Qigong is a technology applied from ancient wisdom to modern science and the creative power of the mind to realize the transformation of life, including health and wellbein. Qigong allows you to invest you positive, creative and loving intention deeply and directly right into your body and your energy field. so transforms from old, limited, contracted and habitual patterns to a more healthy relaxed a creative and easy flow condition.
The history of Chi Kung can be traced back to about five thousand years ago in China. Since there were emperors ruling over the country claiming to be the “Son of the Sky” (天子, a traditional concept that was used to fool the common people, “Sky” in ancient time in China sometimes is equivalent to “God”, the emperors wanted the people to believe that they were authorized by “God” to rule over, so listen and obey at all time, no question asked) who loved the power, glory, position and privilege so much that they wanted immortality.
People of knowledge tried very hard to satisfy their emperor. Roughly speaking, there were two groups of people studying this, the first group tended to use medicine, it ended up that eleven emperors in Chinese history have been poisoned to death by this so called ”Immortality Medicine”.
The second group found that the best medicine had been existing in our bodies already, which were born with. Our job is to cultivate it, make it stronger and accumulate it to a certain part of the body and make use of it. People practice this tends to live longer according to statistics but not yet be immortal. This kind of exercises is called “Chi Kung” to-day.
In China, it is called “Chi”, in Japan it is called “Ki”, have you ever heard of Aikido? In India, it is called “Purana”, ask the Yoka people,In Philippine, it is called “Mana”, in Europe, it is called “Aura”. There are about 30 names for about the same thing. You see, in human history, not only Chinese struggled to find out the secret of “Chi”. Around the world in the past, people sensed that there was something you couldn’t see, didn’t know what color, how heavy, what smell, closely related to our bodies and lives did exist.
In this book, I try to explain everything from the point of view of a scientist, so you can understand and handle it easily. I’m not going to use those abstract, fancy, classic, difficult Chinese terminologies.
Therefore I choose a term which is more substantial in the Western World to describe it. You can temporarily put it equal to “bio-electricity” for the time being (actually it is more than that).
Our bodies are conductors, electricity can pass through. You know some eel can produce electricity, so do our bodies. But why we don’t feel it, the reason is that the electricity we produce is too weak to be detected. But, in some special situation, the famous Chinese scientist, the father of missile of China -------- Dr. Chin Hoc Sum ( 中國飛彈之父 錢學森 博士 ) called it “The Chi Kung Situation”, we can feel it. This e-book teaches us how to practice to set up this Chi Kung Situation so that we can feel this bio-electricity and accumulate it to become stronger and stronger, finally it circulate along the meridians driven by or led by our “Intent 意 “.
Kung (功) in Chinese means “exercise” or “function” or “work’ sometimes. This means that we have to work for it. We reap what we sow.
When you take pills, under the prescription from your family doctor, that is “chemical reaction” trying to help.
When you practice “Chi Kung”, that is an exercise to strengthen your “self-healing system” (including immune system and some other things) trying to help. There is no chemical reaction, therefore no interaction. Just on the contrary, “Chi Kung” helps you to recover quicker.
“Chi Kung” can heal those hidden troubles, brewing inside your
body, about to make you sick, you go to the doctor, the doctor
checks and then says “it is your psychological effect! No sickness.”
But you feel uncomfortable inside somewhere, hard to tell, this is
What Chinese physicians call “Inharmoniousness between Yin &
Yang, not flowing fluently with Chi.” Come and learn Chi Kung,
You will understand. Remember Chinese therapy has been there
for more than five thousand years already.
Any normal people can practice Chi Kung regardless of their ages, sexes, weak or strong, except those who are mentally sick, or they have close relatives such as brother or sister who has been sent to mental house because they might have dormant DNA which can be reactivated or revived by Chi Kung to cause the specific mental trouble.
This e-book was actually my notes when I taught Chi Kung several years ago in Canada. Each lesson is for one week’s work, you need normally three months to establish what you want.
Study lesson one and follow the instruction to practice everyday in the first week, then study lesson two, at the eighth day, do what you should do in lesson two first ------ i.e. warm up, then come back to do meditations in lesson one, then finish with “On Chiang Ping Chi”. You can see, those exercise are being done accumulatively, notice the order, don’t miss any one unless you are told to do so. In lesson three, also, understand why before you go on, this gives you confidence, when you are confident, it is easier to go into Chi Kung situation.
If you can’t achieve what you should achieve, don’t go to the next lesson. Practice until you can do as required before you go any further. Three months are for average people, some people may need more time.
Perseverance is important in the first three months; you must do it continuously until you can make it. Otherwise the “Chi” will be gone. Once you can make the “Chi” to circulate along the Ren and Du Meridians. You should continue to do it for another three months to stabilize it. Then you can be a little bit lazier, the foundation is good enough so that even though you stop doing it for a period of time, once you concentrate, the “Chi” starts to come back. In the past, because the attitude is not scientific enough, people had to spend around two years to accomplish the same result. But you are supposed to do it for life time in order to live long.
