Intermediate Daoyin Qigong and Applications
By Koujiryuu © 2005 Not to be reposted without permissionContents
- By now/preface...
- Exercise 1: Macrocosmic orbit
- Exercise 2: Standing Macrocosm Form
- On the subject of dreams
- Exercise 3: San Bao Qigong Form
- Exercise 4: 2 basic healing techniques
- Exercise 5: Remote healing via empathy
- The anatomy of a punch
- Exercise 6: Fa jing
- Exercise 7: Fa jing training routines, fa jing blocking and Lin Kong Jing
- Exercise 8: Auric Reinforcement
- Intermediate training schedule
This is the follow-up to the beginning daoist qigong article, and can be considered somewhat supplemental to it; it cross-references many different concepts outlined in that article, so if you don't understand certain ideas or points within this guide, I suggest you read (or reread) the first in the series, which can be found at the main page.
By now, you should have decent control over qi, in terms of it following where your mind goes, and should be able to do the microcosmic orbit meditations easily and efficiently. If you cannot do these things, I suggest you read the first article in this series and master everything in it before moving on.
The focus of the previous guide was developing and strengthening internal power. Therefore, the focus of this guide lies in application of the energy built up from the previous training; by itself, this guide is rather useless, really. This also accounts for the brevity of the guide as compared to the previous one. I've tried to emphasize the equal importance of both healing and attacking techniques in order to produce a well-rounded internal stylist; regardless, I must emphasize that instruction from a qualified instructor is preferable above teaching yourself from a guide like this. Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, and Yiquan have not existed for hundreds of years for no reason. If you can find good instruction in ANY of those arts, I highly recommend taking them.
Without further ado, let's get on with it.Exercise 1: Macrocosmic orbit
Similar to the microcosmic orbit, the Macrocosmic orbit is a technique that involves moving energy around the body in patterns to strengthen the spirit. This technique, however, is quite grandiose and can cause much internal heat; before beginning, I suggest you work in a clean room, nice and tidy, with no distractions, and a bed facing north/south.
Lie down on the bed, and rest your hands at your sides, with the palms facing up. This posture is called the corpse pose in hatha yoga. Now, when I say "inhale", I mean inhale and bring qi up that meridian, and exhale, bring qi down that meridian.
Inhale feet, outer leg meridian, governor meridian, to the top of the head. Exhale outer arm meridian to laogong point on the palms. Inhale inner arm meridians to heart. Exhale conception meridian down the inner leg meridian and out the feet again. As you can see, the basic technique is performed on a two breath cycle per revolution of qi, as opposed to one breath of the microcosm. Repeat 9 times daily.
After you have been practicing the above method for a month, move on to doing it the 'advanced way'- inhale, focusing on the top of the head. Exhale, focusing on the laogong point. Inhale, focusing on the heart. Exhale, focusing on the yongquan point on the feet. As you can see, in this method the qi follows the mind, while in the prior method the yi leads the qi.Exercise 2: Standing Macrocosm Form
It is preferred that this practice be done outside.
This version of the microcosmic orbit has been expanded upon from the original technique by Dr. J.P. Fratkin, OMD (oriental medicine doctor).
a. Physical Form
This is a physical form consisting of movements to facilitate the transmission of qi through the meridians that I unearthed quite recently. It is a very effective supplement and may be helpful to beginners of the MC orbit. The internal qi movement is the same here as it is in the standard practice above, so be sure to include the movement of energy while you do the physical form.
Start with your feet shoulder width apart, standing relaxed. Put your palms together in a praying position near the waist with your fingers pointing out at a 90 degree angle from the abdomen. On the first inhalation, move your hands so they face upwards (parallel with the body) and move your arms upwards. Keeping your palms together, move your arms until they are straightened with the prayer gesture above your head. Raise your arms in tandem with the qi movement; your hands should be all the way above your head at the same time the qi reaches the head.
As the praying hands reach the apex of movement, weave the fingers together and lift the palms, making the arms a bit more circular. Starting the exhalation, bring them down, pull them apart, one in front of the other, and outstretch them until they are parallel with the ground, palms facing the ground. Once again, the movement should stop at the same time the qi reaches the hands.
