Those types of experiences were moments when your physical self recognized and felt that Qi/life force energy. What you felt was real; you may not have known the energy transfer and mechanism going on within you, but you did have a physical experience to this subtle energy moving inside your body.
Once you recognize that you have this subtle energy within you, and it is a part of your very being, flowing and moving in your body, you can start to tune in and feel it in other situations. You can even learn to sense its flow, its movement, and what feelings and sensations it is triggering in your body.
For me, I started to pay attention to how and when I feel Qi beyond those moments when I get goosies or am spiritually moved. I have discovered I can
- feel Qi flow dripping in the back of my throat when I receive an acupuncture treatment
- see Qi as different colors when I am receiving or giving a Qigong medical treatment
- feel and hear Qi flowing as a "swoosh" at some acupuncture points
- feel Qi flowing and see different colors during Qigong exercises
- feel and hear Qi during Qigong meditations
This subtle energy follows a structured path in and around the physical body. The path it follows is known as meridians and channels. These pathways were were mapped thousands of years ago by people tuned into subtle energy. It is said that many of the paths were identified by Buddhist Monks who tuned into each of the acupuncture points, one by one, sensing and tracking the energy, the flow, and what effect the energy had on different parts of the body. This ability to tune in and sense to that degree of detail is truly a remarkable ability and it does show you to what degree a person can tune in and feel their Qi.
When I was first learning Qigong, our instructor began by having us become aware of our Qi by partnering with someone in the class. We then would have our partner stand still while we would slowly walk toward them with an out-stretched hand, trying to determine where there was an energy change. We would stop when we felt an energy change or a gentle ridge of energy. This, we learned, was the person's personal energy field. With additional practice, we were able to then determine more layers and levels of subtle invisible energy surrounding this person. This lesson helped us become open to recognizing this invisible subtle energy force that surrounds everyone.
Tuning In to Qi
After you accept the fact you have a subtle energy force around and within you, you may decide you want to have more experiences where you feel and interact with this energy. To do this, you need to create more opportunities for that type of connection and interaction. This is what I have found as a way for me to have more interactions with Qi:
- before I do Qigong exercises, I mentally and silently say to myself I want to feel the Qi energy flow during this exercise. My mind is then alerted to what I'm expecting it to produce.
- before I do a Qigong meditation, I mentally say to myself, I want to feel and experience the Qi energy during my meditation, and I often feel the energy during the exercise.
- before I give a Qigong medical treatment, after I ground and connect with the earth, then take a deep breath, and mentally see myself going into an energetic room, filled with Qi energy. This helps me direct Qi to my patients.
If you want to feel Qi, start paying attention to those moments when you feel something different happening within you, like a connection to music, color, food, someone you love, or goosies. Establish a routine where you open your mind up for more of those experiences when the subtle energy is able to connect and interact with you. You can also create a routine where you just be open to any type of Qi sensing experience. This can be via Qigong exercise, meditation, treatment or any activity where subtle energy is created or moved.
Explore the possibility the subtle energy of Qi can provide you with more sensing and stimulating experiences.