. we learned that Dr. The open end of the cone. This touches only part of the chakras. when we discussed the chakras in ." The microcosmic orbit is a way to gather. with their roots on the spine and their open ends on the front of the body. Along with this third dimension. The point on the spine is the yang part.
a friend of Carl Jung's. no "spirit body" or "Golden Flower" is developed. Wilhelm. It was Wilhelm's work that turned Jung in the direction of alchemy.Book of Life. the ego is lost. conserved. and. that is. Great One. This ancient text was transmitted orally for centuries before being written down in the eighth century. When the light . the revealing spirit. without let or hindrance into the outer world. the undivided. wrote: If the life forces ﬂow downward. that is. If the life forces are led through the "backward-ﬂowing" process. The circling of light is an alchemical or transforming process. A man who holds to the way of conservation all through life may reach the stage of the "Golden Flower." which then frees the ego from the conﬂict of the opposites. and the ego persists after death. the animus has been victorious. which the Daoists had been practicing for thousands of year. and made to "rise" instead of allowed to dissipate. It is then possessed of shen. at death. the anima is victorious over the animus. and it again becomes part of Tao.
energy there. We attain the natural spirit-body. without reacting to anything. on the front of the body. and right back to the svadhisthana again. As you orbit the body. bring your awareness to the second chakra. just before meditation. during the long holds in the yin poses. to the navel. Two or three minutes of orbiting the energy should be sufﬁcient. This is the svadhisthana. and this body is formed "beyond all heavens. When you have ﬁnished. Exhale completely." It is not considered as important as the microcosmic loop. touch each chakra on both the yin and yang sides (front and back) of the body. follow a ﬂow of energy down the midline of your body. it crystallizes and the body is transformed.circles long enough. Continue to follow the midline of the body down to the sternum. feel the energy at those points. Watch closely how you feel. In Shavasana. or even at the beginning of Shavasana as we lay on our backs. or imagine you feel. the legs as well. . which is about halfway between your navel and pubic bone. As you exhale. under the pubic bone to the tailbone. and then upward. and back up. Pause here for two or three seconds before beginning a new orbit. Pause here at the top of the inhalation for two or three seconds. along the spine. There is an orbit beyond the microcosmic called the "macrocosmic orbit. the back of the neck. slowly feel the energy descend inside the face and throat. and let the breath be whatever it wants to be. As you inhale. Feel. release the effort. and right to the ajna point between the eyebrows. Circulating energy through the microcosmic orbit can be done at any time: prior to asana practice. over the top of your head." The sages claim in the Secret of the Golden Flower that the only tool we need to master is this concentration of thought on the circling light. The macrocosmic orbit extends the journey of energy down.
Called the Marco Polo of the inner world of China. While the time has come to leave you. 1 -. .An orbit is a closed. The journey along an orbit never ends. we leave you to continue on with your own journey … perhaps with new guides who will help take you closer to the universal ocean. Our journey together down the Yin River is nearing completion … but it too is not ending. circular path that is repeated over and over.
but a 2000-year-old series of bodily movements and breaths that calms the spirit and the mind.this will help maintain balance. Your eyes should never drop during any exercise.which involves breathing from the tan tien -. once daily to help keep your mind and body calm and focused. breathe in slowly. Repeat each move three times before moving on to the next. reduce stress. it’s not a tea or percussion instrument. crafted by the YOU Docs and chi-gong master Karl Romain. Focus on a point on the wall in front of you.a point 2 inches below the navel. and improve balance and posture (all important as we get older).Chi-Gong Workout By RealAge Ever tried chi-gong (also spelled qigong)? Ever even heard of it? No. The most important goal of chi-gong is to learn how to breathe correctly -. with your chin parallel to the ground -. It has also been shown to strengthen the immune system. In each exercise. Ideally. 1 of 13 E-mail Print Share . do this series of movements.
Then. . and exhale as you come back to the middle. Turn your head to the right as you inhale.Loosening the Neck Sink to the ground with your elbows and knees slightly bent and your chin parallel to the ground. turn your head to the left and repeat the sequence.
Reach for the closest fruit first. . Keep your knees bent and your back straight.Picking the Fruit Exhale as you reach for imaginary fruit. and then progressively move up the imaginary tree. and inhale while bringing the fruit down.
then elbows. Roll your shoulders back.Relaxing the Shoulders Lift your shoulders first. then wrists. Feel the energy as your hands pass down your body. your elbows go out and your hands angle toward the middle -as if you’re grabbing a pole -. .with your hands sliding down to the level of your waist.
and then inhale as you come back to the center. and then raise your arms as if you’re reaching toward heaven. . Use the same technique as you lean to the left. Finally. bring your hands down in front of your navel as you exhale. Lean to the right as you exhale.Reaching to Heaven Inhale and clasp your hands at the level of your navel.
As you slowly rise up.Bow. and Stretch As you inhale. Bend at your knees and squat with your hands on the insides of knees.) Then. keeping your knees slightly bent. bow forward from the waist while your hands slide down your thighs and onto your knees. exhale. this really works the control of your breath. . stretch your legs as you let your torso hang to the floor. Bend. allowing your head to be the last part of the body to rise up. (Do not exhale until you come back up.
foot pointed out. Lift your leg only when it is weightless.Stepping over the Fence Inhale and deliberately shift your weight to the left until the right leg has no weight on it. Pretend that your right hand is attached to your right knee by a string. Repeat with your left side. and then rotate your foot frontward as you transfer weight to the right. exhale as you rotate your leg and arm to the right -. Slowly lower your heel. .as if you’re stepping over a 1-foot fence. With your hand over your knee and leg.
As you exhale. You should feel the stretch in your lower back. . again raising your hands with palms together.Lifting a Knee Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight and the knee of your standing leg slightly bent. Exhale as you bring your left foot back to center and lower your hands to your sides. Inhale as you step forward with your left foot at a 45-degree angle and raise your hands in front of you with palms facing each other. Let go of your knee as you inhale and step back with your right foot. lift your right knee and clasp your hands over your knee as you hold it in the air.
and exhale as you rise. use your shoulders to circle your arms and squat down as you rotate your arms in one direction -. repeat with your arms moving in the opposite direction. After repeating three times (or more).Polishing the Mirror With your pelvis tucked under and back straight. .as though you are cleaning a mirror. Inhale as you squat down.
as if you were grasping luggage handles. (If your knees are strained. as if you were reaching for luggage located behind your legs. your posture is incorrect.Picking up the Suitcase With your back straight. as if you were putting the . squat back with your hands open and beside your knees.) Repeat. Go only as low as possible. pelvis tucked. and feet shoulder-width apart.
and put your arms around an imaginary wide post. step forward with your left leg. Roll the post to the right and then to the left. Repeat with the . elbows bent and shoulders relaxed.luggage back on the floor. Universal Post With your back straight.
step out to the left and lean forward in a twisted position. lower back. With your knees slightly bent. with your right arm extended forward and your left hand closed in a fist next to your left hip. rotate in the . as if you’re a monkey running forward while hearing a noise behind you. You should feel a stretch in your right calf. and neck. Turn your head to look over your left shoulder. Then.other foot forward. you'll inhale as you step out. Monkey Hears a Noise In this exercise. and exhale as you look over your shoulder.
focusing on the movement of your belly. Standing Meditation Clasp your hands over your tan tien (that’s 2 inches below the navel) and breathe. and your hips tucked under with a straight back. with your body facing toward the right. Keep your legs bent and spread. Do .opposite direction.
000 years ago by Taoist monks in China.that’s the maximum most people can focus. Qigong (Chi gong) Chi Gong is a set of meditative exercises developed over 2. By combining simple body .this for about 2 minutes -.
Practitioners gain more than improved health.movements. one can build up qi and move it to where a disturbance or blockage occurs. function). This permits one to build up resistance to imbalances and blockages affecting our qi. Through qigong. Qigong practice makes one sensitive to the internal operations of one's body.of which we are a part. We may understand qi as the force that integrates the relationship between body (matter. . In the philosophy of qigong. which aids the integration of one's yin and yang internal factors within the universal order -. one far removed from the disenchanted and alienated thought-paterns common in Western civilization. a primary aim is to maintain or restore balance and harmony within the energy body and therefore. manifest changes in the physical body. structure) and mind (process. They learn another way of looking at and experiencing the dynamic unity of life. and it helps to reveal the body's place within nature's oneness. build strength and to advance spiritually. breathing and mental imagery you can direct the flow of your body's energy to prevent disease.
although it is a highly energetic exercise system. Zhan Zhuang develops our internal energy in a very efficient way. For most people. Zhan Zhuang Chi Gong is practised in well-balanced standing positions which increase the flow of energy and build up internal strength. The Zhan Zhuang system is based on a unique fusion of . "Jam Jong". In contrast to many other methods. instead of consuming it. or. There are no recognisable external movements. Zhan Zhuang: Standing Like a Tree Zhan Zhuang means "standing like a tree" and is pronounced "Jan Juang". training in Zhan Zhuang is a complete surprise in the beginning. in southern China.
Hospitals throughout China overflow with reports of cures of myriad conditions using any of hundreds of forms of this art.exertion and relaxation which stimulates. increasing respiration and alertness. because all the Zhan Zhuang postures are performed standing. Zhan Zhuang means "standing like a tree." This particular form of qigong. (also spelled qi) "the energy of life. Zhan Zhuang. reducing stress and pain." aptly called. and improving health and energy overall. where currently 200 million Chinese practice some form of qigong regularly. dazhengquan. cleanses and internally massages the whole organism. may be China's best kept secret. . lowering blood pressure. the grandmaster and founder of the newest "soft" Chinese martial art. and is used from everything from building strength for martial arts to self-healing. but Wang made it the foundation of his training. This form of Zhan Zhuang was the method used by Wang Xiang Zhai. Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong"). in utter motionlessness. awareness of this method of exercise has exploded throughout China. Suppressed during the Cultural Revolution. Qigong means "an exercise to develop chi. Perhaps "standing like a tree" does not sound powerful. is about four thousand years old.
. Through the practice of Zhan Zhuang Chi Gong we're able to take advantage of our whole potential. He is also the author of the first book on Zhan Zhuang in the West. without becoming exhausted. Master Lam Kam Chuen introduced it in 1987. Zhan Zhuang Chi Gong has been a well kept secret and it is only since the mid 40s of this century that it has been taught and discussed publicly. This is achieved in a completely natural way without the need for fighting ourselves. In Europe.For a long time. both physically and psychologically.
By learning to smile inwardly to the organs and glands. . the whole body will feel loved and appreciated. Awaken Your Healing Light A.INTRODUCTORY LEVEL I. Opening The Microcosmic Orbit: The first level of the Healing Tao system involves opening the Microcosmic Orbit within yourself. An open Microcosmic Orbit enables you to expand outward to connect with the Universal. The Inner Smile: The Inner Smile is a powerful relaxation technique that utilizes the expanding energy of happiness as a language with which to communicate with the internal organs of the body. Their combined forces are considered by Taoists as the Light of Warm Current Meditation. B. Cosmic Particle and Earth Forces.
knees slightly bent. This connects the energy circuit of the governing (back) channel with the energy circuit of the functional (front) channel. the Six Healing Sounds meditation utilizes simple arm movements and special sounds to produce a cooling effect on the internal organs. attached to your coccyx by a cord. Using internal power (Chi). and the flow of Chi increased. Taoist Rejuvenation . Breathe by pulling the diaphragm down toward navel as you inhale. reduced internal stress. tongue). reduced insomnia and headaches and greater vitality as the Chi flow increases through the different organs. teeth. skin and inner organs. These special sounds vibrate specific organs. Press the tip of the tongue against the soft palate of the mouth. combined with posture guide heat and pressure out of the body. while the arm movements. The Six Healing Sounds: A basic relaxation and self-healing technique. ankles relaxed and the armpits open. and gentle external stimulation this simple yet highly effective self massage technique enables one to dissolve some of the energy blocks and stress points responsible for disease and the aging process. The results are improved digestion.Chi Self-Massage: Chi Self-Massage is a method of hands-on self-healing work using one's internal energy or Chi to strengthen and rejuvenate the sense organs (eyes.Grounding Exercise Stand in relaxed position with the feet placed directly under your hips. C. D. As the weight pulls your coccyx toward the . ears. Taoist rejuvenation dates back 5000 years to the Yellow Emperor's classic text on internal medicine. nose.Stress and tension will be counteracted. Imagine a weight hanging between your legs.
As the water molecules are pulled lower and lower. imagine that everything inside your body is comprised of nothing but thick water molecules and that the skin is made of rubber. Imagine there is a cord attached to the top of the head that is gently lifting your head. The molecules flow deeper into your legs and feet until your feet feel as though they are going to burst out of your shoes. Relax the knees. Relax the waist. toward the floor. you can feel the arms and chest begin to swell. Relax the ankles. allow your sacrum to relax and sink down and forward with it. As gravity pulls the water molecules even lower. allowing it to float above your shoulders. Feel the toes spread. Your . Fix your gaze on the horizon to infinity. Feel the feet spread. After fulfilling the above requirements. The fingers feel as though they are swelling to an enormous size. Feel the water molecules pressing against the skin as gravity begins to pull the water molecules down through the body.floor. the thighs become thick and heavy.
If it's not. Use your imagination to keep the floor from pushing you upward. Be sure to keep the knees bent. Once you have accomplished the feeling of being grounded well into the earth or floor. It should be in the middle of each foot. imagine that the floor is pushing up against your feet. Do not allow the floor to push you up. Don't forget to be aware of the imaginary weight pulling down at your coccyx and the cord pull upward on your head. Stand in this position for 10 to 30 minutes. the harder the floor pushes up against your feet. Relax the waist and allow the coccyx to sink down and forward. Allow your attention to move to your feet and notice where the primary weight is located. trying to up-root you. Continue to breathe deep into the lower abdomen. Hold the floor down.body now feels like a pyramid. An imaginary plumb line should travel through the crown point of your head. hip. adjust the position of your pelvis until it is.PRIMORDIAL CHI KUNG (Wu Ji Qigong) I was taught this from Michael Winn . to a point just behind your ear. This is one of the most important aspects of the exercise. After about 10 minutes. heavy at the floor and light at the top. Your feet will now feel as though they are glued to the floor. your feet will feel energized and your hands will become warm. perineum and ankle. The more relaxed and grounded you become. through your shoulder.
sweeps Left (palm up) Right palm presses right (palm down) 4. Look at L palm as Left arm. sweeps Right (palm up) Left palm presses left (palm down) 3. . Hold clear intention to return to the center of the universe. Breath (chi) of Earth Rises. Open your heart to change. lst EARTH CYCLE 1. Yin/Yang separates to honor Yang. Shift weight to Left foot . 2. circle up to crown. accept that it will solve your problems & complete your life. the "supreme unknown". It is the Origin. Breath of Heaven Descends. Godhead. to be the point of balance in every perception arising in your present moment. Primal Mother at the center of all sacred space. Palms face each other. the primordial void. extend out. RIGHT palm below.Form small chi ball. Open yourself to being in "wu ji". out & down to perineum. Yin/Yang separates to honor Yin. Ask to create your life from this space. Inwardly smile or call to each of the 4 directions & above/below/center. the direction of sunrise (new beginnings). the center of your life. Arms drift to chest level (palms down). Circulate chi in orbit.Stand facing EAST. back up to heart. Arms sink down. Look at R palm as Right arm.
Gather chi from East. Heart opens to the left (unmanifest). Heart opens to the right (manifest). Gather chi from South. keeping back straight. not touching. Rotate waist & arms with large gathering to Left 7. rotate chi ball inward. Rotate waist & arms with large gathering to Right 8. 11.5. 12. Gather chi from Center. rotate chi ball inward. Gather chi from North. Heart opens to the right (manifest). top to bottom. Breathe 3 times into . Right hand drops below. Rotate waist & arms with large gathering to Right 6. Pivot left. rotate chi ball inward. hands on sides 10. top to bottom. Rotate chi ball inward. face north. aligned. turn on Left heel to Left. THIS 2nd "HANDS ON SIDES" MOVEMENT IS CUE FOR END OF EARTH CYCLE. Gather chi from West. Pause if attracted to any point on front of body. "swallow" it down center line of body to dan tien (1. hands on sides. Pivot left. Pivot left (weight on Right foot). 9. Right foot steps in.5 " below navel). Squat. Palm centers face body. Both arms scoop up earth chi below. circle up to 3rd eye.
