SKILLS OF PRACTICING QIGONG
You have often mentioned that practicing qigong make us healthy and full of vitality. We have practiced qigong for some time but we do not have the vitality shown in your webpages. Some of us are sickly. Why?
-- Li, Taiwan
Practicing qigong make us healthy and full of vitality. It also gives us longevity as well as mental clarity and spiritual joys. Practicing qigong is one of the best things any person can ever do.
Why does practicing qigong make us healthy and full of vitality, as well as give us longevity, mental clarity and spiritual joys?
When we practice qigong, we generate an energy flow. The energy flow clears blockage, thus making us healthy. From the Chinese medical perspective, all illness is caused by energy blockage, and to be healthy is natural. Hence, by practicing qigong one can overcome any illness, and be healthy.
As we continue our qigong practice, we increase our energy flow which becomes vigorous. When our energy flow is vigorous, we are full of vitality. We continue our qigong practice, and have a lot of energy. The plentiful supply of energy enables our energy to flow for a long time, thus giving us longevity.
It is important to clear the mind of all thoughts when practicing qigong. Clearing the mind of all thoughts is one of the two necessary condition of qigong practice, the other condition being relaxed. Hence clearing the mind of all thoughts has become habitual through qigong practice, giving us mental clarity.
It is helpful to mention that some people are afraid of clearing their mind of all thoughts. They wrongly believe that if they clear their mind of all thoughts they become unable to think. Clearing the mind of all thoughts means mental clarity; it does not mean an inability to think. When one has mental clarity, he can think more effectively when he needs to.
Qigong is triple-cultivation. It not only cultivates the physical body and energy, but also the spirit. Hence, practicing qigong gives us spiritual joys, like being peaceful and happy. Qigong is spiritual, but not religious. Any person of any religion, or of no official religion, can practice qigong.
However, qigong is rare today. What many people practice nowadays are only qigong forms, and not genuine qigong. Practicing external qigong forms, like practicing external Taiji forms, will not give the benefits of qigong.
You and your classmates do not have the vitality shown in my webpages, and some of you are sickly because you probably have practiced only external qigong forms, and not genuine qigong.
More important than the forms in qigong are the skills to generate energy flow that clears blockage and opens organs. Skills need to be learnt from a master, not from a book or a video.