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QiGong is practice of breath control, meditation, and movements to encourage Qi (vital energy) flow throughout the body; in its larger thought form it includes Reiki, meditation, Taiji, and can be either still or include movement.

In our first class on Wednesday last week, we were doing one of the slower, stiller forms of QiGong: knees slightly bent, elbows bent, arms at waist-height, eyes closed, and moving the hands ever so slowly closer together to feel the electromagnetic field where Qi builds up.  And then moving the Qi between our hands around to different parts of our body.

During this practice, I started to feel very very warm, and as I got warmer, I took off my coat, but that didn’t seem to help.  I just continued to feel warm, which turned into feeling a bit weak.  And then the weakness turned into light-headedness, dizziness, vertigo, and the strong sensation I would pass out.  I tried to hold on and continue the QiGong, but I could no longer hold myself upright.  At this point the teacher noticed and asked if I wanted a break.

I sat down on a chair, but no improvements.  My classmates began commenting on how pale I was, as if all the blood had left my face.  When, after a couple minutes, my color still hadn’t returned, they recommended I lie down.  Which I did, but still with no change.  Then the QiGong teacher returned and asked me to sit up, he said

He would Move My Qi.

As I sat there with my eyes closed, still white as a ghost and light-headed, he got into the same QiGong position and moved his hands to about 6inches from me–in my aura, began breathing deeply and concentrating to build up his Qi and find my Qi stagnation. Then he moved his hands around me and slowly raised his arms toward my head. With that upward movement, my classmates told me, they could see the color rise back into my face.

And so, Move My Qi, he did.

In TCM, blood requires the energy of Qi to flow, and Qi is carried by blood. In this, you can see the relationship between the lack of color in my face and my light-headedness–from lack of blood flowing to my head–and my Qi stagnation.

In the subsequent few days, I asked a few other TCM doctors/professors to do a quick diagnosis for me and they all told me you have liver Qi stagnation, and one also mentioned depressed heart function (poor blood flow) from Qi not being able to move smoothly and freely.

So it seems while the QiGong Master was able to unblock my Qi enough to get blood flowing back to my head and face, I’m still suffering from Qi buildup and stagnation.

And thus, my proof that Qi exists, for all you skeptics out there.

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