On inhalation, simply lower your arms to your sides, stopping when the qi reaches the heart dantian. Finally, on exhalation, bring the arms up in front of you, have them connect in front of the face in the starting prayer gesture, and lower them down in the opposite of the starting movement. Begin the cycle again, and move up to the 9 repetitions in the manner described above.On the subject of dreams
Dreams are a reflection of our inner selves; our thoughts, feelings, desires, and fears are all made apparent through our dreams. They serve as a gateway to the subconsious and a door to the spirit realm. They can be scary or pleasant; blurry or lucid; emotional or detached. They are an oft-confusing union of paradox.
"In modern society, we often regard dreams as a form of relaxation. A way of your subconscious to deal with all the events that occured during the day. For thousands of years, however, dreams were considered a portal to another world. In this world, mankind would receive insight into the present and the future." -Silverdawn
However, what is often overlooked is the idea that dreams can serve as a gateway to esoteric knowledge. With that said, I did not learn the following exercise through a sensei or sifu. I didn't learn it from a book, nor an instructional video. I didn't learn it through any of my mentors. Rather, I witnessed it being performed by Wudang monks in a temple in the middle of a mall (?) in a dream I had a few years ago. A senior monk walked over to me in this dream as I watched about 20 monks perform it in a small side area, whereupon he instructed me in how to perform it properly.
I haven't seen any movement or exercise like it anywhere. However, that doesn't neccesarily mean it doesn't correlate with any existing exercise out there. If you have seen ANYTHING even remotely similar to it, please email me and describe it.Exercise 3: San Bao Qigong Form
San Bao means "three treasures"- in this context, referring to shen, qi and jing. The major effect that this short form has is a synergy between the three. The ultimate goal of Daoist qigong is a reunification of these three energies into one, and a synchronization of that one with the rest of the cosmos, effectively reuniting the individual soul with that of the universe.
As a refresher- qi is the breath-energy, jing is the sexual essence-force, and shen is the intellect-spirit.
a. San Bao form
Start in a wu qi position (from baduanjin). Close the pinky and ring fingers of each hand; straighten and join the first two fingers into a "sword-finger" position, while keeping the thumbs in line, ready to touch the two fingers and complete the meridian circuit.
Breath in deeply, and as you do, raise the arms. As your hands pass by the lower dantian, briefly touch the 2 fingers and thumb together with each hand. Reopen them as you continue to raise your arms upward, and touch them together again as they pass by the heart. Keep raising them, and touch the fingers together one last time as the hands pass by the temples.
After the hands raise overhead, as high as they can go, bring them back down as you begin the exhale and turn towards the right, pressing the open right palm outwards while the left arm bends and touches the chest (similar to the 'shaolin archer').
Return back to the Wu Qi stance. Now, repeat raising the hands, inhaling, and touching three times on the way up like above, except on this exhalation push the left palm outward while bringing the right arm to the chest, in an inversion of the above.
Return to Wu Qi. Raise the arms, inhale, touching three times once again on the way up. Now, when you exhale, bend deeply at the knees while pushing both open palms downward. This concludes one repetition of the form. Repeat it no more than ten times in a row, and don't do it at dusk unless you want to be up all night- it's very invigorating.
As you can probably suspect and may have wondered about, the finger touching does in fact close the meridian circuit in line with each dantian- touch once at the height of the lower dantian, once at the middle, and finally at the upper dantian.Exercise 4: 2 basic healing techniques
Now that we've built up a good deal of qi, and synchronized the bodies' energy pathways with those of the cosmos, it's time to apply the energy we've built up. How? Well, qi can be used to heal yourself or others, and there are two such techniques I personally use to heal people. One could be called 'kong jing' or empty force, and the other is called deep tissue massage. The kong jing works at a distance, and is a powerful transmission of healing energy- good to use on headaches, cramps, etc. Deep tissue massage actually involves touch, and is used on older, chronic injuries such as sprained backs, knee joint pain, etc.
a. 'kong jing'
'kong jing' translates to 'empty force'- not in the sense of hitting someone/something, but in the sense of a transmission of energy from any distance. In this case, you will need a friend or aquaintance who is open to such things, and who has a headache, or any sort of pain.
