Qigong At Full Moon
When asked to write a short article about full moon Qigong practise, I felt full of enthusiasm. I was going to talk about my practise, a Qigong system called Yuan Gong, and a special time for practise: the full moon. And then I panicked.
Did I have to talk about the full moon from a scientific point of view? Did I have to research the effect of the full moon on human beings? Would I be able to prove anything worthwhile? Uffff, that was quite a task! And not very Qigong practitioner-esque - we are supposed to handle intensity in a relaxed and calm state… So, after taking a deep breath, I did some Yuan Gong and after that I started writing.
Let’s start with the full moon. There has always been a connection between the full moon and spiritual and/or pagan practises. From jumping waves at midnight to bathing in rivers for cleanliness and rebirth, there are many rituals to celebrate the White light.
But the question is: Is there any evidence of the effect of the full moon on us, Qigong practitioners or non-practitioners? As with most issues related to holistic practises and non-western endeavours, it is very difficult to find consensus. There are people who think that the moon has no effect whatsoever on us, as we are tiny little humans on this massive planet called Earth. Even though 70% of our bodies are made up of water, and we know the moon causes the tides, many scientists don’t believe there is any connection between these two facts.
However, some people feel different when the full moon is approaching and although they may not be able put this into words, the effect on their moods and their minds (more emotional / anxious / irritable) leaves them no doubt: they feel an intensity not experienced the rest of the month and it’s usually when the moon is shining in all her splendour. Is it fiction? Is it esoteric? Is it real? Only the person who feels it is aware.
So, is it a good idea to practise Qigong on full moon days? Is it any different from the rest of the month?
In, Ren Xue, the community of Yuan Gong practitioners I belong to, we encourage people to practise every day. We have a system with several methods that we teach so people can chose which one to practise according to their needs. All methods are short and sweet, indeed a real joy to perform daily. If you aren’t having fun while practising Yuan Gong, there is no point in doing it!
Yuan Gong practitioners learn that practising Qigong is about being in contact with nature. It’s about being in a calm, relaxed and natural state, just like any other phenomena on the planet: clouds drifting, water flowing, tree branches swaying, animals pacing, everything on earth is natural, smooth and curvy. And the 29-day moon’s dance in front of us every night, that’s natural as well.
By practising Qigong we feel closer to the natural rhythms: Full moon and new moon are the strongest poles of energetic intensity. However in this society we’ve got used to practising weekly, a popular, modern routine of the Western world. I wonder whether this routine is connected to earth? The seven-day cycle is now embedded in our society and seems very convenient, but is it natural? It is true that a week is a quarter of a lunar cycle. However, a truly natural connection means becoming more in tune with the lunar cycle and noticing how its intensity heightens; that can only be felt daily, fortnightly or once a month on full moon.
The moon gives us internal light the way the sun provides us with the external light. We are energetic beings connected to the energy of the Earth and the energy of the Universe: Earth, heaven and human. This is the connection we seek when cultivating spirituality and the moon provides the electromagnetic pull that gives the Earth that particular and essential quality. Without the moon there would be no magnetism on Earth, no pull for growth.
The moon is very special to us and many of us know this. If there isn’t scientific evidence, so what? We feel it and that’s what matters. We know that the moon has the power to give us light and we want to acknowledge it. It’s there for us to share and we embrace it.
When we practise Yuan Gong we build a Qifield and we fill it with information. This Qifield is also connected to all the other Qifields in the world. We cultivate life as well as Qi for health. We live life with the five human qualities in mind: Trust, openness, love, gratitude and gongjing (utmost respect) while learning to heal ourselves and help others.
We practise Yuan Gong daily. However, on full moon days, there is a buzz in the Qifield, as we know that all over the world other friends and colleagues are using the highly strung energy of the full moon to feel not just the ‘pull’, but the connection between us all becoming one with the universe.
I hope I’ve managed to make you feel curious and keen to start the practise, or at least want to give it a try! See you at the next full moon.
QIGONG /YUAN GONG
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