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The Six Healing Sounds


One of the simplest, yet effective health maintenance programs I know is the Six Healing Sounds. While I use the word sound, they are not made by vibrating the vocal chords, but rather sub-vocally. I learned this simple qigong method from Master Luo Dexiu of Taiwan. Master Luo is a humble yet remarkable man. Easily one of the finest practitioners of the Chinese internal martial arts, Master Luo is a friendly and very approachable man.


There are two ways of performing the six sounds- with a gentle rocking action; and combined with a series of movements. I’m going to teach you the sounds using the former method. In the future I’ll put out some video of the sounds being used with the movements.


You’re going to start with the standing exercise I described earlier on this site. Once you feel nice and relaxed and aligned with gravity, you will start to actively use your breath. When you inhale straighten your body and feel vibrant. As you exhale bend slightly into the hips (the inguinal fold) and rock your body weight slightly forward. Not as far as the balls of your feet but just behind that area (K1). You want your exhale to be longer than your inhale, and take a couple of natural breaths between each sound. As you become more proficient, you can eliminate this stage.


Note: You can perform the six healing sounds sitting as well. To do this simply sit on the edge of your chair with your back straight with your palms relaxed on your knees or thighs.



XU-The Liver Sound

Xu (pronounced- shu) is the sound of the liver and is related to the wood element. Xu helps remove anger and sorrow. As you inhale try to inflate your belly and compress this area as you rock forward, fold into the hips and exhale.


HE- The Heart Sound

He (pronounced- huh) is the sound of your heart and is related to the fire element. This sound will help eliminate hatred and cruelty and will bring joy to your heart.


HU- The Stomach Sound

Hu (pronounced- hoo) is the sound of the stomach and is related to the earth element. This sound can help regulate your body temperature, keeping you from being too cold.


SI- The Lung Sound

Si (pronounced- ssss) is the sound of the lungs and is related to the metal (gold) element. This sound expels heat from your lungs and can bring equilibrium to your nervous system.


CHUI- The Kidney Sound

Chui (pronounced chew-ay) is the sound of the kidneys and is related to the water element. This sound eliminates shock.


XI- The Triple Warmer Sound

Xi (pronounced sheee) is the sound of the triple warmer (san jiao) and is related to all the elements. Regulating the triple warmer helps the circulatory system and central nervous system. This will relieve tension and anxiety.


When practicing the six healing sounds, do each sound six times. Rest between each sound to allow the energy to absorb back into the body. As you are doing the sounds, visualize the organ and gently squeeze the organ mentally.




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dcp_1354.jpgI studied the Chinese health and martial arts with Bruce Kumar Frantzis for just over ten years. Mostly I concentrated on the fascinating art of Baguazhang (eight trigram palm), but in addition studied Taijiquan, (tai chi), Xingyiquan (form and intention boxing), and Daoist meditation.

Bruce was apprenticed to a reclusive master in Beijing, Liu Hongjieh. Liu was said to be a sage of the Daoist Water School. Bruce contrasted the Water School with the Fire School saying that the Fire School is all about catharsis and burning through any blockages in your body/mind. In contrast the Water Method allows you to gently dissolve any sort of blockage, like ice to water and water to gas.

In my experience, even the so-called Fire Methods contain an element of the dissolving process. Controversial author Mantak Chia, head of the Healing Dao organization, has a practice called the “Inner Smile.” This practice is nowhere as detailed as the dissolving process in the Water Method, but it does offer you a quick and easy introduction to relaxation. It’s very easy to do and can be done anywhere you find the time.

When you first start this practice it’s best to find a quiet place, later you can do it anywhere. To start you simply smile. Become aware of the energy that smiling creates. Feel and enjoy that energy and allow it to hover in front of you. You can use any sort of visualization you like: an image of your loved one, a peaceful location such as the beach or a sunset, or a verdant forest. Or you can simply FEEL the energy of the smile itself.

Allow the muscles of your face to relax as you draw this pleasant smiling energy between your eyebrows. Bring this energy down the front of your body, cooling the heart and lungs. Often people who are angry get a hot constricted feeling in these organs. Let your heart soften and open to all your possibilities. Feel your lungs softening and getting spongy.

Smile down into your liver, under your ribs on the right side of your body. In Chinese medical theory the liver is the source of anger and its affiliate, sorrow. Feel your liver softening and filling with a deep purple color.

Then bring your smiling energy to the spleen which is approximately in the same place as your liver, but on the left side. Let your spleen release any toxins and bring a gentle relaxation to it.

From the liver, bring a warming smile into your kidneys, beneath the bottom of your ribs in your back. The kidneys hold the energy of water and if cooled too much can harden like ice. In fact you can bring the cooling energy of the kidneys to the heart and the warming energy of the heart to your kidneys in a flowing cycle.

Now bring all the smiling energy down through your body and out through the bottom of your feet.

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