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The beauty of the qigong approach
is that you simply start from where you are.
Tiny steps can still take you where you want to go;
you just need to dedicate some of your time to yourself,
which is a form of self-respect and love.

Excerpt from ‘Heal Yourself with Qigong’
by Dr. Daju Suzanne Friedman

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Qigong (Chi Kung) is a 5000 year old Chinese system of self-cultivation developed by legendary Taoist and Buddhist masters specifically for individuals to take full personal responsibility for protecting health, promoting vitality, and prolonging life, while cultivating spiritual awareness and insight. Qigong is a unique and comprehensive approach to personal development based on Yin and Yang philosophy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine for cultivating Qi (univeral healing energy). Through regular practice Qigong practitioners can develop Qi sensitivity, which leads to self-healing skills, and the ability to harness the fundamental forces of the cosmos to help heal others. By harmonising with the elemental energies of Heaven, Earth and Humanity we can all live in health and harmony with the natural world.

In order to understand Qigong, you must first understand Qi. Qi is the energy or natural force that fills the universe. There are three general types of Qi. Heaven (the sky or universe) has heaven Qi (tian Qi), which is made up of the forces that the heavenly bodies exert on the earth, such as sunshine, moonlight, and the moon’s effect on the tides. The earth has earth Qi (di Qi), which absorbs the heaven Qi and is influenced by it. Humans have human Qi (ren Qi), which is influenced by the other two. In ancient times, the Chinese believed that it was heaven Qi that controlled the weather, climate, and natural disasters. When this Qi or energy field loses its balance, it strives to rebalance itself. Then the wind must blow, rain must fall, and even tornadoes and hurricanes must happen in order for the heaven Qi to reach a new energy balance. Heaven Qi also affects human Qi, and divination and astrology are attempts to explain this. Under heaven Qi is earth Qi. It is influenced and controlled by heaven Qi. For example, too much rain will force a river to flood or change its path. Without rain, the plants will die.


The Chinese believe that earth Qi is made up of lines and patterns of energy, as well as the earth’s magnetic field and the heat concealed underground. These energies must also balance; otherwise, disasters such as earthquakes will occur. When the Qi of the earth is balanced, plants will grow and animals will prosper. Also, each individual person, animal, and plant has its own Qi field, which always seeks to be balanced. When any individual living thing loses its balance, it will sicken, die, and decompose. You must understand that all natural things, including humans, grow within and are influenced by the natural cycles of heaven Qi and earth Qi. Since you are part of this nature (Tao), you must understand heaven Qi and earth Qi. Then you will be able to adjust yourself, when necessary, to fit more smoothly into the natural cycle, and you will learn how to protect yourself from the negative influences in nature. This is the major goal of Qigong practice. From this, you can see that in order to have a long and healthy life, the first rule is that you must live in harmony with the cycles of nature and avoid and prevent the negative influences.

The Chinese have researched nature for thousands of years. Some of the information on the patterns and cycles of nature has been recorded in books, one of which is the Book of Changes (Yi Jing). This book gives the average person formulas to trace when the season will change, when it will snow, when a farmer should plough or harvest. You must remember that nature is always repeating itself. If you observe carefully, you will be able to see many of these routine patterns and cycles caused by the rebalancing of the Qi fields. Over thousands of years, the Chinese have researched the interrelationships of all things in nature, especially about human beings. From this experience, they have created various Qigong exercises to help bring the body’s Qi circulation into harmony with nature’s cycles. This helps to avoid illnesses caused by weather or seasonal changes. After a long period of research and study, the Chinese also discovered that through Qigong practice they were able to strengthen their Qi or internal energy circulation, and slow down the degeneration of the body, gaining not only health but also a longer life. The realization that such things were possible greatly spurred new research.

BEGINNER GUIDELINES FOR QIGONG PRACTICE

Guidance from an experienced instructor saves time and avoids mistakes.
Your practice should be well-structure and suitable for your level.
A calm mind is the key to success.
Relaxation is the road to health.
Regular practice is the path to progress.
Self-exploration and adjustment leads to self-realization.
Seek perfection in the stillness of dawn.
Opening the heart is the essence of spiritual evolution.
Do not rush your practice.
Do not smoke or drink alcohol.
Do not practice during a thunderstorm or in the wind.
Do not practice barefoot on a cold floor.
Do not practise when you are too hungry or too full.
Do not practice when you are upset.
Do not practice for at least 24 hours after sex.
Enjoy your Qigong and go with the flow.

