One of the best clearing, qigong practice to do when you're feeling sluggish, stuck, and not quite like you have normal energy levels is an organ-balancing meditation from the Daoist tradition and qigong. The practice involves breathing a color of a precious gemstone into each organ, and exhaling what dulls the shine of that color. The practice is inspired by Kenneth Cohen, but is a well-known Daoist healing technique.
For the lungs, the color to breathe in is a pure diamond white. Exhale what dulls the brilliance of the diamond shine. For the kidneys, the color is sapphire blue; again exhaling what limits the color from shining its deep, splendid blue. For the liver, the color is emerald green; the heart, ruby red; and the spleen, topaz orange. With each organ, exhale what dulls the richness of the color shining through. Once you have brought breath and a richer color of precious gemstones to each organ, imagine all the gemstones of your organs shining beautifully inside your body, vibrant and alive.
If you have time, follow with filling your body from the top crown of the head with golden yellow sunlight and silvery white moonlight, and let these pure qi sources of sunlight and moonlight fill through the entire form of your body. Then visualize this qi of the sun and moon beginning to send any toxicity, poison, lethargy or stuck energy outward through the pores of your skin. It may be a dark, thick substance that moves out, or – as I felt this morning – a prickly feeling that affects and energizes the skin, like little electrical sparks. Stay with this visualization long enough until the sensations on the skin subside, and then imagine a pure, clean glow from within begin to radiate out. This can radiate outward in any and all directions.
I did these two practices this morning after my meditation instead of my normal, more active yoga or qigong practice. For both, I lay down in savasana, did the meditations, and found they left me revitalized and recharged. In fact, I feel so good now I thought I would share them here. Hope you enjoy them too!
Teacher, writer, lover of movement and meditation who lives with her husband, dog, three cats, 6 chickens and 10,000 bees.