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Page 4 - Get Your Ki (Qi) Moving with Brain Wave vibration

Place your hands on your knees, palms face up. Breathe in and out, and rotate your upper body in a circle at your waist. Relax the shoulders and focus on your dahn jon. Raise your palms and rub them briskly together. This action stimulates heat energy in the palms and creates a slight tingling sensation or magnetic-like attraction. Hold your palms 2-4 inches apart and focus on the energy flowing between them, as you pull your hands apart, then bring them back together for about 10 minutes. Allow yourself to sink deep into the sensation and feel the vibrations throughout your body. As your ki rises, allow your hands, arms and upper body to move naturally to music. Your body will instinctively take on postures that help it to realign itself and stimulate circulation. Do this as long as you feel comfortable. When you return to your initial position, you’ll be in a state of complete serenity and ready for deep meditation.

Coming Full Circle With Ancient Ways of Healing

As I reflect back on my experience with brain wave vibration, I realize that the concept itself is really not all that new. Almost every element of the practice can be traced to various other energy training and vibrational healing techniques. In fact, the ancient shamans of the past can be considered the original “brain wave doctors.” They instinctively knew that the shaking of the body and dancing to distinct tribal rhythms could enable them to achieve higher states of consciousness, connect with the spiritual realms, and stimulate their own innate healing abilities.

Through years of investigative research, Dr. Michael Winkelman, a former neuroscientist at Arizona State University, concluded that shamanistic healing practices worked by integrating the older (i.e., brain stem) and younger (i.e., the prefrontal cortex) parts of the brain. “Shamanistic healing practices achieve this integration by physically stimulating systematic brain wave–discharge patterns,” says Winkelman. This integration allows “unconscious or preconscious primary information processing functions and outputs to be integrated into the operations of the frontal cortex,” he notes.

Similarly, Bradford Keeney has traveled the world investigating the oldest medicine on Earth—the ecstatic shaking of the human body. In his book, Shaking Medicine: The Healing Power of Ecstatic Movement, Keeney noted that all of the ancient indigenous healing practices relied on achieving deeply relaxed states of consciousness (i.e., low frequency brain waves). Most primitive cultures relied on ecstatic movement, such as dancing or shaking, to achieve such a state. Musicians and mystics have long recognized the power of rhythmic music. Cultures throughout the world engage in ritual drumming and rhythmic prayer. Recent interest in sleep, meditation and hypnosis research is also spurring scientists to take a closer look at the therapeutic benefits of musical rhythm. In 2006, Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics hosted a symposium, “Brainwave Entrainment to External Rhythmic Stimuli” that brought together a diverse group of scientists, ethnomusicologists and musicians.

According to the Stanford press release, “A small but growing body of evidence suggests that music and other rhythmic stimuli can alter mental states in predictable ways and even heal damaged brains.” Further research has shown that “music with a strong beat stimulates the brain and ultimately can cause brainwaves to resonate in time with the music. Slow beats encourage slow brain waves that are associated with hypnotic or meditative states. Faster beats may encourage more alert and concentrated thinking,” it stated.

The uniqueness of brain wave vibration lies in the way the elements are combined into a single mind-body practice that offers a complete relaxation, energy stimulation, and meditative experience. Using various techniques, it combines the elements of music, vibration, and movement to build ki and then sink into meditation. These elements are grounded in ancient, time tested techniques for tuning into our body’s natural rhythm, calming our brainwaves and reaching deep meditative states that independently of one another, have been proven to be safe and effective for fostering greater health.

Wendy Oden is a freelance writer based in Sedona, AZ who has been exploring her own qi through various indigenous healing arts, including Qi gong, Tai chi, yoga, shamanic practices, and vibrational medicine for more than a decade. She is a certified REIKI Master/Teacher and practitioner of brain wave vibration. When not exploring her own qi, Wendy writes for various publications specializing in body/mind/spirit healing, sustainable living, and responsible tourism. She can be reached at woden9@commspeed.net. To learn more about Brain Wave Vibration, you can read: Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back into the Rhythm of a Healthy, Happy Life, by Ilchi Lee (ISBN 978-1-935127369) available at online and neighborhood booksellers. To experience a one-hour session, pick up the Brain Wave Vibration Guided Training CD (ISBN978-1-935127314/$17.95), or visit www.brainwavevibration.com to find a practice center near you.


* Fernandez, Alvaro. “Use it or Lose It: What is It?” Sharp Brains. http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/ 2006/09/12/. Accessed 2/26/10.

* Lee, Ilchi. Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back into the Rhythm of a Healthy, Happy Life. Sedona, AZ: Best Life Media, 2009.

* Lipton, Bruce. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2008.

* Winkleman, Michael. Shamanism: The Neural Ecology of Consciousness and Healing. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey, 2000.

* Keeney, Bradford. Shaking Medicine: The Healing Power of Ecstatic Movement. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 2007.

* Saarman, Emily. “Symposium looks at Therapeutic Benefits of Musical Rhythm,” Stanford University News Service, http://www.stanford.edu/dept/news/pr/2006/pr-brainwave-053106.html, May 31, 2006. Accessed 2/22/10.


Published in the Summer 2010 issue of Qi Journal.

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