I tend to interchange the terms “qigong” and “meditation” because the style of qigong that I practice is very meditative in that you’re “sitting and forgetting,” but with the added intent of gathering and circulating qi. It’s called “Stillness-Movement” (SM), or if you’re into Chinese names, it’s called “Jing Dong Gong” (more on that later).
Just a little background… when I used to practice Taoist zuowang meditation, it was very much like zazen in a way that you sit without any of this “gathering qi” stuff. My body used to slow down and get into some cool state where I’d be somewhere halfway between full consciousness and sleep. But since I started practicing SM I started feeling the opposite of that, as if I’d enter some state that was maybe a step or two above normal consciousness. It feels like I’m totally relaxed but I’ve got this surge of energy coursing in and around me, and everything is vibrating really, really, really fast. I’m starting to sound pretty New-Agey here, so I’ll have to be careful because New Age is bullshit. There I said it.
Anyhoo… today’s session was pretty rad.
Normally the vibratory sensations that I feel are more on the superficial surface of my skin, vibrating at a high frequency as if every nerve in my body is buzzing fast and loud as hell. It’s cool, and sometimes I actually hear a really low pitched thundering noise to accompany that sensation, and it sounds like a really bad dubstep song. I usually try to lead qi into my dantian (energy center about 3 inches below your navel, and if you’re Japanese, it’s called “hara”), but the qi tends to fill up my entire body cavity instead of staying in that one concentrated space. But it’s weird that I only feel the buzzing along the surface of my skin.
But today I guided qi into my dantian and successfully kept it there for the most part. But what was interesting was that I could feel the qi building up in my dantian so intensely that I could feel it spilling over and rising slowly to my head. Kinda like a flood that you can’t stop. Then I felt all three of my dantians (upper (between the eyes), middle (center of your chest), and lower) lighting up, buzzing so intensely that it almost felt as if I had palpable masses in those spots. Is that what it feels like to harmonize all three of your dantians? But oddly enough, what resulted from this was not only being high as hell from all the energy I felt, but also a heightened sense of consciousness while being completely and utterly relaxed. More specifically, a heightened sense of clarity of “Not-Two.”
It’s an odd experience to explain, and I have had similar experiences like this, but not as intense, and this is the first time I’ve ever felt all three of my dantians buzzing at the same time.
So that was pretty sweet.
Interesting note: every time I successfully guide Qi into my lower dantian, I get new prospective patients. Today I received five new patients. Isn’t that something?