What Is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is a simple, efficient, effective method for healing physical, mental and emotional pain.

The goal of simple Qi Gong movement is to learn how to open your energy channels and maintain balance. With balance comes healing, peak performance, health, inner peace, harmony and happiness.

Qi Gong has been practiced for thousands of years and, originated in China. Chinese people call the energy in a person’s body “Qi.” “Gong” means “the work of” or “the practice of.” Thus, Qigong is the practice of energy. The movements are slow and focused, a bit like Tai Chi.

For thousands of years, the practice of Qigong was a closely guarded secret, revealed only to a chosen few. Even today, traditional Qigong techniques can require years of rigid, disciplined practice to develop proficiency. Many Qigong masters also do not explain why or how Qigong works. Spring Forest Qi Gong is simple, easy to follow and effective creating balance between the yin (female) and yang (male) energy in the body, essential for optimum health and vitality.

Blockages in our energy systems in the body can occur for many reasons and over many years. Energy gets blocked by negative emotion, poor nutrition, an unhealthy environment, changes in the weather, injuries and medication.

Negative emotion is a huge factor in the health of our body. It has been shown that negative emotions cause changes in the communication between cells, their physical structure becomes distorted and vital hormonal messages do not get through. There is an imbalance between the top and bottom halves of the body. A simple change in emotion, thoughts of happiness, joy, gratitude, cause instant shifts in body chemistry, more communication between the cells of our body and a more balanced system.

Longterm ingestion of processed foods, high in saturated fats and refined sugars is detrimental to our health as the body lacks vital nutrients and micro-elements, essential for normal body function. Lack of water quickly causes dehydration. Many people in the Western world suffer from chronic dehydration which can lead to kidney problems, circulation and liver problems over time.

Believe it or not, your environment plays a large part in the health of your body over time. Feng Shui is a traditional practice originating from ancient China, which uses energy forces in the land to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. The term feng shui means “wind-water”. Qi Gong incorporates Feng Shui for optimal energy flow within and without the body. Feng Shui affects everyone living in a home so, by optimising this energy, you automatically benefit all who live there.Different parts of the body represent the different elements described in Feng Shui such as earth (stomach and pancreas), water (kidneys), metal (lungs), fire (heart) and wood (liver & gall bladder). These elements and body areas also reflect the seasons which is why, changes in weather can adversely affect our health. Spring relates to the liver area, summer to the heart, stomach and small intestines, autumn, to the lungs and winter, to the kidneys. It is fascinating to study the interconnection between our planet, our body and, Universal energy, via the art of both Qi Gong and Feng Shui.
Physical or emotional injury stops the natural flow of energy in our bodies and this can lead to long-term problems if not cleared via practices to recreate good flow, such as Qi Gong. Medication is not natural for our bodies and can create an imbalance over time. Many people are wrongly prescribed, wrongly diagnosed or, suffer from bad side effects of medication.
All of these forms of energy blockage can be cured by the long-term practice of Qi Gong. Unlike Western medicine, which is passive, with the patient not being involved, not effective at healing the root cause and not preventative in stopping further illness or pain, costly, only looks at the physical body, not usually the mental body and, can have unpleasant side-effects, the Eastern practice of Qi Gong can be practiced either actively or passively, can lead to complete healing, both mental and physical, heals energetically, more completely, faster, at low cost with no side effects and, can prevent future health problems.

