WuYin LiuZiJue 吴音六字诀 · Six healing sounds, to harmonize energy circulation in the meridians and quiet the emotions.

The recording of Liu Zi Jue can be traced back to the Spring-Autumn and Warring-State Period (770 BC-476 BC). The sounds have evolved through time and with different pronunciation of the same character in different dialects. The staff at Shanghai Qigong Research Institute favors the use of natural sounds and after phonetic studies came to the conclusion that the original sounds were closer to the pronunciation of the Wu dialect.

The practice of LiuZiJue combines static posture, meditation and movements. It helps to harmonize the body, quiet the emotions, and clear the mind through voice, breathing and stretching the meridians. It also helps to regulate the Qi activity of the five organs. The role of the six sounds in the treatment of diseases and health cultivation has been widely recognized.

Some history

The Laozi States, ‘one can aspirate the syllabus of Xu or Chui’. Today, it’s now generally believed that Liu Zi Jue was officially recorded in the Yang Xing Yan Ming Lu (Records on Prolonging Longevity by Nourrishing Life) by Tao Hong-jing (456–536), a leading figure of the Maoshan School of Taoism who lived in the Southern Liang dynasty (502-557). The Yang Xing Yan Ming Lu records, ‘Qi circulation can be promoted by inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. One has only one way for inhalation but six for exhalation, namely Ci, Hu, Xi, He, Xu and Hei. Ci removes pathogenic cold or heat, Hu dissipates pathogenic wind and warmth, Xi relieves worries, He causes qi to descend, Xu resolves stagnation and Hei improves exhaustion’.

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Movements of LiuZiJue:

Starting Posture (Three Regulations to be relaxed and Tranquil) 起势 松静三调
1. Movement #1 – Liver / Xu Sound 第一起 肝若虚时目瞪静
2. Movement #2 – Heart / He Sound第二起 心呵顶上连叉手
3. Movement #3 – Spleen / Hu Sound第三起 脾病呼时须撮口
4. Movement #4 – Lung / Hei Sound第四起 肺和呬气手双擎
5. Movement #5 – Kidney / Chui Sound第五起 肾吹抱取膝头平
6. Movement #6 – Triple Warmer (San Jiao) / Xi Sound第六起 三焦客热卧嘻宁
Concluding posture Nourish the Dantian 收势 静养丹田