he Old Testament Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the Blood.”
During Qigong practice we feel a powerful pulsation of blood in our body. Often it takes people by surprise how warm they feel after making just a few hand movements. Qigong moves a lot of blood and generates a lot of energy without lots of movement or stress.
Often people ask “What is a Qi blockage?” It is simply a small area where the blood cannot go, or an area where disease can occur. For example, some people may have a knot in their stomach or bad digestion. Qigong usually improves this condition. Blood can work itself through closed off capillaries when a person is relaxed and increasing Qi in that area. Wherever Qi goes, blood follows. Normal healthy people use about 60% of the circulatory system. When our Qi increases this percentage is also goes up. Blood flow to the brain and organs is improved, therefore our health is greatly benefited. The electrical aspect of Qigong also plays a role.
So how is this any different than jogging? In Qigong the body is totally relaxed, yet the blood is mobilized to flow powerfully. Because there is no stress response or cortisol release, which contracts blood vessels, the blood can enter areas that may have been blocked off for years. Microcirculation to the forehead is increased and digestion is greatly improved. Imagine the same blood circulation you get from jogging… while standing still completely relaxed. No other exercise offers this level of circulation to organs & endocrine glands. Stiff shoulders beware… Qi and Blood coming through.
Health Benefits and Effects of Qigong
Qigong has powerful health-promoting effects: (1) Improves the motion of blood, warms the blood and enhances whole body circulation. (2) Stimulates appetite, sexual function, assimilation of nutrients and digestion/elimination (3) Accelerates metabolism, weight loss, decreases need for sleep (4) Bolsters the Immune System by reducing cortisol, a known inhibitor of cytokine production (5) Develops , reflexes, and prevents Osteoporosis in clinical studies (6) Opens arteries allowing greater brain-based microcirculation to prevent Alzheimer’s disease (7) Enhances mental acuity, focus & concentration. The Qi draws focus and trains the mind. (8) Helps us to calm down, relax and become more peaceful. (9) Harnesses the power of True Source, remarkably improves results of hands on healing, such as Reiki, and helps spiritual growth.
Healthcare Practitioners REALLY need Qigong
Healthcare practitioners can prevent themselves from getting drained by seeing lots of sick patients. This is a fact for many therapists and nurses that I encounter. Each year we train hundreds of registered nurses and nearly all of them complain that they constantly feel drained. Often massage therapists take on the aches and pains of their clients. While this may sound superstitious I assure you the phenomena is real. Often doctors who specialize in a certain aspect of medicine are exposed to a certain “Energy Information Signal” so frequently that they end up with the same problems they are surrounded by. What is a healer supposed to do? By using Qigong one can easily cleanse their energies. Dianne Dougherty is a nurse that we trained who says she is no longer affected by other people’s energy after learning Qigong. Now she has energy to finish her shifts. She is dedicated to a daily practice.
Qigong in the Media
Oprah Winfrey’s beloved Dr. Oz said on her internationally viewed show, “If you want to live to 100… do Qigong.” He also said, “Qigong is the best longevity exercise”. After this November 1st, 2007 show I feel it is a short time before Qigong is embraced by the American mainstream audience. There are thousands of scientific studies that show Qigong has helped people to reverse cancer, diabetes and heart disease. If you want to read these scientific studies visit QigongInstitute.org where you can find the largest database of scientific papers on Qigong’s effects.
Why practicing in Groups is the KEY
Healing occurs in Qigong when one raises their energy high enough to push through the blockages of the nervous and circulatory system. Whatever Qi touches will be rejuvenated by it, however people are often blocked and thus need stronger energy to clear the pipes so Qi reach the problem areas. Some schools teach that people need the help of a powerful master to send strong energy for that initial boost. After personally training with 7 high level Qigong masters I do not believe this to be true. The most effective way to begin the healing process is to enter a large group energy field. They knew it China when they repeatedly gathered 30,000 at a time and people were getting up out of wheel chairs. I saw a retired nurse enter my seminar wheeling a walker. On the 4th day she was walking laps around the massive ballroom without her walker. In all honesty, the Qigong is very powerful, but it is the group energy that turns it into overdrive. Every person has a biological magnetic field. When a group of even 3 people practice together the results are at least double. A larger field is created than any of us could generate on our own in the beg Qigong events. Being in this high amplitude energy is the single fastest way to jumpstart ones internal energy. This is the understatement of the century.
Have you ever wondered why some people use the word Qigong, whilst others use Chi Kung?
Have you ever seen words like: Qui gong, Chi Gung and Chi Kong and wondered if they’re all talking about the same subject?
If you have, this post was written just for you.
And if you haven’t, well, you’ll still learn something of interest =)
Now then, back when I wrote my first book: Shaolin Chi Kung in 2008, you’ll notice that I favoured the Wade-Giles ‘Chi Kung‘ version instead of the Romanized: ‘Qigong‘.
But today I use Qigong pretty much all the time.
Well, to be blunt far more people search for Qigong online than they do for Chi Kung. And as I’m a professional Qigong teacher, i.e. I make my living from teaching Qigong then it makes sense for me to set up my ‘stall’ in front of the most traffic.
Sure, I could write Qigong/Chi Kung all the time, but that’d grow old real quick.
So are Qigong and Chi Kung the same?
Qigong is a recent term used for the Chinese energy arts. In the dim and distant past it would have been called Nei Gong.
Now hold on tight grasshopper, because what follows makes my head spin and I’ve been exposed to it for many years.
