Qigong Activates the Three Treasures:
Jing, Qi & Shen
JING is your physical body, how it feels, how it moves, how it works. This includes the physical aspect of each organ. Healing can happen here through exercise, food intake and breathing work. Continue to stretch your tendons for the remainder of the spring. No lemon juice cleansing in the spring, the nature of the Liver organ system in the spring is up and out all directions, the taste of sour draws your Liver Qi inward. Instead, eat a bit of mung beans every morning.
QI is what activates you, having inspiration, energy and motivation to do something. This is your yang Qi. How are your organ systems working? As in, can you digest your food? This is your Yin Qi. When you practice Qigong, you are working your own "Qi". Then your Qi can transmute, transform and assist you in your daily life harmonizing the qualities of Yin and Yang.
SHEN is your spirit nature. Each of your organ systems has a spirit. We focus on the spirit of the Liver right now because this is springtime. The HUN is associated with the spirit of the Liver Qi. It is not dependent on the physical body and continues on after death. This spirit is responsible for loving kindness, awareness of suffering, empathy, compassion and tolerance. The ideas that come when the Liver Qi is well and in harmony bring depth and meaning to your life. When not in balance you may feel anger, frustration, resentment and cut off from life's meaning. Healing can happen when the HUN is cleansed and refreshed.
There are many ways to create a daily or once a week Qigong practice. Just 5-10 minutes per day is a good start. You can go to the small practices under the Video section at Qigong Boise and just get going. Here you will find:
There are also videos to purchase which I recommend if you have taken a class in the form.
Here is one of my favorite Youtube videos: HIDEO IZUMOTO. He discusses a bit who he is (Shinto priest, Shaman) and then explains the 47 Words of God. As with anything, you can bring this directly into your religious OR spiritual understanding of the universe. Or not. Here's the thing, you don't have to believe in something for it to happen. Here is a person who has shared something very special for internal cleansing. It is another tool to bring you into contact with yourself. People hundreds and thousands of years ago, had access to local healers or shamans. This is still relevant today as we become aware of "something more out there". The healing here takes place at the "Shen" level, vibration and a connection to the universal cosmos. You can work at healing from either of the Three Treasures, Jing, Qi or Shen. Listening and visualizing is a healing practice.
One last thing:
Qigong is a good way to understand yourself and your relationship with others and the world around you. Check out this video from my friend, Dr. Barbara De Le Torre. She presented this talk to a group of her peers and is advocating Qigong in the realm of preventative medicine.