Why Do We Need to Control External Qi

When I use external qi for my patients, I look at the backbone through the clothes and can see its curve as an image. Then I release external qi to the abnormally curved part, with the image in mind of a normal back. Advanced qi practitioners can correct curved backbones in this way and activate a patient's qi flow of the Microcosmic Orbit. Symptoms such as back pain begin to diminish. The effect is apparent to the patient, and can also be checked with thermography and with the AMI machine that...

What Is Feng Shui

Feng shui is a practical form of geomancy used in daily life in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Okinawa (Japan's southern most island) even today. Feng means wind, and shui water in Chinese. It is a system of thought combined by the physiognomy of a house and a grave, the aspect of a piece of land as an environmental assessment, a theory of location like a city plan, gardens, and a theory of movement that suggests placement of furniture, where indoor plants should be placed, where the bathroom should...

Learn Qigong

To begin at the very beginning, then, what is qigong (pronounced cheegong) I always say to my patients, Qigong is like cooking. Just try following the recipe, and you'll find that you can cook. You can't measure taste with a machine or express it in numbers, but you can experience it for yourself and know, without any doubt, what it is. Likewise, you develop your qi ability through the qi feeling that is as sharp and real as any of your other senses. When your ability is sufficiently developed,...

Genuine Pleasure from Qigong

When your ability to experience pleasant sensations weakens, illness will occur. This is why you need to train your hedonic nerve, or the A-10 nerve, with qigong. In modern society, we experience all kinds of stress, both physical and mental. But if we produce sufficient ACTH and beta-endorphins, we can overcome stress, turning it into what I call pleasant stress. If we do not, the adrenal cortex may malfunction and mental or physical depression occur, leading eventually to illness. In order to...

Invitation to an Unknown World

Small Microcosmic Orbit

The Microcosmic Orbit is translated from the Chinese Xiao Zhou Tian, a phrase that points at deep, essential truths. This phrase combines views of the universe and of human beings from Eastern philosophy. It suggests that you yourself are the universe. Like the macrocosmos orbited by qi energy, the inner universe of the mind and body evolve from the energy orbit. The qi around the central meridian has special significance. When you practice the Microcosmic Orbit method, you will come to...

The Freedom Principle and Independence from Authority

Freedom in qigong differs qualitatively from external forms of freedom such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, or freedom to choose one's political affiliation. Qigong requires complete inner freedom. The less restrictions a qigong method places on a trainee's thinking, the more advanced it is. Certificates from authorities are not needed as a proof of your expertise. Once you master the Macrocos-mic Orbit method, your computer of the qi world begins to function, and you can communicate...

Transpersonal Psychology

The theory of the subconscious as formulated by Freud is familiar to most people today. During meditation, when the mind is in a state of deep relaxation, thoughts and images rise to the surface from the subconscious, allowing awareness to take place. Throughout my career I have continued to study Freud's theories of the subconscious, Jung's collective unconscious, and works in transpersonal psychology by Ken Wilber and Stanislav Grof. I believe that qigong training involves much more than just...

The Brain Mechanisms Involved in Qi Energy

Overcome Stress

Proopiomelanocortin POMC is said to be the origin of physical stamina and of qi energy. When human beings and animals experience stress, the protein POMC is produced in the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland Figure 15-2 . It is then broken down by enzymes into three kinds of small-scale proteins beta-endorphins, adrenocorti-cotrophic hormone ACTH , and the adrenocortical growth-factor. ACTH stimulates the adrenal cortex, resulting in the secretion of adrenocortial hormone, which alleviates...

The World Is Full of Mysteries

Prior to the development of modern science, human beings shared a common idea about the structure of the world. Phenomena that lay beyond the possibility of comprehension with the five senses were entrusted to people who showed paranormal abilities. People believed in supernatural phenomena, and thus religions evolved. Now, science illuminates the wonders of the world, and people set out to discover the material bounds or the beginning of the universe. Measuring machines have been helping to...

Normalizing the Flow of Qi with Qigong

In this chapter I would like to consider the cause of disease and the role of qigong in medical treatment. Through my study of Huang-Di Nei-Jing Su-Wen The Yellow Emperor's classic of internal medicine referred to as Su-Wen from this point , I learned that classical Chinese medicine explains the cause of disease in this way disease is generated when external conditions a trigger and internal conditions a promoting state coincide. According to Su-Wen, there are six external negative factors...