Let’s go, I promise to do my best to make this as simple and as clear as possible…
You see Nei Gong is only half of the story.
The other half is Wei Gong.
Wei Gong and Nei Gong are the two groups that the legion of Kung Fu force training arts are usually divided into. Where:
I’m sure you can see that the type of Qigong I teach fits into the Internal Force Training, Nei Gong group.
Now if you factor in the different dialects, e.g. Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese (the dialect most used by Chinese in the West) and allow for human error you can quickly see why there are so many different ways of referring to the Chinese energy arts.
Whatever spelling you prefer to use when writing about your Qigong practice:
Qigong, Chi Kung, Nei Gong, Qui Gong, Chi Gong, Chi Kong or something else – it’s not something worth getting your knickers in a twist over.
What you want to be concerned about is whether what you practice brings you the results you want.
If it doesn’t, chances are you’re practicing Qigong form only. Like I said yesterday, there’s nothing evil about Qigong form, it’s just mostly a waste of your precious time, energy and money.
I was so busy hanging out with Ollie this morning I lost track of time.
I tell you, the older that boy gets the more interesting he gets too!
He’s getting heavily into astronomy and his enthusiasm is infectious, so much so I’m way behind schedule. So what I’m going to do is this…
I’m going to share an email I received yesterday from one of my awesome clients Bob H. and my comments will follow.
Your work and commitment to Qigong education and training is outstanding.
I carry my Shaolin Chi Kung book with me everywhere. During my lunch break, I read one new practice from the book and then practice the exercise in my lunch break in the lunch room. I obtain an audience watching my practice, and then see a few people actually trying some of the exercises. I proved them with your Qigong email address for further information.
Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting down behind the desk and working on projects. After about an hour I get aching and sore neck muscles. This is time to do an exercise. My favourite exercises for this is Rotating Winch and also Big Turn of the Cosmos.
Rotating Winch for neck muscle relief is the greets exercise everybody should be doing. I found the true secret is that the practitioner has to learn to actually relax their neck and shoulder muscles when they reach fig.12 (p.73) when opening the mouth. If they hold that position and relax their shoulder and neck muscles there is an incredible sensation when you feel the top part of your shoulders and neck turn to water as the tight muscles totally relax.
That part of my body just loosens up like jelly. The neck and shoulder ache disappears after 10 repetitions. I strongly recommend this exercise for all people.
Purchasing the Shaolin Chi Kung book for me has been an investment in my health, wellbeing and life.
Thanks Bob =)
Bob’s just given you a very powerful lesson here, and it’s not just how to sort out stiff neck and shoulders from spending too long flying a desk.
Did you catch it?
I’m sure you did, but just in case let me make it clear.
You can practice Qigong exercises as exercises.
At the form level only.
And still gain worthwhile benefits: stretching, relaxing and pain relief for example.
All I’ll say is just realise there’s a huge difference between practicing Qigong exercises at the form level and practicing them as PERFECT Qigong.
But Bob’s been a client of mine for quite a while and knows this well.
Also, it’s worth repeating that this stuff only works if you work it.
Bob’s email makes it clear how you need 3 things to be successful with PERFECT Qigong.
As long as you show up with these 3 things, PERFECT Qigong will help you to live a happier, healthier and longer life.
Here’s what they are:
If you’ve got these, like Bob has in spades, you can gain the benefits of authentic, skills focused Qigong.
Now before I close for today, let me just finish by saying I love getting emails like Bob’s and luckily I get a good amount. It’s a fantastic feeling to know you’re making a positive difference in people’s lives.
Join me in Maryland USA in August for the first PQTTC and I’ll show you how to be a force for good in your community.
Here’s something you might find interesting.
I was talking with one of my brilliant private Qigong clients last night on the phone when she asked me:
“What are your 3 favourite Qigong exercises?”
Now that’s a tough question!
Imagine if you were told that you could only practice 3 Qigong exercises for the rest of your life, which ones would you choose?
Here are mine.
In at #3 and a surprise entry is…
3) Butterfly Dancing (BD) – If you want to be happy you need to ‘Open Your Heart’ and one of the best Qigong exercises for doing this is BD.
BD is simple, safe and easy to practice and yet it’s benefits are epic.
Significant, highly emotional events that were not handled effectively at the time can really make you ill later.
BD is a powerful Qigong exercise for overcoming illness caused by such events.
Quick Note: My experience as a Qigong healer has convinced me that the number one cause of most serious illness is emotional and as a result BD forms an important part of my healing kit.
At #2 we have…
2) Carrying The Moon (CTM) – I love to cleanse. Some people love to build. But there’s a common misconception in Qigong that you get more ‘powerful’ by adding energy.
The truth is, adding energy to a blocked system can cause more harm than good. And if you’re living in the 21st Century you can be pretty certain that your system is getting blocked up on a daily basis.
CTM practiced at a higher level known as ‘Cosmic Shower’ is the best cleansing Qigong exercise I have ever encountered since I first became aware of Qigong back in 1992.
At #1 and no surprise to anyone who’s ever practiced it we have…
1) Lifting the Sky (LTS) – I consider this the ‘Swiss Army Knife‘ of Qigong exercises.
You get the picture.
In fact if some great power decreed that I could only practice 1 Qigong exercise for the rest of my life, can you guess what it would be?
That’s right: Lifting The Sky would claim the prize.
To learn my top 3 Qigong exercises (and 16 other greatest hits) in the comfort and privacy of your own home visit: http://enjoyqigong.com
Enjoy your practice.