The Qigong Six Healing Sounds
Discover an ancient Qigong (Chi Kung) treasure: six movements, sounds and breaths that can increase your body's natural healing ability and give you unlimited health. Learn how.
Qigong has been an integral part of Chinese culture since ancient China. This art, science and health maintenance system, practiced for thousands of years, uses stillness, movement, visualization, sound and breath in different combinations to strengthen, increase, generate, cleanse, refine, store, balance, circulate and discharge Qi. Qi energy is essential for health, healing, vitality, fitness and transformation of consciousness for spiritual development. Qigong exercises our internal organs, reduces stress, activates the natural healing process inside our bodies, strengthens our immune system, regulates all bodily functions and quiets the mind.
Qi is a universal concept called by many names in different cultures. Everything in our known universe possesses, generates and is surrounded by Qi. Every structure, process and organ in our bodies has Qi. Qi is the key to health and wellness, our life force.
We will be working with Qigong six healing sounds. The exercise uses sound, slow movement and visualization to balance Qi in our body. The relationship between breathing, healing, emotions and thought is well known. Working with the emotions is very important in the six healing sounds. Stress and tension create blockages in the body and blockages in turn create stress and tension. Emotions affect our physical organs and vice versa. Blockage of free flowing Qi can cause malfunction and disease. Using the six healing sounds, negative Qi can be discharged, clearing the blockage and restoring health and vitality. Good free flowing Qi is our body's united power to resist disease and be healthy. If our Qi is in balance our health and wellness are unlimited.
When practicing the six healing sounds, it is very helpful for you to know the location of the organs in your body so you can visualize them. Modern science confirms the ancient idea of visualization. Our bodies respond to mental images as if they were actually happening. The old saying, "Where the mind goes, Qi will follow" seems to be true.
Emotional factors play a major role in your life. You cannot separate the emotional life from the physical. Your feelings live in your body and affect all aspects of it. Here are the seven basic emotions with the organ of the body they affect:
Sadness and Grief affect the Lungs Fear and Fright affect the Kidneys Anger affects the Liver Joy affects the Heart Worry affects the Spleen
It is good to keep this information in mind in your daily living. We will be using these suggestions in the six healing sounds.
Qigong exercises can be done standing, walking, lying down or sitting. For the six healing sound exercises we will sit.
How to Sit
Sit on the edge of a firm chair, well supported and comfortable. Place your feet flat on the floor, toes pointed straight forward. Keep your ankles and knees in line. Your legs should be placed hip-width apart, thighs parallel to the floor. Keep your back straight but relaxed. Keep your head erect, your nose in line with your navel. Rest your hands on your lap, palms upward. Breathe normally. This is your Rest position. You will use it to breathe and visualize during the exercise, between movements.
How to Breathe
Most Qigong exercises are done slowly to allow the mind to register the movements through out the body. Your breath should be inhaled through your nose and expand your diaphragm. Let the air and your mind go to your dantian (a point four finger widths below the navel). Do not force it, just relax and feel the breath expand this lower part of your body. Most people breathe in the top of their chest, which is a shallow breath, and not as effective as a deeper, full breath. With mindful practice, breathing to your dantian will become natural. Exhale through your mouth (this is where you will make the healing sounds). Your exhale will be longer than your inhale.
All material substances in our known universe are in constant vibration. Sound is capable of great energy, subtle movement and wonderful healing vibrations. The sounds you will be making in this exercise will be loud at first, but later they will quiet and vibrate deep within your body and mind. A sound is always executed on the outward breath. Here are the sounds and their related organs:
Lungs The hiss of a snake.. ..HISSS
Kidneys Blowing out a candle with cheeks drawn inward
Liver Asking someone to be quiet..SHHHH
Heart Blow through open mouth (a few inches) pull cheeks inward
Spleen Blowing out a candle with cheeks puffed outward
Triple Burner Exhale through a tight smile with tip of tongue behind lower teeth
The Complete Exercise
In Qigong everything is connected and related. We will use this relationship in the six healing sounds exercise. Listed next to each organ is the relationship with other elements (we will use this information in our visualizations), the sound for that organ and the movement of the exercise. It is recommended that you do each movement three times, resting and visualizing between movements. You may do as many as you feel necessary but do them in increments of three. (Example: 3, 6, 9, 12, etc.)
