28. Sword Fingers Point to Four Directions
e a. Continuing on from the last movement. Turn, 45 degrees to the left (so you have now turned 90 degrees from the original forward facing position) so you are facing to the left. As your turn open your arms out keeping both sword fingers.
b. Step forwards with the left foot and circle both sword fingers to the waist.
c. Lift up both hands and extend them forwards, so the finger swords point up to the sky and the Hegu points connect with the Taiyang points. Look upwards.
d. Turn your right foot to the left so you turn another right angle. Lower the finger swords to the waist.
e. As you step forwards, drop both sword fingers so they are either side of your waist.
f. Then lift them up and point to the sky.
This movement follows the principle of the Five Elements. We transmit Qi to all four directions, East for the liver, South for the heart, West for the lungs and north for the Kidneys. Thus we make a connection with all the four directions and the sky to benefit the body.
The energy is transmittedfrom Yongquan point on the backfoot, passes up to the kidneys, the shoulders andfinally reaches the sword fingers and then releases up to the sky. This is very powerful. The more you give to the sky, the more Qi the sky will give back to you. However, each time you turn,you must make sureyou turn at aright anaie.
29. Swimming Dragon Flies to the Sky
Open your arms to the sides with your palms open. Step forwards with your right foot, but still keep your weight on your left foot. As you step, bring your hands together at the Middle Dantian.
Shift your weight forwards and close your palms together at the Middle Dantian.
Stretch your arms forward, keep your head up and look at your hands. Lift you left leg up as high as you can, while your standing leg is straight.
Then open both hands to the sides so your body is like a cross pointing to four different directions. Your palms should be facing out.
Bring your left leg down and place it in front, at the same time bring your hands together at the Middle Dantian. Then stretch your arms out in front of you as before, but this time lift up your right leg and your left leg is the standing leg.
Open both arms out to the sides as before, to form a cross. Keep your balance as you stand on your left leg.
This movement symbolises a dragon as it flies up to the sky and is avery important part of Swimming Dragon Gong. A healthy person should be able to stand on one leg without too much effort. However, today people are unbalanced and cannot do this. So, if f.
you are able to stand on one leg as in the SwimmingDragon Flies to the Sky, you are very healthy, healthier than the average person.
This movement is also good for the brain. Do you know that your balance comes from your brain? It does not come from the muscles. Muscles give the strength to support you, but balance and good circulation comes from the brain. Therefore if you can do this movement, your brain will be very clear, good at analysing problems and your memory will be good. So this movement is very good for your brain and preventing strokes.
We stand on one leg, with the other up in the air, open the arms and keep the head up, so the entire body is like a compass which senses the Qifrom all four directions, from east to north. We also absorb the Qifrom the different directions.
30. Qi Sinks to the Middle Dantian a
a. Step forwards with your right foot and place you weight on it. Bring the palms together in front of the Middle Dantian. Look forwards.
After collecting Qifrom all four directions, we bring it back to the Middle Dantian to nourish the heart. This is because the heart relates to the mind and the emotions.
31. Collect the Heaven and Sun Qi.
a. Bring the right leg forwards, so you feet are even (shoulder width apart). Separate your hands and drop them down, with the palms up.
b. Lift both hands to the sides and up above your head, as if you are collecting Qi from the heaven. Of course, it is good if you can see the see as well.
c. Wriggle your hips as you slowly drop both hands down to hip level. As your hands drop, your eyes should follow them and your knees should bend and follow the shaking movement.
d. Lift your hands up to the sides again, and repeat the movement another two times.
This movement bring the Qi from the sky to the body. In the day time it is the Qi from the sun and in the evening it is from the moon. The Qi passes through the body by the wriggling movement, and passes through the Baihui along the spine to the Dantian. The wriggling movement lets more Qi pass through than just standing still.
This is good for your spine and internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, etc. This is because, the negative, heavy Qi goes down and the good fresh, Qi comes from the sky. It is like having a shower but for the internal body.
32. Shou Gong
a. Straighten both legs and let your arms rest by your sides. When you slap the Huantiao points with the Laogong points it b. Slap the Huantiao points with your pa|ms, using the brings Qi up from the Earth through the Yongquan points, on the Laogong points to hit the H uantiao points. soles of your feet, to the Dantian. This is like sucking the Qi through c. Drop both hands to a natural relaxed position by your sides. a straw d. Lift your hands up to the sides with the palms open.
e. Bring them to just above your head and then slowly drop In the end we need to gather the Qi from nature around us them down in front of your face, pass down your shoulders, and bring it to the Dantian. The heavy negative Qi will drop to chest stomach and finally come to the area of the Dantian, the ground, so we must allow the Qi to sink from the top to the so your Laogong points face it. bottom. So you gather Qi with both hands and allow it to sink f. Then drop your hands to the natural position once more. down from the head to the Dantian.
Shou Gongis very important in M Qigong practice.It is like Certainly, some Qi will continue to sink down to the feet, but if going home and locking M the doors and turning offthe lights. you relax and pause with your hands facing your Dantian, more
So itprotects your body and al the Qi you have gathered Qi will stay there. This is good for longevity.
I have heard that many people like Swimming Dragon Gong, some more than the Wild Goose. This I can understand because Swimming Dragon has some vigorous movements that the Wild Goose does not have. However, they are from the same family and we can say that Swimming Dragon is Yang, stronger and Wild Goose is Yin, gentler. Swimming Dragon is very good for the Kidneys, bones, balance and creates a lot of heat. This form is not easy to do properly, but it is easy to remember when compared to the Wild Goose. The interesting parts of this form are Hurricane, Swimming with the Qi Ball, Dragon Opens it Eyes, Child Worships Buddha, Jingang Points to Heaven and Swimming Dragon Flies to the Sky. These include easy movements, difficult movements, slow and fast movements all combined.
I have been teaching Swimming Dragon for over ten years. I remember, in the beginning, I only taught the first part and would not teach the rest so easily. This was not because I
wanted to hold back the skill, just that sometimes, I wanted to know the students a little longer before I taught more skill. The same thing was true for the 1st 64 and 2nd 64 of Wild Goose.
Unfortunately, some people could not wait to go and teach the form to make money. Even though they made so many mistakes in the movements. I taught one lady the first part of Swimming Dragon, who now claims to be a Buddhist nun, and without studying anymore, she ran a seminar to teach it, and still does. She knew she only had learnt the first part and so knew she had not gone deep enough to understand the meanings of the movements. Also her movements must now be a lot different. Of course this is wrong. I really wish that she would not teach again as it can harm people. It is very sad to see some people who have studied with me not respect the traditional skill. They harm good, sincere people, who really want learn and appreciate quality and the traditional skill. These skills have been passed down and we have to preserve them_
by Michael Tse
White Cloud Temple is very famous as a centre for Daoist skill and knowledge. There are any amazing stories, known throughout China, about the monks and their incredible skills. Master Wu Baolin is a direct descendant of the White Cloud Temple and his own story is no less amazing.
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