Qi Gong - breathing and the Immune System

Two of the most important factors in protecting yourself from getting or, recovering from the SARS-CoV-2 virus which creates the disease COVID-19 are: a healthy respiratory system and a healthy immune system.
Amongst many other things, Qi Gong has been shown to help boost the immune system and increase oxygen delivery to the tissues of your body. Deep breathing, as discussed in my recent post, brings more oxygen into the lungs, leading to more oxygen in the blood and consequently, more oxygen delivered to each cell in the tissues of your body. This enhanced delivery improves the efficiency of cellular processes and creates balance throughout your body. Inhaling slowly and deeply stimulates your sympathetic nervous system which creates your stress “fight or flight” response by increasing heart rate, constricting blood vessels and increasing blood pressure. This system is essential in short-term, emergency situations but, is damaging if left on for prolonged periods like long-term stress and anxiety. Exhaling slowly and completely signals your parasympathetic nervous system to slow down the heart rate, decrease blood pressure, improve digestion, detoxify and maintain good kidney function and reproduction. A balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems is essential for normal homeostasis (balance) in your body systems.
Your immune system is vital for health and longevity. It can be nourished and improved using Qi Gong, a healthy diet and, a good environment in terms of Feng Shui. This system is our defence which, if compromised, leads to blocks in our energy flow throughout the body. Negative emotions creating stress, weaken our immune system. Stress can lead to insomnia, poor digestion, acidic, non-nutritious diet, infertility and decreased libido and increased toxins in the body. Weak immune systems can lead to allergies, autoimmune disease, diabetes, obesity, hypo- or hyper-thyroidism, increased infections and motor neurone disease such as Parkinsons, Myasthenia Gravis or Multiple Sclerosis.
A simple Qi Gong exercise which you can practice daily, involves bouncing your body. This simple but effective exercise grounds your energy in your lower torso, whilst boosting both your lymphatic and immune systems. It simultaneously helps realign the spine, balancing the body and relieves shoulder and back pain caused by prolonged seating in bad postural alignment.Stand with your feet parallel, just over shoulder-width apart, bend your knees as you gently bounce your body up and down. Relax your torso and shoulders but keep your spine straight. Let your arms flop by your sides as you bounce. Do this for three minutes (one minute will suffice if you don’t have much time). Then, lift your arms above your head, let your hands go floppy and continue bouncing gently for another three minutes. Imagine a beautiful white light coming down through your head and spreading throughout your body and into the room around you. Focus on gentle deep breathing and imagine all your energy channels opening up. You have several important energy points in your hands and wrists which connect to your heart, lungs and reproductive organs. Bouncing helps to open these up and re-balance the body.

Emotion is Energy and, your Emotions determine your Reality. To be Sick or, To be Healthy – That is the Question!

Emotions, just like your thoughts, are energy. Positive emotions like happiness, joy, gratitude, love, forgiveness, appreciation, have a positive effect on the biochemistry of your body. Conversely, negative emotions like worry, anxiety, anger, hatred, depression, revenge, have a negative effect. Stress is endemic in the Western world and causes the body’s natural homeostatic mechanisms to become out of balance. Long-term stress is basically a killer as your body can only adjust for so long to the negative effects such as – a depressed immune system, lack of adequate circulation, poor digestion, insomnia, underperforming body systems – before succumbing to ill health and even death. People who live longest generally have a nutritious diet, sufficient exercise and a happy, loving outlook on life. Happiness and sustained positive emotions help to open the energy channels in your body so much so that actual gene expression changes towards healing, reproduction, longevity and a strong immune system.
When you are stressed, constantly angry, resentful, seeing the worst in every situation, this generates a lot of energy in the form of heat. This energy gets stuck in the liver, heart, digestive system and illness develops over many years. Qi Gong heals your body by naturally opening up blocked channels, re-creating flow and harmony. It helps lift our mood so that we feel peace and joy. The more positive emotions we feel, the happier our bodies become. It is a choice – whether we choose positive or negative emotions. Our emotions become habitual and thus, determine our reality. Many people spend most of their lives in stress, fear, worry, discontentment. They are in a kind of negative trance, not seeing good in anything and expecting the worst to happen. If you consciously focus on more positive emotions, start with simple gratitude, start each day with gratitude for 20 things in your life. Then work up to happier emotions like forgiveness, love and joy. Make it your intention, during this enforced time of reflection, to make your thoughts, and therefore, your life, happier! Have you noticed that your emotions affect those around you also? Other people become sad or angry like you. You don’t want to spend time with a negative person if you are happy and positive – the energy just doesn’t feel right! People are attracted to happy, joyful personalities. They enjoy being close to that energy. So, if you feel depressed or fed up, think about what this is doing to your body and those around you, those you love? You owe it to yourself to raise your mood by thinking happy thoughts, doing things that make you feel good, noticing the beauty of nature all around you. Even plants are affected by negative emotion. They thrive in happy homes, filled with love. After all – plants are just energy also.
Our bodies are more than 70% water, as is our planet.Dr Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, conducted ground-changing experiments on water in his book “The Hidden Messages of Water” almost twenty years ago. He photographed frozen water crystals several hours after simply writing a word, positive or negative on the front of a beaker of water, prior to freezing. Emoto discovered that the water crystals with positive emotions written on their beaker like “love”, “appreciation”, “hope”, “joy” were totally exquisite, symmetrical and a joy to behold! The water in the beakers with negative emotions written on them, such as “hate”, “fear”, “anger”, in contrast, were distorted, unsymmetrical and, almost toxic! So, if this is happening in an experiment, imagine what it might be doing to your body if you live in the mindset of negativity? Imagine how healthy your body will be if you think lovely, happy thoughts on a regular basis?

