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Page 2 - Qigong for Weight Loss I

1.Breathe abdominally. Fill the lower belly calmly and fully with air ("air" is also a basic definition of Qi.) A way to learn to do this correctly is on the exhalation gently press the navel back toward the spine.

2.Put your mental awareness (your intention and attention) on the breath/qi and store in the center of your lower abdomen, the area called the Dantien () The "Elixir Field" or Energy Storage Cauldron. Between inhalation and exhalation you may hold the breath and squeeze in the abdominal muscles to "compress" the Qi there.

3.With your inner eye perceive/see/imagine the "packed" Qi as a phosphorescent ball (in size between a golf and tennis ball).

4.With your Mental Intention-Attention (Yi in Chinese) practice spinning this Qi Ball to the right, then to the left.

5.Now with breath and mind move the Qi down to your perineum, the area between the anus and genitals called huiyin, the acupuncture point CV1. Between inhalation and exhalation "pack" the Qi there by squeezing in the muscles to as if you were holding back a bowel movement and urination. After you can sense the Qi there (usually as a electric-like tingling, or feeling of warm or hot heaviness) continue with the microcosmic orbit.


Microcosmic Orbit:

With your mind move the Qi from the perineum to the tip of the spine then up your back and down your front. The tip of the tongue should touch the roof of the mouth just behind the front teeth to make a conduit for the flowing energy. It helps to very gently roll your eyes as you "follow" the movement and flow of the Qi. When beginning this practice, one or two complete orbit cycles per breath is suggested. More are possible after you have gained skill.

Signs that the orbiting is working are feelings of warmth or other sensations in the body, and especially, as the qi is flowing, a tingling at the tip of the tongue. Another good sign is increased quantities of saliva in the mouth; if that happens drink it down as liquid qi and send it into the dantien.

Mandatory Requirement: At the end of the meditation, by the use of your breath and focused mental intention and attention, guide and bring the orbiting qi into your navel and back into the dantien. The dantien is the basic storage battery for qi life energyIt is proper to finish any qigong meditation/visualizations by storing the qi energy in the dantien in the lower abdomen. The Macrocosmic Orbit adds a Qi Flow through the arms and legs. As with the Microcosmic Orbit there are many variations. I use the technique of during the inhalation breathing qi into the tips of the fingers and toes and leading this qi into the "river" of energy running up the back and down the front. On the exhalation I allow any qi which may be stagnant, or excessive, to drain out from the balls of the feet, and perhaps to a lesser amount from my hands. As always, end with storing qi in the dantien.

Nuwa and Fuxi

Nuwa and Fuxi, an ancient painting discovered in Xinjiang

According to legend the earth was swept by a great flood (circa 3000 BCE). Only Fuxi and his sister Nuwa survived. Like Adam and Eve, they began procreating the human race. That they seem to be hermaphroditic--therefore a manifestation of joined yin yang--and that the intertwined serpents or dragons appear to relate to primordial creative energy--what the Hindus called "Kundalini," and the chinese called "Jing Qi"--is pertinent to this article.


The Creation of the Slender You

"The Chinese alchemist begins from the point of energetics and used guided visualization and physical techniques to effectuate the fusion of the energies. The fused energies are then purified, transformed and projected to create an energy body or energy double." Katchmer, pg. 92. The body is activated by the interplay of two psychic structures: first, hun, which because it belongs to the yang principle, I have translated as animusp'o which belongs to the yin principle, as anima." Carl Gustav Jung. "Secret of the Golden Flower", pg. 14.

Yang is archetypal Masculine energyas in father, sun, fire, phallic, aggressive, logical, left brain.

Yin is archetypal Feminine energyas in mother, moon, water, womb, receptive, intuitive, right brain. They are not separate entities: all yang contains yin, all yin contains yang. Every man has a hidden female alter-ego that Jung named "Anima." Every woman has a hidden male alter-ego Jung called "Animus."

The interaction of yang and yin (as in father and mother) gives birth to the child. By imagining the anima or animus within you, then externalizing, and returning she/he into you, it becomes possible to give birth to a new slender you.


Personal Transmutation

Projection and Assimilation for Physical Realization of the Imaged Slender Self See (imagine) sitting facing you, a healthy slender, full of youthful energy, beautiful/handsome you. A truly perfect you: all you would ever want and wish to bebut of the opposite sex. Feel their presence by fully imagining with your senses. Now run the microcosmic circling energy up their back and down their front. Then add the energy coming in the fingers and toes through the limbs and jointing the flowing inner-river of qi. Imagine/see/perceive them radiating qi from their entire body. See their radiance increase. Picture their energy pathways aglow. Their radiance is almost blinding. Then go to this image, hold and turn them so their back is to you and bring them, squeeze them, into your body. As they enter you their sex changes to your sex. (They were in so many ways the true you anyway.) All the glowing radiating energy pathways in their body have now become yours. After you have drawn in your projected perfect-self, do another short micro-then macrocosmic orbit in your body to cement in their energy circuits. As always, finish by cycling qi into your navel into the dantien, the storage cauldron in the center of your lower abdomen.

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