What is Qigong – Part 2

By on 07/02/2014
What is Qigong


Monday I shared part 1 of What is Qigong part 1 of 3.  I was so interested listening to it that I found myself pausing the video and taking notes.  That lead to the easy decision to post the series here for you, AND to share my notes in bullet-point form.  This will make your viewing and studying that much easier; I wrote the ‘crib notes’ for you! Today I am sharing the part 2 of this 3 part series. Now that you have part 1 basics down, we really get into the ‘meat’ of understanding what Qigong is all about.

This video specifically covers the topics a) The Three Dan Tiens  and b) Cell Replacement; or what I would have referred to as Chi, the Life Force of the Blood. You can find my notes to this video below the video.

Notes from today’s video: The 3 Dan Tiens

  • Upper Dan Tien = Brain known as the Elixir field
  • Middle Dan Tien = around the middle of the sternum (between the breasts)
  • Lower Dan Tien = Center of the abdominal area in the large & small intestines (around the navel)
  • Lower Dan Tien is also our center of gravity
  • Brain cells use more Oxygen than other body cells (so they need more bloodflow and need more Chi energy)
  • Brain does not produce chi, only uses it up
  • Certain Key muscles, cells and tissues produce bioelectrical energy, therefore produce chi energy (like the piezoelectric long bones, mentioned in lesson #1)
  • Diaphragm, intestines, red blood cells also create bioelectric “chi” energy
  • Contraction / relaxation (movement) of key muscles like the diaphragm and intestines through focused abdominal breathing and exercise, bioelectrical energy (chi) is created
  • Abdominal muscles and intestines are layered with fascia and fat, which are poor conductors of electricity.  So the bioelectrical energy created through focused movements (like abdominal breathing, qigong and tai chi) start increasing and are “stored”.  Thus, these areas become like our Chi Energy Batteries!
  • Above explains why heat / warmth is created when properly doing qigong
  • Recent research has revealed that the body actually has more than one “brain”; a command center for the nervous system.  The upper ‘brain’ has memory and thought.  The lower brain (the lower dan tien) has memory but no ‘thought’ ability.  However they are connected via neural pathways (nervous system).
  • The upper brain has an idea; the lower brain (the lower dan tien chi energy battery) gives ‘life’ to our ideas.

Cell Replacement

  • Though healthy eating plays an important role, the aging process is not limited to what we eat.  It has much to do with our chi energy.  A person can eat healthy but if their stores of chi energy are depleted and dwindling, they will age faster.
  • Without enough chi energy stores, life force weakens.
  • Life force is directly related to chi energy storage.
  • Qigong helps you to build up the chi in the 8 vessels and improve chi circulation!
  • Red blood cells (RBC)  carry nutrients and O2 to all other cells in the body
  • RBCs are capable of storing and releasing bioelectrical energy ( chi)!
  • When a person is tense and/or stressed, blood flow is diminished so necessary chi does not get to the needy cells (and thus aging occurs quicker as does health deterioration)
  • We are most relaxed when sleeping so this is the time cell replacement is the greatest
  • Bone marrow is where new RBCs are made
  • Bone Marrow Washing Qigong ( Xi Sui Jing) a type of qigong that improves bone marrow health!

The video started discussing hormones here, but I think I will add the hormones section to the part 3 video.  There is a lot here in part 2!

You may also be interested in a slideshow I posted on an earlier blog, with lots of great diagrams and definitions related to qigong.

This is exciting stuff!  Please read, re-read, share and bookmark.  Most of all, copy-paste my ‘notes’ above and add them to the notes I made for part 1.  Then print them off for your own reference and understanding.

I look forward to your comments.



I welcome your thoughts, insights or questions

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