Chi – universal energy/life force – Gong – work or working with (energy/lifeforce); this could be breath, movement or medative focus.
Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Kua and Hsing Yi
8 & 16 Tai chi Chuan Forms – 24 Beijing Tai Chi Forms – Cheng Man Ching 37 Tai Chi Chuan – Tai Chi Chuan Yang Long Forms – Tai Chi Sword & 12″ Ruler (external chi healing development qigong)
Note: all qigong develops chi but the sword and ruler forms teach and encourage external focus of qi energy: instruction required.
8 Brocades – 18 Shibashi – 10 Yijinjing – Zhan Zhuang (standing still)
Lotus & half lotus exercises including sitting 8 Brocades – 10 Yijinjing
Reclining Qigong (laying down):
Meditation – breathing based, internal energy qigong is promoted and practiced (by doctors, staff and patients) extensively in hospitals all over China
Why do Qigong
If you have every wanted to do (or be) Qigong Walking (Tai Chi Chuan) you owe it to your mental and physical health and well-being to find a good teacher, club or class and attend for at least a year to give qi a chance to develop full metaphysical healing benefits.
Why even bother to do the -qigong forms, meditate and eat well? “Cultivation of the three treasures”
The proactive cultivation of the three treasures allows us to live holistically healthy for “100 years”, mentally, physically and develop spiritually to the best we can be.
The highest obtainment that the Tai Chi Chuan/chi gong practitioner can achieve is the development of the three treasures, (jing) essence, the physical of what we are chi-life force motivation energy source, and shen, the vital spirit/soul that makes us what we are.
Emotions and Qigong (negative emotions can damage all three treasures):
Damaging feelings are referred to as the seven pathogenic emotions (1. Anger 2. Joy 3. Worry 4. Melancholy 4. Grief 5. Fear 5a. Fright) with a few sub-emotions thrown in. Should an emotion dominate and control a person then this emotion is out of control and can severely damage chi (life-force) energy by creating imbalances in the zang-fu* (solid-hollow) organs thus disrupting the balance of chi throughout the five element, metaphysical energy systems.
*Note: Zang refers to the solid yin organs, liver, heart, lungs, spleen and kidneys, the essential functions of the zang consist in manufacturing and storing chì and blood.
Fu refers to the yang hollow organs, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine, stomach and unitary bladder, the main purpose of the fu organs is to transmit and digest.
1. Anger causes chi energy to rise upwards (1. Wood – liver/gallbladder meridian energy), injures the liver.
2. Joy causes chi energy to slow down (2. Fire – heart/small intestine/pericardium/triple heaters meridian energy), and injures the heart.
3. Worry, obsession causes energy to stagnate (3. Earth – stomach/spleen meridian energy) and injures the spleen.
4. Grief, melancholy consumes and dissipates chi energy to (4. Metal- lungs/large intestine meridian energy) injure the lungs.
5. Fear causes chi energy to descend, fright causes energy to scatter, exhaustion causes energy to wither (5. Water- kidneys/unitary bladder meridian energy).
Smile to the organs
Daoist’s say that smiling to the organs exercise practiced for 5 minutes every day causes the organs that affect emotional energetics to secrete a sweet healthy substance that fosters/bathes chi.
Frowning to the organs:
Instead of smiling to the organs you wear a constant frown, this encourages the organs to produce a sour substance (that blocks chi) instead of sweet – is your personality sweet or sour?
One of the main aims of Traditional Chinese Medicine Taiji and Qigong is to activate the body’s own natural healing processes via the forms and meditation.
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One who excels as a warrior does not appear formidable
One who excels in fighting is never roused in anger
One who excels in defeating their enemy does not join issue
One who excels in employing others humbles themselves before them
This is known as the virtue of non-contention – This is known as the making use of the efforts of others – This is known as matching the sublimate of heaven