Spontaneous qigong (自发功) is a type of qigong (气功) that requires no guided body movement nor visual technique but to be in a state of spontaneous body movements to practice.

Theory Edit

Qigong comprises a diverse set of practices that coordinate body (調身), breath (調息), and mind (調心) based on Chinese philosophy[1].

"Qi" (气) in qigong may refer to "air" of breathing or "energy movement" of body. Under the context of metaphysics, the qi will be referring to the later, which is similar to the concepts that can be found in many cultures, for example, "prana" in the Hindu religion, "chi" in the Igbo religion, "pneuma" in ancient Greece, "mana" in Hawaiian culture, "lüng" in Tibetan Buddhism, "manitou" in the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, "ruah" in Hebrew culture, and "vital energy" in Western philosophy[2].
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) asserts that the body has natural patterns of qi that circulate in channels called meridians and symptoms of illnesses are believed to be the product of disrupted, blocked, or unbalanced qi movement through the body's meridians[3].

The theory of spontaneous qigong is based on qigong and TCM. In short, while qi is energy movement in body that regulates health, when the qi gets blocked or overflowed (unbalance), the body will be unable to maintain health. This thus derives spontaneous qigong as a practice that regulates the qi to maintain the health of the body. The practice can be summarized as body "relaxation" (松), mind "quieting" (静) and to let the qi flows and the spontaneous body movements occur "naturally" (自然).

Body relaxation and mind quieting Edit

Body relaxation and mind quieting in spontaneous qigong are adapted from "body coordination" (调身) and "mind coordination" (调心) in qigong. The difference of spontaneous qigong with qigong is, the first is to let the qi flows and the spontaneous body movements occur naturally, while the later has to manipulate qi flow and control body movement by intention.

Progression Edit

During the practice of spontaneous qigong, the qi flow will be naturally unblocking and balancing the blocked and overflowed (unbalance) qi in the body. The intensity of spontaneous body movements reflects the degrees of blockage or overflew qi within the body. The practice will eventually lead to a point where when the blockage and overflew of qi in the body have become less, the spontaneous body movements will turn subtle and into meditative state. There is also a situation where the qi starts to flow continuously within body and practitioner will experience what Taoism have known as "microcosmic orbit"[4].

Unconscious or subconscious mind Edit

Due to the emergence of modern science, spontaneous qigong takes a greater detail by relating to the traditional Chinese philosophy with the neural system that controls the body movements. One of the explanation is that the movements are not spontaneous but coming from unconscious or subconscious mind. With the understanding of neural system, relaxation and quieting mean the brain is not sending further signal to control the body, therefore allows unconscious or subconscious to take control.

Intention states Edit

Spontaneous qigong is highly susceptible by intention. There are three type of intention states:

Practice state Edit

During the practice state (练功) of spontaneous qigong, practitioner is required to let the spontaneous body movements occur, finish and stop by itself naturally. There also will be a situation that the practitioner may not be able get into practice state because the unconscious or subconscious does not wanted to. This gives spontaneous qigong a unique style of practice where it is adjusted by unconscious or subconscious. The duration of the practice can vary from minutes to hours, which is actually depending on the practice's environment, where the duration is longer if there is lesser Interruption and vice versa.

End state Edit

End state (收功) is needed when practitioner gets interrupted during the practice and has to stop. It is done by simply intending to end the practice and the spontaneous body movement will eventually stop. If practitioner stops suddenly during the practice without end state, will cause qi to drain and clog at the body and mind which create problems after the practice.

Projection state Edit

Projection state (发功) is a utilization of spontaneous qigong by intending the spontaneous body movements on physical work such as massage on self or on other person. It is often related with healing and is spiritual. Like practice mode, if one gets disturbed during the projection, has to intentionally end the projection to avoid qi drainage and clog.

Applied kinesiology Edit

It can also be used to communicate unconscious or subconscious that is similar to applied kinesiology[5].

Applied kinesiology is actually similar to spontaneous qigong. The difference difference is, the first follows the way of dowsing while the later puts into a a full body practice. The chinese is, thus able to understand something further than what western knows about subconscious, which is the nature of "qi".

Shamanism Edit

Perhaps a similar practice of projection state of spontaneous qigong can be seen as in Shamanism.

Shamanism isby a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world[6].

