SELECTION OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
APRIL 2018 PART 1
What is the difference between over-training and wrong training?
— Marc, Germany
This is an excellent question. Over-training has become an important issue in our school.
It is paradoxical. We have become so cost-effective that our students get more benefits than their body can bear. This is over-training.
Over-training is practicing correctly, but the benefits are more than what the body can bear. Over-training is different from incorrect training, or worse, wrong training.
We make a difference between incorrect training and wrong training. Incorrect training is not training correctly, like not in a chi kung state of mind. Incorrect training may not be harmful, but it does not bring chi kung benefits, like overcoming illness and attaining good health.
Wrong training is worse than incorrect training. It is training wrongly, like tensing ones muscles or intellectualizing unnecessarily. Not only it does not bring benefits, wrong training brings harm.
What are the symptoms of over-training?
There are three obvious symptoms: tiredness, pain and discomfort.
Correct training makes practitioners energetic. But if they over-train and have more energy than their body can bear, they become tired. It is nature's way of telling them to rest.
Correct training clears pain and illness. But if they over-train, the clearing may become drastic and if their blockage is thick, pain results.
It is helpful to differentiate between good pain and bad pain. Correct training clears blockage, and good pain may result. Over-training generates too much energy which attempts to push through the blockage, resulting in bad pain. Bad pain is also the result of injury or illness.
One can tell good pain from bad pain by experience, just like he can tell from experience that the sour taste of an orange is good from a tasty orange or bad from a rotten orange.
Correct training brings comfort, but if the benefits are too intense for his body to bear, he may feel uncomfortable.
What should we do when we over-train?
There are 5 things you can do if you have over-trained, or to prevent over-training.
- Cut down the time of training. If you train kungfu for 2 hours a session, now train for only an hour. Spend the other hour with your girlfriend, or with your partents.
- Cut down the intensity of training. An excellent way is not to enter too deeply into a heightened level of consciousness, called entering into a chi kung state of mind, entering Zen or entering Tao in our school.
- Stop training for a day or two. Spend the time rewardingly.
- Spend time and energy in vigorous activities, like set practice, combat application, hiking, picnics, shopping and other outdoor activities. Many students reported that they felt energized, not tired, after these activities.
- Take negative actions, like purposely tensing your muscles or purposely intellectualizing. These negatve actions are not advisable, but they may help in overcome over-training. It is good to have a short, gentle chi flow after these negative actions to clear any harm caused.
What do you think is the most beautiful benefit of Cosmic Shower?
— Gallana, Germany
The most beautiful benefit of Cosmis Shower, which many of us experienced it just now, is spiritual purification. After a Cosmic Shower, we have purified our spirit. As a result, we find things, events and people more beautiful than before.
When you go home, you will find your boyfriend or partner more beautiful. You will find your job and other people more beautiful. They haven't changed, but you have as a result of practicing Cosmic Shower. You spirit is purified, and you find everything more beautiful.
What is the spirit of the sword?
— Caroline, Germany
There is a saying in kungfu that a sabre is like a tiger, a sword like a phoenix and a spear like a dragon. The spirit of a sword is a phoenix, and the spirit of a sabre and a spear respectively is a tiger and a dragon.
When you perform a sword, you should express its spirit. You are like a phoenix flying happily in the sky. When you perform a sabre and a spear, you are like a tiger or like a dragon.
However, in our school the spirit of the swrod is a dragon. When you perform the Traveling Dragon Swrod, you should be like a traveling dragon, and not a phoenix or a tiger. You should not be too soft or dancelike like a phoenix; you should be quite forceful like a dragon.
But you should not be forceful like a tiger. Be a tiger when you perform the Plum Flower Sabre, but when you perform the Traveling Dragon Swrod, you are forceful like a dragon. You should also be flowing and graceful. When you perform the Plum Flower Sabre you should be forceful and courageous, with your eyes blazing.
My health improved. My mental focus was also increased.
— Jones, USA
The improvement of your health and increase of mental focus are sure indications that your practice is correct.
I begin to feel bodily detached, spacious and very aware. I also sense as if I'm not alone. It can get so deep that I can barely finish the set sometimes. On a couple of occasions, my voice even changed. I get kind of scared when my energy shifts like this.
There are two main possibilities.
- You may have deviated although your initial practice was right.
- There may be a spirit affecting your practice.
This also happens to me with deep meditation practice with various other experiences that differ a little. Please tell me what you think this is. I have been practicing the Iron Wire set almost literally everyday without a gap for the last 8 years and I honestly enjoy it.
The adverse effects from either wrong practice or from a spirit affecting you, will also occur when you do something similar to what you have described.
It is easy to practice Iron Wire wrongly. Many people, including some masters, practice it as isometric exercise instead of as internal force training.
However, if you enjoy practicing Iron Wire, and you have practiced for 8 years you should continue doing so. But you need to check whether your adverse effect is due to deviation or a spirit affecting you.
For checking deviated practice, ensure that you are training internal force and not isometric exercise. A good way to tell the difference is whether you have developed big muscles.
Isometric exercise develops big muscles which can give you much mechanical strength. But the muscles can also make you feel "locked up" and dull.
Internal force training does not build muscles, but it gives you good health, vitality and longevity. You will feel fresh and full of energy.
A good way to check if you are affected by a spirit is to examine your eyes. If you are affected by a spirit, your eyes become dull. Otherwise, especialy with internal force training, you eyes are shinning.
You can also ask the spirit to leave you. Thank the spirit but tell it that you wish to train on your own. Have a shower to cleanse yourself before training. Then chant some scriptures according to your own religion for protection. Ask God or your deity to protect you.
If you have any questions, please e-mail them to Grandmaster Wong via his Secretary at stating your name, country and e-mail address.