- Exercise & Fitness
How to use Ki/Chi Energy and Why You Should Use It
Many people do not know what Ki (I will call it Ki from now on just because I prefer it over Chi) is, let alone how to use it. I believe the world could be a better place if everyone, or mostly everyone, knew how to use this energy. Now, I am by no means an expert on Ki, as I am still learning. I just felt the need to educate more people about it since it has really improved my life. You are probably wondering: What on Earth is Ki? Or maybe you are thinking: Ki is just fake magic and it goes against my religion. I will answer that first question right now, and that second one is completely wrong (unless of course your religion is strictly against Ki).
Ki is a physical energy that is in every living and nonliving thing - humans, animals, plants, the Earth, water, and even the air. ANYONE can use it - they just have to learn how. That is what this article is mainly about. But before we get into how to actually use Ki, I want to briefly explain why you should use it.
You are likely wondering why you should use Ki. Fortunately, that is an easy question for me to answer! It really helps you concentrate and focus on things, it can heal wounds, and you can use it offensively for Martial Arts or self-defense. My life has changed for the better because of Ki, so I wanted to spread this good change to other people who want it.
Now, time to use Ki! The most basic thing everyone should start with is making a Ki Ball. This is basically a ball of pure Ki energy that you bring out from your Tan Tien (Ki storage), which is located an inch or two below the navel (belly button). The main part of your body that you will bring Ki out of is your hands.
Ki control is controlled by your visualization and willpower. In order to control and use Ki, you must visualize it and believe in it 100%. It is nearly impossible to use Ki if you do not believe that it is real. All you really need to do in order to move Ki around your body is to visualize any form of energy that you imagine Ki as (I imagine it as a bright ball of white light with a blue aura around it, similar to a Kamehameha from Dragonball Z), and imagine that energy moving to certain parts of your body. However, you must always remember these two rules: Do NOT force the energy to go too fast. Be patient and take your time with it. And do NOT make the energy go outside your body to go to another part of it. Ki is physical energy and should only be brought out of your body when you're going to use it on/for something outside of it.
If you are having trouble concentrating and controlling your Ki, then I know of two focus exercises (I found these on a website, so I take NO credit for these exercises at all) that can really help you concentrate better:
The first concentration exercise requires a candle or a very dim source of light that you can stare at without hurting your eyes. Stare at the candle fire (or other source of light) for a minute or two, then turn around and focus on the image of that light still being there for as long as possible. The longer it takes to lose concentration or sight of the light, the better you are at concentrating. I have never tried this exercise before, so I honestly don't know if it will work, but it doesn't hurt to try.
The second concentration exercise requires no more than an object to focus on. All you have to do is stare at an object for as long as you can with your eyes focused on the object. If your eyes go out of focus, then you have lost concentration on the object. Again, the longer this takes, the better at concentration you are.
Alright, now for the very good part! The first and most basic way you should use Ki for is by making a Ki Ball. As I said already, a Ki Ball is a sphere of pure Ki Energy. To create one, you put your hands in a cupped shape like this ( 0 ) where the "()"'s are your hands and the "0" is the Ki Ball. You can spread your fingers together, or you can keep them together. It is all just your own personal preference. After your hands are in position, keep them relaxed and try not to move them at all. Now, imagine the energy in your Tan Tien going (slowly) up your abdomen (stomach), up your torso (chest), and splitting in half and going down your arms, into your hands. After this, visualize the Ki coming out of your hands and forming a ball. If you felt throbbing, heat, pressure, or tingling (even if the feeling is very slight), then you have made a Ki ball! You most likely weren't able to see it. Yes, it is possible to make it visible, but only after a practicing/training with Ki for a long time (I heard it takes a year or more). I haven't made mine visible yet, but when my friend passes his hand in between mine, he says he feels some heat. You can ask other people to pass their hands (slowly) between yours when you're making a Ki ball and tell you if they feel anything if you want to see how strong your Ki is.
There are many other uses for Ki, but I have only taught you the basics. If you would like to learn more, then click on this link: http://kienergy.org/
I do not own the website, and I have nothing to do with it, so I take no credit for the website at all. This is where I learned to use Ki. It has very good information, so I hope you find it useful! Please let me know what you would like me to write about next. Thanks!