The Effect of Zhineng Qigong on the Mind and Spirit

Until now, Western students have received relatively little or no information or instruction about how Zhineng Qigong practice impacts the mind, emotions and spirit. One reason for this is simply the much more dramatic and visible nature of physical healing, which causes the focus of attention to be limited solely to these areas. As yet there has been no opportunity for non-Chinese-speaking students to avail themselves of Professor Pang's writings on these subjects, due to the absence of translations.

Even so, one encounters virtually no open discussion of such matters even amongst the Chinese Zhineng Qigong practitioners due to the reserve and introversion so common to the national cultural temperament. It might well be considered a major indiscretion and moral failing to even hint at having such problems or issues, much less to openly share such delicate and long-veiled matters. In part this stems from the historical sublimation of psychic and emotional aspects in Chinese culture, leading to an internalization of this entire realm of life. The acknowledgment of the psychological and emotional dimensions of life - as such - has never been a tenet of Chinese culture; rather it has sought to explain and transform these dynamics either into physiological-energy phenomena on the one hand, or abstract metaphorical and spiritual principles on the other.

This in large part explains the virtual absence of psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists and other healers and explorers of the mind in Chinese society.

This, however, is no reason for Westerners to pretend that, after a lifetime of immersion in the psychological and emotional levels of life, they are not deeply imbued with, driven and shaped by them, and they are wise to include and address them in a dynamic way in their practice of Zhineng Qigong, and to do this without fear of concern that, because no such parallels seem to exist in the Eastern practice, they are somehow doing something wrong. Thus, if powerful or provocative emotions or insightful thoughts arise, these may (and should) be honored and taken as opportunities for inner transformation, without allowing them to compromise the integrity of one's practice.

This is all the more relevant when one ponders the fact that, with the cultivation and accumulation of more abundant internal chi or life-force, one may be inviting further suffering if one's views and attitudes toward life and the world have not undergone corresponding improvement. In fact, in China the emphasis is squarely placed upon parallel spiritual development along with chi-development, and many Chinese practitioners have been seen to benefit psychologically and spiritually by virtue of their practice of Zhineng Qigong, even after years of previous mental and emotional suffering.

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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