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Chi Gung: Chinese Healing, Energy and Natural Magick

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You possess the ability to tap a bottomless well of physical and psychic energy (called "chi" in Chinese). With it you can harness the magickal power of the universe. How do you do it? By learning the ancient Chinese art of breath, posture, and sensory awareness as explained in Chi Gung by L. V. Carnie. As you learn this system to direct your flow of chi, you will be able ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Llewellyn Publications
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Samantha J
Mar 22, 2009 Samantha J rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Samantha by: web research
I love alternative health approaches that offer ways to relieve stress and help you feel good. Yoga and Massage are two of my favorites but I've recently been exploring the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its form of Energy work called Chi Gung (or QiGong or Chi Kung). I've been enjoying my research and must say that I've found Ms. Carnie's book to be a wonderful guidebook to this fascinating art. She does a great job covering the basic principles and provides many, many Chi exercises ...more
Zak
Nov 14, 2008 Zak rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in a playful approach to Chi Gung
When I read books on non-Western traditions, I like those that have a poetic approach to the subject and Lily Carnie's book fits wonderfully into that category. She does not carry the restriction that there is only one correct way to do anything but rather that there are multiple ways to come to mastery. She provides a wide variety of examples and encourages the reader develop their own awareness within the activity they feel most comfortable. From there they can learn best to experience Chi for ...more
Abby
Jun 29, 2009 Abby rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. After reading it I came away with a much greater understanding and appreciation of what Chi Gung is all about. I liked her discussions on breathing (especially the Taoist Reverse Breathing) because it helped me deepen the experiences I've had with the breathing exercises in my meditation practice. I also liked the delightful names she has for her exercises. "The Beautiful Flower Opens and Closes Her Petals" is one of my favorites.

Lily of the Valley Carnie has an engaging w
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Zenrider
Feb 07, 2010 Zenrider rated it it was amazing
Lily of the Valley Carnie has written a very satisfying book on the subject of Chi Gung. I felt she did a great job explaining the difference between Wai Dan training to build Chi which uses movement and muscular effort verses Nei Dan training which uses concentration, focus and sensory awareness.

I also liked the way her book explores learning to bring an awareness of Chi into different practice approaches like Physical, Mental, Emotional, or Sensory to name but a few. Every page brings a new d
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Susan Kramer
Mar 23, 2016 Susan Kramer rated it it was ok
I have been studying tai chi and chi gung for some years now, and while I can attest to several of its benefits, both experienced firsthand and heard from other practitioners, I would be a little wary of this book. It is very light on technique and instead focuses on a lot of "if you practice enough you can do *this* amazing thing!" It introduces the concept of meridians, vessels and cavities before you can even properly feel chi moving through your body, and annoyingly refers to it as "The Flow ...more
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Dec 26, 2009 Ta rated it it was amazing
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Feb 12, 2014 Mel rated it it was ok
Shelves: health
Lots of info, but not a smooth read, and, to be honest, a little strange. I think there are better books on the subject, such as the other one I am reading: The art of Chi Kung.
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