Part One: What is Bigu and What Are Its Types?
Introduction to Bigu: An Ancient Chinese Practice
In the world of Chinese Daoist traditions, Bigu is a unique technique that has captivated many for centuries. So, what is Bigu all about?
Bigu teaches you to draw life energy from ‘Qi’ instead of relying on food. Although the Chinese character for both ‘Qi’ and ‘air’ is 气, it’s vital to recognize that Qi is not air but an immaterial form of cosmic energy.
Unlike Western fasting, which solely involves avoiding food, Bigu is different. You’re not cutting off your energy supply, but rather switching its source. Essentially, your body has two systems for obtaining energy. The first and more common system uses food as fuel. The second, less commonly activated system draws energy from Qi. Bigu is the practice of transitioning from the first system to the second, changing how your body fuels itself.
Types of Bigu: Intentional and Natural
There are primarily two types of Bigu—intentional and natural. Let’s delve deeper into both.
Intentional Bigu requires a specific set of techniques to help you transition from the food-based energy system to the Qi-based system. Traditionally, practicing Bigu involved an extensive preparatory phase, often filled with dietary changes and ritualistic ceremonies. You would begin by eliminating meat from your diet, then gradually reduce your food intake while participating in various spiritual rites. Once fully prepared, you could embark on your Bigu journey.
In contrast, modern-day teachings from institutions like EACT have streamlined the preparation process. Armed with a deeper understanding of human physiology, these methods enable you to commence your Bigu practice immediately, without the need for extensive preparation.
On the other hand, Natural Bigu occurs when an individual has been practicing self-cultivation for an extended period of time. This leads to the activation of six primary energy points in the body, allowing for the automatic absorption of energy from the universe without the need for daily practice. In rare instances, some individuals with a “high wisdom root” may spontaneously enter this state, even without prior self-cultivation. Most of the time, they don’t even know how it happened; they simply don’t feel the need to eat anymore, and sometimes, they lose the need to drink as well. It’s important to note that the belief—that anyone could spontaneously transition to Bigu— is not only incorrect but also poses potential health risks.
Stay tuned for our forthcoming article, where we’ll provide an authoritative guide to the various stages of Bigu—from the foundational to the advanced. Drawing on years of research and practice, we’ll unveil the essential techniques for mastering this ancient Daoist practice and discuss its myriad benefits from both a health and spiritual perspective.
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