Your purpose in life is to find joy and happiness.

You can use Qi Gong to heal your body using the 5 elements mentioned earlier. Different parts of the body represent the different elements described in Feng Shui such as earth (stomach and pancreas), water (kidneys), metal (lungs), fire (heart) and wood (liver & gall bladder). These elements and body areas also reflect the seasons. Spring relates to the liver area, summer to the heart, stomach and small intestines, autumn, to the lungs and winter, to the kidneys. Hence, both the environment and, your own body, are represented by the five elements used in the optimisation of Feng Shui for positive, healthy energy flow. As within, so without.
As you can see from this chart, if you start with your liver and follow the flow clockwise, the liver and gall bladder are “green” and represent the element wood (think of green leaves). The liver is where the emotion of happiness resides. If you are angry, you cannot feel happy and this anger displaces the positive emotion with the negative emotion of anger. Long-term anger will affect the health of your liver and gall bladder. This is initiated by a blockage in the energy flow within your liver and, takes many years of negativity to develop. Your liver energy should be positive, happy, healthy energy which flows to the heart, depicted in red. This energy should be envisaged as “rose pink”, represented by the element fire and this is where the positive emotion of joy lives. If you feel persistent feelings of the opposite of joy, the negative emotion of hatred, this displaces the positive energy flow in your heart and causes a blockage. Included in your heart energy channel are: your brain; the colour of your face; your tongue; thyroid and small intestines. Blockages in the heart can manifest in any of these areas as illness, over time.
Continue now to the stomach, spleen, pancreas, joints, muscles, lips – depicted in yellow, representing the element earth. This area is where the positive emotions of peace and groundedness live. The negative emotion which can replace this is persistent worry and overthinking. The energy from here then flows to the lungs, represented by the element metal and visualised as white energy in the lungs. The positive emotion of contentment or appreciation resides in the lungs. This can be replaced by the negative emotion of sadness and depression (grief) creating illness in the lungs or large intestine.
The final energy system, flowing from the lungs, is in the kidneys, represented by the element water and envisaged as dark blue energy. The kidney system includes your hair, ears, bones and bone marrow, female breasts, adrenal glands, kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs and anus. Positive thoughts of gratitude boost your kidney energy whereas negative thoughts of fear, deplete this energy. The kidneys are vital as, when you are born, your energy enters your body via your kidney channel and, as you get chronically sick and head towards death, your energy leaves via this channel.

West versus East in terms of healing:

Do you want to be relieved of pain or, achieve resolution of illness?

