The Power of Chi
Ki / Qi / Prana / Vital Force / Bio-energy / Orgone Energy
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The living body, human or animal, radiates warmth and energy. This energy is the lifeforce itself, and has as many names as there are civilisations.
The Taoists call life-force energy Chi (Qi) and charted its movement through the body. Indian yoga adepts call it Prana and used it for healing. In the West, Dr. Wilhelm Riech discovered the same energy and called it Orgone energy. Riech felt this creative energy was the basis of life and could sometimes be seen in the sky as blue or white balls of energy. The Chinese, Hindus, and Dr. Riech all taught their students the benefits of arousing this energy and moving it throughout the spine and brain.
This energy life force is known as Mana (polynesia), Prana (India), Ruach in hebrew, Barraka in islamic countries, and Ch'i in China. Some individual healers have called it Animal Magnetism, Archaeus. In Japan the energy is called Ki and it from this word that Reiki is named.
What is Qi?
The ancients considered Qi to represent the mutual relationship, mutual effect, mutual support, mutual exchange, mutual replenishment, mutual correction, mutual transformation and mutual renewal of all things in the universe.
According to ancient qigong materials, qi originates from all things, and all things has qi. In the course of every object, it inevitably involves matter, therefore, all things can result in the creation of qi and in the exchange of qi. Humans can cultivate and practice qigong amongst all things, be able to gather qi from all things, and integrate the qi of our body with the qi of all things in the world, in order to enhance health and adjust many things. Translated from "Dr. Yan Xin in North America", p. 207.
We are like fish in water. Fish don't know they are in water until you take them out of it!
Likewise many of us don't know we have Chi until we impede it's flow and become ill.
Feng shui is concerned with the flow of chi in your enviromnent
Basically there are three
main sources of prana / chi:
Solar - from sunlight, - invigorating and promotes
good health - through sunbathing
Air - absorbed into lungs through breathing and is absorbed by the energy centers of the bioplasmic body. The energy centers are called chakras. More Air prana can be absorbed by deep, slow, rythmic breathing than by short, shallow breathing. It can also be absorbed through thr pores of the skin by persons who have undergone certain training.
Ground Prana - this is absorbed through the soles of the feet. This is done automatically, unconsciously. Walking barefoot increases the amount of ground prana absorbed by the body. One can learn to consciously draw in more ground prana and increase one's vitality, capacity to do more work, and ability to think more clearly.
Certain trees such as pine trees or old and gigantic healthy tress exude a lot of excess prana. Tired or sick people can benefit by lying down or resting underneath these trees. Better results can be obtained by verbally requesting the being of the tree to help the sick person get well. Anyone can also learn to consciously learn to absorb chi from these trees through the palms, such as the body would tingle and become numb because of the tremendous amount of prana absorbed. This skill can be acquired after only a few sessions of practise.
During bad weather conditions many people get sick; not only because of the changes in temperature, but also because of the decrease in solar and air prana (life energy). Thus a lot of people feel mentally and physically sluggish, or become susceptible to infectious diseases. This can be counter acted by consciously absoirbing prana or ki, from the air and the ground. It has been clairvoyantly observed that there is more prana during the day than night. Prana reaches a low level at about three or four in the morning
Excerpt from Miracles of Healing Master Choa Kok Sui
Power of CHI (氣) or KI（気） or "QI" known as Internal Energy video series #6 -video #222
Health News: Brain Imaging shows acupuncture pain relief
Scientists at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey compared brain images of 12 people experiencing pain with images after they received acupuncture. Under brain imaging, the brain shows activity in specific areas when a person experiences pain. Following acupuncture, activity subsided in 60 percent to 70 percent of the entire brain. The study also found the amount of pain depletion can vary from person to person, and some of the people in the study experienced a higher tolerance of pain. This study focused only on the Hegu acupoint on the hand between the thumb and forefinger. Most acupuncture treatments involve stimulating more than one point, but the Hegu point is one that is frequently used.
On May 4, 1998, Mr. Ou and Ms. Ming Li, the current deputy director of Guangzhou University QiGong Science Research Institute, performed a QiGong experience at the Chinese High-energy Physics Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing China.
The experiment demonstrated that the emitted Qi using Pan Gu Mystical Qigong have the following functions:
1. The emitted Qi can cause the x-ray film to develop. The developed film showed a very clear exposed image, which indicated high energy.
2. The emitted Qi can change the structures of Vitamin C (Vc), red plastic strip, and blue plastic strip. It caused the peak values of the ultraviolet spectrum of the above materials in their spectrogram to change or shift significantly.
3. The emitted Qi can change the concentration of Vc and red wine. The influence of the emitted Qi on pure water was significant. (See the experience report for details)
The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the authority of modern science research. The results of the experience gave eloquent proof that Qi is energy, and it can change the structure of substance. This experience also proved the theory of Mr. Ou about QiGong that QiGong is a special knowledge possessing both material and spiritual characteristics. That is the reasons why QiGong can cure sickness, prolong life, and benefit mankind.
