In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the energetic boundary is called Wei Qi. The Wei Qi is a protective energy field which emanates from the body, guarding it from external pathogens, emotional, climatic, and electromagnetic invasion. When it is healthy, the Wei Qi selectively allows specific energies into your field and protects from others. Maintaining the Wei Qi is critically important especially in current times, as we are bombarded by energies and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from cell phones, Wifi, radio, power lines, microwaves, Bluetooth devices, computers, smart meters, pollutants in the air we breathe. By the time something harmful gets to the physical body and the immune system, it has already permeated many layers of outer boundaries.
maintaining wei chi
The health and integrity of Wei Chi is adversely affected by stress, poor diet, insufficient sleep, EMR, infectious agents such as viruses, and environmental exposures. According to TCM, the actions and even the thoughts of others can affect one's Wei Chi. Western science is beginning to catch up to these ancient understandings through studies of brainwave and heart rate synchronization that occur during interactions between people.
We can maintain healthy energetic boundaries through self-care practices including nutritious diet, rest, and practices that build Wei Chi such as the qigong-based shamanic process below.
exercise fOr building CHI and reinforcing boundaries
This exercise is best performed at sunrise or early in the morning, for building vital energy or qi. Facing east, greet the sun and the spirit of the East. With your hands, 'scoop' the sun and bring it down into your body, visualizing sparkling sunlight coursing through your crown and down your head, throat, heart center, and belly. Rest your hands on your belly with your thumbs touching at the level of your naval, and your index fingers coming together in a V over your lower belly. Repeat this several times to bring the vital force of the sun into your body and build a reserve of qi in your belly, or tan tien. After you have built up a reserve of qi from the sun, begin to push it out from your body to create a field around yourself, using your hands to fill the whole area around you with light. Don't forget to get behind, below and above your body as well as in front.
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