Encounters with Spontaneous Qi (10a): Canterbury Cathedral

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spontaneous qigong Canterbury cathedral
Interior view of the ceiling of Canterbury Cathedral, UK
Encounters with Spontaneous Qi: Part 10a

The next three articles in this ‘Encounters with Spontaneous Qi’ series, are not specifically about spontaneous qi or qigong. Instead, I will talking about the ability to perceive energy.

For some people, the development of a sensitivity to energy (qi/ki), may be able to help with their activation of spontaneous qi.

Once you start practicing energy work, your sensitivity to energy / qi / ki can increase. When I started practicing qigong regularly, I noticed times when I had an increased sensitivity to energy.

What does the energy feel like?

In my first two cases, I would describe the feeling of energy as like stepping into a kind of energetic zone or field. It is akin to stepping under a shower. There is a perceptible difference in the air around you. In these cases, I found the sensation to be pleasant and I wanted to stay in this field longer.

However, in my third example, the energetic sensation was more deliberate in its action. There was a clear internal movement of moving up my spine and which was related to my chakras and the Kundalini phenomenon.

I would add here, I did not have a kundalini awakening. Although, I did get a brief taster of its initial phase of movement.  This occasion was affected by a deliberate external stimuli and actually was not particularly comfortable.

This article gives the first of three examples of when I felt my ability to feel energy was enhanced after beginning qigong.

Part 10a. Pilgrimage to Canterbury cathedral

My old tai chi teacher, a German lady called Dorothea was a student of the late spiritualist Irina Tweedy. I met her by attending one of her Tai Chi classes in North London. Dorothea very kindly took me on as a private student (for no charge), for which I am grateful for. In my 20s, I was a troubled young man (still am), and I think she sensed I was a person who could benefit greatly from her input. She often told me of her experiences with Ms Tweedy and showed me various energy work exercises.

On one occasion she mentioned Canterbury cathedral as being one of the few places in this country, where she could “really feel the energy”. I did not know what she meant by that statement until I went myself.

At the time I was practicing qigong every day usually for about an hour. I had already had my first experience of spontaneous qigong. Along with my regular practice, I was attending about 2 qigong classes a week with another teacher. It was quite a lot of qigong for me at the time. I don’t do that now.

I went with my girlfriend on a day trip.  It was my first time there so we made our way to the Cathedral as it is the town’s top most famous attraction.

The Canterbury Tales

Canterbury is a spiritual place in the UK. For hundreds of years, people have been making pilgrimages to the cathedral. Founded in 597, it was rebuilt in the 11th century.

Canterbury Cathedral

In the UK, one of the oldest books written in English is ‘The Canterbury Tales’. It is written in olde English in the 14th century and tells the stories of different characters undergoing a pilgrimage to Canterbury to the Shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett.

For hundreds of years people have been travelling to Canterbury they pray to god. Rich and poor, beggars or nobles, men and women, old and young. It is a Christian Mecca.

Assassination of Thomas Beckett

Another point of interest is that a famous archbishop, Thomas Beckett, was assassinated by four knights, under orders of the King in the cathedral in 1170.

As anyone who has watched the movie Highlander knows – killing on holy ground is taboo – especially for the Middle ages, when people were more religious than we are today. And to kill an archbishop at that.

Thomas Beckett was canonised by the pope making him a saint. Since then, thousands of British Christians and Catholics have made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Saint Beckett at Canterbury Cathedral.

Awe inspiring building

The Cathedral itself is incredible. It is huge and in pristine condition. To think that such a building was built-in the 12th century is incredible. To construct such a building in a time without machinery, no cranes, no JCBs. It was all done with horse, cart and lots of manpower.

Take a look at the image above. Can you image that such architecture was made in the 12th century with such perfect symmetry? Could we make it today?

It is infinitely far more inspiring than the Shard in London and many other new constructions made in the modern age. But that is the subject of another article, I will be releasing later on. But before I go on, ponder on this… What if we were actually devolving as a species and our buildings were a reflection of that?

A ceremonial day

On the day we visited Canterbury cathedral, it must have been a special day. There were large crowds of people and right in the middle, people were lining up to take it in turn to walk to a particular spot in the middle of the cathedral. One by one, they knelt and prayed in this spot. There must have been hundreds of people taking it in turn to kneel and prey on this spot.

I had wondered if this was the famous spot where Thomas Beckett had been assassinated? But on checking, that particularly spot is marked by a sculpture and four swords, so I don’t think it was the same spot.

As we saw all the people line up and pray, I assumed that this day must have had some significance. We didn’t ask anyone why this was occurring, and it was many years ago, so I cannot check the date. Instead, we just went along with it.

My girlfriend said we should do the kneeling and preying thing too. I wasn’t keen to do so, but she persuaded me.

So we got in line. I wasnt really sure what I was going to do when it as my turn. I was not a Christian at the time and had very little exposure to Christianity. I rarely prayed and had no idea of what you are supposed to do. So I decided I would just kneel for a minute, close my eyes, perhaps wish for loads a’ money, then move on quickly.

And soon it was my turn. I went to the spot where all the people had been praying,  kneeled down and closed my eyes. And then I felt something really weird.

It was like stepping into a shower of energy. The air, the atmosphere in that spot felt different. It was charged. It was a field of energy.

It immediately reminded me of entering a spontaneous qigong state except that instead of it being in me, this feeling was all around me and outside of my body. I wanted to stay longer. This feeling was bizarre. It felt so relaxing and I realised that it would be so easy to meditate or prey in this field. I could lose myself in this spot in a state of bliss.

Entering the energetic field: a shower of energy

spontaneous qigong shower of energy

But I couldn’t stay too long. There was queue of people behind me. I got up and moved on.

Without trying to sound too excited, I asked my girlfriend if she had felt anything at that spot? She had not.

My interest was piqued by this experience that I immediately became fascinated by this cathedral. I wanted to have a good look around.

I used to find cathedrals and churches buildings boring

In my youth, I had often been dragged to museum and stately homes. I had always enjoyed castles because of my love of knights, hosting fights, knights and battles etc, but palaces, temples and cathedrals did not excite me much.

These kinds of visits always brought back unpleasant memories of long boring car journeys where I suffered travel sickness, and then having to pretend to act interested as I was dragged around Medieval bedrooms or living rooms, which are not all that interesting for a young boy.

I always felt grateful for living in modern times watching the A-Team on a comfortable sofa and eating crispy fried pancakes (Yes, the 80’s). And not living in one of these old rooms like a period costume drama.

However, today was different. My interest was sparked. I wanted to walk around this cathedral.

A second energy spot

I found another area – a small alcove type area which clearly had been an area of prayer in the past (and maybe still was today). It had a yellow-type paint on the walls, which was faded away.

I went closer to an area that looked like an old prayer spot. And again, I felt that same zone of energy. Boom. It was intense. Again – I was in the energetic shower.

For several minutes I stopped there and enjoyed the sensation. I could easily have stayed longer just sitting in that zone of peace. But my girlfriend was waiting for me. I told her what I had felt in that area and she too went to the spot.

But once again, my girlfriend did not feel anything and at that point she was getting a little annoyed that she wasn’t feeling anything. I had to tone it down.

I realised, a couple of things about this. Firstly, my ability to perceive the energy had to be related to my regular qigong practice. It had made me extra sensitive to energy (or qi). At that time I was practicing qigong regularly. Usually, every day for at least one hour. Along with 2 weekly classes.

Return to Canterbury a few years later

This was proved to me two years later, when I returned to Canterbury Cathedral. I had long anticipated my return trip hoping to get that wonderful energetic sensation again.