Qigong deviation symptoms Edit

If qigong practitioner focuses at feeling of spontaneous body movements and random thoughts during the practice, the qi will be draining or clogged at the body and mind which causes what known as "qigong deviation symptoms" (气功出偏). The symptoms ore is often identified as being in one of three categories[7]:

  1. panic, discomfort, and uncontrolled spontaneous movement
  2. sensory problems, such as visual or auditory hallucination
  3. irrational beliefs

Usually the deviation is caused by the practitioner who likes to enjoy momentarily relief when focusing on the body movements and random thoughts. There maybe qi flows and ecstasy state of mind which make the practitioner believes that these signs are indication of correct way of practice.

In qigong, the body movements and random thoughts are regarded as residues of healing process during the practice. They should not be focused at.

Induction methods Edit

There are different induction methods of spontaneous qigong.

Qigong Edit

In general, qigong may develop into spontaneous qigong because it's basis on body relaxation and mind quieting practices. Moreover, the theory of qigong and spontaneous qigong is basically the same. It is to believe that experienced qigong practitioner is capable but just do not interested in spontaneous qigong.

Yoga Edit

Like Chinese philosophy that derives qigong, India also has her own and derives yoga.

Yoga (योग), a Sanskrit word with a general meaning of "connection, conjunction, attachment, union": a generic term for several physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines originating in ancient India[8].

Kriya yoga Edit

In term of practice of body that relates to spontaneous movements, under the umbrella term of yoga, there is a practice which is called kriya yoga.

Kriyā (in Sanskrit "action, deed, effort" (in Tamil Listeni/ˈ/Kiriyai)) most commonly refers to a "completed action", technique or practice within a yoga discipline meant to achieve a specific result. Another meaning of Kriya is an outward physical manifestation of awakened kundalini, such as a spontaneous body movement related to Kundalini energy flow. O Kriya Shakti is "a power of thought" said to be greatly studied by yogis[9].

Consciousness center Edit

Consciousness center is the focal point of mind of unconscious or subconscious (dream consciousness). It is by mentally focusing on a static consciousness center until the body (on a standing pose) starts to move spontaneously, which the spontaneous body movements are driven by the unconscious or subconscious, to say, the mental focus at the static consciousness center connects one's mind with the unconscious or subconscious. The reason for the static of the consciousness center is, since the unconscious or subconscious is dormant during awake, thus is in static state when one try to practice it. From the look of the spontaneous body movement, it seems to be like a physical exercise, but since it requires mental focus to work, thus it is more appropriate to say that this is a standing meditation.

Grounding Edit

The word "grounding" in spiritual work means "to ground one's spirit or energy on earth", which actually involves practice of body movements. This has not been regarded as an appropriate word-use in standard English, but generally appears in many writings to describe spiritual energy work.
In Chinese martial arts, grounding refers to stilled standing (站桩) practice. It is a common practice to develop the strength of lower parts of body to effectively perform martial arts[10]. It can be as an exhibitions practice to improve health that involves no martial art, which is suitable for general public.

Although grounding does not involves in qi manipulation as in qigong, but it has the same basic Chinese philosophy in regards of body relaxation and mind quieting, A correct way to practice grounding is to maintain a standing pose where it requires to lower the knees and raise the arms while gaining body relaxation and quiet mind. Or in other word, qigong apply body relaxation and mind quieting techniques in order to learn how to actively manipulate qi to flow naturally thus regulates health, while grounding gains relaxed body and quieted mind (if correctly practiced) after the practice which passively causes the qi to flow naturally thus regulates health. On the other hand, grounding can lead to spontaneous qigong due to the body relaxation and mind quieting gains.

Psychokinesis on mass center of body Edit

However, there is a way to actively engage into spontaneous qigong through grounding. It is similar to spontaneous psychokinesis movements which is induced by mental focus on the mass center of body. It is done by mentally focusing at the mass center of body (on a standing pose) until the body starts to move.

Since all physical bodies are gravitated on a planet, when unconscious or subconscious leaves the body, will also leave the planet. While psychokinesis is coming from the unconscious or subconscious, therefore when one is self-focused at mass center of it's own body to induce spontaneous psychokinesis movements, the involved unconscious or subconscious is relatively focused on the planet as well, which means this is actually a grounding practice.

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References Edit

  1. Qigong practices
  2. Qi
  3. Chinese Medical Qigong
  4. Microcosmic orbit
  5. Applied kinesiology
  6. Shamanism
  7. Qigong deviation
  8. Yoga
  9. Kriya
  10. 站桩