The Year of the Goat
One of the curious aspects in Hua Gong practice which many of us experience is this apparent ability to very quickly overcome physical sluggishness, debilitation or a lack of strength. It can happen in an instant when we take the appropriate gesture or activate the "code" as Zhixing describes it. He often speaks about "watering the plant", "dipping into the pool of energy"and becoming nourished with the only true nourishment there is, which is the Cosmic Qi.
Even with most standard Qigong practices which focus on the Jing and Qi level it can be extremely hard work and takes some time to achieve that sense of liveliness and connection. It is hard work to build up the strength on the Qi level.
However the Shen or Body Light movements swiftly initiate us into a more connected and therefore strengthened state. For our part we need to do the movements in a detached and easy manner. Then we will experience a liveliness, a "geared up" state of being as we are literally attuned to the prenatal Qi. In this state we simply cannot move in a casual "falling apart" energy leaking away, rather every move attracts more energy to the body. The earthly Qi arises to meet us, the Heavenly Qi descends and both become integrated and evenly balanced in the body.
Now we become active "receivers"of the life force and indeed our lives and circumstance receive a Blessing in the process.
Calligraphy of the Month
Zhixing's Qi calligraphy carries embodied energy and information. Meditating lightly on this month's Calligraphy can start a Qi activation and transformational process. Tune in and see what you can experience!
Through history in all traditions, the sword has been a symbol for heroism, bravery, knighthood, sometimes magic power and martial authority. It is the king of weapons and the jewel of fighting skilfulness. In the practice of Qigong, it extends the bodily Qi-field and skills, re-enforce the healing effects and amplifies the artistic aspect of the whole practice. It uplifts our spirit and strengthens our Qi in a powerful yet graceful way.
Important dates for your Diary
The London Updated Hua Gong Weekend
Dates: May 2-3
Venue: St Charles 6th Form College St Charles Square W10 6EY
Join us for a Weekend of Hua Gong, learn to activate the code, to be in a signal receptive state and gain more energy and life force in the process. It is recommended especially for new students and regular students can always deepen their connection and skills.
Five Animals May 16-22
A unique retreat, where the sounds , imaginary visualising and activation of the symbolic code bring the power and unique expression of the Animal into our experience. With this comes strength , vitality fitness and emotional release. Because of the latent raw natural power invoked, many of us are helped to transform quite quickly. It is a stand alone Hua Gong practice, excellent for new students and great fun to participate in!
The Qi Sword May 23-29
This retreat is probably the most challenging yet rewarding exercise. It is the most sophisticated Hua Gong practice in terms of body movement and skills.
Through the sword, cosmic information, healing and art meet. We will continue to work on the "Sword Form" and improve our Gong (overall abilities) in playing the Sword . At whatever level we are, we will all benefit in our own way with the Qi Sword.
The venue for both retreats is:
Space Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN
If you would like to attend any class or retreat please contact:
Have a wonderful month of May full of practice and great Qi
From all of us at Chinese Heritage