LFIAA Lishi Qigong “Developing Energy Sensitivity & Awareness Exercises”

Over the many years that I trained and studied under the guidance of the late Master Chee Soo he taught to all his students a wide range of energy sensitivity & awareness exercises what he would often term as (Qi Expressing Exercises) or traditional known as the Daoist Wand (Daojia Mo Zhang) Methods. These particular methods or exercises are also widely taught within many other styles of taijiquan and Qigong systems by many other teacher. I also teach them within my Lishi Energy Bodywork Massage System for individuals to get a better feeling and understanding of Qi and being able to connect to their own before they then connect to a patient Qi and then learn how to guide & lead it in any direction inside the patients body. Master Chee Soo would often teach and demonstrate these Qi expressing exercises mainly on his Lishi Taijiquan courses and they included lying, sitting, standing exercises that the individual could perform on their own or with one or more partners.

When practicing the Qi expressing exercises with a training partner they could be performed in a variety of ways. Firstly you project your Qi towards your partner by slowly pushing your hand towards a part of their body, usually it would be aimed towards an energy cavity point (Qixue) located anywhere on the partners body, then your training partner would try and sense, feel your Qi as you slowly closed the distance with your hand. Usually the training partner would experience warmth, tingling or even a feeling of pressure coming towards themselves, or they would simply feel nothing at all. There are many reasons why this possibility could happen, one particular reason was the delivery of you extending your Qi towards your partner did not involve the whole body moving as a unit, but you simply just moved your hand.

Over the many years that Master Chee Soo taught these particular Qi expressing exercises many students of his jmainly got caught up in trying to simply feel the Qi being pushed, pulled, raised or lowered towards them by their training partners and a lot of them could not perform the more advanced methods of actually moving their training partner. This was down to not concentrating on using their body mechanics in a correct and skilled manner, for example when you perform a taijiquan posture or a Qigong posture you are taught that the five components (Wu Duan Fa) of your whole body the legs, arms, torso, concentration and breathing must all be involved within every action that you do and there should be no difference when practicing any of the Qi expressing exercises. It is how you deliver your Qi towards or away from your training partner using the whole body and not just simply moving an arm or hand.

To many individuals get caught up just wanting to sense the movement of Qi and are quite happy to just feel warmth, tingling, heaviness or lightness when practicing with a partner. But as with everything within the Daoist energy arts there are always lower and higher levels of proficiency and to attain these higher levels of Qi manipulation each individual must pay great attention to their posture and whole body movement.

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