This is the third post in my series on spiritual healing and the psi wheel. In the first post, I discussed how everyone can measure the energy field surrounding their body with a psi wheel and how to use a psi wheel to measure this energy as you bring it into and through your body when you practice spiritual healing. In the second post, I discussed how the psi wheel shows that the energy in the field surrounding the body is the same as the energy that flows through you when you give spiritual healing to another person. This post is about using qi gong to increase the flow of healing energy (qi) through your body to help develop your abilities as a spiritual healer.
You don't have take my word for it when I write these different statements about this energy. You can verify them for yourself using a psi wheel. You can measure the effects of qi gong on your energy field and your ability to move the energy through your body during spiritual healing by using a psi wheel before and after you do qi gong and during spiritual healing.
Qi gong is a part of traditional Chinese medicine. It includes exercises that enhance the energy field that surrounds your body and it improves the flow of that energy through your body. Since spiritual healing works by moving this energy through your body and into another person, doing qi gong will help you to develop your healing abilities and it is also a good way to prepare for a spiritual healing session.
Qigong, chi kung, or chi gung (literally "Life Energy Cultivation") is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as "intrinsic life energy". Typically a qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, a calm mindful state, and visualization of guiding qi through the body.
Below are instructions for a few qi gong exercises. I suggest doing eight repetitions of the moving exercises and holding the stationary positions for at least twenty breaths. There is no harm in doing more and you can do as much as you like. But for some people who are very busy, if they try to do too much it will become burdensome and they may give it up. It is better to do just a little bit than to do none at all.
- Three Jiaos: HTML PDF
- Lower Ball Rotation: Stand as in the Three Jiaos. Hold your hands at the level of your lower abdomen as if you were holding a ball about six or eight inches in diameter between your hands. Then rotate the "ball" clockwise so your left had is above your right hand. Then rotate the ball the other way so the right hand is above the left hand. Repeat this for several repetitions and synchronize the movement with your breathing. Notice the sensations in your hands.
- The Full Circle: The web page says to do each position in The Full Circle for five minutes but I suggest in your first session you hold each position for twenty breaths and gradually increase that number if you want to in subsequent sessions. Twenty breaths is approximately one minute, you can time your breathing before you start if you want to be more precise. These exercises are similar to the qi gong exercises described in the book 15-minute Tai Chi (below).
- Pulling Down the Heavens: There are several exercises similar to this one that you can do. Instead of raising you arms above your head, bring them to the forehead for several repetitions, then to the heart for several repetitions and then to the abdomen just below the navel for several repetitions. Then do the exercise shown at the link raising your arms straight above your head.
When you do qi gong exercises, notice the sensations you feel in your hands and your body. Try to feel your own energy field from within the body and also feel it from without your body with your hands. For example, if your hands pass across the area of your chest, notice sensations in your chest and the sensations in your hands as they pass through the energy field around your chest. Practicing in this way may allow you, in time, to develop the sensitivity needed to feel your own energy field and the energy fields surrounding other living things.
These exercises are just suggestions to introduce you to qi gong. A complete qi gong workout that will provide the maximum benefit to your energy field and flow of energy through you should include warm-up stretches to loosen the muscles and movements to loosen the joints, tone the muscles, and align the vertebrae. If you want to try a more complete workout that includes all of these components I would suggest one of these DVDs:
- Chi Energy Workouts for Beginners by David Carradine
- David Carradine's AM & PM Tai Chi Workout for Beginners by David Carradine
Tai Chi Focus Relax Rejuvenate on youtube.
Chi is the same word as qi but spelled differently. Some of the advanced movements on the DVDs are complicated and may be difficult to learn but it is not necessary to do everything on a DVD (this is also true of the books below). The AM workout in the AM & PM DVD is very simple but is a complete workout.
Some books on qi gong I recommend are:
- 15-Minute Tai Chi by John Ding and Alan Ding. This book includes several 15 minute workouts that include qi gong and tai chi. I combine all the qi gong exercise together and do those as part of my qi gong workout. They are very similar to the full circle linked to above.
- Becoming One with Nature: Restore Yourself with Tai Chi by Martin Lee, Ph.D., Emily Lee, TC Master, Melinda & Joyce Lee
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and QiGong Third Edition by Bill Douglas. See Part 3 which is about QiGong.
You can measure the effects of qi gong on your energy field by using the psi wheel. Notice if the psi wheel spins faster after you do qi gong than it spins before you do qi gong. Also notice if the psi wheel spins faster during spiritual healing practice if you do qi gong immediately before the spiritual healing practice.
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