Qigong or Chi Gong
Different Types of Qigong
Chi Kung, Qi Gong
Definition - 'Qigong' (also spelled "chi gong," and "chi gung"; originally called daoyin):
1. (Chi Kung, Chinese Energetic healing, Chinese Qigong therapy, Chinese yoga, internal Qigong, Kiko, Qi Gong, Qigong healing) Chinese form of self-healing whose purported aim is to "stimulate" and "balance" the flow of qi (chi, "vital energy") through meridians ("energy pathways").
It involves contemplation, visualization (imagery), assumption of postures, and stylized breathing and body movements. "Gong" is a Mandarin word that pertains to skill. Its Cantonese equivalent is "kung," as in "kung fu." The word "qigong" literally means "breathing exercise," "to work the vital force," "practicing with the breath," and "working with the energy of life." Interpretations of the word include "energy skill" and "energy mastering exercise."
2. A vast group of systems and methods of ancient Chinese and twentieth-century origin that encompasses Qigong therapy.
What is Qigong?
It is awareness of suchness! Of this very moment beyond time and Space. Then the simple act of standing in this vivid awareness is Qigong. The awareness will serve like a golden light that will dispel the darkness of sickness and despair from your mind/body.
Qigong practice is recorded in hieroglyphics 7000 years ago, and in Chinese books 3000 years ago. This philosophic, meditative, and postural discipline evolved through the efforts and exploration of many practitioners and masters. In ancient times life could be difficult. Our ancestors had to work hard to provide for themselves and their families. At the same time they had to learn how to care for themselves. They had to be self-sufficient and hardy in order to not only survive, but also to flourish. They developed Qigong practice to keep themselves in harmony with the universe, in good physical health, and in a state of peacefulness. In these simpler times people lived closer to the earth. They arose, worked, ate, and retired in concert with the sun, and the moon. They planted, and hunted according to the dictates of the seasons of the earth, and the constellations. They had the time to observe the simple miracles of life of their fellow creatures, not just humans, but animal, insect, fish, and plant life. So it is that they became aware of their interconnectedness with all of these elements of the universe.
How Qigong cures disease
In Chinese "Chi" means breath air as well as life force energy. Qigong means breathing exercise, it is the skill of breath! Many thousands of years ago in China, Qigong was applied, and still is as a field of medicine for the treatment of chronic diseases.
Qigong therapy has been proven effective for diseases including neurosis, hypertension, ulcers, chronic constipation, arthritic problems, not to mention stress related illness, panic attacks and anxiety phobia etc.
The basic therapeutic principles behind the effectiveness of Qigong is its ability to have restorative value for vitality, and increase storage capacity for physical energy, because of its massaging action of the visceral organs. Qigong also replenishes depleted energy, the reserves of the body that have been lost through disease or physical exertion. It encourages proper rest and recuperation, aiding our physical and mental systems through normal organic function.
The deeply relaxing state achieved by the practice of Qigong suppresses the excitation perimeters of the cerebral cortex (in the brain). This internal inhibition or suppression of over excitation and fatigue of the cerebral cortex allows a quiet calm state for extended periods, and this provides a receptive medium for the restoration of the brain to its normal calm and alert condition.
Hyperactivity is quietened by internal control, which means conditions in the central nervous system become more conducive to the regeneration of vitality, and recovery of health from disease. The therapeutic principle of storing physical energy is essential to the practice of Qigong.
Physiological studies where Qigong is practised have shown an energy-storing phase, this refers to a state of parasympathetic tornis, ie that which may be visualised or seen in deep relaxation or sleep. When oxygen consumption is reduced by 30-35% the metabolic rate decreases around 20-25%. This energy-storing phase over a period of time stops loss of energy, and encourages and facilitates storage of refreshed energy supplies
In boosting one's level it therefore boosts effectiveness in combating chronic and debilitative conditions, as well as aiding those with a weak physical constitution.
Basic concepts of the Chow Integrated Healing System for initial practice are:
Get at least eight hugs a day
Get at least three Belly-Aching-Laughs-A-Day
Maintain a positive mental attitude
Maintain proper posture and breathe with the diaphragm
Meditate daily Good nutrition, supplements, and perhaps herbs
Practice the Chow Qigong exercises
Be at peace with yourself and others
Live the Qi energy concept
Give and receive lots of love
From chapter five of "Miracle Healing from China... Qigong"
"Excerpt from Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's DVD Qigong Massage, published by YMAA.com
Yan Xin Qigong involves a close relationship with the physical sciences. In China today, there are dozens of high level Qigong practitioners who work, to various degree, with research institutions. However, not one of these practitioners have come close to what Dr. Yan Xin has accomplished both in China and in the United States in promoting the scientific study of Qigong. Dr. Yan Xin was the first person in China's history to cooperate with the best research institutes in China and America. To date, Dr. Yan Xin has conducted over two-hundred scientific studies, many of which have been published in reputable academic journals. No other practitioner or master of Qigong have been able to repeat Dr. Yan Xin's experiments to any significant degree. Among Dr. Yan Xin's published Qigong experiments are:
People of All Ages Can Benefit from Yan Xin Qigong
Yan Xin Qigong can objectively exhibit extraordinary effects among people of different ages. Common benefits of Yan Xin Qigong practice for all age groups include promoting health, preventing and curing diseases, and increasing work efficiency. Any age group is good for practicing Yan Xin Qigong, yet the earlier in life one begins, the better it will be in the long run.
