February 3, 2006 at 9:08 am #10213
To members of the Healing Dao community,
Thank you for this discussion board. I’ve always found the discussions very interesting and enlightening. The information always brings out very good ideas about chi kung, Taoist practices and spirituality.
I do have a question that may seem too simple…maybe because of my lack of imagination or lack of training, but I wanted to ask the discussion board anyhow. I know this question will be relevant to all members.
How do members use chi kung in their daily life?
I know this question is very broad. I know the answer depends on lifestyle, occupation and other factors. But I am just searching for other’s ideas. The reason is that I’ve practice many chi kungs from the Healing Dao curriculm. But I am finding the application of these chi kung exercise the hardest thing to incorporate during my daily life.
Take for example, I am a Physical Therapist Assistant…
I am beginning to use the Fusion practices to clear negative energy before and after work – since it gets stressful working with patients sometimes.
I’ve used the Deep Healing Chi Kung and Primordial Chi Kung to help myself overcome the flu last year.
In other instances, I’ve used the Iron Shirt Chi Kung in times of mental instability – during times when I just cannot concentrate because of too many thoughts. And I use the hugging the tree position before jogging since it is an exercise in the Chirunning program.
Since I am a student in college, I am also using chi kungs while doing my homework. When I take short breaks from my homework, I’ve tried out some of the 5 Animals Frolic chi kungs to help clear my thoughts. And it works.
I am just wondering if I am on the right track in applying chi kung in everyday life.
Again, I am wondering how members apply chi kung in their daily life…it doesn’t have to be specific…just in general.
Thank you ahead of time for the comments and feedback…
Slider =).February 3, 2006 at 9:50 am #10214
Hi Slider thanx for your sharing i’ve been asking myself the same question.
In my opinion chi kung is not desinged to make you better in your daily activities… i see it more as a self exploration- finding balance and harmony within. which in time influence your daily life but not directly, I mean not in away that i do this type of chikung to get something in daily life.
just my opinion
peace and lightFebruary 3, 2006 at 12:10 pm #10216
great question, looking forward to hearing other people’s responses to this.
My suggestion is firstly to decide what it is that you want from chi-kung… Some people want to be physically healthy, or extremely fit, others want to harmonise their emotions, some want extra sexual energy and some have a spiritual calling.
Once you know what you want, it’s far easier to have your daily life support you in your goal.
I personally think that it’s usefull to think of chi kung as having no real power of its own… I think of chi kung more like a language between yourself and the chi flow… the forms, movements, sounds, visualizations etc are the words and sentences we use to comunicate both with the chi field inside us and outside uss. Your first task is to teach the chi-field the language that you are using, so this involves repetition – if you were to start with the inner smile, you would repeat it every day, going deeper with each repetition… after a while your body and the universe will learn your intention and the inner smile becomes a word in your vocabulary, one that you can use effortlesly any time you need. After the inner smile you learn other practices that over time become ingrained in your body-mind and also form a part of your vocabulary.
You can carry on learning whatever forms you need to achieve your initial goal. As you build up your vocabulary and your connection with the tao grows, you can start to create spontaneous poetry throughout the day… (that’s poetry with the vocabulary of chi kung) you may start off stumbling and your poetry may seem forced but after a while you’ll develop a flow and you will know exactly what chi-kung form to use when so as you come closer to completing your goal.
To carry on with the ‘language’ analogy… when you first learn a language you have to think about what you want to say, put the words together in your mind and then speak them… but once that language is fluent you dont even have to think before speaking – you just form an intention and the language communicates this intention to another person… this is how it works with chi kung, except you’re comunicating with the chi-field and instead of using words, you use gestures, movements, sounds, imagination etc. And just like with any language at some point, if it is your intention, you will reach mastery in it… you will be able to create this spontaneous poetry that will seem like an expression of something greater than yourself…
hope this helps, and sorry for being so ambiguous – it’s difficult to answer your question specifically – just know that at some point you will be fluent in chi kung, and now is the time to play with it and find your own communication style.February 3, 2006 at 12:19 pm #10218
Thank you for your response Freeform…
Your point on goals in Chi Kung is extremely helpful. That is something I never thought of. Our body (and subsequently our chi) does respond to goals. Although Chi Kung should be a way of life…in the beginning we should have some goals in how we want to use the benefits of chi kung.
I agree the language of chi and chi kung requires work. You need to layer the practices from the Inner Smile to the Microcosmic Orbit and to the next stages of progression.
And after a while…with lots of practice…we can feel the chi/energy flowing through us and understanding what the language of chi is saying.
I will meditate/and contemplate about your suggestion (goals in Chi Kung) and thank you again for your thoughtful response…
Slider…February 3, 2006 at 12:27 pm #10220
Thank you Jade Bamboo,
Yeah…it is tough to apply chi kung each and every day.
Your suggestion is equally valid and true about Chi Kung. It is about inner exploration for harmony and balance.
In my work – I deal with really stressful and emotionally unstable situations with patients…therefore, I need all the harmony and balance I can find.
Chi Kung does provide some indirect benefits…I know from experience. If I have problems in my life, I do a chi kung routine and after I am done, I can spontaneously find solutions to my problem. It has happened so many times…that I can probably call it a problem solving tool in my life.
Thank you for your perspective and insight…I’ll consider it another application for chi kung…self-exploration for harmony and balance each day.
Slider…February 4, 2006 at 12:26 am #10222
I’d say for the answer on how to use qigong in my daily life is to treat everyting i do as qigong. Not just the times that i wave my hands around and pay attention to myself & emotional body doing the official version of qigong but being present with every movement, every breath, every song, every though, emotion, breath, interaction. Maybe the offical qigong practices are a good time to tune in to how the life qigong is going the rest of the time. If i can move from that central place all the time, things go much more smooth in general. Hope that’s not too vague. To be more specific, doing lots of primordial has taught me to look out from that center steam of light all thru the day, always moving from that deep space.
mike 🙂February 4, 2006 at 1:36 am #10224
To Shining Arrow:
Hmmm…interesting idea…concentrating on the center. Qi qong in every movement throughout the day.
Being one with the moment…
From my experience of Primoridial Chi Kung, it has a very centering effect on the body. I noticed a certain flow of the day after practicing this chi kung. It does not always last through the entire day – but it gives me a baseline feeling to return to…throughout the day.
Each day of life – has it’s own rhythm and energy each day…which based on my studies of Chinese Astrology is true. Chi Kung and Taoist Meditation allows you to feel that energy. Once you sense that energy, you can flow with that energy. Once you flow with that energy, you can shape your life with greater understanding. You do have a good point, Shoot Arrow.
This idea goes hand in hand with inner exploration and understanding the language of qi – from the previous posts.
I appreciate your post and your ideas…it has brought greater understanding to the application of Chi Kung.
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