However, at this time, I was no longer practicing qigong. I had become interested in other things like yoga (asanas), but no longer did qigong.

And on this occasion, I was disappointed. Firstly, the initial spot where all the people were kneeling and praying was blocked off. So I couldn’t go there. Nor could I fully remember exactly where the spot was. Also this time, there were no lines of people praying, like on the first trip. It was a regular day, with tourists milling around.

No problem, I thought. I will go to the second spot where I felt energy. However, when I got there, I did not feel anything. There were no energetic zone. No field of energy.

On reflection, I felt this must be because I no longer was doing any energetic exercises like qigong.

Secondly, the areas where I picked up the energy were clearly related to other people. These zones were created by other people praying or meditating at the same spot. It is people together that can create strong energy fields. So if hundreds of people pray in one spot or all together in one room, than they create a strong energetic or meditative prayer zone.

This idea was proved to me by my visit to the Self-Realisation temple in London, which I will talk about in a later article.

Creation of the Meditation zone

That feeling also continues after the person or people are no longer meditating there. It means that, we can create an energy spot simply by repeatedly meditating there. In the second place, my impression was that this was not a popular prayer spot for modern visitors. However, it may have been a popular spot in the past and possibly for the priests today, but I had no way of finding that out.

Genki Health Japanese Asian Woman Meditating

Whether we perceive or not, we can still be affected by energy zones

But this also means that qigong or energy practices enhances our ability to perceive the energy. But whether we perceive it or not does not matter. Because even if we cannot perceive it, we will still be affected by it. If we take a place among other people in deep meditation or prayer, we will enter their auric field – the meditative zone. It will mingle and influence our energies. It is a field of healing, and consciousness. Of course it is far better if we can perceive this energetic field. And for that reason, I encourage daily practice of qigong.

  • These insights prompt some further questions:
  • What can be the healing potential with creating a strong field of energy for a sick person?
  • Is this the reason why monks or yogini’s meditate together? Is it because it enhances the energetic field?
  • What would happen if the whole world meditated at the same time? – What kind of energetic field could be created.
  • Finally, what are the implications if the whole world is stuck in a field of negative energy – i.e. anger, violence, blame, desire, competition, jealousy, even lust?

This last question reminds me of a dream-like encounter I had, which I wrote about in this article – ‘Low-Level Entities‘. Essentially, if we meditate together in harmony, we create an aura of peace.

However, the converse is the same. If we unite our energies in a field of thick negative feeling – anger, blame, lust, we create a negative aura. And worse still, we potentially attract negative entities towards us.

The Sufi Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, successor of the famous Sufi master Irina Tweedy, has alluded in some of his YouTube interviews that when you start spiritual work and meditate, you start to ‘light’ up. Your heart awakens and you also become visible to people with a higher spiritual level.

Stopping off at the museum book shop

As we left Canterbury cathedral, we stopped off in the bookshop, I picked up a book on spiritual quotations. The book opened to a page which contained a Naomi Remen quote about healing:

Healing may not be so much about getting better as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.

Rachel Naomi Remen

The full quote is available in an interview in the book – ‘Healing and the Mind’, by Bill Moyers.

Healing and the Mind Bill Moyers Remen


Something about this quote struck me hard. It changed my perceptions of what healing really is. Healing is not just about the physical. Healing is deeper. You can be physically diseased, yet you can still be healed. Up to then, my understanding of healing was that it is about fixing the physical body.  But true healing is more than this. The physical level is only one level of our existence. There is the mental, emotional, but also spiritual. Yet, society conditions us to see there as being only one level.

This hit me, because I realised that my whole life I had been living up to what I believed were other people’s expectations of me. I was never truly living and doing things the way I wanted. As a result I had struggled at doing things in life that were not meant for me and also failing.

I hope now with this work, that I am following my own path, and healing in the process.

Video: What is Healing?

Here is a YouTube video I made called – ‘What is Healing’. It was inspired by Remen’s quote. Other videos are also available on the The Genki Health Channel:

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Spontaneous Qigong (Zifa Gong) in Germany

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Many thanks to Markus, a reader from Germany.

He gave me a link (below) to a German website which discusses Spontaneous Qigong (Zifagong):

Zifa gong Spontanes Qigong (www.Zifagong.de)

The website is in German. However, I have put it through Google Translator and translated the pages into English.

For non-German speakers, the translation of this website is in this PDF here: (Zifa Gong – Spontaneous Qigong)

All of which shows that spontaneous qigong is known about around the world.

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Spontaneous Qigong Book Review: Zifa Gong by Alexander Brighton

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This post is a book review for a book about Spontaneous Qigong. The book is called ‘Zifa Gong’ and is written by Alexander Brighton.

It is a very short book and very simple. It has some intriguing insights and a simple guide for carrying out the exercises. The book is a quick read – maybe 20 minutes.

In Zifa Gong, Alexander Brighton gives a very basic explanation on how to practice spontaneous qigong. Alexander first discovered spontaneous qigong twenty years ago in Vietnam.

Alexander Brighton also uses the term – ‘the hypnagogic state’ or ‘qigong tai’

The Qigong Tai or Hypnagogic State

Hypnagogic refers to the state immediately before falling sleep. It is during this hypnagogic pre-sleep state that a person may experience lucid thought, lucid dreaming, sleep paralysis and hallucinations.

In Zifa gong, Alexander Brighton defines this ‘qigong tai’ or ‘hypnagogic state’ as “life’s third natural state”. During this state, the body’s breathing rate slows down, the pulse slows and there is lower brain activity. The body enters a trance-like mode.

It is also in this state that the body’s own ‘involuntary control’ can be switched on. The body then”emits special energy patterns” and the “circulation of vital internal energy increases greatly as it moves unhindered throughout the body”.

In this state, the body’s self repairing and self corrective abilities are heightened.

In my own words, I would describe this state as being a ‘Meditative or Healing zone’.

Alexander Brighton advises that it is more important  – not to concern yourself on whether you stand or breathe correctly or on carrying out the postures perfectly. But rather with being able to enter this trance like state. It is in this trance state, is when the Zifa Gong (and self-restoration) work can begin.

The Hypnagogic State corresponds to the ‘Healing Zone’

In my upcoming book – The Genki Self health Guide, I made a reference to something which I call the Meditative Zone’. It is a trance-like state that can be entered in, through meditation or qigong practice. But there is a component of spontaneous qi about this zone. What Alexander Brighton describes here, exactly matches what I term the ‘meditative zone’.

Genki Health Japanese Asian Woman Meditating

Mind you, the term ‘hypnagogic state’ does sound more scientific than ‘Meditative zone’.

I interpreted Alexander Brighton’s meaning to be that spontaneous qigong occurs during this hypnagogic state because the qi energy “carries out self-repair and self enhancement” during this state.

Latent abilities

Alexander also makes brief mention of latent abilities that can be opened up through Zifa gong. Some of these abilities may be: “a healing ability” or “a specific ability to increase your body’s grace of movement”.

Other experiences may be:

  • The ability to percieve energy flowing into and out of the palms of your hand
  • The opening up of specific channels in your own body
  • Enhancing instinctual learning or understandings.

Unfortunately, there are no examples given of this, but I wonder is this could be interpreted to mean like your body becomes so attuned to nature that you can feel if a storm is coming, or even an earthquake?