Benefits for Children Promoting extraordinary abilities, healthy growth, high intelligence and good character trait.
Benefits for Young People Adjusting physiological functions, balancing the psychology, helping to achieve early success in life and adjusting their characters.
Benefits for Adults Being an excellent form of prenatal education, eliminating fatigue, improving work efficiency and extending their life spans.
Benefits for Menopausal Adults Improving, automatically healing or preventing menopausal syndrome, controlling aging and improving family relationship.
Benefits for Senior Citizens Effectively and directly extending life, helping to be more independent, and harmonizing both the family atmosphere and their relationships with others.
Several types of Qigong are being practiced extensively in China. One type is the contemporary Qigong which are now regularly practiced by a huge number of people in China as seen in Bill Moyer's PBS series "Healing and Mind". These Qigong methods, created by contemporary Qigong practitioners, are popular, easy to learn, and generally beneficial to health. These popular forms of Qigong helped the spread of Qigong practice in the modern society. Another type is the sectarian Qigong. It includes Taoist Qigong, Buddhist Qigong, Confucian Qigong, Medical Qigong, Martial Arts Qigong, and Folk Qigong. In fact, various Martial Art forms, such Tai Chi Chuan, Kung Fu, etc are developed based on Martial Arts Qigong. Many of the highly acclaimed contemporary Qigong masters come from this tradition. Yet another type is the Chinese Traditional Qigong. Chinese Traditional Qigong is preserved and perfected by long-living high level Qigong masters, and is represented by Yan Xin Qigong in the contemporary society. It does not subscribe to any sectarianism because it holds that all Qigong methods are aimed at tapping the same source of the unlimited universal power even though they may be of different froms or levels.
Shaolin Neijing Yizhi Chan: Used for developing energy for healing and martial arts use. From the Henan Shaolin Temple. Lin Kong Jing Qigong: A standing meditation Buddhist method of the Hsing-i school of internal martial arts made famous by Wang Xiang Zhai. External Qi Healing: A standing meditation method of the shaolin temple used expressly for healing pains and injuries with qi.
Six Paths Of Qigong and Taiji
There are thousands of kinds of Qigong. Taiji is one of the most widely recognized. There are six paths that an individual might follow through the practice of Taiji and other methods of Qigong:
The Self Reliance and Empowerment Path The healthy individual seeking sustain health or reach for peak performance
The Path to Self Healing The unwell individual seeking healing and the of health
The Healer's Path The doctor or health care provider seeking healing methods for service to others
The Path of Supreme Strength and Conflict Resolution The martial artist and the peace warrior seeking internal power
The Super Natural Path The individual seeking the maintenance of extraordinary human abilities
The Path of Transcendence and Immortality The spiritual student seeking enlightenment, peace and unity with the quantum
The Super Natural Path
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Tales of extraordinary human feats have always been associated with Qigong. The phenomenon of "exceptional human function" (EHF) has created quite a bit of interest in the world's scientific communities.(5,6) It would be irresponsible to claim that EHF is fully proven to the satisfaction of western rational research science. Much of the research done in China does not meet the extreme and rigorous parameters of the scientific method. However, there are many research institutes in China that are enthusiastically exploring EHF and Qigong.(5,6) EHF has manifested in a large number of cases where children have had unusual and extraordinary abilities. These are the famous psychic children of China who have been documented as being able to read messages that are inside of locked vaults and see through objects. In his book, "Encounters With Qi",(6) David Eisenberg a Harvard trained doctor reveals his experience of two sisters who live near Beijing with "exceptional human function". These young girls were able, repeatedly, to tell what a group of researchers had written on papers that they could not have seen. Dr. Eisenberg also tells of his experience at the Qigong Research laboratories of the Shanghai Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A Qigong master named Lin Ho-sheng caused the movement of an object from a distance of several feet in an environment where no other force could have affected the object.(6) It has been found that EHF is maintained and perpetuated by the practice of Qigong.(5) Qigong has been found to support the development of EHF in certain practitioners who were not born with the skill. In children whose EHF abilities were slipping away with age it was found that the abilities could be regenerated or induced through the use of Qigong exercises.
