Qigong Meditation – Weekly Email

Hi everyone here is QM week 10, hopefully we won’t need to resort to this every week…

This week‘s video is here: https://youtu.be/nt8Vqmd3qhY
Q&A below:
  • I have a question about the following Q/A: “You recommended that we expand our energy out 4 metres. I asked a friend to hold a pendulum (near, then move away) and found that it spins naturally when held up to 2.5 metres from my body; beyond this, the pendulum starts moving in funny eliptical movements. Does this indicate that I am not able to expand my energy to 4 m from the body (because there is hardly any movement with the pendulum at 4m from body).

  • If your friend’s use of the pendulum is accurate then yes this would indicate that your field is strong out to 2.5 metres and after that it loses its structure. So for now that is how far your field expands to. With practice it will expand further, but you should never force it. Just gently nurture it so that it strengthens and relaxes little by little.”

What is this about a pendulum? I never heard of this. Does it really work? Is its usage common in Qigong?

  • A pendulum can be used as a way of accessing your subconscious understanding of things. I won’t go into all the details of how a pendulum works, but as you put your attention and intention on things your subconscious affects the micromovements in your body (and possibly around you) to affect the movement of the pendulum. As the pendulum moves in different ways you can ascertain things about your subconscious perception of whatever you have put your attention on.  How well it works depends on many things, but it can be useful sometimes. It is not really a qigong thing, more of a new age thing, it does share some principles with certain qigong practices that work on accessing the subconscious mind though.

  • When I move on to next colour I filled white colour then image the colour and fill in the body. Even I couldn’t see the colour when I do this way then clear colour came nicely without stress.  It seemed very successful today to me.  Is that ok if I keep doing the way.

    • Yes that is fine.

  • I am a bit confused how we start the colours from the dantien than we jump to the feet or we move down to the feet from the dantien? Is it important how we spread the colour from the dentien. It seems to be easier to spread it to all over from the dantien.

    • Yes that is how you should do it, naturally spread from the centre outwards through the whole body. In the instructions its says “ Let it start in your centre at your dantien and spread to fill your entire body, from the soles of your feet to the top of your head and palms of your hands.” This does not mean that it jumps down to your feet, it is describing that your aim is to spread the energy to every part of your body.

  • Is it a good idea to try different colours, like aqua, black, gold, etc?

    • For the purposes of this meditation no… There can be value in using these colours in other meditations, but not in this series.

  • What happens to the chi when we do black, and when we do gold?

    • Black can be useful in certain contexts, but it can also block up our energy, so great care needs to be taken with it.  Gold is an interesting colour, and it depends on exactly what type of gold you are referring to, but it is often useful for protection.

  • I struggle to color in! The previous meditations were focusing on moving energy around or deepening the breath, which feels very natural to me but this one seems to be something totally dependant on ones imagination? I hope that makes sense? Of course I can imagine the color red or orange, I can close my eyes and see it in my mind but that’s about it. I think I’m just not used to just imagine things but rather occupy myself with what is there. Is there anything I can do to improve that? I never struglled with any exercise before like I did with this one. It is such a struggle for me to imagine something that is just not there. Until now, all the meditations were focusing on moving energy around and this energy was present, not imaginary. Is this color spectrum practice essential???

  • Yes it can be a challenging practice to begin with, but it is well worth it in terms of developing your awareness of some of the more subtle aspects of your energy, and also as a way of balancing and clearing your own energy. To be clear, there is something there… you may not perceive it as color right now, in fact you may not perceive it at all, but using the imagery of colour is very helpful for connecting your conscious awareness to your perception of these subtle aspects of your energy.  Something you can do to help with this is spend time looking at each colour before then meditating on it and spreading the energy through your body. For example you could have a red piece of paper, and look at it for a minute or so getting a sense of the red, then put the paper down and see if you can spread this sense of red through you whole body. If you need to you can refresh your memory of red and then continue to spread it. When you have successfully done this you can pick up an orange piece of paper and use that, and so on. Is it essentail? – No, but it is very useful. If you can’t ‘get’ it for now, that is fine. You can move on with the rest of the meditations. But I would highly recommend revisiting it and working on it further in the future, until you do ‘get’ it.

  • My 8.4.8.4 breathing is usually accentuated natural breathing where as the breath i use for most of the meditations (including this weeks colour meditations) is abdominal breathing because it feels more natural.  It is also because when drawing in energy into the dantien, the abdominal breathing places a continuous focus on the dantien area where as the accentuated natural breath seems to start in the dantien area and then shift into the lung/chest area, which seems less synchronized with the visualisations.  When practicing accentuated natural breathing i can take longer slower breaths, but it seems to be more distracting during the meditations and less natural.  what kind of breathing do you recommend for the QM practices?

    • That is quite a good description of some of the aspects of those different types of breath, so your awareness of yourself while you are doing them is quite good. You can use either of these breaths, but what I would most recommend is actually a full body breath. There are instructions for this is the RPB course.

