Qi is a life force inherent in all things, translated literally it means "air" or "breath". It is "the force that makes up and binds together all things in the universe", (Acupuncture and Massage College, 2017). Qi is the Life Force that powers you, animates you and makes you unique.
Qi is all pervasive, that is it moves in all directions - but when it ceases to move/flow life as we know it comes to an end. Qi is expressed in many forms eg Qi of birds is different to the Qi of trees. In the consideration of Calligraphy Health our primary focus in building Qi for good health is with the following four types:
Yuan Qi (innate Qi) - passed on to you at conception this is what you inherited from your parents, this is what you are born with and it is internal.
Wei Qi (external Qi) - this Qi exists in the natural external world, it is what you acquire and build-up on a daily, weekly, monthly basis through lifestyle and internal energetic practices such as Calligraphy Qi Gong.
Zong Qi - that is produced by breathing.
- Ying Qi - this is Qi that is derived from the food we eat.
The word "Gong" means effort over time. Basically, to reap the rewards, you must put in the practice or Gong. It is through practice/effort and the cultivation of Qi over time that positively affects the balance and harmony of Qi/Life Force flowing through the human body.
When we practice Calligraphy Qi Gong we are acquiring Wei Qi, adding this to our Yuan Qi, to develop a bigger/stronger store of Qi that we can utilise for health and healing. Putting "Qi" and "Gong" together is best described as the cultivation of Qi over a period of time. It is effort based, meaning the more you practice the better the results.
When used internally (as opposed to externally eg Martial Arts or Medical Qi Gong) Qi can be employed to improve blood circulation (to: Circulation, Qi and Blood), help deal with stress or illness, remove blockages in the body that inhibit the flow of Qi, boost the immune system, and help with a multitude of dis-eases and illnesses. Simply put the practice of Qi Gong creates a healthy environment where dis-ease can no longer actively survive this is the ultimate foundation in the creation of self-healing, good health, happiness and longevity.
Moreover, as your practice advances (remember this is the "Gong" part of Qi Gong) your body is affected at a cellular level. By creating the environment you want through your intention/mind, you have the ability to change your "cell's memory and your DNA blueprint. This is the highest level of Qi Gong - to control and change cellular structure in the body through the mind.