There are aspects of Super Human Morals of a Qigong Master that I would like to clarify. When Dynamo Jack talks about “Separation of Yin and Yang” most western mindsets are unable to grasp this important concept in Neigong or Qigong Meditation.
When we see Dynamo Jack use his hands, he’s not using them like some sort of contrived “psychic” waving off the evil spirits; he’s actually manipulating energy through “separation of yin and yang.”
But what does that mean to most people? I’m hoping to educate you a bit on this concept of separation in qigong meditation. This is a deeply academic subject that covers volumes of literature, but I’m hoping to be brilliant enough to make you understand this simple concept of yin / yang separation.
Basic Understanding of the “Keys”
I’m going to cover only the key concepts of what you need to understand in terms of using qigong in your everyday life.
Have you heard of mindfulness meditation? We use this concept of mindfulness meditation when we begin qigong meditation. We pay attention to only one function at a time during mindfulness meditation and that function begins with the breath.
We focus on the experience of respiration. We pay attention to the deepness of our breath. We pay attention to the completeness of the exhale. We focus on the feelings and sensations within that breath such as warmth and taste. We focus on the sound of our breathing, although it is relatively silent. This is mindfulness. The First Key is Attention.
When you apply your attention to any particular body part or a physiological function, you are sending energy to that part or function. For example, people with cardiovascular hypertension are very high strung. They pay a lot of attention to the pounding of the heart in their chests or the pain in their heads.
When you denote too much attention to certain functions that don’t need the extra energy, this causes an imbalance. We all have this in born ability to direct our energies through the focus of our minds. When we over obsess about a pain for instance, either physically or emotionally, we denote energy to that pain to make it stronger. For example, People with depression are especially capable of obsessing over their internal pain.
Fortunately, qigong is all about balance. The ancients who first studied qigong studied all of nature and how it maintains balance. These same researchers also perceived the human body as a microcosm of the universe with all the same energy ebbs and flows. More importantly, they studied our human connection with the rest of the universe including our planet.
Through their experiments, somehow, these qigong adepts realised that the “ley lines” or lines of energy forming a matrix around the globe was reflected within the microcosm of the human body as the energy meridians.
I hope I didn’t lose anyone there. Except for strong and weak forces, it’s rather like comparing the forces at work in the galaxy as they apply to our solar system, then apply those same principles to our planet, and finally to us.
In essence, the ancients studied how natural forces differentiate into separate polarities: Earth vs. Sky, Down vs. Up, Space vs. Mass, Gas vs. Solid, etc. They realised that all these separate universal polarities also exist within the living human. Therefore, in qigong and traditional Chinese Medicine, the living body is treated like a microcosm of the universe.
Since we are microcosms of the universe, we must be connected to the universe through equivalent lines of force. I’m hoping that I’m not going over anyone’s head with this.
To help clarify, I supposed we could think of a living body as a USB harddrive connected to a PC where we’ve downloaded important system information. (Let’s pretend we’re using a memristor artificial intelligence with graphene holographic memory.)
In essence, we’re all like USB harddrives connected to a PC as long as we’re alive or in this universe. As long as we maintain our connection to the PC, we can get energy and information to perform different tasks. By the same token, we get energy and information from the earth and the rest of the universe to live our lives through our connection. The second key of Qigong Meditation is connection.
For most people, their connection with the universe is limited because they are raised that way. All of us learn through communication. All of us get our energy from food.
But how many of us learn through alternate means like extra sensory perception? How many of us get our energy from alternate sources like the earth or the sky? Most of us are just not brought up that way, but it’s most important during meditation to focus our attention on our connections with the universe.
This is the original intention of meditation. When we concentrate our attention on our connections with the universe, we gain those alternate means of information and energy. We gain spiritual awareness. When you don’t do this, it’s like eating only bread and water. Some people eat only “bread and water,” yet they assume that they know everything they need to know about food.
I’m not focussing on these types of people. Right now, I want to focus on you by providing a few more key aspects on Qigong Meditation.
What is Qigong?
Chi (AKA Qi): “An internal energy that flows through the acupuncture meridians bringing a life-giving force to every organ in the body. Qi is used for every movement and action of the body; without it we die.” [p. 412, glossary, The Encylopedia of Dim-Mak, Erle Montaigue and Wally Simpson.]
