Pure presence – the tone of your heart
Yi 意 is the tone of your heart, it is the intention or the focus. Yi 意 leads the qi, the energy 氣. Wherever your attention or focus is, your energy is. The essence of energy is change. If you always look at the same things, reproduce the same mental content and always consume the same information in the media, the energy stagnates and always causes the same emotions and feelings. However, if you focus on pure sensation, on the energy itself and don’t go into the mind to interpret, analyze or tell stories, everything changes. That is the essence of energy. Your pure presence transforms everything.
Lung Healing Sound
This video shows a simple Qi Gong exercise to strengthen the Qi of the lungs. It is the lung sound from the old exercise Liu Zi Jue 六字 訣 (The Six Healing Sounds). This variant is practiced while sitting and can therefore be used at any age and health status. There is a yin phase in silence, in which you focus your presence in the lungs and a yang phase in which you actively exhale. You can either imagine how you give up something old and used up or how the sound resonates with the energy of the lungs. The healing sound is Si 呬. The video is in English to share with as many people as possible in the current situation.
Jingshen – your essential spirit
Shen, the spirit that pervades the world, connects with the essence (Jing) that we have received from our ancestors. Thus is the very essence of the soul, the fusion of the cosmic spirit with the body. This is Jingshen (essential spirit) and seen in this way, the unity is shown in the variety of physical manifestations. The Jingshen, which brings an individual impression, a certain vibration, energy or atmosphere into the world, appears more and more clearly when fear and desire take a back seat.
Ben Shen – Rooting the spirit
Chinese medicine focuses on the healing of consciousness or mind, the Shen. A clear and peaceful mind (Shen) is the most important prerequisite for comprehensive and holistic health. Again, disharmonies at the Shen level are the main cause of disease. The therapeutic methods of Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tuina and dietetics are considered secondary medical means. In all these methods, the spiritual principles are of greater importance than the methods themselves. In Lingshu (Chapter 8), the important work on acupuncture, the clarity and rootedness of the spirit (Ben Shen) are the basic prerequisites for the success of the therapy. In Qi Gong, the implementation of the inner principles for aligning consciousness and guiding Qi are more important than external movements. In this video three essential aspects of “Ben Shen – Rooting the Spirit” and their meaning are presented.
Realize your vision
The gallbladder is represented by the hexagram 24 “Fu” – the return or the turning time. The turning point is shown by the fact that a light yang line enters the dark from below (under five yin lines). Like the power of the gallbladder, this is the energy of the first and most important step – out of the dark. The energy of the Yang pushes out of the darkness with all its might. This shows not only the power of decision, but also the power of previously unconscious mental content that is now coming into consciousness. Thus, the gallbladder always has something to do with strengthening the light of consciousness and stepping out of reactive and unconscious behavior patterns. This gives you the strength of your true vision to make your gift to the world a reality.
Yu – desire
“Desirelessness makes you silent,
and the world will be right by itself.”
Laozi Dao De Jing – Chap. 37
Your own inner truth is beyond all will. The ancient Chinese sciences, medicine and alchemy are always about the inside (Nei). Desire (Yu) is the unresolved energy of the heart and the fire element. It focuses on the outside – wanting to have. The intention, the attention leads the Qi (Yi dao, Qi dao) and thus desire keeps us from true development, healthy lifestyle and the unfolding of our own original essence (Jingshen). The fire of desire swallows everything, never gets enough and only leaves ashes.
This video provides concrete information on dealing with desires and thus on developing your own heart energy.
Maintain kidney qi and live your potential
The months of September / October correspond mainly to the Qi of the kidney meridian. The Chinese name for this meridian is Shao Yin, the small or diminishing Yin. The material abundance (Yin) of nature in the summer months dies and loses its importance. The diminishing yin (shao yin) indicates the importance of the spirit. The kidney (water) and the heart (fire) are considered in the water-fire axis to be the heavenly and thus primarily spiritual organs, whereby the kidney is subordinate to the heart-emperor as minister. Letting go of the material creates space for the connection of spirit (Shen) and essence (Jing) and thus the exploration of our true nature.
The Jing in which the Shen is rooted connects us with the ancestral lines of father and mother until the beginning of time. Ancestral worship in ancient China honored this aspect and describes a natural order in which every family member has his or her place.
