THE QIGONG MASTER CULTIVATING CHI LIGHT PAINTING

CULTIVATING CHI

“We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos.”

(Albert Einstein)

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igong, which means “energy cultivation”, is an ancient 4,000-year-old practice of self-healing. Practitioners utilize varying sets of physical movements together with focused breath work and visualizations to harmonize, circulate and build up the body’s life force, called “chi”. It is most often utilized as moving meditation and therapeutic exercise, but it is also the core foundation of Tai Chi and all martial arts.

THE QIGONG MASTER

Qigong is an ancient moving meditation technique for cultivating life force “CHI” in and around the body to promote health and happiness

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ertified Qigong Master Judi Hason studied with many illustrious Masters, both in the U.S. and at Wudang Mountain in the northwestern part of Hubei Province of China. Wudang Mountain has been considered a spiritual sanctuary for over 2,000 years and is the primary center for Taoist Internal Martial Arts in China.

I had the great privilege and joy of studying weekly with Judi for over six years. I got to experience first-hand the power of these forms and techniques and the philosophies and physiological principles behind them.

I approached Judi with the idea of trying to capture the essence of Qigong through Light Painting. We would attempt to create images that represent what it might look like if we could actually see Chi as trails of light moving throughout and around the body while practicing Qigong.

Qigong is an ancient moving meditation technique for cultivating life force “CHI” in and around the body to promote health and happiness

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t the core of the practice, we are prompted to visualize Chi flowing along the meridians inside the body, as well as around and outside of the body. At the same time, we move our bodies and use the movements of our hands to further direct the Chi to where we want it to go. Depending on the exercise, we can also pull Chi in from the greater source of it in the Universe, or push out stagnant energy within us that might be stuck there as a result of stress, injury, disease or negative emotions.

According to Chinese medicine, Chi is as real as blood and other physical effects, so when we practice Qigong, the more clearly we visualization our Chi, the more effectively we can utilize its movement within us to achieve a harmonious balance of good health and overall well-being. We are taught to use a visualization of Chi that works for us. It can be a brightly colored ball or it can be traveling trails of light.

Light Painting as Teaching Tool

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hat stood out to Judi the most in the resulting images was the dimensionality of the light trails. In her advanced Tai Chi classes, after students have committed the steps and movements to memory, emphasis is then placed on energy work, which is the ultimate mastery of these practices.

Chi is worked with during the movements like a physical element. It is pulled like a silk scarf, pushed like heavy rock, scooped up like water or folded over like dough. Judi could pick out the areas in a few of the images where she was using precise form to work the Chi in specific motions like these.

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“We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.”

(Albert Einstein)