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Cautionary Warning to Would be Healers
Chi gong healing is an acquired skill that should not be embarked upon lightly. Chi gong healing can take time and effort to learn and apply. Before I go any further let me tell you about a famous healer that used to treat one of my clients.
The healer was a lady who one day discovered that she could relieve pain, whether the pain was mental, spiritual or physical just by laying on of hands and focusing her energy with her mind on the illness present.
This lady treated so many people that she depleted her own chi life force so much without replenishing it that she became ill and died.
The chi gong ethics are such that a healer that has not built up an abundant supply of their own chi energy in their body will not be allowed to treat illness in any focused chi energy healing form.
Building Qi Energy
The reason for this is that if you treat disease without developing a abundant supply of chi energy in your body your own chi that keeps you fit and well will become depleted, the healer that I mentioned above had exhausted her natural chi energy so much that she had become sick herself and died.
Building Healing Energies
Tai chi and chi gong exercises have been the way to manipulate healing energy in China for centuries, a part of the Chinese health system to build up positive and eliminate negative chi (illness) to promote yin/yang balance and harmony in the mind, body and spirit, so much so that practiced tai chi and chi gong practitioners that have developed their latent chi energy tend to become healers whether it be through becoming a reflexologist or an acupuncturist or any other healing system that they may have found to relate the positive forces that are a part of them.
Feel the Force
They can feel that they have the natural resources to deal with disease. It is and has been well understood in Shoalin temples and TCM hospitals that are a part of the Chinese health system that if you do not replenish your chi through mental, spiritual or physical energy developing exercises to replace the chi energy that heals there is a good chance you will develop a diseased because you have given away your own life force (chi), when you should be only giving away chi that is surplus that you have developed holistically over time.
Standing Still Qigong Meditation
Standing still is a meditation & exercise technique that requires very little room and is practiced by millions of people every day in China and across the world. Zhang Zhuang is documented to be at least four thousand years old as a form of chi gong exercise and is a good standing meditation to build qi energy.
Zhan Zhuang "standing" should not be practice by people with arthritic joints!
instead change the standing form to a sitting form to
protect the already damaged joints.
How to do Zhan Zhuang (standing post):
Begin facing north in preparation, standing still for a while in a small horse stance (SHS - feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, arms hanging loosely, but one fist width away from the body - AKA empty stance, or Wu Chi).
Gently breathe in through through the nose with the tongue resting behind the top of the teeth, allowing the diaphragm to lower, tummy to expand, abdominal muscles relaxed (see basic breathing). Breathe out through the nose or mouth with a relaxed tongue, gently flattening the tummy whilst slowly softening all of the muscles and tendons from head to toe, only leaving enough muscle tone to keep standing in position.
At first stand still as above for 2 minutes daily in the beginning week, then 5 minutes in the second week to slowly build the length of time of standing still over a period of weeks, standing for half an hour then on to an hour.
Do not rush or force your time standing only adding time when you are comfortable with the current length of time before moving on.
Zhan Zhuang has many different standing poses which change the way the hands and arms are positioned, this can elicit different responses physically and mentally over the time of the exercise.
Standing still allows the body to breathe deeply in an aligned chi gong posture with an alert mind, because the posture requires maintenance to keep its pose in position.
The standing posture above encourages focused deeper breathing.
Note: Keep the back naturally straight, knees slightly bent, coccyx tucked in and the head suspended as if held up from the crown by a single hair, arms lifted at least one fist (under the armpit) width from the body.
Western Articles about Standing
An article about 'standing' as an exercise in the daily mail (english newspaper), discusses longevity that can be related to the Chinese standing meditation Zhan Zhuang (pronounced Jan Jong) goes as follows:
If you find it tricky to find time or the motivation to go to gym, here's some good news
Simply standing up for three hours a day is as good for you as running ten marathons a year and can even extend your life by two years, an expert claimed.
Dr Mike Loosemoore, lead consultant in exercise medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, said official guidelines on exercise were impractical and can seem an impossible task for many people.
But said even small amounts of exercise, such as standing, can have significant health benefits. "It's going to improve their health, it's going to reduce their risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, it's going to reduce their cholesterol and it's going to make them thinner," he said.
"If you keep doing small gains, they'll improve your health. It's easy to do and you make it part of your lifestyle. It's not about tracksuits and gyms, it's just about adding a little bit of activity."
The Government advises we spend half an hour a day, five days a week doing moderate exercise. But Dr Loosemoore said barely 7 percent of men and women met that advice. More than a quarter of adults fail to exercise more than half an hour a week making Britain one of the least active countries in the world.
Dr Loosemoore, who was lead medic for the GB boxing team at London 2012 Olympics, told BBC 4's Today programme: "The message I want to try to get out there is that small amounts of physical activity, although not reaching government guidelines, are still doing you a lot of good - even just standing is good for you. I'm standing up right now, I'm using all of the small muscles in my legs and the rest of me, I'm keeping myself upright.
"If I stood up like this and worked standing up, which I do, three hours a day, five days a week, that would be the equivalent of running ten marathons a year."
A Department of Health spokesman said: "Even making small changes to daily routines will have long term benefits for health and fitness. The physical activity guidelines are designed to be a manageable way in which people can start to make changes."
Written by Fiona MacRae Daily Mail Science Correspondent (21/06/2014)
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