Spring Forest Qigong is a unique branch of Qigong that aims to make this ancient practice more accessible, more useful and more adaptable. One of the things that makes this school of Qigong so special is the fact that it includes a number of simple, easy-to-perform techniques that are hugely beneficial and are as useful for novice students as they are for advanced students.
One such technique is known as Sword Fingers. This was created by the founder of the Spring Forest Qigong Centre, Master Chunyi Lin, and it was designed to be performed by beginner students. The beauty of Sword Fingers is that it is simple, quick and yet hugely beneficial. Everyone can learn it and everyone can benefit from it.
How to Perform Sword Fingers
This technique is not an easy one to explain as it is important to get the method right, and for that it is better to watch an instructional guide. There are many of those available at the Spring Forest Qigong Centre, as discussed a little later on in this article. To give you an idea of what to expect, Sword Fingers is performed by shaping your fingers into a pair of scissors, with your middle finger and forefinger held out and the rest of your fingers tucked into your hand.
You need to hold your hand out and literally chop the air, as this represents the energy in your body. And that’s more or less all there is to this practice, but as mentioned above, it is essential to get this right, otherwise you may be missing out.
Sword Fingers can be performed at any time. It may be particularly useful if you perform it prior to a healing session or after one, but it can also be performed in the morning, during an evening or whenever you feel like you need a healing hand.
The Benefits of Sword Fingers
The purpose of Sword Fingers is to shake up your energy and to break up blockages that cause pain, aches, illness and other symptoms. To understand why this is important, you need to understand how the body works and why these blockages cause so many problems. The body is made up of lines, and it is through these that energy flows. When those lines become blocked (often occurring in key areas known as “energy points”) then a number of symptoms can present themselves, with the issue relating to the extent and the location of that blockage.
All problems, both physical and mental, are the result of energy blockages, which is why it is so important to remove these. And that’s what Sword Fingers can help you to do. In the words of Master Chunyi Lin, this practice, “helps you increase your ability to send energy through your Sword Fingers to break up blockages in other people, as well as yourself.”
Because of this, there is no issue that Sword Fingers can not cure, but it may be especially useful for curing all of the following:
- Low confidence
- Kidney stones
- Gall stones
- Digestive problems
Where to Find Sword Fingers
The Sword Fingers technique is discussed on many courses and retreats at the Spring Forest Qigong Centre. This is considered to be a beginner technique, which is why you will find it on the SFQ Fundamentals course, which is the complete basic course for anyone who is new to Qigong. One of our favorite ways to learn Sword Fingers is through the retreats and seminars run by Master Lin on behalf of the SFQ.
These are held at conference centers throughout North America and they are also held at the SFQ Healing Centre in Minnesota. You can actually see one of these retreats for yourself, as there is a recording of it on the SFQ Youtube channel. During this recording Master Lin instructs the audience on how to perform Sword Fingers, and on why this is such an essential technique. The actual instruction is fairly short, but don’t stop once you learn it as there is a lot more to come. This is a long video, and a very informative one, because after the instructional stuff is over, Master Lin opens himself up to a question and answer session from the students in attendance.
During this session Master Lin talks about Qigong in general and discusses a plethora of Spring Forest Qigong techniques. Whether you are new to this practice or not, this is something that you should watch as it’s something that can teach you a lot.