The Path of healing others
© Roger Jahnke O.M.D. (Author of The Healer Within: The Four Essential Self-Care Methods for Creating Optimal Health, Harper-Collins)
Patient empowerment and self care, as well as, medical cost reduction possibilities have a special potential to transform medicine as it is practiced in the western world. However, the aspect of Qigong that has greatest potential to restructure medicine, as we know it, is the amazing technique of "external" Qigong. In external Qigong the practitioner or Qigong doctor does non-touch energy assessment of the patient and actually projects or conducts Qi, in a treatment mode, to the patient. In assessment, rather than asking questions, taking pulses, observing the tongue, palpating reflexes and ordering lab tests, the practitioner uses concentration, intuition, and reading of the Qi with off the body diagnostic scanning. In treatment, the practitioner actually projects the Qi to another to have a clinical effect. Both of these techniques seem impossible and fantastic. However, research is revealing that there may be authentic, explainable and demonstrable natural laws and mechanisms in operation during these events.(7)
Therapeutic Touch, an assessing and healing technique which uses an "off the body" technique called "unruffling the field" has experienced a tremendous swell of interest in the nursing community. The research of developer Delores Krieger, RN, demonstrated that in-vivo hemoglobin values were significantly effected by the administration of this energy based technique.(29) A unique aspect of the work of China's Qigong doctors is that a number of them have developed the ability to manipulate the limbs of patients and research participants from a distance, effect changes in the physical or chemical properties of research materials with intention and cause anesthesia by pointing at certain acupuncture points.(7) Dr. Zhang Yu of the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Xi Yuan Hospital has amazed groups of American observers with his external conductance ability. It seems that participants may be hypnotized or faking, however, studies with animal subjects show similar reactions.
An October 1986 article in the LA Times tells the story of the Beijing practice of Master Xun Yunkun who treats medical cases including terminal cancer and paralysis following stroke with Qi projection. Another article describes "harnessing electrical energy and projecting it across a distance to assist patients with Parkinson's disease, arthritis and other crippling diseases. There is a tremendous wave of interest in this aspect of Qigong in the western world and a number of very respectable research organizations are currently expending substantial budgets on Qigong related projects. There is a tremendous amount of research attempting to explain these phenomenon.
The American Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Zheng Rong and Stanford physicist Professor William Tiller are doing a collaborative research project on Bio-luminescence and Qigong with a focus on satisfying the rational research model. One hundred and twenty eight research papers were presented at the First World Conference for the Academic Exchange of Medical Qigong in 1988 which was sponsored by the China Medical Association, Chinese Ministry of Health, China Qigong Research Institutes and the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and attended by representatives from 17 countries.
On one hand it is wonderful that there may be Qigong doctors with such special abilities. It would be a shame, however, if interest in such phenomena overshadowed the tremendous potential for all health seekers to move toward freedom from dependence upon health experts outside of themselves through self applied Qigong techniques.
The Path of Transcendance and Immortality
© Roger Jahnke O.M.D. (Author of The Healer Within: The Four Essential Self-Care Methods for Creating Optimal Health, Harper-Collins)
In the spiritual traditions of China, Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism, practices and disciplines for refinement of the spirit are common. Qigong is a primary system for spiritual attainment. The practice of Qigong, in this context, is aimed at the evolution and development of the inner being. The body is seen as a local representative of the entire universe. As in the hologram of modern science, the individual is, in a special sort of way, the whole cosmos. One description of Qigong is as a discipline to "refine the body of pure energy". The acupuncture centers on the front and back primary channels of the "microcosmic orbit" are like energy gates. When the gates are open the Qi develops and circulates. It spills out into all of the channels and circuits. This is called the circulation of the light. When the light is circulating to all of the organs, glands, limbs, tissues and cells the practitioner is filled with, acknowledges and celebrates the light. As the practitioner's attention is fixed on the body of light the dense body of substance becomes secondary. Rather than a physical body with a resonating energy field the individual, from this perspective, is an energy field that has a small dense body of flesh at its center.
Thousands of years ago Chuang Tzu asked, "Is it Chuang Tzu asleep dreaming he is a butterfly? Or is it the butterfly dreaming he is Chuang Tzu." In the Qigong of transcendence it is asked, "Is the practitioner in the deep Qigong state a person in a moment of transcendent energetic experience, or is manifestation in a physical body actually a brief exploration into substance by an entity whose normal state is one of highly refined, resonating light energy". The post Einsteinian physics of the unified field has revealed that our world is composed of dynamic relationships of energy. Therefore, it is not that strange that the practice of transcendence should be as much a part of the Qigong tradition as calisthenics and breathing exercises that lower blood pressure. Richard Wilhelm's translation of "The Secret of the Golden Flower" is a translation of a beautiful Chinese classic of transcendence that focuses on the "circulation of the light and the backward flowing breath". "Compared to the great Way, heaven and earth are like a bubble and a shadow. Only the primal spirit and the true nature overcome time and space. The energy of the seed, like heaven and earth, is transitory, but the primal spirit is beyond polar differences. Here is the place where heaven and earth derive their being. When students understand how to grasp to the primal spirit they overcome the polar opposites of light and darkness and tarry no longer in the three worlds. Only the seeker who has envisioned human nature's original face is able to do this."(21)
A person practicing Yan Xin qigong may appear to be sitting quietly and perhaps thinking of nothing. This is both true and untrue. The person is listening but not really listening, thinking but not thinking in the normal sense, imagining but not imagining, aware of the surroundings but not too aware. Such is the qigong meditative state. Smiling and good wishes are important qigong techniques. Although sitting quietly, a beginner is trying to breathe deeply, slowly and regularly -- and counting each breath. At first it takes a lot of effort to exert harmonious control over the diaphragm, chest walls, throat, tongue and nasal passages. The beginner is also pushing virtually to the breaking point the human capacity to imagine.
