The Theory Part 2 - Circulating Qi

In the last part we told you about the work of Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov and his work on what are known as Anchors in NLP and promised to follow on this month by explaining why you should put the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth whilst visualising. The reason is to circulate life energy or qi in your body. The secret of circulating qi has been passed along for thousands of year in China where it has brought extraordinary improvements to health and the quality of life.

In order to begin circulating qi in the direction of the higher energy centres you have to open the two main channels or meridians that the chakras lie on. According to Chinese thinking, there are two main channels. The meridians along your back are on the Governor (male) Channel. This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum (at the base of your body right between your legs) up the spine over the head to the third eye. Energy that runs up this channel is considered Yang or hot and is commonly thought of as Kundalini energy. The meridians along the front of your body are on the Functional (female) Channel. This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum to the tip of your tongue. Energy that runs up this channel is thought to be Yin or cold.

You can rotate the energy in a circular fashion throughout your body. In order to bring the energy down the front you must connect the two channels by placing the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. There are three locations you can choose. The further back the better but any one works well. Since this is probably new for you it is best for you to use the one that is most comfortable. 1) The point where your upper front teeth touch your gums; 2) Further back at the centre of the roof of your mouth on the hard palate; 3) Further back along the roof where the palate gets soft. With experience you’ll be able to move your tongue back to point # 3 so don’t sweat it if you can’t in the beginning. The important thing to remember is that the only way to circulate the energy is to touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

In part 1 we said that the first thing to do, is to sit comfortably and closing your eyes and taking three deep breaths, put the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth. The next part is to settle into a nice relaxed breathing pattern (about 6 breaths per minute is optimal), then focus your attention on one specific thing and hold that focus.

You might have seen people, especially people from India, sitting cross legged and making the sound HOM. This is simply a method of focussing attention, but there are other ways of achieving the same result. We teach and recommend concentrating on the main muscle groups in turn and tensing then releasing these muscles in a systematic manner. Start by working from the top of your head downwards towards your feet, tensing and releasing the various muscles as you go. Tense your scalp, then release and feel the muscles relax as you do so, then move to your forehead and do the same again, next are the eyes and eye lids, cheeks, mouth, throat and so on.

In part 3 we will take this a step further and explain a little bit of the science of brain waves

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