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Introduction to Wai Qi Liao Fa Wai Qi Liao Fa (also known as Fa Feng Wai Qi or Wai Qi Liao Zhi ) refers to the projection of wai qi (external or auric energy) by a qualified Qigong Therapist, for the purpose of leading a clients qi back to a healthy, balanced state. Wai Qi Liao Fa differs from other styles of Qigong Massage, such as Tui Na and Dian Xue (Acupressure), because the therapist does not touch the clients physical body, instead projecting qi from a distance of 10 - 100cm. However, it should be noted that in clinical practice Wai Qi Liao Fa is usually combined with Acupuncture, Qigong Massage, Herbal Medicine and/or Qigong Exercise Therapy. In Tui Na and Dian Xue massage, the therapist places physical pressure on particular acupuncture points and meridians, which creates a travelling current through the clients energy system using the piezo-electric effect, thus deobstructing this system and restoring health. In Wai Qi Liao Fa however, the clients qi is manipulated by a kind of magnetic resonance. Many people have seen an experiment where a magnet is applied to the underside of a piece of paper on which we have placed iron filings, resulting in the iron filings arranging themselves into a shape that mirrors the lines of the magnet's field. If we imagine that the iron filings are the clients qi, that the therapist is the magnet and that the paper is the air between the client and therapist, then we can start to see how Wai Qi Liao Fa works. The therapist emits wai qi from his or her hands towards the client, the clients qi is then led back to a state of balance through the mutual attraction of their two fields. At this point we must mention that it is essential for the therapist to practice Qigong exercises to strengthen their wai qi field, otherwise the clients qi field maybe stronger than the therapists field. Modern electro-magnetic theory states that if two fields interact, the stronger field will entrain the lesser field, causing it to conform to the patterns of the stronger field. Therefore, if the therapists field is strong and healthy, it will cause the clients field to become stronger and healthier. However, if the clients pathogenic qi field is stronger than the therapists, then there is a chance that the therapists qi will become disordered. Traditional Chinese Medical theory states that disordered qi is the foundation of all illness and disease. Thus the successful wai qi therapist should radiate good health and abundant qi. Diagnosis in Wai Qi Liao Fa Wai Qi Liao Fa is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as such it uses many common forms of diagnosis used in other types of TCM.

Diagnosis in TCM is based on the premise that the body is holographic in nature, meaning that all of the information about the whole body is enfolded into every single cell of the body. However this information, unlike the blueprint contained in our DNA, is constantly being updated as we change and evolve as individuals. Therefore we can diagnose our overall energetic condition by looking at a small section of the body. Having explained this, it should come as no surprise to find that TCM diagnosis uses micro-environments (AKA micro systems) such as the tongue, face, abdomen, hands, feet, ears and pulse to find indications of energy imbalance in other parts of the body. A map of the entire body is visualised as being over-layed on the micro-environment; on the tongue for example the tip relates to the upper organs of heart and lungs; the middle relates to the liver, spleen and stomach; and the back of the tongue to the lower organs, such as the kidneys and intestines. The overall energetic condition of the body is described according to the eight principle patterns; and the location is described according to the affected energy meridians or organs. Therefore the energy can be described as excessive or deficient, hot or cold, Yin (hypoactive) or Yang (hyperactive) and internal or external. The internal/ external pair describe the overall location of the energetic dysfunction. For a more specific location we examine the microenvironments to look for a specific organ or energy meridian which is affected. A full explanation of TCM diagnosis is beyond the scope of this article, however there are many books on this subject, such as Mark Seem's excellent book "Acupuncture Energetics", which covers the entire process of diagnosis and treatment selection. There are two diagnostic methods related specifically to Wai Qi Liao Fa which are not covered in general works on Acupuncture and TCM. These are flat palm diagnosis and biological correspondence diagnosis. Flat palm diagnosis involves sensing the clients qi by transmitting wai qi to them and feeling for sensations of heat, cold, heaviness, turbidity, biting, itching and sticking. The terms used to describe the quality of pathogenic energy may sound strange to the novice, however once you begin working with this modality you will come to appreciate exactly how accurate these terms are. Biological correspondence diagnosis involves emitting wai qi to the client, making contact with their qi and then bringing a small amount of their qi back into your qi field. The therapist will then feel qi sensations in their own body which relate to the clients condition. In effect, we let the clients energy influence our own energy system momentarily so we can feel the condition of the clients qi. The wai qi therapist then grounds the negative energy out of their body, or uses their strong qi to transform the clients pathogenic energy into healthy qi, so as to remain unaffected by the clients condition. It is crucial that the wai qi therapist knows how to transform or release turbid qi from their energy system, otherwise illness may occur.