A basic purpose of these activities is to impose a disciplined and rhythmic pattern on one's body. We impose willed control over breathing, normally an involuntary function of the parasympathetic nervous system. Doing so helps bring the body into phase with the larger rhythms of daily life, the cycles of the days and the seasons. Most diseases are irregularities and dysfunctions. Put the body into phase and flow with the universe, and the qi will flow more freely. Freely flowing qi can eliminate irregularities and dysfunctions. Qigong permits a person to gain some control over autonomic functions. The exercises produce 'autonomic learning' that modulates and rectifies the flow of the life force (Porkert w/Ullmann 1982: 106- 7). This form of biofeedback does not require machines. We have lost the ancient way of living in quiescence and tranquillity. Qigong helps to bring this back. Beyond the basic imagination exercises, when we have a fever we think of the sea, bamboo leaves, or the cool forest floor. If we are restless we think of the blue sky, cool and serene moonlight, etc. (Yan 1994b: 6) Being in phase with the cosmic environment greatly strengthens the body, and it strongly helps to produce an optimistic and happy attitude toward life. Central to the philosophy of qigong is the understanding that we must cultivate moral and physical strength together to prolong life, develop human potential and help others. A cardinal rule of Yan Xin qigong is to treat others with compassion. When one family member practices qigong, the others benefit. The regulation of thoughts, breathing and posture all help to reduce the mind/body's neural activity.
Qigong practice strengthens the body's electrical and biochemical signals, and the structure and sensitivity of the receptor cells. This quieting of the body permits physiological and biochemical functions to regain their healthy flows. This cures specific ailments, but it also strengthens one's overall biological field or bioenergy, drastically cuts down the number of free radicals and minimizes their damage at the cellular level. That prolongs life. Qigong meditation works best by far in the company of a group. While one must regularly practice alone at home, this is not enough. When people come together to practice qigong, they put their biological fields in proximity. These fields begin to resonate with one another, and so to multiply the benefits of practice for each person.
For this to happen requires two things. First, ill people must truly want to get rid of their diseases. Second, they must cultivate the positive, open and optimistic attitude necessary for resonating in harmony with the field.
Sceptical Westerners sometimes mistake this openness to change for a 'placebo effect.' In a placebo-effect situation, the subject is fooled into thinking a therapeutic treatment is happening when it is not. The open optimism necessary for success in qigong is much different. In the case of the placebo effect, belief produces a consequence, a self-fulfilling prophecy or at least the mistaken perception of improvement. When people doing qigong agree to resonate in harmony, this is a prerequisite to success. Good, real and lasting effects follow. Dr. Yan Xin calls this necessary precondition for success "synchronous resonance" (Wozniak, Wu & Wang 1991: 81).
It does help to play a trick with one's mind when doing qigong to treat some specific problem. So long as one's mind is focused on a specific problem of ill health it is not possible to enter fully into the deep qigong state in which lasting healing can occur. One must therefore learn to forget about the problem and look only for general benefits. If the cosmic forces of the universe are to do their healing task, we must be fully open to receive them.
Easy & Quick Chi Visalization
I found a way to introduce people to the Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down, the Three Centers Merge, FaChi, La Chi and Wall Squats in a relatively short time. It was very easy when I told them that all of the movements do the same thing-- you stretch forth and direct some loving compassionate wan yuan chi toward everyone out there, and relax and take some in for yourself! Also the concept of their own being as a big expanding and relaxing "breathing" energy ball that moves with each set of movements helps. It also helps to teach the 3 centers merge as taking place in a huge sphere with infinite (no) borders, so that the person instantly "lights up" the top of the sphere, the middle, and then the bottom, with each "lit up" part containing the center; and then they "light up" the whole thing. That way they avoid all the attempts to follow a line in their mind from their head to their navel, from their arms to their navel, and from their feet to their navel, which always makes them lose energy--you can just see them drawing their eyebrows together and "concentrating."
Article By Martha Howard (from Chilel Aug 01 Newsletter)
Mind Adjustment And Qigong Practice
When practicing qigong, one must be even-tempered and good-natured, adjust our emotions, do not be impatient, proceed systematically, be benevolent to others, and spend much effort in mind adjustment. Before and during qigong practice, constantly maintain kind thoughts, kind wishes, a kind heart, and a virtuous heart. This is very important. If there is any conflict, take initiative to adjust it. If you have reaction, do not be nervous. If you do not have reactions, do not be impatient, do not be too anxious for success, and do not be too ambitious. When you do not have reactions, do not be pessimistic, and do not interrupt your practice. One you start practicing, be persistent in having a focused practice at least once a day. The length of time doesn t matter. The most important thing is to pay attention to increasing your "sense of comprehension".
