What are energy vampires? If you experience constant fatigue, coldness and a drain of energy, this could be a sign that your chi energy is being drained. Early Chinese legends tell of so-called huli jing or fox spirits — sirens who drain young virile men of their sexual energy to promote their own longevity.
But there are also other more common types of energy vampires — people who practice a black art — a type of negative qigong designed for the sole purpose of draining other people’s chi energy to benefit themselves.
Beginners in tai chi qigong usually do not have to concern themselves with energy vampires, as they usually only target the intermediate or advance practitioners whose chi is sufficiently advanced enough to benefit them but whose skill is still not strong enough to resist them.
The more common but less harmful are people with negative thinking or people with very low energy due to chronic illness and a weak immune system. These people drain other people’s energy by their very presence, but they do so inadvertently.
The more rare but harmful energy vampires are those who deliberately prey upon the unwitting. These are the ones who practice the “black arts,” and yes, there is even a black qigong art that specializes in this type of negative training.
To protect yourself from energy vampires, there are ways to ward them off. One simple way is to mentally chant a mantra during qigong or meditative practice.
Another method is to use your yinian to block them out mentally. You can also use the yi consciousness to channel your chi energy to push their negative energy out of you. However, keep in mind, even in self-defence, you must use caution and not abuse your powers.
Part of the principles of wude or martial arts chivalry/integrity is that the martial artist must heal what he/she has harmed. To this end, martial artists are traditionally versed in both Chinese medicine, as well as in self-defence.
If you do not know how to heal what you have harmed in self-defence, it is better not to inflict the injury in the first place, since even in self-defence, there are always repercussions to causing harm to another individual.