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How I Activated My Self-Healing Power with the Zijiu Method (Part 1)

Updated on April 30, 2012

This is the first instalment of a two-part series on how I used the Zijiu Method, a type of qigong that is free for all, to awaken my self-healing power. The first part gives an introduction about the Zijiu Method, while the second part details my personal learning experience.

I used to suffer from cold almost every month, sometimes even twice in a bad month. If someone around me catches a cold, very soon I’d find myself suffering from sore throat followed by high fever and nasty phlegm a few days later. I have tried different supplements over the years, ranging from vitamin tablets to Chinese herbs, and though some of them are effective in reducing the cold symptoms, they never seemed to be able to prevent the cold altogether. Gradually, I have come to accept my substandard state of health as part of my life. That is until I learn about the Life-saving Zijiu Method from a book I bought in 2007.

The Life-saving Zijiu Method (or Zijiu Method in short) is developed by the author Mr. Li Yan Ming. It comprises a number of positions to draw in cosmic qi, or life force, to strengthen one’s self-healing energy. Hence, the word zijiu which literally means ‘save yourself’ in Chinese.

It is analogous to qigong which the Chinese have been practicing for many centuries for health enhancement. A popular example of qigong is Tai Chi. But instead of a series of moves like Tai Chi, the Zijiu Method only requires you to remain standing, albeit not the way we would stand in everyday life. This may sound counter-intuitive and even absurd. How can standing improve health? I was equally doubtful when I first read about it. But after reading the book and the online testimonials of those who have benefited from it, I decided to try it out myself. After all, I will only lose a few hours if it turns out to be a sham.

How to Execute the Basic Zijiu Method

The most basic Zijiu Method requires you to assume a standing position and remain stationary for a period of time (there is actually a sitting version, but the standing position reportedly gives better results for most people).

In a nutshell, the standing position goes like this:

Step-by-step Guide to The Basic Zijiu Method

  1. Stand upright and relax your body, mind and heart.
  2. Stand with feet parallel and shoulder-width apart.
  3. Bend both knees slightly (about 60 degrees). The knees should be even with the tips of the toes.
  4. Keep your spine upright and spine straight, as if you are sitting on a chair.
  5. Raise your palms in front of your face with thumbs stretched and pointing towards your mouth. The rest of the fingers should be straight and close together, forming a 90-degree angle with the thumbs. Do not push your palms against each other.
  6. Apply strength from the tips of the fingers all the way to your shoulders.
  7. Hold in your lower abdominal muscles and tighten your anal muscle. The rest of the muscles, other than those mentioned in Step 5 & 6, should remain relaxed.
  8. Close your mouth and gently rest the tip of your tongue lightly against the roof of the mouth.
  9. Breathe naturally through your nose, expanding and contracting your chest as needed throughout the exercise.
  10. Gently close your eyes and direct your gaze downward. Relax and put all your worries aside as if you are meditating.
  11. To end the session, slowly straighten your legs and arms. Rub your hands together until they feel warm. Use your warm hands to massage your face in a gentle, circular motion. Lastly, gently rub your lower abdomen.

After getting into position, it is crucial to clear all thoughts from your mind. You will inevitably find thoughts creeping into your mind during your practice. Don’t entertain or repress any of them. Just gently observe them and soon you will find them disappear without a trace.

Remain in this position, and try not to move, for at least thirty minutes. That’s the minimum time required to reap any benefits, as stated by Mr. Li.

But, if you can’t stand for that long, don’t be discouraged. Build up slowly by increasing your time as you gained more stamina and confidence.

At the end of each session, straighten up slowly and rub your palms together until they feel warm. Imagine the qi that you have taken in is nourishing your internal organs through your hands. Then use both hands to gently massage your face in upward strokes starting from the cheeks right to your forehead for a couple of times.

Lastly, rub your lower belly for about fifteen seconds to gather the newly gained life force into your dan tian, where qi lives.

When & Where to Practice the Zijiu Method

Besides emphasizing on the importance of following the correct steps, Mr. Li is also particular about the time, place and direction one chooses to practice. He said that night time, especially between three to five in the morning, is the most conducive period for practicing the Zijiu Method. Because during the day, our body releases more qi than it absorbs, while at night it becomes more receptive to the life force around us.

The environment is also important, he said. The training venue should preferably be outdoor, quiet, airy and near to nature where the life force is stronger and air pollution is lower.

Mr. Li also believes that the direction you are facing during practice is essential, as the cosmic qi changes direction throughout the year. You can find a chart on the direction you should face from the .

Adjust your training time and venue according to your living condition and work commitment. If you can only train during day time, no matter. You would still see the benefits if you practice consistently, although it may take you slightly longer.

The Zijiu Method isn’t just a set of physical poses. As important as the taking in of external life force to replenish our internal qi, mental cultivation also plays a crucial role in our health.

Mr. Li recognises that destructive emotions as well as negative thoughts like resentment and bitterness dissipate our qi and deplete our life force quickly, causing ill health and diseases in the long-term. So he places special attention on teaching his students how to let go of emotional baggage and how to correct toxic thinking habits.

Without a disciplined mind, all the hours of practicing of the Zijiu Method will be futile as a display of anger is sufficient to exhaust seven to thirty days’ worth of qi that you have cultivated, depending on the intensity of the emotion.

The Conscious Life
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More Self-Healing Resources

For more in-depth resources, please visit TheConsciousLife.com, where you will find useful articles on topics such as how to reduce inflammation with natural foods and herbs, how to meditate, and much more. Hope to see you there!

Disclaimer

Always consult with your physician before beginning any new training or exercise, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

The information on this page is for education purposes only. No materials and/or services found on this site should be construed as medical, or other professional advice. The author assumes no responsibility in treatment or cure of any disease or illness.

The information provided is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your physician.

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      Shealy Healy 8 years ago from USA

      Interesting. A pretty stone.

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      Cleveland Dailey 9 years ago

      A simply excellent article.

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