It’s always important to absorb vital life force energy (also known as prana, life force, pneuma, chi or qi) for a higher quality of life including health, vitality and healing on all levels. Especially during a slightly more introspective time such as the Fall energetic season, we want to take small pockets of time to take in what’s known as heavenly chi. This action will carry us through this energetic season more resiliently. Here are 14 awesome ways:
1) Walk barefoot.
“Prana contained in the ground is called ground prana or ground vitality globule. This is absorbed through the soles of the feet. This is done automatically and unconsciously.” — Sui, Choa Kok., and Choa Kok. Sui. Miracles through Pranic Healing: Practical Manual on Energy Healing. Metro Manila, Philippines: Institute for Inner Studies Foundation, 2004. Print.
2) Practice prayanayama or pranic deep breathing (also known as Tan Tien** cleansing breath).
According to Master Choa Kok Sui, pranic breathing is accomplished by:
- Touching your tongue to your palate
- Breathing through your abdomen and through the nostrils
- Inhaling slowly and holding for one count
- Exhaling slowly and holding for one count
- Being sure not to over-expand or over-contract the abdomen
Choa Kok Sui also says: “Pranic breathing energizes you to such an extent that your aura temporarily expands by 100% or more. The inner aura expands to about eight inches or more, the health aura to about four feet or more, the other aura to about two meters or more.”
3) Sit in a nature setting and absorb the energies present with your intention.
4) Eat living food–real earth nutrients. Eating uncooked produce is like eating light. The live fruits and vegetables actually contain “trapped light” you can absorb into your body.
5) Drink pure water. Water absorbs prana from sunlight.
6) Absorb the life force energy of the sun, moon and galaxy. The chi will be absorbed through the pores of your skin and through your eyes. Your body will take this nourishing light into your brain, circulating it through the pineal, pituitary and hypothalamus glands.
7) Hug a tree. Literally.
“Certain trees such as pine trees or old and gigantic healthy trees exude a lot of excess prana. Tired or sick people benefit much by lying down or resting underneath these trees.” — Sui, Choa Kok., and Choa Kok. Sui. Miracles through Pranic Healing: Practical Manual on Energy Healing. Metro Manila, Philippines: Institute for Inner Studies Foundation, 2004. Print.
“Trees and all plant life are living fields of intelligence that just happen to exist within the confines of a different molecular structure than the human bio-system. They operate via a group consciousness and are not as individualized as we are and they love receiving our carbon dioxide as much as we benefit from breathing in the oxygen they generate.” —Jasmuheen. The Madonna Frequency & the Food of Gods. Noosa Heads, Australia: Self Empowerment Academy, 2005. Print.
8) Walk in the wind to absorb wind prana. It's cleansing and rejuvenating.
9) Ask in a prayerful tone to feel and receive chi energy. The universe will bow to your prayer.
“In a comfortable place, on a warm evening under the stars … sit in meditation. Engage Tan Tien breathing [see above under “pranayama”]. Find the rhythm of your breath and your center of balance and close your eyes. Let your breath open and relax the joints of your body. Now with your breath, circulate the Chi through the Orbits.*” —Ching, Elise Dirlam., and Kaleo Ching. Chi and Creativity: Vital Energy and Your Inner Artist. Berkeley, CA: Blue Snake, 2007. Print.
11) Practice Tai Chi and/or Qi Gong.
“What sets Tai Chi apart from other exercise programs is its internal work. In a series of postures, or forms, the mind and body work in unison to move Chi (vital energy) from one part of the body to the next.” — So, John Young Man. Tai Chi for Everyone: A Life-long Exercise Program for Longevity and Health. Place of Publication Not Identified: Lulu.com, 2008. Print.
12) Learn to feel your chakra system.
“Chakras are personal energies. They are energy vortices, or wheels, inside the body that receive and moderate universal life force energies, or chi. Each chakra acts as a kind of valve or regulator and controls the flow of energy through our system. The universal life force (chi) enters the body through the chakra at the top of the head and travels down the spinal column to the other chakras. When we are living in harmony with the Universe, these vortices, or valves or chakras, are open and allow an abundant flow of chi energy.” — Johnson, Connie. Spiritual Concepts for a New Age: Psychic Serenity in the Human Experience. Print.
13) Visualize the flow of chi in your body.
“With consistent practice one can visualize Chi flowing inside the cavities and meridians of the body, creating a sense of health and well-being.” — So, John Young Man. Tai Chi for Everyone: A Life-long Exercise Program for Longevity and Health. Place of Publication Not Identified: Lulu.com, 2008. Print.
14) Receive chi energy from an energy medicine practitioner.
“Prana can also be projected to another person for healing. Persons with a lot of excess prank tend to make other people around them feel better and livelier. However, those who are depleted tend to unconsciously absorb prana from other people.” —Merlotte, Raphael. The World Before Lies. First ed. 2012. Print.
*Orbits: “Energy flows from the Tan Tien** down to the base of the spine, then up the back along the spine to the crown, then over the head and down the front of the body. Practitioners believe this exercise prevents the body's natural Qi (Chi, energy) from becoming depleted.” —http://sarinastone.com/microcosmic-orbit-practice.html
** Tan Tien: Loosely translated as "elixir field,” "sea of qi,” or simply "energy center.” Tan Tien are important focal points for meditative and exercise techniques such as qigong, martial arts such as t'ai chi ch'uan, and in traditional Chinese medicine.