This is the process I have used to study Qi and make it a bigger part of my life. Maybe some of these methods will resonate and work for you as well.
If you want to improve your ability to sense and feel Qi, I recommend to pay more attention to those moments when you feel something different happening within you. You can pay attention to what you feel like when you are in nature, for example, or times you are eating something you like, or listening to a song or music that moves you. It is those feelings of joy that come through when you are sensing Qi.
You can feel those moments of joy and pleasure in almost anything, and almost anywhere. For me, I feel it greater in nature, or when I'm eating something yummy, or enjoying a lovely beverage. I also tune in and feel Qi when I'm listening to music, or watching a movie that moves me, or theater, art, or sunlight through a prism glass. During these moments, I tune in and allow those feelings of joy to resonate through my whole soul and body. It becomes SEALED within my soul, and I FEEL that Qi as now part of me.
Also, I pay SPECIAL attention when I feel awe, get goosies, or chills up my spine. This is when I know I am receiving a splurge of Qi as if it is shouting, "NOTICE ME!" So I do.
Create Time to Tune into Qi Experiences
Life is often busy and hectic, but if you want to have more Qi feeling experiences, you need to make opportunities for those moments of wonder in your life. One way I found that works for me is to routinely schedule time to spend with life force energy. This may be time to do gentle movements of my body (qigong exercises), or meditating, or just sitting with a lovely cup of tea and pondering.
If scheduling time for Qi interaction is impossible for you, another option is take more notice of Qi in your activities of daily living. When you eat, for example, really notice the color, texture, smell, and taste of the food with each bite. FEEL the experience and FEEL your Qi expand. Or if you are going out for drinks with your buddies, you can easily take a moment and smell the beer, savor the taste of the drink, and FEEL the smells, colors, and sensations of drinking, even if it is just for a moment. There are a multitude of activities you do every day you can refocus your thoughts, attention, and FEELINGS on the Qi experience.
Interpreting Subtle Qi Messages
As you improve your ability to sense Qi, you will get better at being able to differentiate the different types of Qi energies, anyway, that is what happened to me. I started to sense differences in Qi - colors, sounds,flows, images. I even started to see Qi in the air in certain places in nature.
As you improve your ability to sense different types of Qi, this is when the real excitement and fun really begins! Anyway, it did for me. This is when the door to wonder and amazement really opened during medical Qigong treatments, I was able to "see" things, "hear things" and "feel things" in the Qigong treatment. It was as if I learned a new language and could interpret was the Qi was telling me. The Qi was now speaking to all my senses and feelings, and I was tuned in and listening.
You can also learn to direct and move Qi. This is when things really start to get interesting. If you do martial arts Qigong, this is when you direct Qi to disarm your enemy. If you do Qigong exercises, this is when you feel changes in your body during the exercise. Because I do medical Qigong, this is where the magic of healing blossomed.
The study of life force energy is a way to help you improve your ability to sense Qi, use Qi, and direct Qi. When you study Qigong, you may find yourself on a path of wonder and amazement, and if you continue walking that path, you may even discover a world you didn't even know existed.