Relationship -- White light - autumn - nose -- skin Sound - SI -- Hiss of snake
Sit in a firm chair, relax and breathe normally. Focus on your lungs with your hands on your lap, palms upward (rest position). Start the movement. As you inhale, scoop arms upward in front of you like holding a large ball, until your palms are at eye level. When palms are at eye level rotate palms away from face. Follow your hands with your eyes. Tilt your head backward a little and bring your hands over your head. Eyes should gaze at fingertips (fingertips should be pointing at each other, palms facing upward). Arms remain curved. Heals of palms press upward (feel a comfortable stretch in your arms). At this point exhale completely, making the lung healing sound. Visualize and expel, wet unhealthy energy from your lungs. Let go of any sadness or grief. Breathe naturally and slowly bring your hands back downward in front of your eyes. When at eye level, rotate palms toward face; allow arms to curve downward until hands again rest in your lap. Close your eyes. We will sit relaxed and comfortable for a moment visualizing, until we start the movement again. Breathe normally. With each inhaling breath, visualize beautiful white light entering, surrounding and emanating from your lungs. Feel the connection with your nose and skin. See your lungs strong and clean. With each exhaling breath, silently make the lung healing sound and expel negative wet unhealthy energy from your lungs. Continue this process, after a few moments, start the movement again. Repeat entire exercise as needed.
Relationship --Blue light - winter - ears -- bone
Sound - CHUI -- Blowing out a candle with cheeks drawn inward.
Sit in chair in "Rest" position. Breathe normally. Focus on your kidneys and start the movement. As you inhale, place feet and legs together. Bend forward with both palms facing toward you. Your left hand clasps your right hand (your left thumb tucked in your right palm). Surround your knees with your clasped hands. At this point, exhale completely making the kidney healing sound. As you make the sound visualize wet, heavy unhealthy energy being released from your kidneys. Let go of fear. Breathe naturally, slowly straighten your arms and gently but firmly pull back. Feel comfortable pulls in the kidney area: At the same time tilt head upward to look straight ahead. Breathe normally and slowly return to rest position, feet and leg apart, hands in lap. Close eyes. Be aware of your kidneys. Breathe naturally. As you inhale, visualize wonderful blue light entering, surrounding and radiating from your kidneys. Feel the connection to your ears and bones. As you exhale silently make the kidney healing sound and visualize expelling negative, slow, wet energy from your kidneys. Let go of all fright, mistrust and self-doubt from your mind and being. As you inhale, bring in blue light, calmness, gentleness and peace to every part of your being: Bring that to your kidneys. Continue this process for a few moments. Open your eyes and begin the kidney healing sound movements again. Repeat exercise as needed.
Relationship -- Green light - spring - eyes -- tears Sound - XU - Shhhh -- Like asking someone to be quiet.
Sit in chair in rest position. Breathe normally. Focus on your liver and start the movement. As you inhale, slowly move arms and hands out to sides in a curved motion. Keep palms upward and keep arms curved and relaxed. In a curving motion raise hands overhead. Tilt head back a little, as eyes follow your hands. Interlock fingers and rotate palms upward. Feel the stretch from heal of palms downward through your arms Keep curve in arms. In this posture, lean slightly to the LEFT, exhale making the liver healing sound. Visualize, feel and release excess heat and unhealthy energy from your liver. Let go of all your anger. Breathe naturally and slowly return to upright sitting position, unlock your hands keeping palms facing upward. Slowly lower your hands outward toward your sides in a curved motion until you rest palms upward in your lap. Breathe naturally and close your eyes. Focus and feel your liver. As you inhale, breathe into your liver. Visualize bright, beautiful green light radiating from, in and around your liver. With each outward breath, silently make the liver healing sound and release all negativity energy, anger, aggression and frustration from your being. With each inward breath, feel kindness and gentleness enter your being. Bring this to your Liver. Feel the connection with your eyes. Continue this process for a few moments. Open your eyes and start the liver healing sound movements again. Repeat exercise as needed.
