All Eastern philosophies related to the gathering and utilisations of Ki have one essential element at the core of their teachings. The accessibility of the vital essence of life requires that we be in the present moment in order to notice it is there. The present moment is the place where we reconnect to our essential nature and, by virtue, reconnect to flow. In order to experience Ki, we have to shift our focus away from the external distractions and dramas of everyday life and realign ourselves within. To our surprise when we do, it takes very little to achieve deep connection inside, but the nature of the beast, is such, that we find life’s dramas exact a strong pull on us and discipline is required to remain present.
A dear friend of mine’s favourite saying was “Get your ducks lined up”. Because when ducks aren’t lined up and they are all swimming this way and that, quacking, going around in circles they cause chaos. Getting our own ducks lined up requires us to bring our minds back to the present, find our centre and reconnect to the flow through our internal energy system once more.
When we do get back into the flow, we see how out of sync we had been previously. Being in the flow is an example of Wu Wei, efficiency in action because the flow of energy through us is the same flow through everything. Finding our inner flow involves encountering stillness by letting go of external distractions and interferences. We have to unplug ourselves from the social matrix, switch off the transmissions and distractions that have been designed to occupy us and make time to mindfully experience ourselves, and just be.
Fortunately there are many ways we can create the space to settle within. Having a body balancing session like reflexology or massage. Booking a Reiki treatment to open our energy system to flow and bring our mind back home or going on retreat to just simply be for a while in the stillness of ourselves are just a few of the tools we can use to reconnect to flow again.
Flow informs us of personal choices we can take, which naturally alter the way we feel and think about ourselves. We may find we wish to invest more of our time and energy in maintaining our sense of wellbeing and health. As we refine we become more aware of the destructive elements in our surroundings. We begin to notice where our inner and outer worlds lack congruency. As we tune in, we begin to recognise the need to make more resourceful and loving lifestyle choices. Suddenly old patterns of behaviour are no longer appropriate to what we are becoming. Adjustments in our routines are inevitable and we may find we drop aspects of our old self. Whether it be smoking, drinking, the foods we eat, the programmes we watch on TV, social media, negative thinking, conflicts, bad company, too much stimuli etc.. It all comes up for review so we can decide what goes and what we can replace it with that supports the refinement taking place within.
Ultimately, a natural balance occurs between the progress on the inside through the practices and lifestyle choices we use to cultivate flow and the change on the outside and the environments we choose to put ourselves in. As we begin to listen to this inner flow and allow it to inform us, there is a natural alignment between our inner and outer worlds that reflects those choices we make. To be cheerfully Chi full, we have to turn to life sustaining behaviours. In other words, to be Chi full requires us to live a life that fosters Chi.
The following is a nice simple visualisation meditation you can use to clear your central channel and help get your ducks lined up.
This is a purifying technique using visualisation and breath to clear and strengthen your energy. There are several variations that essentially follow the same route. This is the one I use.
- Ensure you won’t be disturbed and induce a relaxed state prior to starting with self-meditation breathing into your Hara.
- Sitting down on a chair hands on your lap, visualise a sphere of white light above your head.
- See it radiating a purifying and clearing light in all directions (If you have 2nd level Reiki place a SHK and CKR symbol in it)
- See the sphere descend down through the crown radiating purifying light in all directions clearing all blocked energy.
- See the sphere descend through the centre line of your body, clearing and purifying as it goes. As it radiates light in all directions allow the sphere to descend down to your Hara filling it with light .
- See the sphere expanding filling your whole body with light.
- Let the sphere continue to expand out into your energy field filling your aura with light
- Expand the sphere further out boundlessly to infinity until all you experience of yourself is light and your intimate connection to everything.
Feel your feet on the floor hands on your lap . Be aware of your breath, the sensations in your body and in your own time, when you’re ready open up your eyes.
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