Treatment Principles After having diagnosed the clients energetic condition, the wai qi therapist will choose the most appropriate acupuncture points and energy meridians to return the client to a state of health and wellbeing. As wai qi liao fa is a branch of TCM, it uses the same treatment principles as acupuncture and Qigong massage. As such parts of the human energy field with too much energy (an excess condition) are sedated; and those with too little energy (a deficient condition) are tonified. This addition or subtraction of energy from various meridians is achieved by selecting acupuncture points which have the appropriate function in relation to the area being treated. In Qigong massage these points would be physically stimulated with hand or finger pressure, however in our wai qi therapy we simply emit energy to these points, thus activating their related functions. The entire meridian can also be tonified by emitting wai qi as you move your hand in the direction of the meridian flow, or sedated by moving your hand against the direction of the meridian flow. The organs and related meridians can have their energies modified by visualising a colour related to them while emitting wai qi. The liver and gall bladder (governed by the element of wood) are the colour green; the heart and small intestine (governed by the element of fire) are red; the spleen and stomach (governed by the element of earth) are yellow; the kidneys and bladder (governed by the element of water) are blue/black; and the lungs and colon (governed by the element of metal) are white. Each meridian also has points on it related to the aforementioned five elements. These elemental points can also be strongly activated by emitting wai qi to them while visualising the appropriate colour. For further information on meridians, points, their locations and elemental correspondences, refer to a good Acupuncture text, such as 'Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture' by Ellis, Boss and Wiseman. If a patient shows signs of excess heat or cold we are able to rebalance these energies through emitting wai qi of the opposite quality. This conforms to the TCM treatment principle of using cooling techniques on heat conditions and warming techniques on cold conditions. To create warming energy, the therapist imagines drawing down the energy of the sun into the Dan Tien, a major energy centre below and behind the navel. The energy then collects in the Dan Tien in the form of light and heat. The therapist then draws the qi from the Dan Tien to the Laogong point (Pc 8) in the centre of the palms. This qi is then emitted to the client. To create cooling energy, the therapist imagines drawing cool earth energy up into the Yongquan (Ki 1) points on the soles of the feet. The qi should then be

mentally drawn up from the feet to the Laogong points in the palms. Imagine cool wai qi forming on the palms only, and emit this qi to the client. It is important not to imagine this cool energy anywhere else in your body as cold has a tendency to slow qi and blood flow. If it is used inappropriately it can actually disrupt your energy system. The final treatment principle is the breakdown of localised energetic stagnation within the human energy system. This is achieved by the therapist scanning the clients energy field until a sensation of turbid qi is found, such as hot, cold, itching, etc. The therapist then emits wai qi and uses various hand manipulations to clear pathogenic qi and to guide the clients qi back to an ordered state. Hand manipulations include pulling, pushing, rotating, quivering and leading motions; and are performed without physical contact. The Wai Qi therapist is able to emit qi for the purposes of healing using a number of different hand postures. These include:- Flat Palm, One Finger Zen, Sword Fingers, Bird Beak and many others. This qi can also be emitted in various forms:- Linear, Circular, Spiral or Pulsed qi. Scientific Research on Energy Healing A great deal of research has and is being conducted into various energy healing modalities. This research suggests that various forms of energy manipulation share the characteristic of attuning the healer to the Earth's energetic field. This field vibrates at around 7.7 Hz, which is also the predominant brainwave frequency of many healers. The healers' field is entrained to the earths' field and after energy emission the patients' brainwaves will become entrained to the same frequency. This lines up with the Chinese medical concept that health is a product of living in harmony with the cosmos. Studies on Qigong masters projecting wai qi have found that infrared, infrasonic, electromagnetic and other forms of energy are actually projected from the hands when the master thinks of healing. However, this is an area that will require a lot more study before we can claim to have a good understanding of energy healing principles. Clinical uses of Wai Qi Liao Fa Wai Qi therapy is widely used in Chinese hospitals for the purposes of correcting energy flow and curing illness. Although Wai Qi therapy can be used as a stand alone treatment, it is often used in conjunction with other modalities, such as Acupuncture, Herbalism and Therapeutic Massage (eg Tui Na and Dian Xue). Massage is often applied to selected points or meridians to open them and to draw qi and blood to the area, Wai Qi emission is then used to lead Qi flow back to a healthy state. If the client is receiving acupuncture, Wai Qi therapy is often used to project qi through the needles into the points.

This enhances the effectiveness of the Acupuncture treatment. The ability to transmit qi also enhances the effectiveness of tactile therapies such as reflexology, kinesiology, myo-fascial release and many other modalities. As such it can be seen that Wai Qi therapy is a highly versatile and effective art, regardless of whether it is used as a stand alone treatment or as adjunctive therapy. Bibliography Bi, Yongsheng 1992 Chinese Qigong Outgoing-Qi Therapy Shandong Science & Technology Press; China. Oschman, James L. 2000 Energy Medicine Churchill Livingstone; Edinburgh. Yang, Jwing-Ming 1992 Chinese Qigong Massage YMAA Publications Centre; Massachusetts. copyright 2000 Bryn Orr Bryn Orr is a teacher and practitioner of Qigong and Wai Qi Healing. He is also a Reiki and Seichim master. Bryn has written extensively on Energetics and is the author of "Flying without Wings: A manual of Taoist meditation and subtle body development". http://www.vitalitylink.com/article-qi-gong-1132-wai-liao-healing-externalprojection-energy