SELECTION OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
MAY 2014 PART 1
What happens if a person does not forgive the wrong someone has done to him?
— Sifu Joroen, Guatemala
If a person does not forgive, the first person he harms is he himself.
From my many years of helping people overcome diseases, I have discovered that holding to negative emotions is a major cause of their illness. It is especially so with serious diseases like cancer and heart disorders, which are caused by deep resentment and anger respectively. When a person forgives, he lets go of the negative emotions.
Indeed, in my helping people to overcome cancer, a very important aspect of healing is to help them to forgive. Once they sincerely forgive, with the chi flow they generate from the exercise I teach them, I am quite sure they will recover.
Even when a person is not sick, if he does not forgive, the locked negative emotion will affect his daily happiness and peace of mind. When he forgives, he let go of a huge emotional and spiritual burden.
If a person forgives, what about the wrong that has been done?
Forgiving affects favourably the person who forgives, not the person who did wrong. The wrong, regardless of whether it was real or merely perceived, had been done, and the act of forgiving would not undo it. In fact the wrong doer may not even know he has been forgiven.
The harm resulting from the wrong action continues to hurt the person on the receiving end if he still harbours strong negative emotions regarding it, sometimes more insidiously harmful than the actual wrong deed itself. When he forgives, he terminates the harm. The wrong deed ceases to hurt him any more.
Further, the act of forgiving strengthens and nourishes his spirit. He becomes happier and more peaceful.
Forgiving is not an act of weakness or cowardice. On the contrary, it needs much courage and strength to forgive.
Thank you for all that your school has done for me! I am currently practicing: Lifting the Sky, Pushing Mountains, Carrying the Moon, and Self-Manifested Chi Flow; all of which have opened my heart more and more to the experience of life. For this I am grateful.
— Jordan, USA
I am glad of your progress, Our chi kung has give a lot of people good health and happiness. The exercises you practice are excellent. Enjoy practicing them.
My mother is in her late 50's, has endured 10 major surgeries on her back resulting in her back having many rods and screws and she can not physically stand straight and lies in a hospital bed at home all day long, she has 2 herniated discs and bulging disks in her mid back region which 90% of doctors will not operate on because it is too close to her heart, and she has frontal lobe epilepsy. My mother is also very mentally and emotionally disturbed and smokes a lot of cigarettes.
My first question: is whether you believe that you could heal her of her back and spinal problems, her epilepsy, and help her to enjoy a happier existence? I have heard of many great masters who have healed all types of disorders and diseases, however I am uncertain if they are simply rumours or true stories.
I am sorry to hear of the many health problems your mother has. But the good news is that she can overcome these health problems and lead a healthy, happy life again. The stories of masters healing people of all types of disorders and diseases are true. We in Shaolin Wahnam have many such successful stories.
Many people may be appalled at these many problems, but from the perspective of traditional Chinese medical philosophy all these different health problems are due to just one cause, i.e. energy blockage.
Most people, who are not familiar with traditional Chinese medical philosophy may be puzzled or even think this explanation ridiculous, but it is inspiring to know overcoming energy blockage is the basic of a health and medical system practiced by the largest population of the world for the longest period of human history. Practicing high-level chi kung is excellent in overcoming energy blockage.
This philosophy has been proven right again and again in our school. There are quite a number of students in our school who had a great range of disease symptoms like your mother has, in fact some of them were more serious, yet they recovered after diligently practicing the chi kung learnt from us.
Ask your mother to learn from your sifu, Sifu Gusty Voshell, then attend my Intensive Chi Kung Course in Sabah from 14th to 18th June 2013. Please see my website for details, and apply to the honorary organizer, your sipak Dr Damian Kissey, for registration. Your mother has a good chance of recovery.
My second question: is whether you believe that she may or may not be capable of becoming a student of Shaolin Wahnam, under your guidance or the guidance of Sifu Gusty Voshell?
She is capable of becoming a student of Shaolin Wahnam. The most important requirement is to follow the Ten Shaolin Laws. First learn from your sifu, Sifu Gusty Voshell. Then attend my Intensive Chi Kung Course.
I have a few questions regarding my practice:
Sifu taught me to simply relax and then smile from my heart. Your USA Chief Instructor, Sifu Anthony, teaches through his site and downloadable material a systematic way to relax physically and mentally from head to toe by focusing on relaxing different body parts. Which do you recommend I follow?
Follow what your sifu has taught. It is simple, direct and more effective.
What Sifu Anthony Korahais teaches through his website is meant for those who do not have the chance to learn personally from a certified Shaolin Wahnam instructor but have the luck to read his informative website.
