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SEASONAL QIGONG SERIES

Rain Water Empowerment



Dear Qigong friend,

On Saturday, February 18th, the second phase of the Chinese seasonal calendar begins. This phase, Rain Water (Yushui), starts at 6:31 AM EST as the sun crosses 330° Longitude (0° Pisces). Please join the thousands of practitioners worldwide who will usher this event by practicing the Rain Water Empowerment.

Wishing you Good Qi,
Robert Peng


Stage Spring Summer Autumn Winter
1Start of Spring
Feb 3
Start of Summer
May 5
Start of Autumn
Aug 7
Start of Winter
Nov 7
2Rain Water
Feb 18
Grain Full
May 20
Limit of Heat
Aug 22
Minor Snow
Nov 21
3Awakening of Insects
Mar 5
Grain in Ear
Jun 5
White Dew
Sep 7
Major Snow
Dec 6
4Vernal Equinox
Mar 20
Summer Solstice
Jun 21
Autumn Equinox
Sep 22
Winter Solstice
Dec 21
5Clear and Bright
Apr 4
Minor Heat
Jul 6
Cold Dew
Oct 7
Minor Cold
Jan 5
6Grain Rain
Apr 19
Major Heat
Jul 22
Frost Descent
Oct 23
Major Cold
Jan 19

Rain Water (YUSHUI JIEQI)



The seasonal phase known as Rain Water represents the second stage of Spring. The theme of springtime is  new possibilities and the excitement they generate, and over the next fifteen days nature will undergo changes and reveal new qualities that you can awaken in yourself and use to align with the movement of life. 


In the prior seasonal phase, Start of Spring, we initiated a new seasonal cycle. That phase signaled the “beginning of the beginning,” a time of perfect freedom and the accompanying state of openness that arises when we contemplate infinite possibilities. We witnessed the new year standing before us like a pristine field of virgin snow, and now, as we enter the second phase of the year, we are going to mark the ground by taking our first footstep.


What does this footstep look like? We’ll take our cue from the seasonal changes unfolding around us. At this stage of the yearly cycle, days are growing longer. The average temperature over the next fifteen days will be higher than the average temperature over the last fifteen days. The frosty earth is continuously feeding on a diet of warmer sunlight and fresh rainwater, and those nutrients are going to “stir” the slumbering seeds blanketed below the surface. 


During Rain Water, you align with nature by “stirring” the seeds of creativity that lie dormant deep within your psyche. The time is ripe for you to illuminate your mind and realize a new vision—one that will unfold over the coming year. The theme of Rain Water is the revelation of a new vision and the way to awaken this vision is by practicing total and absolute surrender in the face of the unknown. 


Imagine standing at the edge of a diving board on a moonless night. You're going to jump into the water that is reflecting the stars, but you don’t know how high up above the water you are. Maybe the surface lies five feet below your feet. Maybe twenty five. Maybe more... To avoid injury, you must be completely relaxed and leap into the starry void in a state of total surrender.


The visionary quest is a plunge into unknown depths and this process  requires completely letting go. To awaken an authentic vision, find a quiet place, close your eyes, and let yourself dive down into the boundless abyss that leads to the heart of the mind. Plummet towards your Third Eye which lies at the center of your head. Keep on falling within, and eventually, this space become flooded with energy and an image will form. If this image is charged with a sense of spiritual meaning, consider it your vision. 


Grasp it! Write it down! Remember it! This vision contains deep inner wisdom that will guide you through springtime and beyond.  Don’t judge it. Don’t question it. Don’t doubt it. Let it be. Give the vision  breathing space to unfurl in the seedbed of your imagination. The time for clarity and action is coming soon, but it hasn’t arrived yet. For now, simply  nurture the image gestating in your mind’s eye the way a mother would lovingly caress the developing child inside her swollen belly. 


I encourage you to practice the Rain Water empowerment on Saturday, February 18th between 6:31 AM EST and 8:31 AM EST. This empowerment will boost your level of energy and support your visionary quest. (Remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone). Any visions that are revealed during the empowerment should be given special attention. Rain Water lasts until Sunday, March 5th at 4:32 AM EST when the next seasonal phase begins. Between now and then, close your eyes and invite the inspiring image waiting for you in the dark to reveal itself.



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STEP 1: LOCATE L1


The spine is made up of five segments including the coccyx, the lower back (sacral and lumbar spine), the middle and upper back (thoracic spine), and the neck (cervical spine).

The vertebra associated with this empowerment is Lumbar 1 (L1) in the lower back.

Begin by identifying your iliac crest, the topmost part of your hips, and trace a straight line to your spine. That vertebra is L4. Three vertebrae up is L1.

Find L1 now.



















STEP 2: SPINAL MEDITATION

(You can practice this empowerment every day until the next Jieqi, but the golden time is on Saturday, February 18th between 6:31 AM - 8:31 AM EST)


Once every 15 days, the sun crosses over "power spot" and a wave of powerful cosmic energy is released. The purpose of this empowerment is to concentrate this energy into your spine and internal organs.

  1. Sit comfortably or lie down and relax every part of your body.
  2. Inhale through all the pores of your skin, collect universal Qi energy and concentrate this energy to L1. Exhale and visualize L1 glowing brightly. Continue this breathing patterns 36 times.
  3. Then, inhale, focus on L1, exhale and visualize the light from L1 spreading throughout your body, to your spine, your bones, and to your internal organs. Repeat 36 times.
  4. Finally, inhale and collect the light and energy from all over your body into your Lower Dantian which is located three finger widths below your navel in the center of your body. Then exhale and concentrate the energy there. Repeat three times. Then, relax, and nourish your Qi, feeling like a sponge soaking in a warm tub of water. Maintain this state for as long as you want.

STEP 3: SPINAL MOVEMENT EXERCISE

(Practice this exercise once a day until the next seasonal phase begins)

The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the soft tissue surrounding the vertebra associated with the current empowerment. Every 15 days we focus on a specific vertebra and over the course of the year we tonify the whole spine. Be gentle and don't strain your back.


  1. Sit cross-legged, both hands pressing on your right thigh.
  2. Inhale as you turn your head and then your upper body to the left. Hold your breath as you look at the floor behind you for a few seconds. Then exhale as you return to the starting position.
  3. Then inhale as you turn your head and your upper body to the right. Hold your breath as you look at the floor behind you for a few seconds. Then exhale as you return to the starting position.
  4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 a total of 36 times.
  5. Swoosh your tongue around your mouth until it is full of saliva. Then, swallow the saliva, and send the energy of your saliva down to your Lower Dantian. Repeat three times.

Enjoy your practice!