According to Chinese Taoist thought, all the phenomena of the universe arise from the transformation of qi. The maintenance and restoration of health depend on the balance of yin and yang, two opposing forces, but equal and complementary, present everywhere in the universe and in themselves too.
In the East, Traditional Chinese medicine and its pharmacy, nutrition, acupuncture, moxibustion (applying heat to acupuncture points), massage, exercise, meditation, feng shui, etc., are all based on the same principles and are integrated into a comprehensive approach. The body (jing), energy (qi) and spirit (Shen) are inseparable.
Qi, originally represented by an ideogram, can result in energy, breath or vital force. Qi depends on the balance of every human being and every phenomenon by the forces of yin and yang (light and dark, masculine and feminine, hot and cold, sun and moon, etc.), in perpetual motion and in a constant cycle (growth and decline). The balance between these two forces is the universal Tao or the middle lane. Qi could well be compared to a multi-lane highway – energy, internal and external. The fluidity of the movements of all these energies determines health and harmony.
Qi: Energy moving
There is a great distinction between Western lifestyles and Chinese. In the West, you practice physical activity and usually after practice, we move on to something else. Among the Chinese, the important are spirituality, values, training, nutrition, how to preserve and restore the health form a whole: it is a lifestyle. A teacher of qi told his students that the more they invest, the more it will bring them. He was giving them an example of the masters of exceptional longevity. When your teacher has over 95 years, you know how the regularity of working with the Qi maintains health?
Moving it ten times of this energy, she continues to act on – beyond the movement. Take the example of a ball that is rotated on a plate. When you stop the movement, after giving him a boost, it continues to run alone. Qigong (internal energy work), accessible to all regardless of age and physical condition, gives immediate and often remarkable results because the postures and sequences mobilize qi. Tai Ji is this internal energy in action. Gongfu focuses on physical strength.
Energy is then brought flush with skin (external) and from there to the bones, muscles, etc. The practitioner sees his physical condition for physiological, emotional and mental improvement. This is not an art that is taught in the sense that we give him, but a form of self-education. A bit like a child learns to walk alone.
Reiki: Universal channel energy
A Karuna and Reiki master practice a method involving initiations (levels 1-4), which originates from Sanskrit texts. He initiated himself to Reiki after spending a year in India. “Reiki is a healing technique of Tibetan origin, rediscovered by a Japanese man, Dr. Mikao Usui, and not including any handling: it imposes hands, you stand a few inches from the person or you work remotely. It displays the symbols promoting openness.
The energy collected is transferred with a purity of intention, that of providing relief and welfare. In fact, this energy goes exactly where it should go toward blocking or a vibration node, thereby promoting healing, but also a clarification and greater self-awareness. He added to his practice advice food “yin yang” (but also fasting, breathing, meditation, movement, etc.), in a perspective of overall balance.