How to Jump Start Your Ki-Energy!

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Have you ever felt tired or exhausted? Here is a series of exercises to jump-start your Ki-energy!

In this modern day of high-energy-demand society, we need to effectively manage our Ki-energy expenditure. Otherwise, long-term energy drainage, energy imbalance or energy stagnation will inevitably result in health deterioration (1, 2). Three energy exercises below are designed to address this issue. 

This series of exercise is also effective in healing and health improvement. The following was a case in point. John, a 40 year old man, had severe Bradycardia for a year with frequent episodes twice a week. The symptoms lasted for about 72 hours. He had visited 5 physicians and received medication to reducebradycardia. However, there was not noticeable improvement of the condition. He then consulted an energy healer. Advice of managing one’s own  Ki-energy expenditure was given and practices of energy rejuvenation similar to the first exercise described below and sitting Energy Meditation were taught to John. John followed the instruction faithfully. Three weeks after the first consultation, “there was a big improvement”. The episode reduced to once every two weeks and it only last between 12 to 24 hours.  Currently, he got it about once a month and would be completely gone after he woke up from sleep. 

The exercises were designed by Lee and published in an article authored by Franny Heller Zorn (3).  “The first exercise generates Chi, the second balances it and the third facilitates it.”  This practice was also recommended as one of Reader Digest’s 37 Stress Management Tips from Experts (4). It is easy to learn and it is effective for managing your energy. “It does not require a lot of time. But it does demand total devotion of body, mind and spirit.” 

You can follow the instructions below to learn how to jump-start your Ki energy.  If you have any question about the exercise, please refer to the description in the article (See below) or leave comments.

Exercise 1: The Rejuvenator: Grand Ultimate Chi Gong—increase your energy level!

Standing in the Tai Chi posture with knees and head slightly bent*, placing palms facing each other in front of your body, eyes half closed, be aware of the Ki-energy between your palms. If you don’t feel Ki-energy, and then bring your palms closer to each other until you are aware of the warmth between your palms. Then gradually bring your palms apart, until you feel energy that is different from thermal sensation. If the energy activities are too strong, let the palms move away from each other. Within a minute or two, you will feel an increase in your energy level. Be one with your Ki-energy. The longer you practice, the more energy you will have. This exercise will rejuvenate your depleted energy.

Exercise 2:  The Calmer: Harmonization Chi Gong—balance your energy!

After you have done the first exercise for 3 to 5 minutes, your body will be quite relaxed, and then be aware of your breathing. As you exhale your body will contract and the palms will get closer to each other. As you inhale, the body will expand and the palms will move apart from each other. Be aware of your energy between your palms and around your body. The energy may be warm or cold, stronger or weaker. Be one with the breathing and the energy changes. The longer you practice the more will the energy become even and more balance. This exercise will restore the energy to a balance and equilibrium state.  

Exercise 3: The Energizer: Breathing Chi Gong—facilitate your energy flow!

At the end of exercise 2, without changing your posture, lower your hands to the side of your body. As you inhale, let your hands float up to your shoulder height, and then as you exhale, let your hands move out as though they are push out by your Ki-energy. As your hands are out straight, drop your wrists, then inhale. While you are inhaling, let the hands drop down. When the hands touch the trouser, exhale and let the hands drop all the way down. Repeat the sequences for 3 to 5 minutes. This exercise will facilitate your natural energy movement, and release your blocked energy.  

If you are tired, depleted or exhausted, practice these series of exercises to jump-start your energy. You can practice each one of them for as little as one minute or as long as you feel comfortable. The longer you practice, the more energy you will have. You are in fact depositing Ki to your “Energy Bank Account” for future use.

*You can also bend your knees as low as to about 45 degrees angle. However it may be too strenuous for some people.

1. Lee, Ching-Tse & Lei, Ting.  QiGong, a chapter in Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Edited by Wayne B. Jonas, M.D. and Jeffrey S. Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999, 392-409. 

2. Schwartz, Tony & McCarthy, Catherine. Manage your energy, not your time. On Managing Yourself. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2010, Pp. 61-78.

3. Zorn, Franny Heller. Chi Gong Ho. Longevity, 1994, Pp. 46-48, 84-86.

4. Castleman, Michael. 37 Stress Management Tips from the Experts. Reader’s Digest. https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/stress-management-tips/10/

如何快速補氣、長氣!

為了應付這個訊息萬變現代社會的各種挑戰,我們的氣很快的被消耗掉,導致常常覺得累、覺得疲倦,因此我們需要有效的方法來補氣、長氣,否則長期的消耗能量會導致健康警訊,軽則影響工作效率、生活品質,重則引起身心疾病。

以下的的練習方法,快速的增加氣的能量,這是根據我發表在「長壽」雜誌裡,「氣功好」的一篇文章而設計出來的,簡單易學。

以下的練習方法也有治病及增進健康。有位40歲的男性病人得了心臓緩慢症,一週犯病兩次,犯病時間長達72小時,嚴重時在街上走路時暈倒緊急送醫院,前後看了兩個醫生,也吃了藥,但療效不彰。與氣的治療師會診後,治療師教他管理氣、長氣及養氣静坐法,病人非常配合,三週後兩個禮拜才犯病一次,而且時間在12小時左右,最長24小時,而且再也没有葷送醫過。現在偶爾犯一次,而且自己可以調適不影響工作?

第一個方法補氣長氣法:即太極站椿法,兩腳與肩同寬,雙膝微彎,雙手掌心相對置於身前(如圖),眼平視、半閃,靜心的感覺雙掌之間氣的動態,如果感覺不到就把雙掌的距離拉近,有了氣感就可把雙掌距離拉遠。此式快則一、兩分鐘,慢則做了三、五分鐘後可以長氣,使消耗掉的氣快速補充回來。鍛鍊時間長短不拘,多練不僅可以把消耗掉的氣補回來,還可以「蓄氣」,把你的氣積蓄在你的「氣的銀行帳戶」。

第二個方法是氣的均衡法:站椿功做了三到五分鐘後,去感覺你的自然呼吸,當你全身放鬆時吸氣時身體會膨脹,吐氣時身體會收縮,雙掌的距離自然會拉遠或靠近,此時去感覺掌心或身體周圍的氣感,是強是弱、是溫是冷,練得愈久感覺愈明顯。久練此式可以讓失衡的氣態恢復平衡,達到均衡的健康狀態。

第三個方法是氣的運行法:是鄭子太極拳的起式(1)呼氣時雙手上浮及肩,吐氣時雙手自然前伸,氣盡落腕,雙手往下落時吸氣,兩手姆指觸褲時再往下落時吐氣。如此往還多次重複練習,可以讓氣更順暢的運行於身體裡外,亦即大小週天的運行,也讓血液循環改善,使微血管功能維持最佳狀態,提供身體需要的各種養分,這是維持身心健康的良方。

大家可以按照錄影來練習,時間長短不拘,但是要身心靈全部投入,持之有恒,鍛練的效果自然會呈現出來。如果有疑問的話,請看文章摘要或者留言以便作答。

*這套練習方法是根據氣學原理及源自如魚拳社陳取寬師傅所傳之鄭子太極原理設計出來的。

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