Sifu Anthony’s systematic way to relax is effective. But with the opportunity to be personally taught by our certified instructors, simply relax and smile from the heart is even more effective, and also more beneficial.
However, those who do not have the opportunity of personal teaching, would be unable to do so even when they understand the instruction clearly. It is because they do not have the required skills.
Also, in my practice, I have much mental chatter. May you prescribe a way or offer advice on how to endure, phase out this chatter and earn entering into a qigong state of mind?
I am not surprised that you have this mental problem after reading your mention about Sifu Anthony’s list of relaxation exercises. This mention indicates not only your problem with chi kung practice but also with other aspects of your daily life.
This actually is a common problem with many people in the West. Have you wondered why many people in the West are stressful and unhappy despite the West having all the facilities like financial and social security to provide people with a stress-free and happy life?
Not many people realize the reason. It is because these people intellectualize excessively and unnecessarily. This discovery is not made through philosophizing but through direct experience.
A noticeable feature of our students in Shaolin Wahnam is that they are stress-free and happy – certainly more stress-free and happier than most people. Even if you have not met them personally, you can sense these qualities by reading their posts in our Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum.
Many of our students were also stressful and unhappy before. But after practicing our arts they become stress-free and happy. In fact I was pleasantly surprised that the largest number of e-mails of gratitude I received was not from those whose lives I literally saved, and I have saved many from so-called incurable diseases, but from healthy people who told me that their life had changed from merely existing to joyful living.
And you have been taught by your sifu this priceless lesson. Do you know what it is? It is not Lifting the Sky or Carrying the Moon, though these are excellent exercises, but simply relax and smile from your heart. It is wonderfully simple, direct and effectice.
If it is simple, direct and effective, why don’t other people do it so as to be stress-free and happy? In the first place, they may not know this teaching. Even if they do, like reading about it in our literature, they only know the techniques but they lack the necessary skills to carry out the techniques. In other words, they may know and believe that by relaxing and smiling from their heart they can be stress-free and happy, but they do not know how to relax and smile from their heart.
To help our students, we have three golden rules of practice. These golden rules apply not just to chi kung but to any practice, including your daily activities. The three golden rules are:
1. Don’t worry.
2. Don’t intellectualize.
3. Enjoy your practice.
Let us take an example. Some people may think the rules outlandish, but they clearly illustrate the important principles involved.
Suppose you are going to have bread and butter for breakfast. Just eat your breakfast and enjoy it.
Don’t worry how you are going to spread the butter over your bread, whether you are going to hold your bread with five fingers or just two, whether you are going to smell the bread or the butter first before putting them into your mouth.
Don’t intellectualize why the bread is made from wheat and not from corn, whether the farmer who produced the butter has a wife or two wives or none at all, and what will happen to the bread and butter when it has gone into your stomach.
Don’t complain why you have bread and butter for breakfast and not bacon and eggs, which means you are not enjoying your practice of eating your breakfast. Just eat it and enjoy your eating.
If you prefer bacon and eggs instead, change your bread and butter if it is within your means, without worrying like how you will do it, and without intellectualizing like whether you should do it, and enjoy the practice of changing your breakfast, regardless of whether it happens half and hour or five days later.
In the same way, if you want your mother to recover from her many health problems by attending my Intensive Chi Kung Course, send her to the course in a simple, direct and effective manner, instead of worrying and intellectualizing unnecessarily like how she would get on a plane and whether she would be a good or bad student. If these problems like getting on a plane and becoming a good student really occur, then solve them in a simple, direct and effective manner. But don’t worry or intellectualize and create the problems in your mind when they do not really exist.
If you just relax and smile from your heart, and be simple, direct and effective in whatever you do, you will soon find life easier and happier.
Sifu taught me in the Self Manifested Chi Flow to perform all 3 patterns, 30 times each at a rapid pace. I feel very uncomfortable and not relaxed while doing this. May you please advise on how I should approach Self Manifested Chi Flow to maximize my results?
This is another example of you making life difficult for yourself. It is like holding your bread and butter in your hand, and worrying and intellectualizing on what is the best way to eat it, and seeking advice from other people on how to eat your bread and butter, instead of just putting it into your mouth and enjoy eating it.
Make life simple and happy for yourself. Just relax and smile from your heart. Perform all the 3 patterns 30 times each at a rapid pace and go to self-manifested chi movement, and enjoy the practice.
Editorial Note : Jordan's questions will be continued at May 2014 Part 2 issue of the Question-Answer Series.
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