Or how about picking a winning lottery ticket…? 🙂 

Instructions on how to enter the Zifa Gong state

Alexander Brighton gives a simple explanation of how to enter the Zifa Gong state:

  • Stand with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold your arms in front of you – (a basic standing qigong pose)
  • Relax. Stand in position for a few minutes. Close your eyes.
  • Let the body relax
  • Eventually most people will feel the urge to move, for example movement in your arms, legs or neck. When you feel this sensation, let your body move. Do not use any effort to control these movements.
  • Don’t grip the floor with your feet or hold any force in your legs.
  • Let the body relax as much as possible
  • Do not pay any special attention to the body, posture, breathing or any movements. Your body may enter many different types of movements.
  • Don’t be concerned with any thoughts. Let them flow though your mind. Don’t stop and consider them.
  • As you enter the hypnagogic state, some people will feel a charge in the body. The limbs will feel warm. The force inside will grow stronger. If your body starts moving, just let it go. You may start leaning, rocking, swaying, revolving or circling the waist.
  • Let your feet move naturally, as they will naturally stop you and stabilise you if your body leans too far forward. Don’t try to control or obstruct the movements. Do not force your feet back to the beginning if they move elsewhere.
Get a Spotter

In weightlifting, a spotter is another strong man, who stands nearby when a weightlifter is attempting to lift a heavy weight (usually over the chest). This is to protect him from injury, in case he can’t push up the weight and he finds himself pinned underneath the weight.

Alexander Brighton recommends having a ‘spotter’ for the first time, in case the movements in the beginning are wild due to blocked meridians.

For the first time, you don’t know what kind of blockages your body have to deal with. As a result, you may be led into all sorts of dramatic movements – running, jumping or spinning.

Yep, I’ve had some of that.

Ending the practice

He also clarifies that it is simple to end the spontaneous qigong practice, simply by taking yourself out of the hypnagogic (pre-sleep) state. All you have to do is “open your eyes and call a halt to whatever you are doing”.

It is that simple.

The goal of Zifagong

Alexander Brighton states very clearly –

Your goal is to let energy flow unhindered through your body.

By doing so, you will remove blockages, enhance the flow of qi and improve your health.

Contra-indication warning

Alexander warns that some people should never practice zifa gong. These are: (italics mine)

  • People at risk of falls. Or who are unstable on their feet.  (Definitely I agree – I would clarify that this refers to the elderly or those with neurological conditions).
  • People who bleed easily (maybe – depends on the propensity to bleed)
  • People with serious mental illness ( I agree with this one)
  • People in poor health (depends what you mean by poor health? – If this means a debilitated state or convalescing, then yes, I agree).
  • People highly excitable or highly strung. (This is a curious contraindication. I am not sure about this one).

He also provides other useful bits of advice:

  • Stay calm and relaxed throughout
  • Don’t consciously interrupt the movements unless you become fearful for some reason
  • Let the energy follow its own course.
Duration of a practice

Alexander Brighton states that a practice can conclude naturally or you can stop it. I have found both to be true.

If a Zifa Gong practice is allowed to continue and end naturally (by itself), it can carry on for 1 to 2 hours.  Otherwise you can bring it to a close yourself.

If you allow the Zifa Gong to end naturally, the body may being you into a relaxation pose – sitting or lying down just before it is ready to end.

However, if you want to end the state yourself, just stand straight and put your hands on your abdomen (dantian). Then imagine the energy spiralling out into the universe and then back into your dantian again.

Alexander also recommends you write a diary. Or you can share your experiences with me here, by adding a comment.

You are now ready for meditation

Alexander Brighton ends by saying that after two years of practice, he no longer gets any spontaneous qi body movements. Instead the movements lead him straight into a sitting cross legged position “as if to declare me ready for meditation”.

He concluded this to mean that his channels were finally unblocked.

Initially, he thought this meant he had no need to continue practicing. Howver,  as he discovered, this really meant that it was just the beginning of his practice. Not the end.

A useful guidepost

So what I like about this book, is we can see what happens if you continue to practice. Alexander Brighton has had years of practice. In fact from this book, I can see there is a real purpose to spontaneous qigong practice. 

It is to clear your body of blockages (and impurities) in preparation for the real work to come – Meditation.

Also, from what I can know of the Meditative zone (or hypnagogic state), I can understand that meditation carried out in this state is much easier, than when trying to force myself into meditation.

In my own case, I can see that I have a lot of practice to go. I still get a lot of spontaneous qigong movement when I practice. It is definitely not as much as as when I first started Spontaneous Qigong but it is still a lot.


The book – Zifa Gong is short and does not go into too much detail. But there is not much need to go into details. The idea is to just get started and doing it. The price is acceptable for the short size.

Where to buy the book?

As far as I know, the book is only available as an e-book through Kobo. It is not on Amazon or I-books. To purchase it, you will need to register with Kobo and download the Rakuten Kobo app to your smartphone or computer. Here is a link to the Rakuten Kobo website- Zifa Gong by Alexander Brighton

The book is very short. Probably around 2 – 3000 words, so it can be read very quickly. However, the good thing is that it is inexpensive – less than a dollar.

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Pathogenic Energy release manifests as Spontaneous Qi movement: Message from Janne (3)

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The article discusses the phenomenon called Spontaneous Qi movement or Zifa-gong. It is a form of qigong where the body’s own energy is activated and starts clearing its own energy Channels by leading the body into all sorts of spontaneous bodily movement. For more information, there are links to other Spontaneous Qigong articles at the end of this article. Or check my Qigong Menu.

The spontaneous movements can be wild. Limbs may be thrown in sporadic movements. The body twists or shakes on the spot. The body is led into carrying out deep backbends – deeper than a person would normally be able to do, and carried out without injury. In some cases, the body is led into yoga or tai chi or dance like movements. It looks like a Primitive or Shamanistic dance. And it is the body’s own energy that leads the movements. Not the mind. In fact, the mind has to be switched off. Yet all the time, you can take back control if necessary (unless it is activated by a powerful healer – Then you just have to let it run its course).

The movements serve to clear the Energy Channels of blocks and stagnant energy. This article serves to discuss this ultimate goal of spontaneous qigong/zifagong. That is – the clearing of pathogenic energy from the body. The stuff that makes us sick.

Pathogenic Energy Release Manifests as Spontaneous Qi Movement

During a Zifagong exercise or activation, the more wild and dramatic the spontaneous qigong movements are, the more pathogenic energy there is in the body.

As we release more stored pathogenic energy from the body, the spontaneous qigong moves become gentler and calmer. Until, eventually there are almost no spontaneous qi movements.

At this point, the body has eradicated most, if not all, of the pathogenic energy in the body.

And that can only be good for our health.

Flushing out the Pathogenic Ki

In this post, I will discuss this concept that these spontaneous qi movements a persons gets during Zifa-gong practice or a Spontaneous Qi activation from someone else, is the body’s own pathogenic energy being flushed out.

This article was inspired by an email from Janne, from Finland. Janne is a reader of my spontaneous qigong articles. He is an acupuncturist and healer. He also shared his experiences of experimenting with zifa-gong in a previous article here – Activating Spontaneous Qi – Shi Delon/Jason Dean Videos – Message from Janne (1)

Here is an extract of his practice, which he shared with me:


Yesterday I did some spontaneous qigong and make some notification of it.

You can start the spontaneous movement in many different ways, but one way is by using one single acupuncture point and focusing on that. I call it that you – “open” the acupuncture point. But you have to be properly rooted (grounded), or this opening won’t work and there will be no spontaneous movement. So basically maybe the hardest part is to learn the proper grounding and then the rest of it is easy 🙂 These are just my own thought’s about the subject. Some others might think something else about the practice.

Yesterday, I opened the point – Liver 3 first and then when it was finished I started a new spontaneous session from Ren 17. The spontaneous movement from one acupuncture point can last maybe 5, even 30 minutes before it runs out of energy. And what I mean in, it runs out of energy, I mean pathogen energy. I think it’s the pathogen energy that is the fuel of spontaneous movement.

