A PRACTICAL AND COMPLETE PATH THAT TAKES YOU FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE FINAL RESULT
Nei Qi Gong aims to grow awareness of Dan Tian, the "energy reservoir" of our body, and fill it with Qi (vital energy), more than is necessary for a person's health, in order to use the surplus for therapeutic, spiritual and/or martial purposes. To achieve this, many Taoist schools have developed various methods. Some have developed a softer approach to the problem, others are more direct and harsh. Strict Chinese discipline often believed that one had to choose among the numerous suitors, who were truly fit and ready to be educated and initiated on this path.
For this reason, students had to bear very hard preparatory exercises, often useless, which did not fit at all with the subject of the teaching, for the sole purpose of discouraging those with a little will. Those who passed these "tests" showed that they were ready and had the basis to continue. Instead, the path of Nei Qi Gong coded by Shifu Costantino goes instead "direct to the point" and condenses the methods of his mastery and his experience into a clear and well-structured step-by-step system (where Chinese teaching is often instinctive and not very structured).
The system is especially suitable for those with little time to practice and can drive from scratch to the final result. It is open to all and the only selection is based on the desire to learn and dedication to practice, without which no result can be achieved. The course is structured in 6 basic practices and 6 superior practices.
6 BASIC PRACTICES
1 - XING SHEN ZHUANG GONG
With the first basic practice, we begin the study of a form of Qi Gong which comes from the Emei Shan tradition, which has multiple objectives.
Physically, it unlocks the circulation of energy through postural exercises that open the individual joints and free the meridian pathways. Some of these exercises can be physically intense.
This sequence is called XING SHEN ZHUANG GONG. It is "the method of the reunification of the Shen, the formless, the spirit that aspires to heaven, in the Xing, the container, the form, the framework."
A clear indication of how Qi Gong cannot ignore an important relationship between the animating energy and the animated body.
This apparently basic work is actually a complex system of exercises in which the mind directs Qi at key points in the Chinese energetic system, which are physically stimulated by specifically designed postures.
The practice of the true Nei Qi Gong leads to a relocation of the entire energy system to the Dan Tian, the area below the navel, seen as a Qi reserve, a gold reserve to use in case of need or if launched towards higher goals of self-realization.
2 - YANG QI GONG
In the second basic practice, we see the first important breathing exercise, the YANG QI GONG, designed to develop the presence of Qi Yang in the body.
Good Qi in the Yang phase means having more vitality, strength, vigor, alertness, greater sexual abilities, and creates the necessary energy resource to be able to do the following practices.
This set of techniques includes the ability to control the breath, channeling Qi with the mind in key parts of the body's energy system, accumulating Qi, and helps to revitalize the lower doors of Qi.
3 - ZHENG SONG DA FA
In the third basic practice, we find a form of meditation that opens the doors to both the fundamental forms of Taoist practice such as the Previous Heaven (Xian Tian) and the Later Heaven (Hou Tian).
The ZHENG SONG DA FA, or the "Erect Growth and Relaxation" method, both symbolically and physically, gives the practitioner the necessary tool to be able to perform silent meditations for a long time.
It gives the necessary concentration to remain alert and in the correct posture to allow the perfect flow of Qi in the body.
This is an ancient technique (it is said that the founder of Tai Ji Quan, Zhang San Feng was using this method) that implements the flow of Zheng Qi and the Jing Qi accumulation in the Dan Tian.
This will allow forming the energetic accumulation point that will be filled up with Yin and Yang Qi through Nei Qi Gong practices, and that will give birth to the Dan, the pearl.
4 - LING QI
In the fourth basic practice, an initiation is made to invoke the LING QI (Spiritual Energy). Transmission through specific symbols and sounds belongs to the Chinese tradition, as well as to many disciplines that have been developed in the spiritual and energy field in the Far East.
5 - HOU TIAN XI
In the fifth basic practice, using the meditative structure we built previously, we begin to perform the breathing techniques called HOU TIAN XI, Postnatal Breathing, which follows the natural flow of air in abdominal breathing.
This technique is a great example of how, step by step, you can work on the Dan Tian, opening its doors and coming to have a tangible perception without false feelings of Gui Qi, illusory Qi.
The Dan Tian area will begin to jump spontaneously and, with the correct practice, the sensations often described in the texts, such as a natural vibration, the development of heat, the precise sense of a vital presence in the abdomen will become reality.
6 - XIAN TIAN XI
In the sixth basic practice of XIAN TIAN XI, we transform the horizontal breathing into a vertical one, reversing also the natural flows of Qi.
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The old ritual of acceptance of the new student takes place between the basic and superior practices. At this stage, the student becomes part of the narrow family.
6 SUPERIOR PRACTICES
1 - DIAN QI GONG
Always attentive to the possibility of absorbing and exchanging energy from natural elements, some Chinese teachers have studied the possibility of using electricity as an energy source in the last century, seeing and observing how, in fact, the most evident manifestation of Qi in those who have the ability to do the Fa Qi (to emit Qi), were a sensation of electric current flowing in the body.
This method, kept secret for a long time, produces:
- An acceleration of the processes of accumulation of Qi
- Achieving a high level of control over the entire nervous system, and being able to control even involuntary contraction of muscles even under electrical or pain stimulation
At the end of the practicing period, the practitioner can remain connected to electricity even at 220 Volts during the practice, without suffering any damage.
A method will be taught to do healing treatments using "finger electrical pressure".
Through physical contact between people, it will be possible to transmit appropriate electrical stimulation in specific points that activates the healing processes, which are decisive for many diseases.
This system is used in some Chinese hospitals by experienced Qi Gong masters, and it has been an important healing system for a long time.
2 - LIAN GONG
In the second superior practice called LIAN GONG, energy circulation is directed in certain areas of the body, especially in the Lao Gongs, to stimulate them, and to increase global awareness of energy circulation.
3 - DA ZUO
In the third superior practice, DA ZUO, continues the circulation of energy in the body in a sitting position, becoming aware of the path that joins the Dan Tian with the Lao Gongs.
4 - TONG ZI GONG
In the fourth superior practice, TONG ZI GONG, the Jing is refined and the Qi is accumulated in the Dan Tian. The circulation and awareness of Qi in the body are enhanced. In this phase, it is possible to transfer energy to others by contact.
5 - LIANHE DANTIAN
In the fifth superior practice, LIANHE DANTIAN, the three Dan Tians are joined together using two particular energy circulations and a specific breathing technique. The Fa Gong (Energy Emission) is practiced at this stage.
6 - SHEN GONG or XIANG GONG (Incense technique)
The sixth superior practice, the SHEN GONG or XIANG GONG, is also called the "incense technique" because the individual practice begins with the use of particular incense sticks, and the duration of the practice is related to the duration of the incense.
The complete transmission of the symbol (FU or GONG), the recitation of an invocation, and the Mudras in which the hands are placed are at the center of this practice, which is known in its totality only by few people and gives the ability to transmit Qi at distance.
Finally, as the pinnacle of the teaching kept secret for centuries in restricted circles of esoteric Taoist schools, we convey a practice in which Hou Tian and Xian Tian intersect with the supreme recall of Ling Qi (Spiritual Energy).