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Page 2 - Six Healing Sounds


John Voigt, author


The Practice

Primary Exercise

Before working with the Sounds do your normal qigong warm-up practices; or do the following with or without variations.

The back is straight, chin is level, eyes are partially open but not looking at anything (soft gaze). Breathe into your lower abdomen to Center yourself. Feel your feet touching the ground (curling the toes helps); this Grounds you. Pay no attention to any distracting thoughts; allow them to float out of your mind.

Center and smooth the qi-life energy by cupping the hands, fingertips pointed at each other, and inhale as you raise the hands up; then turn the then hands over so that the palms are facing downward, and exhale and lower the hands back to the waist. Do this for five or more times.

A much pattern is to use the cycle of Wood/Liver, Fire/Heart, Spleen/Earth, Metal/Lung, and Water/Kidney. Then the sound for the Triple Burner. However, as mentioned above, you may do the sounds in any orderor just do one or a few. But if you do all six as presented here, you must do each one at least five times, and do the sixth (sheee) silently, unless you have been taught differently by your teacher, or as instructed in the internet links given at the end of this article.

Liver - shooo. Heart - haaaw. Spleen - whooo. Lung - tzzz. Kidney - chway. Triple Burner - sheee.

Finish by rubbing the palms in circles around the lower abdomen. Men have right hand over left; women have left hand over right. Do 36 times clockwise, then 36 times counter-clock wise. Or do your usual end of meditation practice that smoothes and centers life energy, and returns your consciousness to be able to deal with the outer world.

After you can do the exercises with actually audibly making the first five sounds (the sixth sound is silent) go to doing all of them silently. Exhale through the mouth with the proper teeth, tongue, and lip positions as if you where sounding them out loud, but only with your imagination hear them inside your mind. This goes back to Sun Simiao (581-682) teachings: Avoid exhaling noisily, not letting even your ears hear it.

Advanced Taoist (Daoist) practices often use procedures (based in the imagination) that actually strengthen the imagination. Why is this so? Herein it is suggested that what is called reality is only actually experienced within the image-making processes of the conscious mind. In fact the perceiver and the thoughts of perception and that which is perceived are all a single unity in the Tao. Therefore when the six sounds are only heard in the inner earin other words, when they are only imaged in the mindthey paradoxically have more power to affect positive healing rectification than if they were actually sounded aloud.


Advanced Practice

Reverse Breathing

The next step is to use what is called Reverse Breathing, or Daoist (Taoist) Breathing. You still make the sound silently on the exhalation-but now the lower abdomen goes IN on the inhalation and OUT on the exhalation. When exhaling lightly tighten the muscles of the perineum area (CV-1 acupuncture point). The specific targeted organ can more easily vibrate when the abdominal muscles are extended.

Movements With the Sounds

Many teachers and schools have accompanying movements to help direct the qi throughout the organs and meridian systems. There is little or no standardization with this, other than perhaps what is given in the 2007 text/DVD Chinese Health Qigong  LiuZiJue. (There is a link to it in the Web Sites given below.) Grandmasters Mantak Chia, Kenneth Cohen, Michael Winn, Jesse Tsao, Wang Xuejun, and others have important DVDs and video clips as well(see the section For Further Study later).

However, the serious student may wish to create their own original movements by returning to the original movements of the Wu Xing, the Five Elemental Phases of Energy. As in: Wood (Trees) grow upward. Fire expands in all directions, Earth expands horizontally. Metal contracts and contains. Water flows downward. The movements for the Triple Burner echo an up and down for the organs of the torso. It is not difficult to improvise graceful dance-like movements when working with the sounds; and that could increase and enhance their benefits. It can be much fun too.

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