The Four Elements of Space Energy

As we will see later, in Chapters XII and XVII, vacuums are not actually composed of empty space they are full of positive and negative energy in other words, conscious energy, or the energy of prana. Limitless energy can be produced from space. Form energy, material energy, and conscious energy are subjects considered today to be outside the purview of science. But when the usefulness of space energy that is, free energy to industry is recognized, these three forms of energy will come to be...

The Spectrum of Consciousness Within Qigong

In his book No Boundary, Ken Wilber offers his concept of the centaur level A centaur is a legendary animal, half human and half horse. It represents a perfect union of mental and physical harmony. A centaur is not a horse rider in control of his horse, but a rider who is one with his horse. It is not the psyche divorced from and in control of a soma, but a self-controlling, self-governing, psychosomatic unity. I would like to reconsider this concept in the context of the qigong method. When...

Creation Inseparable from Vibration

If we were to consider Inomata's theory for a moment as the basic theory of qigong, what conclusions would be draw Surely one conclusion would be that existence is a form of creation, and creation is inseparable from vibration. Another would be that creation exists with vibration. Physical energy E has vibration, which takes the form, for instance, of electromagnetic waves or electric power waves. Matter has vibration at the level of atoms or elementary particles. At the atomic level, material...

The Microcosmic Orbit Method

Microcosmic Orbit

The human body begins to form at the moment that an ovum is fertilized. First to develop is the spinal cord, including that portion at the top that will become the brain. This means that the central nervous system which will function as a kind of control center in the human body develops first peripheral parts then follow symmetrically Figure 2-1 . There are vital points running from the top of the head to the groin along a line at the center of the body in not only newborn babies but also in...

Receiving Good Luck

Are you a lively person who thinks positively Are you a lucky person If you are cheerful by nature, others will want to be with you. They'll sense that they tend to receive good luck through you and that they can feel comfortable around you even without conversation. The reverse holds true as well. If you are a gloomy person characterized by negative thinking and bad luck, others will feel constrained and stay away. Though we don't usually think seriously about these matters, we are influenced...

Danger and Pitfalls

There is one important thing that advanced qi practitioners must bear in mind. There is nothing wrong with feeling joy at one's accomplishments, but believing that you are the best or looking down on others is very dangerous. The moment that you start too think you are the best, you shut off the way to further progress. When people know that you have advanced qi ability, they will be drawn to you, and you will feel comfortable with them. For some period of time you may well be the center of...

Invisible Qi

Scientists study the world with the basic assumption that any phenomena can be analyzed by breaking them down into smaller and smaller elements. According to this paradigm, the physical sciences are concerned with analyzing physical phenomena. In biochemistry and related subjects such as molecular biology, biomedical phenomena are analyzed. Psychological phenomena are explained as a function of the physiology of nerves leading to and from the brain Figure 5-2 . The workings of the mind the...

Non Thinking and Consciousness

Qigong Pain Free

Now we are standing at the entry to Emptiness. I am calling step 5 the samadhi of non-thinking. If you can visualize finger-counting for ten rounds, step 5 will be easy. After practicing step 4 in the three-dimensional television of the brain, all you have to do is abruptly switch the television screen off. This may be easier if you inhale once deeply and then exhale very deeply in the Raku-raku breathing method described in Chapter III , with your shoulders relaxed and buttocks slightly...

Recovering from Fatigue

In the Department of Oriental Medicine which is one of the departments under my charge, I invite patients to qigong exercise classes when treatment with Chinese herbs alone does not seem to be sufficient. Patients often tell me, Once I had learned to do the Microcosmic Orbit method, the fatigue I felt before the exercise was completely gone. I measured lactic acid, the level of which in the bloodstream is a reliable indicator of fatigue. This involved taking blood samples from patients before...

Changing the Quality of Qi

In healing, the qi of the bright full moon is equivalent to Xi Chinese saline land in Chinese medicine, which can be used for calming overexcitement or lowering a high fever. On the other hand, the golden morning sunlight is Bu Chinese repair , and is generally used for treating various malfunctions. The qi of the morning sun is extremely effective in improving health, and not only as a training for external qi. By the way, you may wonder whether external qi can be used destructively. In fact,...