  • I was trying to see red colour then suddenly light blue came and filled in whole body. Why other colour unexpectedly come, like flash?Is that good or bad?

    • There are many reasons why this can happen. In this instance it sounds to me like you had a particular need for the energy of the light blue colour, maybe to heal something, maybe to clear something. So as you started to work with your perception of colour, this one immediately came to the fore. There are other reasons why this could happen too though. If your energy is overactive in that one colour it can dominate the others in ways that are not useful. There can also be confusion between the different colours and so on.

  • Do we need to fill in the colour in order of Red, Orange, Yellow, green, light blue, Indigo, purple? If it is so Why?

    • Yes, you do need to do them in this order. This is because as you work with the different colours you also stimulate the energy of different parts of your body. Doing them in this order works through the parts of your body and aspects of your energy sequentially and is more effective for clearing blockages and balancing the energy than doing them in some other order.

  • My practice of good, but I kind of struggle with the color meditation. I am definitely more kinesthetic than visual. Even when I see energy, it is not yet in color. I would like to be able to “see” these colors in my self as well as feel the changes, as well as see colored auras around othera as some people do. I know that may not directly relate, but do you have any tips on this? Should I just accept and grow the gifts that are already strong in me?

    • I think certainly you should accept that there are some things are easier for you and other things more difficult, and it may continue to be this way for you. I don’t think you should accept that you ‘can’t’do something like see colours though. If this is something that you are interested in keep working at it. Don’t be concerned if it takes a long time.

  • I find filling the body with the colors comparatively easy. But it is the only meditation so far that I feel is a bit exhausting. e.g. The first two days when I finished Part 1 of the meditation I was too exhausted (not muscle tiredness, it is more like my Qi or physic energy is exhausted) to continue with Part 2. Is this strange?

    • No, not strange. There is real effort involved in working with energy. Remember the ‘gong’ in qigong means ‘work’. If you are working on something new, and your energy ‘muscles’ are not strong yet, then it can be very tiring. Even if those ‘muscles’ are strong, but there are blockages to clear, or you work them particularly intensely then it can still tire you. I have practiced qigong for quite awhile now, so I get tired less easily, but I had an experience a couple of months ago doing some qigong healing which was just really really hard work – left me exhausted for a couple of days. Doesn’t happen often now though. So… important that you always be aware of yourself, monitor how you are feeling and your energy. If you feel to tired or drained, rest. Just like other exercise.

  • Until Friday of this week‘s meditation, in all the other previous meditations where we use Qi in our Dantien, I have been imagining it to be black…like a swirling black hole in the universe…but now, because of this Color Spectrum training, I am am thinking that it should be white. What color should it be? Or should it be just an invisible transparent force?

    • How you imagine your energy will have an effect on how it functions. A lot of the time you will not be particularly paying attention to the colour or light of the energy, so it can be represented as invisible and transparent. If you are paying attention to its light… then yes there should be light instead of darkness. It can have a variety of colours depending on what is going on with your energy, but white is a pretty good default because it is a balance of the entire spectrum.

  • What is the meaning of the different colours?

    • The different colours correspond to functioning of different aspects of your energy, which corresponds with different parts of the nervous system, and different organs and physical structures, and different emotions which relate to those.  Basically they follow the same concept as what are commonly referred to as chakras. The Chinese terminology is a little different, they refer to them as cauldrons rather than as wheels, but the essential relationships are the same, and as the terminology of ‘chakra’ is so widespread, this is what people commonly use now.  The start at the base of the spine with red, and then ascend to the top of the head with violet. Relating to the different tissues of the body on the different levels. Any good reference on the chakras will give you the basic corresponndences.

  • What should the different sensations be by colour?

    • There will not necessarily be different sensations for the different colours. You may feel more activity in the area that the tissues are being stimulated, and you may also feel some sensation throughout your body from that activity. But you may also not particularly notice any difference between sensations for the different colours.

  • I had the impression today that even my soles hurt after the exercise. There was also a big concentration of something in my lower back.

    • You must have worked hard in your session then. It could be that there is some blockage or weakness in your lower back that was stimulated, and hopefully will improve as a result of your practice.

  • Is this an adapted practice from Ayurveda because the colour spectrum follows the base to crown chakra sequence of colours?

    • It is not particularly adapted from Ayurveda, although there clearly is a relationship. There are corresponding relationships between almost every kind of practice between the Indian and Chinese systems. Often they will look or feel a little different, or focus on something in a different way, but there are many many similarities.

  • It took me a while to “see” the colors. In fact it happened yesterday and before yesterday. It was a nice journey as i noticed that the more quiet my mind was, the more i was able to visualize the colors. What was interesting also is that i was able to feel different sensations with each color! I am not able to associate a specific sensation to a specific color till now, but  i think it will come with time and practice. It reminded me that some people use colors to heal.  Will we do this at some point?

    • That is awesome that you got there with persistence, and perhaps encouraging to some of the other students who have struggled with this. Yes colour can be used as one aspect of qigong healing and will be included within the  qigong healing courses when they become available.