The Forms of Sheng Zhen Meditation
Sheng Zhen Meditation has a wide variety of forms. The moving forms help cultivate qi while the non-moving forms help condense and store the qi in the body. Whether moving or non-moving, Sheng Zhen Meditation has three main functions:
- It is good for physical health. The inner cultivation of qi helps improve the circulation of the blood and strengthens the body which directly improves your health, so it is medical qigong.
- It is good for the emotions. It can remove stress, worries, nervousness, anger and hatred so that, no matter what is going on around you, you are calm, at ease and balanced. Therefore, it is emotional qigong.
- It opens and purifies the heart and elevates the spirit, so it is also spiritual qigong.
Each form has a particular purpose or "flavor," but ALL forms have the primary function of opening the Heart. Some forms are non-moving meditations, some are seated forms, and some are standing forms. Though we may give some suggestions, such as Shen Zhen Healing Practice for cancer patients or Heaven Nature Practice for pregnant women, every form can be practiced by anyone – young or elderly, healthy or ill, man or woman.
For best results it is recommended that the forms be learned in the following order:
- Gathering Qi (standing): Nourishing the Heart
- Awakening the Soul
- Sheng Zhen Healing, Stage I
- Sheng Zhen Healing, Stage II
- Heaven Nature Practice
- Heart Spirit as One
- Union of Three Hearts Meditation
- 9 Turns Meditation
- Heart Mind as One
- Listening to the Heart
- Return to Spring
- Heaven Earth Practice
- Releasing the Heart
- Origin of the Heart
- Sheng Zhen Healing, Stage III
- Breath of Life: Healing for the Lungs
- Strength in Balance: Healing for the Liver
- Light of Purity: Healing for the Kidneys