Meaning: Shen means spirit, divine, or essence. Jian is a sword, which is a symbol for wisdom. Zhan means cut off with a sharp motion or chop. Xie means evil (as in Xie Qf), devil, demon, or ghost. Xie means all the factors that cause illness. It may be a blockage in your body, problems in your life, unbalanced emotions, or anything that pulls you away from or blocks you from your endeavors. In our Qigong practice, we always feel resistance—this is the evil Q that makes us feel that it is all right not to practice. If we don't have wisdom, we follow this "outside face" that is beautiful and alluring but keeps us from moving forward. The spiritual sword represents special wisdom which we need for cutting off the evil energy. Through practice, we will become stronger physically and spiritually. We must develop the ability to kill the inner demons that prevent us from moving into a better state. The symbolic meaning of this movement is that new spiritual life will be born through the kill.
Movement: Keeping your left foot immobile, slowly pivot on the ball of your right foot as your right hand floats up above your head, stirring the Heavens. Your left hand remains at the level of your Dantian. Once your body has turned to the left, reposition your left foot so that your toes are facing left. Then, slice your right hand downward suddenly like a cosmic sword full of Q to below your waist as your left hand comes up to your chin with the palm out to guard.
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