Who Are You, Really?

November 13, 2007 on 7:28 pm | In Books, metaphysical, Spring Forest Qigong | No Comments

This book has the best explanation I’ve ever read of energy channels and energy flows in Part 2:Experiencing Energy with chapters on Infinite Energy, The Secrets of the Spiritual Heart, and Transcending the Tendency to Close.

I loved the chapter titled “Removing Your Inner Thorn.” We put together such elaborate protection mechanisms when it would be easier to face the pain, deal with it, and move on.

Qigong & Women’s Health

June 9, 2007 on 1:28 pm | In Spring Forest Qigong | No Comments

Darci spoke at today’s Spring Forest Qigong guild meeting on the topic of women’s health. She has been studying qigong with Master Chunyi Lin for 10 years, and she is one of the healers at the Spring Forest Center for Health, Wellness & Empowerment. Darci recommended these active exercises as being particularly helpful for women:

  1. Breast massage – do this in the morning and in the afternoon (or at night). Rub your hands together. Close your eyes, smile, and place your intention in your heart. Put the middle of your palms on your nipples, then massage quickly but gently in circles inward toward your heart. Do this 36 times. Then change direction and do it again 36 times. You can repeat this two more times. Then raise your hands slightly above your breasts and take 3 deep breaths.
  2. Tap sacral area with open fist. This is a good thing to do every time you get up from your desk at work. It can help menstrual cramps.
  3. Bottom of the torso (perineum) massage. This one can help fibroid tumors, problems with ovaries, help with conception, and provide better lubrication. When this point opens, there will be a dip between the genital area and the anus. Put your middle finger (which is a heart point) on the area and massage clockwise 36 (or 101) times, then massage counter-clockwise the same number of times.
  4. Link your hands together and massage abdomen back and forth below the lower dantien.
  5. Moving of the yin and yang. This opens the front and back channels, can heal the spine and all the organs connected to it. It also clears the front channel (heart). Darci said that unhealthy emotions in women go directly to their ovaries. The benefits of this one are that it makes you more grounded and it clears the heart, which can also help menstrual cramps. Start with your right hand over your heart and your left hand over your lower dantien. Slowly bring your left hand up along the energy channel in front of your torso and bring your right hand down on the outside. Then bring your right hand up on the inside and your left hand down on the outside. Do this slowly for a long time. Women should finish with their right hand in on their stomach and their left hand on the outside. For men , it is the opposite.
  6. Small universe sitting meditation. This one should be done daily. The twelve points were chosen because it is easy for blockages to occur there and/or there are lots of energy channels there. (The twelve points are: lower dantien, bladder, bottom of the torso, bottom of the spine, lower back, kidney area, C7 vertebra in the spine, base of the skull, top of the skull, third eye, throat, heart) The small universe is good for the bladder, which helps with lubrication, the bottom of the torso and sacral area.

She said that when women are menstruating or pregnant that they are more vulnerable to blockages and infection, so those are not good times to have sex. Darci said that it is not a good idea to fast during those times either, for the same reasons.

Breast cancer is an emotional and spiritual issue for many women today. We need to practice more love, kindness, and forgiveness. We may have negative messages at a cellular level that we have picked up from our society, family, or spiritual community. It is important to clear ourselves of these messages on spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental levels. Women need to practice more self nurture, self love. Americans avoid touching their own bodies, because of shame or guilt (where do these come from?).

Darci practices active exercises for two hours every morning. She also recommends doing small universe every day.

“You don’t have to look like a guru, you don’t even have to look cute. You just have to show up.”

Sex uses kidney energy. It is extremely important to warm the body up before having sex. Foreplay is needed physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. So it is important that you be with someone you love. Your qi will be depleted if you don’t warm up. We are all energy beings. Sex is a time when you are uniting two energies, so it is incredibly important who you choose to be with.

Choosing exciting places is not a good message, because it introduces fear of getting caught and shame if you do get caught. Aggressiveness can be very hurtful to the other person, and can cause prolapsed uterus/anus. Having an orgasm releases kidney energy, so it is harmful to have sex 3-4 times per week. [What about sexual ankhing?]

If you are trying to conceive, don’t try every night. Once per week is best. Find a safe and comfortable place. It should be a time when you will not be rushed, e.g. 10pm-1am. Avoid times when it is stormy or there is bad weather.

Sound healing:

  • Kidney sound is who (visualize energy going to your kidneys)
  • Liver sound is she (visualize energy going to your liver)

Qigong in the news – New York Times

April 7, 2007 on 7:54 am | In Spring Forest Qigong | No Comments

We were surprised and impressed to read about Master Chunyi Lin in the article Exercisers Slow It Down With Qigong. This is the perfect fitness program for aging baby boomers, although after a weekend of Level III class we can attest to the fact that sometimes standing still can be a lot of work!

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