How To Create A Protective Energy Field – QiQong

3 Treasures Healing - Learn Medical QiQong Healing with Lisa VanOstrandMany people ask me what they can do to protect themselves from outside influences. This is one of my favorite protective meditations from my Medical Qigong teacher, Dr Jerry Alan Johnson.

This meditation is great to do before beginning your day of healing work or anytime you feel you need extra protection like entering a hospital, subway or airport. Additionally, if you have tendencies to a collapsed, detached or any auric field issues, adding this meditation to your daily routine would be well advised. In my classes, I have people feel each other’s auric field before and after this meditation.

This particular meditation called the Wu Zang protection meditation comes from the Ming Dynasty. In hospitals in China, doctors would perform the meditation before treating patients.  In China, Wu means 5 and Zang means Organs; thus, the meditation is a protection for your 5 organs and also links you to the protective energies of heaven and earth.  Feel the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine linked with the archetypical energies of the animals, directions, colors and spiritual qualities of the organ energies; this will help make the meditation even more powerful for you.


Start by focusing on the center of your body.  Imagine opening up the top of your head and being to pull qi from the heavens.  Imagine the divine light as a bright shining light, filling your entire body through the top of the head.  Imagine this white light energy coalescing into the body’s center core, forming a tube of heavenly energy that extends from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.

Imagine the following by focusing on each organ, 1 at a time, as described below:

  • Imagine a golden yellow mist of qi arising from under the Earth and filling your body and connecting with the Spleen organ.  Feel this golden light of earth energy envelop your center core of divine white light energy, merging together.  This represents the energy of your intention (yi) to root and stabilize your power.
  • Begin to focus on your heart and imagine a portal opening and the qi flowing out your heart like a red swirling wind in front of you, full of power, protecting you with your spirit (shen) in the form of a fiery red phoenix. The red phoenix represents your innate sprit, alive graceful and powerful.
  • Focus on your back, especially the kidneys. Imagine a portal opening and the qi flowing from the kidney area like water.  From this water grows an enormous black turtle and snake. The shell of the turtle protects you like a might shield, and the snake is poised to attack anyone who approaches from the rear. The turtle represents your ancestral energy, protecting you and supporting you as well as your willpower (zhi) to survive.
  •  Place your attention on your lungs and visualize a portal opening on the right side of your body under the right ribs. Imagine the lung qi flowing out the right side of your body like steam forming a white tiger as strong as steel.  Imagine the tiger with 4 claws and teeth and 5 weapons. The tiger represents the material soul, the body’s animal nature (po); it guards and protects you with an animal passion for survival.
  • Place your attention on the liver and visualize a portal on the left side of your body under the left ribs (the yang energy of liver is energetically on the left). Imagine the liver qi flowing out the left side of your body like steam, forming a green dragon, sinewy and resilient.   Imagine the dragon with 4 claws, teeth and tail to make 6 weapons.  The dragon represents the body’s divine nature (hun), guarding and protecting you with a spiritual passion for victory.

Imagine the animals begin rotating to the left (counterclockwise), each one protecting, stalking and defending the previous animal’s position. Slowly being to circle these archetypical energies and gradually increase their speed until they are spinning faster and faster. As they spin faster and faster and whirl around you, the colors and powers blend together into a cocoon of protective energy.

After forming a protective rainbow energy bubble around your body, draw the energies back in through the crown point (baihui) and return the energy of each organ back to it’s origin. (red to heart, dark blue to the kidneys, green to the liver, and white to the lungs). As the colors return back to their organ of origin, imagine steam flowing up out of the pores and filling up the energy bubble in your auric field created by the animal’s rotations.  This forms a solid connection between the body’s internal organs and the body’s external field of energy.

When the protection of the body with the Five Elements is done.  Imagine the 7 sparkling lights of the Big Dipper shining above your head like diamonds.  The illumination of these 7 sparking stars represent your spiritual connection to the will of heaven.  You can now perform your activities knowing that you are physically, energetically and spiritually protected.

Reference: Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy Volume 3: Differential Diagnosis, Clinical Foundations, Treatment Principles and Clinical Protocols (pages 264-265)

By Professor Jerry Alan Johnson and Class Notes

Lisa VanOstrand is a Doctor of Medical Qigong (China), Dean of Psychology at the International Institute of Medical Qigong, former Dean of Advanced Studies at Barbara Brennan School of Healing and Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner and Core Energetic Therapist. She teaches classes in Energy Healing and Qigong at various locations in the US.