Entering a Tranquil State
Many friends who are practicing qigong find it difficult to enter a tranquil state. Actually this is a very simple problem. In the western lifestyle, many people have stressful lives and find it difficult to enter a tranquil state. This causes many people to treat practicing qigong as an obstacle. In essence this is not very objective. I have been here three times in a year, and have contacts many qigong enthusiasts in the United States. Many of them have heard my lectures, and even though they may not understand the talks, they find it easy to enter a tranquil state. This is because qigong, especially my qi-emitting lectures, uses the method of "oral instructions and heart-mind transmission". Even some who listen to an audio tape or watch a video tape, practice and learn indirectly can easily enter a tranquil state.
In summarizing many people s experience and method of entering a tranquil state, one can say it mainly depends on being able to release. When it comes time to practice, you have to release your burdens. You need to use ordinary life as your training. You need to train to achieve peaceful tranquility, calm tranquility, serene tranquility, composed tranquility, void tranquility, empty tranquility, true tranquility, clear tranquility, and transcendental tranquility. Through many stages, inducing many kinds of conditions, then gradually many effects will be generated. But the most basic is peaceful tranquility. You need a peaceful mind to practice qigong, don t be impatient or agitated. For some agitation you can use sounds to adjust. If some illness condition of posture is difficult to withstand, you can use movement to adjust. This will help you to enter a tranquil state.
Entering a tranquil state is not about absolutely not thinking of anything, is not about absolutely not maintaining the same posture, or using only one posture or one set of postures. It is flexible. In my methods, even though there are some rather explicit requests, there are also some very flexible aspects. So entering a tranquil state is relative. One is being relatively relaxed and focused, relatively releasing your burdens at that moment, relatively being in a tranquil state. From the book "Discussions with Dr. Yan Xin", p. 185-186
Eliminate Distracting Thoughts
During qigong practice, if distracting thoughts appear or start to appear, then certain you have to eliminate them. You need to quickly consider the contents of these distracting thoughts. If the distracting thoughts are kind, then it doesn't matter, just let it simplify. From complex to simple, it will slowly, slowly be adjusted. If the distracting thoughts are not good, are bad or provoking to you, then you should promptly think these thoughts are not yours, throw them away as quickly as possible. You should also promptly change your thoughts, to let one thought represent many thoughts. If you wish to practice these qigong methods according to standards, then you must pay attention to the fact that when distracting thoughts appear, you must immediately pay attention to the qigong method's ideas, thoughts, breathing, and the suitability of the three elements of mind adjustment, breath adjustment, and posture adjustment. This way you can eliminate the distracting thoughts. Or you can make a grand wish. Or you can do the closing, and then start practicing again. There are many ways of doing this. From the book "Discussions with Dr. Yan Xin", p. 189-190
Advancing More Deeply into the Process
As one advances more deeply into qigong practice, and into the qigong state, significant physiological changes occur. Consumption of oxygen decreases. The lung's capacity to absorb oxygen greatly increases. So does the lung tissue's oxygen storage capacity. The white blood cell count goes up dramatically. Dr. Yan Xin writes that doing qigong "improves micro-circulation of the cerebrum and this cannot be obtained through any other kind of practice. The brain's deeply layered cerebral cells are enriched with sufficient blood by doing qigong" (Wozniak, Wu & Wang 1991: 43). This oxygen enrichment of the brain is an important key to many qigong effects. After practicing for several months, one who does qigong faithfully will begin to experience spontaneous physical movements. As the Chinese doctors like to say, "life has to move." Paradoxically, only when the mind becomes calm and serene does one's bioenergy becomes strong enough to produce spontaneous movements. The first appearance of spontaneous movements represents significant progress along the qigong learning curve. One cannot seek them out. They must come along spontaneously, in their own good time.
Advancement in qigong follows a natural course. One should strive to stay relaxed, calm and in good spirits. It is especially important to be and remain on good terms with family members. Some bad feelings, pains or excessive spontaneous movements are likely to occur. These may represent mental discord, pessimism or a lack of family support. Everyone will at times feel uncomfortable, upset, angry or depressed. Everyone will experience sorrow, unfair treatment or a guilty conscience. When these happen, try to overcome them with good works, internal resolve and a positive attitude (Wozniak, Wu & Wang 1991: 86).
Strong spontaneous movements may at first feel frightening, but those who have strong movements without internal discord have a great advantage. They will be able to achieve a stronger state of qi after guidance and instruction. Dr. Yan says: "... after one reaches a certain level in qigong, one depends heavily on virtue and good deeds to get more Qi and energy" (ibid.:79). After a lot of practice, one will begin to sense the activation of a small qi channel. This channel runs from the top of the head down the front of one's chest, between the legs, up the spine back to the top of the head. Activating one's qi will make a person feel "sore, numb, hurt, cold, cool, warm, hot, floating, sinking, big, small, dizzy, etc. (Wozniak, Wu & Wang 1991: 39). This is another major advance along the qigong learning curve. With sufficient practice, one may eventually become able to move one's qi at will anywhere inside the body. A person's own willpower can then effect miraculous cures. Once the flow of qi can reach the site of disease or illness, the cure can be astonishingly rapid.
