Here in massage school, that would be the magic marvelous mystical world of Massage School.. we are getting into Water Qigong.
This is a very profound practice.
For a beginner: (me) going near a stream is relaxing, soothing, listening to the gurgling brook sounds is very peaceful. Maybe I can stay in my Dan Tien (primordial point below the navel that forms first at time of conception) from time to time as I gaze into the water.
For the intermediate practitioner: I am able to check in with my 10 foundations from time to time and really feel a connection to Mother Earth through my rooted feet. Plus the babbling brook sounds are a bonus. I do my best to focus on a pebble on the bottom of the stream where I am not disturbed by the surface eddies and other sounds.
For an advanced practitioner: I suspect this is an extremely profound practice. But I am very new to this practice and to Qigong in general. So don’t quote me!
The idea is to find within yourself a stable fluid steady grounded centered potent place internally where you can rest your awareness (ideally at all times). This is the idea behind Water Qigong. Gaze deep into the water, go under the surface, focus on a rock or pebble at the bottom of the stream. As you gaze down into the water, don’t leak out any Chi from your eyes, do not allow your meditative equipoise to be disturbed by miscellaneous sounds or sights in your periphery. Do not allow your self to be disrupted by surface eddies or the sounds of cracking ice (the streams around here are mostly thawed now with some frozen sections).
It is an awesome practice! Water has been around a LONG time. It is known as the Ancient One. If you are able to communicate with water spirits, you will probably be communicating wth ancient beings. Water was here before the rocks. The water I am gazing at may have been in Jesus or Galileo or Van Gogh or Hitler or Abe Lincoln! It is primordial compared to me. Heck, the water I am learning from may have been apart of my previous incarnation!
So we rest our mind and allow light to walk us to the creek. We step with Empress’ Seal upon Mother Earth. We root deep down, breath into our lower abdomen – feel Dan Tien and Ming Men in relationship as we breathe.