HOW TO GET RID OF IMPROPER THOUGHTS (2)
(Treasure Vase Breathing Practice / Flame Samadhi / Psychic Heat / Pristine Fire)
Dharma Talk by Living Buddha Lian Sheng on 11/07/96 (Page 76-81)
Let me continue with the talk on "How to get rid of improper thoughts". Someone asked me: "Why are you so familiar with the methods taught by Sakyamuni Buddha?"
Frankly speaking I am a superman who has transcended space and time! "What do you mean by that?" "I live in ancient times." "But you are still around?" "As I know everything about my past lives, I come from ancient time. And I know about my present and my future, I live in modern times." When Sakyamuni Buddha was expounding the Sutras, I was there listening. That's why I know it so well. Sakyamuni Buddha and all his chief disciples may not have cultivated Tantra outwardly, but the truth is that they did, although Tantrayana was never in the limelight at that time. Did Sakyamuni Buddha teach Tantrayana? If he did not, then how did those Arhats attain "Flame Samadhi"?
"Flame Samadhi" which was mentioned frequently in Sutra teachings, is a concrete proof that Tantrayana was well and alive during Sakyamuni's era. Therefore, it is a mistake to say only Vairocana Buddha taught Tantrayana to this world. Sakyamuni Buddha also did his part. He taught us "Rainbow Light Great Mudra" as well as "Rainbow Light Great Attainment". During Sakyamuni's time, many of his disciples cultivated Tantrayana and they were able to attain the spiritual level known as "Flame Samadhi".
After cultivation, one will have achieved a secret accomplishment known to oneself. After listing to Sakyamuni's Dharma talk, every disciple returned to his own place to meditate - using his own method to enter into deep contemplation. Once in a while Sakyamuni Buddha would come around and teach his disciples. He would write a few sentences to guide his disciples and these guides were later compiled into the Dharmapada.
If he wrote, "You must loosen up!" his disciple must have been too tense. On the other hand if he wrote, "You must tighten up ", his disciple must have been too relaxed. For instance, those who always fell asleep would be asked to adopt a more graceful posture. Sakyamuni Buddha used to write short sentences to teach his disciples. "Rainbow Light Great Attainment" stresses a lot on inner cultivation.
What is inner cultivation? It is a training to ensure we have adequate Qi (inner wind) in our body. -This is the key to success in inner cultivation. A Tantric cultivator will never appear to be short of breath. I mentioned about "Treasure Vase Breathing Practice" before, you could buy the videotapes from Seattle's Lei Zang Si and watch them.
"Psychic heat", also known as "Pristine Fire," is another Dharma from the inner cultivation. I have explained it in great detail. You can also obtain the videotapes from the same source. Although it will be a repetition, I still want to spend some time explaining them to you. As you know, by cultivating "Treasure Vase Breathing Practice", we will have adequate Qi. When the Qi is circulating in our body without blockage and hindrance, we will be strong and robust. This is the great difference between Tantrayana and other forms of cultivation.
After cultivating Tantrayana, we need not learn other forms of Qi-gong, as it has encompassed all of them. "Treasure Vase Breathing Practice" is a Qi-gong in the form of a teapot / calabash. Once we have adequate Qi, and they flow freely in our body, we have mastered the art of "Treasure Vase Breathing Practice". And this is the foundation of inner cultivation. Then we must learn to use our psychic heat to ignite inner fire.
As you know, our body has such elements as earth, water, fire, and wind. We must use the elements of water and fire to cultivate. The water element concentrates at our brow-point whereas the fire element converges at four finger lengths below our Dan Tian. We must ignite the fire and splash it with water. A psychic heat will arise once water mixed with fire - this is also known as "Pristine fire" Dharma.
During Sakyamuni's time, all the accomplished Arhats were able to immerse in "Flame Samadhi". This is a situation where one's upper body ejects water and lower body ignites fire. Having a meditative stabilization in fire and water is a Dharma taught by Tantrayana. Simply put, it is a phenomena caused by adequate Qi in our body. When our veins are unhindered, our energy will converge at one point, and generate heat. Fire will be ignited and eventually lights will be radiated. When lights emit from our body, we will look like an indestructible Vajra.
In short, by cultivating Tantrayana, we are able to feel, experience the existence of Dharma and mystic powers. An accomplished Tantric cultivator will never fall sick. He will be as strong and solid as a Superman. The Dharma and mystic powers that we derive from Tantrayana cultivation are not merely lip services or illusions. They are very real; we can experience them and verify them. That's all for today.
Om Mani Padme Hum
FULL CONCENTRATION (2)
Dharma Talk by Living Buddha Lian Sheng (Page 152-156)
We shall talk about full concentration again. Tantrayana Teachings focus on Qi (Inner Wind), while Sutrayana Teachings stress on mind. As we cannot figure out where our formless mind is, it is very difficult, if not impossible, for us to find a way to cultivate it.
