By Dan Ferrera
Qigong or “Energy Cultivation” is the ancient Asian system of gathering, condensing and circulating life force energy known as Qi or Prana through a unique system of exercises involving breath control, body alignments and various meditation methods. There are literally thousands of individual Qigong systems and approaches to this ancient art, but all of them serve the same essential purpose, the generation of bioelectrical energy and circulation within the human body. In recent years, this mysterious energy has become associated with the phenomenon of bioelectricity and the body’s electromagnetic field. With all of the advancements in technology, scientists have been provided with new tools for measuring some of this bioelectricity. Some of these include the (ECG) or electro-cardiogram, the (EEG) or electroencephalogram and the (EMG) or electromyogram, which measure the electrical activity in the heart, cerebral cortex and skeletal muscles respectively. Therefore it should be readily apparent that if there were not electrical energy in the human body, such medical tests would not be possible. There have also been several studies conducted in the United States, Japan and China, which have documented and measured the electromagnetic energy and infrared radiations emanating from long-term Qigong practitioners.
Electromagnetic Field of the Human Heart
Now, we are provided with the following clues (1) Qigong or the science of energy cultivation is associated with the act of deep breathing, (2) Practicing Qigong increases this electromagnetic energy within the human body, (3) The human body is primarily made of water approximately 70%, while the blood is about 90% water, (4) This bodily fluid is also filled with several electro-conductive minerals such as copper, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc.
Deep Breathing- When we breathe, the air we take into our lungs is electrically charged. We are not just merely consuming oxygen when we breathe; we are actually charging our body’s cells with electromagnetism. Our human cells are designed like tiny electrical storage batteries with a positive pole in the nucleus and a negative pole in the cytoplasm. The internal organs act almost like electric capacitors, capable of storing vast amounts of bioelectric energy. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that deep breathing combined with specific focus or intent would be beneficial to accumulating bioelectric energy. This is exactly what our bodies require right down to the cellular level. In fact, the two most important things to our daily survival are air and water neither of which have any nutritional value whatsoever. How long can you live without breathing? Most people believe that it is the oxygen that sustains us, but we breathe out CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), which has the oxygen molecule attached to the carbon as a waste product. If the oxygen is so important, why isn’t it used or burned up as a fuel source in our bodies? The ancients believed that there was energy in the air that surrounds us, which they called Qi (Key), Chi (Chee) or Prana. They also believed that one could learn to accumulate and circulate this abundant energy within the body to improve ones health emotionally, physically and spiritually. In my years of training experience, I have proven to myself that this philosophy is 100% true and anyone who participates in my Qigong class for at least 1-month will surely discover this as well.
Two seemingly paranormal abilities that result from the regular practice of certain Qigong’s are 1) Deterrent Force and 2) Empty Force. Deterrent Force is the ability to completely overwhelm any negatively aggressive opponent who is either in physical contact with you and/or in fairly close proximity to your body via certain energetic information stored within every cell of your body as a result of Qigong training. Ling Kong Jin (Empty or Distant Force)- is the ability to physically move or manipulate another person via energy projection from a distance, which can be quite powerful even several meters away. This energetic force develops automatically as a result of any long-term standing practice known as Zhang Zhuang and typically manifests after 3-years of training from a combination of heaven and earth chi activating and building the dantien (the body’s main energy storage center). There are also specific Tao Yin Qigong methods that utilize breath and intent that can develop this force much quicker. This skill can be used martially or medically as a projection skill. Basically, the person who has developed their chi to this level has obtained enough energetic strength to effect another person’s cells and bioelectric field through emitting their chi. When you understand that every human cell is designed like a tiny battery and that all of the major organs such as the heart radiate a large electromagnetic field, it is much easier to understand how this phenomenon actually works.
Sifu Dan Ferrera is the senior Qigong instructor and sole proprietor of the Michigan Institute of Qigong Healing & Wellness, LLC headquartered at the World Class Institute of Martial Arts in Livonia Michigan. Through various Qigong masters and trainings along with his own efforts, he discovered or in many cases rediscovered various methods to significantly enhance and project one’s life force energy.