(left over right) eyes follow Right hand as it rises to Heaven (upper right corner). Form chi ball at navel.3. right arm sweeps high & wide from upper right corner to lower left corner. 5 times each hand (10 times total). Gather chi of northeast as you turn. Heaven & Earth Separate. Repeat 1 . Turn to North.chi ball inside the dan tien. Turn from South to East. . lst HEAVEN CYCLE After the Earth Cycle. L hand gathers chi into channels on right side of body. 1. 4. Feel & visualize it as golden light expanding & condensing . Gather Heavenly Yin inner female and Yang inner male into the body. always turn to begin the Heaven cycle. Pivot left. This will be your CUE for the final direction of the upcoming Heaven cycle. gathering chi from southeast comer as Right foot steps to face east. Full weight shifts to Left foot as Right hand gathers chi into channels on left side of body. 3. REMEMBER THE DIRECTION YOU ARE LOOKING). 2. Left hand presses down to earth (lower left corner). (BEFORE YOU TURN.
Stir the Cauldron 9 times. always turn: Pivot left to begin Heaven cycle. finish West. Turn East. Repeat 1 .5. Turn to South. 2nd EARTH CYCLE After Heaven. Palms face navel. 2. always face the same direction to begin Earth cycle. Gather the Essence of the Center Direction. Repeat the 12 earth movements. Scoop up from below and gather. (Turn left to East. Mix with heaven and draw down centerline to lower dan tien. Gather chi of southwest as you turn. Gather chi of northwest as you turn.3. & then finish West. North. 7. Gather Yin and Yang Essence of Moon and Sun into the L & R body channels (10x). then North.3. Continue facing South. . 2nd HEAVEN CYCLE 1. Repeat 1 . Start new Heaven cycle as you turn from West to South. down Left nine times. Breathe into chi ball 3 times.) After Earth. Turn to West. starting with the right. stirs circling down Right. 6.
always face the same direction to begin Earth cycle. 3rd EARTH CYCLE After Heaven. Continue facing West. then East. always turn: Pivot left to begin Heaven cycle. & then finish North. are good for general good health and physical well-being. Stir Cauldron. East. These exercises. breathe 3 times into golden chi ball. breathe 3x into golden chi ball in upper dan tien (head). Gather Yin and Yang Essences of fixed stars into the L & R energy channels (10x). They generate the flow of chi . when done properly. Start new Heaven cycle as you turn from North to West. (Turn left to South. The Eight Silk Movements The following section will describe eight traditional Chinese stretching exercises designed to be used with tai chi exercises.3. finish North. 3. Hands pause at 3rd eye. Hands move chi ball to lower dan tien. 3rd HEAVEN CYCLE l. 2. Stir Cauldron. Repeat the 12 earth movements. gather essence to center. gather essence to center. Hands move chi ball down to lower dan tien. Hands pause at heart. Turn South.) After Earth.
Slowly raise both hands. stimulates circulation. 1. Lower both heels and return to a standing position with hands relaxed at the sides. palms facing upward. Watch your balance! Physcial Effects: Balance." Hold the breath for as long as you comfortably can. . over the head Stretch all the way up lifting the heels off the ground. releases tension. relaxes the body. Breathe in as the hands are raised to "hold up the sky. (Do not strain!) Slowly lower both arms as you breathe out. Upward Hand Stretch (Holding Up The Sky).throughout the body promoting good blood circulation while simultaneously strengthening and stretching the muscles bones and tendons of the body.
push out with one hand while pulling back the other as though shooting with a bow and arrow. strengthens waist muscles. As you breathe in. Raise the right arm over the head as you inhale while simultaneously "pressing" down with the left hand. Repeat the procedure for both sides.One-Arm Lift. Breath in when pulling back breathe out when returning to the center. Lower the right arm to the standing position as you exhale.2. Cross the arms in front of the chest. 3. . Phsical Effects: Strengthens the muscles of the arms abdomen. Physical Effects: Increases blood circulation. Shooting The Arrow. alternating between left and right sides. Sit in a horse stance. Promotes overall good health and vitality. back and legs. Repeat this procedure.
4. Physical Effects: Relieves fatigue in the neck muscles. 5. . Sit in a horse stance and rotate the upper body to the left Lean the upper body to the left. Rotate Body In A Circle. Breathe in when turning. Look to the right. Keep the trunk of the body straight. Breathe in and out deeply and slowly. Do the same to the other side. breathe out when returning. Physical Effects: Increases blood circulation and strengthens muscles of the abdomen and back. releases tension. Looking Back Neck Stretch. Keep the lower body straight. With both hands at your side turn the head to one side following with eyes to look behind you. Repeat this head turning routine for both sides.
Lifting Up The Heels. Hold the fist steady as you breathe in again. Physical Effects: Increases power in punching. . This should look like pulling a bow. Begin by breathing in. With both hands at your sides hold the head up high and lift the heels off the ground as you inhale. Remain stable using the toes for balance. Lower the heels back to the ground as you exhale.6. Physcial Effects: Increases circulation. Repeat the procedure breathing in when lifting the heels and breathing out when lowering them. relaxes the body and relieves mental tension. and pushing out with one hand while breathing out. Do the same to the other side. 7. Punching From Horse Stance. cross the arms in front of the chest. in the fists themselves and increases the circulation to strengthen the heart. While sitting in a horse stance. Tighten the fists and alternately punch slowly to each side. holding it.
Holding The Toes. slowly bend forward from the waist. Increases circulation and relaxes the body. Maintain normal breathing. Try to hold your toes with each hand while keeping the knees straight. letting them reach as close to the floor as possible.8. From standing position. Physical Effects: Strengthens muscles in the abdomen and the back. . If you cannot reach your toes simply let you arms hanng down.
Keep the fingers open and still. Run the energy routes with the breath alone. not collapsing in toward each other. but relaxed into the bowl of the pelvis. Yin route: . Have a slight crease at the hip joint. but you can still see your toes. The arms should resemble a horse shoe shape. Two sets of three reps will take about 10 minutes. Three sets of three reps will take about 15 minutes. Pause at the Resting Posture between each set of repetitions. This is the same posture as the Grounding posture. Knees should be centered vertically over the feet.Buddha Palm Chi Kung Set Resting Posture Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Three sets of five repetitions of each posture will take 25 to 30 minutes. but relaxed. so the bowl of the pelvis is level. Fingers extended. Elbows turned out to the sides. Bend the knees slightly so that you can't see your shoe laces. 2. The torso is erect. toes and heels in line pointing straight forward. Notes 1. Arm pits open to fit a small ball under the arm pit. 3.
the energy flows from tantien up the chest to the shoulders. navel soft. 12. fingers leading upward and pointing NE & NW. still palms up. 10. 3. Out-. Breathe out as you lower your arms to your side and turn your fight toe straight.your arms float up. Your feet are now shoulder width apart. Stand with heels together. Out-. Out . 8. facing north. Chi Gong #2 2. 4. 6.separate hands. in a meditative state. In .press down to navel. Breathe in and let your arms circle upwards in an elliptical shape. 11. to NE & NW. arms hanging lightly at your side.Inhale . tongue touching the roof of your mouth. .the fight wrist covers the left wrist in front of body. down the inner sides of the arms to the palms and finger pads. In .(filling chest) palms turn up and go to hips.wrists straighten. Breathe in . Exhale and shift your weight to the right. spine straight. In . Exhale . 1.bring wrists up to heart. slightly rounding middle of back 9.bend knees and thrust fingers forward.the energy flows from the balls of the feet up the inner sides of the legs to tantien.no change. 5. relaxing kidneys. Breathe out . In . 7. as your left foot steps slightly left.
(1/3) lift wrists to breasts. bend knees slightly. In .bend at waist and touch toes.uncurl fists. 14. 19. In .turn palms out and press down to navel. fingers E. 24. In . (Repeat entire sequence two more times).(1/3) lists go up to top of head (filling chest). Don't exert too much. 18. Out . In . (Repeat whole sequence two more times). fingers pointing diagonally upward.left hand rotates over head. arms shoulder high to E & W. 21.13. 16. Out . 17. Out -.lift watermelon to breast. Repeat. Out .turn to front. In .stretch arms up. 27. In . press down to navel and palms up to hips. 25. In .rotate thumb of fist downward. twisting everything. In . in front of navel. 20. standing on toes. reversing arms) (repeat whole sequence two more times) Variation: stretch backwards as you stretch upwards.right wrist on left.cross arms in front of chest. 26.bend knees and cross arms in front of chest (left on inside). palm to sky. 28. while fight hand presses down to earth.(1/3) lift watermelon to breasts. . left palm on fight. Out .turn to left.(1/3) drop arms and hold watermelon near navel (filling chest). including eyes. twisting to right. 22.(1/3) fists go a few inches higher (filling chest more).curl hands into fist near ears. 15. fingers N (repeat. In . 23.(1/3) curl hands into fists near ears. Out. like a cat. In. Rotate palms up. In . thumbs touching. In . In . palms down. Out .
Shaolin Chigong translation by: Joe Martin and James Chou .stand up and arms float shoulder high. elbows bend and fingers interlace near heart.29.bend knees and press palms down toward navel.turn palms down and press downwards. 32.arms drop and clasped fingers rotate upwards as they reach the navel. then elbows bend until fingers are pointing towards each other in front of heart. In . relaxing kidneys. bending knees slightly. In . 31. Out .rise up and arms float up shoulder high. Out . 30. Out .
Stand straight Bow with hands as shown Calm down the mind and body .breathe constantly .
breathe constantly Concentrate and bring your thoughts inward Keep the head level and gaze up Stand on toes .Concentrate and bring your thoughts inward Grip the floor with your toes Open arms wide Calm down the mind and body .push up with tension all over Return to the original position with tension .
your back. Notes: Don't let up Push your tongue against the top of your mouth Breathe through your nose Chi Kung Relaxation in a Standing Position Find a comfortable and convenient place to stand. your legs. Feel the support of that Golden Cord holding you up. your chest. Soften your knees slightly so they're somewhat bent. Now I'd like you to imagine your body as full of a heavy fluid. your shoulders.a Golden Cord holding you up from the top of your head. Your head. your shoulders. . your spine. your arms. to do the work of holding you up. with your feet about shoulder width apart. so that you can relax. your pelvis.or rather create . . and allow yourself to just relax into it. Everything can just hang off that cord. You can allow everything to hang off that Golden Cord. your pelvis. and imagine . Allow someone else. Just accept that support from above. your neck. your feet. something else.your whole body. your legs. full of this heavy fluid that is responsible both for the weight of your body and also for any tension that you may experience in it.
out of the back of the neck down. You can feel it like a steel tank or something like that. from the tummy and the lower back down into the pelvis. the soles of the feet.You can imagine this fluid as being a little heavier than water. and all the tension in your body. heavy counterweight. powerful. the elbows. allow that fluid to start to drain out of your body. three feet under the ground. and you can feel that like a strong. the front of the neck. the cheeks. from the thighs down through the knees. down into the shoulders. the nose. All the weight of your body. You can start to . is now sunk down underneath the ground. and from there down into a reservoir about three feet under the ground. from the chest and the back down into the tummy and the lower back. from the pelvis down into the thighs. It can drain out of your head. the eyes and the muscles around the eyes. the knuckles. some of the fluid can drain down into the arms. From the shoulders. Perhaps you can even feel it draining from specific places in your head. down. Some of that heavy fluid can drain down from the shoulders into the chest and the back. the jaw. the lower legs. the ankles. the wrists. maybe 20% heavier than water. and as you stand here supported from above by the Golden Cord. out of the forehead. dripping off the ends of the fingers down to the ground. through all the joints of the arms.
like a duality between the sky and the Earth. and yourself just in the middle. When you've had a little fun with that. you can lean much further in different directions. you're much more stable. You can be softer and more stable. you have much better balance. The cord is lifting the crown of your head upward. side to side. . three feet underneath the ground. And if at any time you lose that stability a little. feel the stability you're getting from this big counterweight. You can intensify this stretching feeling by visualizing the vertebrae of your spine as a string of pearls on an elastic thread that is being slowly stretched from above and below. just sink even more of that fluid out of your body into that tank underneath the ground that serves as a counterweight. and because you have that counterweight underneath the ground. getting a little stretched. forward and back. and feel again the support you're getting from the Golden Cord.move your body. You can feel the duality between the Golden Cord holding up the crown of your head and the weight sinking down underneath the ground as it gently stretches you a little bit. both from the top and the bottom. underneath you. Imagine a weight hanging from your tailbone and your tailbone is sinking downward. to move and sway in different directions. just come back to a central position. as a balance point. so you're getting a little taller.
underneath the ground. or if you're sitting in rush hour traffic and getting frustrated with it. it helps your balance. You can allow some of it to drain out through your arms and your fingertips. it's a resource for you. and some of it through those two little bones that you sit on.you may want to try this in a seated position. under the ground. if you have an office job . find a comfortable and convenient place to .for instance. into the ground and underneath the ground. If you need it it' s available. some of it through your feet. So just in the same way as the Golden Cord means that your support is effortless. Allow it to drain down through your chair and even down through the legs of the chair.If you spend a lot of time in a seated position . record it on a tape in your own voice. you store it there. it's not like you get rid of it. you don't have to use any of your muscles or your body to carry it. Feel the support of the Golden Cord from the top and allow the fluid to drain out of your body. This is a good exercise to do any time you feel yourself under stress at work. this counterweight underneath the ground means that your balance is effortless. Just sit down comfortably on a chair. just allow whatever that is that's upsetting you to drain out along with that fluid in your body. And notice that it's still there for you. it's just that you don't have to carry it. To make best use of the script below. perhaps the chair you normally use.
prolong life and promote spiritual growth. mainly for the purpose of cultivating mental calmness. are connected and interact on one another. and play it back to yourself. including the organs and tissues. a complete system of practice methods and theories was formed and the term "qigong" was established in the 1950s. improving physical fitness and prolonging life. medical and martial arts circles. Through several thousand years of continuous development. In ancient times it was widely practiced by people in the religious. Qigong is a branch of learning concerning the exercise of qi. Qi is the medium by which the various parts of the human body. Chinese qigong has a history of more than five thousand years. Here the word qi has several meanings. It exists in the universe and has direct bearings on the functions of the human body. The importance of qi may be seen from the old . What is Qigong? Qigong is an exercise to absorb vital energy from the universe to recover health.stand. Qigong comes from two Chinese words: Qi (chi) means energy and gong (kung) means a skill or a practice. This meditation lasts about eight minutes. Through qigong methods. Qigong therefore means a skill or practice of cultivating energy. Qi refers to the air breathed in and out by man. we can improve the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our bodies.
breathing is done in a conscious manner according to various patterns. Unlike the skin. blood and hair. thus avoiding unnecessary loss of energy. . such as: Abdominal respiration in which the lower abdomen swells during inhalation and contracts during exhalation. joints flexed. chin tucked in. By adopting the bodily form as required. and mind. respiration. however. shoulders lowered and elbows dropped. the internal organs will be placed in the right positions for performing their functions and relieved of different kinds of tension. Regulation of the body: This involves both the bodily form and the condition of the internal organs. bones. There are many forms of qigong exercise. a number of requirements are prescribed for the manner of holding various parts of the body. thus adding to one's life-force and delaying the process of aging. qi is invisible to the eye but forms the very essence of human life. such as keeping the head and the spine erect. but they are all designed to regulate three things: body. In qigong exercise.saying: "A man is alive when his qi grows but he ceases to live when his qi disappears. Qigong exercises contribute to the growth of this important substance. Regulation of respiration: Normally we breathe with the nose and the mouth in a natural way In qigong exercise. Appropriate bodily movements will also help exercise the internal organs and improve their functions." Qi is a kind of infinitely small substance existing in the human body.
