The Way of Chi - The Practice of the Buddha Hand
Cosmic Healing Chi Kung (or Qi Cong) is an important branch of Tao (or Dao), a comprehensive system for cultivating body, energy and mind.
Chi means "energy" or "life force"; kung means "work" or "effort." Cosmic Chi Kung is about developing the ability to use
Chi for self-healing purposes. Taoist masters developed this practice to transform the interference fields and blockages present in the body into usable energy. This discipline is useful for anyone interested in complementary and alternative healing methods, either for themselves or as a therapist; for anyone who wants to realize their human potential on a higher level of consciousness.
We humans owe our lives to a unique combination of forces and energies in our environment and within us. The two main forces are electricity and magnetism. Bioelectric magnetism in the Western world is the term for "life force" or what the Taoists call "Chi." Bio means life; electro refers to the universal energies (yang) of the stars and planets; and magnetism refers to the earth energies (yin) or gravitational forces that prevail on all celestial bodies. Bio-electric magnetism or chi infuses everything in the heavens, on earth, and in nature. For five thousand years, adepts of Cosmic Chi Kung have used long-established methods to harness this inexhaustible reservoir of chi to greatly increase the self-healing energy available to them.
Two basic types of chi operate in humans:
1. Prenatal Chi, a combination of chi and ching, it is inherited from parents and manifests as innate vitality; and
2. Postnatal Chi, that form of vitality which an individual acquires during life and which manifests as the light that shines behind personality and self-consciousness.
The Taoist teachings therefore pay special attention to the 5 elements diet and special breathing exercises. Plants absorb the cosmic energies of the sun and the magnetic forces of the earth to assimilate and transform them, making these energies available to all living beings. Instead of absorbing universal chi only after it has been processed by plants, the adepts of Cosmic Chi Kong go directly to the source of this primordial energy. When we align ourselves with the cosmic forces, we become a channel through which we can absorb and process these energies in direct connection with the universe through body, soul, and spirit. With the help of the techniques of Cosmic Chi Kung and meditation, we are thus enabled to specifically control this cosmic energy.
In Cosmic Chi Kung, people are compared to a filled oil lamp. Many people burn their fuel at high intensity without ever taking time to replenish the oil in the lamp. Alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and promiscuity all accelerate the consumption of this fuel. The exercises of Cosmic Chi Kung are about replenishing these inner energies. The Taoists have recognized that human beings have only a limited supply of chi. However, if we are able to connect with the inexhaustible sources of energy in the universe, we gain an unlimited chi capacity and - within the limits of our human nature - constantly replenish ourselves with the infinite abundance of energy around us.
Among the most important fundamentals of Cosmic Chi Kung is the mastery of chi. In five steps you can learn to master chi, the true method of Taoist teaching is oral transmission, as it has been cultivated for over five thousand years.
Step 1: Preserve Chi
In the system of Cosmic Chi Kung, the primary goal is to learn to preserve chi. This can be illustrated with all kinds of metaphors. For example, if a battery is completely drained, it is more difficult to recharge it.
Similarly, if you are completely drained, it is harder to regain energy. Another example states that you must have money mass to make money and have chi to make chi. Preserving chi helps you gain more chi.
In order to have more chi, we must first gain control of those gates through which we habitually lose energy, which unconsciously causes our life force to deplete.
We lose energy
- through our reproductive system
- through negative emotions
- through the fact that we constantly turn our senses outward.
So what good would it do us to acquire more chi without knowing how to hold on to the chi we already have?
Cosmic Chi Kung: Small Energy Circuit
Step 2: Harmonize Chi
Next, we learn to harmonize our chi; that is, we ensure an unobstructed and balanced flow of energy throughout the body, the ideal of Chinese medicine, by the way. If our energy is not balanced, we may have too much of it in some places and too little in others. We may also be too yang or too yin, or we may suffer from an excess or deficiency of heat, cold, dampness or dryness. In such cases, we tend to have extreme reactions and erratic physical conditions.
Step 3: Transform Chi
In the third step, we learn to transform our chi into more useful forms of energy. For example, using Taoist sexual practices (Healing Love), we can transform sexual energy into fundamental life force. Other techniques, such as the Inner Smile, the Six Healing Sounds, and the Fusion of the Five Elements can be used to transform negative emotional energy into positive chi, or to release emotional blockages seated in the physical body through special massage techniques such as Chi Massage or Chi Nei Tsang. Therefore, chi is not only the foundation of our health, but also the foundation of our spiritual development.
Step 4: Increase Chi
Once we have completed these first three stages of controlling chi, we can begin to learn how to increase it. Chi permeates the entire universe: heaven, earth and nature. Cosmic Chi Kung involves time-honored methods for tapping into these unlimited chi reserves and greatly increasing the amount of energy available to us. To do this, it is essential to have first mastered the basic stages of preserving, harmonizing, and transforming chi before we engage in its augmentation. Otherwise, we may waste the energy we collect or unconsciously amplify the disharmonious, negative energies that we cannot yet properly control.
Step 5: Projecting Chi
Finally, we learn to expand our mind to be able to absorb the inexhaustible chi of nature and the universe to heal our body, soul and spirit, as well as to support other people. When we practice Cosmic Chi Kung, our hands become sensitive to chi feeling and chi flow. In doing so, we also use the yi power of mind-eye-heart to absorb cosmic chi through the palms and the crown of the hands and send it out through the hands. This allows us to help others restore inner balance without directly touching them or depleting our energy. It also provides the energy necessary to build a protective field that keeps emotional and mental attacks away from us.
This may sound incredible at first, but recently researchers at Chinese chi kung clinics have not only measured the energy emitted by chi kung masters, but at the same time have found that various forms and frequencies of healing chi can be emitted. In the United States, these studies have been confirmed by experiments at research institutions such as the Menninger Institute (in Topeka, Kansas).
To activate and control Yi, you must master the basic techniques of Cosmic Chi Kung.
"Buddha Hand" or "Empty Hand Practice".
C. G. Jung as a great Western explorer of the mystery of man has stated,
"He who looks outward dreams,
He who looks inward awakens!"
Getting in touch with our Inner Universe is the first step to Taoist bio-energy teaching. After physical Chi Kung exercises have prepared our body to receive and hold these higher, spiritual energies, we can take the next steps to open the inner energy pathways. Besides opening the bridging and regulating channels as well as the Governing and Conceptual Vessel (Du Mai/ Ren Mai), the Ascending Channel (Chong Mai), especially the Chi Belt (Dai Mai/Dai Mo) is activated. Only when we have fulfilled these prerequisites, we can practice the Cosmic Chi Kong as a channel, perceive energies, guide them and also hold them. At the core of the practice is a method of practice called "Buddha Hand" or "Empty Hand Practice". The aim of this practice is to strengthen the Chi of the practitioner, to work with colored Chi and to learn to give Chi to others. Through the inner preparation of the practitioner with the basic exercises and especially the techniques of Cosmic Chi Kung, the spiritual, mental dispositions are trained.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Chi Kong, great emphasis is placed on harmonizing and strengthening the organism so that it can heal itself. The meditation techniques and disciplines of the Internal and External Martial Arts of Cosmic Chi Kung are fundamental to achieving this goal.
Anne-Christine Heuhsen (Naturopath)
Wolfgang Heuhsen UHT Cosmic Healing Senior Teacher
This article contains excerpts from the book Maniak Chia, Cosmic Chi Kung, Lotos Verlag 2004.