Monday, September 21, 2009
The breathing exercise and the practice of the six healing sounds- liu zi jue or liu qi fa, has a long history as early as the Qin dynasty (221-207 B.C.).
There have been many records of healing sound practices.
The principles of breathing- exhale the old qi and inhale the new qi- zhuang zi, the chapter of ke yi(4th Century B.C during the warring states period)
The more should be inhaled and the less exhaled- ge hong's bao pu zi(A.D.283-343).
During the Sui dynasty (A.D. 590-618), a tian tai Buddhist high priest, zhi zhuan, pointed out the healing potential of the six healing sounds.
The six healing sounds were recorded as chui, hu, xi, ke, xu and si.
In Yang xing yan ming lu, quan xia of the early 6 century Yang Dynasty, a legendary Taoist, Tao Hong Jing (A.D. 452-536) said:
"Chui removes wind pathogen, hu heat pathogen.
Xi removes worries, ke moves qi down
Xu disperse the congestion, si eliminates the severe fatigue."
In the Tang dynasty (A.D. 618-906) a famous taoist and great physician, sun si-miao, wrote in the song of hygiene about the six healing sounds;
The liver and spring corresponds to wood elements; the xu sound in the spring will brighten the eyes and relieve liver stagnation.
The heart and summer corresponds to fire elements; the ke sound in the summer will relieve fire in the heart.
The lungs and fall corresponds to metal elements; the si sound in fall will nourish the lungs.
The kidneys and winter corresponds to water elements; the chui sound in the winter will keep the kidneys at ease.
The xi sound will regulate the triple burner and eliminate annoying heat.
The hu sound during the four seasons will assist the assimilation of food by the spleen.
It is not necessary to make any noise when you practice. The benefit is greater than miraculous pills.
Today the standard and most popular way of the six healing sounds should be found in yang qi gong of ma li-tang.
If you want to dig more into this healing sound qigong, check yang qi gong of ma li-tang.
If you practice every day like having a meal three times a day, these healing sound will benefit you greatly and help you feel balanced and calm.
And also if you like this practice, you may want to read the previous article "Remove your stress with breathing", that'll help you go deep in the training.
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