Reasons to heal chronic disease:
1. Beneficial control to give the brain a chance to re-regulate or recuperate those functions which are deviated a little:
In Hong Kong, when the new air port had been built, they moved from Kai Tak Airport (the old airport) to the new international airport immediately to start work in order to celebrate the reunion of Hong Kong to China in 1997, may be it was too hurry, everything was in a mess after the ceremony, so the Hong Kong Government decided to stop receiving orders from outside, that is to say, no passenger transportation, no cargo transportation so to give a small group of computer experts a chance ( a certain period of time without disturbance from outside, at this time, the air port was under a special situation, no body worked except a small group of experts ) to re-regulate the computer system, put everything back to the normal track. Then, they started receiving order from outside again as normal.
In practicing Chi Kung, the same reason, we put the body into a special situation, in this situation, no disturbance from the outside, that is to say, you concentrate so much that you hear nothing, see nothing, smell nothing, now the brain gets a chance to use its innate function to re-regulate what is deviated from the normal track and put them back to the way they are supposed to be. The ordinary people never give the brain such a chance but the Chi Kung people know that it’s important, this is not sleeping, in sleeping, every part of the brain nearly stops working, it is a very special situation in which a certain part of the brain works very hard while the other parts stop working. That is it! Makes sense, right? What mystery?
2. Internal massage ---- breathing with the diaphragm:
In Chi Kung practice, we breathe with the diaphragm, the diaphragm moves up and down and thus cause internal massaging the organs inside and thus produce secretions which improve digestion and other metabolisms.
3. Resume those secretions which seem to be dry and thus get back a part of our youth:
When the chi passes through some glands which seem to stop working when we become mature, the Chi stimulates those glands which will resume working to some degree. The declining secretions become active again. That is why the people who practice Chi Kung constantly look younger than those who don’t usually.
4. Raise the ability of our self-healing systems:
We all know that muscle can be trained to become stronger. Can our self-healing system (more than immune system, not only against germs) be trained? The answer is “yes”, Chi Kung is the exercise to do that.
In the modern way to save ourselves from being sick, there are three kinds of therapies, namely:
A. Precautionary therapy
This is to reduce the factors that may cause the sickness to happen. Something can be done beforehand to reduce the chance to get that disease. For example: hi-blood pressure, if you pay attention to your diet and do some exercises regularly as a habit, you may not get hi- blood pressure.
B. Healing therapy
When you have got the disease already, you go to consult the doctor; the doctor does something about it to get you out of trouble. This is a healing therapy; something happens during the disease, it may be too late if you don’t let the doctor know on time.
C. Recuperative therapy
In a car accident, you get injured and are sent to the hospital to get cured up. After that, you feel too weak; some of the functions of your body have lost. The doctor wants you to do something to resume those functions. This is Recuperative therapy. Something happens after the trouble.
Chi Kung can be regarded as one of the precautionary therapies because
Chi Kung trains:
1. Nerve system
2. Secretion system
3. Micro-circulation system
4. Self-healing system
Most people are too lazy to do something about their lives because they don’t have the knowledge to sense the danger or probably paying too much attention to money and power when they were young. “I am O.K., Why I take the trouble to do those things?” What they don’t know is if they don’t do those things, they might not be O.K.
There are two kinds of nerves inside our bodies, they are:
1. Zoological nerves- those which control the muscles, you can do what you want.
2. Vegetative nerves- those which control some automatic physiological functions, e.g. heart beat, body temperature…etc, which we can’t control usually.
Every body understands the first kind, in the gym we work with the first kind. What about the second kind? Is there any exercise we can work with the second kind? Yes, Chi Kung is the one!
Most people believe that they can do nothing with the second kind, but they are wrong, first try to understand that the second kind can be divided into two subgroups: i.e.
(S) and (P) control each other.
When one goes up, the other goes down.
Peristalsis of stomach & intestines
|Parasympathetic nerve system|
Intent ----breathing ----parasympathetic nerves ----those functions we can’t control in our daily life to go at the good direction.
From the above table ( that is from science ), we can see that the only thing we can control directly by our intent is breathing, breathing is something like a bridge connected to both sides, one side we can control directly, the other side we can’t control directly. So, in Chi Kung practice, we use our intent (意) together with breathing to make the parasympathetic nerve system exited and press down the sympathetic nerve system so that the blood pressure decreases, the heart beat slows down, the secretion increases, the saliva increases, the peristalsis increases which are all good to our health to balance going at just the opposite direction due to the mental pressure coming from the office, the family, the money, the bills ----- etc. That is Chi Kung. In the common sports they train only the muscles, they can not train this. In the classic Tai Chi system which is a martial art system, practitioners were trained both ways, physical and mental, that is why Tai Chi was regarded as an internal martial art system. The classic Tai Chi people can fight very skillfully and live long.
To understand Chi Kung better, also notice the following table which also comes from science. When your body is in Chi Kung situation, your brain wave will be in the third range, the frequency of which is from 8 to 13 vibrations per second. How to do it? Start from “Lesson One”.
The relationship between brain wave and psychological situation
Brain wave frequency
Deep sleep, senseless
Shallow sleep, sleep, very tired
Calm, quiet, relaxed, pleasant, concentrated, trust extremely, no self- defense alertness
Clear- mined, alert, suspecting, inferring
Excited, angry, scared, deplored