A friend asked me recently if Qigong – Chi Kung – would benefit symptoms from mold toxicity. She also referenced my using Qigong to keep any Lyme’s symptoms under control. This is my response:
I am excited to have you in the class! Keeping in mind it is for beginners (there are at least 2 or 3 people in the group with little to no experience with spiritual practice / bodywork / yoga etc), we will go slow.
I will drop in nuggets of wisdom and if individuals seem to be ready for more, there might be time for a little one-on-one work. With that said though, reviewing the basics over and over can be a very important practice. Like I said previously, learning the 10 Foundations is all you really need.
You asked about how Chi Kung is helping me to control any lingering Lyme’s symptoms. Some of what I am about to share is pretty advanced. Not everyone who practices Chi Kung will have the same results. I have put in years of practice and hard work with meditation practices, Tibetan yoga and now Taoist yoga (Chi Kung)…
For me, when I practice Chi Kung for longer than 20 minutes, I start to generate inner heat – the inner furnace is definitely going! This in turn seems to clear my head of any inflammatory fog, it works amazingly for my digestion and it also seems to clear any emotional confusion as well around my heart you might say. It is also important to work with a teacher who knows what to do with this heat – I have heard that if you let this heat linger in certain organs for too long, it is possible to cause harm. Therefore, I will also talk about how to center it and refine this Chi.
Do not expect to have results right away however – it might take months or years to notice significant results. In the meantime though, practicing Chi Kung will help to calm your mind and soothe your spirit.
You should not look at the finish line. That is really far away. Rather however, look to this day. Or tomorrow – what can I do today to move toward more stable self care? Can I watch 10 minutes less TV or Netflix and add in 10 more minutes of something that leads to self-regulation and greater resilience? If we just change 10 minutes / month, that would be two extra hours of self-care / kind-hearted practice per year!
What would that be like?…
I’m not sure about the mold symptoms, but I strongly suspect it would benefit that as well. One key theme of Chi Kung: we are harmonizing our Chi (life-force energy) and blood. As we cultivate clean, clear, virtuous Chi, we inadvertently push out negative Chi – inner obstacles, toxins, negative emotions and over time we can even start to work on deeper imprints and no-longer-serving-us beliefs. I’m talking years though. Maybe 10 to 20 years.
Using Chi Kung as a self care tool requires that we commit to it at least 5 days / week. Daily would be best – even if just 20 – 30 minutes. That way our Chi can start to become refined, more virtuous, cleaner and clearer. Personally I am working up to 60 – 90 minutes / day. That allows me to do Bone Breathing or Bone Marrow Chi Kung and to work with clearing my meridians (acupuncture / Chinese Medicine energy channels).
These are all fairly advanced topics. Therefore it will take me a while before we start discussing any of this (above). You are getting a sneak peak at what is possible with diligent, devoted practice.
Thank you for your questions!