Traditional western medicine, whilst innovative, advanced and increasingly specialised, only tends to focus on physical ailments, ignoring the emotions which may have contributed to the illness over time. Qi Gong focuses mainly on the emotions, emotions based on thoughts, not on the symptoms of illness but, on the clearing of blocked energy. With prolonged exposure to positive emotions, an alkaline, non-acidic diet and the frequent practice of Qi Gong, the body can heal. It has amazing self-healing powers, often ignored by western medical regimes which, if activated, can lead to reduction in painful symptoms, increased energy and vitality and the resolution of illness. Western diets tend to be acidic – indulgence in processed foods, too much refined sugar and saturated fats, lead to increased acidity – this upsets the normal balance of the body fluids and, leads to energy blockages in body systems, over time. Acidic energy is also created by negative emotions like anger. This negative energy gets stuck in our internal organs and leads to illness, fatigue and exhaustion as the natural energy flow between organs has been blocked. Simply reverting to a better diet, rich in unprocessed foods, low in refined carbohydrates and rich in unsaturated fats, with plenty of organic, green, leafy vegetables, nuts, fruit and vegetables and plenty of water, transforms our bodies by increasing the alkalinity and resuming a natural, balanced pH which optimises the functioning of all body systems. This, combined with consistent positive emotions like love, forgiveness and happiness, has a dramatic effect on healing the body and resuming balance between all the organ systems.
Qi Gong healing does not require knowledge of the ailment or symptoms of an illness. It works by resetting the natural balance of the organ systems, all of which, are interconnected and inter-dependant. It works by inducing healing, not by masking symptoms with prescribed medication. It is aimed at a long-term cure, not control of a chronic condition through drugs. It has no side effects, is free and resolves blockages in the body which may not yet have manifested as illness. It is a win:win situation! Western medicine does not take into account the power of the emotions in creating illness and, the ability for emotions to get us out of trouble, simply by changing our focus and using them for our benefit. Emotions direct energy flow, help convey vital messages between organ systems, can reset the energy flow in any system thereby changing the health and life of anyone who understands and uses this divine knowledge. You naturally feel good when you experience positive emotions. Your body has an inner guidance system. As we learn to take notice of our emotions and see how bad we feel when these are negative, then we can consciously focus on something more positive to change our mood and benefit our health.

The power of 5 element healing

As you have read, when the body energy moves clockwise, all the body systems support each other and the body is in harmony. Wood (liver) supports fire (heart). Fire supports the earth (stomach, pancreas, triple heaters) which, in turn, supports metal (lungs). Metal supports water (kidneys) and the body is in balance. What happens when this energy flows the opposite way? Too much wood (anger in the liver) uses up the water energy from the kidneys. In an effort to gain more water, the metal energy in the lungs is under stress to create more flow to the kidneys. If the lungs fail to produce more energy to support the kidneys then, they try to gain more energy via the stomach and pancreas in the form of earth energy. If there is not enough earth, then the heart fire energy gets involved and will suffer from depleted energy. The whole energy system is going backwards, everything gets out of sync and the body is in trouble. So, do you see that, if you have massive anger, this uses up your liver and kidney energy and will also hurt the digestive system, lungs and heart? Everything is affected and your body is fighting to maintain any sort of balance. This is why illness develops over time. It is actually, incredible, how well our poor bodies cope under so much stress before succumbing to illness! It actually takes ten years of dietary abuse to develop type II diabetes! We should be so grateful for our amazing bodies and do everything we can to get back into balance emotionally and physically for optimum, prolonged health and mental wellbeing. We were designed to be happy, eat a healthy diet and avoid negativity wherever possible. Everything in your life will improve as a result – relationships, energy and vitality, optimism, clarity and focus.
Let me ask you – do you have any ailments, pain or sickness? Where are they based? Do you suffer from persistent negativity which you can’t seem to shake off? Can you now see how you may have some energy blockages in your body systems which have created these symptoms or habits? Would you like to alleviate them and return to a healthier state? As both a western and eastern trained medical consultant, I can help you do this. We can discuss your current health in detail, confidentially, examine your best course of action to improve your health whether this remains in the field of western medicine or, incorporates a more eastern, natural approach to healing. Together we can address any health issues, mental or physical and set you on the road to recovery! I offer a free initial consultation with bespoke health packages to achieve your optimum results. Your health is of great importance to me. My mission is to help those who are suffering from ill health, in whatever form, to achieve wellness, a better outlook and control over their overall, longterm wellbeing.
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