Sign chi do incorporates universal sign gestures with music, movement and intention. Unlike, other forms of meditative centering practices where one is taught to empty the mind in a silent, wordless contemplative process, Sign chi do does just the opposite. You are encouraged to focus on a word or a prayer and become one with that word by expressing it in sign gesture using your entire body. This first step of attaching the universal sign gesture to the word begins the process of integrating that word into your being. The next step is to connect the movement to your breath while hearing the word being sung. Once this occurs, it begins the process of transformation within. The brain recognizes different deeper meanings of the word simply by you drawing it in the space surrounding your body resulting in what I call concordance. You hear the word sung, your body expresses it in sign gesture, your brain sees the picture or the posture of the word in action and immediately chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin are released to mimic or 'concord' to the meaning your brain attached to the word. You begin to feel calm or empowered or joyful or peaceful and the result is immediate!
This leads us to talk about posture. Your posture in Sign chi do is determined by the attitude of the word being expressed. For example, if you sign the word 'serenity', your body takes on the posture of showing calmness by moving the hands gently downward in front of your body to show that your innermost being is settled down and serene. On the other hand, if you sign the word 'healthy', your body takes on the posture of showing strength emanating from the center of your chest with the muscles engaged in what looks like a boxers pose. It is this connection between the attitude of the word and the posture of the body that deepens the experience of the prayer and ultimately of God through Sign chi do.
Sign chi do, often referred to as 'The Art of Moving Prayer' is now being practiced by hundreds of people of all ages and is constantly finding its way into new venues of Recreation, Health and Spirituality rooted in Christian teaching and scripture.
Medical research is beginning to show physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of practicing Sign chi do. It's primary effect is in its ability to quiet the inner chatter, keeping an inner stillness in the midst of chaos and thus being more resilient and present to our living God. Secondary effects include protecting the body against the effects of stress, enhancing memory, improving balance and giving you an overall enhanced sense of wellbeing.