This is one of my favorite Qigong meditations for healing. This video is Kris Deva North explaining the basic concepts of energy-flow in what the Taoist Classics describe as the 'Small Heavenly Cycle,' or 'Lesser Circulation.' This ancient practice was adapted for modern usage by Kris's teacher and co-author Grandmaster Mantak Chia as the 'Microcosmic Orbit.' For more details see "Overview".
This is an exercise to help you develop and improve your intuition. It is called a third person meditation and it is designed to help you observe, assess, feel, and be validate what you are sensing.
You first begin with a meditation.
Use a meditation technique and process you are comfortable with.
Now, visualize yourself leaving your body and now sitting opposite of yourself.
Tune in and observe what you see, sense, and feel as you begin to ask this other 'self' some questions.
Ask questions, such as "what are you feeling?"
Now, observe what hints you start to see, feel, and sense as this other 'self' responds to your question. Notice the emotions and feelings being portrayed or projected from this individual. In other words, analyze this other 'self' as a person in front of you, but be objective in this process. Also,make sure you only do this using a positive aspect. You don't want any negativity being part of this inspection process.
You can also add other topics and question - things that you would like to know about yourself, for example.Some thoughts or responses may be expressed through your unconscious self, Higher Self, or even spiritual self.
If you did this exercise in front of a mirror, the process would then become a mental exercise rather than an exercise to develop your senses. The objective of this exercise is to understand your feelings and develop your intuition. This is why you do this exercise in a meditation rather than a mirror.
This type of questioning & observation process can help broaden your ability to sense your different feelings. It can also help you tap into gaining a greater understanding of who you are and how you really feel. It can also help improve your intuition abilities using all your senses. This is why this exercise works - you are tuning into your feelings and senses and then using an internal process to validate what you sense.
This exercise will help strengthen your ability to tune in,sense, and develop your intuition.
Greg de Vries gently guides you to meditate and scan your body to help you be more aware of sensations and feeling within your body. The meditation helps you in being present and also increases your awareness to the sensations in your body.
You can do an internal body scan of your own body in a qigong meditation. This meditation allows you to look inward, connect with each of your organ systems, and then get feedback on what is going on inside your body. This type of internal assessment helps you OBSERVE & LISTEN so you can make tweaks and adjustments to improve how you are maintaining your health. The process allows you to improve your connection, communication, and partnership with your physical as well as energetic body.
QIGONG BODY SCAN MEDITATION
Begin the Qigong body scan meditation by using the meditation process you are most comfortable with; for example, sit in a chair, close your eyes, and visualize connecting and grounding with the earth.Take in some deep breaths and mentally go into a meditative state. Choose the organ system you want to assess and begin to visualize a process of looking deep within your physical body to check it out. Look at the organ(s), the blood flow, the blood quality, the tissues, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, skin, and nerves, etc. See if things seem to be flowing smoothly. Observe and assess any problems that may need attention, or determine if things are working as designed.
You may want to begin by selecting one Yin organ system at a time. This process allows you to focus on symptoms that present itself though a specific Yin organ system, and as such, you can then develop an approach for you can tweak and improve the energetic flow in that Yin organ system. The chart below has a grouped the five Yin organ systems along with the emotions you should pay attention to and common systems when things are out of balance. Once you have the assessment information on which Yin organ system needs attention, you can then focus your Qigong exercises and meditations on that specific Yin organ.
Here is an example of the process I use when I do a Qigong body scan meditation.
After I get in a meditative state and assess the overall organ and flow, I then change gears a bit and visualize myself as if I'm walking around inside my body and mentally directing questions to different parts of my body - almost as if they are on my team and I need their feedback on how the operations are running. I may mentally say in my mind, "How are things going?" and ask "are you getting what you need to do your job?", such as "Are you getting enough of the right nutrients?" or "Do you have enough water?" or "Do you need more Qi and is the quality good?". "Do you have enough oxygen?" or "Are you getting enough rest (or sleep), or am I working you too hard?"
I observe, listen, and solicit feedback from this part of my body. I make mental notes of what I discovered or learned so it can help me tweak or change what I need to do. I then thank that organ system for their hard work and bring up a sensation of love and then direct that energy of love & appreciation to the organ system I just assessed. (I want that organ system to FEEL loved & a real appreciation). I then move to the next system and repeat the process.
