立気功 Qi Gong:
"Standing Like a
Cameron Bishop DAOM. L.Ac.
or Kiko, is an ancient practice of mindfulness while working with Ki (Qi) of the body with the end result of deep awareness
or simply better energy, health and well being. The incorporation of a daily Standing Qi Gong routine can greatly benefit
your health including reduction of pain, stress reduction, lower blood pressure, better breathing and other improvements.
You become what you cultivate.
Ancient hunters and warriors perhaps developed this art to mimic the stance of predators.
Imagine your dog or cat waiting frozen, completely aware for the moment. Ready to pounce, breathing smoothly, eyes fixed.
Intuitively they knew that they were completely attuned to the environment and to themselves.
Breathing is the first
and last thing you do in life. It begins with your first breath with a slap on your butt, and ends with your last breath upon
To begin "standing", breathe in your nose keeping your "in breath" and "out breath"
the same length, evenness, and calmness. Keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth so your breath can move the Qi, and the
Qi can move your blood. The Qi will move most freely when you have clear intent, calm breath, and have no attachment, power
Practice barefoot if the ground is comfortable, or wear flat soled footwear. It is best to begin standing
posture put your feet shoulders width apart and your knees slightly bent, or at least not rigid. Imagine every pore in your
soles is melting and connecting to the earth. Envision each joint opening, and holding space as this sensation spreads to
your foot bones, your ankles, your knees and your hips. Allow your hips to rotate slightly forward, and keep your ears centered
over your shoulders and hands gently at your side. Keep your shoulders away from your ears, and keep your eyes slightly closed
and fingers loose. You can imagine your body is suspended from a string that is suspended from the top of your head, as every
vertebra in your back slowly opens, and allows the tension from your belly to melt.
Should your mind race, bring your
attention back to your breath, or incorporate a word to repeat with each time you take a breath. [It can be from any religion
("Om", "Jesus", "Shalom"), or simply say something like "Peace", "open",
"joy", "love".] You can also incorporate an existing mantra from yoga or other meditation traditions.
For the truly busy mind, it may take days of unwinding to quiet it. ‘Once the spring is done releasing, the monkey mind
Simple is best in the beginning. Start with five minutes a day for the first week (If you find yourself wanting
to look at the clock, count breaths). Continue for 80-100 breaths. Then add five minutes every week, until you reach a total
When properly done, Qigong will lead you to better health. Poorly executed Qigong can lead to headaches,
dizziness, nausea or temporary aggravated pain. Significant results are often seen in three months. In the USA, we are often
impatient to obtain quick results and quick understandings. If you keep in mind that to obtain a certificate in any art in
Japan requires minimum of ten years of practice, it will be able to keep more of a perspective of your progress. Qi gong is
best learned slow, consistent and mindfully. If your are intellectually expecting great spiritual results, they will most
likely be chased away. Patience is the key, for and it is best to go back to the concentrated breathing exercise described
in the paragraph above.
There are a few levels of "standing". If your Qi is moving correctly, it feels easy,
although in the beginning, there may be discomfort due to weak muscles. Working through the discomfort and building the strength
leads to a stable position where you will be able to evaluate your own Qi flow and blocks.
Some people are born with
in innate ability to feel Qi. Like any ability such as singing, music, art and writing, some learn it, and some are hopeless.
Consistency and sticking to your breathing exercises is key. As you progress, the blocks, once observed, can be left alone,
and released by breathing in and out; or imagining them crumbling like a sand castle at the beach. You can even visualize
them falling through your feet, and into the ground.
This second stage of releasing blocks can involve many events
that are stretched over a few days, or months. Standing, breathing should be natural and second nature. Successful navigation
leads to nothing special. Undistracted by pain and thoughts, one can concentrate on beauty of the stillness. The mistake is
to move on to some other new form of entertainment. ‘Standing like a tree in a forest is when the magic comes out. If
expected it hides.'