Medical Qiqong – The Medicine of the Future

3 Treasures Healing - Learn Medical QiQong Healing with Lisa VanOstrandOn the February 15th, 2007 episode of the Oprah show, Dr. Mehmet Oz, a noted NY surgeon and healthcare advocate, sited energy medicine as the medicine of the future. Quoting from Dr. Oz, “The reason I’m so excited and passionate about alternative medicine is the globalization of medicine.” According to Dr. Oz, alternative medicines deal with the body’s energy, something that traditional Western medicine generally does not recognize.


According to Jerry Alan Johnson, author of Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, Qigong is a combination of two ideas: “Qi” (pronounced chee), which means air, breath
of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe, and
“Gong (pronounced gung, as in lung), which means the skill of working with,
or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement. Together Qigong means the skill of cultivating vital energy, or the ability to work with the electromagnetic energy of the body. The body is enveloped by Qi (electromagnetic currents), which sustains life; it is present in every cell of the body and affects both internal and external organ functions.

Medical Qigong

Jerry Alan Johnson sites Medical Qigong as one of the four main branches of
Chinese medicine; the others are acupuncture, herbal medicine, and medical
massage. Medical Qigong is the study of the energetic map of the body based on classical and alchemical Chinese medicine as well as more traditional Chinese medicine. Medical Qigong techniques can be practiced on oneself for self-cultivation or on others as healing protocols. Prescription exercises, meditations, and healing protocols enhance body, mind, and spirit, but they can also address the energetics of specific disease patterns. Healing occurs through balancing Qi and treating the client as a whole system.

Disease is caused by stagnation or blockage (energy not moving) and/or deficiency (not enough energy). The bottom line is that the client must remove the stagnation and take steps to ensure that stagnation does not return to the physical body, or any of the subtle bodies, where there are inherent weaknesses. The time needed to remove such blockages depends on how deep the pattern is, particularly if any form of disease has infiltrated the physical body and if the condition has existed for any length of time. The same line of reasoning applies to deficiency, where any deficient areas must be strengthened. Often times a deficiency and blockage occur at the same time. Therefore, the goal of all healing is not to just treat symptoms but to determine each client’s particular imbalances and find the root cause(s).

Self-practice is an important part of a client taking responsibility for their own healing process, and it speeds up the work performed by outside sources. Self-practice includes the following:

  • Meditation and spiritual practices in whatever spiritual path the client feels most inspired by. This assists clients in connecting to something larger than themselves and understanding their condition from a greater perspective of wholeness.
  • Dietary changes to assist in removing stagnation and giving support to any deficiencies.
  • Medical qigong exercises performed daily for particular conditions. These exercises combine the use of breath with individual physical movements, creative visualization, and intention. The primary goal is to purge toxic emotions from within the body’s tissues, eliminate energetic stagnation, as well as strengthen and balance the internal organs and energetic fields.

When working with outside sources:

  • Medical Qigong healing strives to balance the physical and subtle bodies and create new imprints. Healing can initiate changes at all levels: physical, energetic, emotional/mental, and spiritual. The experienced healer understands the relationship between the physical body and the subtle bodies as well as the interrelationship between elements, organs, meridians, chakras, and disease patterns.
  • In addition, Medical Qigong uses Personal Process Therapy to address psychological issues and clear the emotional/mental bodies. For example, physical illness can be the result of long-standing emotional suppression. It is also equally important to challenge limited or false belief systems and to have support for necessary lifestyle changes. In theory, body, mind, and spirit can be separated, but in experience, body-mind-spirit are different dimensions of the same human consciousness. Medical Qigong exercises, such as dry crying and beating the bag, are just two of the many ways that Medical Qigong practitioners work to resolve emotional issues.

Although miracles can and do happen, healing and transformation are generally hard work. When dis-ease is present, major changes are usually required at all levels (physical, energetic, emotional/mental, and spiritual), and each of these levels, other than the physical, can be considered as a subtle body or field that surrounds and penetrates the physical body. Medical Qigong provides one energetic healing modality for each one of us to reach our full potential.

Source: “Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy: A Comprehensive Clinical Text” by Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson

Lisa Van Ostrand is Doctor of Medical Qigong (China), Dean of Psychology at the International Institute of Medical Qigong, former dean of Advanced Studies at Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and a core energetic therapist. She teaches classes in Medical Qigong at various locations in the US. Contact: