The Way to BE

How To Harness Your Chi And Live Your Dreams!

By Donna Gates, as seen on:

Did you know that you were born to live a complete and full life? One that is unburdened by declining health or physiological strain?

While some of us thrive in the face of adversity and need the push of illness to wake up to our dreams; others of us learn early on that we are already complete, whole, and perfect.

Chinese medicine uses the concept of chi to describe the energy that animates the body.

Chi is acquired energy. This means that we get chi from:

  • The food that we eat
  • The water that we drink
  • The air that we breathe

In a healthy body, chi circulates effortlessly. Much like blood that flows through our blood vessels, chi flows through routes in the body called meridians.

When the body is in a state of dis-ease, the chi of the body is stuck and no longer flows easily. This can create physical pain in the body. Stuck chi can also affect our mental state, our perspective in life, our sleep, our appetite and even how we breathe!

Chinese medicine developed a system of healthcare called acupuncture to manipulate chi in the body and to promote longevity.

While acupuncture is used extensively throughout the world today, there are many ways to manipulate the chi that runs through the body. It is possible to use not only acupuncture needles, but also essential oils, pressure from the hands and even thought itself!

In fact, thought is a form of chi.

Chinese medicine tells us that too much thought or brooding about the past can injure our digestive force. Excessive thought is said to stagnate the chi and this mostly shows up in our digestion and in our energy levels.

Likewise, worry is said to knot the chi. Worry is like excessive thought. But worry also involves the element of grief. Grief affects our breath, lungs and immune system. This is why worry is said to affect our digestion, respiratory system and healthy immune function.

Just like an irregular diet, excessive thought and worry can injure digestive strength. Both an irregular diet and too much thought, it is said in Chinese medicine, can cause bloating and abdominal pain.

When we are able to harness our thoughts and direct them to our goal, they have little chance of causing our chi to stagnant or knot.

Directing your thought is the same as directing your chi.

Living with both clear intentions and without much thought takes practice. At first, it may even seem like a contradiction! However, this is what it means to fully live in the now.

Too much thought is the equivalent of mental chatter. Eventually too much thought injures our digestion and even our ability to digestive life!

Meditation is a good way to quiet mental chatter. Another good way is constant, active awareness.

However you choose to harness your chi, the more you do it, the more your dreams become a living reality!

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  • Keith Keith

    I have managed to achieve the use of Chi energy to a certian degree. I have used it to break boards with little movement or effort infront of my martial arts teacher, he was amazed. I must say, I was equally amazed. It all started with the energy ball exercise. This is where you imagine there is a ball in your hand. Taking one palm facing up, and other one facing down towards it, you cup you upper hand and imagine you have a small ball between your hands. Close your eyes and imagine that there is actually a physical ball there. Once you " feel " the ball touching your lower hand, slowly move your upper hand in a circular motion directly above it. Its as though you are rolling the ball around on your lower palm, by moving the upper hand.

    Once you can actually feel the ball moving around in your lower hand, start making wider circles with it. In a few weeks, you will be able to move that energy up and down each of your fingers seperately on the lower hand. This is the first baby step in the process. Next, try the same exercise on different parts of your own body. I find that another good spot is on your upper legs, while you are sitting down. Place one hand above your upper leg, about 2-3 inches from the legs surface. Imagine the ball between your hand and your leg. Once you feel the ball, start moving it around your upper leg. The most sensitive spot will be midway between the top of your upper leg and your knee cap. Hope this helps. Its an exercise in sensing your own bodies energy and manipulating it.

    Warning: In my experience, this exercise causes warts to grow on your hands ! I experienced this side effect after a few months of practicing. My friend who taught me the exercise has experienced " Lots " of warts on his hands as well... I stopped and my warts cleared up, except for one. Also learning your body's energy may also open the door to the spirit world. You may risk becoming sensitive to ghosts and other spirits. Sound crazy ? Try it and see what happens. I was a skeptical believer, once myself. Happy training !!

  • james

    i have always sensed that i was capable of more that i think i can do than what i can currently do and i thought meditating would help me unlock my true potental but nothing has happend nothing has gotten better over 5 months have passed now can i get some help over hear!

  • http://Chi Shawn

    To put it shortly. I have energy inside me that I can use to heal as well as feel the pain of others. I've always have had this but just thought I was different.
    I've been meditating and trying to lift the veil that is draped before our eyes that blocks the powers that be!! I've now started learning of yin and yang. But my problem is not knowing how to meditate upon my chi?? Pls help!!

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