ADVANCED GUIDELINES FOR QIGONG PRACTICE

1. DON’T BE STUBBORN ABOUT PLANS AND IDEAS
This is one of the easiest mistakes for beginners to make. When we take up Qigong we are enthusiastic and eager. However, sometimes we don’t learn as fast as we would like to, and we become impatient and try to force things. Sometimes we set up a schedule for ourselves: today I want to make my Dan Tian warm, tomorrow I want to get through the tailbone cavity, by such and such a day I want to complete the Small Circulation. This is the wrong way to go about it. Qigong is not like any ordinary job or task you set for yourself — you cannot make a progress schedule for Qigong. This will only make your thinking rigid and stagnate your progress. Everything happens when it is time for it to happen. If you force it, it will not happen naturally.
2. DON’T PLACE YOUR ATTENTION IN DISCRIMINATION
When you practice, do not place your attention on the various phenomena or sensations which are occurring. Be aware of what is happening, but keep your mind centered on wherever it is supposed to be for the exercise you are doing. If you let your mind go to wherever you feel something interesting happening, the Qi will follow your mind and interfere with your body’s natural tendency to rebalance itself. Do not expect anything to happen, and don’t let your mind wander around looking for the various phenomena. Furthermore, don’t start evaluating or judging the phenomena, such as asking “Is my Dan Tian warmer today than it was yesterday?” Don’t ask yourself “Just where is my Qi now?” When your mind is on your Qi, your Yi is there also, and this stagnant Yi will not lead the Qi. Be aware of what is happening, but don’t pay attention to it. When you drive a car, you don’t watch yourself steer and work the pedals and shift gears. If you did, you’d drive off the road. You simply put your mind on where you want to go and let your body automatically drive the car. This is called regulating without regulating.
3. AVOID MISCELLANEOUS THOUGHT REMAINING ON ORIGINS
This is a problem of regulating the mind. The emotional mind is strong, and every idea is still strongly connected to its origin. If you cannot cut the ideas off at their source, your mind is not regulated, and you should not try to regulate your Qi. You will also often find that even though you have stopped the flow of random thoughts going through your mind, new ideas are generated during practice. For example, when you discover your Dan Tian is warm, your mind immediately recalls where this is mentioned in a book, or how the master described it, and you start to compare your experience with this. Or you may start wondering what the next step is. All of these thoughts will lead you away from peace and calm, and your mind will end up in the Domain of the Devil. Then your mind will be confused, scattered, and very often scared, and you will tire quickly.
4. MIND SHOULD NOT FOLLOW THE EXTERNAL SCENERY
This is also a problem of regulating the mind. When your emotional mind is not controlled, any external distraction will lead it away from your body and to the distraction. You must train yourself so that noises, smells, conversations and such will not disturb your concentration. It is all right to be aware of what is happening, but your mind must remain calmly, peacefully and steadily on your cultivation.
5. REGULATE YOUR SEXUAL ACTIVITY
You should not have sexual relations at least 24 hours before or after practicing Qigong, especially martial or religious Qigong. The Essence-Qi conversion training is a very critical part of these practices, and if you practice Qigong soon after sex, you will harm your body significantly. Sex depletes your Qi and sperm, and the Qi level in the lower portion of your body is lower than normal. When you practice Qigong under these conditions, it is like doing heavy exercise right after sex. Furthermore, when your Qi level is abnormal, your feeling and sensing are also not accurate. Under these conditions, your Yi can be misled and its accuracy affected. You should wait until the Qi level regains its normal balance before you resume Qigong practice. Only then will the Essence-Qi conversion proceed normally and efficiently. One of the major purposes of Qigong is to increase the Essence-Qi conversion and use this Qi to nourish your body. Once a man has built up a supply of Qi, having sex will only pass this Qi on to his partner. As a matter of fact, many Qigong masters insist that you should not have sex three days before and four days after practice. During sexual relations the female usually gains Qi while the male loses Qi during ejaculation. The woman should not practice Qigong after sex until her body has digested the Qi she has obtained from the man. There are certain Daoist Qigong techniques which teach men how not to lose Qi during sexual activity, and teach women how to receive Qi from the man and digest it. We will leave the discussion of this subject to Qigong masters who are qualified and experienced in it.
6. DON’T BE TOO WARM OR TOO COLD
The temperature of the room in which you are training should not be too hot or too cold. You should practice in the most comfortable environment which will not disturb your mind and cultivation.
7. BE CAREFUL OF THE FIVE WEAKNESSES AND INTERNAL INJURIES
Five weaknesses means the weaknesses of five Yin organs: the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, and spleen. When you realize that any of these five organs is weak, you should proceed very gradually and gently with your Qigong practice. Qigong practice is an internal exercise which is directly related to these five organs. If you do not move gradually and gently, it is like forcing a weak person to run 15 miles right away. This will not build up his strength, instead it will injure him more seriously. For the same reason, when you have an internal injury your internal Qi distribution and circulation is already disturbed. If you practice Qigong your feelings may be misled, and your practice may worsen your problem and interfere with the natural healing process. There are certain Qigong exercises which are designed to cure internal injuries, but to use them properly you need to have a very good understanding of the Qi situation of your body.
8. AVOID FACING THE WIND WHEN SWEATING
Don’t practice in the wind, especially facing the wind. When you practice Qigong you are exercising either internally, or both internally and externally. It is normal to sweat, & since you are relaxed, your pores are wide open. If you expose your body to cold wind, you will catch cold.
