*** Standing Meditation Method
Shaolin “Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan”, which means “Internal essence no
intent Zen” and emitting your inner chi energy through one’s ten fingers is
an advanced Qigong from the Buddhist tradition. Chan means Zen in
Chinese and refers to the “No Thinking” style of this standing meditation
practice known as Zhuang Zhuang (Jan Jong).
The exercise methods are simple and produce truly marvelous effects. Due to the Chan (Zen) nature of the method, it is not required to concentrate your attention while practicing.
You can even watch TV while performing this system of Qigong. Through
this training, all of the body’s energy channels will be automatically cleared
and opened from the Zhuang Zhuang exercises. This will allow you to
accumulate outer chi or universal life force and also emit your own chi.
These exercises will dramatically improve your health which can cause the
effect of having diseases spontaneously enter remission. By continued
practice and skill, you will be able to emit your Chi into others to examine
and aid in their healing of illness or diseases.
Reaching a Master’s level will
fully awaken the Greater Kan & Li (Fire & Water) also known as Kundalini
energy allowing you to explore your dormant primordial energy with all of
its various paranormal or mystical capabilities. This energy is also known as
“Spirit”, “The Advocate”. “The Key to Knowledge”, “The Holy Spirit”,
“The Dragon or Serpent”, “The Mustard Seed”, “The Breath of God”,
“Lightning or Lightning Bolt”, etc. in various religions and traditions.
Awakening this dormant energy is doorway to enlightenment and finding
God, the divine or universe within you.
Shaolin Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan originated from the Shaolin Monastery
under the strong influence of Chinese martial arts “Wu Shu” and internal
body exercises “Shaolin Nei Gong.” While most Buddhist meditations
methods have their emphasis on “mind cultivation” this particular method
focuses on the body cultivation instead as a result of the martial arts
influence. In many respects, it is really a hybrid combination that most likely
was the result of the arrival of the sage Bodhidharma at the monastery.
Shaolin One Finger Qigong’s intention is to build your body’s chi on
10 levels. Unlike most styles of Qigong, this style requires the student to
NOT think about or guide chi but rather to generate chi and allow it to flow
naturally. The emphasis is that chi is smart in itself and understands the
natural flow in the channels. In Chinese Medicine disease or pain derives
from chi deficiency and stuck or blocked chi in the body. So as the student
fills up with chi, the chi flows it’s natural pattern and timing. In today’s fast
paced lifestyles we use our minds way too much. This training is an
opportunity to move away from that cycle.
The basic motto of this Qigong is
“RELAX, KEEP DOWN, AND NO THINKING.”
The standing practice is based on the postures of Arhats, which are
somewhat like saints or perfected men. There are 500 postures based on this
method but only a few are needed to achieve desired results. Many peoplefalsely believe that no-mind or intent means complete mental silence, which
can and does occur at times, but the real objective is to simply stay in the
present moment not allowing your mind to drift off into memories of the
past or projections into the future.
Keep your awareness in the Here and
Now and the rest will automatically take care of itself. You can watch TV;
listen to music and even talk with others while practicing so it is not like a
deep state of meditation. It also means that you are not allowed to
intentionally guide the chi through the body’s channels. When you feel the
chi, just let it do what it is going to do naturally.
Begin this practice by acquiring the ability to hold the main posture for 20-
minutes or more. Begin with maybe a stand of 5-minutes and then add a one
minute each day until you reach a 20-minute practice. It is best to practice
Zhang Zhuang 1 to 2 hours after eating. Also, when you finish, drink a glass
of warm water (room temperature is fine) and do not shower or bathe for at
Preparing posture: Relax completely in Wu Ji #1. Stand with feet shoulder-
width apart. Point the toes straight forward but also slightly inward. Your
arms hanging naturally with palms touching the thighs. Keep the head and
neck erect with eyes looking straight ahead. Just breathe naturally.
Standing posture: Squat down a little allowing the knees to come inwards
toward one another. Then flex both knees outward like riding a horse. This
adds torque to the tendon lines of the legs (This stance should also be used in
your Yijin Ching practice). Meanwhile, slowly raise and stretch forth your
upper arms slowly, and have the armpits “opened” (with enough space to
hold an egg in it). Slowly raise forearms, which should be parallel to each
other, to the ground-paralleling level with palms facing downward and
fingers straightening naturally. Keep the backs of the hands and the forearms
at the same height.
Stand with soles in full contact with ground surface and with toes
gently grasping the ground. (Refer to Fig. 3) Point knees to insteps, but do
not exceed the perpendicular of the toes. Shrink & gently contract anus,
withdraw hip and draw in the abdomen a little. Relax the torso completely
with shoulders and elbows, twisting free without stiffening. Keep lower
limbs standing freely. Relax thighs and calves and erect your torso by
raising your core upwards. Curve the chest a bit inward and, imagine as if
you were uplifting your tailbone. Look straight ahead with regular Qigong
breathing. Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth.
1 st hold up all fingers naturally. Do not put forth any strength nor
stiffen. Hold up thumb naturally beside forefinger. Keep forefinger in line
with the back of the hand. Lower the positions of forefinger, middle finger,
ring finger and little finger naturally and sequentially, shaped like staircase.
If you imagine that you are trying to hold a small bowl in each hand by
palming it as gently as possible, you will have the correct hand position. If
you fully open and stretch your hand and fingers out as far as possible and
then just let the entire hand relax it will naturally achieve the correct handposition.
To correctly practice this method, begin by standing in the void (Wu
Ji) for a few minutes to relax and calm the mind. Count backwards (10, 9, 8,
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) a few times to help quiet the mind. Perform 3 repetitions of
“propping up the sky” from the Eight Brocade. After the 3 rd repetition relax
your arms back into Wu Ji and then squat down a little deeper and move into
the fundamental Arhat posture just illustrated and discussed above by slowly
raising your forearms upwards and elbows slightly forward and out away
from your body. The goal is to eventually hold this posture for 20-minutes
and then continue with the “Finger bending exercises” before ending the
practice. After finishing the finger prescribed finger bends, relax with your
hands covering the dan tien (3 inches below your navel) to allow the energy
to settle. Finish by walking around for several minutes to relax the legs and
circulate the accumulated chi and blood flow.
In the early stages of Zhang Zhuang training, you may shake or vibrate
uncontrollably, sweat intensely, feel itchy or tingly, various sensations of
heat or cold, your feet may bother you, your muscles may feel sore,
especially the thighs, calves and shoulders. You may experience numbness
or some type of asymmetry in terms of physical balance or even asymmetry
of the sensations described. For example, one side of your body could feel
warm and the other side could feel cold. However, with continued practice,
usually by the 6 th week, this will become a very pleasant exercise that you
will look forward to doing each day. Persevere it is well worth the effort. As
your chi gets stronger, the exercise becomes pleasant and effortless. The
author has personally stood in the fundamental Arhat for 3 hours straight in a
state of pure bliss. Every internal style of martial arts that focuses on chi
development and internal strength utilizes Zhang Zhuang as the primary chi
building exercise. This is truly a remarkable method of Qigong training with
a history going back 1000’s of years. With consistent practice, it should only
take approximately 4-months on average to become fully proficient in this
Next up, Pt. 2 ~Secret Finger Bending Method~