There is stress in the world all around us –
financial worries over the economy, fears over global political
instability, as well as concerns about the environment and the
safety of our food and water. Even if they are not directly
focused on these stressors, many people are impacted by the
negative energies that come from other people’s worries
Stress is the result of how the body interprets messages. For
many, these disruptive energetic vibrations related to stress
are very erratic, and cause some degree of disorientation and
uncertainty. People under stress may feel lost, not certain
where they are in their lives, or where they should be headed.
Unresolved feelings like these can cause emotional and physical
health problems. In fact, studies have shown that various types
of chronic stress are linked to a greater risk of heart disease
and heart attacks.
Chronic stress can cause problems by elevating levels of adrenalin
and adrenal steroid hormones. One homeopathic paper compared
adrenalin arousal to “leaving a car engine idling at high
Even a simple argument can cause our hearts to beat faster,
and our blood pressure to rise. Stress can also lead to depression
and disturbed sleep, which can create other health issues. Stress
is also not just a personal matter. It can have a negative effect
on friends and family; anyone in communication with the stressed
individual can be adversely affected.
We can’t control the stock market or what other people
say, feel or do, but what we can we do to help ourselves deal
with the multiple stresses we face every day. One very safe
and extremely effective method of calming these disruptive energetic
vibrations coming from stress is the practice of Qi Gong. To
practise Qi Gong is to let our energy flow freely, allowing
us to feel more balanced – physically and emotionally.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese energy practice which involves
breathing, visualization, and simple movements to perform an
internal exercise to balance one’s energy, or Qi. For
thousands of years, the Chinese have used Qi Gong to help calm
the body, mind and spirit.
Qi is your vital energy – the energy of life itself. It
is the energy of creation. Qi is in all living organisms, plants
and animals. Universal Qi is the original energy. All human
beings are born with blood and Qi. The word Gong means to work
or practise. Therefore, to practise Qi Gong is to work with
Benefits of Qi Gong
When you practise Qi Gong, you are consciously focusing upon
collecting and holding that Qi energy within the body to increase
and maintain vitality. You do not have time to think of the
stress around you. During this time you let yourself be free
from thoughts and worries as you focus on working and moving
the Qi. Many participants comment that while practising Qi Gong
they not only forgot about their problems, but their aches and
pains seemed to disappear as well.
The stress will naturally begin to evaporate in the body when
one practises Qi Gong. Qi balances the body and strengthens
the immune system. It enables the emotional body to become more
stable and secure. It elevates energy levels, helping people
to feel more connected and content. Practising Qi Gong everyday
will improve your overall health, keeping you looking and feeling
youthful and strong.
Even though Qi Gong may look simple, one should learn from a
qualified instructor with good Qi energy, and practise at least
five to 20 minutes a day. While there are thousands of forms
of Qi Gong involving regular practice, discipline, and in most
cases gentle physical movement, Qi Gong is not a sport, nor
is it about competition. Rather, it is about supporting our
health through focused relaxation, controlled breathing, and
meditation. Ultimately, Qi Gong is for all those who wish to
take charge of, and to participate in their own well-being.
And because practising Qi Gong makes you feel good, you will
actually look forward to your practice.
You can connect with Universal Qi from the heaven and earth
by doing this simple Qi Gong exercise to reduce stress:
1. Stand naturally (attentive but relaxed) with arms by the
sides of your body, knees slightly bent and the tongue touching
2. Breathe in through the nose. Visualize good Qi coming down
from the universe and entering at the crown of your head.
3. Breathe out through the nose. Visualize the Qi cleansing
your body, sending the stress away, down to the feet and out
to the earth. Repeat as needed.
Qi Gong, by its very nature, elevates consciousness, and brings
the emotional body into a more positive state. When one begins
to move the body, one must think about moving the Qi. As a result,
feelings of worry and concern will naturally and effortlessly
be put aside when practising Qi Gong. Qi Gong is a wonderful,
self-healing therapy that balances you and provides what your
body, mind and soul really need. It creates within us a sense
of well-being, which allows us to cope with stress and stressors
in the world around us far more efficiently.