So there is no evil spirit or devil who make’s you move (although in many times it look’s like it) – just your own energy.  If everything in the body is totally fine, there will be no spontaneous movement, just a balanced stationary state. But that’s rare because we all have some pain or problem to heal…

So it’s like Chinese medicine is all about balancing the yin and yang energy and bringing the human just in the middle of heaven and earth’s energy. After the spontaneous movement is finished, then usually comes the spontaneous meditation posture, it can be a posture of sitting or lying on the floor. The Meditation part feels  just like “emptiness” so there’s nothing to tell about it 🙂



What Janne describes here is a really intriguing concept and is new to me. The idea of focusing intention  on a specific acupuncture point to set off a reaction.

I imagine this is the same principle as a qigong healer putting his intention on a specific point in his patient, and then setting off a spontaneous qigong reaction.

It is also a way of clearing negative Qi from a Channel by affecting a specific acupoint in a similar way a person may treat an acupuncture point to ‘sedate’ or ‘shunt’ Qi from a specific Channel.

Janne, mentioned that when he does this, the spontaneous qigong movements lasts around 30 minutes and then finishes when it runs out of energy.

But more fascinating, is that he refers to this energy as “pathogenic energy“.

This prompted the title of this post — “Pathogenic energy release manifests as spontaneous qigong movements”.

This is because the spontaneous qi is really a symptom. It is the body’s own qi being activated to clear its own channels. As the qi channels run through the musculature and fascia layers, the qi needs to make physical movements in order to clear these movements.

Energy Stagnation and Blockages

What causes these blockages? Likely, there are multiple causes. For example:

  • Tension or stress
  • Poor use of the body over time (not exercising)
  • Poor diet (processed foods, too much junk/meat)
  • Addictions – smoking, drugs
  • Pharmaceutical drugs
  • Emotions – excess anger /worry, or grief
  • Unresolved illnesses (suppressed with drugs and sent deeper into the body)
  • Too much partying/activity – using up the energy excessively (adrenal/nervous exhaustion)
  • An excess of energy or a deficiency

Some of these can cause disharmony of the qi and also generate heat, which lodges in the body and hinders the flow of Qi. When we are young, it shows no effect. But as we get older, these blockages contribute to quicker ageing. In worse cases, they lead to diseases.


Here is an extract from my upcoming book – The Genki Self Health Guide, which I feel is relevant. Here, I talk about how stress leads to physical tension, which gets locked into the musculature of the body. Over time, these leads to a blockage in the flow of Ki energy in the body and can lead to diseases:

‘Tension’ can impair health by restricting the Ki-energy flow to the internal organs resulting in overactive or under-active organ functioning as well as through the muscles leading to muscular pain.

Sickness is caused by the holding of tension in the ‘body energetic’. By the energetic I refer to the body in total – the muscle zones, the fascia, the bones, the joints, the blood and the skin, all of which encompass the Channel pathways and acupuncture points.

Stress equates to tension. Tension restricts Ki-energy flow. Poor Ki-energy flow leads to health problems. This is why Oriental medicine and the health practices of tai chi, yoga and qigong can be very beneficial to the body because they release this tension. If we practiced just ten minutes a day of qigong meditative exercise we could perhaps release some of the effects of tension and stress that otherwise could make us sick years in the future.

Source – The Genki Self Health Guide: Improve your Body and Mind with Traditional Oriental Medicine


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Spontaneous Qigong Activation Movements

When people first have spontaneous qigong (especially if activated by a powerful healer), then the movements are usually very wild or dramatic. Lots of movement – arms flailing, back bends, yoga poses, jumping or spinning.

Kind of like this… (courtesy of Planet Veda, showing Dr Skakov activating spontaneous qi in his patients):


In some ways, it may even looks like an exorcism. And indeed this is just what it is.

Except it is an exorcism of stagnant Qi out of the body. By releasing this, the body can start to clear its Channels of Pathogenic Qi.

As stagnant qi clears, you get fewer movements

However, as you practice more frequently or have more spontaneous qigong activation sessions, you should find the movements become less wild and instead become quieter and gentler.

My friend Miro told me that this had happened with some of his patients. In the beginning, the movements were wild. But after a few treatments, they became gentler.

Releasing the darkness within

On one occasion, he told me that his patient would growl and grimace like a wild animal when he had spontaneous qigong activation. It truly was like something out of the movie – The Exorcist.

In the beginning, this patient came in with almost black eyes and had a hard, constrained rigid demeanour. His was holding on to all sorts of tension inside. After having spontaneous qigong sessions, these growls stopped, his face, softened, he became calmer and his eyes became brighter.

It sounds like something out of a movie, but you can tell in a person, when there is a lot of darkness within, as the eyes are almost black. And it can be construed as a form of possession.

Do we have darkness within?

Absolutely. How could we not considering the experiences and emotional manipulation we are exposed to throughout our life. 

Here is another extract from Irina Tweedy. She was a famous spiritualist in the UK in the 70s and 80s, who underwent an intense spiritual training with a Sufi master in India. Finally, towards the end of her break-through, she wrote in her diary of some of the dark stuff that was released out of her psyche in the form of hallucinogenic visions:

Last night was even worse than the first, if such a thing is possible at all. It was unbearable. Beyond myself with desire, half unconscious, I suddenly noticed in the dark room around me some kind of whirling, dark, grey mist. 

Trying to focus on it, I detected that there were strange shapes moving about and soon I could distinguish most hideous things, or beings; leering, obscene, all coupled in sexual intercourse, elemental creatures, animal-like, performing wild sexual orgies. I was sure that I was going mad…

I did not even know, not in this life at least, that such disgusting practices are possible; with dogs, men, women and horses, the most ghastly spiderlike creatures obscenely moving around, all leering at me, dancing, grey shadows…

Things I never knew could be done, or could exist; the most lecherous filth, I had to witness this night. Never knew? If I did not know it, how could I see it? It must have been somewhere in my depths, or else how could I see it? It must have been in me

The Chasm of Fire – Irina Tweedie, pg59

The Chasm of Fire Irina Tweedie

If that is the kind of stuff that came out back then in a reserved woman, what of today?

Just to add, Irina had lived a relatively conservative life, compared to today. She was the wife of a Naval officer. Her husband died prematurely and then after, she undertook a spiritual search for meaning in her life through religion. This led her to India, where she met a Sufi master, who became her teacher. She underwent a challenging initiation.

That someone like Irina had such darkness and “lecherous filth”  to be released from her psyche as part of her “liberation” can only make me wonder  – what of people today? What kind of “lecherous filth” would come out of the psyche and bodies of modern men and women today?

This is a world where we are exposed to, and have our emotions regularly stimulated with anger, jealousy, sex, lust, desire for power, status and material things. And that’s just the stuff coming from Disney. Even worse is the stuff projected to us from Hollywood movies (land of evil), pop music and social media (Facebook is evil(hashtag)). A Catholic client once said to me – that the devil is prevalent today in this world. I am inclined to agree with her.

I can only assume, we have blockages aplenty. And some of this will be of the “lecherous” type.

For the sake of our souls, our Ki/Qi energy flow, our spirituality, our mental emotional wellbeing. We need to cleanse ourselves of these influences.

My Spontaneous Qi Activation

When I first had a treatment with Miro, the movements were dramatic with lots of arms and leg movements. However. On subsequent treatments, my movements were not as wild as the very first time I had an acupuncture session from him.

So, that means my Channels were getting gradually clearer.

