Daoist Qigong teaches that energy follows the attention
Ã¯Â»Â¿Daoist Qigong teaches that energy follows the attention
Meditation. Living energy surrounds us, and we breathe it into our bodies. Regardless of whether
the practitioner is a Daoist sage, Buddhist priest, Christian healer, Native American medicine
woman, or a Pagan mystic performing a ritual of magic, the principles remain the same. If the
student learns how to store and circulate natural life energy inside the body, s/he begins to learn the
secrets of cultivating spiritual power.
Among the various spiritual traditions, techniques vary, but they all involve some practice of
meditation. In Daoist Qigong energy work, which is the basis for the methods of Traditional Chinese
Medicine TCM that have so impressed the western world in recent decades, one of the leading
contemporary authorities is Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, whose establishment, Yang's Martial Arts
Academy, is located in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts.
Dr. Yang teaches that energy follows the attention. Reflecting on this principle, it is easy to
understand the immense value of practicing to lead the energy called Qi in Chinese with the
attention during meditation. After reading about the principles of Chinese medicine, one
understands that Qi can be increased or decreased in the body. Qi can be drawn into the body
through food and air, or it can be emitted/consumed through various activities. What are the
implications of this important truth? With this insight comes a realization of the reason why
meditation is the key to cultivating spiritual power: Meditation is the one of the few waking activities
that keep the attention inside the body.
In the moment a person wakes up in the morning and opens the eyes, energy begins leaking away.
All day long, the attention is on various things outside the body, but seldom one's attention inside
Why do people usually pay too much attention to things outside the body? It is because they do not
know that energy follows the attention. Understanding this simple principle, the practitioner
becomes very confident in Qigong for bringing about an extraordinary result. Daoists believe that
Qigong's ability to lead energy to various places within the body, especially the centers of the brain
and lower abdomen, can be tremendously beneficial to practitioners of meditation. Perhaps we do
not know what we are missing when we practice meditation without learning about its relationship
to the bioelectricity known to Daoist Qigong practitioners as Qi. The path of meditation can be a
confusing one, but by applying the principles of Chinese Medicine we can take a methodical