About Qi Gong
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the surface, most Qi Gong looks similar to Tai Chi. They use natural,
physical movements with breathing, visualization, and mental concentration,
just like Tai Chi. In actual fact Tai Chi is a form of Qi Gong!
term Qi Gong (pronounced "chee gung" - sometimes spelled "chi
kung") literally means "energy practice." It refers to
an entire family of practices for health, fitness, energy development,
and stress relief.
Gong includes more than just movement exercises like Tai Chi. It also
includes standing and sitting meditations, massage, therapeutic healing
techniques, and other health and energy-building practices.
Qi Gong is also sometimes referred to as "Chinese yoga."
Gong refers to exercises to improve health and longevity, increasing
harmony within oneself and in the world. There are thousands of such
exercises. All Qi Gong excercises encompass mind, eyes, movement and
Mind is presence of intention,
Eyes are focus of intention,
Movement is action of intention,
Breath is flow of intention.
This is the core of Qi Gong and it takes years of practice to begin
to truly grasp their significance.
Recent articles have emphasized the use of Qi energy for healing others.
This is referred to as "External Qi Healing," (External Qi
Kung) or Chi Sao. Qi energy is directed through the hands or eyes towards
Often, "miraculous" improvements in health are cited as a
result of a Qi Gong practitioner working with an ill person. External
Qi healing is historically one of the main applications of Qi energy
are also numerous levels and depths of this healing ability. Certain
healers using externally-directed Qi seem to have better effects with
some illnesses than others.
Ultimately it may be that to truly master the art of directing Qi in
the healing process you must develop a wide spectrum of abilities and
be able to apply them in a variety of types of imbalances in body, emotions,
mind, soul and spirit.
Path of Qi Gong
The ultimate goal of all Qi Gong is harmonious existence and action
in all situations. This level of achievement approaches Mastery. The
elements that characterize this level of experience include: curiosity,
ease in action, clarity of focus and intention, perseverance, non-attachment,
resilience, openness, creativity, responsiveness and fluid balance.
Also, Mastery shows not in someone knowing everything, but rather someone
willing to continue learning regardless of their level of achievement.
although you may find books or teachers professing to teach you the
secrets of Qi Gong and the power of it's applications, it always comes
down to what you, yourself are willing to practice and experience.
The layers are there for you to explore when you make yourself available
for the learning. At the same time, it doesn't hurt to learn whatever
you can from those who have stepped through the doors before you.
In the words of the Zen poet, Basho, "Do not seek to follow in
the footsteps of the men of old, seek what they sought."
A Chi Kung (Qi Gong) Primer
by Bruce Eichelberger M.T.O.M., O.M.D. (China), L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Mind-Body Secrets of Tai Chi and QigongBy: Al Simon http://www.naturalhealthweb.com/articles/simon1.html