"regulating the mind" is actually exercising the cerebral nerves. qigong exercise of the advanced form helps to regulate the physiological functions of man. All these and other breathing methods used in qigong exercise are characterized by deep. Qigong is a kind of exercise that produces various effects. promote the accumulation of energy for sustaining life. Qigong exercise can stimulate the exchange of information inside and outside the human body. Through regulation of the mind (by such means as mental concentration and meditation). before circulating to other parts of the body. a point about 1 1/2 inches below the navel. Since all the physical activities of man are controlled by the cerebrum. In this kind of breathing. you imagine your qi converging at dantian. Regulation of the mind. and increase the organism's resistance to diseases. Integral respiration in which all parts of the body are involved in the exchange of qi within and without. Breathing while focusing your attention on dantian. which is mentally controlled. Skin respiration. even and rhythmic breaths in both inhalation and exhalation. Years of practice by qigong enthusiasts have proved the .Reverse abdominal respiration (kidney breathing) in which the lower abdomen contracts during inhalation and the lower ribs of the back expands. The most basic effect is the prevention and cure of diseases. Modern scientific researches have proven the physiological effects of mental activity.
it relieves our mind of the tension and pressure brought to bear on us by the hustle and bustle of life. Although Taiji has more of an emphasis on the martial arts and movement. with visualizations in order to guide the energy. One can not truly become proficient in Taiji without understand qigong. Qigong is famous in China for curing chronic disease and promoting health. Back to Top Why should I learn Qigong? . Internal qigong is much like meditation.broadly categorized as internal and external. Going for a state of supreme tranquility. thus enabling us to achieve a better mental balance. qigong has its emphasis on energy cultivation and healing. External qigong includes movement accompanying the meditation. Qigong is also good for moulding one's temperament.remarkable efficacy of qigong exercise in treating many difficult and complicated cases of illness as well as common ailments. There are various kinds of qigong -. Back to Top Is qigong like Taiji? Taiji is a form of external qigong of moving qigong.
it seeks to improve his faculties in an all-around way. that which flows through all of us and gives us life.Qigong can improve your physical and mental health. The standard answer: Qi is energy. etc. The enhancement of the mind/body connection increases your awareness of where your body needs work . it is also a way of knowing man and nature and a branch of learning as well. This mind/body connection is not a trivial issue. lifestyle. sleep. Words fail. qigong gained its recent fame in the treatment of cancer. exercise. etc. But qigong is more than just a kind of exercise. It provides all the benefits of meditation (reduced stress.where your body needs changes related to diet. better attitude. Back to Top Is this a religion? . In China.) with physical exercises. pranah. mentally as well as physically. life force. lower blood pressure. Viewing man against the backdrop of nature. Back to Top What is Qi? Qi is a kind of energy and information while qigong is a kind of exercise for regulating the whole body. The reality: Qi must be experienced. It can influence the course of all manner of chronic diseases.
In this sense. enhancing your mind/body connection. It embodies much of the ancient Chinese philosophers' thinking about man and his relations with nature. Qigong's great beauty is that it can be used by anyone to enhance their spiritual path no matter what that path is. Qigong theories are based on the philosophical concept of li or dao. which is concerned with revealing the laws governing the movements of things in the world. qigong is a science in its own right.Most definitely not. and connecting you with the qi or life force. It can enhance your own spirituality. Qigong is closely connected with traditional Chinese philosophical thoughts. It is a tool for improving health. about the composition and development of the world. . You can use that to enhance your own religious path.
Tao Hung-jing (perhaps the same as Cohen's hermit?): . Craig Reid quotes a ﬁfth century description of the system by a famous physician. Kenneth Cohen says the practice is attributed to a six-century Buddhist hermit.The best known use of sound in Taoist practice appears to be the Six Healing Sounds. also known as the Six-Syllable Secret or the Six Basic Soundless Sounds for Health.
The six ways of expelling breath are represented by the syllables hsü. the six healing sounds could be said to be more similar to pranayama than to mantra. hoo. in the sounds that they describe: • The pronunciation of the sounds varies. and is given by different teachers as Foo. but to the extent that the Taoist tradition values balance and physical health. and the gathering of fresh energy into each system. to release anger. each sound is associated with an organ (sometimes more than one) and with a phase from the Five Phases system of Chinese metaphysics. they could perhaps be considered a foundational practice for Taoist students. Most of the apparent differences seem to arise from the difﬁculty of representing these sounds phonetically in print.. Comparing the descriptions given by different teachers can help give you insight into the correct production of the sound. The six ways of exhalation can cure illness: to expel heat. use hsü. use sss. there are differences. The beneﬁts described are thus more physical than spiritual per se. . one uses hoo. In addition to the beneﬁts listed previously. sss. to display malaise. However. and to regain equilibrium. one uses chway.. both small and large. use her. chway. shee. her. Ni Hua-Ching states: "Each of the six vibrations has a psychic inﬂuence on its corresponding organ sphere which prompts the expulsion of impurities from the sphere and its manifestations.One should take air in through the nose and let it out slowly through the mouth. In comparison to Indian yoga techniques. the sound for the kidneys really does vary signiﬁcantly. use shee. to expel cold. to relieve tension." Although a number of different modern masters teach the six sounds technique. Chway. There is one way of drawing breath in and six ways of expelling breath out. or Chrroooeee.
Note . She. Foo. Davis. so the vocal cords in your throat are actively vibrating. The following table lists the sounds as explained by several teachers. Also. In most cases. but they evidently form a variant of the same system of six healing sounds. Tsung Hwa states: "The Taoists use a Mantra of Who. different teachers begin from different points in the cycle. In many cases. And Ni gives an order that doesn't relate in any obvious way to Five Phase theory. Way. However." It is difﬁcult to tell how to ﬁt these syllables into the table above. refer to the works cited under Sources later in this article. which greatly shortens the consonant part of the sound the emphasizes the vowel instead. the order follows the productive cycle of the Five Phases. some teachers pronounce some of the sounds as if they include a vowel. the sounds are apparently just the sound of your breath exhaling. Shoe. For example. Additionally. but strengthens the body through the correspondence of each sound with an internal organ. some of the teachers below (Cohen. However. Jou. Sat Chuen Hon vocalizes each of the sounds. or it can be done by chanting prayers. and Reid) provide suggested movements to perform while making the sounds. The account given here is somewhat simpliﬁed. with such variations as can be caused by different positions of the tongue. some teachers suggest visualizations to accompany the sounds. If in a group. For full details. Ni Hua-Ching says that each vibration must be inaudible: "If the sound is coarse and audible it will hurt the chi of the body. Chemmy. lips. At the other extreme. which not only trains the concentration. this is usually done by chanting the same syllable over and over. • The degree of vocalization varies. and teeth." • The order of the sounds varies from teacher to teacher.
" . Beinfeld and Korngold deﬁne it as "an integrating function that ties together and harmonizes the physiologic processes of the primary Organ Networks. the Triple Burner is probably unfamiliar to most Westerners.1. In the Organs list of above chart.
Inner Smile and Six Healing Sounds Practices As taught by Master Mantak Chia. positive and negative emotions are associated with the internal organs. and to transform the . Universal Tao Center.universal-tao. Thailand www.com In the Taoist tradition. One of the keys to good health is to become aware of the emotional energies that reside in the organs.
justice. The negative emotions have deleterious effects on the internal organs and glands. The positive virtues.negative emotional energies into positive virtues. worry. and righteousness. respect. as we mature and encounter more stress in our daily lives. Figure 1. gentleness. and grief often predominate. sadness. . honesty. anger. Taoists believe that we are all born with the virtues of love. negative emotions such as fear. impatience. kindness. Unfortunately. fairness. cruelty. draining our life-force and undermining our health.
and employing exercises that transform the negative emotions into positive life force.Figure 2. as taught by Master Mantak Chia. . In the Tao "emotional intelligence" is a process of recognizing emotions by their effects on the body. or Chi. The negative emotions are the body's garbage. Two important exercises are the "Inner Smile" and the "Six Healing Sounds" techniques.
heartmath. Many of the Taoist insights are supported by observations and evidence from modern psychology and medicine.Figure 3. The negative emotions affect the body's organ systems. the lungs.org). the kidneys. They developed methods to transform negative to positive emotions from their practical and intuitive understanding of the human body. Recent scientific research shows that feelings of love and appreciation strongly influence the heart's rhythm and its relationship to the body's physiological systems (see www. · The heart is associated with the negative emotions of arrogance and hate and the positive virtues of kindness and love. · The kidneys are associated with the negative emotion of fear and the positive emotions of gentleness and kindness. The five major organ systems and their associated emotions and properties. Emotional depression is often recognized by a physical depression and collapse of the chest and lungs. Table 1. and the stomach/spleen. and the positive virtues of courage and righteousness. Taoists learned the relationships between emotional energies and organ systems over many centuries of study and meditation. The adrenal glands secret adrenalin and noradrenalin when stimulated by the body's . · The lungs are associated with the negative emotions of sadness and depression. Fear is closely related to the activity of the adrenal glands that lie on top of the kidneys. The "Inner Smile" and "Six Healing Sounds" exercises focus on five organs or organ systems: the heart. the liver/ gall bladder.
and vitality. The energy of anger requires the rapid availability of metabolic energy stores in the body. each person assumes responsibility for the emotions that arise within. · The liver is associated with the negative emotion of anger and the positive emotions of generosity and forgiveness. The Inner Smile and Six Healing Sound exercises direct our attentions to the body's organs and associated qualities. Figure 4. · The stomach/spleen are associated with the negative emotions of worry and anxiety and the positive emotions of fairness and openness. The Inner Smile In the Taoist tradition. We successively visualize each organ. regardless of the external events that trigger the emotions. Physiologically. promoting health. . Taoist exercises take us into our bodies and transform emotions by transforming the associated physiological systems. Most people will be familiar with the "butterflies" and "knots" in the stomach related to worry. known as the enteric nervous system (Gershon. the liver is important for storing and rapidly releasing glucose into the blood. resilience. apparently related to a network of network of neurons and neurotransmitters in the sheaths of tissue lining the digestive system. 1998). The Inner Smile and Six Healing Sounds exercises help balance and integrate our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.fight-or-flight response. cleansing the organ and transforming negative emotional energies into positive virtues.
it will eventually overflow into your body. 2. Create a source of smiling energy up to three feet in front of you. Become aware of the midpoint between your eyebrows through which you will draw this abundant smiling energy in front of and around you. You can roll your head slowly and gently from side to side as you do this. and all the facial muscles. Close your eyes and become aware of the soles of your feet. This can be an image of your own smiling face. 5. perhaps feeling sunshine. Let your forehead relax. nose. but not stiff. 4.Figure 5. . Allow the smiling energy to flow down from the mid-eyebrow through your face. Stay relaxed. 3. Inner Smile Practice Front Line 1. and clasp your palms together in your lap. The Proper sitting posture. Sit comfortably near the edge of your chair with your feel flat on the floor. being by the ocean. or any memory of a time in which you felt deeply at peace. Feel their connection to the Earth. Keep your back straight. or of someone or something you love and respect. or walking in a forest. Let it flow down through your neck. relaxing the cheeks. mouth. Press your tongue against the upper palate of your mouth. as the smiling energy accumulates at the mideyebrow.
6. Draw more smiling energy through the mid-eyebrow. creating the space for the virtuous energies of love and joy to expand. emotional. Figure 6. Feel the lungs open as the happy. The heart is associated with the negative emotional energies of hastiness. Love your heart. these energies will dissipate. The Front Line Organs 7. Thank your lungs for breathing and helping sustain your life. If there is anything you see or feel in the lungs that is unpleasant to you. The lungs may appear to be pink and spongy. it will generate the virtues of joy and happiness. smiling energy spread from the thymus gland into the heart. 8. Let the warm. Try to remember your best experience of love and fill your heart with that same feeling again. Let the smiling energy continue to flow down to your thymus gland. and cruelty. or they may feel abundantly full. which is located behind the upper part of your sternum. get rid of it. The lungs are associated with the negative emotional energies of sadness . Let the joy and happiness generated in the heart expand outward to your lungs. loving energy. and let it flow like a waterfall down into the heart. When you smile inwardly to the heart. Spend as much time here as you need to feel the heart relax and expand with loving energy. and picture it glowing with vibrant health. You should feel your entire chest cavity filling with smiling. and physical pollution by smiling into them. arrogance. When you smile into the heart. Feel the air flow from the tip of the nose down into the lungs. You can clear the lungs of energetic. Feel the thymus gland become warm as it begins to vibrate and expand like a blossoming flower. smiling energy flows into them. following it all the way out to the tiny air sacs where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide.
as it controls the energy of the eyes. 11. Use your inner vision to see the liver and determine its condition. Feel the liver become immersed in smiling.and depression and the virtuous energies of courage and righteousness. Its surface should be smooth and glossy." If you want water. and the virtue of gentleness can grow. producing insulin. and regulating blood sugar. The kidneys are associated with the emotion of fear. The Chinese say. located directly beneath the left lung. located just below the right lung. As you smile into the pancreas. . Thank the pancreas for making digestive enzymes. Next you will direct the smiling energy to the liver. which is just next to the left kidney. you should go to the well. you will gradually get in touch with it. If you feel your attention wandering. The Chinese suggest this also helps strengthen your decision-making power. When you smile to the liver. loving energy builds up in the spleen. fear melts away. or it you feel the effect of the Inner Smile becoming weak or diluted. loving. 10. see that it is healthy and functioning smoothly. Smile down to the kidneys and feel them expand with radiant energy. and it should feel relaxed and uncongested. 12. smile into the spleen. If you smile in that direction. and let the smiling energy flow in through the mid-eyebrow and down to the area of the spleen. you will dissolve any anger and allow the kindness energy more space to expand. return to the source of smiling energy in front of you. just gather more smiling energy from the source. " 9. helping to store blood. The liver is associated with the emotion of anger and the virtue of kindness. As smiling. Continuing around to the left. and producing bile. When you smile into the lungs. Feel gratitude for the liver's work in detoxifying the body. You can use your inner vision to inspect the kidneys to be sure their surface is smooth and glossy and that they are filtering properly without any congestion. you will dissolve any sadness or negative feelings. creating space for courage and righteousness to expand. As you smile into them. joyous energy. You can use your eyes to smooth out any part of its surface or to relax any area that seems tense. The liver is associated with the sense of sight. Note: Remember you can go back to the source of smiling energy in front of you-your vision or memory of a happy moment-to get more energy any time during the meditation. Let the smiling energy flow from the liver across the abdomen into the pancreas. Don't worry if you don't know exactly where it is. If you need to. let it flow into the kidneys. the largest internal organ.
Become aware of your tongue. follow the saliva down the esophagus to the stomach. Middle Line 1. Make a promise to your stomach that you will give it good food to digest. Let it flow down to your mouth. and allow more smiling energy to flow in through it like a waterfall pouring down into the organs. urethra. Once again immerse the thymus. lungs. Thank it for its important work in liquefying and digesting your food. Smile the accumulated energies into the ovaries. 3. At this point you should be feeling calm and peaceful. Return the attention to the source of smiling energy in front of you. Bring the combined sexual. making a gulping sound as you do.43).Keep smiling into the kidneys. heart. and perineum. and make some saliva by working your mouth and swishing your tongue around. send the smiling energy down into the urinary bladder. midway between the ovaries. urinary bladder (Fig. and vagina. 13. Women: The collection point for female sexual energy is located about three inches below the navel. and let the smiling energy build up until they are full. and visualize the energies spiraling into that point. and sex organs in smiling energy. 14. Sometimes we abuse our stomachs with improper food. Bring the combined sexual. and virtue energies up to the navel. smiling. Men: The collection point for male sexual energy is located one-and-a-half inches above the base of the penis in the area of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles. Thank the ovaries for making hormones and giving you sexual energy. spleen. Become aware once more of the smiling energy in your eyes. tighten the neck muscles. . With your Inner Smile. located at the bottom and below the left side of the rib cage. Next. and spiral them into that point. uterus. and virtue energies up to the navel. and swallow the saliva hard and quickly. Smile. pancreas. kidneys. Thank them for making hormones and giving you sexual energy. smiling. Feel it grow calm and comfortable. and visualize the accumulated energies spiraling down into the prostate gland and testicles. Be aware of the mid-eyebrow point. Put the tip of your tongue to the roof of the mouth. liver. genitals.
2. With your inner eyesight direct your smile about three to four inches inside into the pituitary gland. Smile into the tension until it melts away. the rectum and the anus. fresh and open. Thank it for eliminating wastes and for making you feel clean. Quickly smile down the Middle Line. Bring your attention back to your eyes again. the transverse colon. The Middle Line organs. Back Line 1. checking for tension. starting at the right side of the hipbone and passing upward to the undersurface of the right lobe of the liver. and feel the gland blossom. The large intestine is about 1. comfortable and calm.5 meters long. Return to your eyes. and the sigmoid colon. nice. the descending colon. which normally lies within the pelvis. Smile into the large intestine: the ascending colon. It is about seven meters long in an adult.Figure 7. Smile to it and feel it be warm. clean. Smile into the small intestine in the middle of the abdomen. collect the power of the smile in the third eye (mid-eyebrow). 4. Smile inward with both eyes. 3. Thank it for absorbing food nutrients to keep you vital and healthy. . which passes downward through the left side of the lumbar region. which passes downward from the right liver region across the abdomen to the left beneath the lower end of the spleen. 2.
