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The Heart of Qigong: deeper studies…

One of the great things about the internal arts, or those disciplines that seek to cultivate our higher potential as humans, is that the deeper we go with our practice, the more opens up for us. 

Take relaxation for instance. In the beginning, it is often a lot for a practitioner to simply become aware of the tension they hold on a daily basis. Once a basic awareness is established, it becomes a practice of releasing unnecessary tension through breathing, alignment, mental focus, etc. But once a new paradigm of comfort through relaxation is established, worlds can open up as the benefits of that quality become more and more recognized. The only real trick is to keep going…

Likewise, the inner smile practice offers us a profound tool for personal growth and for clearing areas of energetic and emotional blockage. 

Initially, it is often quite an accomplishment to simply find that quality of smiling and appreciation into the three main dantien (energy centers): navel, heart, and forehead. Once this has become relatively easy, a new door opens up. This practice can become very effective in clearing away areas of physical, emotional, and mental imbalance. 

The first dantien (navel) is associated with the things of the earth or physical. It controls concerns for the material world, assimilating experience, and deriving the nourishment we require for our bodies. The third dantien (forehead) is associated with “heaven” or spiritual. It controls our higher aspirations in awareness, perception, and understanding. And the second dantien (heart) is where those two come together in our human-ness. It controls the areas of emotion, relationship, and connection on a feeling level. It also relates to our sense of courage and determination. 

Working with the inner smile in these areas, especially when various issues arise, can be a very powerful process in bringing us to a higher state of balance with our true self and with our deeper purpose of being here. 

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April 1, 2009   No Comments