During our last workshop on 3/12, we talked about how “self-healing begins with a quiet and empty state of mind”, and discussed four basic techniques which could help us calm down. We emphasized that breathing slowly and coordinating breathing patterns with movements are the easiest way to increase our calmness and well-being.

In the coming workshop on 4/23, we are going to introduce the concept of “breathing space”, and discuss the medical benefits of being mindful of our breathing space. We are also going to learn a traditional Qigong called “Six Healing Sounds”, and use this Qigong as an example to further explain the self-healing principles we discussed at our last workshop.

1) “Six Healing Sounds” Qigong uses appropriate sound waves to subtly vibrate our five internal organs ( the liver, heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys), and the Triple Warmer areas. In so doing, our internal organs can be mildly stimulated and rejuvenated, and thus promoting our health.

2) In addition to sound vibrations, body movements are also used in this Qigong. These movements help open up our “breathing space”. And if we are trained to become aware of the specific finger tips or toe tips, we can then easily open up the related meridian lines. In this way, we can feel an even stronger shifting of the breathing space.

3) “Six Healing Sounds” Qigong is an excellent “textbook” for training the coordination between our body and our breathing. When we are pronouncing a healing sound, we are always exhaling. The ensuing body movement, no matter in what direction, will be done while inhaling. This natural coordination between breathing and body movements, makes the otherwise difficult shifting of breathing space from our fingers through the whole body and legs, down to the toes (or vice versa), as easy as a breeze.

To recapitulate: How should we practice “Six Healing Sounds” Qigong?

First, learn to pronounce each of the healing sounds correctly, so that the sound waves could strike a resounding vibration to each of the internal organs.

Secondly, while doing the movements, pay attention to the opening up of the related meridians by having some awareness on the specific finger tips or toe tips.

And thirdly, pay attention to the smooth shifting of our breathing space vertically through mindful breathing.