Wai Qi Liao Fa
One of the highest aspects of Qi Gong and Nei Gong training is the practice commonly known as Wai Qi Liao Fa or ‘outgoing Qi therapy’. These treatments involve the practitioner using their own Qi to treat that of their patient. Qi is generally sent into an injury site, used to purge pathogens from a channel or else a channel is simply opened under the force of the Qi being used. This Qi is directed from the therapist’s body using intent and specific exercises and should only be practiced after a lengthy process of cultivating and building your own Qi. In modern times, there are many schools attempting to teach this kind of method after only a very short time of the student beginning Qi Gong practice; at best, they will simply produce poor quality therapists and at worst it is possible for the therapist to cause themselves or their patient harm.
This kind of method is only taught to students within Lotus Nei Gong after a long period of internal training as well as deep study of Chinese medicine practice. It is the coming together of Chinese medical expertise and a high level of internal cultivation that produces the method known as Wai Qi Liao Fa.
We are exchanging Qi with one another all of the time. We live in a large energetic field of information that is being picked up by the body second to second. Some of us are blissfully unaware of this taking place whilst others, those we generally call more sensitive, often suffer to varying degrees because of the amount of information they are picking up from other people and the environment. Many would deny such a phenomenon but those who have experienced the transference of Qi from one person to another for themselves understand that this is a clear and ongoing process.
When we work energetically with another person, especially in a therapeutic setting, we are opening ourselves up to a higher degree of energetic transference. This transference can take the form of a ‘draining’ of Qi from one person to another or else a passing over of diseased or emotionally unwell information. In either case the therapist generally suffers (and sometimes the patient) and with time this can lead to a form of energetic burnout.
A large part of Wai Qi Liao Fa practice is learning how to regulate your own Qi and Shen in order to maintain your own state to a healthy level. A high level of Qi must be built up along with a refined level of Shen. This then forms the basis for your own therapeutic practice. Along with this we need to study ‘clearing’ methods and protection tools to ensure that we do not take on too much from our patients.
Studying Wai Qi Liao Fa
Note that due to the complex nature of this kind of work as well as the sheer amount of practice involved, we don’t generally offer ‘public’ training in this aspect of our school’s system. Instead, those senior students in the school that have studied Qi Gong, Nei Gong and Chinese medicine to a high enough degree progress onto this area of study when the time is right.
As with western medicine, the concept of ‘do no harm’ also applies to Chinese medicine and certainly for something like Wai Qi Liao Fa there are certain levels of skill and understanding that need to be developed for this ethos to be upheld.