Mind Is Power

I believe that the qigong method is not just physical exercise but a very beneficial training system for the attainment of greater human spirituality. If you are practicing external qi in order to heal patients, you must understand all the following points. 1. The purpose of training to use external qi is to realize that mind forms energy. Through your experiences you will realize that qi energy acts on matter, organic things, and circumstances. 2. To learn the technique for obtaining...

Technical Revolution for Opening the Chakras

Macrocosmic Orbit Meditation

In order to open patients' Chakras, you must be able to collect large amounts of qi energy from the cosmic level, purify the negative qi that is blocking the flow of qi through the Chakras, and let pure qi flow into the Chakras. This unique method could be a technical revolution to open others' Chakras quickly. But this method can be performed only by advanced practitioners that is, those who have mastered the Macrocosmic Orbit method. You can open Chakras by yourself, too. After you master the...

The Ocean of Unity Consciousness

Logotherapy

I would like to discuss Figure 20-2 by again referring to Wilber's No Boundary. I have added three elements to his original figure. These are the Microcosmic Orbit method, the Macrocosmic Orbit method and the Transcendental level in qigong.'''' The persona is a facet a face adjusted to a society while the shadow refers to a hidden desire. When the two are separated by a boundary, they struggle regularly. Then various symptoms and inconveniences occur which are treated with counseling and...

How to Make Your Wishes Come True

I mentioned previously that physical qigong exercise was necessary to increase the volume of qi. This is true, but only to a certain level, until you master the Microcosmic Orbit method and the early stage of the Macrocosmic Orbit method. At later stages, the main emphasis is on mental training. I learned this by teaching medical doctors and business executives in qigong seminars. I opened their Chakras when I thought they were ready to practice on a higher level, so that they could learn what...

The Macrocosmic Ring

When you have mastered the Macrocosmic Orbit method, and all your Chakras are open, you will be able to sense the quality of qi. At that point you will no longer be exhausted when you release qi. Many people have experienced this change, and it is a replicable result of mastering the Macrocosmic Orbit method. Replicability and verification are important elements in proving any scientific theory, including the Macrocosmic Orbit method. It is necessary, however, to know objectively whether or not...

Message from a Psychic Performance

Toshihide Hisamura, whom I introduced as a psychic in the preceding chapter, gives concrete form to Inomata's theory. His performance is, one might say, the tangible expression of Inomata's theory. Hisamura has highly developed psychic abilities. He has at his disposal extraordinary paranormal abilities and he demonstrates his powers easily and without exhaustion. As I mentioned before, he can make objects float, bend spoons by throwing them into the air, change a spoon into a fork merely by...

What Is the A Nerve

Kosuke Oki

Japanese pharmacologist Kosuke Oki has written extensively about the relationship between brain activity and stimulation received though the soles of the feet The activity of the A-10 nerve is worth noting, particularly in connection to healthy brain functioning and learning ability. The reason for this is that human creativity occurs at times of the A-10 nerve's overactivity. Creativity evolves by means of the A-10 nerve, through an excess of awareness and pleasurable sensations. Creativity...

Develop Your Own Paranormal Abilities

Since ancient times and in every part of the world, people with paranormal abilities far beyond the bounds of the ordinary have appeared, and today their teachings can be found everywhere. But what practitioners and martial artists need to know are not teachings so much as practical methods and techniques. In formulating my method, I have attached great weight to practical, rather than strictly philosophical or religious, concerns. In doing so, I have brought to bear my years of experience as a...

Mystic Verse The Mantra

Since the brain is protected by the thick cranium, the only way to stimulate it directly is through sound. But just how can this be done Kukai recited the mantra wholeheartedly in a cave. The cave would then have provided a high level of reverberation. The humming sound caused by this reverberation would have streamed into Kukai's brain. So, for the Grace of the Three Mysteries, you must visualize an object that is beyond yourself and keep sending sound from the oral cavity to the deep center...