Stand two feet away from the target person. Make sure you know where the person hurts, specifically- this is important. Now- without touching the person, extend your arms in front of you, inhale and bring qi up from the earth along the outer leg meridians, to the top of your head. Now, exhale, and bring the energy down the outer arm meridians and out the laogong point on the palms to the person's area of pain. As you do this, focus on the energy being a white or goldish calming light, and focus on the emotion of love that that frequency of energy puts forth. Repeat for 9 breaths. When applied correctly, and done for about 10 minutes, the effects can be very powerful. It tends to work better if the person is open to such energy, and it also seems more effective if the person can't see what you are doing (they have their back to you).
This technique takes a lot of practice to effectively master. However, I once heard a story about a reiki master. A new student came to this reiki master, and had a large bruise on his leg, about 5 inches in diameter, and black. The master asked him to turn around, and applied a treatment similar to this. The next day, the prospective student returned, his bruise completely healed, and immediately paid the customary fees to become a student.
b. Deep tissue massage
This is a powerful technique used to heal yourself or others, particularly of old, chronic injuries such as weak joints.
First, start off massaging the area with Icy Hot, Ben Gay, Tiger Balm, etc. As you work in the rub, focus your energy on the afflicted area, seeing it as a golden white light removing obstructions from the area. Now, lightly smack the afflicted area, all over, with the back of your hand, while projecting qi down into the area, clearing out the stagnant energy of the wound. Each tap with the back of the hand penetrates the injury deeper and deeper. Continue doing this until the person comments that the pain is gone, or until you feel that your efforts have removed all negative energy from the area.
Finish off by massaging the entire area with qi. Remember, the more you focus on positive emotions and energy while you do this, the more effective the treatment will be. Some injuries may require more than one treatment to completely heal.Exercise 5: Remote healing
Healing remotely basically is the extension of the 'kong jing' healing method explained earlier, however it is done sitting and could be considered 'psionic'. However, it is included here for completeness sake, as I aim to produce competant practitioners on all levels.
Healing remotely can potentially be a difficult skill, as you must first remotely connect to the person in question. This is accomplished through an empathetic method referred to as empathetic synchronization. Basically, through dissolution of the personal ego, and focusing on the person in question, that person's energy movements, physical pain, and emotion can be felt remotely.
a. Empathetic synchronization
Meditate until you reach a state of wuwei. This is defined as not knowing who 'you' are, a sort of blank state where one is in touch with the cosmos. As this is done, focus on the person you are attempting to heal. A picture helps, as does knowing that person's first name- repeat their first name over and over in your head until you 'feel' that you are that person. What do you feel? Happy, sad, lethargic? Feel the person's meridians and qi flow. Notice anything overtly odd? Can you feel pain anywhere? Try and correlate the pain to a feeling of negative energy. This energy must be suppressed or removed.
Ask the person about where they are in pain, and see if what you felt matches where they feel pain. If the synchronization was successful, it will. If the synchronization wasn't successful, they will report pain elsewhere. This method *must* be practiced extensively before you will be able to perform it adequately!
b. Telepathic linking and healing
Now that you have established where the pain is, you must either get rid of it by overpowering it with healing energy, or you must mentally move the pain out of the person's body and disperse it. Before either of those can be done, however, you must make an energetic 'link' with the target.
Hold your hands out in front of you. Channel qi from the lower dantian up to the rear 1/3rd of your brain known as the 'telepathy center'. See the energy gathered here stretch out of the back of the head and form a thick 'line' between your 'tp' center and the targets'.
Try sending a small amount of qi to the target with the intention of it coming back to you after it goes to the person. If nothing comes back, you are not linked. However, if you feel a small 'buzz' of energy impact your tp center, and you can tell it came from that person, it's likely you are linked to them successfully.
Now, the healing can begin.
c. 1st method of healing
Focus on your dantian. Now, focus on the area of pain in the target you linked to, by feeling it or visualizing it as a reddish energy. See healing qi flooding it, until the red sensation or color is gone. Do you feel any pain left? Perhaps check with the person and see if the pain persists. This method is semi-indirect, as you are focusing on isolating the feeling of pain and flooding it with healing energy by your mere focus alone. Oftentimes, this method will be enough to heal the person remotely; however, chronic pain may not respond to this method.
