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Healing With Qi Gong Exercises and Sounds

Qi Gong Healing Prescriptions
This curated content post shares the objectives and overall benefits of doing QiGong exercises coupled with the chanting certain sounds. I have come to find that these simple non-physically exerting exercises create great internal peace along with clearing up any stuck emotional points you may be suffering from caused by living in a world filled with so much drama. And all this ultimately heals even physical illness as you will soon bear witness to - believe it or not.

Lets first start by defining QiGong: Qi means energy, the electromagnetic current that animates yoir physical being including your organs which in turn greatly influences your emotional thus spiritual parts of your being. Gong means to direct or manipulate in order to control. Therefore, Qi Gongis the science of manipulating ones energy in order to bring it to a fully balance state which brings peace, total healing for many ailments and illnesses, and eternal bliss.

In order to direct/move this energy requires specific bodily movements in combination with special breathing techniques. But the strongest "moving force" (wonder where that jedi stuff in Star Wars came from!) is hidden in the fact that EVERYTHING vibrates at a certan frequency and anything that vibrates makes a sound therefore it is sound that moves, shapes, and creates EVERYTHING in existence..

Does not the B.asic I.nstructions B.efore L.eaving E.arth say " in the beginning was the word?!"


So lets get into this thing about sound and how it can be used therapeutically...

"Sound therapy is a very ancient method of healing. Tibetan monks, for example, have used a method of “overtone chanting” for thousands of years for treating illness. The theory is that since everything in the universe is in a constant state of vibration, including the human body, even the smallest change in frequency can affect the internal organs.  Modern sound therapists consider there is a natural resonance or “note” that is “right” for each part of the human body, and for each individual, so by directing specific sound waves to specific areas they can affect the frequency at which that part is vibrating and thereby restore it to balance and therefore health.  Sound therapy may utilize special machines that transmit “healing vibrations” (the British pioneer Peter Guy Manners has developed a system known as Cymatics that claims to do this). But more usually it involves direct application of the voice, music, or a variety of tonal sounds and sometimes a combination of all three.  The work of voice teachers such as Chris James in Australia and Jill Purce in Britain has been influential in showing many people how to discover and use their natural voice through the use of sound tones. In the United States, musician Jonathan Goldman has developed the therapeutic use of music through instruments such as the drum, didjeridoo, and flute.  Specifically directed sounds can be used in the treatment of a variety of disorders and have been particularly effective with mentally and physically handicapped children and adults."
Journey to Health: Sound Theraphy

"Almost all ancient cultures understood how sound and vibration affects us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The great scientists of antiquity were also master musicians. According to Steven Ian MacIntosh in his book, The Harmonic Lyre Sacred Sound of Universal Unity, “The primary focus of the Pythagorean schools was the use of music and vibration in the healing arts…they used musical harmony as a way of bypassing the intellect and directly affecting one’s emotional well being.”  The most powerful and accessible instruments for sound healing is the human voice. In Mayan mythology, for example, it is said that the first real men were given life by the soul power of their voice.  Toning, which is the process of vocalizing a single, open-vowel sound repeatedly, helps you restore balance, release emotional blocks, and open energy flow. “Bypassing language entirely, toning allows us to express the heart and soul directly, quieting the over-active left brain,” Joy Gardner-Gordon says in her book, The Healing Voice.  Our energy centers, known as chakras, resonate to different tones. For example, based on Gardner-Gordon’s toning method described in The Healing Voice, repeating the tone “Ahhh” helps balance the heart chakra and helps release blocked emotions. When working with sound, intention is perhaps even more important than the actual sound being projected. By projecting sound and conscious intent, sound healers can help restore resonance in the body and energetic field. Sound Healing maestro Jonathan Goldman explains in his book Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics that sound is a carrier of consciousness. “Depending upon where an individual’s awareness is placed when he creates a certain sound, the sound will carry information on that state to the person receiving it.”
-   Swimming in a Sea of Sacred Sound

"Scientific research shows that these primordial rhythmic sound vibrations do have a direct effect on brain activity. Steady beats at 4-7 cycles per second generate theta brain wave states associated with ecstatic trance. In the theta state, beta (or waking) mind activity is lowered, inducing heightened awareness. We become spirit sensitive; receptive, intuitive, present and centered in our heart's intelligence. The trance state can be likened to a waking dream. Inner visions may reveal themselves. Self-realizations and deep insights may surface. Or, we may simply feel a renewed lightness of spirit, clarity, and joy."
- Liquid Bloom, The Shaman's Eye, CD