Inomatas Theory

No one has yet succeeded in measuring qi energy on a strictly physical level. But qfs effect on human beings can be confirmed with the Reflection of Qi Muscle Power test or the breathing method. These methods are now effective and replicable. Qi training includes the Reflection of Qi Muscle Power test, hand-dowsing, and radiesthesia using pendulums. Releasing qi energy refers to training in the Macrocosmic Orbit method. However, the basic theory that would explain the phenomena of qi from a...

Space Is Full of Consciousness

Shuji Inomata, M.D., chief researcher of the Electric Technical Research Institute and president of the Japan Consciousness Engineering Organization, reports on qi from the viewpoint of New Age Science. He maintains that qi spirals clockwise. His basic proposition is Consciousness mind and mass matter do not reciprocate directly. But when consciousness controls the current of physical time, positive and negative Shadow Energy flow in. There are two kinds of Shadow Energy yin and yang. These are...

The Abdominal Breathing Method

If you are like most people, you are probably unaware of the extent to which the way you inhale and exhale affects your energy level. But breathing has long been considered essential to the exercises of the East. For instance, Yoga teachings include many different ways of breathing. One is Bhastrika, known in English as breathing of fire, whose aim is to stimulate the fundamental Kundalini energy. Likewise, Zen has its technique of Su Soku Kan Japanese meditating while counting the number of...

Wisdom of the Ancients

Kukai pronounced Koo-kai , the great Japanese qi master, lived about twelve hundred years ago. When he was fifty-seven years old, he wrote Treatise on the Ten Stages of the Development of Mind in response to a command by Emperor Junna reigned 823-833 , that the heads of all the sects in the land write and submit a description of their teachings. In this work, Kukai set forth all the basic principles of esoteric Shingon teaching. Some scholars have viewed the work as a thinly veiled effort to...

Shamanistic Healing

In this chapter I will explain how the qigong method is rooted firmly in the field of medicine. Early medicine included shamanistic elements that functioned like prayers to comfort and heal the sick. Cultural anthropologists have studied this and reported that even today modern medicine is not the only type of medicine which is used in tribal societies. The works of Carlos Casta eda and Lynn Andrews, for instance, note that the shaman is referred to as a medicine man, and of his or her having...

The Self Reflection of Qi Muscle Power Test

The Reflection of Qi Muscle Power test can also be performed alone. I discovered this possibility quite by accident. One day, a tester was about to perform the test on me, and I noticed a change in the strength of my fingers even before he touched my hands. When you master the following Self Reflection of Qi Muscle Power test, you can ascertain whether an object has positive or negative qi energy. 1. Form a ring with the thumb and the index finger of your right hand, and apply strength to it....

Straightening Your Spine

We human beings usually suffer from the gradual curving of our backbones, from the time we first begin walking upright, partly because our heads are so heavy relative to the rest of our bodies. The curvature of our backbones tends to damage the autonomic nerve system that branches out from the spine, and to cause various diseases. For example, patients with whiplash injury are likely to suffer for a long time from cervical pain, eye strain, buzzing in the ears, sensations of a stuffed nose or...

Positive and Negative Qi and Breathing

Ball Chi Gong

If at some time you are unable to do hand-dowsing because an object cannot be touched, try the following steps. Make qi balls between your fingers and on the Lao-Gong acupuncture point. Bring all the balls together to form a single qi ball. Bring all the balls together to form a single qi ball. Figure 8-2 Effects of positive and negative qi. Figure 8-2 Effects of positive and negative qi. 1. Relax and breathe normally several times, paying particular attention to your inhalation. 2. Become...

Qi Tool You Can Make Yourself

Do you find it difficult, despite your regular practice of the Microcos-mic Orbit method, to make a qi ball Quite often, people ask me to recommend some effective and inexpensive supportive tool to help them succeed in this basic exercise. That was why I invented the Vital Ball. It's easy and inexpensive to make, and it releases qi of quite high quality. It stands up in comparison to many of the better supportive tools now on the market. If you have not succeeded in sensing qi yet, try this...

Womens Qi Flows in the Opposite Direction

Ren And Channels

One day while I was meditating, an idea about the qi flow of women flashed into my mind. I suddenly intuited that the direction of women's qi flow is opposite that of men. After mastering the Microcosmic Orbit method, I had begun teaching patients and students to use the qigong method I developed to let their qi flow smoothly. I found that men achieved satisfactory results, but that women did not. I was not helping to make qi flow more smoothly in women. So I followed my intuition and helped...

