There are quite a number of reasons why practicing Chi Kung/Qigong Exercises doesn’t give you the results and the benefits of Qigong.
But from my experience there are 3 major factors that contribute to poor results from Qigong exercises, assuming of course that you are practicing Qigong and not Qigong form. If you’ve been using Qigong Exercises daily and correctly for at least 3 months and you’re not getting the results that you want from your practice, then these are the 3 areas you need to look at first:
1) You intellectualize too much
I really struggled with this one in the beginning. I worried that my form wasn’t correct, I worried I wasn’t practicing enough, and so on. My practice was 15 minutes of mental wrestling. Thinking, or intellectualizing makes it harder for energy to flow. It’s also one of the core causes of ‘mental’ blockages.
So what can you do? I had to get strict with my thoughts. Before I began my practice I would tell myself that I was going to do the best that I could and that I could worry/think about it all afterwards. I threw my notes away (yes I used to look at them whilst I practiced) and stopped using a stop watch to time myself (yeah, I know you’d never do that).
Every time the mental chatter started, I said ‘No’ to it and ignored it. If that didn’t work I focused on what I was doing, i.e. ‘Now I’m lifting my arms, whilst breathing in through my nose’ and so on. As the mind can only really focus on 1 thing at a time, I also found that focusing on really enjoying my practice helped to stop the useless chatter of the mind.
As my practice deepened I found that spending time getting into a strong Qigong State of Mind before practicing helped me to relax mentally through my practice and the results started to flow.
2) You tense too much
Listen, if you can’t relax you can’t practice Qigong. You need to be able to relax physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Being able to do this is called entering a Qigong State of Mind and it’s a skill that must first be learned and then practiced and practiced and practiced.
Whilst it’s easy to see if you’re physically relaxed, relaxing mentally and emotionally is much harder. It takes time to be able to do this, especially if you’re starting from a place of being stressed out, anxious or worried. See factor 1 above for help on this.
Whilst many people practice Qigong exercises to relax, being able to relax is only the start of what Qigong has to offer.
3) You are distracted
This can also be a sub division of factor 1 in that you’re so busy thinking about something else that you are distracted from your practice. This can be overcome by reminding yourself, before you start your practice, that this is your ‘Sacred Me’ time. Time specifically for working on you so that you can better help and be of service to others.
You can always have your ‘problems’ or other baggage after you’ve finished your practice, but for the next 15 minutes your focus is on practicing Qigong and not what you’re going to do about that bill that came through the post this morning.
Distraction can also relate to where you do your Qigong practice. You see, where you practice is very important to gaining the results of Qigong. Not only must you practice in a safe environment with fresh, moving air. But it’s important that you are not going to be disturbed.
If you practice in a shared house, or outdoors where there are lots of other people, it can be hard to focus on your practice and not on what is happening around you. If this is a problem for you, then find somewhere to practice where you won’t be distracted by the world around you.
Whilst this might take a bit of extra effort on your behalf, you’ll be glad you did.
Another major source of distraction in practicing Qigong exercises with your eyes open. Because we are so visually stimulated as humans, if possible close your eyes when practicing so as to shut out a lot of unnecessary visual ‘noise’.
Addressing these 3 factors, especially #1 will undoubtedly help you to gain more benefits from your Qigong practice.
Realize: It’s really easy to get the benefits of your Qigong Exercises when you know what you’re doing, and what you should avoid doing!