QI = energy GONG = work or practice of the qi
Everyone has an axis, the central part of your being
We each have the front and back of the spine and what is in the middle. This is also called our TAI QI /QIGONG axis. The basis of Qigong is to strengthen this axis. It is our connection to ourselves, to our self-confidence, to our self-discipline, to our ability to move forward in our lives. So you see, Qigong is not only exercise and breathing work, it is philosophy as well. It is our bodies well being in addition to our mind and psychology AND our connection to spirit's well being. What is the nature of our spirit? When we look at the Tai Qi/Qigong axis, we build a connection between heaven and earth, this is how we connect with spirit. The top of our head (Bai Hui acupoint) opens to the sky, the heavens above. The perineal floor of the body (Hui Yin acupoint, your root chakra) opens to the earth. The stuff in between is the "between" of sky and earth, our axis. Qigong gives us a bridge to take earth things - our physical selves and consciousness and connect with sky things - our subconscious, our connection to the greater cosmos, our spirit nature. When you connect to your physical earthly being, you create awareness, you build self confidence, this is a stronger force for endurance, not only for athletic training, but for training in the everyday stressors of life, work, family and playtime. You become a more durable version of yourself.
When you do not address correctly the subconscious patterns created through a lifetime then....
you are just fighting your own personal discourse in the energetic body. Why? Because you have laid down memory patterns -how you hold yourself, how your hold your mind in your cellular structure. Everything you see, say and do takes a picture in your brain and files it away. The energy in that moment, the picture is filed inside of you. So, what pictures are you taking in your life each and every day? What are you thinking about each and every day? What do you want think about doing with your life from now on? These are not easy things I am talking about. We begin to hold up a mirror and look at our insides, yikes! For example, procrastination is one these training patterns. Your brain has a self defeating talk pattern: I don't have time, it's not a good time for me right now, my knee is hurting today and I don't think I can do it - what I had planned to do, it really doesn’t mean anything anyway to do something. Arrrrrgh!
When you begin to practice Qigong, you will need to be prepared
This is why we do a short warm up before every practice. This warm up PREPARES you to receive new information. This does not mean your brain will comprehend this new information. Preparation allows your entire body to receive the information, then it can cook. Right away or eventually, this is going to change all the relationships in your life. This process will change your emotion; make you more even and balanced in your emotional nature. Do you have too much emotion? Are you a hothead, do you cry too easily? Do you take everything personally? Or the other end: does nothing matter? Are you depressed? Are you bored? When you are the one person in your family that changes, everything changes.
Qigong provides discipline to do something with your life
It’s your job to be healthy; it’s your only true wealth. You first. Be prepared for changes. It is my duty to you give you the opportunity to step into this way of life. Vast humanity, co-creation, infinite possibility, evolution. When you look at an18th generation qigong master, this is vastly different between what you and I came in with. Yet, we can aspire to something that is made available to us. This can then spirals out through the internal organs for healing, through the mind for clarity and through the spirit to activate it as a force to connect with the universe, your unconsciousness. You can only live what you know. Qigong opens doors to a greater awareness of what you can know. What does this look like? Everyone has daily problems, with practice, you find many solutions, or, sometimes, it is not your problem and you recognize this and it simply goes away. Less stress, less worry, less wear and tear on your body, your mind and your spirit. This creates a discipline of focus and changes the very cells of who you are. Your cells are updating everyday anyway, why not upgrade to the infinite possibility package?