SATO METHOD: Unique Qigong originated in Japan (Part 1)
Qi and Qigong
All beings and all things in the universe are connected with each other and influence each other. Human-beings, natural environment, and society are considered to be united whole. Therefore, The life force of human beings is strengthened if they are in harmony with the nature and the society. Qi is considered to be such life energy existing far and wide in the universe and Qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi. Typically a Qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, a calm mindful state, and visualization of guiding qi through the body. Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of alternative medicine or meditative practice. From a philosophical perspective Qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one’s “true nature”.
There are many Qigong techniques and methods and most of them were developed in China. However, the spiritual Qigong was developed in Japan by Mr. M. Sato and, accordingly, it is now called Sato Method. According to Mr. Sato, it is significantly different from the ordinary Qigong on the following three points:
- In case of the ordinary Qigong, qi comes into the body from the outside world. In case of the spiritual Qigong , however, qi comes from the inner realm and wells up in the body.
- In case of the ordinary Qigong, we bring in qi into our body with breathing & imaging techniques. In case of the spiritual Qigong, however, qi wells up in the body only by an awareness of it without the need for such techniques.
- In case of the ordinary Qigong, the “centroid of qi” comes down to the dantian (hypo gastric region). In case of the spiritual Qigong, however, it comes down to the sole. The “centroid of qi” here means the center core or root of qi.
Contraction Qi and Expansion Qi (According to Mr. Sato)
The “contraction qi ” works on incarnating the consciousness and the “expansion qi” works on spiritualization, opening up the consciousness from the body. We humankind get
- Ordinary Qigog Sato Method
benefits from the “contraction qi ” to live our life. On the other hand, we receive the benefits of the “expansion qi” when we come to the end of our life. It is no exaggeration to say that the world subsists on the basis of the balance of “contraction qi ” and the “expansion qi”. The Sato Method is based on these two kinds of qi and helps in a process of healing the body, heart and mind by making the best use of their respective features.
The ”contraction qi ” affects the sympathetic nerve. It enhances energy metabolism of the body and stamina. Mentally, it raises our motivation and elevates our feeling and positiveness. The “expansion qi”, on the other hand, acts on the parasympathetic division and suppresses energy metabolism of the body. It enhances the effect of sound sleep and removes physical fatigue of the day by lowering the energy metabolism down to the basal metabolism as much as possible. Mentally, it provides for comfort and tranquility.
Diseases of our time, either physical or mental, are not cured just by raising the energy metabolism. Rather, we can enhance our natural healing ability by suppressing the energy metabolism, with the consequence that our body and brain are put to rest, thus thoroughly opening up our body and mind . One of key merits of Sato Method is that it can enhance and suppress the energy metabolism of the body through a gentle approach.
Further Potentiality of Sato Method (According to Mr. Sato)
One of key characteristics of Sato Method is that anyone can easily master it with self-training. Once it is done, the following salient effects are expected.
- Recovery from disease
- Health improvement
- Mental exaltation
- Improvement in concentration
Sato Method has another feature that is very unique. According to Mr. Sato, it enables out-of-body experiences in a safe and relaxed condition.
Further details on Sato Method including the foregoing points will be explained in the upcoming articles of this series (Part 2, Part 3, —).