Six effective healing sound units include(but not limited to):

Hsü   Xu  

Wood     Liver     Spring    
Sounds Like:   
" Shhhhh " as in " Shush "  
Pronounced as " Shoo ", with the lips pursed, but softened by the umlaut over the vowel.  -  Daniel Reid
I recommend doing some research on the subject using the good books and instructional DVDs recommended above

Helps With:
To aid the liver and for clear eyesight.  - Sun Simiao (581-682 CE)

Spring Months:  Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Lore

He  Her  

Fire     Heart     Summer 

Sounds Like:   
" Hawwwwwwww "    - Mantak Chia
He is pronounced as 'her' but without the final 'r', with mouth open, tip of tongue pressed against lower teeth, and syllable aspirating in the top of the throat on exhalation.)  - Daniel Reid 
" Huhrrr "   - Shoshanna Katzman 
"Huh"  
I recommend doing some research on the subject using the good books and instructional DVDs recommended above

Helps With:
For aid to the heart and peaceful state of mind and body.  - Sun Simiao (581-682 CE)
Helps the heart and small intestine.  -  Daniel Reid

"The Heart Sound:  The heart sound transforms the emotional energy inside the heart into love, joy and happiness. 
Position: Sit on the edge of your chair with feet shoulder length apart. Place hands palms-up on your thighs. Raise your hands palms-up over your head and interlock your fingers.
     Lean slightly to the right. Look up.
Heart sound: With the mouth wide open, exhale a deep breath slowly and produce the sound "HAWWWWWWWW."
Visualization: Return your hands to the palms-up position on your lap and smile to your heart. Imagine a red light shining upon and inside your heart, surrounding it. Concentrate on feeling the virtue (power) of love, joy and/or happiness. Know that the red light is burning away and transmuting any hatred emotion or self-pity into the virtue emotions.
Repeat two more times (a total of three), including the hands position and visualization."
-   Mantak Chia, Six Healing Sounds  

"Start in a relaxed Horse stance.  Bring your hands slightly forward so that he palms are facing each other at thigh level.  Focus attention on the point between the eyebrows [Upper Tan Tian] and on the point midway between the nipples [Middle Dan Tian], in order to open up these vital energy centers, then shift attention to the centers of the palms and the tips of the little fingers.  Commence inhalation and, as you begin to raise your hands up and out to the sides, turn the palms so that they face towards the back, and extend the little fingers outwards as far as possible to activate the heart meridian.  When your breath is full and the hands reach shoulder level, commence exhalation through the mouth, aspirating the syllable her in the top of the throat (He is pronounced as 'her' but without the final 'r', with mouth open, tip of tongue pressed against lower teeth, and syllable aspirating in the top of the throat on exhalation.), while slowly lowering the hands back down the sides with little fingers relaxed.  Visualize hot Fire energy streaming up and out of the heart with exhalation.  When the breath is empty and your hands are back down in the front, pause to relax, then begin the next cycle on the next inhalation."
-  Daniel Reid, "The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing, 1995, p.223

Summer Months:  Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Lore

Hoo  Hu 

Earth     Spleen     Late Summer 
Sounds Like:   
Pronounced as the word "who", with the lips rounded and the tongue suspended in mid-mouth, as though blowing out a cande.  -  Daniel Reid 
Keep the lips soft and loose, let the tongue float freely in the mouth not touching the inside of the mouth, allow the lips to buzz.  "The FU healing sound has three components- the consonant, the vowel, and the wind sound.  The consonant is the sound f, and it allows you to release the excessive buildup of heat exhaust in the spleen.  The vowel sound of FU is the sound u, and it serves to strengthen the organ.  The subvocal wind sound nourishes the organ and is the soud your vibrating lips make when you blow ar through them, such as when you are trying to amke a baby laugh or imitating the sould of a propeller plane in flight."  Sat Chuen Hon. 
I recommend doing some research on the subject using the good books and instructional DVDs recommended above

Helps With:
Helps the spleen stomach, and pancreas.  - Daniel Reid
Helps with spleen and pancreas.  -  Stat Chuen Hon
Helps regulate body temperature. 

