How to Harness the Power of Chi
At a park in China, an elderly man puts on a mysterious performance. Onlookers stand slack-jawed as the gray-haired man effortlessly defends himself against a group of much younger, stronger men; tossing them around the square like rag-dolls. The old man is a master of chi energy; and he claims to possess an invisible force which he can project at will from inside of his body.
The puzzled onlookers continue to stare as the old master takes on three, four, even six men at once without displaying the slightest bit of strain. He brushes them aside with a simple sweeping motion from his hand as if he were protected by a force field. The act looks supernatural.
Yet the master explains that anyone is capable of harnessing this power.
What is chi?
Chi (pronounced chee) is the life force that flows through all living things. It goes by many names such as: ki, in Japan; prana, in India; and it has even been referred to as electromagnetic or bio energy, in the west. All forms of Chinese medicine from acupuncture to herbs are based around this mysterious energy.
Chi flows through pathways called meridians. There are twelve major meridians in the human body. Each of them is associated with a particular organ system such as the lungs, the heart, the kidneys, etc.
In a healthy specimen the chi flows evenly, making the body vibrant and strong. If the chi is weak or “blocked”, you may feel tired, achy, and even emotionally distraught.
Working with and circulating your chi
Many techniques exist for working with chi. Perhaps the most well-known are acupuncture, tai-chi, yoga, meditation, and qigong (pronounced chee gong).
An acupuncturist uses needles and several hundred acupuncture points to break up blockages and create flow.
Other practices such as qigong involve sweeping your hands through the energetic aura around you which in turn stirs up chi in your body’s meridians where your hands pass.
Benefits of chi exercise include:
● Increased energy and vitality
● Better quality of life in old age
● Deeper, more restful sleep
● Peaceful mind and a positive attitude
● Balance in breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure
● Deep feeling of spirituality
How to experience your chi
Here is a simple exercise known as Ball of energy.
Slap your hands together or rub them briskly to awaken the energy.
Bring your hands to a relaxed prayer position in front of your face but do not let them touch.
Focus all your energy into the center of your palms and begin to feel the sensation of a magnetic force.
Try to imagine a small ball of chi or light energy forming between your hands.
As your palms close in towards one another, you should notice a subtle feeling of resistance much like two magnets trying to push away from each other.
Separate your hands slightly and then close them again. Do it slowly. Practice this often so that you become familiar with how the energy feels. Later on, you’ll notice it within your body.
Sometimes our chi becomes stagnant or blocked due to neglect, strong emotions, or trauma. When this happens, life becomes difficult and even bleak. You may experience physical ailments and energy loss.
The good news is that developing a healthy flow of chi is extremely easy. And there are hundreds of ways to cultivate it.
This simple exercise is called The Microcosmic orbit. The idea here is that your chi flows in a loop along two major channels: the governing channel (up and down your back) and the conception channel (up and down your front).
It may not seem like much, but it’s a great way to get the chi moving.
Breathe into your stomach and raise your arms out to your sides and up over head with palms facing up. This raises the chi through the governing meridian which begins around the tailbone, runs up your back along the spine, over the top of your head, and ends near your top lip.
As you breathe out, you sweep your hands down the front of your body with palms down. This moves the energy through the conception channel which runs from the lower lip to the very bottom point of the torso between your legs.
Practice this several times and then change direction. Use visualization to really “see” the energy flowing around the circuit and experiment with the pace of your movements. It is recommended to practice deep, abdominal breathing.
Amazing demonstration of chi power
Using and directing your chi
Now that you have learned how to feel your chi and cultivate it, it’s time to figure out what to do with it.
Where the mind goes, the chi will follow. By practicing simple chi exercises daily you will gain confidence in your ability to manipulate the energy with your thoughts.
Once you build and connect with this inner strength you will be able to direct it towards specific targets. Use this power to accomplish goals, heal yourself and others, or direct it towards whatever physical activity you’re performing at the moment.
For goals, simply build the flow of chi up in your body and then meditate deeply on your desires. The practice of visualization accompanied with strong chi will yield powerful results.
For healing, become familiar with what the energy feels like. Practice moving it around your body with your mind. In time, you will be able to direct your chi into objects and people through your hands.
Chi exercises are incredibly simple and don’t require much time to perform. The only real challenge is finding the discipline to practice every day. Start slow and keep in mind that there is no such thing as wasted effort when it comes to building chi. A little bit goes a long way.