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Chi Gong

How to Perform Lin Kong Jing Qi'Gong.

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This article describes a form of chi gong (standing meditation) that is used to develop lin kong jing (powerful empty force). While the existence of this powerful empty force is strongly contested amongst western skeptics, it is used in the Orient for both medical and martial applications ranging from exhilarating massages to dissolving cancerous tumors. Martial applications include casting ill health on an attacker or causing one to move involuntarily. Energy may also be used to develop what is known as the iron shirt , or a layer of energy the prevent injuries when struck. Naturally, their are a lot of people whose that are skeptical about all this. Albeit, very few people whose have received an energetic massage are skeptical. Likewise, its presense is undeniable to martial artists who use it to protect themselves. So, if you choose not to be a skeptic, the rest of this article will show you the way.


First, a Warning

Chi gong is not a pill. It is not something that you can buy, eat, or have another do for you. If you want to reap the rewards, you must do the time and expel the effort. Minimal significant effects, such as better personal health, can be achieved with about 30 minutes of meditation each day. But, If you want to heal or affect the will of others, consider meditating a least 3 hours each day.


Warming up

It is best that chi gong be performed after a proper warm up. Typically, this would entail a 20 minute workout such as jogging, light weight lifting, taiji, or yoga. I recommend warming up with yoga for it stretches and conditions the muscles, stimulates blood and energy flow, and prepares the body for meditation - exactly what we want!


Opening Exercise

Before meditating, the flow of blood and energy needs to be stimulated. If you warmed up with taiji or yoga you have already have that. However, it is still a good idea to do an opening exercise before meditating.

There are numerous opening exercises that may be performed. Basically, they are just a form of moving meditation. They tend to pump the energy and prepare the mind for chi gong. The one that I explain here is easy and effective.

The opening exercise is performed by shifting your weight from the back leg to the front leg while circling your hands palm down at navel height. To make it effective, exhale while your body and hands moves forward and inhale while they come back. Be sure to keep the mind focused. Your thoughts should be on your hands, focused on feeling the air underneath them. Let go of any other thought. When you circled your hands nine times, switch your stance so that your right leg is forward. Perform the same exercise in the same manner only circel your hands in the direction opposite of what you last did.


Stand on Stake Chi Gong

Performing chi gong involves only three things - Regulation of mind, regulation of breathing and regulation of posture. However, doing these three things, and only these three things, will prove to be very difficult.


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Regulation of Posture

Regulation of posture is probably the easiest of the three things to do. So, its a good place to start. The posture is shown in the three side images and is maintained throughout the entire time of meditation (5 minutes to 5 hours). Learning to relax in this position is key to performing chi gong for long durations. Don't hold your body rigid. The position must be maintained with the absolute minimal amount of effort.

Chi Gong Let's examine the posture. The feet are spread apart about the same distance as my shoulders. There is a distinct bend in the knees but not too much. The hips are tucked under to promote a straightness in my lower back. The entire spine should be aligned straight and held vertically. The shoulders must relax. Most men have problems relaxing their shoulders. If you have trouble relaxing the shoulders, try pulling your shoulder blades down your back. The upper arms are held away from the sides of the body and forward from the chest. The forarms are held as if resting on a table. After doing this for some time, it may feel like you arms actually are on a table. That is your chi. Keep the fingers separated and relaxed. The neck remains straight and the head is held as if suspended by a fine thread. Finally, place the tip of the tongue on the roof of Chi Gong the mouth where your two front teeth are rooted.


Regulation of Breath

Proper breathing is critical for building chi. Use your diaphragm to breath. That is, when you inhale, your abdomen expands. It contracts on exhale. If you feel any movement in your ribs, you are breathing wrong. If you are just learning to meditate, perform the first few weeks of chi gong with your hands on your belly. Feel your abdomen expand on inhale and contract on exhale. Don't just expand your abdomen, allow your inhale to sink downward into the hip cradle and back past the kidneys and spine. If your chi gong is making you look like Buddha, you are breathing correctly. Buddha's belly is full of chi, not cellulose!

Once you learn to breath correctly, you must learn to breath slowly. Start your chi gong with slow even breaths and make each succeeding breath slower. The make your breathing slower, you must breath deeper. If you can't slow your breath any further, just relax and maintain it. The more you practice, the slow, deeper and more powerful your breathing will become. I personally have slowed my breathing down to less than one breath per minute. However, breath was never held during this time. My lungs were either expanding or contracting.


Regulation of Mind

Regulating the mind is clearly the most difficult thing to do. Ideally, when you meditate you don't want any thoughts on your mind. You should think of absolutely nothing. If a thought enters the mind, let it go. Keeping the mind clear of thought for even a minute is extremely difficult. As such, I usually perform chi gong focused on a single, simple thought. For me, that thought is usually the image of a single flower with no surrounding. Some people think of a box or other simple object. If you find this difficult, use your mind to move the energy through your body. Do this by envisioning your energy moving up your spine and over your head on inhale. On exhale, move it down the face, neck, sternum and abdomen. If you are proficient with meditating, you will want to include the arms and legs in your envisioned energy cycle.


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Closing Exercises

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After performing chi gong, you should to seal your energy. I do this by wiping my palms over my eyes, forehead and hair. Then, I wipe the energy down my face, neck, chest and press it into my belly where it will be stored. Finally, I smear my palms down the outside and inside of the arms and legs. Pressing your palms into your lower back and kidneys is helpful, too.



Regimen

Chi gong is something that is performed every day. You can perform it once or several times but start out slow. Try begining with a single five minute daily session. Increase it by a minute every few days. You can add a session if it feels right. Try to work up to a thirty minute session. If you have time, extend your meditation time to an hour or more. Meditation of this length can be extremly difficult and should be worked up to slowly. The important things to remember is not to force any of your meditation. If you do, you are no longer meditating...




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