Summer Months:  Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Lore
Autumn Months:  Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Lore

Si   Sss  
Metal (Gold)     Lungs     Autumn 
Sounds Like:   
" Shhhhh " as in " Shush "  
Pronounced as " Shoo ", with the lips pursed, but softened by the umlaut over the vowel.  -  Daniel Reid 
" Sssss "
"Tzzz" Like the first part of "Tzar" - John Voigt 
I recommend doing some research on the subject using the good books and instructional DVDs recommended above

Helps With:
For helping to keep the lungs from being dry.  Sun Simiao (581-682 CE)
Autumn Months:  Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Lore


Lie on your back on a comfortable and flat surface. 
    Others recommend doing the exercise while seated or standing, but try it lying on the ground in this version. 
Close your eyes. 
Relax the entire body.  Be comfortable and warm. 
The room should be quiet and you should be undisturbed. 
The room should be clean, dust free, incense free, and pollution free. 
Healthy plants in the room contribute to better air. 
Keep your tongue down on the bottom of your mouth. 
Extend your lower jaw somewhat. 
Either let your arms relax on the floor at your sides, or rest your hands on your upper chest. 
Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose.  Relax your abdomen and let it rise as you inhale.
As you exhale make the "ssss" or "tzzz" or "shhhh" sound. 
You should be able to hear and feel this healing sound as you make it. 
Vibrate the sound in the throat.
Imagine the buzzing sound descending, vibrating, and buzzing in your chest and lungs. 
Imagine your lungs being energized, purified, strengthened, rejuvenated, healthier, and healed. 
The abdomen falls down as you exhale. 
1. Audibly repeat the inhalation and exhalation pattern eight times.   
    Take your time, go slowly, concentrate, and focus on energizing the lungs.   
2. Silently, inaudibly, with your imagination, repeat the inhalation and exhalation pattern eight times. 
    Take your time, go slowly, concentrate, and focus on energizing the lungs.
3. Audibly repeat the inhalation and exhalation pattern eight times. 
    This time, as you exhale, imagine and mentally concentrate on and try to feel the Qi (bodily energy) moving from both big toes
    (Liver 1 point Dadun) upward, up through the inside of the legs (Liver Channel), up into the abdomen, up into
    the chest and lungs, then down the inner arms (Lung Channels) moving to the tips of the middle fingers (Lung 11 point Shaoshang).   
4. Silently, inaudibly, with your imagination, repeat the inhalation and exhalation pattern eight times. 
    Take your time, go slowly, concentrate, focus on energizing the lungs. 
Imagine your lungs being energized, purified, strengthened, rejuvenated, healthier and healed. 
Relax quietly for a few minutes. 
Return to normal, relaxed, and natural breathing.  Rest for awhile. 
Place your hands gently on you abdomen (right hand over left hand for men, women the opposite) and move your hands in a circular
     manner around your abdomen for 36 circles clockwise, then 36 circles counterclockwise.  Gently massage your abdomen. 
Remain quiet, relaxed, and calm.  Meditate.

Chui   Chway 

Water     Kidneys     Winter
Sounds Like:   
“Chui” means “to blow” like you’d blow on your finger if you got burned.  You purse your lips in a circle and blow out silently.
I recommend doing some research on the subject using the good books and instructional DVDs recommended above

Helps With:
Winter Months:  Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Lore

“Six Healing Sounds Qigong uses appropriate sound waves to subtly vibrate our five internal organs ( the liver, heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys), and the Triple Warmer areas. In so doing, our internal organs can be mildly stimulated and rejuvenated, and thus promoting our health.  In addition to sound vibrations, body movements are also used in this Qigong. These movements help open up our “breathing space”. And if we are trained to become aware of the specific finger tips or toe tips, we can then easily open up the related meridian lines. In this way, we can feel an even stronger shifting of the breathing space.  Six Healing Sounds Qigong is an excellent “textbook” for training the coordination between our body and our breathing. When we are pronouncing a healing sound, we are always exhaling. The ensuing body movement, no matter in what direction, will be done while inhaling. This natural coordination between breathing and body movements, makes the otherwise difficult shifting of breathing space from our fingers through the whole body and legs, down to the toes (or vice versa), as easy as a breeze."
Dr. Bingkun Hu  


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