Qigong : the Art of Living Well in Body, Mind and Spirit
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Everyone would like to be healthy and strong and enjoy a high quality of
life up to a ripe old age. However, every activity in life costs us
energy; even digestion requires energy. Food and sleep do not
appear to be sufficient to sustain our vitality. So what is this
magic that will rejuvenate our lives?
The Taoists were China’s premier healers and scientists. They spent
centuries researching ways to improve health and longevity and to
realise one’s true nature. Chinese medicine and practices such as
Qigong (energy cultivation) and Tai Chi are a testament to the results
of their research.
The Taoists discovered that the secret to living well is to
boost one’s energy levels by building up the energy reservoir and
improving the functioning of the energy. Qigong employs various
methods to increase the amount of energy, balance the energy and enable
it to circulate freely and smoothly throughout the body as it nourishes
the organs, vessels, connective tissues and muscles.
There is a group of students who have been progressing in the Energy for
Life Qigong System. Self Healing Qigong and the Microcosmic Orbit
foundation training have enabled them to truly realise the meaning of
self-help. Some have recovered from serious illnesses through these
practices. Calmness and well being are now their companions. Their
training is their source of strength and support.
Some of these students have moved to the advanced level. With the
Advanced Self Healing Qigong, they realised how much training the
body-mind requires. Ignorance was not bliss. Now that the practice
has broken through some major energy stagnation (which they were not
even aware of), they are able to experience clarity of mind and a body
that feels good and free. They can also see that energy
stagnation contributes to various health issues, from headache,
allergies to simply feeling flat. They now share my enthusiasm and
excitement over the Advanced Self Healing Qigong. Some commented
that they are surprised that they feel noticeably stronger after just a
period of 5 weeks.
You might wonder who has time to do all the practices taught so far.
The system is designed in such a way that different practices address
different aspects of an individual’s energy structure, from the
surface to deeper and deeper layers. With the exception of the
Microcosmic Orbit, we usually follow a practice for 3 to 6 months only.
Once its purpose is served, we are ready to move on to another
practice. It is similar to moving from one scenic lookout to another
while travelling up a mountain, eventually arriving at the top of the
mountain to enjoy the magnificent view.
Some of these students were motivated to practise because of health
conditions and did not wish to be on medication for life. Since they
led a reasonably healthy lifestyle, they were caught by surprise when
they became ill. The cause of chronic disease often has its roots in
the energy structure. If one’s energy is not strong by nature,
there is a limit to how long the body can cope without comprising the
function of various organs. The fact that Qigong practice has enabled
these students to recover and reduce or eliminate medication confirms
that good energy is necessary to support the functioning of the
body-mind. It is also amazing that different illnesses, for example, a
variety of immune related diseases (both over-active and
under-performing), can all be helped by the same Qigong, such as the
Self Healing Qigong. When there is good vibrant energy, healing will
Some of these students now appreciate Tai Chi as a high level Qigong
to be practised for life. Tai Chi is a unique method for
circulating the energy so that it nourishes every part of the body.
Since Qigong has helped these students to build up their energy
reservoirs, they now experience strong energy flow through major energy
centres while doing Tai Chi. They are reaping the rewards of their
Qigong training. As well as enabling the energy to function optimally,
Tai Chi becomes very enjoyable.
One student stated that he felt happy while practising his Tai Chi and
that doing many rounds of the form became effortless. When he mentioned
it in class, we knew he had experienced something special. His smiling,
glowing face said it all. He had tasted the nectar! Feeling
happy is definitely one of the proven results. When your energy is
strong and balanced and you are simply one with the movements, you
experience your true nature. Feeling happy for no reason is a
natural by-product. We, from beginners to seasoned practitioners,
all feel good from our Tai Chi practice. However, when there is
plentiful energy to be circulated as we do Tai Chi, the sensation is
heavenly. This is definitely an experience to look forward to!
Students have commented that they are very glad the Academy offers this
unique Energy for Life Qigong system which brings fast and effective
results. As well as improving their health, they feel inspired in
their lives. When you have good energy, your zest for life is
naturally contagious. Your family members and those around you will
also be touched by your centredness. I feel very privileged to be able
to introduce this Qigong system to you. I myself feel very blessed for
receiving this training from my Qigong teacher, Master Liu. May your
life continue to be enriched by your practice of Tai Chi and Qigong!