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Why Practice Tibetan Shamanic Qigong (Qi Dao)?
by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.
After finishing late this year 2009 my Qi Dao advance studies with Lama Tantrapa Rinpoche in Tigard, Oregon, the following theories on Qigong, and Qi Dao with body, mind and spiritual benefits are my own opinions and experiences I have derived from practicing and coaching this transformative and empowering Tibetan Shamanic Qigong called Qi Dao - the art of being in the flow with the Dao.
For thousands of years, Qigong formed the foundation of Oriental Medicine because Qi, universal energy or life force, is the basis of life, therefore, energy awareness offers us the key to health, happiness and longevity. Most styles of Qigong use movements, breathing, meditation and visualization for the purpose of cultivating Qi. They are often taught through 'doing forms,' or choreographed movements, that are to be memorized and repeated on a regular basis.
All styles of Qigong originated from a primordial foundation of Qigong that was deeply rooted in the Shamanic Medicine Dances. Tibetan Shamanic Qigong also called Qi Dao goes back to the Shamanic roots of Qigong and encourages its practitioners to stay true to the universality of this energy art. Qi Dao teaches us how to feel the flow of energy, how to be in the flow and simply surrender to that flow. The practice of Qi Dao includes no routines of repetitive movements that are supposed to manipulate or cultivate Qi. Aside from being a powerful internal martial art and ultimately dedicated to self-realization and awakening, it is an energy healing modality facilitating self-healing. It teaches us that there is an abundant source of energy within us that we can tap by paying attention to the existing flow of Qi without any judgements. Empowering others to embody such an attitude became the hallmark of Qi Dao coaching.
According to a pantheistic concept of God, the original source and sustainer of the energetic flow of all things traditionally refered to as the Tao or Dao (God) is expressed in Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Chapters 25 & 34:
The use of the energy ball and the four universal elements earth, water, air and fire are the hallmarks of Qi Dao to embody and master being in the flow in the six branches of the Qigong tree. The six branches of the Qigong tree that correspond to the historical Qigong branches and comprise the six main applications of Qi Dao are Daoist, Internal Martial Art (Wushu), Tantric, Therapeutic, Confucianist and Buddhist Qigong.
Most importantly, unlike other Qigong styles without spiritual component which are basically stuck to one chakra similar to psychologial or emotional states, the practice of Qi Dao is fluidic, malleable and not stuck to one chakra making it possible for the flow of Qi to become freely unimpeded in every one of the chakras, meridians, organs or parts of the body within one's energy field. This free flowing fluidity and malleability of Qi, a distinct hallmark of Qi Dao, I believe, is what makes it work in the six branches of Qigong and is one of the most important reason to practice Qi Dao aka "Way of Energy".
According to the book of Chuang Tzu, an old man is seen by some followers of Confucious swimming in a raging torrent; suddenly, he disappears. The pupils of Confucious rush to save him, but the man reaches the bank entirely unaided. Asked how he had pulled off this remarkable feat of survival, the man replied that he had simply let himself go with the descending and ascending currents in the water. The true Taoist, in other words, moulds his senses, body and mind until they are at one with the currents of the world without.
Personally, I also believe that developing kinesthetic and sensory energy awareness through Qigong movement and meditation practices to experience life fully since all life is movement with energy together with changing disempowering beliefs into empowering beliefs that resonate with our true nature of oneness - that everything is connected and shares the same source, all is one - rather than our ego (separateness) are the keys to master being in the flow with the Dao, shapeshift into an altered expanded state of consciousness called "Qigong state", and experience a greater sense of well-being, spiritual awakening, love, inner peace and guidance, holistic healing, personal freedom and creativity.
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About the author
Qigong Master Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac., a registered acupuncturist, Qi-healer and certified Qigong teacher/ founder of Maitreya Shen Gong and integrative whole body Enlightenment Qigong, has been trained by Pan Gu Shengong Master Ou Wen Wei, Wuji Qigong Master Michael Winn, Sheng Zhen Qigong Master Li Jun Feng, Master Pranic Healer Choa Kok Sui, Zhan Zhuang Qigong Master Richard Mooney, Merkaba Master Alton Kamadon, Qi Dao Master Lama Somananda Tantrapa, and Siddha Guru Baba Muktananda.
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