After I have completed my body scan, I may adjust my Qigong exercises to spend more time on the heart organ, for example. Or if I'm sad or depressed, I may need to add some sound meditations to help me purge those negative emotions.
The Qigong body scan is another tool available to help you be more proactive in maintaining and achieving a sense of health and wellness in your life.
Qigong uses techniques of meditation, focus, and visualization. You can use these techniques to change and/or improve the energy within your home. Here is a technique I use to help create, change, or improve the subtle energies of Qi in my home:
Some times I vary the color of mist based on the type of energy I want in my home. For example, at times I want healing energy to be in the home so that anyone who walks in the door will start to feel healthy and well. When I do that, I bring in bits of flickers of gold into the visualization. Other times I feel the need for more protection, so I visualize a hard energy bubble surrounding the perimeter, including the top and bottom of the home. Other times I want more energy of love and harmony in the home, and when I want that, I bring in a mist of green (the color of the 4th chakra, the balancing chakra) into the meditation.
I do these types of home energy visualizations most every weekend. I want to have my home be my sanctuary, and with this desire, I take these extra steps to help my world become my little oasis.
Meditation is a process that helps you get in a position to receive messages or direct thoughts and energy for a specific purpose. Meditation can direct thought energy in, or thought energy out. Which direction the energy flows is based on the intention of your thoughts and focus for the meditation.
The purpose of your meditation is what sets the mind into either the sending mode or the receiving mode. Setting up a goal prior to meditating will help you clarify the direction of where this energy will head and how it will flow.
For example, let's say that you want to receive guidance. Receiving guidance is an inward type of message, so the energy and messages will flow into your mind.
Here is an example of a "receiving guidance" type of meditation.
By repeating the meditation process of asking a specific and direct question and then waiting to receive the answer, you are placing yourself in a position to receive input. By following any thought that comes into your mind, you are training yourself to receive thoughts without prejudice.
Here is an example of a "directed energy" type of meditation.
An inward focused meditation allows you to be on the receiver side of messages and guidance. An outward and directed meditation allows you to guide and focus energy towards a specific purpose and desired outcome. Having a purpose to your meditation will help you be more successful in developing your meditation abilities.
This is a Qigong meditation to do for the spring equinox. The exercise will help you energize your body and revitalize your organs, particularly the liver.
From “The Way of Qigong” by Kenneth S Cohen
Here is a Qigong meditation I do to nourish my vital organs and help keep them energized so they can function smoothly. I do this Qigong meditation about once a week.
I do this meditation sitting and with my eyes closed.
I begin by taking a deep breath and visualizing an imaginary root coming from the base of my spine and going deep into the earth. I then visualize “my root” being connected with the earth and its tapping a source of life force energy. I then visualize, notice, and feel the earth’s life force energy coming into the root and being carried up into my body.
I then turn my attention on my LIVER and GALLBLADDER. I visualize the color green coming from the earth and this root connection I have with the earth. Green is the energy frequency that can energize the liver. I then visualize my liver filling with green vibrant Qi (chee) and do this until I feel it has been re-nourished.
I then turn my attention on my HEART, PERICARDIUM (the sack around the heart), SMALL INTESTINES. I visualize the color RED coming from the earth and the root connection I have with the earth. Red is the energy frequency and pattern that harmonizes with the heart. I visualize my heart filling with red vibrant Qi (chee) and do this until I feel it has been re-nourished I then visualize my small intestines being nourished and filled with Qi.
I then turn my attention on my SPLEEN, STOMACH, and PANCREAS in my abdomen. I visualize the color YELLOW coming from the earth and the root connection I have with the earth. Yellow is the color and energy frequency most closely patterned with the spleen and stomach. I visualize my spleen, stomach, and pancreas filling with yellow vibrant Qi (chee) and do this until I feel they are all nourished with life force energy.
I then turn my attention on my LUNGS and LARGE INTESTINES. I visualize the color WHITE coming from the earth and the root connection I have with the earth. White is the color most closely connected to the energy which nourishes the lungs. I visualize my lungs filling with white vibrant Qi (chee) and do this until I feel it has been re-nourished I then visualize my large intestines being nourished and filled with Qi.
