When you begin to study and practice the Wild Goose Qigong 128 Posture Forms. You should be introduced to the “Eight Hand Methods” (Ba Shou Fa) which are extensively used in every action that the individual performs within the practice of the Wild Goose Qigong. There are many subtle levels to learn in the practice of the Wild Goose Qigong to gradually give more depth and understanding to its practice, to develop each person proficiency in the practice of Wild Goose Qigong to a high standard, but more importantly to be able to feel the movement of the Qi within the whole body through the skilful manipulation of the Eight Palm Methods.
The Wild Goose Qigong mainly works on strengthening the “Defensive Qi” (Wei Qi) which lies just below the skin or slightly above it. It is called the defensive Qi as it protects the body from the six external pathogens of Cold, Warmth, Wind, Damp, Dry & heat which can attack our body and disrupt the Yin & Yang balance of the functioning of our internal organs (Zangfu) which obviously can cause serious illness and disease to affect us. So by using each of the different Eight Hand Methods (Ba Shou Fa) we can learn to manipulate both the external or environmental Qi around us to combine with our internal Qi inside ourselves by directing our Qi to Rise, Sink, Gather, Exit, Enter, disperse, Open or Close within our bodies.
An example would be to use both hands to hold the ” Embracing Hand Method” (Bao Shou Fa) to gather the Qi at our lower Dantian (Xia Dantian) which is located by the navel, to then gently and slowly pull both hands away from the abdomen gradually changing the both hands into a claw shape (Zhua Fa) bringing the fivers fingers together, as the both hands slowly pull away from the body begin to have a feeling of drawing and gathering the Qi into the centre of the palms and to the fingers. Then slowly open and spread the fingers and begin to push with an open hand shape (Tui Shou Fa) back towards your abdomen. Gradually you should begin to feel and sense tingling within your finger tips, warmth or heat gathering into your palms, at a slightly more subtle level the individual might begin to feel a connecting between the both hands and the lower Dantian like a magnet kind of feeling.
Learning to subtlety develop the skill that is required in the practice of the Wild Goose Qigong to skilfully use the Eight Hand Methods (Ba Shou Fa) to guide & lead (Daoyin) the Qi around the whole body by connecting with the Meridians, Channels (Jingluo) and energy cavities (Qi Xue) that are located on these particular energy pathways that travel the entire length of our bodies to help strengthen our “Defensive Qi” (Wei Qi) can take many hours, months and years of serious studying and practice to develop our health and wellbeing.