Feel the discs softening. starting from the cervical vertebrae at the base of the skull. making you taller.Smile into the thalamus. from where the truth and power of the smile will generate. and the coccyx (tail bone). bringing this loving energy down inside each vertebra and the disc below it. Feel the spinal cord and the back becoming loose and comfortable. . Move your smile's eyesight. up to the left side of the brain. Count out each vertebra and disc as you smile down them: seven cervical (neck) vertebrae. like a bright. Feel it expand and soften and go down to the pons and medulla oblongata and to the spinal cord. Figure 8. Smile into the pineal gland and feel this tiny gland gradually swell and grow like a bulb. the triangular bone called the sacrum. Move the inner smiling eyesight. Feel your spine expanding and elongating. The brain organs 3. five lumbar (lower back). Move the inner smiling eyesight back and forth in the left brain and across to the right brain and cerebellum. shining light. This will balance the left and right brain and strengthen the nerves. twelve thoracic (chest). Move the inner smiling eyesight down to the midbrain.
The Entire Length of the Body Start at the eyes again. The Back Line exercise increases the flow of the spinal fluid and sedates the nervous system. feel the energy descend down the entire length of your body. Smiling into a disc keeps it from hardening and becoming deformed so it cannot properly absorb the force and weight of the body. The Back Line 4. Return to your eyes and quickly smile down the entire Back Line. Direct your Inner Smile's eyesight. smile down all three lines simultaneously. How marvelous it is! .Figure 9. Back pain can be prevented or relieved by smiling into the spine. like a waterfall-a waterfall of smiles. Follow the smiling down the Middle Line and then the Back Line. When you are more experienced. Now. joy and love. Feel your whole body being loved and appreciated. Your whole body should feel relaxed. being aware of the organs and the spine. Quickly smile down the Front Line.
Use your finger as a guide the first few times. Six Healing Sounds Practice Lung Exercise: First Healing Sound . reverse the direction of the spiral and bring it back into the navel. Most ill effects of meditation are caused by excess energy in the head or heart. start the spiral counterclockwise. The navel area can safely handle the increased energy generated by the Inner Smile. Then mentally move that energy in an outward spiral around your navel 36 times. Women. Collecting the Smiling Energy at the Navel It's very important to end by storing the smiling energy in the navel. Next. Men. available to you whenever you need it and for whatever part of your body needs it. concentrate in your navel area. You have now completed the Inner Smile. circling it 24 times. To collect the smile's energy. which is about one and a half inches inside your body. The energy is now safely stored in your navel. don't go above the diaphragm or below the pubic bone.Figure 10. start the spiral clockwise. The organs smiling.
smoking. or depression. Take a deep breath and. asthma. You should feel a stretch that extends from the heels of the palms. . flu. 4. Slowly lower them to your lap so that they rest there. Close the eyes. rotate the palms down. If you are color oriented. Float the arms down by gently lowering the shoulders. toothaches. breathe normally. smile down to the lungs. The Lung Sound Position. sorrow and grief from your lungs. 3. along the upper arms and into the shoulders. 2. For colds. Draw the corners of the mouth back. or 36 times. along the forearms. When the hands are at eye level. As you exhale. Figure 11.1. mucous. Pay attention to any sensations you may feel. raise the arms up in front of you. dark waste energy. exhale. sub-vocally. and imagine that you are still making the sound. you can repeat the sound 9. begin to rotate the palms and bring them up above the head. Keep the elbows rounded. close the eyes. 18. 12. making the sound "Ssssssss". over the elbows. and breathe in to the lungs to strengthen them. be aware of the lungs. When you have exhaled completely (without straining). Repeat the sequence 3 to 6 times. slowly and evenly in one breath. palms up. Try to feel the exchange of cool. fresh energy replacing hot. Become aware of your lungs. empty all feelings of sadness. 5. or for detoxifying the lungs. imagine a pure white light and quality of righteousness entering into your lungs. The lungs and chest will feel open and breathing will be easier. 24. letting your eyes follow. emphysema.
or detoxifying the kidneys. feel the pull at the back where the kidneys are. Kidney Exercise: Second Healing Sound 1. 5. 3. This will help you to calm down. and clasp one hand in the other. head and legs.6. When you have exhaled completely. fatigue. press the middle abdomen. Pay attention to sensations. D the Lung Sound sub-vocally without the hand movements several times when you feel nervous. look up. on the thighs. Round the lips and silently make the sound one makes in blowing out a candle. repeat 9 to 36 times. and hands. The Lung Sound can help eliminate nervousness when in front of a crowd. Take a deep breath as you bend forward. sit up and slowly breathe in to the kidneys. hook the hands around the knees and pull back on the arms. The Kidney Sound Position 2. At the same time. Separate the legs to a hip's width and rest the hands. Become aware of the kidneys. and tilt the head back without straining. toward the spine. as you imagine that you are still making the sound. With the arms straight. Be aware of the exchange of energy around the kidneys. ringing in the ears. imagining a bright blue energy as the quality of gentleness enters the kidneys. Close the eyes and breathe normally. palms up. Figure 12. Place the legs together. For back pain. ankles and knees touching. between the sternum and navel. The Heart Sound and the Inner Smile will help also if the Lung Sound is not enough to calm you down. dizziness. Smile to the kidneys. Repeat 3 to 6 times. Liver Exercise: Third Healing Sound . Imagine any feelings of fear being squeezed out from the membrane around the kidneys. 4.
arrogance and hastiness. smile down to the liver and imagine you're still making the sound. red and watery eyes. sincerity and creativity entering the heart. and for detoxifying the heart. as you picture the pericardium releasing heat. Place your hands on your lap. sub-vocally. Place your arms at your sides. 4. palms up. and for detoxifying the liver. Exhale with the sound. or a sour or bitter taste. repeat 9 to 36 times. Close the eyes. 2. A Taoist axiom about controlling anger says: If you've done the Liver Sound 30 times and you are still angry at someone. but focus attention on your heart and imagine a bright red color and the qualities of joy. sub-vocally. When you have exhaled completely. Do this 3 to 6 times. and feel the connection between the eyes and the liver. swollen gums or tongue. Take a deep breath and assume the same position as for the Liver Sound. Gently bring the arms back to the side by lowering the shoulders. palms out. Follow with the eyes. honor. Sense the energy exchange. jumpiness. heart pains. you have the right to slap that person. For anger. For the rest cycle. cold sores. The Heart Sound position. For a sore throat. Become aware of the heart and feel the tongue connected with the heart. Envision and feel that a sac encloses the liver and is compressing and expelling the excess heat and feelings of anger. unlock the fingers. and pressing out with the heels of the palms. Be aware of sensations. 5. imagine a bright green color quality of kindness entering the liver. 4. repeat 9 to 36 times. round the lips and exhale on the sound "Hawwwwwww". Become aware of the liver. 3. Open the mouth somewhat. Take a deep breath as you slowly swing the arms up and over the head. breathe normally. and the feelings of impatience. but lean slightly to the right. breathe into the liver slowly. moodiness. and rest. heart disease. Figure 14. Figure 13. The Liver Sound position. 2. repeat the procedure for the Liver Sound. Heart Exercise: Fourth Healing Sound 1. Spleen Exercise: Fifth Healing Sound .1. "Shhhhhhh". Repeat 3 to 6 times. 3.
the bladder. pancreas. 2. Take a deep breath as you place your hands with the index fingers resting at the bottom and slightly to the left of the sternum. The Triple Warmer Sound balances the temperature of the three levels by bringing hot energy down to the . is warm. breathe normally and imagine you are still making the sound. is hot. centering.Figure 15. compassion. 4. sympathy and pity. wetness and dampness. and music making entering them. pancreas. Press in with the fingers as you push out with the middle back. Triple Warmer Exercise : Sixth Healing Sound The Triple Warmer refers to the three energy centers of the body. and the emotions of worry. which consists of the brain. The Spleen Sound Position 1. and for detoxifying the spleen. and spleen. 3. and the sexual organs. and the qualities of fairness. Exhale with the sound "Whoooooo". Lower the hands slowly to your lap. The lower level containing the large and small intestines. Expel the excess heat.. kidneys. heart. It is the only sound that can be done immediately after eating. palms up. Close the eyes. Become aware of the spleen. done in conjunction with the others. The upper level. is cool. This sound. stomach. Repeat 3 to 6 times. and lungs. is more effective and healthier than using antacids. Breathe into the spleen. nausea and diarrhea. Be aware of sensations and the exchange of energy. 5. and stomach. feel the mouth and the spleen connect. or imagine a bright yellow light. Repeat 9 to 36 times for indigestion. made sub-vocally and felt in the vocal chords. The middle section consisting of the liver.
lower center and cold energy up to the upper center. Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality: The Inner Smile. 1998. 4. and feel light. Six Healing Sounds. 1. Mantak. It's also very effective for relieving stress. Huntington. References: Chia. Repeat 3 to 6 times. The Triple Warmer Sound also can be used to relax. The Second Brain: The Scientific Basis of Gut . and empty. 2. 1986. Lie down on your back. Imagine the chest and abdomen are as flat as a sheet of paper. or more. Huntington. A number of students have been able to break a long-standing dependence on sleeping pills by practicing this sound. NY: Healing Tao Books. Michael D. Figure 16. Gershon. through the digestive tract. NY: Healing Tao Books. beginning at the top of the chest and ending at the lower abdomen. relaxing sleep. This induces a deep. Chia. The Triple Warmer Sound position. bright. Rest by breathing normally. and Maneewan Chia. 1993. made sub-vocally. Mantak. Elevate the knees with a pillow if you feel any pain in the small of the back or lumbar area. expanding the stomach and chest without strain. as you picture and feel a large roller pressing out your breath. by lying on your side or sitting in a chair. Exhale with the sound "Heeeeeee". 3. Awaken Healing Light of the Tao. Close the eyes and take a deep breath. without falling asleep. if you are still wide awake.
The primary methods employed are The Inner Smile 1 and the Six Healing Sounds. When Taoists confront negative emotional energy. The Six Healing Sounds are so simple and easy to perform that they seem almost too good to be true. that s not the case with the Six Healing Sounds.Instinct and a Groundbreaking New Understanding: of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine. Recycling and Transforming Negative Energy Everything is energy. via the law of karma. They work first time. That works better than holding onto negativity or dumping it out onto someone else because such emotional venting only serves to pass an emotional virus onto another and. rather than seeking to destroy it or to dump it out. Over time. every time. healing energy. sick energy into positive. HarperCollins. Health professionals have placed stress as an underlying factor in a wide range of diseases. the accumulation of the negativity erodes the organs health and effects the person s disposition. A lot of techniques require months and years of practice before any noticeable results occur. Six Healing Sounds Just about everybody in the modern world has to deal with some sort of stress. I have found the Six Healing Sounds to be the most valuable technique of all the many spiritual practices I ve learned so far. loving. . they use techniques to transform negative. Thankfully. eventually that same negativity will be revisited upon the person who sent it out in the first place. The Taoist way of dealing with stress is to perform the Six Healing Sounds. Negative emotions are stored in the body s organs. The Six Healing Sounds work to transform the negative energy stored in the organs and to transform them into healing light.
Repeat two more times (a total of three). . Place hands palms-up on your thighs. slow exhalation produce the sound "WOOOOOOOO. Lung sound: Place your tongue behind your closed teeth and. With a long. it can then be circulated through the Microcosmic Orbit to send healing energy throughout the body. The lung sound transforms fear into courage. Look up. including the hands position and visualization. Positions: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. Imagine a blue light shining upon your kidneys. made the lung sound "SSSSSSSSSSSS" (like the sound of steam from a radiator). palmsup. Concentrate on feeling the virtue (power) of courage. Concentrate on feeling the virtue (power) of gentleness and/or generosity. Position: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. The Lung Sound Fear is stored in the lungs. with a long slow exhalation. with fingertips of each hand touching the tip of the other. surrounding them. Place hands palms-up on your thighs. surrounding them. Repeat two more times (a total of three). 2 Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your lungs. Lean forward and clasp your hands around your knees.When negative emotional energy is transmuted. Raise both hands above your head. The Kidneys Sound The kidneys sound transform the emotional energy inside the kidneys into gentleness and generosity. Look up: Kidney sound: Form an "O" with your lips as if preparing to blow out a candle. Imagine a white light shining upon your lungs." Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your kidneys. including the hands position and visualization.
Repeat two more times (a total of three). Imagine a green light shining upon and inside your liver. including the hands position and visualization. Imagine a red light shining upon and inside your heart." Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your heart. Heart sound: With the mouth wide open. Liver sound: Place the tongue near the palate and. Lean slightly to the right. Position: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. exhale a deep breath slowly and produce the sound "HAWWWWWWWW. including the hands position and visualization. The Heart Sound The heart sound transforms the emotional energy inside the heart into love.The Liver Sound The liver sound transforms the emotional energy inside the liver into kindness. Raise your hands palms-up over your head and interlock your fingers. Look up. Know that the red light is burning away and transmuting any hatred emotion or self-pity into the virtue emotions. Concentrate on feeling the virtue (power) of love. Place hands palms-up on your thighs. joy and/or happiness. Place hands palms-up on your thighs. Concentrate on feeling the virtue (power) of kindness." Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your liver. slow exhalation produce the sound "SHHHHHHHHHH. Lean slightly to the left. Position: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. Repeat two more times (a total of three). The Spleen Sound . surrounding it. joy and happiness. Look up. with a long. Raise your hands palms-up over your head and interlock your fingers. surrounding it.
Concentrate on the virtue (power) of openness. including the hands position and visualization. Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your spleen. Inhale and with breath held. With your mouth open. Negative emotions need not be dreaded for with the use of the Six Healing Sounds they can easily be transformed into refreshing vital force. Spleen sound: While moving the hands under the ribs. Daily Practice Along with the Inner Smile. produce the sound "WHOOOOOOOO" from the throat. Triple Warmer Lie flat on your back. if possible. slow exhalation.The spleen sound transforms the emotional energy inside the spleen into openness. the Six Healing Sounds should be practiced daily.com . This will balance all the energies activated by the other sounds and help relax the body fully. place the tongue near the palate. surrounding them. Repeat two more (a total of three) times. Position: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. Repeat two more times (a total of three). slightly push the sides of your hands in and slightly up. palms-up. under your left ribcage. fingers of each hand touching the others." 2) For details of each sound see Mantak Chia s Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality Amir can be contacted at: amirfatir@go. balance and fairness." Imagine a huge rolling pin flattening out your body from the forehead down to the toes. like the sound of an owl. 1) See my "The Tickling of the Ant. exhale slowly as your produce the sound "HEEEEEEEE. fairness and justice. under the rib. Imagine a yellow light shining upon and inside your spleen and pancreas. Regular practice recycles more and more negative energy. and with a long. Place hands.
"This man is able to change his . Judaism. He hasn t been physically free since the Ford Administration. Amir is an Astrologer whose writings connect and reveal the symbolic wisdom in esoteric systems. in Vienna. Magic. developed award winning programs and healed people and animals of serious diseases. gave proof of the extensive effectiveness of his energy work. He can t sing but still hopes to one day perform with the Temptations. Modern Science and Egyptian Metaphysics.Amir Fatir was a journalist and Nation of Islam Minister when he was arrested in 1975 for a murder that someone else committed. Yoga. While on death row he studied all the ancient spiritual systems to learn where he d be after his execution. when he was measured at an Institute in Vienna. biochemist and technical head of the Institute for applied Biocybernetics and Feedback Research. In 1991 Amir received a pardon recommendation that because of politics was illegally revoked. Eggetsberger. Through the Power of the Inner Smile Mantak Chia. Amir found a common thread runs through Islam. a Taoist master known throughout the world. Taoism. new age philosophies and modern science. " It's unbelievable!" says Gerhard H. Christianity. While in prison he has authored books.
but highly effective instruments for promoting physical and mental health and development. We are scientifically proving spiritual knowledge that is 6000 years old! "This man" is Master Mantak Chia. During his university studies in Hong Kong. He has been teaching .known Taoist masters. Mantak Chia (right). The Head of the Institute. Again and again. Taoist master.electrical skin resistance in a split second from 60 Q up to 6080 Q and to lower it down again. produced incredible results when his brain potential and electrical skin restance were tested at the 'Institute for Applied Biocybernetics and Feedback Research' . he is now himself a Master and the author of a number of books. he uses western sciences to explain and prove that the energy exercises he teaches measurably affect the body. An untrained body would never do this as completely as he does this. and that they are not just folklore or superstitious beliefs. gerhard Eggetsberger . He is an ethnic Chinese who was born in Thailand about 50 years ago into a Christian family and grew up surrounded by Hindu and Buddhist traditions. he came in contact with a Taoist master. This means that he can simply switch from the Nervus Vagus to the Nervus Sympaticus. Having been educated by various well. We even know how he does it through a kind of sympathetic reflex.Faoism all over the world for more than two decades.
