When one practices qigong standing, it is often
that one feels many different sensations such as cool, warm, bloating and itch
on the hands and body after a few minutes of standing. This is called qi
sensation. Qi is a form of energy. When one practices qigong, one is
accumulating energy. During the process of accumulation, one may contact more
than one form of energies which confirmed by their sensations. Generally, if one
contacts electricity, the feeling is numbness. If one contacts cold energy, the
feeling is cool. If one contacts hot energy, the feeling is warm. etc. Does not
matter who, a qigong instructor or a practitioner, the conversation generally
begins with the inquiry of qi sensation. People based on the qi sensation to
determine and confirm the benefit, result, effective of the technique and the
instructor's skill. However, if one solely based on this qi sensation to
determined and confirmed a particular qigong technique's effective and
usefulness, one cannot fully understand qigong, begin to has doubt, no
confidence to continue practice and the result is not good.
Today, people generally comprehend information based on its presentation and
immediate result. If there is something new, one only comprehend this new
information if it presented in the form that one can see and touch. Since qi is
a type of energy, power and it is invisible, it is difficult for people to
understand. In order to confirm its present and effective, many instructors
using suggestive words or signs to encourage students to feel the qi's present.
It is based on this feeling which determined one's skill.
Although there are many people have qi sensation after few minutes of qigong
practices, there are many people for one reason or others, not able to feel any
qi sensation. They doubt and question the present of qi and techniques. These
people concluded that practicing qigong is fault. It is fake. Although some
people has qi sensation as the beginning but the sensation slowly go away, these
people concluded that the technique has no effect and stop. Some people practice
qigong to cure their diseases but after they learned the technique, there is no
immediate result and they stop.
There are many people practicing qigong today and there are thousands of
techniques available. Some experienced practitioners said that rather one is
feeling the qi sensation or not, it is not an issue. Qi sensation cannot always
determine or confirm the practitioner's skill. Following are three correct
understanding of qi sensations.
a. The definition of qi sensation
The qi sensations are cool, hot,
numb, itch, bloating, crawling, pain, sweat, tear, laugh, smell, eyewitness
internal organ, witness color and hear sound, etc. Because of age, personality,
disease, physical condition, experience and intelligence, the degree of qi
sensation is different according to individual practitioners. eg. Take the
sensation of hot for example. Some people feel hot, some feel just lukewarm,
some feel hot as burning, some feel hot on fire. Different people feel the same
sensation differently. Therefore, one cannot compare to how other people feel
to determine and confirm the skill and technique.
b. No qi sensation does not mean no effect.
The amount of qi
sensation is determined by one's meridians, experience physical condition and
external factors such as the body has contacted with electricity, stimulus,
physical labor and medication. People generally said that they do not feel
anything because they do not have any pre-experienced. These people do not know
what to expect and do not know how to describe the feeling. If one paid closer
attention to the body, one will find that there are positive sign such as sleep
better, energetic at work, able to work longer hour without feeling tired and get
sick. There are many healthy people who have no feeling after practice. If they
think it is not effective, this is a wrong conclusion. Qi is a form of energy.
When one practices, the flow of qi current increases inside the body. Rather one
has feeling or not, the qi still circulate inside the body. As long as one is
practicing, the result and improvement will happen. A healthy body needs a
larger current of qi circulation in order to have the qi sensation.
c. Feeling more does not means better
There are many experienced
practitioners who can heal disease, however, the result is not as good as the
novel practitioners. This demonstrated that feeling more or less qi sensation
does not indicated one's skill. People with poorer health often experienced with
qi sensation quicker than people have a healthier body. Therefore, when one has
a stronger qi sensation, it does not determine and confirm one's skill.
From the example demonstrated above, we concluded that qi sensation should
not be used as a criterion to determine the effect of the technique or the
practitioners' skill. For qi's invisible and energetic in nature, qigong
instructors often used qi sensation to re-enforce the students' interest and
curiosity. To understand any qigong technique better, one must practice the
technique longer to accumulate more qi and the qi sensation will be obvious.
Article By Vincent Chu