Making a Qi Ball

Perhaps the most important and basic element in the practice of qigong is your own experience of sensing qi. Even if you are able to impress others with the most spectacular movements when you perform qigong exercises, if you were unable to comprehend qi yourself, this would not actually qualify as qigong. This is probably the single biggest difference between qigong and the martial arts or other exercises such as gymnastics. The quickest way to learn how to sense qi involves learning to make a...

Lao Tzu and Nothingness

As we near the end of our discussion of qigong, it seems appropriate to return to Lao-Tzu. While Confucius discussed mainly rules governing people's behavior in society, Lao-Tzu threw light upon the laws of the universe and the nature of all living creatures. The concept of Tao has always fascinated people. Tao gave birth to the One the One gave birth successively to two things, three things, up to ten thousand. These ten thousand creatures cannot turn their backs to the shade without having...

What Is the Cosmic Headband

As was mentioned earlier, qi flow is affected by the direction of any applied magnetic or ultrasound stimulation. The Reflection of Qi Muscle Power test has proved this to be the case. Based on this new concept of the meridians, I invented the Cosmic Headband as a device intended to facilitate mastery of the Microcosmic Orbit method Figure 4-1 . The badge should be centered over the forehead. The band should be centered over the top of the head. The badge should be centered over the forehead....

OM Qigong

Esoteric Buddhism is a complete and essential system of human evolution, and the Grace of the Three Mysteries is an effective method for focusing and sharpening brain functioning. The more you realize how powerful is the effect of the Grace of the Three Mysteries, the more you begin to want to learn and master the technique. It is possible to train independently, using techniques from esoteric Buddhism such as mudras, mantras, and meditation on the Buddha. But I was reluctant to try to...

The Three Mysteries as Qi Training

When we analyze the Grace of the Three Mysteries from the perspective of brain physiology, its powerful function is clear and reasonable. The brain can eliminate worldly thoughts when we simultaneously activate the motor center, of our fingers, the auditory and speech centers, the visual input center, and the ability to visualize clearly. At this stage the voluntary parts of the brain are almost completely occupied, and there is no room for worldly thoughts to enter. I think that the Grace of...

Washing Negative Qi Away

In the world of qi, human beings are still in the primitive stage, like babies who often stumble and fall when they start to walk. As you continue to practice qigong, you may see psychological and physical changes. As long as you are practicing the Microcosmic Orbit method properly, no particular change will occur. But when you begin to realize that you are communicating with the qi of the universe, you will start to change. Don't be afraid of this change, because it is a form of evolution. You...

What Is Standing

In 1975, when I was a student and practicing Karate every day, qigong was still completely unknown in Japan. I was eager to improve in my martial arts ability and I spent a good deal of time each day reading books and trying all kinds of new techniques. I realized that mental training was necessary as well, so I was also studying Yoga and the mysteries of esoteric Buddhism. Then I read a book by Ken'ichi Sawai about a Chinese martial art that supposedly allowed people to maintain their physical...

Mastering the Macrocosmic Orbit Method

Mastering the Microcosmic Orbit method was for me the first step in beginning to sense and control qi. The next step was to master the Macrocosmic Orbit method, and so I spent a good deal of time and effort attempting to absorb external qi from nature. I remember the very moment that I succeeded. I had a strong feeling of qi on the crown of my head. I felt as if something was rising through my head with a pulsing sensation. Since then I have been able to sense external qi and to allow qi to...

Making a Qi Ball Through Your Arms

Make a qi ball that produces a tingling, or electric, sensation between your palms. Breathe in the qi from the qi ball from your left arm at the same time as you inhale. Visualize the qi ball moving through your left arm and into your right arm as you inhale, and you will experience qi sensations moving from your forearm to your elbow, and on to your shoulder Figure 3-1 . When your ability becomes more advanced, you will only need to inhale once to bring the qi ball through your left arm up to...

Changing the Taste of Food with the Qi Ball

Now you may want to try convincing others of the reality of qi. You can show them how the taste of food changes, for a demonstration of the use of qi at a physical level. When you make a qi ball in keeping with the principles of the Microcosmic Orbit method, you can change the taste of whiskey, wine, cigarettes, or anything that has a strong aroma or flavor. Experiment using your favorite drink. First, make a concentrated qi ball in your palms your aim will then be to fill the glass with qi....

Experience It Yourself

Chakra Images

When you utter OM, the vowel sound resonates in the head, stimulating the brain. This is a method of concentrating the mind. Kukai discusses the mystery of speech in his Shoji jisso-gi The Meanings of Sound, Word and Reality . His thoughts can be summarized in this way All things revealed in the universe have sound that is, vibration. The vibration of a mantra is deep, universal, and basic. By reciting a mantra, you can resonate in synch with other existences and can can come to know the true...

Opening the Microcosmic Orbit

Microcosmic Orbit

When you have learned to circulate a qi ball from your hands through your entire body, you are ready to try the Microcosmic Orbit method. Classical qi books ask you to gather qi in the lower Dan-Tian and let it flow around your body Figures 3-2 and 3-3 . But it takes too much time to gather qi there, and this fact discourages most people from learning the Microcosmic Orbit method. The method I have developed is actually a lot easier than the classic method. Make a qi ball between your palms....

The Heart Sutra of Kukai

Master Zhao Guang has said, The origin of qi is Nothingness. Nothingness is the only origin of reality that cannot be proven. In Buddhism, it is called Emptiness. I have always been concerned with finding practical methods and techniques. Since I am a long-time practitioner of qi, armchair philosophy on Nothingness or Emptiness has never satisfied me. In my research, I have investigated techniques, trying to find a level at which technique would give way to something more. And yet I also did...

The Whole Body as Chakra

OM qigong can also be used for the Microcosmic or Macrocosmic Orbit methods. To use OM qigong with the Microcosmic Orbit method, absorb qi from the top of the head Bai-Hui and circulate it along Ren-Mai and Du-Mai while uttering a pronounced ah . The direction in which to circulate it will depend on whether your qi flows in the male or female direction. Then say the rest of the vowels in the same way. To use it with the Macrocosmic Orbit method, absorb qi from Bai-Hui, allowing every cell in...

Dowsing

The principles involved in dowsing are not totally clear, but dowsing is now recognized as a replicable procedure. Dowsing is a method of catching vibrations with radiesthesia, using a tool such as the pendulum or the L-rod. During the course of my own work with dowsing, I learned that a pendulm or an L-rod magnifies minute movements of or subtle changes in the muscles. If you have an opportunity to try this procedure, use a pendulum with a fixed fulcrum or an L-rod with the handgrips fixed....

Judging Qi Direction

The flow of water as the second basic element in feng shui can be thought of as the same as the underground water which forms a part of the mountain ranges. The concept of the spiral is basic when it comes to reading qi flow. Qi rises from earth. Qi descends from space. Direction is the third element in feng shui. Feng shui masters judge the qi of the earth with a compass measuring device called Le-Jing Figure 18-3 , combined with the five natural elements, eight signs of divination, twelve...

Standing Zen as Qigong

Standing Qigong

Why does Standing Zen a standing position in which the waist is held low have such a great effect, despite being initially painful Standing Zen is not easy at first. Your thighs and your knees will hurt. Your arms may begin to feel like iron weights after a while, your abdomen or your back may start hurting at well. Many parts of your body will ache, and you will be inclined to stop sooner rather than later. But remember, even though it may seem like a constant struggle, in fact your...

How to Use the Cosmic Headband

Marcomalaca Qigong

Now you are walking through the unseen world of qi. You may sometimes wonder if the path you are on is the right one. Or you might feel uneasy because you are not sure where the path is leading. These worries are natural. But they are also stumbling-blocks that can impede your progress. Figure 4-2 gives you an overview of how you can determine your qi ability. In the visible world, you often know precisely where you stand. For instance, if you are a martial artist, a free fight will tell you...

Does External Qi Diminish When It Is Released

Qigong can be divided into two schools one concentrates on one's own health and the other on healing other people by releasing qi energy, or external qi. I of course tend to focus on the healing potential of qi. But a well-known teacher of the first school, Master Jiao Guo-Rui, advocates the qigong method solely as a means of promoting one's own increased vitality. While this master avoids making any particular statements about releasing external qi, he seemed, when I attended at lecture he...

