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The quality of life in America is at an all-time high, while people around the globe struggle to make ends meet and earn only dollars per month. Surely, they are laughing at our contemporary stress problems (particularly, at the use of Botox to reduce the effects of aging). However, some Americans have lived long enough to know otherwise. While walking my dog in the local park, I happened to meet Al, an eighty-five-year-old man who takes his dog, Shadow, out to get his morning exercise. He confided that in the days of the Depression there was a lot of stress but not like there is today. We take so much for granted today. It seems to me that no matter how good life is, people always complain. I am old enough to remember the Great Depression. People today don't know how good they really have it.
The fascia or connective tissue is your flesh, a major part of your earth element. Feel the smile dissolving tension hiding in your fascia and muscles. Your whole body feels lighter and more relaxed, supported from within by this golden smiling energy. This fleshy, whole body sense will make it easy to expand out to your largest organ, your skin. Smile to your skin, appreciate its ability to breathe through its thousands of pores, and still hold a boundary for your entire body. Smile to all the little hairs all over your body, and to the thicker hair on your head. Let them light up, like smiling antennae.
Wood is connected with the liver, and the liver with the gall bladder -they are like brothers. When you have a liver problem your face and eyes will turn green and your skin will become dry like wood. Your face will turn a greenish colour because the liver is connected with the circulation and when the liver or gall bladder is in poor condition the normal red colour of the blood will become lighter, thus turning to somewhere between green and yellow.
Focus the Qi Pearl at your navel on the surface of your skin. Directing it with your mind, let it flow from the navel to the left side of the waist, then to the Gate of Life Ming Men point on the center of the spine at the back opposite your navel, and on around to the right side of the waist, then back to end again at the navel. Repeat this for total of 3 or 9 times. Next, move outwards to the surface of your skin, and again rotate horizontally, three times around to your left. To end, come back to your navel on the surface of your skin.
Imagine that your physical body is a machine, and your Qi is the current that makes it run. Without the current the machine is dead and unable to function. It is the same with Qi in your body. For example, when you pinch yourself, you feel pain. Have you ever thought How do I feel pain You might answer that it is because you have a nervous system in your body which perceives the pinch and sends a signal to the brain. However, you should understand that there is more to it than that. The nervous system is material, and if it didn't have energy circulating in it, it wouldn't function. Qi is the energy which makes the nervous system and the other parts of your body work. When you pinch your skin, that area is stimulated and the Qi field is disturbed. Your brain is designed to sense this and other disturbances, and to interpret the cause.
Exhale and imagine the warm energy emanating and expanding from this center, filling your entire body from the head to the fingers to the toes, even going through the pores of your skin to mingle in the energetic field extending about 12 inches outside your body. This energy field surrounds you completely - front, back, top, bottom, and sides.
It is that feeling you get sometimes in the pit of your stomach or on the back of your neck or surface of your skin. That feeling that makes you more alert. Or, that little voice that speaks to you quietly, trying to get your attention. That voice that gets drowned out in all the noise and activity of daily life. Especially, as we get older.
There are two common ways of breathing in Chi Kung Normal Abdominal Breathing and Reverse Abdominal Breathing. Normal Abdominal Breathing is commonly used to lead the Chi to circulate in the primary Chi channels. This helps you to relax both physically and mentally. However, if you wish to lead Chi to the surface of your skin and to the bone marrow, you would normally use Reverse Abdominal Breathing. It is more aggressive, and is therefore emphasized generally by martial Chi Kung practitioners.
Repeat this until you can do it at will. If you lose the sense of it, then go back to doing it with your finger. For a more direct experience try doing it directly on your skin, not through clothing. Repeat it until you get it . By doing this procedure you form a 'net' or 'web' around your navel, which can collect energy there. Using the tip of a finger, start in the center of your navel keeping your finger flat on your skin, and begin to spiral outwards to the sides, on the surface of your skin, in ever-increasing and expanding spirals. However, most importantly, men and woman go in opposite directions because of the opposite polarity of male and female energy - which is one of the primary differences between the sexes.
Smile at the light or mist and very slowly with a soft, long, deep breath draw the red mist, love and compassion into the mideyebrow, down through the mouth and throat, into the heart and gradually overflowing to the small intestine. Exhale, but retain the red light and the love and compassion in the heart and small intestine. At the same time exhale the cloudy, black or negative energy. Keep on doing this breathing 18 to 36 times waiting until the heart becomes bright red before your inner vision and starts to radiate out to the tongue, mouth, nose, ears and eyes. Allow the red light to whirl around you and form a red aura. Feel your skin glowing with red energy. 8. Smile at the light or mist and very slowly, softly take a long deep breath and draw the white mist into the mideyebrow, the mouth and down to the lungs, gradually overflowing into the large intestine. Exhale but retain the white light and the feeling of courage in the lungs. At the same time exhale the cloudy, black or...
To get the maximum benefit from this art, try practicing regularly daily if possible. To begin with, you might do only ten minutes a day. Gradually, as your practice deepens and you begin to feel its impressive benefits, you will naturally devote more time to your training. Morning practice before breakfast is best before dinner or bedtime is fine, but never immediately after meals. Try practicing outdoors in the fresh air if indoors, then open a window. Wear loose, comfortable clothing You may sweat as your energy expels impurities through your pores. Be sure to rub yourself down after training to clean the residue off your skin.
Don't think about exercise as something you must do, but something which you find pleasant. Zhan zhuang is training while resting, resting while training. For example you can think that you are having a stroll in a park, being pleasantly relaxed, in good mood. You are watching beautiful views, enjoying the sound of birds singing and scent of flowers. During the stroll you are casually assuming some posture, because you feel like it, because you find the posture comfortable. While standing you are relaxed, feeling soft, elastic unity of whole body. Slight breeze is moving your hair, your clothes. You are feeling so relaxed and soft, that air is as if moving through pores in your skin.
Many people do not understand how to stay healthy. In essence, good health is based on the condition of your internal organs, so if you have a healthy heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys, your skin will glow and your hair will have enough oil. Your eyes will be bright and your face will still look young, even though it may have some lines. No make-up or plastic surgery can replace or copy this. All health conditions start from the inside out.
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