Lungs-Large intestines - Stomach-Spleen - Heart-Small intestine - Unitary bladder-Kidneys - Pericardium-Triple heaters - Gallbladder-Liver
Chi - universal energy/life force
Gong - work or working with
Types of Qigong exercises are internal - Meditation(s) and External - Dynamic; indeed both can be practiced walking, standing, sitting and reclining are (and the secret is how to combine the two for health and longevity?):
Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Kua and Hsing Yi
8 & 16 Tai Ji Chuan book, 8 Tai Ji Forms & 16 Tai chi Chuan Forms
24 Beijing Tai Ji book & 24 Tai Chi Forms
Cheng Man Ching 37 Tai Chi Chuan book & 37 Tai Chi Chuan Forms
Tai Chi Chuan Yang Long Forms
Tai Chi Sword & 12" Ruler
(external chi healing development qigong)
Note: all qigong develops chi but the sword and ruler forms teach and encourage external focus of qi energy: instruction required.
Lotus & half lotus exercises including sitting 8 Brocades
Reclining Qigong (laying down):
Meditation, breathing based, internal energy qigong is promoted and practiced (by doctors, staff and patients) extensively in hospitals all over China
If you have ever wanted to do (or be) Qigong Walking (Tai Chi Chuan) you owe it to your mental and physical health and well-being to find a good teacher, club or class and attend for at least a year to give qi a chance to develop its full metaphysical healing benefits
Why even bother to do the taiji-qigong forms, meditate and eat well?
"Cultivation of the three treasures"
The proactive cultivation of the three treasures allows people to live holistically healthy for "100 years", mentally, physically and develop spiritually to the best we can be according to Chinese thought. The highest obtainment that the tai chi/chi gong practitioner can achieve is the development of the three treasures, (jing) essence, the physical of what we are, (chi) life force motivation energy source and (shen) the vital spirit/soul that makes us what we are in terms of emotions, feelings and personality.
Emotions and Qigong (negative emotions can damage all three treasures):
Damaging feelings are referred to as the seven pathogenic emotions (1.Anger, 2.Joy, 3.Worry, 4.Melancholy, 4.Grief, 5.Fear and 5.Fright) with a few sub-emotions thrown in. Should an emotion dominate and control a person then this emotion is out of control and can severely damage qi (life-force) energy by creating imbalances in the zang-fu* (solid-hollow) organs thus disrupting the balance of chi throughout the five element, metaphysical energy systems which would manifest via a presented mental or physical illness.
*Note: Zang refers to the solid yin organs, liver, heart, lungs, spleen and kidneys, the essential functions of the zang consist in manufacturing and storing qì and blood.
Fu refers to the yang hollow organs, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine, stomach and unitary bladder, the main purpose of the fu organs is to transmit and digest.
1. Anger causes chi energy to rise upwards (1. Wood - liver/gallbladder), injures the liver.
2. Joy causes chi energy to slow down (2. Fire - heart/small intestine/pericardium/triple heaters), and injures the heart.
3. Worry, obsession causes energy to stagnate (3. Earth - stomach/spleen) and injures the spleen.
4. Grief, melancholy consumes and dissipates chi energy to (4. Metal- lungs/large intestine) injure the lungs.
5. Fear causes chi energy to descend, fright causes energy to scatter, exhaustion causes energy to wither (5. Water- kidneys/unitary bladder).
Smile to the organs (meditation)
Doaist's say that smiling to the organs exercise practiced for 5 minutes every day causes them to secrete a sweet healthy substance.
Frowning to the organs
Instead of smiling to the organs you wear a constant frown, this encourages the organs to produce a sour substance instead of sweet - is your personality sweet or sour?
One of the main aims of
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Taiji and Qigong
is to activate the bodies own natural healing processes
How Students progress through Chi gong walking -Tai Chi Chuan
(will turn into Yin)
(will turn into Yang)
Deep emotional disturbances are treated via the eight extraordinary (psychic) channels if normal meridian treatment does not bring emotional balance to the mind
When the best student hears of the (path)way
He practices assiduously
When the average student hears about the (path)way
It seems to him one moment there the next gone
When the worst student hears about the (path)way
He laughs out loud
If he did not laugh out loud it would be unworthy of being called the way
Emotional Growth of the Qigong Practitioner (vagus nerve - parsympathetic)
Some students of tai chi chuan/qigong walking will always remain at the (1) Wood-level, where the muscles and tendons learn to move with the forms, this beginners, superficial level (doing) can sometimes be the only level a student will ever reach throughout the study years of qigong and taiji (qigong walking ) training simply because of incorrect instruction or aggressive stubbornness (ego driven or too aggressive to move on, "accepted-correct instruction may change this fault" if the ego is dropped), or get stuck at level two, (2) the breath is practiced loudly when entering the Fire element, and because students start to find some metaphysical joy (over joyousness injures the heart chi) through movement and progression they can let go of a large proportion of aggression and start to feel happy with their current progress (if the student cannot advance to earth they will eventually give up and see qigong as a passing, happy-phase), but if the students skill grows and they move on to stay within the realms of mother (3) Earth-level, as they gain growth, then they stand in the centre, grounded but not yet becoming enlightened, because they may have become obsessed and trapped with the illusion of perfection of form and self, obstructing them from being unselfishly open to change (true perfection is imperfect - Loa Tzu).
