Inner Alchemy with Qi Gong and Tai Chi

March 12, 2009 3:00 am

Inner alchemy is that process of transforming the vibration of your energy such that:

(1) Biochemistry is improved to positively impact your physical and mental health.
(2) Your capacity to cultivate higher states of spiritual awareness is increased.

How do we engage in inner alchemy?

One of the most accessible ways to experience profound internal alchemy is through a regular practice of qi gong movement or tai chi, performed with a strong focus on building spiritual energies.

Thus, each movement becomes a prayer that opens one up to the highest and most divine energy in our universe, God, and allows us to embody God’s divinity  in the choices that we make each day.

The true reflection of  inner alchemy is our states of mind and the behaviors that we choose.  For example, one client reported having studied qi gong for a number of years yet was filled with anxiety, criticism and judgment–and expressed these states regularly.

I commented, “Yes, I see you are very adept at the movements and breath work–but the spiritual aspects of instruction are clearly absent in your training.”

When qi gong is practiced with mindfulness to inner alchemy, one achieves the ability the transform negative mental and behavioral states into positive states.

How do you find a teacher that emphasizes inner alchemy in training qi gong and tai chi? Look for a teacher who is:

Well trained in the spiritual principles of the qi gong or tai chi forms.  Such a teacher should be able to explain the spiritual purpose of each specific breath work and movement from the perspective of Taoism–the spiritual system from which qi gong and tai chi are born.

If the teacher cannot explain this, then chances are he or she is not knowledgeable about the use of qi gong as a tool for inner alchemy.

Also, look for an instructor who embodies a high vibration in exuding vitality of physical health,  and a tremendous sense  of calm and warmth.

Look also for teachers that make the discovering of different spiritual energies a hands-on experience as opposed to an exercise that is read about in a book.

At Aiki Healing, I emphasize inner alchemy in the instruction of qi gong. With begining students, the process begins with instruction about the  psycho-spiritual aspects of certain movements as they relate to energy in the human body.

As students progress, they learn more about the specific spiritual uses of qi gong as  a tool to cultivate internal  alchemy. As a result, all my advanced students can communicate clearly how breath work and movements impacts spiritual development.

For privates or further information, please contact me at 512.468.6588 or email at

Kay Hutchinson McNeill is a certified advanced medical qi gong practitioner with over 14 years experiences in clinical practice. She is the founder of Aiki Healing offering professional medical qi gong certification programs, body bliss sessions and private qi gong movement instruction. Contact her today to discuss a free demo class or to schedule a bliss session. 512-468-6588Â

Kay Hutchinson, CAMQ, CAMT

Kay is the founder of Aiki Healing, a practice of medical qi gong dedicated to increasing the energy and well being of clients across the body, mind and spiritual levels. Email or call her today for a personalized consultation or bliss bodywork session. 512-468-6588