Relationship -- Pink-Red light -- summer -- tongue
Sound -- KU -- Exhale through open mouth (a few inches) pull cheeks inward
Sit in chair in rest position. Breathe normally. Focus on your heart and start the movement. As you inhale, slowly move arms and hands out to sides in a curved motion. Keep palms upward and keep arms curved and relaxed. In a curving motion raise hands overhead. Tilt head back a little, as your eyes follow your hands. Interlock fingers and rotate palms upward. Feel the stretch from heal of palms downward through your arms Keep curve in arms. In this posture, lean slightly to the right; exhale making the heart healing sound. Visualize, feel and release excess heat and unhealthy energy from your heart. Let go of your pride and arrogance. Breathe naturally and slowly return to upright sitting position, unlock your hands keeping palms facing upward. Slowly lower your hands outward toward your sides in a curved motion until they rest palms upward in your lap. Breathe naturally and close your eyes. Think and feel your heart. As you inhale, breathe into your heart. Visualize bright, beautiful pink-red healing light radiating from, in and around your heart. With each outward breath, silently make the heart healing sound; release all negative energy, impatience and haste from your being. Replace them with love and joy. As you inhale, feel happy and sincere. Bring this to your heart. Feel the connection with your tongue. Continue this process for a few moments. Open your eyes and start the heart healing sound movements again. Repeat exercise as needed
Relationship -- Yellow-Gold light -- late summer - mouth -- flesh Sound - HU -- Blowing out candle with cheeks puffed outward.
Sit in chair in rest position. Breathe normally, focus on your spleen, and start the spleen healing sound movements. As you inhale, slowly raise hands and place index and middle finger of both hands at the bottom left of breastbone. Press gently and look straight ahead, eyes level. In this position, exhale and make the spleen healing sound. Release excess wet, sticky, heavy energy and gas from your spleen. Let go of all worry and negative thoughts. Breathe normally and slowly return hands to lap with your palms up, (rest position). Breathe naturally and be aware of your spleen. Close your eyes and breathe into your spleen, bright yellow-gold light. Visualize this light radiating from, around and through your spleen. With each outward breath, silently make the spleen healing sound and release all worries. With each inward breath, feel compassion and good will for yourself and others. Feel the connection to your mouth and flesh. Continue this process for a few moments. Open your eyes and start the spleen healing sound movements again. Repeat exercise as needed.
Sound - XI -- Exhale through tight smile, tongue behind lower teeth. Movement: (No movement is related to Triple Burner. It is internal.)
This last exercise is done best lying on your back with legs extended and hands at your sides. Breathe normally and relax. Inhale and feel your body expand. As you exhale, make the Triple Burner healing sound and visualize a large soft roller or gentle loving hands rolling over your body from your shoulders to the top of your thighs, pressing out any negative feelings. Breathe normally and bring your mind back to the starting position. Relax, inhale and feel your body expand with wonderful glowing health. With each outward breath, silently make the Triple Burner healing sound and feel the roller gently press, releasing all unhealthy Qi energy from your body. Feel light, clean, refreshed and free. Repeat exercise as needed. When you are finished, remain in resting position, relaxed and breathing normally. Keep your eyes closed and allow your being to feel cleansed whole and healed. Feel renewed and in harmony with your deeper self and the universe. Feel strong, free and at peace. Light radiates from within you. When you feel you have reached your best healthy state, slowly rise and bring with you all that you have gained, to every part of your life. Live well.
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