9. DON’T WEAR TIGHT CLOTHES AND BELT
Always wear loose clothes during practice because this will help you to feel comfortable. Keep your belt loose, too. The abdomen is the key area in Qigong practice, and you must be careful not to limit the movement of this area because it will interfere with your practice.
15. DON’T EAT TOO MUCH GREASY AND SWEET FOOD
You should regulate your eating habits while you are practicing Qigong. Greasy or sweet food will increase your Fire Qi, making your mind scattered, and your spirit will stray away from its residence. You should eat more fruits and vegetables, and keep away from alcohol and tobacco.
11. DON’T HANG YOUR FEET OFF THE BED
In ancient times the most common place in Qigong practice was sitting on your bed. Since most beds were high, if you sat on the edge of the bed your feet would hang off the side of the bed above the floor. When you practice Qigong your feet should touch the floor. If they do not, all of the weight of your body will press down on the lower part of your thighs and reduce the Qi and blood circulation. Furthermore, when you practice you should not put your feet up on the table, because this position will also stagnate the Qi and blood circulation.
12. DON’T PRACTICE WITH A FULL BLADDER
You should go to the toilet before you start your practice. If you need to go during practice, stop your practice and do so. Holding it in disturbs your concentration.
13. DON’T SCRATCH AN ITCH
If you itch because of some external reason, such as an insect walking on you or biting you, do not be alarmed and keep your mind calm. Use your Yi to lead the Qi back to its residence, the Dan Tian. Breathe a couple of times and gradually bring your consciousness back to your surroundings. Then you may scratch or think of how to stop the itching. However, if the itching is caused by Qi redistribution in the Qigong practice, remain calm and do not move your mind there. Simply ignore it and let it happen. Once it has reached a new balance, the itching will stop. If you scratch this kind of itch it means that your mind has been disturbed, and also that you are using your hands to interfere with the natural rebalancing of your body’s Qi.
14. AVOID BEING SUDDENLY DISTURBED OR STARTLED
You should avoid being suddenly disturbed or startled. However, if it does happen, calm down your mind. You must absolutely prevent yourself from losing your temper. What has happened has happened, and getting mad cannot change anything. What you should do is prevent it from happening again. Most important of all, though, is learning how to regulate your mind when you are disturbed.
15. DON’T TAKE DELIGHT IN THE SCENERY
It is very common during practice to suddenly notice something that is going on inside of you. Perhaps you feel Qi moving more clearly than ever before, or you start to sense your bone marrow, and you feel elated and excited. You have just fallen into a very common trap. Your concentration is broken, and your mind is divided. This is dangerous and harmful. You have to learn how to be aware of what is going on inside you without getting excited.
16. DON’T WEAR SWEATY CLOTHES
This happens mostly in moving Qigong practice, especially in martial Qigong training. When your clothes are wet from sweat you will feel uncomfortable, and your concentration will be affected. It is better to change into dry clothes and then resume practice.
17. DON’T SIT WHEN HUNGRY OR FULL
You should not practice Qigong when you are hungry or when your stomach is full. When you are hungry it is hard to concentrate, and when you are full your practice will affect your digestion.
18. HEAVEN AND EARTH STRANGE DISASTER
It is believed that your body’s Qi is directly affected by changes in the weather. It is therefore not advisable to practice Qigong when there is a sudden weather change, because your practice will interfere with your body’s natural readjustment to the new environment. You will also be unable to feel and sense your Qi flow as you do normally. You must always try to remain emotionally neutral whenever you do Qigong; even if you are disturbed by a natural disaster like an earthquake, you must remain calm so that your Qi stays under control.
19. LISTEN SOMETIMES TO TRUE WORDS
You need to have confidence when you practice Qigong. You should not listen to advice from people who do not have experience in Qigong and who are not familiar with the condition of your body. Some people listen to their classmates explain how they reached a certain level or how they cured a certain problem, and then blindly try to use the same method themselves. You need to understand that everyone has a different body, everyone’s health is slightly different, and everyone learns differently. When the time comes for you to learn something new, you will understand what you need. Play it cool and easy, and always have confidence in your training.
20. DON’T LEAN AND FALL ASLEEP
You should not continue your Qigong training when you are sleepy. Using an unclear mind to lead Qi is dangerous. Also, when you are sleepy your body will not be regulated and will tend to lean or droop, and your bad posture may interfere with the proper Qi circulation. When you are sleepy it is best to take a rest until you are able to regain your spirit.
21. DON’T MEDITATE WHEN YOU HAVE LOST YOUR TEMPER OR ARE TOO EXCITED
You should not meditate when you are too excited due to anger or happiness. Since your mind is scattered, meditation will bring you more harm than peace.
22. DON’T KEEP SPITTING
It is normal to generate a lot of saliva while practicing Qigong. The saliva should be swallowed to moisten your throat. Don’t spit out the saliva because this is a waste, and it will also disturb your concentration.
23. DON’T DOUBT AND BECOME LAZY
When you first start Qigong, you must have confidence in what you are doing, and not start doubting its validity, or questioning whether you are doing it right. If you start doubting right at the beginning you will become lazy, and you will start questioning whether you really want to continue. In this case, you will not have any success and your practice will never last.
24. DO NOT ASK FOR THE SPEEDY SUCCESS
This is to remind you that Qigong practice is time consuming and progress is slow. You must have patience, a strong will, and confidence to reach your goal. Taking it easy and being natural are the most important rules.