I then turn my attention on my KIDNEYS, BLADDER, and SEXUAL ORGANS. I visualize the dark BLUE or BLACK coming from the earth and the root connection I have with the earth. Blue/black is the color most closely connected to the energy which nourishes the kidneys, bladder, and sexual organs (for females it is the uterus & ovaries/for males it is the testicles). I visualize my kidneys filling with dark blue/black vibrant Qi (chee) and do this until I feel the kidneys are re-nourished I then visualize my bladder and sexual organs being nourished and filled with Qi.
I am now nourished and filled with revitalized Qi and energy to help my body function smoothly.
There are many different ways to meditate. This is just one example of a meditation. The meditation engages the chakra system of the spiritual body. The chakras comprise 7 points starting at the base of the spine to the top of the head.
1. Start with loose and free fitting clothes. The chakra points should be free and clear of pressure.
2. Sit in a position that you feel is beneficial. This can be in a chair or on the floor. You do not need to be in a lotus style of sitting. The choice is up to you. There is no right or wrong way to sit.
3. You can close your eyes or keep your eyes open. However you find the easiest method to stay focused on the meditation.
4. Take a slow deep breath in and release it slowly. Take another deep breath in and then release it slowly. Visualize the first chakra located at the base of the spine. Visualize the color (red), the clarity (is it clear, opaque, or a combination of such), the shape, and the energy or energy patterns associated with the first chakra. Connect and be aware of the first chakra. Go through a grounding exercise, then as you feel the first chakra point activated, dwell on it and see how it feels and reacts with your soul. Then go to the 2nd chakra point and do the same. Do all the chakra points in this manner.
5. When you are ready, move your visualization to the 2nd chakra. Visualize the color (orange), the clarity (is it clear, opaque, or a combination of such), the shape, and the energy or energy patterns associated with this chakra. Connect and be totally aware and connected to this chakra.
6. When you are ready, move your visualization to the 3rd chakra. Visualize the color (yellow), the clarity (is it clear, opaque, or a combination of such), the shape, and the energy or energy patterns associated with this chakra. Connect and be totally aware and connected to this chakra.
7. When you are ready, move your visualization to the 4th chakra. Visualize the color (green), the clarity (is it clear, opaque, or a combination of such), the shape, and the energy or energy patterns associated with this chakra. Connect and be totally aware and connected to this chakra.
8. When you are ready, move your visualization to the 5th chakra. Visualize the color (blue), the clarity (is it clear, opaque, or a combination of such), the shape, and the energy or energy patterns associated with this chakra. Connect and be totally aware and connected to this chakra.
9. When you are ready, move your visualization to the 6th chakra. Visualize the color (violet), the clarity (is it clear, opaque, or a combination of such), the shape, and the energy or energy patterns associated with this chakra. Connect and be totally aware and connected to this chakra.
10. When you are ready, move your visualization to the 7th chakra. Visualize the color (indigo or white), the clarity (is it clear, opaque, or a combination of such), the shape, and the energy or energy patterns associated with this chakra. Connect and be totally aware and connected to this chakra.
11. Feel and be aware of the chakra's and their relationship with each other and their separation.
12.When you are ready to end the meditation, release your focus from the 7th chakra.
13.And when ready, release the energy from the 6th chakra.
14.Then release the energy from the 5th chakra.
15.Release the energy from the 4th chakra.
16. Release the energy from the 3rd chakra.
17. Release the energy from the 2nd chakra.
18. Release the energy from the 1st chakra.
19. Release the energy from the root to the earth.
20. Come out of your meditation.
How long should this take?
Time constraints will disturb the meditation. Do what you feel is right. At first the time will be short but will grow with practice.
Should your eyes be shut?
Your eyes may either be open or closed. Your choice. Either way is OK.
Should you be alone?
If you are meditating with another person do not face each other. Facing each other will have you feel the sharing of energy and joining and this will disturb the subconscious mind. As you meditate you still have control of your mind and can withdraw at any time.
This Qigong meditation can help harmonize the kidneys and the heart. If you have heart or kidney problems, or are consistently tired and exhausted, have insomnia, anxiety, and/or palpitations, this meditation can help. This meditation helps balance the coordination of "fire and water" in the body.
Different chakra energies provide different types of experiences. You can train yourself to cultivate and use these subtle energies for more diverse purposes.
QiCultivation.com - Information on using the tools and methods to better sense subtle, spiritual energies, as well as receive and interpret the messages, and use/direct those energies.
AnotherQ.com - Personal experiences with subtle, spiritual energy.
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