Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The mountain of White Clouds

   A few years ago, when I was visiting the Buddhist monk d-r He Xiaorong in Hunan Province in China, together with her we made a trip to the Mountain of White Clouds Bai Yun Shan 白云山.
   On the top of the mountain there is an abandoned Taoist monastery. The air there is very unusual - saturated with pure energy and lots of negative ions. Even if you don't do meditation, the feeling is as if you are in meditation - it's full of energy there!

As John Muir says: 
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. 
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. 
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, 
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

Saturday, June 19, 2010

a qigong poem that appeared to me one night

     Several years ago, after some intense qigong meditation, one night while sleeping, some Chinese characters of a poem appeared in my mind. I woke up and wrote them down:

识 为 君 好 地
玄 胎 洞 照 开

妙 中 轻 卷 气
动 起 三 百 河

    The text of this poem is related to the energy phenomena that occur within the body during qigong meditation. This poem tells about the opening of the deep "embryo cave" [here symbolically it means dantian - the energy center of the body], and during this wonderful process the energy unveils gently and activates three hundred rivers [the energy meridians and paths in the body].

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Summer (June) Solstice and the Energy

   On June 21st is the Summer Solstice.  It represents an important time of the year, when Yang transforms into Yin. The energy in Nature is very powerful during the 3-4 days before and after this date. It is exceptionally valuable period for more meditation and relaxation. No wonder why in the past in China the people didn't work for 3 days duing the Summer Solstice.

   The Yi Jing hexagram that is linked to the Summer Solstice is Gou 姤 "Encounters" (hexagram #44).

    In this hexagram there are 5 Yang and 1 Yin. The Yang energy starts to decrease, while the Yin energy (represented by the broken line) - to increase.

    Different energy points of the body correspond to the different periods of the year. The Summer Solstice relates to baihui acupoint 百会 on the top of the head. At this time of the year, bai hui naturally opens up and the energy at this place is very sensitive and intense.
   From the Winter Solstice till now the energy climbs up through dumai 督脉 (the Governing Vessel) channel on the back of the body. Now, at the Summer Solstice, the energy is at the highest peak - bai hui point. Similarly, now we are at the longest days of the year. After the Summer Solstice the days become shorter and the Yang gives way to the Yin.

   Happy Summer (June) Solstice to all!