Level 3: Wu Yuan Zhuang
The Five One Form is the third dynamic exercise of Zhineng Qigong. It is a practice on the opening and closing of the qi of the five internal organs to integrate them at the hunyuan place (hunyuan qiao also translated as hunyuan quarters or hunyuan palace) so as to allow qi orifices through the pronounciation of syllables. It is a level higher than the commonly practised Lift Qi Up Method and Body Mind Form. The Five One Form belongs to the middle level of Zhineng Qigong practice. Those who have laid down a good foundation in the first and second set of exercises can practise it to raise their level of health to an even higher stage.
Introduction to the Five One Form
There are 13 exercises in the Five One Form. The exercises are divided into 3 sections. The first four exercises form the first section. This section works on external hunyuan and internal hunyuan qi, of integrating body and mind with the aim to preparre the practitioner for the work on internal organ qi. The second section is the practice on the internal organ qi. This is the core practice with one exercise for each of the five organs. The conduction movements, ideations and pronunciations of syllables strengthen the open-close and coherence-dispersion of internal organ qi. It strengthens the functions of the physical organ as well as the qi and emotional aspect of the five organs. It strengthens the connection of the five organs with the entire body and allows the body and mind to have a qualitative change. The third section consists of 5 exercises and is meant to strengthen the connection and transformation between bodily qi and internal organ qi so as to allow the whole human qi to interact and to remain in harmony to nurture the body and mind.
The arrangement of the exercises in the Five One Form looks similar to the combination of Yinyang (close-open), Five Phases (five internal organs) and Eight Trigrams (bagua). However, it is not founded on them but on the Hunyuan Qi Theory. Note that primeval hunyuan qi embodies Yinyang, Three Elements, Five Phases and Eight Trigrams.
The Five One Form Exercises.
Preparatory: Close the feet together, push up baihui, keep the body upright, gaze to the front, relax the arms at the sides of the body and relax the whole body.
Hold onto sky and earth, interact with the hunyuan place
1. Leading with the ‘tiger mouth’ (hukou – the arch formed between thumb and index finger by lowering thumb to index finger level) raise the hands to the lower abdomen level. Close the hands and arms inward.
2. Cross the hands to the other sides of the body with the left arm above the right arm. Raise the arms until near zhongwan level. Form hunyuan the finger-ring: curl the index finger, press the base of the fingernail onto the upper flex of the thumb, the tip of the index finger should be near to the base of the thumb.
3. Change the hand position to ‘Sky and Earth palms”: flex up the left hand with the finger-ring facing sanzhong directly; turn the right palm to face downward with the finger-ring facing zhongwan directly. Behind zhongwan is the hunyuan place. The base of the left palm is now facing the base of the right hand fingers.
4. Teeth tapping: tap the upper and lower incisors against each others 9 times, then 9 times on the left upper and lower molars, 9 times on the upper and lower right molars and finally 9 times on the incisors again. After that do “tongue-swirling”: use the tip of the tongue to trace the inner side of the base of the teeth. Start from the middle of the upper incisors, go to the left upper molars, then left lower molars, the the lower incisors, the the lower right molars, the upper right molars and return to the upper incisors. Do the tracing three times and then reverse the circle three times. After that use the tip of the tongue to press onto the lower palate 3 times, follow by 3 times on the upper palate and finally 3 times onto the slit where the upper and lower incisors meet. If there is plenty of saliva just swallow it down.
5. Undo the finger-rings, turn the palms to face each other with the left hand above the right one. The hands are close to each other, but are not touching the base of the ring finger. Pull the palms to the sides until the tip of middle finger is touching the base of the ring finger. Curl the fingers and thumbs of both hands and press the thumbs onto the meeting points of the index and small fingers. This is the ‘hunyuan palm” (also translated as hunyuan mudra).
7. Separate the hands and turns the palms to face each other with the fingers pointing to the front and the base of the palms in front of hunyuan place. Hold the palms at nipple breadth with the upper arms attached onto the ribcage.
Important points and ideation
On raising the arms to lower abdomen level we have to think of lifting a ball of qi. On closing the arms send the ball of qi into the navel. Hold the finger-ring tightly and press down strongly onto the area next to the base of the thumb with the tip of the index finger. This area is known as the ‘heavenly gate’ on the hand and is connected to tianmen at the crown. Mentally send the two finger-rings at sanzhong and zhongwan levels into the middle of the body.
The left fingers pointing upward in Sky and Earth, the palm should be mentally connected to the tianmen of the crown and go straight up to the sky. Mentally press the palm facing the floor deep into the earth. The two hands are touching lightly to allow qi to interact and unify in the body.
Use the first tone (Chinese phonetics) to pronounce the syllables. For eueng all the three sounds of e, u and eng should be treated equally except eng which is pronounced longer . For the second syllable, qing, the initial sound (the consonant here) and the final sound are merge together and tail off with the sound of eng.
The effect is to connect the qi of sky and earth. There are four aspects here.
– Referrring to the qi of nature. The qi of the sky is the qi in the emptiness; the qi of earth is also the qi of emptiness. The mind should go deep down into emptiness and not focus onto the physical mass of the earth.
– Referring to the qi inside the thorax and abdomen. Above the diaphragm are the heart and lungs which are mainly involved in taking in the shapeless, formless qi of the sky; inside the abdomen are the digestive organs which are responsible for handling the food and water which are physical in nature and are referred to as the qi of earth.
– Referring to the crown and huiyin (the perineum). The crown is where the qi of consciousness concentrates and huiyin is where bodily essence concentrates.
– Referring to the qi of the heart and qi of the kidney. The qi of the heart is within the thorax with the upper edge halfway between zhongting and sanzhong. Kidney qi is within abdomen with the lower edge at navel level. In ancient qigong practice the distance from the heart to the kidney is 8.4 cun. The qi of the heart takes up 3.6 cun and the qi of the kidney takes up 3.6 inches. The 1.2 cun area at the middle is the hunyuan place.
This exercise mobilises the qi of the sky and the earth to meet at the hunyuan place to transform into qi of internal organs. The hunyuan palms and pronounciation of syllables strengthen the open-close, coherence-dispersion functions of the qi of the hunyuan place.
Open the qi orifices and the three gates
The first exercise makes use of posture, movements and ideation to accumulate qi into the hunyuan place. The second exercise is to open the main ‘qi valves” for our qi to connect with the qi of nature. These include acupuncture points, hair follicles and the three gates which are the most important. The gates are: sky-gate – the crown, earth-gate – the middle of the soles and human-gate – the middle of the palms.
Exercise 2 (Open the qi orifices and the three gates) – shall be uploaded in due course.
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Note: The above article were extracted from the book “Zhineng Qigong – The science theory and practice” by Ooi Kean Hin