Qi blocks in the Channel Energy System

The idea of blockages in the Channels was discussed in my other article about Qigong Masters in China – which I wrote about in this article – Interviews with Qigong Masters in China: Encounters with Spontaneous Qi (8):

Energy Channels represent another vital system of a human being. In healthy people, they are transparent, free (of blockages) and full of light. In those who are exhausted and ill, the energy channels look drained, dried, fainted and “knotted”, and in the origin of diseases, plugs can be seen

The Channels of those who practice qigong are free, radiate bright light and filled with qi.

Master Lu Xuezhi:

What is pathogenic energy?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are causes of disease called – ‘The Pathogenic Factors’.

These are typically classed as:

  • Cold
  • Damp
  • Wind
  • Heat
  • Dryness
  • Fire
  • Phlegm

In another article, I will write about these pathogenic factors, but it is a large topic and I don’t want this article to get too unwieldy.

In this article, I will discuss a new idea for a modern pathogenic factor, I refer to it broadly as “Latent Heat / Pernicious Qi / Evil Qi”. One of which is a term used in a John Hicks textbook on Five Elements Acupuncture

Latent Heat / Pernicious Qi / Evil Qi

This pathogenic factor (which is really a multitude of different pathogenic factors mixed together in a confusing mass of badness in the body), gets lodged in the Channels and parts of the body, causing a blockage in the flow of Qi.

It is probably one of the more controversial forms of pathogenic qi. And could be considered a modern pathogenic factor.

It is also an exposure of a pathogenic factor, which instead of being dispelled from the body, it is suppressed and lodged internally.

It has a weakening / enervating effect on the body. It is not immediately life threatening, but it does cause an internal disruption of the flow of energy, and can lead to chronic illness.

In our current society, I think that this is the most prevalent type of pathogenic factor we are exposed to. It differs from the other pathogenic factors, which were considered in a time when health and sickness was more simple.

Illness not allowed to run its course

One main cause of ‘Latent Heat / Pernicious Qi / Evil Qi’ is by not allowing an illness to run its natural course. Instead an intervention occurs which disturbs the natural process. For example, antibiotics, steroids, vaccin*ations are introduced at a crucial time and which disrupts the disease process or the immune system. These can be considered suppressive type drugs. They could arguably be considered ‘Cold’ or ‘Damp’ pathogenic factors.

But how do you treat this specific kind of lodged Cold or Damp Pathogenic factor with orthodox Acupuncture or herbal medicine treatment? It is merely palliative treatment.

Considering Western Pharmaceuticals and interventionist techniques as a potential cause of Latent heat / Pernicious Qi / Evil Qi, is controversial, because our current society operates on a pharmaceutical model. if you reject this, you can be heavily criticised. 

I suspect that some examples of suppressed or ‘Latent Heat /Pernicious Qi / Evil Qi’ can be seen in conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue disease, Multiple Sclerosis. As well as some types of cancer or inflammatory bowel disease.

Some of these conditions – for example fibromyalgia are difficult to treat (included with acupuncture). They are difficult to classify and difficult to find a root cause. Their symptoms appear confusing because it is as though the whole body’s neurological system is scrambled.

Some psychologists consider this illness psychosomatic i.e. in the imagination. This is wrong.

These conditions do have specific physical manifestations, observable to Chinese medicine practitioners. Yet even from a Chinese Medicine point of view, these diseases are an abnormality. Perhaps they are a modern-made disease, possibly with a entero-viral component, which is why there is no record of this illness before. And also why treating these diseases with acupuncture produces mixed results and reactions.

 Environmental Pathogens

In the time the classical Chinese Medicine Text, the Huangdi Neijing was written, around 3-5000 years ago, the world would have been relatively simpler. These days we are exposed to toxins unimagined back then. It is time to consider updating our understanding of sickness and pathogenic factors.

For example, we are exposed to emissions from petrol and diesel. Inner city residents especially those close to main roads breathe in high levels of pollutants in the air. Perhaps this could be considered ‘Heat’ and ‘Dry’ pathogenic factors.

Foods contain unnatural man-made substances – E-numbers, additives, preservatives, traces of pesticides, also metals, GMO’S, and way too much sugar. It is recognised that these substances are implicated in cancer, neurological conditions, and other ailments.

Many of use are exposed to metal, particularly mercury. This comes from mercury amalgram fillings – small amounts which leach into the body. But also aluminium and mercury from vaccin*ations. The latter also contains (alien to the body) proteins and virus particles from animals and human foetuses. 

There are traces of hormones – which comes from our drinking water. People who take oestrogen drugs or the pill – remnants of the hormones are passed into the urine and not filtered out. Also there are traces of antibiotics from factory reared animals, which we consume. How does this affect the body?

Pharmaceuticals – Legal drug use is increasing. These have to be detoxified by our Liver. Some substances get stored in our fat. Increasing numbers of kids are getting prescribed drugs at earlier ages. ADHD, Ritalin. Teenagers are getting anti-depressants. Some girls get prescribed the hormone disrupter – the Pill or the morning after pill.

Stress – I think our levels of stress are probably far more insidious than at any time in the past.

The Past? What are you talking about? You mean when we had high childhood mortality, epidemics, famines, war and everything was generally covered in dirt…? Yes, but back then, stress was more clearcut in its nature.

Constant Low-level Stress

Now, it is a different kind of stress. It is low-level and constant. The stress of getting through daily life. Always rushing from one place to another. Stressing to pass exams, get a job, keep the job, carry out work projects, pay the bills. Impress your boss or co-workers, pass your evaluation, the constant stress of keeping up. Stress of social media. Stress of commuting.

Stress lowers the immune system. The body is always in a level of low-grade anxiety. Stress could be considered ‘Internal Heat’ Pathogenic factor. We literally cook inside slowly, like frogs in a pan of slowly boiling water.

“Shall we jump out yet?” Says one frog to the other

“Naw, just five minutes more”

Wi-fi toxicity

Wi-fi. Electromagnetic and radiation from devices – the internet / smartphones. What would the ancient Chinese think of this? As yet, we have no idea what the effects of living in a wi-fi world is going to have on us long-term. Soon, they will introduce 5G. Then, I suppose 6G, 7G and so on. We are like the guinea pigs of this new technology. In 10 or 20 years we will find out just what the effects will be.

Possibly lower fertility rates in both men and women.

The Ki in our Channels is a form of energy. But what kind of effect does this WiFi energy have on us? Or the electro-magnetic energy waves from smartphones (which we are constantly glued to). Not to mention other devices like the TV.

We are living in an environmental soup of low grade toxicity. I use the word ‘low grade’ because generally these factors are not strong enough to make their effects on us apparent. The effects are likely accumulative and probably is affecting us on a daily basis, without us being aware.

Cancer and Auto-immune disease

Some people may wonder why rates of cancer, childhood cancer, autoimmune disease and autism are increasing, despite our advanced medical technology and the billions spent on pharmaceuticals.

But I would say, actually, this is probably a natural reaction of the world we live in. And the more toxicity that is introduced in our environment and in us, the more these disease rates will increase.

Does this mean we give up technology, drugs, medicines, and go and live on a commune in Siberia? Hell no… Hawaii perhaps. But really, these influences are everywhere now. So it’s really about limiting their influence over us. We need to be aware of these factors and look at ways to negate their harmful effects.

Constant Electo-magnetic stimulation from the devices all around us

A few years ago, I shared a long car journey with my friend Shaun. He made sure to switch off his phone all the time except when he used it. And he kept it away from his body. In contrast, mine was (and still is) always switched on and next to my body in my pocket constantly.