During the practice of certain techniques. ' How is it possible to be wide-awake and yet send certain regions of the brain into deep sleep? Scientists have been just as surprised about the results of the tests made in Vienna in May 1997. The exceptional character of these consciously created changes. the electrical skin resistance mentioned at the beginning of the article. where a completely different set of parameters were tested. while he was talking animatedly with the scientists. from 200 to 300 Q. whereas a resistance of 60 Q means such an excessive excitement. can be made clear through the following comparison. That corresponds to the difference between a hand sweating from excitement and a very dry hand. The results were astonishing.(left): "An untrained bodu could never endure such extreme changes without being seriously damaged. but also alpha and theta-waves. such as. his brain not only produced beta-waves (which are characterfetic of the waking state). Gerhard Eggetsberger says: "But the electrical skin resistance of 6000 Q corresponds to a state of incredible apathy. that most people would be on their way to a heart attack." ." In the autumn of 1996. After 6 months of regular training on a biofeedback machine a competitive athlete will be able to increase or to diminish his electrical skin resistance in 10 to 15 minutes. (which normally occur only during deep meditation or deep sleep). he let psychologists in Los Angeles take his EEG-graphs.
that helps you take in." "It's a system. 'The Healing Tao. store and balance energy to stay healthy and .become y whole". he says. He knows nine different levels. the last of which leads to .Master Mantak Chia calls the system that he has developed.
so the Master says. which delays the moment of orgasm. Mantak Chia: "One of the deep misunderstandings of some religious systems is that they regard sex as negative or even evil.enlightenment. But most people do not know how to use this energy safely and beneficially anymore .especially monks and nuns. according to The Universal Tao. the Chi. "but learn to multiply your orgasm energy ten-fold. wilich has been practiced by Tao yogis for centuries. the Universal Tao tries to avoid the peak orgasm completely. They can only participate in and enjoy the universal life force. is to connect with the sexual energy and build it up inside the body." The opposite mistake. Sexual energy makes up one quarter of our total life force. People who deny sexual energy can lose their joy for life. and therefore they try to suppress it. Similar to water that turns into steam when heated enough and which can drive the turbine of a power station when guided properly. setting himself apart from many spiritual traditions. the Universal Tao practices enables one to begin a transformation process". we are in communion with the divine a~iii universal energy. neither of which is ideal. thus losing the benefits of it. thousand-fold and use it for your growth !" This does require . In contrast to the Indian Tantric tradition." Most people believe there are only two alternatives. to a certain extent. but then give it away again through orgasm. If this sounds like a new form of denial. Even the first two levels address issues that are seen as problems by many people. hundred-fold. whenever we have sex. be reassured : "Enjoy your sexuality !" advises Master Mantak Chia. which deny the body. but then allows a peak orgasm to happen. TRANSFORMATION OF SEXUAL ENERGY : The way to escape the loss of sexual energy can be found in tantric wisdom. "The important thing is'to let the orgasm energy flow. "Whenever we are aroused. but to transform it. yet not to waste it. "Sexual energy is sacred!" says Master Mantak Chia. who are in bitter need of such knowledge.
for example. In order to achieve the first two steps successfully. can you establish a connection with the Universe and profit from its enormous potential !" Master Mantak Chia makes clear. which they built up. but afterwards it quickly drops back to the previous level. While mantras are being chanted. passion is multiplied and there is no rolling over and falling asleep immediately after intercourse. Master Mantak Chia : "The brain is able to generate. during a retreat.discipline. On the contraiy. "Today.and when you have a good emotional state. in traditions that use a lot of chanting. wilich means being relaxed." This can be observed. emotions are normally thrown away like garbage". and with the help of the Universal Tao techniques a beginner is capable of keeping the energy. "By tills we not only cause a lot of damage. it is through these practices that multiple orgasms also become possible for men. and in that we weaken our system. but not celibacy. The way out according to Mantak Chia : "The Universal Tao teaches you not to suppress your feelings. Energy however can be stored in the organs and bones.and not the other way round . for example. INTENTIONAL TRANSFORMATION OF ENERGY: . Through this a widely forgotten principle of division of labor comes into action. That way "energetic waste" can be changed back into neutral energy that is at your disposal. the Tao Master explains. and especially in the spine. The fundamental focus in the Universal Tao is on emotional energy. but it can't store them. but to keep the emotional energy inside more often and to transform it there. the energy needs paths for circulation and places where it can be stored. All this forms the essential foundation for reaching the goals of Taoist yoga. the energy level rises. but we also repeat the same mistake we make in the field of sexuality on another level. channel and move large quantities of energy. Energies that we might use for our growth evaporate unus'ed. "Only when your sexual energy is completely at your disposal .
We work at a leisurely and safe pace.Master Chia explaining the connection between the flow of Chi in the organs." At the basic level. animals. blockages arise. which may. The channels correspond to tlie known channels of Chi Kung. five elements. and the four directions. The practicioners learn to enlarge their working storage capacity so much that they can take in the information of the "greater Universe". but to create an amount that can be stored. by and by. Tlie Microcosmic Orbit : Through physical and mental exercices the inner energy channels are activated. According to Master Mantak Chia. . it can literally burn out the brain and cause mental damage.) The Six Healing Sounds balances the warm and cold energy in the body . so that sexual. The Six Healing Sounds : The first five sounds detoxily the organs and lead them back to a healthy state of vibration. . six different pratices serve this puipose. The Taoist yoga student begins to get in touch with the divine by practicing the Microcosmic Orbit. (If an organ does not vibrate at the right frequency. lead to somatic disturbances. emotional or organ energy can always flow and does not stagnate anywhere. colors and planets. If it gets activated in an uncontrolled or unprepared manner. This provides ideal absorption and digestion' of all nutrition. cleansed and trained. the Universal Tao takes special care to proceed at an appropriate and safe pace. "The Kundalini energy we are working with is very hot. We do not fay to create loads of energy.
Master Mantak Chia : "In other systems. This is very important because both elements are part of our potential and we need both in order to master our lives. relaxation and activity. Otherwise we are incomplete. or in churches. the adepts are mainly in touch with receiving Yin energy. This has been objectively proven by the tests mentioned earlier. parasympathetic and sympathic nervous systems. The aim is not an imagined heavenly kingdom. Many people who relax just become passive. glands and-the brain and charges them with positive energy. Tlie Inner Smile.") . (Mantak Chia : "It's like building an iron shirt that strenghtens and protects tlie body.. Tai Chi. Special breathing techniques help to consciously guide the life force. which not only help to build up and guide energy. They open themselves to the cosmic . Master Mantak Chia explains what the Universal Tao aims for. and all too often Tai Chi is taught in that way as well. This helps transform negative emotions and promotes a rhythmic flow of Yin and Yang energy (this will be explained later in the article). where the main focus is on prayer." Mantak Chia is able to switch between extreme Yin and Yang states. The awakening of this ability in the Universal Tao does not happen for purely self-centered reasons and is not just a training in states of higher consciousness. .the organs. using the Tai Chi as an example : "The whole secret is keeping the Yin and Yang balanced. where a lot of chanting is practiced. .but to lead them into freedom and independence. The "religious policy" of the Universal Tao is to avoid leaving people depend on others .even if the others are "highly evolved" gums . but also balances and distributes the energy evenly through all the channels. keep it in a state of flux. But in relatity it's a flow of Yin and Yang states. track down blockages and release them. . were one smiles into different parts of the body . for example Buddhism. Iron Shirt Chi Kung is a special system of exercices which makes it possible to absorb energy at the level of the bone marrow.
Master Chia only smiles at people who curse the world due to esoteric beliefs. gets all the energy. the Chi disipates.energy during prayer. whose goal is to go to a higher level. It is rather that we connect with the energy and then take it into ourselves so as to realize it". If there is a constant demand for "surrender !". Master Mantak Chia explains. there are still many teachings which look upon this life as a laborious preparation for the supposed "real" life m "heaven". nor how to use it actively in their lives. When they stop praying. were the object that is being worshipped. but then. so that it can be used in this world. but they learn neither to store it. They do not want to take responsibilities in this world. This has nothing to do with Master Mantak Chia perhaps being a liberally minded teacher. to harness and enjoy the sexual energy and do work here on earth. it is inherent in the system : "Most people are dependent". the Universal Tao. The Universal Tao in contrast asserts : "The world is beautiful. the energy is then taken back and stored in the body. They are hardly able to deal with the emotions of everyday life. "give up !" and "no ego !" without making any effort to balance this. Taoist yoga stresses the importance of being able to support oneself and not to depend on charity. "because they never learn how to work with their own energy. or the monarch. INDEPENDANCE FROM ALL GURUS: Taoist practices make the student independent. These systems. is to strenghten and preserve the body. Therefore they have either to . therefore." It is only through this that a transition into another world becomes possible. We should preserve it. In some extreme cases people hardly do anything but wait for "the UFOs" to take them away. Admittedly. projects' energy to the Universe (God. "It is not like in some religions and in the ancient monarchies. in a rhythmic exchange. like other spiritual traditions and methods. the Cosmos)." In this statement a great acceptance and love for life on earth become apparent. "Unluckily. the Master claims. masters or religious leaders. Let's make it our heaven !" The first aim. they can be dominated easily by gurus. do not appreciate the body.
It is similar to a tiger who has forgotten how to hunt while living in a zoo. they can not be manipulated by any church. If that person. and who would starve in the wild. You are not in danger of being led astray by false opinions of others anymore." An independence is established that is based on hearing your own inner voice. you can connect directly with God ! ". but with being connected to nature and the Universe. That has nothing to do with the number of books you have read. It is not about leaving religion. on top of that." If a person is able to let their feelings and sexual energy be without having to act on them. you can be open to all systems and find out. just like animals who know what to eat and what not to eat. they have already acilieved a great deal of freedom.suppress or to waste the energy. if there is anything in them that you can use. If tlie inner voice is sincere. but how to be yourself within a religious system. Master Mantak Chia : "It is like Jesus and even Mohammed said : "You don't need me. SPECTACULAR RESULTS OF THE UNIVERSAL TAO : . you know if someone is telling the truth or not. "If you have this connection. and this is why they are hooked on various systems. When you have reached this state. In the Healing Tao system one strives to built up enough energy in the brain so that real knowledge and wisdom can reside there. an intuitive connection to truth may arise that is incorruptible. learns how to connect with the Universe.
Especially notable in the fact that the potentials in both hemispheres of the brain began to synchronize during this process. Gerhard Eggetsberger : "It seems to be a kind of biological program. or extreme apathy. reflexes.the Cosmos is established once a certain amount of energy has been created in the brain.Master Chia can alternate between two extreme levels of resistance. as if only now the full human potential unfolds." It may be presumed. The potentials in both brain hemispheres rose from the beginning exercice. After a certain amount of energy. health. and this awakens inner knowledge and wisdom. which Master Mantak Chia could easily exceed by far. the head of the Institute : "The Universal Tao practices are the first system I have comme across that I can fully recommend." The measurement of the so-called USPs (Ultra Slow Potentials) or. Eggetsberger. the quality of your sexual experience and various other physical phenomena. the Orgasmic Upward Draw. until the last exercise. . Once a certain level of energy has been achieved. that it is this level that Mantak Chia-talks about. which again corresponds to a materially greater brain capacity. the inner flow of the energies in the body. which are connected with clarity. the Inner Smile. A measurement of this kind had never been done before in the Institute for Biocybemetics in Vienna. physical changes become apparent : new synapses are formed. when he says that a connection with . Gerhard H. more simply. both hemispheres balance themselves automatically. which normally occour only in cases of heart attack. showed extremely high results when Master Chia was doing his meditation. efficiency.
Gerhard Eggetsberger. Eggetsberger's results show that both know how to . bringing his awareness to that part. summarizes the results of a treatment that Jens Christian. which is a guided visualization through the body and an energy transmission through a healer. The potential of the thyroid gland increased. Another finding : wherever Mantak Chia sent energy to in his body. received : '"Every time Master Mantak Chia made use of the technique. and thereby fundamental elements of their immune. But not only he can do this. The great success of the Cosmic Healing technique. The head of the Institute. Eggetsberger. What it means is that a person practicing Taoist yoga is able to learn in few hours. the potentials immediately increased measurably. for instance. Dr.The Head of the Institute. This normally never happens. even though the person that was tested was in a state of relaxation. a medical doctor from Munich. How amazing !" Another interesting aspect can be seen. how to control their glandular system. the throat center opens. if you compare people who practice Taoist yoga with people who practice Kundalini yoga : Dr. in combination with biofeedback machines. testing the equipment which has been developed by the Institute. has been confirmed by tests as well. During a series of tests with his students. they also achieved significant results.
In my personal opinion. the more spiritual growth can take place. but are guided back into the body and stored there. Feel your abdomen rising and falling and gradually warming up. The potentials are created in the brain. disturbances might arise which could be prevented. Smile into your navel. Feel the fire of love bum inside your heart and become aware of a shining red color. Feel your lungs expand and become . Inhale a yellow color. Iligh levels of consciousness that last. i. Stay in your heart for 3-4 breaths as well. the Tan Tien area and into your abdomen.e. Smile into your bladder. pancreas and spleen. nature or young wood. Observe your breath becoming calm and even. Breathe and smile into it. Imagine a yellow sun in that area." THE INNER SMILE EXERCISE: Sit on a chair. Smile into your liver. That does not seem to be the goal in the Universal Tao. thereby creating lasting transmutations of their brain structure. Begin by breathing slowly to the abdomen. Visualize a blue color there. Move to the liver on the next exhale. bring your awareness into the bladder.influence the energy in their bodies to an amazing degree. Feel warm soft earth here. or imagine sparkling blue water. on the right hand side of your body. See a green color or a forest. "Yogis contract the energy in their brain and hold it there for 10 hours or more. Let your awareness stay in the bladder for 3 or 4 breaths. Inhale that green color into your liver for 3-4 breaths. because the longer you can hold this high energy level. Feel and see the red quality there. The lungs are connected to the metal element. a combination of the two systems would be best. But on the other hand. Let your awareness move to the heart. Glide down to the stomach. As you exhale. straighten your spine and close your eyes. Inhale a silver light into every cell as you smile into them. if the student learnt how to conduct the energy in the body. Turn your awareness to the lungs. Smile into these organs.
"Through breathing deeply. connected with the colors and elements. Through this we prepare the system to take in more energy. Extract from: Esotera. the surplus of energy is automatically conducted into the brain.” —William Shakespeare . so that internal tensioris can be dissolved. stomach. which again has a healing effect on the organs. brings about an energetic charging of every cell. August 1997.Massage". “Our bodies are our gardens. Once the cells are charged.) "This exercise seems easy. Go through tills cycle of the organs a few times : bladder. Universal Tao teacher Beate Nimsky explains. liver. This also has a positive influence on the nervous ganglions that run through the spinal cord. When you finish. the whole body becomes calm and peaceful. (Detailed in the following books written by Mantak Chia : "Transform Stress into Vitality". And the smiling then opens up the organs and makes them softer. This energy harmonizes the brain and balances both hemispheres.cool and pure. Smiling into the organs in the given order corresponds to the so-called Creation Cycle and. to which our wills are gardeners. but it has radical effects". bring your awareness back to the navel and the energy that has been brought into flow will be stored there. lungs afad kidneys. Let your awareness go down to the kidneys. and "Chi Self.