As Tantrayana teachings are very practical, we are taught to focus on Qi. Tantric theory had it that: "To cultivate your mind is to cultivate Qi; and to cultivate your Qi is cultivate mind"- They are one and the same.
Let me use the Chinese term Xin Ping Qi He (When the mind is calm, the Qi is even.) to show you how closely they are related if you do not believe they are one and the same. Tantric cultivators strongly believe that if we are able to moderate our Qi, we are able to moderate our mind. Hence cultivate our Qi is the same as cultivate our mind. Let us use sunlight as an example. The sun and its lights may be of different entity. But without the sun, there will be no lights. And without any lights, the sun will not exist. Therefore the sun and its lights are one and the same, and there are collectively known as sunlight. Mind and Qi can be considered one and the same, as they cannot be separated. This is evident when Qi moves, our mind changes. And the reverse is true, when we change our mind, the Qi moves.
What move our hands? It's the inner wind. What moves our Qi? It is the formless mind.
Therefore when Tantric cultivators moderate their breathing and pay full attention to the movement of their Qi, they are cultivating their minds. In other words, they are cultivating their mind by means of moving the Qi in their bodies. In deep meditation, our breath will be very fine, slow and long. This Qi will unlock our inborn wisdom. In turn, when our mind is full of wisdom, we are able to stabilize our Qi and our mind. When our mind is focused, drops and Buddha nature will emerge. This is an important point to note. If our mind is unrefined, our Qi will also be coarse.
If our Qi is full of rage, our mind will not be better off. If our mind is vibrating, our Qi will be unstable also, and we can never calm down. When a man is angry, his heartbeat will be very fast and violent. Our Buddha nature will only emerge when our Qi quiets down and our minds are calm and cool. I have to calm myself down before I can start my visualization. After visualizing emptiness, central column and Inner fire at my Dan Tian, I use the slender, fine, slow and long breath to sustain the fire. While in the meditative stabilization, I slowly move the Inner fire to the top of my crown, and let it be united with the brightness of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. This is known as Tu Na in Chinese. (Tu is exhaling and Na is inhaling). We use the Qi in our body to cultivate the psychic heat and use it to guide and cultivate our mind. By paying full concentration to our breathing, central column and psychic heat, we are actually cultivating our mind. Don't think that we are cultivating Qi only - remember our Qi is the same as our mind. When our mind is in a state of stabilization, our Buddha nature will emerge.
Therefore when Sutrayana teachings stress on mind cultivation, it is implied that we must also moderate our Qi. On the other hand, when Tantrayana teachings emphasis on Qi cultivation, it is implied that we must moderate our minds. Like the Sun cannot be separated from its lights, Qi and mind are closely related. Therefore when Tantrayana mentions about Qi, Mai and Ming Dian, it is actually talking about mind cultivation. That is all for today.
Om Mani Padme Hum
"In my opinion, there exists a prima facie [self-apparent] case that many of the phenomena associated with that special energy the Chinese call Qi are real. They are deeply interesting and, therefore, they invite, indeed require, investigation by Western science. Science has been the eyes, the beacon of Western culture for several hundred years. These scientific eyes cannot close. It is time for science to test the waters of the East, to open itself, if ever so slightly, to the phenomena of the manifestations of Qi. Nothing is lost if no such phenomena can be reproduced in a scientific context. Much is gained, a whole new world, if one can." Prof. Carl Woese
Qi Healing Arts
Qi transference, An-mo, Tui-na
Qi Gong Healing
Qi Gong can help in a number of ways:
Prevention Treatment in the early stages
Helping recovery following other treatment such as surgery
Relieving the stress of the immediate and extended family, the environmental carers.
Qi Gong ensures that the individual takes some responsibility for their own health and this has been demonstrated to be a key factor in recovery. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Relieving the stress of carers Those who have to care are often under tremendous pressure. The practice of Qi Gong allows them to build up their own reserves.
Healing Promise of Qi
by Roger Jahnke
Books by Roger Jahnke
The Healing Promise of Q i, Contemporary Books a Division of McGraw-Hill, 2002
The Most Profound Medicine , Health Action Press, 2nd Edition, 2002
The Healer Within: The Four Essential Self-Care Methods For Creating Optimal Health , Harper Collins, 1997 Hardback; 1999 Paperback
Awakening and Mastering the Medicine Within You , Video, Health Action, 1997
Cardiac Illness: Integrative Treatment and Prevention , 1E, Elsevier, 2005
Alternative Medicine Sourcebook , 2nd Edition. Omnigraphics, 2002
Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide , 2nd Edition, Celestial Arts, 2002
Boosting Immunity: Creating Wellness Naturally , New World Library, 2002
Integrating Complementary Medicine into Health Systems , Aspen Publishers, 2001
The Circle of Life Training Manual for the PHASES Program , Health Action Press, 2001
Cancer: The Definitive Guide , Future Medicine, 1997
Definitive Guide to Longevity and Anti-Aging, Future Medicine, 1997
Book by Mantak Chia - Cosmic Healing I & II, and many more.
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