Don’t Make the Lower Dan Tien Mistake


A Little Mistake

Many folks, even experienced folks make this little mistake when doing their Chi Kung. It’s an easy mistake to make. It’s also very easy to correct with just a little knowledge.

But first let me back up a little.

One of the primary reasons for doing Chi Kung is to build Chi and store it in the body. Teachers often compare this to “saving money in the bank for a rainy day.”

Everyday you put a little Qi in the bank. Then when you’re old or sick you have a nice big savings stored up and you can use it to stay healthy, active and vibrant.

…but this doesn’t happen automatically. Every time you do your Qigong you need to take the Qi you’ve been working with and building and you need to store it. You need to actually ‘put it in the bank.’

Here’s where folks mess up

They store the Qi in the lower Dan Tien.

They do it because that’s what they’ve been taught.

What most people don’t know is that the Lower Dan Tien is NOT the primary storage place for Qi in the body.

The Lower Dan Tien is great for temporary storage. It’s a center used to direct Qi for use in other places in various ways.

But if you try to use it for long term storage you’re not going to get the full benefits of your Qigong practice. Not by a long shot.

We could talk at length about why some folks feel the need to spread misinformation but I’ll save that for another time.

What do you do?

The most effective place to store Qi is in the bone marrow of your entire body from head to toe.

The best way to do this is with Bone Marrow Washing. Bone Marrow Washing is taught in the program.

We teach the fundamentals of this at the very beginning of the Clear’s Tai Chi curriculum. Tai Chi Level 1 Part 1: Chi Energy Activation Cultivation & Flow:


  • 11. Balance and Correct the Meridians
  • 13. Bone Marrow Washing & Breathing
  • 14. Building Physical Constitution & Chi
  • 16. Packing & Storing Chi

These lessons give you the keys to storing Qi in the body so you can get the most from your Qigong practice.

You can check them out now for $5:

Or you can check out my book: Chi Energy: Activation, Cultivation and Flow and the accompanying DVD.

Improve Your Skills

This beginning foundation is essential for any Qigong or internal practice. However, it’s just the beginning. You’ll see these principles expanded upon and learn to take them to much more advanced levels in our intermediate training. You’ll also see them applied in different ways in different courses depending on the context.

However, Folks who wish to do healing work need to take this much further.

In our Chi Kung Energy Healing course you’ll take this type of skill much further, much faster than in any other program as you learn many advanced healing skills that require this basic foundation.

The healer course is also designed so that anyone can do it. You do not need any previous experience rapidly build these skills.

For more on energy healing check out our Chi Healing DVD Package. You can also attend one of our Chi Energy Healing Workshops.


  1. Thanks Ben, I find this very interesting! Unfortunately I am in Germany and cannot participate in your courses, but I would really like to know more how to store Qi in the bones! Maybe you could write more about it in a later post?

  2. I agree with you, in as far as first build ethical/moral foiotadunn, second build chi . To do otherwise will create monsters, as has occasionally happened in the past.According to a student of John’s: as unnerving as it may be the reality is even a cruel tyrant can learn these abilities. They are not proof of spiritual progress or compassion, but rather evidence of skilled meditation, chi cultivation and discipline.

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