I used to think he was just being quirky. I mean how else are you supposed to check your email, your notifications, how many likes you got, the news, twitter, facebook, instagram, YouTube, PinInterest, your email, the estimated size of  Kim Kardashian’s butt, David Beckham’s new perfume line, your email, the latest news on Brexit, on and on and on… Who cares.

Now I am starting to realise he’s right.

It is horribly addictive and all the time you are bathed in low-grade electro magnetic energy. And keeping that device in your pocket next to your crown jewels… Can’t be good. Are we going to see an increase in testicular cancer ten years in the future?

Shaun wrote this book – ‘

‘How Toxic are my Trousers: A Guide on Refining the Senses to Navigate the World of Materials’.

How Toxic are my trousers Shaun Sutton

It is about how it is better for our body and our energy to be surrounded by natural materials. And how artificial materials like polyester is bad for our energy.

Polyester looks kind of naff too. Unless you’re MC Hammer. Hail to the Hammer.


In this token, I’d recommend that we all need to break this modern-day addiction to smart phones. That’s a hard one to do. They’re so new and make life so much more convenient. But they are only going to get more addictive and more essential to our life. Right now they are like mini computers, bank cards, password notebooks, TV’s, tracking devices, map books – everything. At some point, they’ll start implanting this stuff into the actual body.

And then who knows what that will do to our energy field and Ki flow?

And for those Gen X’s and Boomers and older Gen Y, we can remember a time before smartphones and Facebook.

It wasn’t as bad as you think it was. 

And Facebook. I swear Facebook is the work of the Devil. Unless you want to use Facebook to share one of my articles. That is perfectly acceptable. If not, then it’s evil. And it is your God.

So how do we classify all these environmental and pathogenic factors? and what is the effect on the body? How do we label them?

Medicine is always evolving, especially Chinese medicine. This is something for us to consider at this time in our history. We need a word to describe this new pathogenic factor.


I will put forward the Japanese word – ShouKi – (瘴気 /しょうき) (pronounced “Show- Key”) – to define this new pathogenic factor. 

Shou-Ki translates in the Online Japanese dictionary as Miasma – a noxious form of bad air believed to cause diseases’.

The Miasma theory came from Ancient Greek medicine. Miasma refers to poisonous gases or vapor filled with particles of dead or rotting matter. In Miasmatic theory – it is said that diseases were the result of toxins in the environment, water, air and from poor hygienic conditions.

In the modern sense,  these ‘poisonous gases’ can relate to emissions from automobiles, factories etc. The ‘waste particles’ can refer to hormones in the water. And in meat too, there are remnants of hormones. And the ‘particles of dead matter’ – specific pharmaceuticals (Wi*38) contains fragments of these.

So, there you go – the word Shou-Ki refers to the pathogenic factor of ‘Latent Heat / pernicious Qi / Evil Qi’. 

Modern day living, stagnant Qi and Pathogens

Our current lifestyle exposes us to lots of pathogenic factors. If our bodies are healthy, they will easily protect usor dispel these factors. Especially, if it’s in the form of a mild sickness like a cold.

But say we get a minor illness or a self-limiting illness.  Instead of letting it runs its natural course, we suppress it  with drugs. Or we do not allow adequate recovery time. Or we prevent the natural course of the disease (either involuntary or voluntary), then these pathogens get lodged in the body. Even more complex illness can be lodged in the body by intervening too aggressively.

So is there a way to get them out? – is the million dollar question

I think if there is a way to dislodge these factors, it is going to be very uncomfortable.

It may mean the body has to re-experience the disease (pathogenic factor), it has been suppressing and then be allowed to deal with it without outside interference (drugs).

Possibly there is a risk of death by doing so. But it’s the same risk you might have to consider for say something like disappearing into the Amazonian jungle to live in a hut with a shaman and drinking ayahuasca.

There is no safe*space when you undertake the spiritual path.

Time, space and care is required. You would probably have to go to a specialised place in the world where such a cleansing could be carried out.

This process is likely based on the homeopath Hahnemann’s theory that disease and healing occurs in layers. And that healing occurs in the process of clearing newest diseases to oldest. 

But we are not allowed to talk about homeopathy these days – ‘shhh… it’s just water…’.

Manipulating information

On a side note, I did a google search on “Hahnemann Homeopathy theory” and all the searches that came up on page one is how ‘Homeopathy doesn’t work’ or is ‘quackery’ etc. I had to search Yahoo instead to clarify the theory of disease process in Homeopathy.

Though I haven’t used Homeopathy, this principle is perfectly logical and can even fit with the principles of Meridians/Channels in Traditional Oriental Medicine. For example, disease affects one Channel. If unresolved, it can move on to affect a related Channel causing a new set of symptoms. To treat, you can either work backwards treating the more recent problem before moving on to the older one, or you can treat the original weak Channel.

Clearing out stagnations

With Shou-Ki, the body probably needs to undergo a cleansing period – vegetarianism, fasting and herbal remedies for some time in preparation.

And then there is a need for some kind of intense period of practice – yoga or qigong. And a prolonged recuperation period.

And then, this latent heat may be cleared. Maybe.

I don’t think it can be easily cleared from any therapy – alternative or medical. Having a session once a week. And no drug either can do it.

These are just my thoughts. And very few people will or can do this kind of thing.

The moderate approach to clearing pathogenic Qi

However, if a person doesn’t want to go this far, a person can still slowly clear themselves. For example, – switching to a predominately plant-based or vegetarian diet and reducing meat. Avoid overeating, removing toxic substances like cigarettes and sugar. Reducing TV,  Social Media and Internet/Smartphone exposure (except for my site). Getting fresh air and indulging in a regular activity like yoga, qigong, tai chi, gardening or walking.

Also carrying out a mind-based practice like meditation, prayer or a kind of daily contemplation is order to clear out emotional tension. Even having a long and personal dialogue with yourself can help.

This would help the body function more optimally, as it has less toxins to process. And I have heard several accounts of people with chronic conditions who are able to improve their symptoms by making life changes to their diet and daily habits.

Such things are at odds with modern day living and society – where we are always encouraged to be ‘busy busy busy’. Striving to succeed. Attain. Accomplish. Impress. And make money. But there comes a time in a persons life when such thoughts become almost unavoidable.

Some example of positive lifestyle changes can be found in my book – The Genki Self Health Guide

And spontaneous qigong (zifa gong) could be a part of that gradual cleansing process. I am curious what kind of movements a person with a condition like fibromyalgia might manifest.

If your life is being made miserable by a chronic disease. Then it may be worthwhile trying out zifagong. And especially to see a healer who can activate it in you.

Once pathogenic energy has been cleared

So how do we know when there is no more pathogenic energy left in the body. How do we know when the body has cleared its Meridians/Channels of its blockages?

The answer logically should be when there are fewer movements during zifagong. But what then? 

The answer is provided in an extract in a book called Zifa Gong by Alexander Brighton, which I will post a review about soon.

Alexander diligently practiced spontaneous qigong for two years. In this book he wrote:

After two full years of practicing zifa gong (spontaneous qigong), the energy in my body no longer generated any movement at all — except for one.

After two years of practice, every morning for the next two months, my internal energy simply forced me down to the ground into a cross-legged posture, as if to declare me ready for meditation.

Alexander Brighton, Zifa Gong

This tells us that there is an end game to spontaneous qigong. Or rather the beginning of a new stage.

Janne also makes a mention of how the spontaneous qi naturally leads him into a meditative pose at the end of practice. I recall that I also experienced this a few times at the end of a zifa-gong practice session:

After the spontaneous movement is finished, then usually comes the spontaneous meditation posture, it can be a posture of sitting or a lying on the floor.

Fancy that, the body’s Qi leads you into meditation naturally. You don’t have to lead it.

