How to Harness the Power of Chi Energy
At a park in China, an elderly man puts on a mysterious performance. Onlookers stand slack-jawed as the gray-haired man effortlessly defends himself against a group of much younger, stronger men; tossing them around the square like ragdolls. The old man is a master of chi energy; he claims to possess an invisible force, which he can project at will from inside of his body.
The puzzled onlookers continue to stare as the old master takes on three, four, even six men at once without displaying the slightest bit of strain. He brushes them aside with a simple sweeping motion from his hand as if he were protected by a force field. The act looks supernatural.
Yet, the master explains that anyone is capable of harnessing this power.
What Is Chi?
Chi (pronounced chee) is the life force that flows through all living things. It goes by many names such as ki in Japan, prana in India, the Great Spirit in Native American culture, and it has even been referred to as electromagnetic or bioenergy in the West. All forms of Chinese medicine from acupuncture to herbs are based around this mysterious energy.
Chi or qi, the Chinese word for "breath" or "air," flows through pathways called meridians. There are twelve major meridians in the human body. Each of them is associated with a particular organ system such as the lungs, the heart, the kidneys, etc.
In a healthy individual, the chi flows evenly, making the body vibrant and strong. If the chi is weak or “blocked,” you may feel tired, achy, and even emotionally distraught. Blocked chi indicates disease or pain.
Ensuring the smooth flow of your mental and spiritual chi also enhances creativity, stabilizes mood, and enables individuals to enter a higher state of consciousness.
Do you believe that all living things possess this invisible energy?
Working With and Circulating Your Chi
Many techniques exist for working with chi. Perhaps the most well-known are acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, meditation, and qigong (pronounced chee gong).
Acupuncture is thousands of years old and originated in China. Acupuncturists use needles and several hundred acupuncture points to break up blockages and create flow. Precise acupuncture points can be used to redirect the chi flow throughout the body’s twelve meridians.
Tai chi originates from qigong, which is a system of exercises relating to breathing, posture, and meditation. Tai chi is a form of meditation and is often referred to as “moving meditation.” The study of tai chi assists in the smooth circulation of your chi and helps to prevent blockages in your energy flow.
There are many different types of yoga, all of which benefit the flow of chi. Yoga is tied to the concept of chi, as certain long-held poses can result in accumulation and blockage of chi energy. The blockage is then relieved when the position is released. Yoga, like exercises that harness chi energy, aids in relaxation, flexibility, and quality of sleep and life.
Meditation is a useful skill that helps to unify the body and mind. Meditation improves focus and helps you to relax, enabling you to concentrate on removing any blockages in your chi flow.
Other practices such as qigong involve sweeping your hands through the energetic aura around you, which in turn stirs up chi in your body’s meridians where your hands pass.
“Chi is the glue between our body, mind, and spirit, the link between our perception of the inner and outer worlds.”— Taoist Secrets of Love by Mantak Chia
Benefits of Chi Exercise
- Increased energy and vitality
- Better quality of life in old age
- Deeper, more restful sleep
- Peaceful mind and a positive attitude; better mood
- Increased flexibility and agility
- Balance in breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure
- Reduced risk of inflammation
- Higher levels of energy
- Deep feeling of spirituality
How to Use Chi Energy
There are numerous exercises that can help your posture, balance, and muscle control.
Ball of Energy
Here is a simple exercise known as ball of energy.
- Slap your hands together or rub them briskly to awaken the energy.
- Bring your hands to a relaxed prayer position in front of your face, but do not let them touch.
- Focus all your energy into the center of your palms and begin to feel the sensation of a magnetic force.
- Try to imagine a small ball of chi or light energy forming between your hands.
As your palms close in towards one another, you should notice a subtle feeling of resistance, much like two magnets trying to push away from each other.
Separate your hands slightly and then close them again. Do it slowly. Practice this often so that you become familiar with how the energy feels. Later on, you’ll notice it within your body.
Manipulating the Ball of Energy
Now that you’ve created the ball, learning to change its size and move it gives you an even greater ability to visualize and work with energy.
- Create the ball of energy as described above.
- Practice throwing the ball from one hand and catching it in the other.
- Try to rotate the ball by moving your hands in a circular motion while maintaining equal distance between them.
A Chi Breathing Exercise
- Find a comfortable position, either sitting, standing, or laying down.
- Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, making sure to extend the exhalation for as long as possible.
- Wait for your body to automatically inhale again and let the sudden rush of air in through your nose.
- When this happens, open your mouth and release the air.
- Repeat this exercise for as long as necessary. It can be useful for reviving your energy levels, as well as for catching your breath when you’re winded.
How to Harness Chi Energy
Sometimes, our chi becomes stagnant or blocked due to neglect, strong emotions, or trauma. When this happens, life becomes difficult and even bleak. You may experience physical ailments and energy loss.
The good news is that developing a healthy flow of chi is extremely easy, and there are hundreds of ways to cultivate it.
The Microcosmic Orbit
This simple exercise is called the microcosmic orbit. The idea here is that your chi flows in a loop along two major channels: the governing channel (up and down your back) and the conception channel (up and down your front).
It may not seem like much, but it’s a great way to get the chi moving.
Breathe in through your stomach and raise your arms out to your sides and up over your head with palms facing up. This raises the chi through the governing meridian, which begins around the tailbone, runs up your back along the spine, goes over the top of your head, and ends near your top lip.
As you breathe out, sweep your hands down the front of your body with palms down. This moves the energy through the conception channel, which runs from the lower lip to the very bottom point of the torso between your legs.
Practice this several times and then change direction. Use visualization to really “see” the energy flowing around the circuit and experiment with the pace of your movements. It is recommended to practice deep abdominal breathing.
Amazing Demonstration of Chi Power
Using and Directing Your Chi
Now that you have learned how to feel and cultivate your chi, it’s time to figure out what to do with it.
Where the mind goes, the chi will follow. By practicing simple chi exercises daily, you will gain confidence in your ability to manipulate the energy with your thoughts.
Once you build and connect with this inner strength, you will be able to direct it toward specific targets. Use this power to accomplish goals, heal yourself and others, or direct it towards whatever physical activity you’re performing at the moment.
Spiritual goals: Simply build the flow of chi up in your body and then meditate deeply on your desires. The practice of visualization accompanied by strong chi will yield powerful results.
Healing: Become familiar with what the energy feels like. Practice moving it around your body with your mind. In time, you will be able to direct your chi into objects and people through your hands.
Chi exercises are incredibly simple and don’t require much time to perform. The only real challenge is finding the discipline to practice every day. Start slow and keep in mind that there is no such thing as wasted effort when it comes to building chi. A little bit goes a long way.