You can look up further details on Qi or Chi at the Definitions Page. I put Erle Montaigue’s definition here because it’s short and gets to the point. (It does not matter if you spell it “Qigong” or “Chi Kung.” You will find that the Chinese Masters always pronounce it beyond any english spelling.)
Basically, Qi is like the current in a battery and Yin / Yang are like the negative / positive potential difference in that battery. In living humans, we have an ordered plethora of “current” pathways as opposed to only one in a battery. Our “current” pathways are called energy meridians according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
When we practice Qigong, we’re doing energy / breath work. We use the breath and the mind to help guide the “current” along the correct pathes of the energy meridians.
In soft style martial arts like taijiquan and the more estoric hard styles like Shoalin Kung Fu, we built energy in our extremities through exercise such as the kata. When we meditate, we take that energy from the extremities and focus it along our energy meridians using the mind and the breath. Then we pour that energy into our main energy reserves.
The most famous energy reserve is known as the “tan tien” which is located at our center of gravity, just below the navel. After pouring energy into the “tan tien,” we can emit energy (Qi) from it during our exercise again in a more focused way than before. We repeat this cycle and keep building upon it.
This is how we forge our bodies in the fire of our spirits.
How do we “emit” energy?
We emit energy in many ways: We emit heat and humidity on a regular basis. We emit biophotons in the ultraviolet region. We emit a biocoronal discharge made famous by Kirlian Photography, but as you see from the video at Super Human Morals of a Qigong Master, “Qi” is the most esoteric energy emission.
Evidently, Qi is a form of potential energy or scalar because it is able to manifest as tremendous heat when provided with the necessary human intention.
What creates potential energy? Separation of Yin and Yang: The greater the separation, the greater the potential difference. How does this happen in a human?
In our hands, we have an acupuncture point known as “Laogong.” This is point number 8 on the pericardium meridian (P8); it’s on the palm, on the “life line” between second and third metacarpal bones. “Laogong” literally translates as “labor center.” As “Laogong” applies to the hand, it means “hand center.” “Laogong” is the major exit / entry point for Qi for martial artists, energy therapists, and lovers holding hands.
The left hand is yin, therefore a receiver of energy. The right hand is yang, therefore a giver of energy. As you can imagine, this is the source of our potential difference: The separation of yin and yang are between are left and right hands, respectively. With the proper (Qigong or Neigong) training, we increase that potential difference, so the Qi can manifest itself in different ways according to our intention.
Here’s a simple Qigong Meditation method cited from Erle Montaigue’s Dim-Mak Encyclopedia which makes good use of “Laogong” points. This method works with anyone who is being too obsessive or having destructive thoughts of worry, fear, or similar:
Place the left hand (Qi receiver) on the forehead. Place the right hand (Qi emitter) on the tan tien (at the center of gravity, just below the navel). Let’s say you’re doing this for someone else. The breathing of both patient and practitioner should be in the tan tien and in sync. After a while, you may become aware of a pulsing in your Laogong points.
Don’t fix your mind on this sensation or it will disappear. Keep your mind on the breathing. (First, breathe in sync with the patient. Then gradually breathe slower and deeper until the patient syncs up with you.)
What you are doing is creating a pathway from the fore brain to the center of the body taking excess [energy] from one place and putting it where there is deficient [energy]… better to stay with the breath in tan tien and let the Qi flow take care of itself.
This is a good balancing treatment that is easy to do on yourself or another. The results can at times be astounding. Don’t be demanding in your expectations, or you may miss any effect that is forthcoming. [p. 398, The Pericardium Meridian, The Encylopedia of Dim-Mak, Erle Montaigue and Wally Simpson.]
I admit that this exercise convinces anyone of the effectiveness of using energy flow for balancing. Imagine how Dynamo Jack got there: All it takes is some serious discipline and dedication to your art.
Now, you know, quite simply the keys for utilising Qigong Meditation: Attention, Connection, and Energy Flow. We can utilise our natural potential energy as a separation of yin and yang with our hands for healing through balancing energy flow.
Now, you know that when we hold hands with our loved ones how it’s a “give and take” relationship.
Thanks for your time, Happy New Year.
Randolph, HealingMindN Medicine Man
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