June solstice, 2012

2012, qigong


Notes on energy work - qigong. Chi or qi - energy. Gong - work. My task is to guide folks to remember some of the things we've learned from ECMS presenters and to introduce some favorites I have encountered. Tune into our position in the solar system and galaxy. Relax into universal field. Names for this energy are qi, chi, universal energy, prana, life force, healing, blessings. Blessings? Yes, I am grateful to circulate universal energy.

Ground with feet rooted under hips. Knees flexible. Arms lifted slightly, bell-shaped, like a gong, armpits slightly open. Not stopped but dynamic, flexibly able to move in any direction if need be. You are in balance.

Stand establishing three lines: up legs across hips (one), up spine through head to star (two), and across shoulders down arms (three). Of course, since everything in the omniverse is moving there is no fixed star overhead. But with the countless stars there is always one for you, loving you. This is the center position. If a truck is coming at you fast, jump aside and return to balance. If a tree limb falls from above, recoil quickly and return to balance. If your left knee gives way, perhaps hit from behind, gracefully catch yourself from the fall and restore equilibrium. What response expends the least energy while defending yourself most effectively? Say someone taps you on the shoulder. What if you feel something biting your hand? Come back to center.

Disperse spent energy by raising onto toes (breathe in) and forcefully returning down onto heels (breathe out longer). Repeat several times. Shake out hands and fingers, breathing out strongly and loudly.

Twist slowly, twisting trunk from right to left, arms limp, breathing out. Breathe in on the return to center. Repeat twist from left to right. Each twist is a breath out. Breathe in at the turn. Increasing speed, centrifugal force swings arms which begin to rise. Eventually hands slap you awake, give you massage. Slowly decelerate back to standing. When done, return to balance and meditate for a few minutes.

Fly to mountain top. Breathe in as raise arms to side, palms down, in several flaps. Turn palms up and continue several lifts to finally reach prayer position overhead, gathering energy. I am the farthest trunk, branch, twig, leaf of the tree, photosynthesizing, turning light into energy. I am the roots within the soil. I am the core down into fiery lava within earth's crust. I am the rain flinging drops from fingers up to my lightning flashing down to ground. Earth air fire water, experience being the elements. I am the spirit of all being.

Feel energy. Spread legs out to sides. Hands in prayer position. Fan hands up and out to sides breathing out. Wave hands around like feelers. Circle hands back to prayer position, breathing in what gathered by feelers. Balance.

Swivel with feet together, starting with knees, both ways, drawing a figure 8 or infinity sign in the air. Increase swivels to gradually include hips, then shoulders, arms and finally head, figure eighting infinitely. To complete, gently reduce swivels from top to bottom, stopping head, arms, hips, and knees. Return to balance.

Swing the rainbow. Swing arms over head from side to side, as if you were holding a rainbow. When done, gently gather the colors and hug them into your aura.

Turn and gaze at the moon. On the in-breath turn to the right, bring the arms up and gaze at the moon between the arms, letting the breath out as you gaze; then repeat on the other side. After several turns and long gazes, let the moonbeams stream down into your heart forming a tiny liquid crystal that we can send when we love.

Expand chest on the in-breath bring arms up and then out to the sides; on the out-breath bring arms back in and down. Meditate for a few minutes.

Bend over forward at right angle, dangling arms down breathing out, coming back to sea shore level. Seesaw shoulders back and forth a few times. As raise one shoulder up, breathe in. Hold, expanding your lung. Breathe out as change shoulders and in as the other is raised, held and expanded. Repeat several times.

Gather energy. When arms are dangling, body right angled, begin to gather energy raising arms to the side with hands a distance apart to embrace and hold gathered energy. Compress slowly at first, gradually accelerating to rapidly fanning hands around a sphere or ball of invisible energy. Gradually return to standing position, continuing to embrace, gather and consolidate energy between your open hands. When compact, consider where you might be deficient in energy. A chakra? A sore? A pain? Location of an event? Apply energy where needed, perhaps by hugging self or bringing hands to a chakra.

Circulate energy by extending hands to neighbors standing in a circle. Space the circle so that hands can reach, as if shaking hands, but are in fact, not touching. The left hand is palm up as receiver, the right hand is palm down as giver. Since we have gathered energy remember the feeling. We can receive and send it. I'm singing, "From you I receive, to you I give, together we share, and from this we live" (lyrics by Natan Segal, http://www.rabbinathan.com/). The group energy enters your hand, fills, your body, and exits the other hand. Did I mention breathing? Breathe in, receiving. Hold. Breathe out sending. After awhile we reverse hands, so the left palm is down, sending energy and the right hand is up, receiving energy. We are circulating energy the other way. Focus. Feel the current. Finally we raise hands together, moving in to form a small smoke ring of energy above our hands, feeling the the good group energy. Each person could send this energy where it is needed. Sing song again. After circulating and pooling energy, breathe out back into the larger circle and our own practice and come back to balance.

Breathe way out, hands in prayer position over heart, breathe in. Circle down to sides and then up with palms spread outward to the sides, breathing out. Slight hold with palms facing above head, breathe in. Then flip hands around with palms opposing. Arc them open to flow in the other direction back down to sides, circling back up to prayer position. Find your breathing in when palms together, hold. When arcing around to the sides, breathing out.

Chant Aoum-muoA. The in-breath between each word is fast and deep. Measured breathing out during the vowels of the chant coming from your toes, your fingertips, your hair and your belly, completely allowing the original sound of all to flow through you via A-O-U-M. Breathe in. Chant backwards: M-U-O-A, holding the last sound until breath is all out. Repeat until our voices get quiet.

Fall to earth as an unborn child, knees bent, shoulders to knees, arms and hands folded back beside your legs, in fetal position. All is dark. My needs are met. I know no difference between myself and the mother, between my body and the womb. We are one. Or none. There is no separation. Quiet and still.

Express energy. Unborn, I feel the need to live. Arms circle to out stretch above head on floor. Hands remain on floor as I raise up body from hips, reborn as a lion. Tail extends from my spine up in the air behind my head. At the end, a tuft of hair is a sensor. Feel energy gathered at the tip of my tail come surging up my spine and neck emerging in my lion's roar. Claws extend from my paws, lunging forward. Mouth opens in grimace. Eyes bulge open. Tongue extends as far as possible. Hold the roar, gradually calming down, relaxing. Repeat roar three times.

Balance. Return to standing. Ohh, ahh, express your self, sighing or laughing aloud perhaps.

Look within. Is each and every part of you energized equally? Is your right shoulder as aware as your left foot? Are you eyes both relaxed? If any part is left out, let it tense up and as it releases, join the flow.

Love. End with a group hug.

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