I didn't show aikido, but a few very simple and basic exercises by which to feel and increase the qi flow. That's easily done by a combination of breathing, awareness, and imagination.
The participants at the seminar gladly tried the exercises and were sursprisingly enthusiastic, although I had been quite rudimental. One of them said:
"This year I spent 15,000 (Swedish Crowns, approximately USD 2,200) on qigong courses. Why didn't they teach me this?"
The answer is probably that the teachers at those courses were either unsure of what qi is all about, or they hoped that he would spend another 15,000. Whatever the case, I was as upset as the man asking the question.
Qi is no mystery. True, you can spend a lifetime exploring it, but getting started is a piece of cake. The basics are easy to grasp and just as easy to practice. With the proper exercises you can try it out in no time and experience what it feels like.
I'm a writer, so at that point I started thinking about writing a book that would give these simple clues to its readers. Hopefully, it would save them the 15,000 Swedish Crowns disappointment.
The underlying principle was to use very simple and basic exercises accessible to all, regardless of physical fitness, age, and what not. That's really no problem, since qi is a very basic force in every living thing. Of course it's accessible to all.
So, here's the book. I'm very familiar with the subject since my teens, so I know I can promise everyone trying the exercises in the book that they will feel what qi is and how they can use it for their own health and spiritual benefit.
I say it again: it's no mystery, but very natural, so you easily get the hang of it. Those who tell you something else just want to charge you a lot more than the cost of a book.
For your qi to flow freely through your body, you need to make your posture straight and natural, and learn a deep extended breathing. You should also relax your body profoundly and center yourself. The exercises of this book are surprisingly easy ways to adjust these and other basics, which will lead to an increased qi flow and well-being. Anyone can do them, and the result is evident already at the first try.
For a lasting effect, though, you will have to repeat the exercises over a length of time. The best is if you make some of them everyday habits. It will improve the way your body and mind work, until it's natural to you. At that point, you have no further need of this book.
Spirit and breath 10
The ether of intention 12
Let there be 12
The Center 15
The glowing rice field 17
One snag 22
Find the right posture 31
Correct your shoulders 33
Adjust your balance 36
Stretch your posture 39
Clench and open 53
Shoulders up and down 55
Empty gaze 57
Huddle up 58
Rest heavily 61
Extend your exhalation 66
Lower your breath 68
Belly breathing 71
Breathe in a square 74
The Center 96
Center breathe in a square 100
Meditate the center 102
Seven chakras 112
Quick Guide 123
Qi: Increase your life energy.
by Stefan Stenudd, Arriba 2008, 2009
Paperback, 145 pages
I'm also a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Among the latter is an interpretation of the Chinese classic Tao te ching, and books about aikido.
Qi - Increase Your Life Energy
The life energy qi (also chi or ki) explained, with several very easy exercises to awaken, increase, and use it, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
Qi, prana, spirit, ruach, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.