Do you suffer from the effects of clutter? Overstuffed closets? Too many “junk” drawers? Did you know that your external environment is reflected and a direct mirror of what is going on in your inner world?
When you create more space within, you will find that this will cause a positive shift that leads to more space in your outer world. I’d like to share with you my journey of how Qigong has helped me create inner space and thus, has had a ripple effect on my external environment.
Space is created in our internal environment, you energetic self, through the meditative practice of Qigong ( chee – gong ). Through this self-healing tool, you learn how to enhance your quality of life by practicing the ways of opening your energy channels and maintaining your energy balance. Qigong enables us to tap into our body’s inner wisdom and activate our ability to help ourselves heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Everything in the Universe is energy or “Qi”. This fact has been recognized by scientists since the work of Albert Einstein. Everything that we can see, as well as everything we can not see, is composed of dynamic relationships of energy. Einstein proved that while energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can be transformed. In Qigong healing we learn to transform energy, in that we can transform the energy blockages leading to illness or sickness into wellness. Energy flows through our body similarly to how water flows in a river system. It is meant to flow smoothly and harmoniously. When we experience symptoms such as a cold, headache, depression, these are symptoms that manifest due to the imbalance of energy flow in your body. When we remove energy blockages and restore energy flow, the symptoms will dissipate or completely go away.
As a Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) instructor and practitioner, I’ve mastered the art of creating space within. This is done through removing energy blockages and allowing your energy to flow smoothly and harmoniously. You experience your optimal health, peak performance, and inner peace and serenity when your energy is balanced and flowing .In SFQ practice, we use the components of breathing, visualization, simple body movements, and sound to help remove energy blockages and balance our energy.
I’d like to share with you one of the SFQ exercises to help you experience and create space within Moving of Yin and Yang. You can also see a video clip of this exercise on my website.
The benefits of this exercise include the healing of internal organs. Through the guidance of your mind and the movement of your hands, the Heart and Kidney energy join, and blockages open.
- Start by standing with feet set a little more than shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and toes pointed forward. Put a gentle smile on your face. Draw your chin back to straighten the spine, relax and drop your shoulders. Open your fingers to receive this beautiful universal energy.
- With your right hand a few inches in front of your upper chest and your left hand a few inches in front of your lower stomach. Your palms face your body. slowly your right hand moves out and down to the bottom of the torso while your left hand moves in and up your body to your face. Then your left hand moves out and down while your right hand moves in and up. Your hands continue slowly moving in this quiet, gentle circular pattern. Use your elbows to guide the movements and use your hands to feel the energy. Your hands move at a rate of 3 to 5 circles per minute.
- Imagine a transparent energy column of beautiful colors running from the top of your head to the bottom of the torso. While moving your hands, visualize the energy moving up and down the energy column. Visualize the channels in the torso opening up.
- Try to keep your spine straight while doing this meditation.
You can practice this simple “moving meditation” exercise for a few minutes and gradually increase the time.
The benefits of removing energy blockages and balancing my energy have been quite profound in my life. My chronic neck and back pain are completely gone, I have renewed energy and vitality to live my life with more joy , I experience more authentic relationships and have surges of creative ideas!
The space that is created as I continue to work on my inner clearing has positively affected my external environment. As a result, my closets and junk drawers have also benefited from experiencing some space as well !
Spring Forest Qigong was developed by International Qigong Master Chunyi Lin. To learn more please visit www.springforestqigong.com