The flow of Qi in the body follows certain pathways called Meridians along which lie specific points. When Qi flow is impeded or blocked in a Meridian this affects the smooth flow of Qi and blood so pain and, later, illness may develop. This can be likened to placing a rock in a small creek. The water will flow around (scatter), slow down (weaken) and may finally stagnate (become blocked). The water becomes less clear and will gradually be polluted and unhealthy, even lethal. Removing the rock or strengthening the water flow so that the rock is washed away will restore the creek to its normal clarity and vitality.
Just as the spring rains freshen, strengthen and revitalize a stream, if we are already healthy, Qigong will increase the existing sense of well being and life will be richly enhanced.
Likewise, if we follow Qigong Practices regularly, in time, we will strengthen the energy flow, eliminate any blockages and balance our energy so our body functions will return to normal. Then we will be healthy and pain free.
Qi flow can also be restored and harmonised using acupuncture, herbs, food, exercise and lifestyle changes.
Qigong is a perfect Practice to enable one to continue to re-center with the natural flow of Qi within and without of the body. By focusing on the Lower Dan Tien we are able to drop out of the incessant mental noise and activity in the head and enter a very Still and Sacred Place within our own body. After Practice we feel deeply at ease, calm, joyous and vitally alive with Present Awareness.
Qigong is not an exercise. In fact it is the opposite of the western concept of exercise. Very little exertion is required to get an optimal result. The practice of Qigong allows us to become more aware of the internal workings of our bodies. We become more sensitive to the flow of Energy (Life Force) within our bodies and thus to any imbalances and blockages affecting our Qi.
The Practitioner settles the mind into the ocean of universal Qi within the Lower Dan Tien. Qi has Universal Consciousness and therefore knows far more about what healing is required than the individual. So we learn to follow and move with the Qi instead of forcing ourselves into certain movements and postures. So an important aspect of Qigong is to ‘forget oneself, leave all self-concern behind and drop into the life-stream within the body’.
The minutes spent in Qigong Techniques are the most productive minutes of the day. The mind and body will both function more productively. Thoughts, plans and projects crystallize, self healing forces take effect and begin to correct strains, imbalances and abnormalities. All bodily functions, including digestion, blood circulation, blood pressure, heart beat and breathing begin to normalize. In our daily activities we don’t get so tired. Our mind is focused. What makes us fatigued on a normal day is usually not the work itself but the inner strain and confusion caused by the Personal Mind constantly taking its Awareness away from the Qi within the body.
But as soon as we think and act from the Centre, we relax, our body knows exactly what to do and everything falls into place. Healing occurs on all levels.
Thus Qigong has been found to be effective in treating a wide range of diseases and problems. These include asthma, back pain, bowel and bladder problems, headaches, high blood pressure, menstrual discomforts, arthritis, sciatic pain, insomnia, stress, depression, digestive disorders. In fact Qigong can assist with almost any disease, but is most effective with chronic conditions, pain and those diseases listed by most Western doctors as psychosomatic.
If we eat the right foods and feel at peace with ourselves by living in tune with the messages from our body we can ultimately become virtually immune to disease. Our Life Force can become so strong it can handle all issues without getting harmed. It can dissolve all tensions, mental and physical. We accomplish more, learn faster and think more clearly. We also have increased strength and vitality, enjoy speedy recovery from surgery and injury and have increased enjoyment of life. Old age is just as healthy and fulfilling as other stages of life. We can expect to enjoy long life in good health.