Small Universe Qigong Meditation

Zhineng Qigong 智能氣功
Zhineng Qigong Module 2: Body and Mind Method
September 1, 2020

Small Universe Qigong Meditation

Small Universe Circuit

Small universe circuit, also known as microcosmic orbit, is the path connecting the most important two meridians or energy channels in our bodies located on the back and front of our body.

Governing channel (blue colour path in the drawing), running along the spine and the head, connects with all yang channels that support all the internal organs and nervous system. Conception channel (yellow/ grey colour path in the drawing), running along the middle of the front of the body, connects with all Yin channels that support the glands and hormones. When the Governing channel and Conception channel connect, they activate the small universe circuit, which interconnects all the energy centers and meridians throughout our body.

Small Universe Circuit

Blockages in the energy centers along the Governing channel and Conception channel could result in serious harms. For example, a blockage in the heart energy center could cause heart, lung, breast, chest, or intelligence problems; a blockage in the tailbone could cause reproductive organ problems, low sexual energy, and headaches; a blockage in the cervical vertebra C7 of the spinal cord could cause headaches, fever, diabetes, and lung and heart problems.

Small universe Qigong meditation could clear energy blockages and enhance the Qi flow along the small universe circuit. As a result, it assists to balance and align the energy of the mind, body and spirit.

Meditation time and duration

The Governing channel and Conception channel automatically connect four hours a day: at noon (11:00 am to 1:00 pm) and at midnight (11:00 pm to 1:00 am). Traditionally, Qigong practitioners like to meditate at midnight and at noon, because it takes less energy and generates greatest benefit. However, it may be not practical to stick with these time slots in modern life. You may get the benefits from small universe Qigong meditation for 30 minutes to 1 hour at any time of the day.

Meditation procedure

Techniques of small universe Qigong meditation include mental concentration and controlled breathing. You can practice this meditation on you own or guided with chanting sound.

For posture, you can choose to sit or lie down, whatever is most comfortable for you. Prepare yourself and then follow the steps below.

  • Try to keep your spine straight without straining the back.
  • Put your tongue against the upper palate to connect the Governing and Conception channels.
  • Concentrate your mind in the lower Dantian (Point 1 of the Drawing), which is behind the navel.
  • Inhale, visualizing an energy ball shining very brightly in your lower Dantian. Exhale, moving the energy to the Bladder (Point 2).
  • Inhale, visualizing the energy radiating into the Bladder. Exhale, moving the energy to the Bottom of torso (Point 3).
  • In this way, the internal energy ball travels in the rhythm of your breathing, visiting all the 12 points shown in the Drawing, and finally returns to the Lower Dantian (Point 1).
  • You can move the energy through the small universe circuit for as many rounds as you want. At the end, stop at the lower Dantian and visualize the energy as a ball moving clockwise inside the lower Dantian nine times. The energy ball gets smaller and smaller and finally hides deep in behind the navel. When finished, take deep breath three times. Rub your hands. Massage your face. Comb your head with fingers. Cup you head with your hands. Massage your ears. Move your head from left to right in a circular way six times and then do it the other way six times.

A guided small universe Qigong meditation with Master Chunyi Lin from Spring Forest Qigong (link: may help you on better understanding the procedures and strengthening your practice.

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