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Secret to Success are Good Deeds
The foundation of qigong is to "emphasize virtue, have virtue, maintain virtue". When you are learning qigong and you want to use qigong for healing, then you must emphasize virtue. When a master teaches a student, the master will watch to see if you have virtue. When you have achieved a certain level of abilities, the master will watch to see if you can maintain virtue. So the secret to success in qigong is to "emphasize virtue, have virtue, maintain virtue". This is the essentials. You need to do good deeds everywhere, do good deeds for a lifetime. This way your abilities will continuously grow, and if you are seeking qigong for healing, the results will be better. If you can be "in step" with a qigong master's thought and consciousness, the resonant effects will be better. Otherwise the effects will not be too good. Even if you are given qi, the good results will recede because you have discharged them. When a person is not trying their best to do good deeds, whenever they do harmful deeds towards others, the signals will be stored in the body. Especially when one steals something, even though other people don't know, the storage of these signals are the most obvious because the subconscious knows. Therefore qigong pays attention to doing good deeds from beginning to end. This is the fundamentals. This is the total key to qigong practice.
Qigong is an ideal state, not mysterious
Qigong practitioners, people who receive external qi treatments, people who support qigong activities, including those are involved in qigong research, you must do your best to pay attention to the fact that qigong is not mysterious. It emphasizes letting people experience humans original features. It does its best to let us enter a most ideal state, that of mutual friendship, mutual caring, mutual assisting and supporting, mutual understanding and permitting. One must do one s best to give others more benefits, and create elements that are beneficial to others. In this process of emphasizing virtue, it allows our mind and body to reach a state of "jumping out of the three worlds, no longer amongst the five elements", and be able to enter a beautiful realm of "being released from worldly cares". Those who have the techniques to engage in qigong activities will gradually realize that qigong emphasizes the training of the mind. It allows a person s mental quality to gradually enter a state where our self is integrated with the country, the organization, the society, humanity, and the whole universe. This is also called "human and nature becoming one". Translated from "Dr. Yan Xin Discusses Qigong s Virtue is the Essence"
The Tao of Breath
Long breath, long life. Short breath, short life. No breath, death. Since the practice of Qigong can be translated literally as Breath Work, the technic of breathing is an integral part of Qigong practice. The history of working with the breath is universal. In Yoga, working with the rhythm of breathing is called Pranayama and involves inhaling then pausing, exhaling and pausing. In Kundalini Yoga, there is the Breath of Fire which involves rapid breathing. In Tibetan Yoga, there is a holding in of inhaled air, called the Vase Breath, to create tremendous inner heat.
Breathing is our gateway to our voluntary and autonomic nervous systems. Respiration can be conscious or unconscious, as when you are asleep or have fainted. For Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or Cot Death, there is very strong evidence that very small babies die from their bodies forgetting to breathe in their sleep. This is tragic and explains why in the Chinese culture one finds a family bed. Allowing the mother to sleep with the new-born baby can be one possible preventive measure against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Since breathing involves both the voluntary and the involuntary nervous systems, Taoist masters shrewdly observed that our emotions influence the way we breathe. When we are angry our breathing becomes heavy. When we are sad our breathing becomes choked.
When we are happy our breathing becomes fluid and smooth. When we are peaceful, our breaths become long and quiet.
In Taoist and Buddhist training, breath is divided into four levels:
Windy Breath: As the name implies, this type of breathing is when we physically exert ourselves and get winded. Windy Breath can easily cause fatigue.
Raspy Breath: In this form of breathing others can hear the sound of our breathing. This is usually due to disturbed emotions or sickness. Raspy breath can cause tension and blockage of the Qi.
Qi Breath: This breathing is so quiet that it can be heard only by one's self. Qi breath can lead to stupor or sleepiness.
Resting Breath: Only this last form of breathing is so quiet that one cannot even hear one's own breath. This is the true Qigong state of breathing. Only when one achieves this level of breathing of total smoothness and velvetness can one consider to have really attained the beginning level of Qigong practice.
In Taiji practice, the common state of breath is the Raspy breath or even the windy breath, only rarely do I encounter a practitioner who has the Qi breath. In my more than 30 years of practice and observation, I have met only a handful of masters with the ability to maintain a flowing state of Resting Breath while practicing Taiji or Qigong forms. Resting Breath can be experienced more readily when one is doing seated meditation. Once one has reached the level of deep theta brain waves or the deep samadhi state the sound of one's own breathing disappears. At this point, one no longer notices whether one is breathing or not. The student will have very concrete physical manifestations to bring to her/is teacher for confirmation.
Caution, one should not try to arrest one's breath deliberately. Attempting to do so can cause great harm to any novice.
The training of breathing involves a personal guide who has attained mastery of at least the fourth stage of breathing. It is no wonder that most students are given the simple advice in regards to breathing in Taiji -- " breathe naturally".
