Ch’i Kung

“the universe is magical. . .”

we wait for our senses to come alive . . .

When I am doing a medical scan of a client’s body, my preferred method is to follow the subtle energy, (Ch’i) along the meridians of the body. This is something that comes naturally to me. I frequently will refer to this subtle energy of the body as ch’i. Everything, even inanimate objects, have subtle energy. I believe our connection to everyone and everything is through this subtle energy.

Usually it is easiest to discover, or sense subtle energy from a living person, animal, or plant. I will define Ch’i and Meridians here in order to give a general understanding of what I sense when I “feel” ch’i.

In my early days of intuitively diagnosing a patient, the way I received information did not make “logical” sense. I would be scanning the stomach when the next thing I knew, I would be looking at the left thigh. It was one of my students who realized I was reading the meridians of the body. Having never studied Chinese medicine, I had not made the connection.

Centuries ago Eastern philosophy maintained that all beings originated from parts of a whole that formed a cosmic pattern. Mind is not separate from experience.

Today quantum physics says: Subatomic nature operates in terms of networks and patterns that transcend notions of isolated entities; matter and energy, wave and particle, space and time are inseparable.

Although Ch’i is fundamental to Chinese medical thinking, there is no English word that captures its meaning. Everything in the universe is composed of and defined by its Ch’i, but Ch’i is not a primordial, immutable material. And it is not merely vital energy. Ted Kaptchuk (The Web That Has No Weaver)says that, “We can perhaps think of Ch’i as matter on the verge of becoming energy, or energy at the point of materializing.”

Within the body, Ch’i has five major functions, and is responsible for the physical integrity and the changes that may take place.

  • Ch’i is the source of movement in the body (but not the cause of movement).
  • Ch’i protects the body.
  • Ch’i is the source of harmonious transformation in the body.
  • Ch’i governs retention of the bodyÍs Substances and Organs.
  • Ch’i warms the body.

The word Meridian comes from a French translation of the Chinese term. Jing-luo. Jing means “to go through,” or “a thread in a fabric”; Luo means “something that connects or attaches, a net.” Meridians are the channels through which Ch’i flows among the organs and various body parts, adjusting and balancing their activity.

The Chinese classified the body into fourteen meridians, with each meridian consisting of main points. . .each point referring to a different organ. By inserting needles (or lasers today) in different organs or body functions could be stimulated or repressed (acupuncture).

They believe that illness is caused by disharmony within the body. When the forces of the body stray from the natural order the body cannot function properly. One of the things you will learn to sense will be blockages in the energy flow. These blockages have created, or about to create, physical ailments in the body.

In China, after you turn forty you are required to practice Ch’i Kung (movement, meditation,and breathing at the same time) every day in order to prevent disease and stay healthy.

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