Take a deep breath. Now slowly release. There, doesn't that feel better?
According to Gallup News, eight out of 10 Americans feel afflicted by stress at least once in the day. High stress levels can affect our health, productivity, and relationships.
Thankfully, developing healthy habits can help us relieve our stress and improve the day-to-day of our lives. Don't worry—that doesn't mean you have to start a new fad diet or get a new gym membership.
By cultivating strong chi energy, we can improve our vitality and energy while reducing that stress. You can even master your chi right at home!
With the right techniques, we can keep the stressors within our lives from impacting our health. Keep reading to learn how to find your chi and use this chi power to empower your life!
What Is Chi?
Chi, or qi energy (pronounced "chee"), is the life force that flows through all living things. In Chinese, this word translates to "breath," "air," or “energy”.
Western cultures have also referred to chi as "electromagnetic" or "bioenergy."
Though this life energy is invisible, it infuses our entire universe.
It can revitalize us and prepare us to challenge negative forces.
Those of us with a strong chi also have a strong life force. This vitality improves our quality of life, stamina, confidence, and the positive energies that fill our environment.
Those of us with a weak chi have difficulty resisting sources of negativity. These negative energies can impact our health, happiness, and overall life.
As we breathe, we transform air into chi, giving it physical form. This energy becomes a part of us in our blood, bones, and skin. Our vital organs then use this energy to link the mind, body, and spirit.
As chi energy reaches our brains, it impacts our dreams, emotions, and thoughts as well. In that regard, chi also exists beyond our physical bodies.
This creates a natural rhythm throughout our bodies centered around the qi energy we breathe in and out each day.
Learning to circulate our chi will eliminate blocks and give our life balance. Pets even benefit from energy healing as well, relieving their negative emotions or stress.
How To Find Your Chi & Take Control
With the proper practices, we can learn to tap into and cultivate our chi energy.
When our chi isn't able to circulate throughout our bodies, the blockage can encourage disease, pain, and fatigue. It's therefore important to enhance your chi and help it flow without resistance.
Our chi flows through pathways in the body. These 12 meridians are each associated with one of our essential organs. This can include the heart, lungs, stomach, and bladder.
Neglect, trauma, and heightened emotions can cause blockages. Again, these blockages cause us to feel our energy deplete or disease to take form. However, routine chi exercises can keep these blockages from forming in the first place.
In order to improve the quality and flow of our chi, you need to learn how to tap into this power first.
Originating in China, acupuncture is the practice of placing needles against specific points across the body. This method is over a thousand years old and used to break up blockages where your chi is meant to flow naturally.
There are other methods of bodywork to improve our energy flow.
Shiatsu massages originated in Japan, but the method itself is based on Chinese and Western medical practices. Using the fingers, thumbs, and palms, this massage therapy promotes energy flow throughout the body, just like acupuncture.
In addition to helping people relax, shiatsu massages also relieve stress and pain.
Unlike traditional massages, shiatsu focuses on the internal energy system. Shiatsu massages are able to combine acupressure and assisted-stretching techniques to balance energy flow throughout the body.
Once energy blockages are removed, your chi can again flow throughout the 12 meridians of your body to restore this balance.
2. Tai Chi
Also referred to as "moving meditation," tai chi is a series of exercises focused on breathing and posture. Using slow, low-impact movements, tai chi improves balance and circulation to create, control, and restore your chi.
Tai chi also improves posture and muscle control. The graceful, deliberate steps can help strengthen your core, arms, legs, glues, and back.
Using these movements, you can improve your chi's circulation and avoid blockages.
Try out these tai chi exercises to find and control your chi.
Like tai chi, yoga is another exercise method that can help you improve and control your chi.
In yoga philosophy, chi is also known as prana.
Yoga helps improve your body's overall circulation as well as your chi. As you hold certain yoga poses, you can accumulate your chi, causing a blockage.
When you release the pose, you also release the blockage, allowing your chi to circulate properly again. These exercises keep unhealthy blockages throughout your meridians from occurring.
In addition to helping us harness our chi, yoga also helps reduce stress levels and improve our flexibility. Like tai chi, it also helps improve balance.
Plus, yoga helps us relax and improves our sleep, which helps reduce the cause of chi blockages within our bodies.
Experience the balance of mind and body with regular meditation.
Learning how to empty our thoughts and relax is a useful skill in our daily lives. As a result, you can concentrate on cultivating your chi instead of holding onto negative energies.
Dantian (abdominal) breathing meditation involves sitting back in a chair and focusing as each breath enters and leaves the body. Focus on your lower abdomen and how it feels with each breath.
This allows you to relax and build an awareness of your body and chi. This method also allows us to control the movement of our chi, improving the overall flow.
As you develop this skill, you can also improve your day-to-day focus. This, in turn, helps reduce stress, which can cause or chi blockages in the first place.
5. Breathing Exercises
Many of these chi exercises are rooted in our breathing. Try this as a focused breathing exercise to tap into your chi:
Find a comfortable position. You can lie back, stand, or sit.
Inhale through your nose. As you exhale through your mouth, extend the breath for as long as possible.
When your body naturally inhales again, focus on the rush of air through your nose.
Open your mouth and release that air.
This exercise will help you gain control over your breathing. As you complete these other chi exercises, don't forget the importance of your breathing and its connection to the energy in your body.
Like tai chi, qigong (also called chi kung) is an ancient Chinese holistic system that uses a series of movements, meditations, and breathing techniques to encourage the flow of our body's natural chi.
A few chi kung exercises include:
The Wu Qi Posture
Stand with your feet positioned beneath your shoulders. Bend the knees and keep your lower back straight. As you hold the position, relax and take slow, deep breaths.
The Opening Movement
Starting from the wu chi posture, turn your palms to face the floor and bend your knees, sinking deeper into the ground. Keep the elbows open, away from the ribcage, and toes positioned beyond your knees.
As you slowly straighten your legs, raise your arms to shoulder height. Then, reverse this movement, so you're back at the start.
Here are a few chi kung exercises you can even do at work!
Here is a simple but very powerful qigong movement you can do almost anywhere.
Cultivating Your Chi Power
Now that you know how to tap into your chi energy, it's time to put it to work! As you practice the previously mentioned exercises, it will become easier to harness and use your chi.
Build the chi within your body, then focus on where you want it to flow. Once you're connected with your body's chi, you can direct it and accomplish specific goals. However, this focus does take practice, discipline, and time.
This can include deep meditation to accomplish your desires, or directing your chi to heal.
The Benefits of Cultivating Your Chi
With the proper energy healing methods, you can:
Improve your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure
Increase your energy
Increase your vitality
Discover peace of mind
Improve your mood
Gain better control over your emotions
Improve your body's overall health
Increase your agility
Increase your flexibility
Reduce the risk of inflammation
By learning how to cultivate your chi power, you can improve these different facets of your health. Tap into your chi energy—and these health-improving benefits to defeat your stress!
Chi Energy: Harnessing the Power
With these tips for tapping into and harnessing your chi energy, you can improve your body's overall health and keep those stress levels way down!
Check out these testimonials from clients who benefited from my qi energy healing to learn more.
Michael Mohoric specializes in global Qigong distant energy healing. He has thousands of positive testimonials how his work has helped heal many serious illnesses, pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, and more. He discovered he was blessed with a gift of distant energy healing after recovering from a serious spinal cord injury. He is the former Secretary of the International Tibetan Qigong Assoc. He has over 1,000 endorsements on Linkedin, many from health care professionals. He also has over 233,000 Likes on Facebook with thousands of positive posts about how this work has transformed lives.