Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
In this block you will practice energy exercises:
3. Energy combing
5. Qi Balance
6. Qi Flow
7. Activity Card
Closing, and bow for the now
Everything in the universe and everything that we can think of is a manifestation of energy or life-energy. Energy flows with the blood and with the energy channels (Meridians, connected with the organs) through the body, and is the source of every movement, protects the body, transforms food in usable matter, and warms the body.
"Life happens, all of its own. We only need to get out of the way. We are already whole human beings. Be still and allow life to unfold. Whatever form of healing you need in this moment, let it happen, in the stilness. Stilness is the true healer.“
The etymological explanation of the qi ideogram in the traditional form 氣 is “steam (气) rising from rice (米) as it cooks”.
Diaphragm: big dome-shaped muscle under lungs and heart (used with abdominal/belly breathing).
Dantian (lower) of Tan t'ien: Energy center, about three finger widths below and two finger widths behind the navel.
Atlas & Axis: 1st (C1) en 2nd (C2) vertebra of the spine.
The Energy poster:
A description of the energetic layers and energy anatomy of the body:
- Physical: The physical body
- Etheric: The energy field associated with the physical body
- Emotional: The energy field in charge of emotions and feelings
- Mental: Your thoughts and intellect
- Spiritual: Your connection with spirit and the divine
The Aura contains all these energy layers. The Meridians, serve as an energy highway system throughout the
body, and the Chakras act as energy centers in the body. A central column of energy runs through the body connecting the chakras.
In a healthy body, energy flows along the meridians and chakras. When there is an energy block, dis-ease can occur.
Prana (Yoga), Chi or Qi (Traditional Chinese Medicine: TCM), Ki (Japanese Kampo system), Dosha (Ayurvedic medicine), Hawaiian culture (Mana), Homeopathic resonance (Homeopathy), or subtle energy, are all words for the basic life force.
Being while doing
In the end life energy is (totally!) not about thinking it over, concepts, form, descriptions or theories, or believing it or not.
Do the exercises and observe the effect (of working with energy) yourself!
Chakra Placement ~ Affirmation
- Crown 7th: just above the top of the head ~ I know
- 3rd Eye 6th: in the center of the forehead ~ I see
- Throat 5th: at the base of the throat ~ I speak
- Heart 4th: in the center of the chest ~ I love
- Solar Plexus 3rd: between your diaphragm (the bottom of your rib cage) and navel ~ I can
- Sacral 2nd: between the navel and pubic bone ~ I feel
- Root/Base 1st: between the anus and the genitals (perineum) ~ I have
Listen to the Tibetan bowls with sounds matching the chakra's here (or mouseover the images):
The 4th Chakra
The chakra of the heart. Opens to the element air, the spaciousness that really allows you to expand. We work on this chakra largely through the breath, through expanding the chest, and through transcending the ego of the third chakra, in order to get beyond ourselves enough to really embrace another.
Classically, there are seven major chakras (energy centers) that correspond to the structure of the nervous system. The mind and the body are brought together by the life force running through you.
Chakra is an Indian Sanskrit word that means spinning wheel of energy, vortex, or energy center. The human body has multiple chakras that transform information between the different levels of the body, including the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.
“Put one's foot down, keep one's feet on the ground."
2. Be like Bamboo
- Bend but don't break
- Be flexible yet firmly rooted
- Remember: What looks weak is strong
- Be always ready
- Unleash your power to spring back
- Find wisdom in emptiness
- Commit to (continuous) growth
- Express usefulness through simplicity
"The bamboo in its simplicity expresses its usefulness. Man should do the same."
Listen to "Be like Bamboo":
- You may wish to close your eyes
- Direct your attention inward
- Become aware of your breath, in … out
- Don't try to change it
- Feel your abdomen rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale
- Now become aware of your posture
- Stand with your feet hip width apart
- Feet parallel, knees unlocked/slightly bend
- Feel your feet on the ground
- Relax your arms and shoulders
- Imagine a bamboo tree: strong, flexible, hollow
- Allow yourself to become empty of thoughts, judgments, opinions, emotions, stories
- Return to the stillness within
- Imagine the crown of the head lifted towards the heavens
- Notice any adjustments of your head alignment and that your head is now perfectly balanced over your spine (atlas-axis)
- Relax your jaws
- Feel your head as floating in space
- Draw your tailbone down towards the earth
- Feel your entire spine begin to lengthen
- Empty yourself of thoughts and emotions
- Become present through your breath
- Now gently bring your hands to the Dantian, the lower energy centre
5. Qi Balance
Re-balance seven energy-centers, from your tailbone to the crown of your head.
Hold the right arm overhead and slowly move the hand of the other arm into the position of the chakra's, one by one. Breath into each chakra. Breath out.
Start with the root chakra, end with the crown chakra.
7. Activity Card
When you feel like you can use this Activity Card.
Print it on A6 size (or 10x15cm, preferably without borders). Do not fill it in in advance ... it is not a to-do list. Use the card when you are really going to do or have done the activity (something you wanted to do already for a long time, you already know that it is good for you, but you somehow didn't do it yet). Examples of activities: sports, walking, yoga, shaking, work, something creative, meditation, massage, visiting a museum, exercises in this workshop, relaxing, eating healthy, ... You know it better than anybody else!
As a suggestion you can use one Card, add new activities with pen on-the-go, until you filled in 9 activities. Fill one circle (the circles behind the activity description) with pen when you are finished doing an activity, until you have at least one circle for each activity, and keep the full Cards!
Tip: there are no big or small, major or minor activities. And ... doing an activity once is just as beautiful!
The Activity Card:
Give yourself a big compliment!
And keep practicing. Small changes make the difference!
Regularly, during day-to-day life and business!