All of Nature has a Way,
Reflected in all movement;
Qigongs are techniques
That harness Nature’s fervent.
Within us flow these subtle forces,
The ancients called them “Qi”.
Qi is the energy source,
Behind all vitality.
A “gong” is a skill that’s gained,
Techniques used for a hopeful end;
Gongs are forms of experience,
Manifesting our true wisdom.
Some Qigongs are used for health reasons,
And for the martial arts;
The wise ones use them spiritually,
So the whole controls the parts.
Some qigongs are hard and external,
Building strength into the muscular charge;
Others are soft and whip-like,
Using the tendons to discharge.
Some qigongs transform the elements,
Internally stirring the alchemical mixtures;
Using intention to lead the Qi
into the organs’ precious elixirs.
Imagination is the key,
To lead the Qi to the channel that’s due;
Consciousness must open the gates,
For the Qi to go flowing through.
First there must be a sturdy root,
To ground the Qi with a base of stability;
Moved then through the center with balance,
The Qi can show its ability.
Its ability to heal or lend power,
Or to awaken us to hithertofore unseen insights;
Qigong is the tuning of our being,
To reach the furthest heights.