" Breathe naturally" is not bad advice but it is not good advice, either. " Breathe naturally" to most beginners simply means that they continue to breathe according to their personal habits. To really begin breath training, one has to observe dysfunctional breathing habits inside oneself. Pay close attention to the upper torso, the shoulders, the upper back and neck region. The training of breathing does not involve artificially superimposed patterns from the outside. Even the esoteric master, G.I. Gurdjieff, was once told by his teacher that he should abandon all his learned breathing techniques; they do more harm than good.
The different stages of breathing occur naturally as one gains awareness and mastery over one's Taiji movement and respiration. The purpose of breathing is to bring vitality and oxygen into our blood stream.
But there are also many other crucial aspects in breathing: such as assisting the heart's pumping action, the flow of endocrine hormonal emission from the organs as well as the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid in the spinal cord. Uninhibited free breath is rare. If one has the good fortune to experience such free breathing, one feels deep, widening waves of joy spreading slowly over the whole body. This bliss of free breath is more intense than sexual orgasm.
To free the breath involves retracing the trauma of our birth. For most of us our first breath was filled with pain and fear. Usually a doctor gives the baby a good wack on the back or bottom. Emerging from the warmth and darkness of the womb, we took our first breath out of shock and pain. No wonder so many of us gasp every inhalation as if it were our last breath. This conditioning alters and imprints the breathing pattern for the rest of our life. (Now, if you happen to be born in a swimming pool or come from Dr. Larma's clinic, you are one of the lucky few who were born and breathe without pain. Accordingly, babies who were born without pain and allowed to breathe their first few breaths on their mother's belly with the umbilical cord still attached tend to do better in life.) Remember: before there is the spoken word, a breath must be taken. So breathing even comes before the act of creation. Truly then, breathing is taking in the spirit of life, inspiration.
Recipe for Recovery
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Ultra C 1000mg - Vitamin C with Bioflavanoids All of the above available from good Health Food Shops.
Blend of Bergamot (top note) - Balancing, regulatory and Geranium (middle note) - Physical & emotional flow, antidepressant properties.
Lavender on its own (middle note) or blended with
Camomile - balancing good for depression, encourages peace of mind and sense of objectivity, soothing and anti-inflammatory.
Sandalwood (base note) - Close to human pheromones, grounding, and good for giving focus, and, and excellent for stress and insomnia.
Lavender (middle note) blended with Neroli (base note) - Very uplifting, good for counteracting negativity and depression.
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Aromatherapy Oils - Massage a weekly scalp massage wonderful for tension in head and neck. Oil Burners, and Oil baths.
The action of deep breathing "massages" the organs in the abdominal cavity, this mechanical type of primordial breathing serves to massage and stimulate the activity of internal organs. Breathing techniques practised in Qigong have a remarkable effect on the vital organs.
The special breathing techniques of movements of the diaphragm become four or five times greater than that which occurs during normal breathing. The movements of the diaphragm encourages the visceral organs to stimulate the functions of the stomach and intestines, thereby improving digestion, and absorption, also reducing congestion of blood in the lower abdomen, this also improves skin toning and texture, performance and efficacy are dramatically enhanced.
Qigong therapy may be said to be a holistic approach which deals with the basic cause of disease. While being able to cure main elements it also provides an improved functional state of nerve control centres, and by doing this corrects abnormalities in numerous parts of the body.
Our immune system becomes more effective in dealing with main ailments, and it is reasonable to understand why Qigong can cure several diseases simultaneously and prove beneficial in combating others.
Tu Jin Sheng - Iron Crotch Qigong (Jiu Jiu Shen Gong)
Jiu Jiu Shen Gong is Tu's unique Penis Qigong, which he has been practicing for over 25 years. This method is based on Iron Shirt Qigong and Taoist nine-circle alchemy. Reputedly a skill used in ancient China to train the lower parts of the body, Iron Crotch is practiced for a variety of health reasons. It supposedly nourishes the kidneys and strengthens yang. It supplements qi and strengthens one's general health.
Tu believes this type of qigong kung fu has been kept behind closed doors for two main reasons. One is the conservative nature of the Chinese people and the other is because "this kung fu focuses on the reproductive organs, the very base of human life, so it is immensely powerful. Masters had to find the right pupils to received the teachings or they would not pass it on". Tu cites three main benefits of his practice: it strengthens your immune system, it increases your energy, and it makes you "bigger, longer and harder".
Today Tu promotes his qigong as a preventative for old age and disease and says it will increase energy and vitality, make muscles and bones stronger, reduce arterial blockages and cholesterol levels. It can also greatly enhance sexual performance.
Article on Tu Jin Sheng
For more on Grandmaster Tu, see Iron Penis: Not for Men Only in our Sep/Oct 2001 issue or see his videos and the Long Life Health Bar .
http://store.martialartsmart.net/ppjt001c.html Video- Iron Crotch-99 Power Practice in Mandarin
You've heard the stories, now experience the reality! Iron Crotch is the most talked about ancient Chinese practice! Called Jiu Jiu Shen Gong (99 Power Practice) this ancient skill unleashes your untapped potential and allows you to achieve your peak performance! Grandmaster Tu's students have lifted hundreds of pounds with their privates, even students in their 70s! Dramatically enhances your potency and helps with sexual response dysfunction or lack of interest in sex.
