Ki, qi, or chi are words for energy in Asia, the life energy that courses through designated channels in our bodies. Ki is meant to move freely through these channels, and it responds to our thoughts, emotions, and movement. With our focus, we are not only able to sense the ki in our bodies, but direct it as needed. We can smooth away blocks to our health, expel built-up emotions, and flush our minds of thoughts until our minds become like clear, still lakes. Adding movement, makes this more powerful—that is kigong (qigong).
On October 8-9, 2018, we held the 6th Annual Sport Kigong Competition for All in Seoul, South Korea with the slogan, "Be Friends! Healthy human beings, happy world, peaceful earth." Ten thousand people came to watch over 1,000 people from various countries compete. There were people from Korea, Japan, and China, as well as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and even the Middle East. They wore colorful costumes as their bodies moved fluidly and powerfully to music in different forms of kigong, communicating the energy of life to all.
However, we don't need to wear a costume or know a particular form in order to do kigong. Nothing is easier than kigong. There's no right or wrong way to do kigong.
At the core of kigong is spirit. If ki is the gas we put in our cars, spirit—the conscious awareness that is housed in our bodies—is the driver. As we move the energy in our bodies, the spirit that was trapped by our old thoughts and stuck emotions is set free. It expands until it meets the energy of the cosmos and we experience oneness with the universe.
When your spirit is free, it can move your body, and your life, in alignment with the universe. It can create health in the body and its hopes and dreams in the world. This is kigong.
Many people live without knowing and feeling their spirit. Instead, they become slaves to their history and their emotions, often without choosing or realizing it. If they don't feel their spirit, then they've lost their hopes and dreams. Kigong is for recovering your spirit, your hopes and dreams.
To do this, simply move your body by following the flow of ki in it. Rather than thinking about the movement or trying to do a certain movement, move freely and instinctively. Born in energy, we live in energy, until, in the end, we go into that energy. Moving with energy is natural, and so it breaks through the preconceptions that keep our spirits boxed in. Rather than following the habitual movements of your body, kigong means letting yourself truly be free so that your inner greatness can shine.
Shall we do free kigong together now?
Raise your hands. Kigong begins in the moment you raise your hands. Then, close your eyes, letting your hands move continuously however they want to. We feel our bodies in these movements. Our lost health is restored. Just do it, going with what you feel instead of with your head.
Now, slowly getting up, try doing the movements standing up. All these movements are ki. Now the free kigong has begun. It's not something you learn, but something you just do, going with the feeling. After feeling the energy, your lost spirit will return, too. Then your creative life will begin.