It is common for students to practice different forms and movements of qigong without remembering to focus the mind into the physical body. Additionally, our minds can wander away from our intention and may forget to focus on integrating healing information. While this is not a problem as the original intent is still alive and working, greater benefits can be realized by actively engaging the mind.
Recently a student asked me to review the benefits of certain qigong movements to help her remember and integrate healing information while she practiced. While I contemplated my response I found myself returning to one of the most basic principles of qigong: We are whole and one with nature.
An example of this can be seen by looking at one of the practices that has many physical benefits; hip rotations, or sometimes called tailbone tip rotations. In general these rotations are beneficial for healing or maintaining health of the reproductive organs, urinary tract, and low back. They loosen and awaken everything in the lower abdomen and cultivate qi in lower dantian (energy center). Cultivating qi in lower dantian is important for life’s physical activities, recovering from illness/injuries and for supporting the other dantians.
What we often discover in doing the physical movements combined with information such as described above is that there is much more depth available to us. Through penetrating the mind into the body we open up to other sensations and develop new awareness. We can begin to experience ourselves as whole, knowing that body, mind, spirit and soul are one with nature and the universe.
“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” ― Lao Tzu
Some of my teachers say that qi is primordial information that incorporates the template for all living things and matter from before the Big Bang. Accessing this profound information through practice and an awakened mind harmonizes our wholeness and connects us with the universe.
In conclusion, engaging and combining the movements, the minds’ strong focus and intention is the true practice of qigong. It is an excellent way to access our wholeness. It creates unification, where, in time the mind and body can become inseparable, like a singular awareness or consciousness.
Accessing and reestablishing the original connection to body, mind, spirit and soul as one is a natural and empowering long-term effect of qigong practice.
Qi is plentiful.