Practical Qigong – A Quick Mental Tune Up

by John Voigt

After I do qi work with someone I email them a reprise of the session: notes of what we did so that they may practice it by themselves in their dedicated times to do qigongwork. This also frees them of the drudgery of taking notes when I am working with them.

What follows was sent to a middle-aged woman with whom I have been working for several years. She has been suffering from intense sleep disorders which she believes are caused by various spiritual forces. Within the context of her suffering I believe hers is a valid conceptualization of the problem. I work with her by using Daoist and Christian prayers, and with external qi sending and acupressure with my hands and fingers (no needles).  She continues to improve: she is successfully working, going to college, performing as an art-rock vocalist, and having her writings published. She is also working with medical doctors, which I think is necessary.

My email begins:

Be Seated.

Relax. Breathe softly, deeply, gently, silently into the lower abdomen. No forcing, be comfortably natural.

Feel yourself as a physical being.

Feel yourself as an energy being—and/or be aware of your breath/breathing.

Be aware of being aware. Like Zen Mind. No words in the mind; when words appear let them pass and float away.

Smile. Like the Mona Lisa. Really. It works.

For Mental tuning up.

Rub, tap, massage, squeeze these points; as you do this continue doing the Mona Lisa Smile and being aware of your slow, deep, silent breathing. 

Remember most acupressure points are bi-symmetrical meaning that they appear on both sides of the body, or both arms, or legs, etc.

Yintang. “Hall of Seal.” Calms the mind. https://tcmpoints.com/extras/ex2-yintang/

Earlobe. [it functions as your head when you were a fetus].

Taiyang. “Great Sun.”  Head pain. https://tcmpoints.com/extras/ex3-taiyang/

Bl-15. Xinshu. “Opening to the heart.” Nourishes the spirit and calms the mind. Sleep issues. http://tcmpoints.com/bladder/bl15-xinshu/

Si Shen Cong. The four points around the crown of your head. Light finger tapping. https://tcmpoints.com/extras/ex1-sishencong/

GV-17. Nao Hu “door to the brain.” Heaviness in the head. Also tapping as well as penetrating massage.


GV17 – Naohu

GV-18. Qiang. Sleep issues.


https://tcmpoints.com/governing-vessel-du-mai/gv18-qiangjian/

GV-16. Fengfu. “House of the Wind.” For fear and/or fright, and depression.  it is an opening into the center of the brain. https://tcmpoints.com/governing-vessel-du-mai/gv17-naohu/

The Bladder Channels. The bladder channels run down the sides of your spine (and backs of legs). Helps tone and harmonize water issues. Be like a bear rubbing her back against a tree.

http://www.acupuncture-meridian.com/urinary-bladder-meridian/

Kidney-1. Flushes out the schmutz (bad stuff). 

For now all you perhaps might do is with gentleness and love massage the points where they feel blocked.  Approximate guessing where they are will work. There is a lot here, just take your time and do what you comfortably can and go for what feels good. These perhaps can be instant fixes, but more likely the Chinese thing works better over time, like practicing music.

To end, make a Clockwise Circle on the lower Abdomen with your left palm over your right palm. 24 or 36 times. This helps absorb any excess cultivated qi in the dantian.

Then Shake everything like a Trembling Horse. 9x. Relax between each Shake. Then take a walk, or whatever.