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The Qigong practice creates a unification of the activity of the consciousness and the internal activity of the body.

This unification can help to deal with the usually scattered and uncontrolled mind.

 

 

Qi and Qigong 

Qi (tchi/chee) is the essence of life, the vital force, the life energy

Everything is made of Qi. It is the most fundamental substance of everything in the universe. Although everyone is born with Qi, we do not use it the way we could all the time. Like muscles, we are born with them, but we need to use them to develop them. 

Examples of how we can perceive Qi in our life:

  • When someone is watching you from behind, you may feel it and turn your head toward this person. You felt the Qi this person was sending to you.
  • When entering a room with people or being near someone, you may feel at peace or tense, depending on the information of Qi: the energy tells us if people around us are happy, upset, calm, and so on.
  • When sitting somewhere in public, it seems important to choose a particular seat. When sitting near someone, you may feel uncomfortable, even if you don't know this person, or you may feel at ease right away.
  • When having a conversation with someone, they happen to think or propose exactly what we had in mind.
  • You think of someone, this person contacts you very soon after.
  • You are able to tell when someone is lying. You may feel as if there is no "information" in the words that are being said, so the energy (Qi) supporting this information is missing.

We know that Qi is everywhere, we have all experienced it one way or another. Qi connects us. If our mind is clear and open, we are more able to feel this connection.

Regardless of the level of Qi and the form that it takes,Qi has at least three elements - material, information and energy:

  • The material element could be described as the "cells" of life,
  • The energy element is Qi,
  • The information element is crucial in everything we think, say, do and react to. 

 

Qigong (chee-gong): refers to the daily effort and self-discipline of the work we do with Qi

A Qigong practice includes still and moving exercises and a state of mind that can be achieved anytime, and anywhere.  

  • History of Qigong

Qigong has been part of Chinese history for 7000 years, from Simple Qigong in ancient times to established Traditional Qigong to Modern Qigong. Thousands of different Qigong systems have been developed throughout this time, such as Daoist Qigong, Confucian Qigong, Buddhist Qigong, Martial Qigong, Medical Qigong, Folk Qigong etc.

Dao and Qi, the focus of Qigong practice, are an inseparable part of Chinese civilization, being the origin and the driving force behind it.

Qigong contains the essence of traditional Chinese culture and is the basis upon which Traditional Chinese Medicine was developed. It was through the practice of Qigong that the Chinese discovered the channels, points and energy gates of the body and developed much of the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

  • What Qigong can do for you

Practicing Qigong can improve the circulation of blood on the systemic level through enhancing the flow of Qi. When the amount of Qi is increased and the flow of Qi and blood improves, health conditions will improve naturally and blockages can be cleared.

Qigong practice is the perfect tool to relax our body, and help us be natural and calm while connecting with our consciousness.

In addition to personal practice, a high level Qigong practitioner can not only feel and influence the flow of Qi in their own body, but can also feel and influence the Qi of others.

 

  • Qigong and consciousness

The essence of Qigong is using the consciousness within. 

This self-training method uses the consciousness, breathing (Qi) and the body (postures and movements) to create continuous positive changes to Qi, leading to improvement of health and the elevation of consciousness, as without a good supply of Qi, Shen and Yi (consciousness), cannot have the clarity and strength to deal with disturbances.

From a holistic view of the universe and human life, Qigong is a practice that can help achieve the purposes of knowing, changing, and elevating life through training to focus the consciousness inward on internal activity and life itself, and through work on the consciousness, breathing, the body and its applications.

While working on the connection with our mind, Qigong is different from a still practice of meditation. Qigong has still and moving forms. Training our mind to be focused and calm during moving movements should be part of our daily practice if we want to stay in this good state during our outward activities, no matter what is going on around us.

When training our mind to be focused while sitting still in a quiet room, we may not reach a truly deep meditative state anyway. "People can fall into the trap of the 'death emptiness' and being still and calm won't do much, for even a rock can do it better for longer" (Yuan Tze). 

 

  • Practicing Qigong and "Using" vs "cultivating" consciousness

Let's say your Qi and health have improved to a degree through Qigong practice, and yet your damage-causing consciousness has not changed a bit and is still at work continuing to do the same damage as before. We need to understand the difference between "using" our consciousness and "cultivating" our consciousness if we want our negative patterns to be identified and changed.

"If we look in a general way, Qigong can be seen as a practice of three 'adjustments': physical adjustment, breathing adjustment, consciousness adjustment". To realize a "gigongized" life, we need to add another element to those three adjustments: cultivating the conciousness with Yuan Tze Ren Xue".