The second method is a bit more direct, and focuses on you applying yi (intention/volition) to directly move the pain out of the target's body.
d. 2nd method of healing
Focus on the pain in the person's body. Simultaneously focus on an area far out in space, perhaps a black hole of sorts. Now, using your yi, encapsulate a bit of the pain in your control, and jettison it out of the area as fast you can, while sending it off in space. Continue doing this until you feel no more pain, and replace the energy you removed by sending 'healing qi' to the person in question.The anatomy of a punch
A good punch can be difficult to describe, as there are many different styles of fighting with different approaches to punching. It is the author's opinion that a kungfu or boxing style straight punch is the best approach, without 'chambering' and other unneeded/slow motions from Karate systems being a part of it.
Start with your hands held loosely in front of your face, with your feet about shoulder width apart, squared off, and both hands in loose fists in front of your face. Now, we are going to throw this punch with the right arm. All the muscle power generated here starts with the abdominals and ends with the abdominals. Take a small step forward with your right foot, as you do, lift and pivot the left foot outward, keeping the toe on the ground, while punching with your right arm. As the punch hits the target, you turn the waist, shoulders, and body into the punch, impacting the target with the "ram's head" or first two knuckles. As the punch strikes the target, squeeze the loose fist shut quickly. This application of muscle tension thrusts all the bodies' strength into the punch. As you punch, you drop the left fist and elbow inwards while protecting the punching side of your face with the raised shoulder of the punching arm. It was once said that the "dragon spins and the tail follows"- this sums up the proper technique's mindset quite nicely. The punch should not be the leading focus of the strike, rather, the bodies' motion should be the root of the technique.
Now, that's a lot of specifics to a single, simple punch! Most people don't do all these things when they punch, and they usually telegraph the fact that they are punching (by pulling their arm back and leaving themselves wide open to a quick jab and follow up). I suggest this method of punching be practiced extensively, until you can throw a physically powerful punch on a whim.
However, this brings up the subject of the next technique. The above technique is very similar to the way most pro boxers or UFC fighters punch- it includes the proper mindset, technique, and body mechanics- however, unless you are the size of Lennox Lewis, there is a limit to how hard you can punch with mere physical strength, called 'li' in Chinese.
Li is unrefined, pure physical strength, highly dependant on size, age, fitness level, etc. However, there *is* another kind of strength we have inadvertantly developed by this point through the cosmic orbits, called 'jing'. Highly similar to Sigung Bruce Lee's explosive power, this force is a kind of pervasive inner strength that not only promotes good health and makes the person radiant, but can be extended out of the body in an application of internal force called 'fa jing'. Those with the ability to use fajing properly can hit with amazing amounts of speed and strength, to the point that a single punch can cause massive damage to internal organs, effectively dropping them with one strike. However, proper use of fa jing requires proper martial technique, so this description of a good punch was neccessary before moving on.Exercise 6: Fa jing
Fa jing translates to 'emitting force'. This is a very potentially powerful method of striking using not only body mechanics and proper technique, but also the subtle essence, jing, which has been developed by the practices insofar. It is largely correlative to the concept of "explosive power" developed by the late Bruce Lee.
"Emphasis on slow movements alone leads to slow strikes which an opponent can counter easily. Emphasis on fast moves only makes it difficult to feel the path of your energy and makes it easy to strike along a longer path than necessary. Being fast refers to the speed generated through familiarity of the energy path. It is a speed without loss of quality." - From "Training for Sparring" by Chen Zhaokui
I must emphasize greatly, upon having this section reviewed by multiple knowledgable mentors of mine, that the information on fa jing presented here is presented as-is. It is advisable to learn things of this magnitude from a qualified instructor in Taiji or other internal arts over trying to learn it yourself. Regardless, I feel the information here needs to be presented in order to make the guide complete; please, before attempting to practice anything here, seek out instruction first. With that said...
Therefore, fa jing is defined as a strike executed at absolute optimum efficiency, with no loss of power, no telegraphing (giving away the move that's coming), utilizing the bodies' energy and mechanics properly, done totally relaxed. Sounds quite difficult and complex, right? It can be, however, once you learn to properly execute it on command it becomes ingrained in your psyche to the point that ALL strikes you throw possess this quality of fa jing.
