What is Qigong used for…
Qigong is practiced for…
- Physical fitness
- Health & Wellbeing
- Performance enhancement
- Maximized energy
- Balanced Emotional and Mental Health
- Peak coordination
- Concentration and focus
Is Qigong a spiritual practice?
Qigong is practiced for meditation and self-cultivation. Many philosophical and spiritual traditions use qigong. As a meditation, qigong is a means to still the mind and enter a state of consciousness that brings inner peace, the ability to focus, happiness, and joy. It is also practiced to promote inner wisdom, the sense of inner-knowingness.
What is Qi Gong healing?
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation. It consists of controlled breathing and movement exercises. Tai chi, a widely practiced mind-body exercise, is sometimes referred to as a part of qigong because it pursues, moves, and helps manage Qi.
What is the difference between tai chi and qi gong?
Qi gong can be thought of as a movement you do for a certain situation, as opposed to the tai chi form, which is a series of movements that work on the entire body in a flowing sequence
Qigong and our inner wisdom
Everyone possesses inner wisdom but to varying degrees. The first step in training and strengthening this special ability is for one to recognize and accept that it even exists. Through the practice of Qigong, this process begins to develop through the experience of the gentle, flowing energetic movements combined with specific training and direction to foster inner-knowingness.
This development happens incrementally over time, however, a student may notice significant changes immediately as well.
Peak Inner Wisdom Benefits Include:
- Every day decisions are made easier through not only information (thoughts) derived on a physical level but also information (feelings) obtained on an energetic level.
- The truth about something is understood and perceived immediately through instinctive feelings, rather than just conscious reasoning.
- Increased ability to know and understand the inner nature of yourself.
- Life mishaps are less likely to happen by taking the time to get in touch with yourself before taking the next step.
- Relationship choices improve
- Taking heed of inner reminders save you time, aggravation, and money
- Ability to notice subtle energy within oneself and others.
How does qigong increase inner wisdom?
- Qigong is a form of energy medicine movement that activates the body both physically and energetically. During Qigong training, a practitioner cultivates and plays with Qi (vital energy) which increases energetic awareness. This results in an increased sensitivity to electrical, magnetic, and other energies not only emanating from themselves but also others. When this occurs, a person can begin to access information within themselves in an enhanced manner thereby increasing inner wisdom.
- The aspect of our physical body most directly linked to our energetic system is the endocrine system, which is made up of hormones. According to Chinese medicine, the closest equivalent to the Western concept of hormones is the existence of prenatal essence which is converted into Qi during Qigong practice in order to stimulate the proper function of the physical body.
- Specific Qigong exercises focus on balancing and energizing the endocrine glands for improved body function. The endocrine gland most closely aligned to the development of inner wisdom is the pineal gland, sometimes referred to as “the third eye” or the 6th Chakra – and linked to the metaphysical because it is believed to link the physical body with the energetic world. Physically, this gland secretes melatonin which regulates daily bio-rhythms, neutralizes the damaging impact of free radicals; and boosts immunity. Qigong activation of the pineal gland also controls the acceleration of sexual growth and retards the aging process.
Inner wisdom on a non-verbal level
Through Qigong practice, one also develops a greater awareness on a non-verbal level. For example, in relationships with other specific body language and facial expressions become indicative of certain non-verbal messages, whereby one can step back and give another person more space. These non-verbal cues develop a strong sense of inner-knowingness and one begins to really trust themselves and how they feel.
This inner wisdom actually becomes definitive information that becomes a reliable point of reference. It becomes a working knowledge that one begins to trust as absolute truth – using it to make conscious, clear decisions in both personal and work relationships.
When a student first begins the practice of Qigong there is great emphasis on how to do the movements physically. As practice continues, there is more and more emphasis on the energetic components of the movements which are when inner wisdom begins to be experienced and trained as well.
A clearer awareness
As Qigong practice develops to an even more advanced level, this inner wisdom may also take the form of even clearer awareness. A student may begin experiencing pre-cognition. This is acquiring knowledge about future events through an emotional, feeling response, or seeing an image of an event.
Sometimes this takes form within a dream which is forgotten and then is pieced together when it actually happens – whereby the person experiences it as a déjà vu. This experience leads to a deeper meaning within what are otherwise common, daily experiences as well as creating more clarity and greater consciousness. This not only brings one more into the present moment but also sharpens the ability to make decisions with greater astuteness and solid inner knowing.
Thus, it is duly noted that Qigong is not just a physical exercise, but it is a cultivation of vital energy – a rebalancing of the bodies Qi and Blood, an awakening of inner wisdom and ability to be your own guide, not only through physical cues, but also energetic. It is the practice of these ancient Chinese exercises that develops and hones this ability to help you navigate your life.