To what extent is energywork a simple endeavor, and available to everyone?
The hands (and space in general), rather than being points of “emission”, “projection”, “emanation”, etc., are placeholders for the intentional focus of consciousness, i.e. attention. The only thing emanating is the expression of a singular, universal reality according to our perception of space-time – flow.
God emanates. Humans take part. This is why in energywork we say, “it’s not you”.
Whenever you move you are entraining the superfluid Ether. Thought is a sort of movement, even insofar as our understanding of “thought” in the cognitive sense requires a brain with neurons that create differentials in charge and dictate the flow of electrons (not to say that thought, broadly speaking, exists only inside one’s brain). Therefore, when you think you also entrain the superfluid Ether. They are called brainwaves, after all.
Why would there be so many swimming-like movements in qigong? It’s because you are swimming.
Be this a metaphor or a statement of fact, how are we actually swimming if our experience only matches that of “swimming” when we are either suspended in a body of water or, in some important cases, experiencing the flow of energywork or qigong?
“Life… [has] three main constitutional elements: a) a highly complex (bio)chemistry – material level, b) a complex coherent regime as introduced by Frohlich and later elaborated by Giudice et al. – (bio)energy level, and c) active information working on both previous levels and integrating them into one organized functioning whole – trans-material informational level.” – Igor Jerman
Now for a little categorical syncretism:
a. Jing – Essence (Physical, Matter) – Biochemistry – Polar molecules – Earth
b. Qi – Breath (Mental, Thought) – Bioenergy – Coherent regimes – Heaven
c. Shen – Spirit (Spiritual, Ether) – Active information – Organizational function – Man
This quantum biological ontology is a recapitulation of the Sanbao (Three Treasures) in Daoist metaphysics and the ubiquitous triplicate ontology found in many systems of thought (Christian, Kabbalistic, Hellenistic, Vedic, Polynesian, etc.).
In this sense Qi is a Mercurial force, acting as intermediary between Heaven and Earth. In Daoist Alchemy, yi is associated with the “go-between” (mei), given it’s correspondence with the Earth phase (the phase between seasons, the center) and with the intentional aspect of the Spleen. Qi and the function of the Spleen are intricately tied in Chinese Medicine.
With this emphasis on the relationship-oriented function of qi, it’s role in the Four Stages of the Zhong-Lu tradition of Daoist Alchemy must also be noted. The practitioner is tasked with transmuting essence into breath, breath into spirit, and spirit into oneness. Qi is literally the intermediary between these two domains of the human being, before being enfolded into the implicate order of the Dao. Qi exists between the informational electrodynamics of the quantum vacuum (shen) and the macromolecular world of biochemistry (jing).
According to Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee, the concept of qi in Chinese culture has its roots as far back as the 14th century BC in the naturalistic notion of wind (feng). The wind was believed to give life to the insects and plants in the Spring. It is an invisible force which compels something to move. As the notion of qi began to develop in Chinese culture, it was first seen as an influence penetrating Earth from Heaven (as in the six qi). It was seen as the basis of yin and yang and ultimately, the basis of reality itself. It was eventually understood as what lies behind form and simultaneously the relationship between forms.
All these notions share something in common with the Ether’s relationship to the physical world and with our understanding of the electrodynamics of quantum biology.
Ether is an invisible force which gives both form and function through its physical expression. It is the source of the quantum coherence which unifies the informational structure of space-time. The Ether is superfluid, meaning that it’s movements are self-coherent across unimaginable levels of scale (this would not be hard to do given 10^93gm/cm^3 of energy).
In the sense of qi being a relationship, the notion of coherence and the informational density (i.e. level of connectedness) within space adequately reflect this. The only definition any materialistic psychobiologist has for consciousness is essentially the coherence of the firing of neurons. Call it brainwave entrainment. Call it neural synchrony. It is information sharing between shen and jing – between the ethereal and the material – and one of the products of this information sharing is the biological neural networks we call nervous systems.
Somehow these biological neural networks are able to grant sensation, perception, and even what we perceive as choice in the case of human consciousness – due in part to the fact that microscopic biochemical capacitors in your brain are doing the same dance. They are resonating. Contemporary psychobiological understanding (whatever that means) seems to neglect the remarkably fundamental impact of electromagnetism on the nervous system, even down to the inevitable electromagnetic pulse created by each action potential of the 10^11 (one hundred billion) neurons in the brain. Remember, Maxwell taught us that all fields extend into infinity.
What an unimaginably complex field it must be that “generates” the unity of consciousness! Pure chaos! Consciousness must be an illusion! The patch isn’t really red! It just looks like it! …said the philosopher.
The patch is in fact red and consciousness is realer than real – it is all there is.
As hinted here, it is consciousness itself which interacts with matter to generate psychic and synchronistic phenomena. To qualify this further, it is human consciousness interacting with what is fundamentally a form of proto-consciousness inherent in space (the ether). The intentional focus of consciousness (attention) allows the information density of space-time to perform a sort of fractal implosion through it’s self-same relationship. You hold your hands out, you feel the qi, and little by little or lots by lots – you are healed and so are those around you. You have brought greater consciousness into being simply by holding space. This is the non-binary principle of mind-matter coherence cultivation – consciousness through consciousness.
Just keep swimming.