Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessing
The Healing Qigong
An extract from the book
“Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessing”
When I created the Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessing Qigong I decided to make it simple but comprehensive, and most importantly, the rationale behind will be explained.
The form has to develop energy in the first place and bring the energy through the eight extraordinary channels and regulate the energy flow in the 12 meridians of the 12 organs which ensures health and balance.
It would just be an extra bonus if the mystery of “how” energy works on health is revealed.
For energy to go through the eight channels would mean at least eight independent stances or eight sets of movements to practice on. To add on stances to work on the flowing of energy in the twelve meridians it would add up to twenty. However, meridians and some of the channels are in pairs, one on each side of the body. The number of movements in the form might have to be doubled to forty.
And the form must be able to direct energy travelling the whole body via the fascia for a general strengthening of the body and drive away pain. In addition, energy must pass through all the joints to increase agility and prevent bone loss by introducing some joint relaxing elements into the form. Furthermore energy has to be gathered and accumulated practice after practice. Energy has to circulate all over and later on be consolidated to the core inside the belly.
That would be a deterring sum of up to more than 50 stances or independent sets of movements.
To keep the practice simple I confined the number of movements by bringing in the five elements, gold, water, wood, fire and earth, to work on the meridians for the benefits of the organs.
For example, one movement represented in the gold doctrine will train for the lung meridian which belongs to yin, and at the same time this same movement will train for its yang counterpart, the large intestine meridian.
Likewise, one movement in water will train for the yin kidney meridian and at the same time for the yang gallbladder meridian and the yang three chambers meridian.
All in all, five movements repeated left and right work on twelve meridians, where the five elements are each split into yin yang.
The eight channels circulation is consolidated into another five movements and the dai channel circulation is made implicit in each movement.
From then on, one more stance works to direct energy from the kidneys to circulate all the organs. One stance works to spread all the joints, with the spine spreading vertically, and the ribs and the joints in the limbs spreading horizontally.
One stance embraces and spreads, at the same time, energy all over the body. One stance consolidates the energy to a smaller confinement near the end of the form.
This comes up to fourteen stances, a number acceptable to most beginners. Adding up to a stand at both the commencement for energy gathering and the end for energy accumulation, the whole form has a comfortable 16 stances.
Then, a complete form, linking up all the 16 stances is presented for ultimate pleasure and flow of energy in a gentle but lively grace.
However simple, the form is comprehensive and found on profound theories and is extremely precise in the postures to be appreciated by all as a valuable reference.
Although the form is not primarily dedicated for martial art, it does improve martial performance because momentum is generated in the practice. The flow of energy in the training is an internal guideline to the martial motions. The filling of energy covering the body helps the sense for reaction. The energy gathered in the practice builds up the core for internal power.