Reiki and Qigong

In thinking about how Qigong practice permits the exploration of the transitions between formless to form, I found it helpful to remember the Taoist image of Yin/Yang.  Each aspect of that symbol, whether dark or light flows into and out of each other, yet it seems they are separated by some sort of boundary or threshold.  Yet, in my own practice, I have learned that approaching that threshold between the two polarities permits access to a connection into the vast formless space that is most of the universe. The concept of form dissolves into the formless. The form can be the perception of anything that seems ‘solid’.  For instance, the ego often seems so permanent.  Yet, in my practice, I surrender to not being controlled by what the ego wants.  In my body awareness of no ego, after my mind has made the switch to not be in charge, it feels as if I release engagement to what I perceive my body and mind on a cellular level.  In doing this switch, I am permitting my existence to become a conduit for universal energy in lieu of being an egocentric body and mind.  In doing so, a connection to a sense of luminous abundance, like the vast cosmic ocean, seems to occur.  Doing so permits access to unlimited potential for healing.  Likewise, Qigong wisdom healing is connecting to “the body as the expression of the formless, we reconnect the power of pure energy to consciousness” (Mingtong, 2011, p. 28).  Healing is achieved through engaging with the mind and body to cultivate positive and affirming attitudes, beliefs, and lifestyles.  As a demonstration, participating in the embryonic breathing exercises by Yang (2003), I sensed how using the breath can enhance the abundance of qi that circulates within my body.  In doing so, a sense of harmony and balance emerged which seems to reinforce the beliefs and practices that comprise Taoist Qigong (Coakley, 1997).

Resources

Coakley, S. (1997). Religion & Body. Cambridge UP, Paperback(2000).

Mingtong, G. (2011). Wisdom Healing (Zhineng) Qigong: Cultivating Wisdom and Energy for Health, Healing and Happiness (Teachings by Master Mingtong Gu based on the work of Dr. Pang Ming).

Yang, J. (2003). Qigong Meditation Embryonic Breathing 2nd. ed.: The Foundation of Internal Elixir Cultivation (Qigong Foundation) (2nd ed.). YMAA Publication Center.

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