Today I’d like to start a new series looking at 7 of the most common mistakes that beginners make in Chi Kung/Qigong.
In no particular order, let’s look at mistake number 1 – Not relaxing enough.
Let’s get one thing clear right from the start. If you can’t relax, you can’t do chi kung – simple. Many people practice chi kung with the aim of being able to relax more. But being able to relax is only the start of practicing chi kung.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve stood next to a beginner in a chi kung class, told them to relax and being told: “But I am relaxed”. And they tell me this with their shoulders up by their ears! It’s incredible how much tension we can store and still think we are relaxed.
To begin to practice chi kung correctly we must learn to not only relax physically, but to relax mentally, emotionally and spiritually. If we can do this well we will achieve one of the core skills of chi kung – that of entering a QSOM.
We start to learn how to relax enough to enter a QSOM by:
- Physically – systematically relaxing the body from head to toe.
- Emotionally – let go of any feelings, worries, concerns or anxieties (often easier said than done)
- Mentally – let go of all thoughts, if the mind was a pond, and thoughts were ripples, you’d want the pond to be ripple free.
- Spiritually – the very best way I have found over the years to relax spiritually is to Smile From Your Heart. This is a whole series of posts in it’s own right. I talk a lot more about this in my Qigong Secrets Home Study Course.
When I guide my students through entering a QSOM, each time I like to encourage them to relax even more than before. At the end of the relaxation I ask them to give themselves a score from 1 to 10 of how relaxed they are. 1 being not at all and 10 being so chilled I can’t remember who or what I am. I then ask them to see if they can increase their score by another point.
The benefits of relaxing in this way are enormous. It’s a real joy to see the transformation on peoples faces and in their bodies after just a few minutes of entering a QSOM. The ultimate aim of this practice is to be able to be fully relaxed i.e. to enter a QSOM in a single breath.
So that if you were suddenly asked to give an impromteu speech, you’d just take a breath, enter a QSOM and give a great speech.
But let’s not kid ourselves, this take practice, practice, practice!
Okay, bye for now
Marcus James Santer