Fa jing is often likened to a sneeze. The hairs on the back of the neck and arms stand up on end, the eyes shut tightly, the whole body shakes and stutters, and you release a 150mph wind out of your mouth and nostrils, along with other assorted nasties. ^_^ This is the effect we are trying to achieve, a sudden, spontaneous yet controlled emission of power that damages the opponent internally.
To perform this technique properly, you'll need a focus mitt, heavy bag, sandbag, etc. Basically, anything that can withstand a very strong strike.
Get into a ready stance, as described above. Now, punch the target your hardest physically. 100%. The object should likely move back a good deal. However, the strike is obviously lacking, as it uses 'li' or pure physical strength, which is highly dependant on body size and other contributing factors.
Now, this time, we'll actually apply the fa jing in the strike. Take a deep breath in through the nose, and exhale through the mouth. Repeat, removing all doubt and negative thoughts, mustering the developed inner strength. Now, strike the target from a relaxed standpoint. As you do, draw qi up from the trailing foot through the leg meridians to the dantian, where it combines with the jing, and up and out of the striking arm. The energy should enter the target exactly as the fist is tightened at the end of the punch, where you should further direct it to penetrate deep within and explode outwards within the target. Immediately after the strike hits, you should return to a relaxed state, and withdraw your hand back to a ready position.
After the strike hits, you should not recall doing it in detail. When proper fa jing is executed, it is almost reactionary, and the mind blanks out with it's sole focus being only on the strike itself. Philosophically, it could be said that when fa jing is executed, one becomes the strike itself. Very similar to a sneeze, once again.
When done correctly, the target should react violently, moreso internally than anything. For example, when I execute a regular punch on my 80 pound heavy bag, it swings back and forth about 2 feet either direction, makes a loud "thwomp" upon impact, and takes a minute or two to stop motion. However, when I execute a fa jing powered strike upon the same bag, the bag wobbles and vibrates back and forth very quickly and does not move more than 6 inches in either direction, and makes a very audible "popping" or "thudding" sound. The difference is that in the first case, pure physical strength affected the bag externally, while in the latter, internally generated strength affected the bag on the inside.
It should be noted that it would be very unwise to attempt this technique on a training partner. You may cause internal bleeding or even death. Likewise, even in a real fight, it would be good to use restraint when applying this technique, unless you don't care about your future, as you could quite possibly injure the opponent severely and end up with legal consequences. Finally, consider this quote from the Daodejing:
"Weapons are the tools of violence;
All decent men detest them.
Weapons are the tools of fear;
a decent man will avoid them
except in the direst necessity
and, if compelled, will use them only with the utmost restraint.
Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,
How can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,
but human beings like himself.
He doesn't wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
He enters a battle gravely,
with sorrow and great compassion,
as if he were attending a funeral."
(Stephen Mitchell translation).Exercise 7: Fa jing training routines, fa jing targets, fa jing blocking and Lin Kong Jing
To effectively be able to apply fa jing power on command, it has to be trained with and perfected like anything else. The goal of this chapter/exercise then is to elaborate further on the dynamics of fa jing, as well as supplying a couple different ways of training employing fa jing.
a. Karate alternate punching
Anyone who has trained in a Japanese system is likely familiar with the basic training method of alternating punches from a horse stance. While an ineffective method of training a normal punch (due to unneccessary, rigid chambering of fists), it is an ideal method for simply practicing emitting power in a strike.
Start with 10 minutes of meditation. Finish the meditation with 3 circulations each of the micro and macrocosmic orbits.
Get into a narrow horse stance. Stand with your feet a little more than shoulder width apart, and bend at the knees. Make dual loose fists, and 'chamber' them by holding them upside down and near the waist. Now, alternate punching the target with each arm, each time twisting into the punch and employing fa jing while trying to adhere to the description of a punch above as much as you can whilst still in the horse stance. If you need to, to maintain your focus, it is acceptable to take about 10 seconds before each succeeding strike. Do about 10 punches in this manner for each arm the first week, and steadily increase weekly until you are doing about 50 per arm per session.