The art of reflection is truly a gift and something to strive for or learned from when skills change by personal effort on approaching the (4) Metal-level, then reflection is a treasure that qigong and taiji (qigong walking) can help encourage, by developing the inner meditation ear and quieting the breath through the silk movements to almost an inner imperceptible sound whilst reflecting on the forms, and looking for the empty spaces in the forms (with the inner meditation eye); eliminating those spaces by joining them into one complete holistic maneuver (learning to reel silk). Thus, the growing student reflects on their own pathway to wisdom through scholarship - by learning to close the emptiness and hurt found in reflection that all humans have to endure, by grasping how to reflect and live in the moment (of breath) you start to be(ing), to become free of destructive emotions such as hate for yourself and others, for things that have been, or has happened, like your old forms of wood, fire and earth, move on and learn to love yourself again through detached, objective, reflection and not (subjective) judgment, just letting go by being open to personal change and a life lived forgiveness towards others (empathetic-compassion).
Note: students that are tested though a grading should develop the ability to reflect and let go of what has been learnt (and do-not get stuck in the wheel rut), they gain the hindsight to self-learn their imperfections, acquiring the ability to move forward via the grace of being tested, they can breath-relax whilst allowing themselves to build-energize-move on to the next test (of life), that spurs them on to have another chance to be tested again, evolving, developing to let go and become one, more at peace, journeying towards the centre of their personal meditation-pathway.
When developing taiqi or qigong skills always follow the energy with you controlling it with your mind-because qi movement is like a struggling fish at the end of a hook
(5) Water-level qigong and taiji (qigong walking ) bring a deeper understanding of being through practice and could foster enlightenment through the art of reflective letting go more and more whilst encouraging a oness with the universe, knowing the world turns whilst the heart beats and the heavens allow breath to spread a blanket around the planet, this is ultimate yin, or death, it could be the death of the old you into the new you (wood-new yang), which means the student has come full circle if they have found the courage to let go enough, enabling them to acquired the essential knowledge and realize that they are not enlightened, and this thinking (way) is an imperfection, and yet because all things are truly imperfect, is this imperfection not the way to find true perfection, is this what the way is? growth of holistic abilities to become the aggressive wood level again and move through the elements once more with a changed perspective, all the way round the wheel to arrive at water (enlightenment) to drink its energy, is this not the way of yin and yang, night and day, moon and sun, is this not the way?
Letting go instead of giving up
Some students try tai chi chuan/qigong and are so angry (wood) to discover that the forms are not as easy as they look (get angrier), and they only last a few weeks.
Some students practice qigong/tai chi chuan for years and go through the five elements (sometimes without realizing it) to return to the wood element, feel angry and give qigong and tai chi chuan away. Never give up of the search of the true self but do let go (of desire, hate, anger, negativity), simply because metaphysical letting go is part of the way to recognize change and the limits that we truly have to guide us.
Does not the wheel turn as you move along (your) the pathway
Note: students can experience a very mild fight, flight or freeze; fight because they are making themselves learn the qigong/taiji forms forcefully when they realize the forms are not quickly learnt, especially when forced (partly because they are not mentally or physically relaxed), the student will enter flight and will run away from learning the forms (because they have metaphysically pushed themselves to hard) and their ego will not let them progress, or freeze to blindly or unknowingly but completely get stuck with what they have learnt so far, unable to progress in the forms, mind, body and spirit any further (because they need to let go and not worry about being judged either by themselves or others) because they need to do what they are doing for them (not past , present or future peoples ideals) without fear of ridicule, judgment or jealousy.
How to overcome the three F's
Learn the forms bit by bit over time without forcing the learning process, learn in a class so that the brain synchronize and synchronize, physical, relaxation during the learning process with some of the class and the instructor (some people will take time to brain synchronize, synchronization is different to fitting in, so if an individual does not fit in it does not mean you do not brain synchronize), keep going to the class and practice what you have learned regularly, preferably every day (in a different spot/location/room, and not at the same time of day), even if it is only for 10 minutes. Qigong and taiji when practiced in a relaxed purposeful way will help let go of the three F's.
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