The main differences between Zhineng Qigong and other chigongs

a. Zhineng Qigong starts from the blending of man and nature.

Most of the traditional chigongs are chigongs of the closed type, in which the physical essence, chi, and consciousness, or spirit, are confined within the body until all of the internal parts become a unity.

In the final step of such practices, the internal chi is released and exchanged with the external chi of nature. This practice procedure is first internal, then external. The internal chi permeates the body from the inside toward the outside.

Zhineng Qigong is a chigong of the open type. The practice procedure here is just the opposite of that of traditional chigongs. From the start, the internal physical chi is fused with the external chi of the natural world. The individual practitioner is unified with the greater environment and forms an entirety with it. The forces of the man/nature entirety and the self/others unity are fully exploited for the purpose of attaining their specific related benefits.

Chi passes through the body from the outside to the inside. The aim is to cause chi to flow transversely, penetrating across the channels instead of moving along specific channels. In this way, both the main and collateral channels are linked together and unified, chi fills the whole body, and man ultimately becomes one with nature.

b. The emphasis is placed upon the practice of dynamic forms.

In traditional chigongs, static forms are stressed, and regarded as advanced practices, while dynamic forms are looked down upon as practices of a lower level. Zhineng Qigong holds that there exist low levels and high levels in the practice of both dynamic and static forms. The practice of dynamic forms is especially emphasized.

This is due to the fact that a state of true emptiness and tranquillity is too difficult for ordinary people to achieve. According to the requirements of Taoist practices, a genuine high level of tranquillity consists in the cessation of the arising of ideas within the mind, the discontinuance of breathing, and the stilling of the heartbeat. Buddhist practices also require the practitioner to dispel the five vital activities in order to reach advanced state of tranquillity. However, such a state can be reached only when the chi and the blood are plentiful, unimpeded and unobstructed in every part of the body. A single point of blockage may disturb the brain and cause irritation.

In fact, as long as chi can be evenly distributed completely throughout the body without obstruction, a state of clarity and intelligence can be attained. Zhineng Qigong emphasizes a completely unobstructed and unimpeded flow (tong), and the practice of dynamic forms through which the chi and the blood can become plentiful and unimpeded throughout the body.

The practice of dynamic forms can, on the one hand, increase the flow of chi within the existing open channels, and, on the other hand, open new channels; this aids in cultivating more true chi and in causing it to function effectively.

At the beginning of Zhineng Qigong practice, the body, the chi and the mind are opened up to both the human realm and the realm of nature. The practitioner is required to cultivate chi in quiet places, and in noisy places required to cultivate the mind, which helps to more rapidly raise one's level of development.

c. Emphasis is placed upon using one's mind through one's own initiative.

The difference here is that "Voidness, Quiescence and Tranquillity" are not the focal points of practice, but emphasis is placed rather upon the using of one's mind through one's own initiative. This requirement involves being concentrated, focused and singleminded.

This strategy is much easier to understand and to practice. Sometimes the unified mind is focused upon one point, sometimes upon the combination of the activities of consciousness and the life processes, and sometimes upon the union of the body and the mind.

The fusing of body and mind is a flexible application of a systematic approach of "singlemindedness". The aim of chigong science is to actively and in a positive manner exploit superintelligence, and to understand the laws of human life and their correlation with the laws of nature. Thus, in the entire process of Zhineng Qigong practice, from its rudimentary levels to its higher levels, the emphasis is placed upon creatively using one's mind through one's own initiative.

d. The concept of the effects of group dynamics is stressed.

The old method of teaching traditional chigongs involved the passing on of specific knowledge and skills, in privacy, from a teacher to an individual student. Even among fellow students of the same teacher, it was forbidden to accidentally hear what one should not have heard. By contrast, in Zhineng Qigong, the effects of group dynamics are emphasized -in both the processes of teaching and treating illness by the Chi Field Technique. This method is based upon the Hunyuan Entirety Theory and meets the needs of our contemporary world.

A Zhineng Qigong teacher can build up a chi field for a group comprising dozens or even thousands of students. In this orderly, unified and powerful Hunyuan chi field, under the direction of the teacher, all participants simultaneously perform the same physical movements while holding identical ideas in mind. The effects of this practice upon teaching and healing are inestimable.

e. The chi of the Vital Center is not harmed when one treats others by the Chi - Transmission Method.

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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  • almaz
    What is the difference between internal chi an external chi?
    6 years ago

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