Ever just sit and listen to the amazing intricacies of sounds there are in a flowing river? How about the sound of a crackling fire, or the creak and groan of an old growth forest from high within the branches? What about the different quality of sound arising from the intersection of water and rock in a deep and narrow canyon relative to water and rock at a lively stream’s edge?
Sound is vibration. Different sounds have different vibrations. Different elements and varied combinations of elements in Nature create an infinitley subtle symphony of different sounds.
Life is vibrational energy. All of life. Including humans. We are not separate from or different from those same subtle natural elemental vibrations. In fact, we are made up of the same. Vibrating and moving constantly. Another name for this intricate web of vibrating energy is Qi. Qi is life force energy that contains and connects all. Qi connects our body, mind and spirit.
Remember the water and rock intersection at a chasm noted previously? If you sit or stand at the edge of that gorge peering down, you can feel, hear and sense wholly through yourself that complex Qi. A particular subtle and powerful manifestation of water and mineral (or rock) Qi! The sounds emanating up, all around and through you, invite your own Qi to align with the wondrous power and potential rushing through that chasm.
Now imagine yourself seated on the forest floor. Soft cedar needles brush up against your leg. You are surrounded by towering ancient elders–amazing tree beings. You can feel them breathe–expand, contract, creak and groan as the sound of the wind blow through. This wood Qi once again invites a harmonious aligning of your own Qi to emerge.
Each of the elements that make up all forms on our planet (including us) vibrates with a differnet quality of Qi. As we are made up of these very same elements, we are just continuously changing complex packets of Qi.
Qi Gong is an ancient Daoist/Chinese practice to help align your own Qi with the multiple forms of Nature’s Qi. Each of the five elements in Nature (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) vibrate differently. Each of those vibrations aligns with a slightly different energy map within us. Learning to keep these energy maps in harmony is what creates health, vitality, longevity and a peaceful ease of being. Qi Gong allows you to be able to read and adjust your own energy maps.
Qi Gong energy study is done through moving and stillness by something called forms. Sound and felt sense visualiztion are also practiced within these forms.
Six Sounds Qi Gong form specifically uses movements and Universal vibrations of sound to invite a resonance with the same Qi vibrations within you. Just as Nature has a living, dynamic harmony which is constantly being updated, modified and changed, so do you. Qi Gong is the way to allow your own natural wisdom to emerge. Using sound with the movements is like looking over that chasm and feeling, hearing and seeing that interface of rock and water Qi wholly. Sound magnifies the invitations to align your Qi with Nature’s Qi.
Will you join us an move through sound?
Carrie Lafferty, PT, GCFP, Master Healing Qi Gong teacher will be teaching Six Sounds Qi Gong form through Feldenkrais and Qi Gong in Seattle on September 16, 2012. More information can be found at http://www.movementfromwithin.net, 206-459-1773, or firstname.lastname@example.org