Chi & the breath

In recent years, knowledge and awareness of chi energy have grown. Chi masters talk about an energy point a few centimeters under the navel, where our attention must rest. At this point, we are apparently connected to the energy of the universe. When we are in a relaxed and stress-free mode, our body is in its natural posture. We allow energy to flow through our body and exit through our hands, feet, and heads. Various training sessions demonstrate the power of this energy, such as when a chi master effortlessly hits through a piece of wood with his hand, a feat that others find impossible to achieve. Another example is when multiple men cannot lift a woman from the ground due to her grounded focus and unrestricted energy flow.
chi and healing

Living in a stressful and contracted way is causing dis-ease

In a stressful society where we use force instead of power to alter circumstances to our will because we can’t accept reality, our breathing becomes shallow. The chest moves while people breathe, whereas according to Yogi’s theory, the best breath is when the chest doesn’t move and only the belly expands. Yogis say that a superficial breath will cause us to lose our magnetic attraction, which little children still have. Unlike children, we have become serious and goal-oriented. We don’t move flexibly anymore, and our energy seems limited compared to our childhood.

As we grow up, our attention slowly moves from the body to the head. Many people feel as though they are mere walking minds, with the rest of their body functioning solely to serve the mind. We identify with our thoughts and self-concepts. Our energy levels slowly decrease until we develop disease. For me, reaching my lowest point came as a surprise, despite the numerous warning signs I had seen in the years prior. Despite the warning signs of ME/CFS, I chose not to heed them. Stress triggered anxiety in my breathing, leading to neglect of the digestive system, which in turn weakened my immunity. This became a negative spiral.

When you chi no longer flows properly

An illness can occur in one of the body’s weaker areas when the Chi energy can no longer flow freely. Some people develop skin issues like eczema or psoriasis; others develop cancer or other autoimmune diseases. Chronically keeping up with society and the mind, or dealing with difficult emotional conflicts without the necessary tools, can lead to stress.

In my opinion, to simply stop doing the symptoms and suppress the causes of the illness, like they teach you in so many neuroplasticity techniques, is a misunderstanding. That doesn’t mean it is the best option to completely let yourself go by focusing on the symptoms. Focusing on my fatigue made me even more exhausted. In some ways, using neuroplasticity is a useful technique. Suppressing and denial, however, are never a good solution.

Fear and your breath

Luckily, life isn’t the bitch we sometimes want to believe it is. I realized it was asking me to heal. Many unresolved issues were always ignored by me. Maybe the symptoms are there to make us pay attention for a while. However, it can be challenging to pay attention when we’ve neglected our entire body for years. This is where breathing can be beneficial. Breathing at the Chi point can reveal where the energy blockades are. As we focus on facilitating the flow of chi energy, we must cease our constricted state. Accumulated stress has to be released. If we feel the breath flowing to the lower chakras, it might become obvious where the pain bodies are located. Our conscious mind suppresses a pain body, which remains within the body and yearns for release. By suppressing and escaping into thoughts, we can forget these sometimes-called entities. These bodies will eventually cause problems because energy must flow freely. By becoming aware of the body, its sensations, and its feelings through breathing, you might become aware of them. Allow these spots or energies to exist, and show them your unconditional love and attention.

By breathing consciously for a longer period, the Chi slowly stirs them up. Thoughts and emotions suddenly accompany the unfolding of a story. This must be a very familiar story, as we have consciously put in a lot of effort to suppress it. First, the universe screams for your attention with the symptoms, but the story underneath, the pain, is a whisper. Are you brave enough to listen? Whenever you experience a trigger and feel the urge to escape with the mind, e.g., by blaming or playing a victim, keep in mind that you will feel so relieved after you manage to release these energies.

Let your breath happen to you

For many of us, breathing deeply is hard; we might even hold our breath in a conversation or only have a shallow breath. Breathing properly requires focus in the beginning, but it will also regenerate our body cells. To turn this around, the question is: How can I feel the primal trust that I need to fully relax my body? I think the answer lies in feeling. Above all, it’s crucial to experience your past fears. When you connect with your body, you become more and more aware of your breath. How does it feel? Is there a flow? How does it move through you? Is there a point in your body that feels more dense? Focus on this process that always takes place in the present moment. Do you control it, or are you being breathed? How long can you focus on your breath?

After a while, you will start to feel calmer, and you might be able to breathe deeply during social events. Doesn’t it feel really satisfying? Focusing on these satisfying feelings makes you reach different levels of consciousness. Free-flowing chi energy accompanies these feelings, marking a crucial stage in your healing journey.

Can you work on your natural breathing pattern? For most of us, it is around 3 seconds in and 5 seconds out. Deep breaths to the lower body while breathing out a bit slower will calm your nervous system down. Does it bring you closer to your body and the present moment? Can you focus on your breathing pattern more often? How often do you breathe superficially? What is happening in these moments?

If you doubt the existence of chi, look up some chi energy demonstrations on YouTube and make up your own mind. People often translate chi as qi or ki.