I have been a nurse and been involved in western medicine for many, many years, and western medicine is what I now call, the front door. When I started to learn about Chinese Medicine in Acupuncture school, it was there I learned about the existence of other access points into the human body that was an alternative to the front door approach. But when I learned about Qi-gong, it was as if I was now given the very key that opened into the entire human body, mind, and spirit itself. I now had the key to open and go into that back door!
When I learned to open that door, it was as if I was now able to see, feel, and hear what is actually going on inside a person's body, mind, and spirit as if I was in the middle of the action. It is that amazing of an experience.
This is how it works for me. When I first start a Qi-gong session, I visually ground myself and then visually ground the patient. I usually begin with an assessment of their entire energy field, and after that, I start to focus on one organ, such as the liver. It is usually at this point that I am allowed into the person's energy field and now start to see, feel, and sense their different organs and systems. This is when I have the awareness I have been allowed into this person's back door and my senses are receiving information about what is going on inside this persons body.
Once I am in and have that awareness I am getting information about their organs and body, I begin to assess things one by one. I may see or feel something in a certain part of the body or with a certain organ. For example,
- "Oh, those lungs look swollen and some areas in the lungs seem very constricted. They are not elastic like they should be. His asthma is worse than he is letting on."
- "Yikes, those bones are rubbing against each other and there is no cushion in the joints at all. I will direct energy to those joints to lessen her pain."
- "Her kidneys are dry, dry, dry. No wonder she has back pain. I'm going to fill her kidneys with Qi until I sense they are plump and pink."
- "Her heart is broken and can feel her sadness in her heart and lungs. She needs to have that stagnant energy purged and then needs new vibrant energy directed to her heart and lungs. It will help her to not feel overwhelmed with grief."
- "Energy is blocked and not flowing in her left eye. I will need to purge the blockage there and get things to flow in her head and in her eye. I can see how this is causing her eye to not heal."
- "This person's left side of his head is cold and even feels concave. He is not getting enough energy flowing to that side of his brain. It is no wonder he is having headaches and feeling stressed and uptight."
- "Her liver sparkles. There is no problem in her liver."
- "I can tell she is burning the candle on both ends of the day because when I look at her kidneys, they are gray. They should be pink. She needs more energy directed to her kidneys or she is going to start having health problems."
- "Her Spiritual Guide is in the room and wants me to direct energy up the bottom of her feet to help her ground and connect with the earth."
Qi-gong can be, for some practitioners, a way to access the patients energy field and be allowed in through that back door to see (or sense) what is really going on inside the person's body. With that type of access, a practitioner can help direct energy to identify what is going on, or can help direct energy to help the body heal and/or get in balance. This process of back door access allows a different way to treat and heal. It is like being able to go in the back door and treat from the inside out.
It is remarkable. It really is.