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The Heavenly Primordial Force and the Earth Primordial Force combine with Human Original Primordial Force (such as the combination of creative life forces at human conception of the first cell). we can give our new cells' DNA the support of the creative life forces that nurtured our first cell—original reproductions. our cells will draw in the primordial force and a process of cellular intercourse occurs. The right kidney stores part of the primordial force that supports life and gives more life. the subsequent copies from the original retain the capacity to draw in the primordial force. The kidneys store part of the primordial force and connect with the earth force. Starting from the beginning of conception when the egg and sperm come together in the first cell-this cell has the power to draw the primordial force down. Just as when the first cell divides and multiplies. . compassion and orgasmic sexual energy. This cellular intercourse will also occur when we have stored enough of this combined sexual energy (jing) and then combine it with love and compassion energy. In this state of activation. Thus. giving birth to new and improved cells. Earth force is combined with the universal primordial force so that it is a source of the major force that is closest to the quality of human force. a harmonizing resonance effect arises at the synergistic frequency of eight Hertz. DNA is transcribed in the nucleus and translated via RNA in the cytoplasm.Humans also store part of the primordial force. When we combine our love. The practice of the Inner Smile and the Six Healing Sounds will help to reunite with this force. There are many rooting Chi Kung practices in Taoism to help ourselves to be energetically rooted into the earth in order to access its primordial force. which also has the same eight Hertz frequency. the sexual organ cells store part of the primordial force. Cells divide and combine. When the human body is formed. but genetically enhanced versions through the power of ‘positive personal engineering'. The heart stores part of the original spirit (yuan shen) of the primordial force. combine with it and form what comes to be a human.
PRIMORDIAL FORCE AND DARK MATTER The whole Taoist practice is involved with how to evoke the primordial force in order to be reunited with it in our body.' Thus. This point of view is supported by the most advanced scientists of today in the field of quantum mechanics. our solar system and our planet Earth. . So. it really doesn't matter where we are—we are still at the center—and each person is at the center of the universe! We are well-positioned and well-suited for the all-important process of drawing upon the primordial force for our life maintenance. Dark Matter is about 96% of the universe. especially our galaxy. one quality of subatomic particles is ‘non-locality. and the other 4% is our physical universe. These scientists believe that the ‘Zero Point Field' is the allpervasive ground state throughout the universe. Each galaxy is a part of the Primordial Force. According to quantum theory. . The Tao believes that our Earth is the energy center of the galaxies of our universe. Primordial Force-an aspect of Dark Matter-fills the whole universe. with zero-point fluctuation as the underlying mechanism acting on quantum entities and causing one entity to affect the others—it means that every part of the universe can be in touch with every other part instantaneously. Our sun and Earth are part of just one solar system out of 200 billion combinations of star and planet solar systems in our Milky Way galaxy.
practice and come down to teach and help people. the universe sends energy to us and to Earth so the earth can support life. He was practicing and searching for all the masters in the mountains. and all the planets store some of the elemental qualities of Primordial Force that we need to access in order to complete our inner alchemy transformation. Finally. YI ENG: INNER ALCHEMY PRACTICE In my lineage. They go to the mountains. Christianity and the science of today's world. Buddhism. They take out what is not necessary. Highly refined states of inner experience and consciousness are the birthright of all humans and are accessible by all! Inner-Alchemy-Just-Practice Taoists combine all the things that are effective. we call ourselves the ‘Inner-Alchemy-JustPractice Taoists. Islam.' People in this lineage usually learn from many systems—such as Hinduism. And so. Our earth stores a major part that we need in order to fulfill our birthright. according to the Tao. including all rituals and ceremonies. Fortifying ourselves with this essential resource enables us to manifest the amazing wonders of our human birthright. MY MASTER. he met my grandmaster. Our planets also have a lot of influence on us. My master. Yi Eng (I Yun—means White Cloud) finally decided to go to the mountain and practice things in this way.refinement and evolution. and he learned the whole system .
conserve. nature.II and III Chi energy body (soul) practices.' By intention one can create and nurture a crystalized energy 'foetus' (using the physical analogy). From there. Inner Child and the Immortal Spirit Body Some may find it interesting to hear that spiritual development can go hand in hand with a loving. A practitioner can become energetically 'pregnant. and the universe. The nine formulas of Taoist internal spiritual cultivation that I teach were originally transmitted to me by my master. planets. The goal is to have time to accomplish the energetic refinement and crystalization of one's true spiritual self. one refines immaterial (sexual energy essence and healthy positive energy) generated from material (physical body) and sources of Earth. He told me to teach these to Chinese first and then to Westerners. refine and store sexual energy in the body in the basic practices. One learns to cultivate. Through inner alchemy processes. transfers consciousness and trains this energy body to grow like a healthy child. White Cloud left his body at age 96. INTEGRATING IMMORTALITY Sexual Essence. and Sealing of the Five Senses-one feeds. With loving attention and care via the upper hierarchy of meditation practices-Lesser. It took many generations of masters to refine their amazing experiences into nine practical stages of inner alchemy. respectful sexual relationship as well as for solo cultivation practice. control. there are more refined inner alchemy practices that enable Universal Tao practitioners to grow and attain their Immortal Spirit Body. Greater and Greatest Kan and Li. Yi Eng. And further.that he passed on to me. that the sexual energy generated in the process is a critical element for spiritual development. The master gave no initiation. It begins with the Fusion I. nothing at all—just pure practice. referred to as the 'Golden Light Body' (Golden is a reference to . no celebration.
These formulas are best studied with a live teacher in a supportive class setting. It takes time. with a Universal Healing Tao Instructor who may be available to teach in your area. The Golden Light Body is one's immortal vehicle for spiritual freedom and independence. VCD or DVD support materials for many of the practices mentioned herein are available from the Universal Healing Tao Center (www.universal-tao. astrology. Taoists value a healthy. patience and commitment. It transcends the limits of the physical world of time and spacewhile still living in the here and now. Book. The process is further refined in the practices of the Congress of Heaven and Earth and then the Reunion of Heaven and Man. I have added my own refinements based on study with many masters as well as my studies in Western anatomy.com). happy. Therefore. It is the ultimate meaning and purpose of life! Using White Cloud's structure. Or. CD. It doesn't happen by whim or chance.the high value accorded to this attainment.com) or elsewhere with me when I'm on the world tours. medical science and of the advancements in the field of quantum sciences-combined with my experience of over forty years of practice and teaching. but that is not always possible. not necessarily its permanent color). The goal can be attained and experienced in this lifetime. emotionally balanced life and longevity to support feeling good and to be willing to persevere with this higher inner alchemy process. astronomy.taogarden. We invite you to attend live retreats at Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort (www. NINE TAO INNER ALCHEMY FORMULAS OF IMMORTALITY All of the Inner Alchemy practices are involved with activating and restoring the Primordial Force back to sufficient quality and quantities for our health and spiritual development. booklet. .
The Inner Smile is one of the most simple and powerful tools for healing. When we learn to smile to the negative and make friends with it. Transforming negative emotional energy patterns into the positive components in the organs helps to reprogram the genes and DNA. The most powerful force that can be used to support us is the primordial force of Earth. we need to purify the organs and learn grounding to the earth. Get rid of the negative emotion and rebalance the positive emotion. Taoist practice is involved with the yin/yang. 2. Cosmic Inner Smile 3.INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA I PRIMORDIAL FORCE ACTIVATION Basic Practices I In order to activate the Primordial Force. One part of the negative needs ten parts of the positive to . It is also the balance of negative and positive emotions—we do not look at negative as sin. the PH balance of acid and alkaline. Six Healing Sounds: Each organ stores parts of the primordial force and negative and positive emotions. 1. we can find a way to live in harmony together and enhance our health. Inner Smile: Use the power of smiling to activate the relaxation response in the parasympathetic nervous system.
The healing sounds practice will help to reprogram the cells so that when the cells split. This is good to do after meditation and other practices where a lot of chi is activated. With the special sound for each of the organs. the heart and the brain. Chi Self-Massage: Simple massage techniques are used to remove blockages and to enhance the healthy distribution of chi in the body from head to toe. positive emotion and special position for each sound—these will help to restore you back to good health and will help with the connection to the primordial force. Chi Self-Massage Chi Kung for Healing 1. Cosmic Basic Practices II Healing Sounds 4. Awaken Cosmic Healing Light (Microcosmic Orbit) 5. through the head and back down the front side of the orbit will help to activate the orbiting of forces of the solar system and the universe. the special healing color. Microcosmic Orbit: Opening chi (body's life force energy) flow in the energy pathways from the perineum (area between sexual organs and anus) up the spine. Energizer and Empty Force Breath: These are breathing methods to open and energize .balance it. the old negative information will not be copied to the next cells. Deep Abdominal Breathing. This will help draw in more primordial force from the earth through the soles of the feet up to the spine and from the universe in through the crown to combine in the lower Tan Tien (abdominal area).
Tan Tien Chi Kung 6. Tan Tien Chi Kung: Cultivate and condense chi in the lower tan tien. Elixir Chi Kung: All of our body hair. earth and the cosmic chi. movement in meditation.Tao Yin: A Taoist yoga that stimulates chi flow in meridians (chi pathways delineated in Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture maps of the energy body) affected by each exercise. Coordinate deep breathing. Iron Shirt Chi Kung I 7. 4.the tan tien. mind and body for . Tai Chi Chi Kung I 10. Iron Shirt Chi Kung I: Do Chi Breathing and Rooting to Ground while unifying and strengthening bone structure alignment. Laughing Chi Kung: Activate the immune system and defense system. including the armpits and pubic hair are like antennas extended to the universe to absorb primordial force. Activate the saliva and charge it with oxygen and the chi of nature. Saliva is the Water of Life. vibrate parts of the body so the stem cells get the message on where to go for healing and regeneration. kuas. Bone Marrow Nei Kung: Regenerate the bone marrow and activate the stem cells for regeneration and healing. Tai Chi Chi Kung I: Develop the inner structure and chi flow of Tai Chi. With the Elixir Swallow technique. Laugh to activate the thymus gland and the bone marrow. Circulate forces of Earth and the Universe. Activate the Stem Cells Chi Kung: With the use of a bamboo hitter and a wire hitter. 2. the charged saliva will be turned into instant chi (life force) —the most powerful healing power. the main chi (life force energy) storage area of the body. Iron Shirt Chi Kung II 8. Meditation in movement. Elixir Chi Kung 5. tendons and ligaments using the Dragon and Tiger Breath and 11 animal exercise postures. 3. chi. Bone Marrow Nei Kung (Iron Shirt III) 9. Pack chi power in all 9 areas of the tan tien and the associated organs. Iron Shirt Chi Kung II: Activate and grow the tendons.
Each organ contains part of the primordial force. Condition the spine. psoas muscles and patterns of movement for health and inner development. Cosmic Healing Chi Kung I: Basic practices for general healing sessions with specific light energies of the primordial force are introduced. The massage movements break up and .deep sensing. Chi Nei Tsang I 2. Cosmic Healing Chi Kung I 4. Karsai Nei Tsang: This genital health therapeutic cleansing massage specifically improves the health of the genitals and the genital area. Chi Nei Tsang II 3. It removes physical and emotional blockages to return body systems to healthy functioning. and specific healing applications are taught for specific ailments in specific areas of the body. Tao Yin 11. Tai Chi Chi Kung II Medical Chi Kung: 1. Induce elasticity of tendons. Cosmic Healing Chi Kung II 5.Tai Chi Chi Kung II: Use the discharge technique to absorb and transmit the Universal and Earth Forces in this higher level of moving meditation. ligaments and associated muscles. The practitioner learns meditations focused on connecting parts of the body to the structure of the universe in the process of spiritualization and opening to more powerful healing experiences with the primordial force. The magic of the elbow is learned to aid healing. Be more relaxed and refreshed. Chi Nei Tsang I: This is the most powerful massage therapy for deep organ detoxification. the organ can more effectively draw in the primordial force and regenerate itself. When an organ's accumulated negative emotions and toxins are released. Chi Nei Tsang II: More techniques are taught and powerful applications are applied to release deep tension in blocked tissues. The procedure for creating healing ‘chi' water by changing the water's structure with one's mindeye-heart power and primordial force is also taught. Cosmic Healing Chi Kung II: More advanced methods are learned.
dissolve sedimentation in the circulatory system. Male Sexual Alchemy 2. Eventually. 1. the essence of the primordial force. Women learn how to control menstruation and transform the blood into chi and likewise transform it up to spirit force. there will be less blood lost and more will be converted into chi. Men learn how to control ejaculation and to transform the sexual energy into chi (life force) and then transform it up to spirit force. the brain and other parts of the body. More sexual energy will help to attract and multiply the primordial chi. This enables the primordial force and the stem cells to refresh. release toxicity and remove physical and emotional blockages in the pelvic area. heal and regenerate more effectively in these areas as well as in the local sexual area. Learn how to conserve and store it. Female Sexual Alchemy . Most recipients experience a strong sensation of opening the energy channels from the sexual area to the kidneys. Karsai Nei Tsang INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 2 BASIC SEXUAL ALCHEMY PRACTICE Sexual Alchemy I Sexual organs and the kidneys store part of the Jing. legs. abdomen.
The organs' energy is transformed in the fusion processes.3. by blending—fusing —all these forces together in the Pakua. Multi-Orgasmic Couple INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 3 FUSION: 5 ELEMENTS & 8 PAKUA FORCES Eight-sided Pakuas are created and used to draw the organs' energies into their spinning centers. In the practices of Fusion I. balanced quality of energy that is stronger and attuned to a higher quality. the planets and the eight primordial forces. It is used to attract more primordial force—like coming into ‘oneness with God. These energies mix with and are transformed by the elemental forces of nature. The transformed energy becomes a more refined. Neutralize negative energies from . any negative emotional qualities or imbalances from the organs are neutralized.' Fusion I Fusion of the Five Elements I: Pakuas for More Powerful Chi Transformation Establish the vibrating essence of the trigrams of the eight primordial forces in pakuas. II and III.
Greater and Greatest Kan and Li in 2002-03. 5. Use them to open the inner thrusting channels and the outer protective belt channels. chi. Take advantage of our Darkness Retreat technology here at Tao Garden. DARKNESS RETREATS Grand Master Mantak Chia now teaches the Inner Alchemy Formulas 4. and then open more protective channels for the spine. Form a pearl of condensed energy to circulate in the Microcosmic Orbit. Use all of these to further refine and protect the energy body. Participants stay in the absolute darkness atmosphere during the full week(s) of their training. Fusion III Fusion of the Five Elements III: Bridge. Regulator and Protection Channels Use the chi pearls to open and connect the Bridge and Regulator Channels. He taught Lesser. head and body. This yields . Fusion II Fusion of the Five Elements II: Open Thrusting and Belt Channels Fuse positive energies and create powerful positively charged pearls of life force. 6 and 7 in the Darkness facility at the Universal Healing Tao Center and Tao Master School at Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort. Work with energy circles to broaden the scope of primordial force access and protection.the organs with primordial forces of the pakuas. Sealing of the Five Senses was added to the schedule in 2004.
Think of it as ‘atoms' which are held together by a ‘force' other than electromagnetic force and that these ‘atoms' are not visible to our normal vision. You can observe the “dark matter” with your “dark matter” subtle body vision. There are infinite fascinating possibilities that one may experience. The sense of time and space associated with these various forms of subtle matter are different from that associated with visible matter. Our subtle bodies and subtle matter are composed of various forms of uncharged “dark matter. lucid dreaming. but it is not the light seen with our physical body's eyes. When one acquires an awareness of his/her subtle bodies. seeing in other . You may see within and/or beyond. inner light experiences. yet they can interpenetrate with visible atoms. There are objects and scenes of magnificent beauty and distinct beings in beautiful light body form as real in appearance as people in our physical form. enhanced inner focusing and the enriched energetic atmosphere of group meditations led by Grand Master Mantak Chia.the best results due to the natural changes in the biochemistry of the brain. In the Darkness Retreat you will learn and practice techniques that make it possible to experience the universe from the perspective of your subtle bodies. having a spontaneous healing occurrence. there is light galore. It can interpenetrate with visible matter. profound emotional revelations. but they exist in man also. Varieties of finer matter exist not only in the world without. Share the subdued excitement of experiencing newly discovered realities in an ambience of friendly camaraderie among kindred spirited participants from around the planet.” Timespace relationships are dependent upon the type of matter one is conscious of or experiencing. the relaxed atmosphere. Explore your unique and wondrous possibilities within— whether it be journeying through DNA memories. ‘Dark matter' is not dark. The “dark matter” that one encounters in the prolonged Darkness Retreat is matter that is void of charged particles and therefore cannot be seen with our normal vision.