After punching in this manner, it is quite normal to feel rather drained, especially in terms of qi. This is normal. To counterbalance this lack of energy, it would be advised to do this short meditation afterwards:
b. Refreshing Meditation
Sit down crosslegged or in a lotus sit if you can manage it. Now, meditate until you reach a state of wuwei. In this state, focus on centering all your energy into the dantian. Take note of any residual energy in the arms or abdomen from the alternate punching, and center it in the dantian. It is important not to leave any energy uncentered in the body, as it may stagnate or form blockages. This kind of meditation is especially important after generating a destructive energy such as fa jing, as any residual energy left behind will be doubly toxic to the etheric self.
It would once again be recommended to do a couple circulations of the microcosmic and macrocosmic orbits. This helps to rebalance the body and promote the circulation of fresh energy in the system. The last thing we need is stagnation.
c. Fa jing blocking
Blocking using jing energy is similar to striking, although it is a different motion and therein technically isn't fa jing, but rather jie jing- intercepting jing. The energy put out by the opponent is stuck to and redirected, before you take his energy and give it back to him in a thudding fashion with a counter-strike.
There are many different systems of blocking in the martial arts. I prefer a kungfu style open palm block, essentially a circular motion from the left to the right.
Stand in a horse stance, about shoulder width apart. Now, push to the left with your right hand, open palm, and twist your hips into it as you do. Merge with the oncoming force as you redirect it, and draw that person's energy into you from their arm.
This leaves the person open to counterattack. Obviously, the aims of this guide are not neccessarily combat, so if you are using the guide as a supplement to your martial art study, any block can be substituted as long as it doesn't meet force with force (like Karate or Tae Kwon Do style blocking). The aim of the block is to redirect the oncoming strike, not clash with it.
After the block, take the opponent's force and redirect it through and out the other arm as you strike with fa jing, adding his own effort into your counter.
d. Striking a suspended object
This is a method of refining and training fa jing emission further adapted from ling kong jing exercises available at Mantak Chia's website, Universal Tao.
To start, you'll need a small object, a string, and a pushpin or something similar. I recommend using a ping pong ball, a soda can or a tennis ball can be used as well. I will present methods of training using both a ball and a can.
Find an empty doorjamb and pin the string up to the top of it. Hang the object in question up at about eye level.
d.1. Using a ball
Strike the hanging ball repeatedly, just barely touching it with the strike and employing fa jing; the aim of this exercise is to hit the ball and cause it to vibrate noticably without it swinging far in any direction. Obviously, this is much, much harder than it sounds. The point is to strike using a transfer of energy, not physical force (li). It takes much practice to be able to strike in this manner.
d.2. Using a can or plastic bottle
This is actually much harder than using a ball, as the object in question here is much larger and can dent. The goal, then, of striking is to strike and get a noticible shaking reaction, with no movement of the object, without denting it. Very difficult. However, once this feat has been achieved, you should have full confidence in your ability to employ fa jing; treat it as you would treat a loaded firearm.On the subject of lin kong jing
Ling Kong Jing is a very controversial subject in the martial arts world. It translates roughly to "powerful empty force" and refers to the ability to knock people back, control their body movements from a short distance, etc. It is similar to the "no-touch judo" that Dr. Jigoro Kano and (o-sensei) Morihei Ueshiba supposedly had. It could be said to be a "true qi blast" in a sense, which brings to mind the lingering scent of "radki" in certain communities..
Simply put, I cannot perform ling kong jing, I know nobody who can, nor have I ever seen anyone do such a thing. Is it possible? Yes, I believe so, having seen video clips of it being performed. The clips I saw looked very authentic, however, there remains the possibility of wires being used. Regardless of that fact, it takes a good 5 years of serious training on a daily basis for about 3 hours a day to even be able to begin to develop this kind of ability. For that sake, I'll refer anyone interested in developing LKJ to this site.
For that matter, LKJ could be a very useful ability when applied correctly, however it is something I cannot teach or would even attempt to because of it's nature. There are instructors out there that teach it- they are quite rare- Donjitsu studies it, so I'd recommend you refer any questions to him (if you can find him).Exercise 8: Auric Reinforcement
Auric reinforcement is a method of warding off negative spirits or wishers of ill will. It consists of two exercises to assert and strengthen your own energy when in a potentially dangerous situation psionically.
