In fact, what is Qigong? Qigong is an ancient Chinese health practice which started thousands of years ago. For the past 30 years, Qigong has become a bit more known in the west. The word Qigong is a direct interpretation of two Chinese characters : Qi and Gong. ‘Qi ‘ (pronounced ‘chee’) means energy, particularly our intrinsic life energy which we need for all life activities. ‘Gong ‘ means skill or work which are developed through a lengthy practice. So the word ‘Qigong ‘ means energy skill gained through an established self practice.
The understanding of Qigong is very basic. Since Qigong is related to energy and energy is related to everything we do in life, there are several methods to outline Qigong. After all, every one of us is living our lives with Qigong concerned, without or with us consciously knowing it. The highest principle of Qigong is ‘to be natural’. In general, the more we follow the natural laws, the more we are in harmony with our environment, and the more tranquil and healthier life we live.
Our daily lives are overflowing with decisions, activities and situations which aren’t in harmony with the natural laws. If you stay in the sun long enough you get sunburned. This fact is part of the natural laws. In a larger context, the more we emerge ourselves in an unhealthy environment (not in line with the natural laws) the more we can experience the products of this lack of harmony, including sickness, low energy, and depression.
Understanding the idea of being ‘natural ‘ is a necessary foundation for a healthier life, which Qigong brings us. Having a more healthy life is the incentive which brings most people to Qigong. A useful thing to do when you can is to follow what the traditional Chinese did and observe nature more . As an example, the Earth revolves as it revolves round the sun, giving us days and nights. Daytime is a natural time for folks to be active, night time is the time for us to rest and recharge. If we follow a schedule which runs against this natural law, for example being up and active in the night, and sleeping in the daytime, our inner Qi system will be upset from its ordinary condition. If this pattern continues for a significant period of time, we will create a bigger opportunity for ill-health.
We are going to be creating irregular energy circulation which will lead to Qi blockages. The Sun is a good example of being natural. The Sun shines everyday on us. It shines irrespective of anything else.
It shines on well people and unwell people alike. It shines on distinguished and everyday folks. The Sun gives its light and energy without expectation for getting anything back. If we think of ourselves, are we able to behave naturally like the sun? Are we ready to give completely all the time, without judgment? Do we always give and provide without expecting to get anything back? Possibly not. In our human state of development most of us are struggling to learn certain of life’s lessons which means that for some or most of our days we’re not following the natural laws.
Our state of consciousness is a part of our life. When we follow natural rules, our Qi is in tranquility and is in its best, healthiest state. So although Qigong practice can start in different ways, the highest and ultimate principle is always to follow the deeply interlinked laws of nature. As each of us learns more about ourselves through Qigong practice, we’ll gain a deeper appreciation of what nature–and the world–is all about. As our understanding deepens we will find it simpler to select living a much deeper and more happy life.
This is a guest post by Elaine Roznowski