This process establishes a powerful ‘steaming' effect in the tan tien cauldron at the level of the navel center. The vernal equinox at the beginning of spring time is when the yin and yang energies are balanced between the cold water energy of winter and the hot fire energy of summer. As the cold of winter yin moves to the heat of summer yang. The sexual organ also stores part of the primordial force. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 4: Lesser Enlightenment of Kan and Li Inner Sexual Alchemy II (Fire &Water) Reunite with the Primordial Force. When these two combine together.dimensions through the inner ‘third eye. The heart stores part of the primordial force (yuan shen).' or perhaps flying beyond the highest mountains and out among the stars. Fascinating and inspirational new experiences arise in Tao Garden's comfortable ‘five star' Darkroom accommodations. The equinoxes and solstices that mark the changes of the seasons provide special opportunities to get a boost of energy in these Kan and Li practices. This is used to cleanse. See Darkroom Articles for more information. Our spiritual fetus is established in the tan tien. the earth opens its energy of the warm moist growing power in abundance. purify and strengthen the organs and brain to better attract the primordial force. The light of day is balanced with the darkness of night. It is a great opportunity to be open and interact with it to receive the . they will form a more complete force.
Moon and Planets Alchemy (Fire &Water) Further Reunite with the Primordial Force. moon and planets to further amplify the processes begun in the lower cauldron. Another cauldron is established in the solar plexus center to draw on the yin and yang forces of the sun. All living things. So.perfectly balanced quality of water and fire energy. This is a special time to get a huge boost of the earth's primordial chi. . humans can make use of this special offering of the primordial force from the earth for the inner alchemy in resonance with our kidney/ sexual energy and our heart energy that we are missing. flowers and trees expand to draw on the fullness of this power of the sun. the plants. This is a great time to draw in the missing primordial force of the sun when we work in the cauldron at the solar plexus. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 5: Greater Enlightenment of Kan and Li Sun. The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year when the sun is at its highest point of its arc in our sky.
Become an immense being of the universe whose Crystal Palace is the North Star with constellations and planets for vital organs. This more refined alchemy in the heart cauldron enhances and furthers the steaming processes of water and fire. yin and yang.INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 6: Greatest Enlightenment of Kan and Li Planets. By manifesting the intention to connect the relevant heavenly bodies to the appropriate parts of one's body. energies begun in the lower cauldrons. The autumnal equinox at the beginning of the fall season is when the yin and yang energies are balanced between the hot fire energy of summer and the cold water energy of winter. we attract the cosmic primordial forces needed for our inner alchemy to further develop our energy (soul) body and spirit body. Again. the human on planet Earth meditating up to the stars. Star and Soul Alchemy (Fire &Water) Reunite with the Primordial Force Still More. Cosmic consciousness opens the three tan tiens to receive primordial force from their heavenly counterpart. Be this being that beams down its exquisite rays to one cell of its being. Establish another cauldron in the heart center and expand the body to become a Cosmic Being. billions of light years from head to toe. .
it's a good time to get extra benefit in the Greatest Kan and Li practice of drawing the missing heavenly primordial force into the body. the cells of the body are contracting and drawing inward from the cool dry weather after the expanding heat of the summer. originally symbolized by heraldic animals (Black Turtle. It also absorbs the earth energy to balance the yang energy absorbed from the heavenly (spirit) body. with the five forces of the collective Stellar Self. Red Phoenix. we add another cauldron to the head. The soul body (yin) serves as an earth cable and absorbs the yang energy from the heavenly ‘wire' to the soul body and down to the human body. the five streams of personal consciousness that operate through our senses. is the Purple Pole Star in the center of the sky. The fifth. It unifies the five shen. The soul body is yin energy. the upper tan tien. the quintessence. and the spiritual body is yang energy.the days and nights are balanced as the days become shorter. and White Tiger). In resonance with the tendency of the weather. . Green Dragon. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 7: Sealing of the Five Senses Star and Galaxy Alchemy Finally. As the heat of summer yang moves to the cold of winter yin. This cauldron is located at the mid-eyebrow point. The body of our stellar mind can be viewed in the four quadrants of fixed stars in the night sky. with the Great Bear of the Big Dipper marking the progression of the seasons as its handles rotates like the arm of a cosmic clock.
and Humanity are gathered in the three body cauldrons as original ching (jing). This stabilizes the celestial axis. This is the process of our Inner Sage attaining the celestial level of immortality. heart and mid-eyebrow) is integrated. This three-tone . They couple in order to re-open the portal to their Original state. Profound peace and different spiritual qualities continuously manifest from this activated core and radiate sonically into our physical becoming. original chi. The Three Originals (san yuan) of Heaven. Our soul pattern expands its conscious destiny to include dimensions of life beyond the physical plane. Earth. The pure open space connecting the three tan tien cauldrons (at the navel. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 8: Congress of Heaven and Earth Heaven and Earth Alchemy This practice integrates the Early Heaven or formless Self with the Later Heaven (Earth) physical Self.These personal and stellar essences are fused in the upper tan tien in the cauldron at the mid-eyebrow point. or “Pre-Self”. the primal chaos-unity that preceded the “big bang” of the cosmic egg cracking open. These two polar dimensions of our greater Self engage in cosmic sex. The Self here identifies itself here with two dimensions that co-exist and co-create: the “formless form” of our being and the “substantial form” of our becoming. We hear the current of inner sound. This pre-state or Primordial Heaven is called hundun. and original shen.
a permanent state of grace known as wu wei. We must enter this portal to complete our journey of Return to the Origin. This is the true achievement of the authentic or Immortal Self. Into this is fused our inner sage's immortal presence. Creation (of the manifest) and Return to Formless Origin seamlessly complete each other. Consciousness then stabilizes in the axial center where our true multi-dimensional nature can now be embodied. Attainment of this ninth level is spontaneous. Perhaps it might be conceptualized as the experience of living fully in the Wu Chi. the Supreme Unknown. This state cannot be fully known or defined conceptually for others. effortless action. INNER ALCHEMY FORMULA 9: Union of Human and Tao This stage is the integration of the eight previous levels of consciousness into the experience of living simultaneously in the present moment in all dimensions. and . This is symbolized by a tonal double vortex spinning faster than the speed of light within the void of space. from physical linear time to spirit's eternal time. the quintessence of humanity meditating in the center of a cosmic torus (spiritual black hole).harmonic chord is resonated with the fundamental or original tone of time and space. or spontaneous action without acting.
happy life in pursuit of the Tao. Hence. refining and longevity to support ourselves with sufficient energy and time to accomplish the goal. nature. mind and spirit for a balanced healthy. most refined. healing. there are various practices for health. There are many steps along the way to attaining this underlying state of exalted being.happens when the inner will of our immortal sage within has reached complete alignment with the Tao. Taoist: An individual who subscribes to and practices the methods associated with the pursuit of the Tao is referred to as a Taoist. the all-conscious void underlying all that ‘is'—comparable to the Christian and other religions' concept of becoming one with God. and the universe—the natural way of evolving in our life to our highest. energy body. Writing and editorial assistance by Dennis Huntington Senior Instructor in residence at Tao Garden GLOSSARY By Dennis Huntington Universal Healing Tao Senior Instructor in residence at Tao Garden TAO: Tao means the way—the way of man. ultimate state of being and experience. It may occur only by direct transmission from the Tao to the mature and receptive adept. This implies a process of ‘returning' from the grosser levels of our manifested physical existence through the more subtle aspects of our being to our unconditioned. At that point we merge and become one with the Wu Chi —the nothingness. Going back thousands of years in China. . people have accumulated and refined ways of cultivating the integrated physical body. unrestricted pureself.
philosophical and political influences—different schools of thought and practice have proliferated. Historically. electric energy power and quantum field mechanics—recognized subtle invisible forces in their subjective personal experience. the Yellow Emperor. Tan Jingsheng and Huang Ti. through time and diversity in different areas and with the impact of different social. Primordial Force: Taoists long ago—before the modern scientific discoveries of electromagnetism. energetic. They classified these forces in nature and the universe in terms of their category of effects in humans (physical. they called it the Supreme Natural Force. However. Original Force or Primordial Force. The name that has been written is no longer that of eternal name. religious. like chi is used by Taoists. Among the many Taoists to whom Taoist authority is attributed are Lao Tzu. Sometimes ‘force' and ‘chi' are commonly used loosely and . The named is the mother of the myriad creatures. The nameless is the beginning of the cosmic universe.Taoism: Various combinations of practices traced to Taoist roots. Since they experienced the effects of the invisible forces and energies in the practices and found tremendous benefit for completing their inner alchemy. but the Tao is still beyond words and knowledge. as Lao Tzu tells us in beginning his Tao Te Ching: “The Tao that is voiced is no longer the Tao. It can only be truly known by direct personal experience. Paradoxically. When they accessed it to apply it in the processes of inner alchemy they also referred to it as Primordial Chi. Chuang Tzu. Various combinations of practices traced to Taoist roots and these other traditions are referred to as Taoism. This use of terminology is analogous to the usage in modern life to ‘electromagnetic force' and electric energy when the force is activated and used in some application—the term ‘energy' is used to identify its effects in action. a body of literature has accumulated that provides a base of reference for the roots and principles known as the Tao. mental or spiritual qualities).” Science is providing us with a deeper knowledge of what is.
the state of existence beyond the r e s t r i c t i o n s o f t i me and s p ac e— i mmo rt al i ty—Tao i s t practitioners strived to discover what was missing and needed. This changes the PH balance between the acidic and alkaline states. They recognized that they needed to change the conditions and qualities of their normal everyday physical life.” Herein. Many practices combine to achieve the desired results. Therefore.' learned to change the quality of their inner state of energy in order to more effectively access the original quality of energy. This is part of a highly refined process of inner change in the inner state and quality of one's being—inner alchemy— which evolves to higher levels of refinement and experience stage by stage by the individual practitioner. the ‘Inner-AlchemyJust-Practice Taoists. This begins with the simple process of transforming the normal negative emotional energies in the vital organs into the positive qualities. came into being. recognized as the Physical Universe. producing a more favorable quality of body chemistry. culminating in the nameless TAO! DARK MATTER — PRIMORDIAL FORCE/CHI About 90% of the universe is Dark Matter. energetic. we have Master Chia's “Nine Tao Alchemy Formulas of the Immortal Self.interchangeably. primordial chi. . etc. mental and spiritual—within each practitioner's life. See the summary of ‘Dark Matter' for further clarification of the nature of Primordial Force/Chi. hormone balance. Starting from the Big Bang. that all of existence is derived from. These estimates are the result of recent measurements and calculations using the latest advancements of space technology and its methods of detection. 10% of matter. Master Mantak Chia's lineage of Taoists. ‘Tao Alchemy' refers to the practices that collectively bring about important qualitative improvements in all aspects—physical. Inner alchemy: In order to attain this highly evolved state of experience and being.
the atom appears solid.Basically. looking into outer space with our most sophisticated instruments we can observe gravitational influences on distant stars. The detection of “dark matter” has to be made indirectly. Until recently there was not sufficient technology or base of knowledge as to the nature of subatomic quanta (wave/particles) or how to detect them in a free state in nature. but the discovery of “dark matter” seems different from what is known to date in that it makes up at least 90% of the universe. the atom appears very empty. Space was just ‘empty' space. So.is in fact only a part of the entire structure. a new picture of matter and the atom emerged in quantum mechanics. the physical universe was everything. Because it has mass. galaxies and other celestial phenomena. In the 20th Century. The chemical properties of matter became attributable to electrical charge—the same electrical charge found to be responsible for light in the previous century. a vacuum— nothingness with no content or form. a globe of . but from the point of view of mass. through the observation of its gravitational effect. Quantum mechanics showed that not only do we see objects because of electrical charge (and not because of the properties of mass) but also we can hold and feel objects because of the properties of electrical charge (and not because of the properties of mass). The existence of uncharged particles is not new. and immersed in.the pinwheel of stars -. and is apparently stable. It is surrounded by. During the 19th century our understanding of electromagnetic phenomena was pioneered. nebulae. gas clouds. What we normally think of as the 'galaxy' -. from the point of view of the prevailing physical science establishment up to the present era. From the point of view of the electric field. and the knowledge that electricity and magnetism were related phenomena and that light was a form of electromagnetic energy was established. but we cannot see the matter which produces the influences. “dark matter” can exert a gravitational pull on visible matter.
mysticism is expansive.” There are two broad categories for the explanation of “dark matter. it could pass right through visible matter. The other sheaths are not visible to our everyday vision. of ultimate reality. As an age old tradition which continues to develop. fine-material sheath known as the prana [chi (qi)] or etheric body.” It can be burnt out stars -. Spiritual methodology is not based on external experimentation. and also would give “dark matter” the ability to interpenetrate with visible matter. i. etc. Spiritual Traditions from India and Tibet Humans are composed of several interpenetrating sheaths or subtle bodies. which are made up of matter from different planes. This gives the visible body life and consciousness through the prana/chi. the body that is visible to our normal vision. The densest of these sheaths is what we normally regard as our physical body. The property of “interpenetrability” of this type of “dark matter” with visible matter strikes a chord with the subtle matter of the mystical traditions. . it can be matter which is not composed of electrically charged particles. This simple property makes this matter invisible to our normal vision. SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS Mysticism is a discipline involved with knowledge and techniques which are of value in assisting the individual toward spiritual growth. covering numerous concepts and doctrines. or. it seems.white dwarfs or black holes. In western mysticism. or awareness of spiritual truth.unseen dark matter that makes up at least 90 percent of its mass.. is in its “dark matter. and is apparently combined with the pranic/chi subtle body. The real story of the Universe. The second sheath is a subtle. the astral body is noted in addition to the etheric body. It is a very pragmatic discipline. concerned with direct experience. each of different relative density. but internal observation.e.
This ‘finer spirit matter' penetrates these grosser bodies and stores up the material that our thought and imagination draws its substance from. In mysticism. The corresponding finer or subtler sheaths penetrate. . which are also not visible to our normal vision. however. It comprises the totality of our spiritual capacities and is apparently equivalent to the soul in western mysticism. which appears before us as our visible body. which extends far beyond our active thoughts. universal consciousness. but are mutually penetrating forms of matter. and visible body. These sheaths are not separate layers forming around a center. Just as the material body is built up through nourishment. This body is necessary for rational and intellectual thinking. the body of active thought-consciousness penetrates the functions of prana in the same way and determines the form of bodily appearance. spirit [shen in in Taoist terminology]. while being penetrated and kept alive by the vital forces of the prana/chi. the finest matters appear to be associated with the deepest truths. or spiritual understandings. Prana—or Chi (Qi) in Taoist Terminology Along with these sheaths or mystical bodies are the energy centers or chakras [cauldrons in Taoist lore]. It is therefore only the spiritual body that penetrates all the five layers and thus integrates all organs and faculties of the individual into one complete whole. are viewed as being penetrated and motivated by a still deeper and finer matter.The next even finer sheath is our ‘thought body' or ‘personality. mind body. or in the highest states of meditation. and thus contain the grosser ones. The fourth sheath is the body of our potential consciousness. It is only experienced in a state of enlightenment. prana/chi body.' our mental body. the spirit body —which penetrates all the previous ones—is the body of the highest. Soul body. The chakras/cauldrons collect. from the finest matter down to the densest form of matter. The last and finest sheath [fifth] .
they parallel the nerve-system in the body. By turning inward. these ‘atoms' would not be visible to our normal vision and could interpenetrate with visible atoms. In Tibetan [and Taoist] descriptions. These chakras/cauldrons are at points in which ‘psychic forces' and bodily functions merge into each other or penetrate each other. Connecting the sheaths (kosas) and chakras/cauldrons are subtle vessels called nadis/meridians. With our ordinary vision we cannot see the mystical subtle bodies. To a certain extent. mysticism has concentrated its exploration of the universe on those concepts which are of value to spiritual growth. which serve as conductors of the energies that flow through the subtle bodies. . However. these truths are as real to them as scientific truths are to the scientist. or the nadis. or the chakras. To the true practitioner of mysticism. but all these bodies and chakras interact with each other to form the whole human being. and meeting susumna in the perineum at the base of the spine. pingala and ida are often simply called the ‘right and left nadi. For example. which are two channels wrapped around the susumna-nadi/meridian in a spiral fashion. and they are very numerous. which runs like a hollow channel through the center of the spinal column (relative to the visible body) and the ida and pingala. we are constantly using these subtle bodies even though we are not conscious of them. if the universe contained ‘atoms' which were held together by a ‘force' other than the electromagnetic force. there are three major nadis/meridians—the central channel or susumna.transform and distribute the forces flowing through them. starting from the left and the right nostrils respectively.' and there is no mention of a spiral movement of these nadis around the susumna. To function as a human being. East Meets West The “dark matter” can be defined as matter which is void of charged particles and therefore cannot be seen with our normal vision and can interpenetrate with visible matter. They establish a direct connection among the seven chakras/cauldrons.