In this video there are three aspects to sustainably cultivate the potential of kidney energy and to use it wisely.
Truthfulness as the key to success and health
The trigram Kan from the Yi Jing (I Ching) is an important key for Daoist teachings, the inner martial arts (Neijia) and the inner alchemy. Two outer yin lines and an inner yang line represent the principles of water’s adaptability. Light inside, dark outside, it is a symbol of modesty, adaptation and truthfulness. It shows the light in you, the shining of the heart (Shen Ming) and the willingness of the water to flow through all abysses.
This video uses the trigram to explain what holistic health is and the importance of truthfulness using the example of Burn Out.
The first principle
Mastery is the simultaneous existence in the two dimensions of Yin and Yang – in the dimension of ephemeral forms, in which everything is lost and in the immortal space, in which everything appears and which always endures.
Taijiquan and Qi Gong teach us to touch the silence and the essence of being through the constant change of external forms. The movements flow in the space of pure awareness – there is nothing else. Training is a symbol of life and brings us into contact with its depth. In the world of forms, thoughts, emotions and people appear, die and new ones appear. Everything that can be changed is form. Your body and everything you perceive in and around it is form. If there is the ephemeral yin of the body (jing), then according to the teaching of Taiji there must be its opposite. This is the imperishable spirit (Yuan Shen). The Qi is the link between the two. The infinity of the space in which the forms appear is the instance that perceives. We are not the content of our perception, but the observer.
The Chinese differentiate between Shen and Yuan Shen in this regard. Shen is the mind that is identified with the form, looking for something personal in thoughts, feelings and interpersonal situations. Yuan Shen is the all-encompassing space in which everything can be, the observing consciousness, the primordial spirit.
“The liver holds the position of general. Planning and consideration have their origin here. The gallbladder is a judge. Decisions and judgments have their origin here. ”Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen – Chap. 8 Growth goes hand in hand with leaving the comfort zone and requires the courage and decision-making power of the gallbladder. The wood and thus the liver and gallbladder serve the heart emperor in the fire element. This means that good decisions and growth require a development from the fear of water to the truth of the heart.
Wu Wei – The inner medicine
Wu Wei is when you give yourself to the world as you are. If you give space to everything that appears in you without you having to do anything with it or have to ponder about it. It is as it is and everything is allowed to be, in the duration and intensity that it takes. In the heart you carry a YES. It may be that sometimes there is a NO out there, but there is space in your heart. Active letting in place takes the place of childish actionism. You stop asking why something like this is happening to you. You stop looking for the personal in the experience. You accept not knowing anything. And if the world doesn’t dance to your pipe, you don’t ask yourself what you want from life, but what life wants from you. Just now – right now. Wu Wei is when you stop believing the voice in your head. When you stop taking the Qi of emotions personally. It is there, flows through the form, the meridians, but has nothing to do with you.
The importance of ancestors
“The Yang-Qi of heaven connects with the receiving earth and creates a new human-being. This is called life. ”
Ling Shu Chapter 8
The Jing in which the Shen is rooted connects us with the ancestor lines of father and mother until the beginning of time. Ancestral worship in ancient China honored this aspect and describes a natural order in which every family member has his or her place. At first glance, this may seem outdated in a modern society; in practice, however, it is often found that disregarding these regulations can lead to health problems. In addition, ancestor appreciation is the basis of inner transformation.
Free the heart of grief
„If you are sad, the connection to the heart is tense.“
Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen – Chapter 39
The energy direction of grief goes down and thus corresponds to the metal element. It often corresponds, according to the metal, with separation and loss. Grief related to valediction, loss and separation is the physiological emotional aspect of the metal. However, there is also a form of grief that which relates to desire (Yu) in the fire element. It is typical of this form of grief that it is associated with a desire which leads to self-pity. This video describes an adequate way of dealing with grief, on the one hand to let go and on the other hand to complete a cycle.
The Dao, the I and the 10,000 things
Dao, unity is not something you could achieve, because otherwise it would not be one, but two – a subject that achieves something, an object. You cannot experience the Dao – there is only experiencing without an experiencer and without experience. It is what it is. You’re the one.