Questions and Answers

I would now like to address some questions I have been asked by readers of my books and articles and by people who are using my video to practice qigong. Question I have been practicing the Microcosmic Orbit method to straighten and strengthen my back. Now I hear that men and women's qi flows in opposite directions but that some men's qi flows in the female direction, and some women's flows in the male. I am a man, and I have been practicing the Microcosmic Orbit method assuming that my qi...

Spoon Bending

You may have seen performances by people on television demonstrating their ability to bend spoons with the power of the mind alone, or you may have read about it. Why not try it yourself But be aware that you will need stronger powers of visualization to bend a spoon than you needed to change the taste of food. Using the Microcosmic Orbit method, gather qi energy at an acupuncture point Shan-Zhong, Jiu-Wei, or Qi-Hai. Alternatively, you can use the Macrocosmic Orbit method, if you have mastered...

Qi and Antiques

For people who have a well-developed sense of qi, an antique exhibition can be an interesting place to spend some time. Once I visited an antique show displaying all kinds of items from around the world. As soon as I entered the room, I felt that the air was thick and whirling with a mixture of positive and negative qi. Obviously, every item was radiating its own qi, and the combination was making the atmosphere very strange. I told the dealer that I could judge if an item was real or fake,...

Purifying a Site with Esoteric Buddhism

One of my friends has been practicing qigong for several years. He now has mastered the Macrocosmic Orbit method and is able to use external qi. When he decided to look for the piece of land on which to build a house, he first succeeded in finding a location with positive qi. A real estate agent then introduced him to a different piece of land, however, saying that it would be very convenient to school and shopping. But the second location somehow turned out to have negative qi, and the agent...

The Technique for Reaching Emptiness

According to Kukai's Hannya shigyo biken, training to gain wisdom leads to the gate for samadhi. The word samadhi is actually central to my method of qigong training, because it is key to understanding Emptiness. What is samadhi The Yoga Sutra speaks of eight limbs. These are restraint, observation, postures, regulation of the breath, drawing the senses inward for calming the mind, concentration, meditation, and superconsciousness. The last three are the sammaya inner limbs . The sammaya is a...

Past Life Therapy

In this chapter, in order to consider freedom, and especially inner freedom, I will explain the steps in the process of developing greater consciousness, as conceived by Joel L. Whitton, M.D, and by Kukai 774-835 , founder of Shingon Buddhism, an esoteric sect that became one of the major schools in Japan. Whitton has studied past life therapy for more than twenty years, and first introduced his hypnotic investigations of previous lives in his book Life Between Life Scientific Explorations into...

Developing the Imagination

You do not need to believe in the existence of gods or the Buddha to practice the qigong method. Qigong as I describe and advocate it is based on physical and spiritual techniques from the martial arts, the medical arts, esoteric Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism but with any doctrinal elements removed. However, if you have studied Buddhism, you may understand the progress you make toward achieving the essence of qi in Buddhist terms or imagery. This may happen with Buddhism, or with any of...

The Finger Counting Method

Your ability to visualize will surely improve with this next exercise, the secret of which lies in your fingers. Known as the finger-counting method, it is one of the techniques of the Grace of the Three Mysteries more specifically, the first step Figure 23-1 . Toyoji Komura, a specialist in Japanese religion and Buddhism and an expert on pendulums, taught me a method for rapidly improving the ability to concentrate, which I then rearranged for my qigong method. This will not only improve the...

Endorphins and Qigong

You will notice that you begin to feel a pleasant sensation at a certain point in your practice of Standing Zen. I have experienced an amazing feeling of uplift on the last day of a tough Karate training camp after I practiced Standing Zen, despite being completely exhausted before. I was amazed at how much power I found that I still had. But the sensations that I derived from Standing Zen were qualitatively different than the simple uplift that I experienced in the Karate training camp. In...

Transcendent Qigong

The AMI machine is capable of measuring meridians electrically. I invented this machine to prove that external qi is not diminished by being released. Yet I still also hoped to find a master who would say that our external qi is not diminished when we release qi. Meanwhile I continued my own training and research, in an effort to improve my own external qi ability. In autumn 1989 I was in Peking to attend the first international Qigong Science Council. My presentation was titled The Different...