and through the different unique types of subtle matter of which we consist.” if they physically exist (have mass). it would appear . man can experience the corresponding outer world when he becomes conscious of that respective subtle body.W. for when he is sufficiently evolved he is able to express himself on all these different levels of nature. Long before “dark matter” was discovered. but they exist in man also. C. Again. the subtle bodies capable of interpenetrating our visible body must be composed of various forms of uncharged “dark matter. He has not only the physical body which we see.” How could they have known that such a matter could exist? In our everyday life we are unaware of the existence of these subtle bodies. Interpenetration with visible matter is a property of “dark matter” which is void of charged particles.”12 Through our visible body we are able to experience the visible world. but the true mystics have developed techniques that make it possible for them to experience the universe from the perspective of their subtle bodies. and he is therefore provided with a suitable vehicle of matter belonging to each.Recalling what we know of the mystical properties of subtle bodies and subtle matter. looking at the accounts of individuals who have experienced these other planes of matter (such as during near-death experiences or in mystical states). and consisting in each case of their matter."13 To the mystic who has acquired awareness of his subtle bodies. and it is through these various vehicles that he is able to receive impressions from the world to which they correspond. What the mystics were describing was a type of “dark matter” long before scientists discovered “dark matter. Leadbeater said “All these varieties of finer matter exist not only in the world without. Furthermore. “dark matter” is not dark. but he has within him what we may describe as bodies appropriate to these various planes of nature. In so doing they can look out upon the universe and observe the “dark matter” with their “dark matter” subtle body vision. Leadbeater says “The soul of man has not one body but many bodies.
as is also the red shift which originally indicated an expanding universe.that the sense of time and space associated with these various forms of subtle matter are different from that associated with visible matter. The traditional view of mysticism is that the more dense forms of matter were born out of the finer forms of matter. COSMOLOGY Our scientific understanding of the Big Bang as a single energy event which presumably created simultaneously all matter and time and space. Our understanding of this event is sufficient that these unique types of subtle “dark matter” were not very likely formed in that event. is. Each subtle body seems to have a unique sense of time and space. Subtle “dark matter. a Creation “which is divided into seven major planes of consciousness or matter”14. and primordial nucleosynthesis (Big Bang atomic nuclear production) are the two quantitative tests supporting the hot Big Bang Theory. We can no longer assume that all matter was created at the Big Bang. Clearly this would make it very difficult to communicate these experiences to those familiar with only our usual sense of time and space. To have some sort of primordial "dark matter" present before the Big . Some form of “dark matter” [‘Primordial Chi' or ‘Original Force' in Taoist terminology] may have existed before the Big Bang. even though luminous matter clearly was. The microwave background radiation of the universe (the “echo” of the Big Bang). Our present scientific understanding of the origins of the Universe indicates that matter was created out of the Big Bang about 15 billion years ago.” however. not the likely source of the “dark matter” we are discussing. interestingly enough. Of course both of these phenomena are based on radiation producing (luminous matter) observation. could have existed before the Big Bang. because our comprehension of the Big Bang is based on the behavior of visible (luminous) matter. and this suggests that time-space relationships are dependent upon the type of matter one is conscious of or experiencing.
or nothingness. What we tend to think of as a sheer void (if all of space were emptied of matter and energy and you examined even the space between the stars) is.” ZERO POINT FIELD. Thus we still have much of this primordial "dark matter" around. This summary has been extracted. 18 pages. “I S 9 T A F” text section Primordial Force and Dark Matter. ©Deno Kazanis. in subatomic terms.' Thus. These scientists believe that the ‘Zero Point Field' is the all-pervasive ground state throughout the universe.Bang would indicate that the Big Bang was created out of a certain percentage of this primordial "dark matter. with zero-point fluctuation as the underlying mechanism acting on quantum entities and causing one entity to affect the others—it means that every part of the universe can be in touch with every other part instantaneously. compiled and edited (with Taoist terms added) by Dennis Huntington. a hive of activity. Basic Substructure of the Universe: No particle ever stays completely at rest but is constantly in motion due to a ground state field of energy constantly interacting with all . This summary is from “‘Dark Matter'--The Physical Basis for Mysticism”. This point of view is supported by the most advanced scientists of today in the field of quantum mechanics.D. the Zero Point Field. Quantum mechanics has demonstrated that there is no such thing as a vacuum. There is a giant reservoir of energy that every quantum physicist is well aware of." but not all of it was "converted" to luminous matter. including the ‘Dark Matter'. 1997. According to quantum theory. one quality of subatomic particles is ‘non-locality. Ph. Any part of that article may be copied providing credit is given.. paragraph 2: “The Tao believes that our Earth is the energy center of the galaxies of our universe.
the lowest possible energy state. When added across the universe. it is an annoyance. so a subatomic event occurring within a tiny time frame involves an uncertain amount of energy. Because it didn't change anything.' They differ from real particles because they only exist during that exchange. most physicists would subtract troublesome zero-point energy away – a process called ‘renormalization. to be subtracted away and discounted. It had always been largely discounted because it is ever-present. it didn't count. To the . A Quantum Sea of Light: To the quantum physicist. it didn't change anything.' Because zero-point energy was ever-present. Zero-Point Fluctuation: Still Detectable in Temperatures of Absolute Zero. Zero-point energy was the energy present in the emptiest state of space at the lowest possible energy. combining and annihilating each other in less than an instant (10-23 seconds). In physics equations. which are believed to appear out of nowhere. The fleeting particles generated during this brief moment are known as ‘virtual particles. out of which no more energy could be removed—the closest that motion of subatomic matter ever gets to zero.subatomic matter. But because of the uncertainty principle there will always be some residual jiggling due to virtual particle exchange. All elementary particles interact with each other by exchanging energy through other quantum particles. this subatomic exchange gives rise to enormous energy —more than is contained in all the matter in the entire world. causing random fluctuations of energy with-out any apparent cause. Virtual Particles: We cannot know both the energy and the lifetime of a particle. where all matter has been removed and nothing is supposedly left to make any motion. the theory went. static universe is in fact a seething maelstrom of subatomic particles fleetingly popping in and out of exis-tence. What we believe to be our stable. The Zero Point Field was called ‘zero' because fluctuations in the field are still detectable in temperatures of absolute zero. It means that the basic substructure of the universe is a sea of quantum fields that can-not be eliminated by any known laws of physics.
like gravity or electromagnetism.religious or the mystic. for example. Simply put. a field is a region of influence. Fluctuations in the atomic world amount to a ceaseless passing back and forth of energy. which is constantly redistributed in a dynamic pat-tern. What quantum physicists have found is that the energy in the Zero Point Field keeps acting on particles so that they never come to rest but always keep moving. usually via a force. The force is usually represented by ripples in the field. The field is considered that area of space where this charge and its effects can be detected. What quantum calculations show is that we and our universe live and breathe in what amounts to a sea of motion—a quantum sea of light. even in conditions at a temperature of absolute zero. Particles cannot be separated from the empty space around them. sending out waves of energy at the speed of light. Constant Exchange: In the quantum world. This sort of emission and re-absorption of virtual particles occurs not only among photons and electrons. the individual entity is transient and insubstan-tial. so that even ‘real' particles are nothing more than a little knot of energy which briefly emerges and disappears back into the underlying field. it is science proving the miracu-lous. An electric field and a magnetic field form around any electric charge. Both electrical and mag-netic fields have two polarities (negative and positive) and both will cause any other charged object to be attracted or repelled. into infinity – with no detectable sub-stance or matter in between. FIELD: REGION OF INFLUENCE. or waves. According to quantum field theory. An electromagnetic field. is simply an electrical field and a magnetic field which intersect. A field is a matrix or medium which connects two or more points in space. Field of Fields: Inex-haustible Energy. technically. quantum fields are not mediated by forces but by exchange of energy. but with all the . The notion of an electromagnetic field is simply a convenient abstrac-tion to try to make sense of the seemingly remarkable actions of electricity and magnetism and their ability to influence objects at a distance – and. This constant exchange is an intrinsic property of particles.
you come up with a vast. The ZERO POINT FIELD IS A REPOSITORY OF ALL FIELDS AND ALL GROUND ENERGY STATES AND ALL VIRTUAL PARTICLES—A FIELD OF FIELDS. The stable state of matter depends for its very existence on this dynamic interchange of subatomic particles with the sustaining zero-point energy field. and all the motion of all the particles of the universe in turn generate the Zero Point Field—a sort of selfgenerating feedback loop across the cosmos. It is a kind of self- . Fluctuations of the Zero Point Field waves drive the motion of subatomic particles. inex-haustible energy source. by inference. NON-LOCALITY: Expla-nation for many metaphysical notions. which are spread out through time and space and can carry on to infinity. It even echoes the Old Testament's account of God's first dictum: ‘Let there be light.' out of which matter was created. To give some idea of the magnitude of this energy source. If you add up all the particles of all varieties in the universe constantly popping in and out of being. The idea of the ZPF might just offer a scientific expla-nation for many metaphysical notions. Electrons lose and gain energy constantly from the Zero Point Field in a dynamic equilibrium. Electrons get their energy to keep going without slowing down because they are refueling by tapping into these fluctuations of empty space. balanced at exactly the right orbit. there is also a larger implication of a vast underlying sea of energy. such as the Chinese belief in the life force. or chi (qi). Regarding the wave-particle nature of quantum entities. The existence of the Zero Point Field (ZPF) implies that all matter in the universe is interconnected by waves. the stability of all matter. tying one part of the universe to every other part. Every exchange of every virtual particle radiates energy. it has been described thusly: the energy in a single cubic meter of space is enough to boil all the oceans of the world.quantum parti-cles in the universe. the Zero Point Field accounts for the stability of the hydrogen atom – and. In other words. described in ancient texts as something akin to an energy field. ZPF: Self-Generating Feedback Loop across the Cosmos.
QUANTUM ENTITIES: MASS IS AN IL-LUSION! The perspective of recognizing the dynamics of wave-particle fluctuation interactions with the ZPF provides a more refined clarification of Einstein's famous formula E = mc2. including all the other information it contains. they tend to cancel each other out – a process called ‘destructive interfer-ence.' If one is peaking when the other is troughing. This amounts to an imprinting or exchange of information. As all subatomic matter in the world is interacting constantly with this ambient ground-state energy field. In a sense. One of the most important aspects of waves is that they are encoders and carriers of information. called ‘constructive interference. which constantly refreshes itself and remains a con-stant unless disturbed in some way. ZPF: A Mirror Image and Record of Everything That Ever Was. As the harbinger and imprinter of all wavelengths and all frequencies. Interference patterns amount to a constant accumulation of information. From the ZPF perspective. and waves have a virtually infinite capacity for storage. each wave contains information. the ZPF is a kind of shadow of the universe for all time. about the other. The signal gets stronger. the vacuum is the beginning and the end of everything in the universe. When two waves are in phase and overlap each other – technically called ‘interference' – the combined amplitude of the waves is greater than that of the individual amplitudes. It also means that we and all the matter of the universe are literally connected to the furthest reaches of the cosmos through the Zero Point Field waves of the grandest dimensions. In the lan-guage of . we now discover that the relationship of mass to energy was more a statement about the energy of quarks and electrons in what we call matter caused by interaction with the Zero Point Field fluc-tuations. the subatomic waves of the ZPF are constantly imprinting a record of the shape of everything. in the form of energy coding.' Once they've collided. The equation has always implied that en-ergy (one distinct physical entity in the universe) turns into mass (another distinct physical entity). a mirror image and record of everything that ever was.regenerating grand ground state of the universe.
The larger the object. the more particles it contains and the more it is held stationary by the field.quantum physics. a 'temporary place holder' for a more general quantum vacuum reaction effect. What this is basically saying is that the corporeal stuff we call matter and to which all physicists since Newton have attributed an innate mass is an il-lusion. The implication is that both inertia and gravitation are electromagnetic phenomena resulting from inter-action with this field. In this instance. Mass is a ‘bookkeeping device. no matter how dense. All that was happening was that this background sea of energy was opposing acceleration by gripping on to the subatomic particles whenever you pushed on an object. mass is energy. reacting with the charged subatomic particles. even more fundamentally. The property of inertia possessed by all objects in the physical universe is simply resistance to being accelerated through the Zero Point Field. anything you hold in your hand. Or. on its most fundamental level boils down to a collection of electric charges interacting with a background sea of electromagnetic and other energetic fields—a kind of electromagnetic drag force. there is no mass. matter is not a fundamental property of physics. It means that there aren't two fundamental physical entities – something material and another immaterial – but only one: energy. how large. What gives an object mass (or inertia) so that it requires an effort to start it moving. There is only charge. Inertia is what is termed a Lorentz force – a force that slows particles moving through a magnetic field. how heavy. Mass is not equivalent to energy. the magnetic field is a component of the Zero Point Field. The Einstein equation was simply a recipe for the amount of energy necessary to create the appearance of mass. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If the Zero Point Field has imprinted everything that ever happened in the world through wave . Everything in your world. and exactly the same effort to restore it to its original state is the fact that so-called empty space is actually a cauldron of seething energies—the Zero Point Field.
Maybe this acts as a non-biochemical ‘memory' in the universe. The ZPF demonstrates that the real currency of the universe – the very reason for its stability – is an exchange of energy.S. [The preceding information relating to the Zero Point Field was gleaned from THE FIELD. edition in 2002. The universe's very currency might be learned information. The Zero Point Field represents nothing less than a unifying concept of the universe. which shows that everything is in some sort of connection and balance with the rest of the cosmos. If we were all connected through the ZPF. Great Britain 2001 and the U. With such a vast energy bank to be harnessed. perhaps coherent fields around living organisms. It might even be possible to organize these fluctuations somehow through an act of will. HarperCollins Publishers. That would require that our bodies operated according to the laws of the quantum world.interference encoding. if human beings had some sort of quantum structure allowing them access to it. The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe. . then it just might be possible to tap into this vast reservoir of energy information and extract information from it. It is a process of returning to our subtle nature as we connect our awareness and consciousness with our chi. as imprinted upon this fluid. virtu-ally anything could be possible—that is.] GOOD NEWS! That is what the Tao and goal the Universal Tao System of practices is all about: attuning ourselves to our more subtle ‘quantum structure' within in order to function in accordance with our innate capacities in the interpenetrating quantum world that we are already a part of. the ‘primordial force. from Chapter Two ‘The Sea of Light' by investigative journalist and author Lynne McTaggart. But there is the stum-bling block.' and the Wu Chi —referring to this subatomic quantum realm with Taoist terms. mutable field of information. first Quill edition published 2003. There might also be an ascending ladder of other possible information structures. This kind of information might account for coherent particle and field structures.
death is a mere transformation. Don't identify with phenomena. Far from becoming diminished. Forget the illusion of a separate existence.” [CHRONICLES OF TAO. … [He dreamed he was a butterfly. EXAMPLE OF TAOIST INSIGHT AND EXPERIENCE: “Change is constant in nature. Let your finiteness merge with the infinite.” concluded Slender Gourd. He is both at once. In fact. “that Chuang Tzu is throwing us a diversion." added Crystal Spring. When you have this perception. … [Reference to the changing states of water] … In the same way. you will then know the true secret of the sages: The mind of one who returns to the Source becomes the Source. What is important is not to be deceived by the dualistic question of whether he was one or the other. you will become infinite yourself.Darkroom Retreat meditation practices are conducted yearly in February at Tao Garden. “Let all phenomena come and go. not an end. We need not be terrified of it. but to realize that there is some underlying essence beneath it all. our sentimental emotions are totally irrelevant. first HarperCollins Paperback Edition published in 1993] . but instead look deeply into the Tao and its source. The Secret Life of a Taoist Master. HarperSanFrancisco.” “Do not fear the sensations you feel during meditation. by Deng Ming-Dao. A Division of HarperCollins Publishers. Even death is a part of such illusion. They provide an ambience for dips in the ‘Quantum Sea of Light' in the mother lode of darkness by awakening our inner vision capacities and opening ourselves to the interconnectedness with the universe(s) accessed within. Cast off this imaginary limitation that separates you from the Way. page 304.” “So you see.] … He is neither Chuang Tzu nor the butterfly.
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