How would you like to learn a simple qigong exercise that will open a gate to healing energy?
Knocking at the Gates of Life – Bamboo Grove Qigong
There is a circle around your waist that is poetically called the Gates of Life. The term also references an acupuncture point (Ming-Men) located directly opposite of the navel, which was your connection to life in the womb. This is the center of your body and the location of a sea of healing energy called Dantian (tan t’ien).
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Soften all of your joints by allowing them to round slightly. In other words, don’t lock any of your joints. Scan your body for tension. If you find any, relax and let it go. Tension blocks the flow of energy. To help release the tension, lift the crown and sink your tail bone. This will stretch your spine and open the spaces between the spinal discs.
You stand in the center between heaven and earth, relevant and powerful.
Breath deep. Focus your breath a few inches below your belly button, the “Commander and Chief” of all balanced movement.
Begin to slowly twist at the waist, first to the left and then to the right. Your feet should remain rooted in the earth, while your upper body moves as a unit, rotating on a central axis around your Dantien. A classic beginning mistake is to rush your eyes, then your head, ahead of the rest of your upper body. Relax. There is no rush.
Imagine your hands are heavy weights dangling from the ends of your arms. Allow them to swing loosely around your body and alternately tap your kidneys and your belly button. Let them flop. Your movement should be effortless.
You will feel energy building in your belly until it finally breaks free like a bursting damn after heavy spring rains. Allow it to spill out and flow where it will. Trust your body to send this healing energy where it is needed.
When it is time, you will gradually come to rest. Stand tall and still for a few more breaths. Have a moment of gratitude for the healing.
You can watch a video of Robert demonstrating Knocking at the Gates of Life by following the link below: