LOOKING BACK SEVEN TIMES TO RID THE BODY OF THE FIVE INJURIES & SEVEN TOILS – THE FOURTH BROCADE
This the fourth of eight exercises known as the Eight Pieces of Brocade or Ba Duan Jin . These Dao Yin are over 900 years old and one of my essential exercises . These are foundational exercises that prepare the body for receiving and storing energy . These are not to be confused with other moving qigong that are often practiced after the stillness portion of the training . These eight exercises balance the energy and emotions in the simplest terms . This exercise is called ” Looking Back Seven Times to Rid the Body of the Five Injuries and Seven Toils ” and is used to balance emotions and the health of the organs. The “Five Injuries” refers to the imbalances of the Zang and Fu organs. The organs are paired in Solid & Hollow or Yin & Yang relationships. The organ pairs work in harmony with each other and are organized in relation to the Five Elements as they integrate with each other. Each Element relates to an emotion and emotions are felt by Chemicals released into the bloodstream. These chemicals leave residue in the organs that can effect their health. This chemical log jam is often the result of emotions being restrained . When a person cries or screams , they are seeking balance . When this is restricted in an attempt to be civilized , the energies and chemical balancing are restricted as well. There are simple /mechanical versions of this exercise and advanced/energetic versions as well . That being said , it is always good to look at the basic structure for tightness and restriction . To this end a simple version would be to stand in a natural stance and seat the palms at side center inhaling , then turn your head to the left to look over the left shoulder while pressing the head upwards and the palms downward in balanced opposition. Inhale back to center and then repeat on the right side . This makes one cycle and should be trained for seven cycles. A more energetic version has one smoothly sweeping the The left and right hemispheres with their eyes seven times , then looking down and back seven times . It is important that the eyes sweep smoothly and do not skip an area. We use our eyes to access memories , auditory recollection , and we even look towards out bodies/organs when we recollect a feeling. This is because the chemical change in the organ created the feeling in the body . This exercise will cause us to deal with the feelings that we bury and ignore . i added the ear covering and tapping as i like the energy it brings and i want to open the three passes ( Yu Zhen, Jia Ji, Wei Lu ) . This is the most energetic of the Brocades in my experience and it will make me sweat even in the cold . First warm the palms with a short inhale ( so we don’t introduce a cold invasion into the body ) and use the Kua and Yao ( spine) to shake left and right quickly in short bursts to train force generation at the same time as warming the palms. Cover the ears with the palms and hook the middle fingers at the base of the skull/occiput /GB 20 and inhale 9 times slowly and quietly . Exhale a silent “HA” sound releasing energy from Lao Gong /PC8 into the ears/kidneys ( External of the kidney in TCM/The ears and kidneys form at the same time in Fetal Development ) and release your holding strength and hold the hooked palms/arms ( which want to fall froward with your release of strength ) up with your spirit/gaze ( raise crown point) . This method helps open the neck and strengthens the upper spine . After completing the nine breaths , tap the occiput with all ten fingers ( stimulating the six meridians in each hand ) sequentially starting with the Pinky Finger . Bp Chan liked to multitask so he would tap with all of the fingers and train his DO RE MI Skills.