The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups.
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8. The Primeval Fostering Qigong
9. Six useful large diagram (in PDF format) for Qigong and meditation practitioners. People are welcome to click the each link below to download them one by one for p
9-1. illustration diagram from behind
This diagram illustrates the main passes, points and channels of the body back, very useful for qigong and meditation practitioners. Yes, some guidance from expert masters are required.
9-2. inner pathway illustration diagram
This diagram illustrates the reflexing mirror of the inner body with the functionality of each part. Sometimes people may regard it as too abstract but in fact, it demonstrates the transformation phases the people undergo in terms of mentality and corporeality during the meditation enlightenment
9-3. inner landscape illustration diagram
In traditional Chinese medicine theory they hold different deity got responsible for the work of each ot more internal organs. Their relationship can be illustrated by five element theory and other more. This diagram gives a view.
9-4. universal illustration diagram
This diagram is a vivid demonstration of the Lao Tzu's word: the mysterious plus the mysterious makes up the door of all mysterity. Yet, who is the one understanding the meaning of this sentence. Can you find a one?
9-5. scheduled Qi operation diagram
The Primeval Qi, together with Qi of other classification, has their special operation pattern according to time changes. So, people should understand this for their health benefit.
9-6. reality-cultivation diagram
Outside it is an universe, inside people should understand human body is a miniature universe. The two universe has their corresponding effects upon each other and it is not a complete divided system. Same, the heart-mind and the corporeal body also boasts their corresponding relationship. Yet, how to understand it and know it for bebefitting the practice it is a question should should seek answer.