It is known that meditation is the pathway into greater spirituality and consciousness. It is more than just a way to reduce stress.

I can only conclude that meditation led by spontaneous qi must be a deeper and more profound experience. And it is highly significant that the spontaneous qi only leads that body into a meditation pose after it has cleared the meridians (or pathogenic qi).

Get on your butt and Give me Meditate!

We are told to meditate. It is supposed to help us relax the body, calm the mind, achieve a connection to the infinite/god/ etc. But the reality is that most people struggle with it. It is almost torturous to sit and try to stop your mind. So much easier to look at your smartphone. To check Kim Kardashian’s Butt size. David Beckham’s new tattoo etc.

So perhaps this is a reason for our inability to concentrate. We are full of energetic blocks. It hinders our ability to quieten the mind. By carrying out zifagong, the body removes many of these blocks and puts us in a trance like state, which is more conducive to entering a meditative pose.

Return to homeo-stasis

In this age or environmental toxicity, our bodies are increasingly moving deeper into an extreme state of imbalance. In order to bring us back to a more homeostatic – balanced state, many of us would do well to practice some of the internal arts – like qigong or yoga pranayama. And maybe go further by considering zifa gong. Start off, by reading more articles on my website. Links below.

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5 Animal Frolics and Spontaneous Qi as an Origin of Qigong – Message from Janne (2)

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Spontaneous Qi as an origin of Qigong

In this next part, I explore and discuss the concept that qigong sets like the Five Animal Frolics and even the 8 pieces of brocade may possibly have evolved from spontaneous qigong movement.

What are the 5 Animal Frolics?

The 5 animal frolics’ are an ancient set of exercises sometimes attributed to the Chinese monk Hua Tao. These are a series of health exercises modelled on the movements of the Tiger, Dear, Bear, Monkey and Crane. These exercises work on specific Channels (Meridians) and enhance the flow of Qi in the body. 

These exercises are covered in detail in the book – ‘The Complete System of Self-Healing Internal exercises‘ by Stephen T. Chang.

Here is a YouTube video of them:

 Janne shared me his thoughts of these exercises:

Today there are really many styles and forms about the five animal play and almost every one of them is teaching the styles where you just imitate the movement’s of these five animals. Then it’s like an actor who plays a role, but who’s not the real thing.

In spontaneous five animal play, the animal moves comes from the energy of the meridian, and is unique for everyone although you can spot the certain animal moves when the energy moves one meridian to another.

My own theory is that the spontaneous form of qigong is the origin of many qigong styles. 

My own thoughts on this and experience with the 5 Animal Frolics

This thought by Janne fits with my own belief about the origin of qigong, tai chi and especially the origin of the 5 animal exercises.

I wrote before in this article – Qigong and Encounters with Spontaneous Qi: Part One,  about my first attempt at practiced the 5 animal exercises in my early 20s, whilst looking for a way to heal a digestive disease. This was years before I had any understanding of acupuncture or qigong or knowledge of energy work.

Basically, I didn’t have a clue how to do these exercises. Here is an extract

My first introduction to qigong came in my early twenties. My mother had bought a copy of a book which showed the ‘5 animal frolics’ – an ancient set of exercises sometimes attributed to the Chinese monk Hua Tao. This book contains a series of health exercises modelled on the movements of the Tiger, Dear, Bear, Monkey and Crane.

This was the pre-internet days. These days you only need to open YouTube, and you can get your own personal teacher. Back then, nada.

I can recall practicing the bear and a monkey exercise. And I took it literally. I thought the monkey exercise meant you had to pretend to be a monkey. So I did. I modelled myself on Clyde in the Clint Eastwood movie – ‘Any which way but lose’ with a little bit of Planet of the Apes thrown in for good measure. I made some impressive monkey noises and monkey movements. 

I didn’t bother with the crane or deer. I just couldn’t get my motivation. I probably needed more acting lessons.

You Need a Teacher 

This echos what Janne said about someone who watches and then imitates the moves is a kind of acting. 

This taught me that you really need a good tai chi or qigong teacher when learning these exercises.

You can only get so far by yourself with a book. I came to the same conclusion when trying to learn the piano by myself with a book.

We need systemisation

It is important to mention that there is great value in systemised sets like the Five animal exercises and 8 pieces of brocade. And also in people learning and imitating the moves (without allowing the flow of spontaneous qi). 

By having a systemised set, people can learn these moves and gain the benefits of enhancing their qi.

Also it is unrealistic for people to immediately enter spontaneous qi or even understand the flow of qi in their bodies when learning these exercises for the first time.

So basically, imitation is a necessary step to go through and to learn to carry out qigong exercises.

But if you want to take it further, my proposition is that spontaneous qigong is another level of qigong. Though it does seem to be an optional level. 

Spontaneous Qi as the basis

The other thing I learned, which came years later after discovering spontaneous qigong, is that I believe these exercises evolved from spontaneous qigong practice. 

This understanding came to me one time during a period when I was undergoing regular spontaneous qigong practice following an encounter of having spontaneous qigong actition through an acupuncture treatments with Miro (Miro Baricic – Encounters with Spontaneous Qi (7)).

During one of my own practice sessions, I found the spontaneous qigong movements led me into performing tai chi type movements. On another occasion, the spontaneous qigong movements led me into kung fu type movements with punches and accompanying yells.

Whilst in the past I have done some classes of tai chi and a handful of kung fu classes. I have not done either enough to develop any muscle memory. So, these two occasions were very unusual

Primeval Qi

It also led me to understand that these spontaneous exercises and sets were like gifts. Either a gift from our body. Or a higher force. A force that wants to teach us ways to improve our life and health. Also that these exercises can be shared with others to help improve their flow of qi energy.

I suspect that everyone has their own set of spontaneous qigong exercise which they will be led into performing when their SQ is activated. It may be an exercise that is particularly unique to them, like their fingerprints. 

My theories about the Five Animal Frolics Qigong exercise

I had two thought about the origin of this specific exercise – the Five Animal Frolics:

  1. They were a systematization of an original spontaneous qigong exercise

Personally, I believe that the five animal frolics were a set of spontaneous qigong movements that the practitioner then attempted to categorise and process into a system of movements. Due to the Ancient Chinese and Taoist practice of observing nature, he likened these specific movements to that of animals. 

2. Animal spirits

Or here is another possibility, with an echo of the traditional culture of some Native Indigenous cultures:

The practitioner who developed these exercises was imbibed with the spirits of these specific animals perhaps through a trance or deep qigong meditation practice and was led to carry out animalistic type movements based on their energy pattern.


These are just theories and not really provable. But if I had to choose one, I would say that it was likely the first choice. The five animal frolics were a systematisation of a series of exercises developed from spontaneous qigong practice.

Spontaneous Qi and Systemisation

The original teacher – (Hua Tao?), activated his spontaneous qigong. The qi led him into these spontaneous movements in a specific pattern.

Afterwards, the practitioner attempted to categorise and record these movements into specific sets based on these spontaneous movements. He then taught these movements to others and they were recorded on paper.

This is based on other observations about kung fu (especially kung fu movies), where specific styles and movements are based on animals or insect type movements. For example – the snake, dragon, the crane, praying mantis, etc.

So then this same principle was applied to these qigong sets, hence they became the 5 animal sets. 

So basically, what I am saying is that spontaneous qigong is the basis of many qigong movements and probably some tai chi.

Primeval Healing

Also I’ll go further and hypothesise that spontaneous qigong is closely linked to shamanism and original healing. This is a trance that shamans enter causing them to perform dances. It is also similar to the whirling dance of the Mevlevis, which I wrote about here – Energy Moves in Spirals and Whirling: Encounters with Spontaneous Qi (5)

It has the potential to heal and connect to the universal spirit. Also, it may be able to remove blockages – energetic,  physical, mental and emotional in our lives. 

