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The Mystery and Magic of Qigong

Qigong is the ancient practice of aligning body, breath and mind for health, meditation and martial arts training. It is a practice that cultivates and balances Qi or "life energy”. The following interview with international Qigong practitioner, Jeff Primack, was conducted by Richard Pearl, radio host of Pearls of Wisdom.

RP: What are the benefits of Qi and how does it accomplish healing?
JP: Qi has profound physical effects that unlock our potential. Say you’re a battery and the Qi is the life force that keeps the battery going. When the juice inside is used up, the battery is lifeless. If people squander energy on arguing and negative behavior then how can anyone increase energy?

Qigong understands where people lose their energy and how to get it back. When standing still in a Qigong posture, a person can circulate as much blood as running three miles. A pleasant heat builds in the navel center bringing a quiet confidence and power within; there is no stress response from Qigong. In addition, Qigong noticeably improves blood circulation and digestion.

RP: Is this life force or Qi different in each person?
JP: The Qi is one unified force, but some people have more than others. In an extreme example, a person may have enough energy so they don’t require sleep anymore—this is a very high level of Qi. Most people need six hours of sleep, thus indicating our limited energy situation. Qi can be replenished by using breathing techniques, meditation, fasting, prayer, sun bathing, etc. It is the same spirit or Qi that moves through each person – it is all the same force in different amounts.

RP: Can a person have too much Qi?
JP: Qigong theory states the “Ocean of Qi” in the navel can never be filled. One cannot have too much Qi, but it can be blocked and Qigong exercises will help to open up the channels.

People with abundant Qi have a grace and power about them that attracts people. New students frequently find their skin clears up and their eyes whiten. Blood circulates better, helping more toxins leave the system. The benefits to having more Qi are the same as having better blood circulation. When people do Qigong for the first time they are often surprised to see their fingers pulsate and fill up with blood. The warmth people feel in the navel is also from the increased blood flow.

RP: You speak about euphoric “highs” that can be attained from breathing techniques. What is the value of this in practical real-world terms?
JP: Everyone wants to feel good. Sometimes the Qi will vibrate throughout our body in such a blissful way as to feel as if we are being touched by God—all without chemicals or artificial products that cost money. The Qi is free, abundant and right under our nose. It is the ultimate ally to rise above life’s obstacles. Once you get the hang of the breathing techniques there comes the ability to have a natural high anytime.

RP: You lead these seminars called Qi Revolution. Can you tell us more?
JP: During the Qi Revolution seminars, attendees generate energy in graceful Qigong routines. The entire audience feels a profound electro-magnetic Qi energy in their hands. In addition to movements, spine-tingling breathing techniques are employed and there is yoga, food-healing principles from naturopathic medicine and an extraordinary healing-breath-prayer circle. The seminar gives the ultimate “activation” to one’s internal energy. Once the candle has been lit, it is easy to maintain its radiance. Simply practice Qigong. All ages and fitness levels can participate.

Event Details: Qi Revolution will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from April 11-14. Cost: $149. For reservations or more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit

This interview was conducted by Richard Pearl, 20-year host of Pearls of Health Radio Show. For more information, visit Having studied with Qigong masters worldwide, Jeff Primack is a Qigong teacher specializing in live seminars.