The concepts of "magickal warfare" or "psychic attack" are not new. In any community with a focus on metaphysics there always lies the risk that you may be maliciously attacked by forces outside your own control; whether the source of the attack is an "entity" (spirit) or another person is irrelevant for our purposes, as these techniques aim quite simply at removing yourself from immediate danger without returning an attack.
Some symptoms of malicious spiritual attack include, but are not limited to: nightmares, "night terrors"; pain in the stomach or solar plexus; headaches, especially those starting in the back of the head; joint pain; a steady feeling of fear that does not pass, and is not caused by anything in the immediate area; hallucinations, especially auditory; an extreme lack of energy; feelings of being 'drained'; pressure around the temples or any chakra centers; and many others.
While the above symptoms can be caused by any number of ailments, they may also be symptoms of malicious attack- especially if the symptoms persist over a number of days, and get progressively worse, for seemingly no reason. The first axiom of anything psychic is "trust your instincts". If you have a number of these symptoms after angering somebody you know is adept, and have a feeling you are being attacked by them or an infernal spirit they sent, there lies a good possibility that spiritual attack is indeed the case. Regardless, the majority of people who believe they are being attacked are usually not. If another, more fitting explanation for the symptoms experienced exists, take it at face value!
While the following exercises may be used effectively to protect oneself psychically, they do *not* have to be used only in that situation. They may be done regularly to strengthen your qi flow if you wish. In fact, I'd reccomend it anyway- call it a vaccine, if you will.
a. Golden Aura meditation
Lie down on your back along a North-South axis, with your head pointing North. Lying along an axis like this aligns you with the Earth's magnetism and allows qi to flow more smoothly. Meditate until you reach a state of clarity (wuwei). Now, draw in qi through the feet, up the inner leg meridians, up the governor meridian, and out the top of the head. This is one of the few exercises based around visualization- visualize the qi coming in your feet as being light blue, like electricity.
As the qi flows out of the top of the head, visualize it coming out as a golden-white light. Let the energy come down around you, maintaining the flow in through the feet and up the body, and have the energy surround your body entirely in a golden light. Allow your aura to shape itself and waver as it will- much like a candle flame, however as you add more and more energy feel and see the aura expanding outwards. If you are Christian, make the sign of the Cross on your body while you do this and pray for God's protection.
Keep channeling the qi thusly until you feel completely safe and out of harm's way.
b. Expanding Aura Meditation
Once again, lie down on your back with the head facing North. Keep the tongue touched to the upper palate for the entirety of this exercise. This time, draw qi in through the head and down the conception meridian to the dantian, in a constant flow. After this energetic flow has been established, draw qi in through the feet and up the inner leg meridians to the dantian.
Keeping these two flows going simultaneously may be difficult at first. The trick is to not focus on the actual flow of qi, but rather focus on the dantian point, where the qi is flowing to. After five minutes of drawing energy in this manner, start to focus on the aura and the space immediately around your body. See the aura strengthen and expand as you continue to focus on the dantian; furthermore, as the qi expands your aura outward, it pushes out any negative energies or influences far away from you. Do not focus on that negative energy or become preoccupied with any invading forces themselves- instead, simply acknowledge them as they get pushed away by the brilliance of your aura.
Once again, if you are Christian, you may invoke the Cross as well in order to protect you further.
When you feel you are finished, cease drawing qi into the body and focus any remaining qi in the body into the dantian. However, allow your aura to remain untouched.Intermediate training schedule
Of course, this guide may be modified as you see fit to coincide with the time you have available to train. I would recommend completing the training schedule in Beginning Daoist Qigong before moving on to this one.
Standing Macrocosm form
San Bao Qigong
San Bao Qigong
Practice healing methods at any opportunity
San Bao Qigong
Practice healing methods at any opportunity
San Bao Qigong
Fa Jing (striking suspended objects)
This concludes the second article. Expect the next one to have a drastically different focus with a large shift in paradigm from qigong to kundalini yoga. Admittedly, a lot less time went into this one than went into Beginning Daoist Qigong (+EX) due to reasons mentioned at the beginning- regardless, I really hope it helps you out.
Thanks to: Kobok, Silverdawn, TheMistDragon, Prophecy, Silver_Archer, Ninja Kl0wn, Talyn, and anyone I left out- for their opinions and contributions, especially on the touchy subject of fa jing.
Until next time.
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