How To Add Energy and Power To Everyday Life
The Chi Gong seed was planted in my consciousness over a decade ago when I noticed a mysterious signup sheet in my doctor’s office for a “Chi Gong Seminar”. Looking back, I realize how enlightened my doctor was because the practices and benefits of Chi Gong are not well known within the medical community.
If I were a doctor, I would learn as much as I could about this powerful method for strengthening mind and body, and prescribe it to my patients along with other more traditional therapies. Those lucky patients would be very happy with the results.
The power of these practices to provide people of any age or condition with renewed energy and the best of health is unequaled. For this reason it is a major pathway to one of the
4 Natural Health Practices.
What is Chi Gong?
Over 4,000 years ago, the Chinese learned that dance could help eliminate stagnation of energy, blood, and fluids. And based on the natural yin and yang laws that govern life and the universe, it evolved into a treatment for chronic diseases, and an effective method for strengthening mind and body.
Chi Gong, aka Qigong or Chi Kung, is a collection of exercises that coordinate body movements with
In Chinese, Chi Gong means “working with chi”, and chi is the field of life energy that we all possess. A fundamental principal is that chi flows through the body in meridians which are connected to internal organs. Free flowing energy keeps us healthy while stagnant energy brings illness. A similar concept exists in the
Japanese healing art, Reiki.
Chi Gong is a complete mind and body exercise regimen that integrates the mind, body, and breath. People who see these exercises for the first time may think the movements are unusual, even odd looking. But make no mistake – if they are done with the correct posture, breathing, and mindset - they can awaken higher levels of energy within us than could otherwise be achieved.
The exercises are divided into two basic paths:
- Static exercises teach the body to relax and include standing, sitting and lying positions. The most powerful of these exercises is “standing like a stake” (Wu Ji). This profound exercise appears to be simple, but requires training and practice to achieve a "motion in stillness". It is so effective at building energy levels that it is used in martial arts training - its application often regarded to be the real secret of the martial arts masters.
- Dynamic movements promote circulation of blood and chi through an endless number of styles and exercises that work every part of the body. There is a lot of flexibility in how you choose to practice the exercises. Different combinations can be used which focus on where you need it most.
Regular practice provides plenty of benefits:
- Reduced stress
- Reduced blood pressure
- Strengthens the immune system
- Strengthens muscles and improves physical flexibility
- Improves circulation
- Develops mental abilities and creativity
- Relieves aches and pains
A Learning Plan
Adding Chi Gong into your lifestyle is not hard – no matter what your age, profession, culture, or condition is. But it is important that you learn correctly. If you don’t learn the breathing, postures, and movements correctly, the benefits will be limited. So, here are four recommendations to develop energy cultivating skills through this art:
- Learn from an instructor who has invested in their own training and who has at least 5 years experience. The subtleties of posture and movement need to be learned from an experienced teacher. Tai Chi instructors often have useful experience and grounding in Chi Gong practices. Certifications from a teaching system are not necessary, but may give you more confidence in your choice of instructors.
- Make it a daily habit - even if you only have a few minutes each day. Of course, an hour session is more beneficial. You will find that maximum benefits can be gained by adopting the mindset that Chi Gong is a lifelong pursuit, and daily practice is a necessary part of this journey. The good news is that after a short period of time, it becomes a fun part of the day – one that you look forward to.
- Try a good online course to supplement your instructor’s teachings. If you are looking for a good online course that will get you a foundation in Chi Gong with written, video, and audio materials try
Marcus Santer’s online program
- Don’t try to make results happen. Our Western approach to life is short on patience – a sure recipe for failure in this art. Be patient and don’t force it. Let the natural processes of the body and mind occur. With consistency and persistence, you will be rewarded.
That seed planted years ago has grown into an enjoyable daily elevation of my personal energy, and I firmly believe that it also helps to keep me in great health. After my sessions, in particular those where I have experienced that spontaneous movement of chi – a warmness or tingling that signals the movement of healing life force - I feel light, energetic, relaxed, and ready to face my day.
I have come to view these practices as personal development that never ends – it positively affects all aspects of my life. And, If that’s possible for one person, what could we accomplish on our planet if every person were to take up its healing powers?
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