Mantak Chia - Microcosmic Orbit
Mantak Chia Videos - Universal Tao
Discovering Qigong (qi-gong, chi-gung, chigung, chikung) - Michael Winn
Qigong is recommended for such conditions as depression, stress related illness, hypertension, skeletal and arthritic complaints, menopausal problems ME type symptoms, MS, fatigue, and panic, anxiety attacks.
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Yoga - Hatha Yoga
Sun Salutation - 12 steps
Meditations- feel the energy in hands
Without wealth, it is called poverty; Knowledge without action, it is called sickness.
Request in order to obtain, Take action in order to succeed, Accumulate in order to increase, Do one's best in order to be a sage.
Xun Zi The heavier the responsibility, the greater the virtue, the better the effects, the higher the level.
Dr. Yan Xin, from Dec 6, 1998 speech in Vancouver
Quotes: from Tao Te Ching
The softest thing in the universe
Overcomes the hardest thing in the universe
That without substance can enter where there is no room
Hence I know the value of non-action
Teaching without words and work without doing
Are understood by very few.
from Tao of Power (Dao De Jing)
Passage 81: Sages do not accumulate. The more they do for others, the more they gain. The more they give to others, the more they possess.
Passage 77: Sages act without expectation, succeed without taking credit, and have no desire to display their excellence.
Passage2: Sages hold their position without effort, practice their philosophy without words, are a part of all things and overlook nothing. They produce but do not possess, act without expectation, succeed without taking credit.
Passage 7: Sages put themselves last, and yet they are first. Put themselves outside, and yet they remain. Is it not because they are without self-interest that their interests succeed?
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A good video for those interested in qigong healing. Contains detoxification exercises for meridians and organs, the Pearl of Immortality short taiji form, followed by detailed instruction in qigong healing with various ailments covered. 60 minutes $29
Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy Videos by Dr. Jerry Alan Jonson, Ph.D., D.T.C.M., D.M.Q. (China) - available from http://www.abodetao.com/
Michael is a National Board Certified (NCCAOM?) Oriental Bodywork Therapist with fifteen years of hands-on experience with Chinese Medicine. He has completed Advanced Qigong Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture studies in China. As well, Michael is an American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association (AOBTA) Certified Practitioner and is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB) and has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University. He also has an interest in Native American shaman healing and regularly studies with Native healers. Michael's style of Qigong that he practices and teaches is called Jing Dong Gong which comes direct from the Baoding Qigong Healing Hospital in Hebei, China. Michael studied Qigong healing with Wang Juemin, the Principal of the Baoding Qigong Healing Hospital & Chairman of the Baoding Qigong Scientific Research Association, at the Baoding Qigong Hospital, Hebei, China. Master Wang is well known in China for his Qigong and is considered a "National Treasure" by the Chinese Government. Master Wang has endorsed Michael to teach his Qigong in the USA.
Yan Xin's Links
http://www.chi-kung.org Sifu Lam Kam Chuen, author of 'The Way of Healing'
Zhan Zhuang (pronounced "Jan Jong") has the rare distinction of being the one system in the whole complex of Chinese exercise and martial arts that involves no movement. Yet Standing Like a Tree is the foundation practice of what is widely regarded as the most powerful of all martial arts - Da Cheng Chuan, the Great Accomplishment.
Action originates in inaction
and stillness is the mother of movement.
He was fond of composing short verses to encourage his students as they persevered with the unusual demands of their stationary training. One of his verses describes the immense power generated by the standing exercise and hints at the subtle awareness that it awakens: Propelled by natural strength, You are as strong as a dragon. Inhaling and exhaling naturally and quietly, You perceive the mechanism of all movement.
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Qi Gong & Cancer - Articles - Scientific Evidence
Qi Gong & Cancer Institutes
Videos - Cancer & Qi Gong
There is a video cassette named "Mr. Zhang Xiangjiu Qigong Treatment Exhibition " which displays so many astonishing cases of disappearing tumor at a sudden, jointing the fracture instantaneously, making 37 year's deaf & dumb to hear & speak, 20 year's blind to see the bright and paralytic to go on foot by himself. links
Qi Gong Hospitals / Institutes
Tumor Hospital, Zibo, Chine 1991-1995, 120 cas de cancer de l'osophage (stade modéré à avancé) Médecine traditionnelle chinoise, radiothérapie et/ou chimiothérapie, qigong de Guo Lin. Taux de survie à 5 ans de 37.45% (moyenne de 2 à 3 ans) comparativement à 16-20% pour une moyenne de 17 mois, selon cettte recherche. Source : http://www.chu.users2.50megs.com/complementary_treatment_Esophageal%20Cancer.htm
Professor Yu was the head doctor of the Internal Medicine department of the '' First Central Hospital'', which is the biggest treating hospital of Tianjin city and Tianjin Medical University. Furthermore, professor Yu also cooperated with both the other hospitals of cancer and mental diseases, where he practiced his Qigong treatments.
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