These are hypothesises, based on my limited experiences of qigong and energy work. I do believe that there is a deeper component to spontaneous qigong.

What is interesting is the accessibility of Spontaneous qigong to most people, which can be experienced after the person has practiced qigong for a few months. This suggests, it may be a part of a human inbuilt healing and cleansing software.

Other Videos and Articles

Here are some other video links, websites and information that Janne shared with me. 

Video links to Shi Delon and Jason Dean’s videos





Website – Shaolin.org.uk



Link to article about spontaneous five animal play (wu qin xi):



YouTube Channel – Temple Tai Chi

Temple Tai Chi YouTube Channel

Contains other videos on Spontaneous Qigong

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There is a lot of information in these videos and links to explore for those interested in exploring spontaneous qigong and healing.  

Many thanks to Janne from Finland for sharing this information with me, and in turn, helping me share it with you.

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Activating Spontaneous Qi / Shi Delon, Jason Dean videos – Message from Janne (1)

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I received an email from a reader of my spontaneous qigong articles – Janne from Finland.

Janne had also experienced the spontaneous qi effect. He shared his personal experience about spontaneous qigong and provided some links to videos on this subject. He gave me permission to share what he wrote in this article.

Here is Janne’s message to me:

I am also really interested in the phenomenon called spontaneous qigong. I also work as an acupuncturist and bone setter, and I have been doing healing work for about 20 years.

I wasn’t aware that there was a thing called spontaneous qigong until one day maybe 7-8 years ago. I was doing some regular zhan zhuang (qigong) standing exercise and I was getting the urge to start moving myself spontaneously.

After that I googled if there was similar experience’s with other qigong practitioners and discovered that zifagong (the Chinese word for Spontaneous Qigong – SQ) is really popular in china 🙂

After that I have read every article that I have found about the subject and of course also want to learn more. Today if I practice spontaneous qigong, sometimes the movement is like from the 5 animal frolics qigong (animal movement) but sometimes the movement is something else.

With clients I can sometimes get some spontaneous movement using just energy, it doesn’t make a difference if I use needles or not. But the movement is really small, like a fast muscle spasm and then it’s gone.

Janne also shared with me information about a Shaolin monk called Shi Delon, who utilises zifagong (spontaneous qigong). As well as an English student of Shi Delon called Jason Dean.


I was glad for Janne’s email. This is the reason why I have written many articles on the subject of spontaneous qigong.

I wanted to put my own experiences out there to share with others and invite others to discuss their experiences. 

Even though I am not that experienced in qigong, I found this phenomenon so curious, I wanted to learn and write about it more. Particularly as so few people in the world know about it.

And it beats talking about football. 

Spontaneous qigong is not that common or even well-known, but I believe it is a fundamental aspect of qigong. I have found some articles and a text that discussed the interest in spontaneous qigong in China in the 1980s, during its Qigong-boom years. some of this I will be sharing and discussing later. 

My understanding and experience of spontaneous qigong is not that deep and there is a lot of things I do not understand yet. As I learn more about it, I will be recording my recordings and thoughts here. Hence these articles. 

My experiences

Janne mentioned some interesting things. His first experience of spontaneous qigong came during regular zhan zhang practice where he felt the urge to start moving spontaneously. 

This was similar for me. I found the urge to move spontaneously during a regular home practice. It started during one of the exercises of the 8 pieces of brocade.

Setting off minor spontaneous qi in patients

Janne also mentioned how he felt he set off minor spontaneous qi movements in his patients – 

the movement is really small, like a fast muscle spasm and then it’s gone.”

In one of my previous articles, I recounted a single incident when I thought that I had also set off a spontaneous qi effect in a patient – Setting off Spontaneous Qi in a patient? Spontaneous Qigong Practice – Days 13-14

The movement was so minor, that I wonder whether it was just a coincidence. But it had some of the hallmarks of a spontaneous qi activation effect. There was an unexplained, and ‘out of character’ movement in the limb of my patient. It kept flexing and relaxing constantly. As well as a brightness in his eyes afterwards.

On that occasion, I used points I don’t usually use. I was not able to repeat the effect when I saw him again, but then –  I also never tried using the same points. 

Just to add. I do not chase this effect in any of my treatments. I do not understand enough about it yet.

Shi Delon, Jason Dean (Shi Xing Lik) and Spontaneous Qigong Videos

Janne also showed some video links to a Shaolin Monk – Dr YK. Leung PhD  ‘Shi Delon’ and his British student Jason Dean (Shi Xing Lik).

Janne mentioned this about Shi DeLon

He (Shi Delon) can also trigger the spontaneous healing effect without needles by pressing hand acupoints and using energy. He has one student – Jason Dean who can also do the same thing. 

There are a lot of videos. It is clear that Shi Delon is a Master in this field. He has several students.


Here is a link to Shi Delon’s homepage – Shaolin.org.uk


Here are links to Shi Xing lik (Jason Lee’s) Websites – TempleHolistic.co.uk (Site contains incomplete pages Feb 2019).

It seems that Shi Xing Lik (Jason Lee) is now practicing in Slovakia. Here is the website – www.HumansInstitute.com (English and Slovakian available).


Jason Lee (Shi Xing Lik) at his temple in Leeds, running classes with spontaneous qigong
We see Shi DeLon, setting off spontaneous qigong movements in patients and students in Slovakia and tai chi practice
Irish Daoist Medicine Practitioner Collin Dampsey (Xing Gao) setting off spontaneous qi in patients
Shi Xing Yi (Johnny Tsang) (British/Chinese student of Shi Delon) interview
Other Videos and Articles

Here are the video links, websites and information that Janne shared with me. 

Video links to Shi Delon and Jason Dean’s videos





Website – Shaolin.org.uk



Link to article about spontaneous five animal play (wu qin xi):



YouTube Channel – Temple Tai Chi

Temple Tai Chi YouTube Channel

Contains other videos on Spontaneous Qigong

There is a lot of information in these videos and links to explore for those interested in exploring spontaneous qigong and healing.  

One thing I take from these videos is that these abilities can be developed with the cultivation of internal energy and regular practice for several years. However, guidance on how to activate and use these spontaneous qigong healing abilities are necessary.


Many thanks to Janne from Finland for sharing this information with me, and in turn, helping me share it with you.

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Dr Skakov – Latest Video

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Here’s the latest video about Dr Skakov’s treatments in Russia. He is a powerful acupuncturist with the ability to set off a spontaneous qi activation with acupuncture. The really great thing is that his work is documented on video so we can see that such things are possible. His work is translated into English.

Spontaneous qi activation is the process where your own bodies qi/ki energy is activated, leading the body into all sorts of spontaneous body movements, which helps clear blockages in the channel. These energy blockages can be a cause of illness so it is good to clear them. See the related articles below for more information on this phenomenon.

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In this video, we see a patient called Sergei who initially did not have his spontaneous qi activation with his first sessions of acupuncture. However he returned for treatment and this time when Dr Skakov was showing him some exercises, the movements suddenly activated.

I recognise some of the movements he makes from my own practice. Some of his other movements are very similar to yoga poses. 

Powerful healer

Some people are looking for a powerful healer in life. They may have a health condition that they have struggled with, and tried all sorts of programmes and retreats.

If you have the means, then I think a visit to Dr Skakov would be worth it. I understand he is close to the Red Sea – a very pleasant part of Russia. For more information, contact Planet Veda on planetveda@pamho.net (English ok).

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