Sensing The Qi Again
Today I want to return to the starting point of your journey with Qigong by giving you another possibility to sense and feel the Qi. Also we will add a new movement to our little Qigong routine.
Let us start with trying to sense the Qi again. You already know the Lao Gong points in the palms of your hands (if not go back to my story “Some important Energy center” for further infos and the description!) We start with the left hand. Use your right thumb and massage the Lao Gong area in your left palm. Apply some proper pressure to make sure you are not just “scratching the surface”. Continue to massage it deep inside your palm for about one minute and then change hands. Repeat both sides one more time.
Then let your arms hang loose to your sides, relax and close your eyes. Now let your perceptions wander into the middle of the palms of your hands and sense how these areas feel now. Try to feel and notice how different the Lao Gong areas are compared to the rest of the palms and to the time before you massaged them. Try to be as specific as possible with the description of WHAT you feel. The sensation is the important thing in this so try to recognize the differences…
What did you sense? Did you sense something at all? Did the areas felt warm or cold? Did they felt swollen or more concave and hollow? Maybe you felt a tickling sensation like ants running around or even a kind of electrifying feeling?… Whatever it is you sensed, once again be assured that it is neither good nor bad, but RIGHT. Because what you sensed is the emanation of the Qi drawn to the areas of your Lao Gong points by your attention, will and the mechanical stimulus of the massage. So here you have a second method to sense your Qi by stimulating it to move to the surface of your body, so it becomes tangible.
Now we will proceed from this to a new movement pattern. While still standing in the regular Qigong-stance, you rub your hands until they are warm. Then part your palms and cup your hands just a little bit. Your attention is going to the space between your hands. The Lao Gong areas of both hands are facing each other. Now slowly draw your hands away from another and then invert the movement and make the palms converge, but without touching each other. Always leave a space between them. Then slowly pull them apart again … Continue with this oscillating movement and pay attention to the space between your palms.
Eventually you come to the sensation as if there is a kind of “resistance” between your palms when you reduce the distance between them? I like to explain it with magnetism. Because to me it feels as if I hold a magnet in both hands, with the same polarity facing each other, I draw them together and can feel this repulsive effect, which is getting stronger as the distance gets smaller. This is similar to what I sense when I practice the movement…
Continue with the expansion and contraction movement, until you also sense something similar or until in the end you feel as if you are holding a “ball of energy” between your hands. Once you manage this sensation, you hold that “energy-ball” in front of you. After a while you gently slide under the ball with your left hand and over it with your right hand. Make sure to hold the energy ball safely. Then, as far as possible, turn your upper body to your left side and inhale along the way. Hold for a second and use this time to rotate the ball in your hands in a way, that now your right hand is below the ball and your left hand is on top of it. Exhale while start moving your upper body to the right. When you reach the starting position you start to inhale all the way to your right side. There again pause and rotate the hands around the energy ball. Continue with this turning-movement for 2 or 3 minutes.
Coming from the right side you end in the starting position, holding the ball in front of your lower Dan Tian area. Let your left hand slide around the ball until it is under it. Hold the ball on both of your palms, without the hands touching each other. Inhale and slowly lift up the hands with the ball over your head. There you turn your hands and “insert” the ball of energy into the Bai Hui point on your crest. While exhaling you draw the ball into your body, downwards along your spine until it reaches your lower Dan Tian. There you store the ball of energy inside your Dan (a sphere of Qi), make it recombine with it and increase the amount of Qi in your lower Dan Tian this way. Place your palms over each other on your lower Dan Tian area (as usual male left hand first and the right hand on top of it, females the other way round.) Take three deep breaths into your lower Dan Tian area. Then continue with the closing sequence of our Qigong routine.
Very good! Now we expanded our Qigong routine or let´s say we upgraded it with another small movement which helps collect, condense and save Qi in our lower Dan Tian. This way we increase the amount of Qi in our system, so our body can use it for daily life and activities. If you practice this more than once a day, you even might be able to take into storage more fresh energy than your body needs for its daily tasks and proper functioning. This remaining Qi will be stored inside the meridian system in the Ren- and the Du-Meridian.
And about those two I will talk in a future story…