Practicing conscientiously and seriously

In order to benefit oneself more effectively and more rapidly through one's personal practice, one must rely upon one's own self. The teacher can only teach theories and methods, and offer advice and help at various critical moments, which then may have the effect of encouraging students to attain higher levels of achievement.

However, if one does not practice at all oneself, it is not very likely that receiving the teacher's instructions would result in relevant changes in one's own body. How, then, is one to practice?

a. Practice assiduously and perseveringly.

First of all, one must be clear about the postures and the essential requirements thereof, and also about the functions of each movement. Zhi-neng Qigong places emphasis on both its theories and practice methods, and only by studying both of these can further progress be made.

There are two foundations of practice that yield the best rewards: one is to practice conscientiously (using one's mind through one's own initiative) for a considerable period of time; the other is to cultivate one's moral nature and to transform one's own being.

As all know, rewards come after arduous practice. One may wonder, "How hard should I practice?" That is all up to you, according to your own mental and physical conditions. The standards are different from person to

person because each person has his or her own personal nature and physical conditions.

To do a little bit more than one thinks one is able to do is appropriate, and can be called "working hard". A practice schedule should be carefully worked out with consideration for all aspects of one's life, such as one's work, studies and daily life.

It takes time and effort to attain results. The more one practices, the sooner one is rewarded. In terms of results, one should not constantly compare oneself with others; one should only compare oneself with one's former self.

Perseverance is also very important. It is impossible to make progress if one practices a dozen hours one day and does no practice forms on other days. It is also harmful to one's health to practice in fits and starts. It is impossible to mend the omission if one misses one's practices even for just one day (for example, if one happens to experience discomfort of one kind or another), especially when one is making progress. As soon as one stops, all one's former efforts may be in danger of being lost, and may be discovered to have been done in vain. It will take further time and effort to restore this shortfall.

It is recommended that the practice of chigong become as important as the axiomatic "three-meals-a-day"; it is essential to form a practice-habit, so that it becomes a part of one's daily life.

The fruit of perseverance is the tempering of one's willpower. An indomitable willpower is the decisive factor in bringing chi fully into play, b. To reap results, practice in proper order, step by step.

Perseverance, patience, and determination are all needed in one's chigong practice, but one should not be too earnest, too eager or overanxious for quick success. One must follow a proper sequence: from the simple to the complex from the easy to the difficult, and from the few to the many. One should work out a suitable daily practice schedule for oneself. Progress can be made only step by step and little by little.

For part-time practitioners, it is recommended that one learn Level One - the Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down Method, and the Three Centers Merge Standing Form first.

After a period of three months of external Hunyuan practice, they may then be able to learn Level Two - the Body and Mind Form. If one practices all of them at the outset, the body cannot immediately accustom itself to all of the different practices. One may become exhausted and overtired, and one's practice will not be very effective. Two or more years may be needed to meet and complete all of the requirements of the blending and transmuting of body with mind.

In the beginning, the practice time can be shorter, twice a day, for 15 minutes or half an hour each time. Then the time may be gradually extended.

At first, it is important to be familiar with the movements and clear about the practice requirements. One should try to do the physical movements as accurately as possible. When one can practice correctly with skill and ease, it is then requisite to focus one's mind upon the physical movements and to merge body and mind. This is described by the saying, "Mind is focused on body, and chi moves as body does."

One's accomplishments in chigong practice are also attained in a natural sequence, from the few to the many. One should not always expect prematurely quick success.

The correct attitude towards accomplishment is to practice assiduously and perseveringly, in accord with the theories and methods of Zhineng Qigong, and to be concerned only about efforts rather than rewards. Unceasing efforts will yield certain success.

An over-eager desire for results may divert one's attention and distract one's mind from the necessity of maintaining a calm practice. Excessive enthusiasm with regard to achieving results may spoil one's efforts, resulting in setbacks. The principle to heed is "neither forget to practice nor push oneself too hard". When conditions are ripe, success will come.

c. Fully actualize the group dynamics effects of Zhineng Qigong.

This qualifies as the most fundamental of the Nine Features of Zhineng Qigong. Establishing and building a chi field is applied in the areas and activities of teaching, practicing and healing.

Everyone should contribute chi to the chi field; then one is able to absorb a greater amount of chi. The basic principle involved is serving the group as a whole as well as serving others individually. Benefiting others will in turn lead to the benefiting of oneself. It is difficult to receive and absorb chi from the field if one only wants to absorb chi and makes no contributions to the chi field (that is, if private interests preoccupy one's mind). Moral caliber is also of prime importance in practicing in a group chi field.

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Qigong also spelled Ch'i Kung is a potent system of healing and energy medicine from China. It's the art and science of utilizing breathing methods, gentle movement, and meditation to clean, fortify, and circulate the life energy qi.

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