Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How to Build up Life Force (Qi) to Fight off Illness

Chi is the life force within you. 

It is important to fully understand what chi is and how it can lead to illness when it is lacking.

Being able to maintain a steady balance of chi will help to ensure that you remain healthy, happy and in control.



What is Chi (Qi)?

The meaning of the word "chi" is associated with "breath" and "air" and, of course, these are two things that are vital to living. Air is an energy, as is chi. Chi will wax and wane throughout the body as a person's health status changes.

Chi (Qi) within the body is like power in a rechargeable battery. Occasionally it needs to be replenished. The chi of the universe is inexhaustible, yet the body needs fresh chi to maintain its vitality. You take in food, water, and air and convert them to energy within your body. During sleep, while your veins are relaxed and open and your brain is calm, you are able to take in a fresh supply of chi.

If you are stressed or nervous, you become rigid and circulation is blocked, you have difficulty sleeping, and your reserves of chi dwindle. When you are exchanging the chi within you with the chi of the universe, you feel healthy and vigorous.

By energizing the body with chi it is revitalized naturally, enabling it to fight off illness and maintain good health. The vitality chi gives to the physical body is generally obvious, but it also gives vitality to your mind. Chi is not only physical energy, it is also mental energy. Realization of this is a key to becoming aware of chi in your life.

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Chi inside the body needs to be continuously connected with the chi flow of the universe. If it is unable to connect, it may become stagnant. This stagnation is usually due to insufficient circulation.

If the blood cannot flow smoothly, then the chi will also be unable to flow smoothly. The most common place for this chi stagnation is in the extremities. The toes and fingers are at the furthest point from the heart and the first to be cut off when there is insufficient flow.


The heart pumps oxygen - and nutrient-rich blood into blood vessels that carry it throughout the body. After circulating and delivering oxygen to all the cells and tissues, the blood returns to the heart through the veins, flushing out the old stagnated blood and removing toxins and poisons that have built up. The lungs add oxygen to the blood and remove the carbon dioxide. Then the blood starts through the circuit again. Physical movement assists this vital blood flow. Feeling this flow is the first step.


How to increase the flow of Chi: 
Shake
(It's very simple, but if you want a visual, you can type "qigong shaking" on  youtube and you will be able to watch this exercise).

Stand up with your feet shoulder-width apart. 
Hold your hands straight out in front of you. 
Relax the shoulders. Now imagine that your hands are wet and you are going to shake the water off them.
Begin slowly and shake both hands loosely without tension. 
Continue to shake, increasing the speed as you get used to the feeling. 
The aim is to drain them of tension. 
Hold them loose and relaxed. Shake harder. 
Change to a side-to-side movement, as if clapping thin air. 
Next, switch to an up-and-down movement as if you were dog paddling. 
Shake them around in a circle. Let your elbows join in and flap about wildly. 
Next wiggle your forearms as if they were made of spaghetti. Continue for two minutes, alternating the kinds of shakes. 
Stop and let your arms hang down at your side, and rest for a moment. 





Do you feel anything? The tingling sensation in your fingers is the fresh and clean oxygenated blood circulating through your hands. Now, imagine what it would be like to have your whole body feeling that way.
Next we need to ensure fresh chi is getting to the area. Perform the Shake exercise for two minutes.
At the end of the two minutes begin to massage the left hand with the right hand. Start with the left index finger and give it a thorough massage. Rub it up and down, back and forth. Lightly scrape it with your fingernail and then gently twist and pull it. 

Repeat this with each finger and then switch and do the same for the other hand. Concentrate on your breathing and imagine as you massage that you are breaking up any old, stagnant chi and letting it be washed away by the blood circulating through you. Feel the new chi entering the area, bringing a fresh vibrant feeling. Finish the exercise with another session of Shake. You can also perform a similar exercise with your feet and toes.

It is important to be concentrating on your breathing while doing this exercise. Deep breathing exercises bring an abundance of chi needed to replace the chi being shaken out and massaged from your extremities. Visualize the chi entering your body and energizing your fingers and toes. Experience the feeling of chi.


Since chi exists in the air we breathe and the blood that flows inside us, deep breathing brings chi and oxygen into the body, increasing blood flow, and thus chi flow, within the body. Once we are breathing properly we can try to touch the energy.





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