GenKiko – Japanese Qigong class and the return of my teacher Hiroki. An interview in a pub during a World Cup Game. Spinning like a Whirling Dervish.
This is a continuation of my 30 day spontaneous Qigong Trial – Day 8. Click here for a primer of what this trial is all about.
The last two days have been very interesting. I have a few things to write about in this blog update. I’ll start with my daily practice log.
Day 8: Seiza
This morning, I decided to do my practice in Seiza. This is a Japanese sitting position where the knees are bent and you sit on your heals.
I have something planned for today and I want to save my energy a little, so I chose this easier position. When you sit in this position, it limits the type of spontaneous movements that can occur – to only movements of the upper torso, head and arms.
It didn’t take long to enter the spontaneous qi zone. After a few seconds it started.
Today, I mostly rotated my upper torso in a circle, anti-clockwise direction. At other times, my torso moved forward and backward, but I mostly did the circular movements for 15 minutes.
Then at the end, the Qi guided me into a sitting meditative pose and into holding the invisible balloon in front of my dantian. A similar things happened in one of my earlier practices in this trial – where the Qi brought me into a standing qigong pose at the end of my practice.
Qi ball experiment
This time I recalled a comment on that post which suggested I send that qi ball out into the universe.
I also recalled a book I had recently read called Reality Creator by Tom DeLiso.
In that book, the author advises an exercise where you create a qi ball in between your hand and then envision something that you want. It is kind of like ‘law of attraction’ meets qigong.
Then put that thing you want into the qi ball and throw it out into the universe, so the universe will receive that order and bring it to you.
I have not done that particular exercise before, and I also felt the author’s series of books did not click with me. But today, I thought it was a good opportunity to apply one of his exercises.
So I envisioned my ‘ideal world’ – something I want in life. I put it in that qi ball and I sent it out into the universe as an order to bring it to me. Now all I have to do is wait for my dream to come true…
To get my own DeLorean.
Yesterday, my old Qigong teacher came to London from Japan to hold a special class.
10 years ago I started attending a Qigong class in London run by a Japanese teacher called Hiroki.
He called it ‘Gen-Kiko’. A Japanese name – ‘Gen’ means ‘original Qi’. ‘Ki’ is ‘Qi’ and ‘Ko’, I think means work, the same as the Chinese word ‘Gong”.
The teacher has a long background in Aikido and Karate and also has a very physical yang personality. Hence this type of Qigong is more yang than other forms of qigong.
Kiko is quite a dynamic system of Qigong. It utilises some of the basic forms like the standing postures and the 8 pieces of Brocade, but these movements are carried out with much stronger stretching.
This more dynamic stretching makes it more akin to yoga and helps open up the muscles and ligaments to increase the flow of Qi. Also the teacher had created some of his own standing poses, which are really different to the standard standing poses and actually a lot harder to hold.
Hiroki also utilises an energy-exchange activity between class members. This is where class members can be moved or ‘thrown’ around the room using Qi.
It was a great coincidence that he is coming, just as I am working on this trial. Especially as my motivation to practice qigong is high. I asked if I could take some photos of the class and do a short interview with him afterwards when all the class members went for a drink together.
Thankfully, all the class members were fine with me taking photos. And Hiroki gladly agreed to the interview. I recorded the interview in a Camden pub, whilst a world cup football match was going on at the time. The area we were seated in did not have a TV playing, but still the pub was a little busy so I couldn’t ask as many questions as I would have liked. Also the sound quality was poor on the final recording.
I have done interviews before, particularly when I was writing my ‘Tradition of Blind Acupuncturists in Japan‘ book. I had done an interview one time in a pub before, but on this occasion, the circumstances were not ideal. Despite, this, I did get some useful information.
I intend to write a longer article on Genkiko and post it on my site, when I am finished.
Spontaneous Qi practice – Take 2
Later in the day and just before I went to the Kiko class, I felt motivated to do an additional practice.
I was reading a book on Qigong, where spontaneous qigong was discussed in relation to tai chi movements and dance. I felt like experimenting a little to see if the spontaneous qi flow would activate if I did some kind of tai chi-like movements.
I haven’t done any tai chi for years and don’t recall any set movements other than some basic hand movements and stances.
But very soon, the spontaneous qi state activated. This time however, it led me into a much more dynamic movement compared to when I do my usual 10 minute practice.
I started spinning in an anti-clockwise direction, quite fast, kind of like a whirling dervish.
I span and span, circling round and round in a circle. It went on for a few minutes. I did not feel dizzy whilst I was doing it. In fact, it seemed fairly comfortable. The only concern I had, was that I did not have much space to spin in and I didn’t want to trip over.
After a few minutes, the spinning slowed down and I took a little while to ease myself out of the exercise by slowly rotating consciously until I felt it was fine to end it completely.
After I finished, I did feel a little sickly from the spinning, but it passed after a while.
This is not the first time, I have had the spontaneous Qi spinning sensation. The first time I experienced it was 5 years ago. During that time, I was practicing qigong quite intensely and experimenting with a different type of acupuncture.
At the time, it was an extremely strange and surprising occurrence for me. I soon stopped my qigong practice not long after experiencing it due to work reasons and was not really concerned with doing it again.
At the beginning of this trial, I did half-wonder if the spinning movement would occur again. The answer was yes.
From this re-occurance, I did feel the spontaneous qigong spinning movement could probably be set off fairly easily if I wanted it to. However, it is not really something I want to explore.
There is very likely a purpose to this type of Spontaneous Qi movement. I have written about this movement in a bit more detail in my larger article.
But for now, I will just let it go. I am happy just to carry on with the normal type of spontaneous qi movements I have been experiencing up to now in my current daily practice. If it occurs again, I’ll go with it, but otherwise I won’t try to initialise it, unless I feel like it.
Click here for Day 9 – 10 of my 30 Day Spontaneous Qigong Practice.
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