Flowing Water Floating Clouds

Flowing Water Floating Clouds


Could you please confirm that the following 5 Levels of Chi Flow is correct? Could you explain the five levels and their different aspects for health and vitality generally?

Standing Meditation
Flowingly Still
Gentle Breeze Swaying Willows
Flowing Water Floating Clouds
Self Manifested Chi Movement

— Sifu Mark Appleford, Chief Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam UK


Yes, this is correct.

Very briefly and generally, standing meditation is standing still, and is for spiritual cultivation.

Flowingly still is for developing internal force and mental clarity.

Flowing Breeze Swaying Willows, Flowing Water Floating Clouds and Self-Manifested Chi Movement, which represents progressive levels of chi flow and bodily movement in ascending order, are for healing.

Usually but not always, the progression is as follows. Those who are old, serious sick and new in chi kung treatment start with little chi flow and small bodily movement in Flowing Breeze Swaying Willows. As they improve, they progress to more chi flow and bodily movement in Flowing Water Floating Clouds and Self-Manifested Chi Movement.

When they have recovered from their illness, irrespective of whether they are young or old, as they continue to practice for vitality and longevity as well as peak performance and spiritual fulfilment, the chi flow and bodily movement are reverse, i.e. from Self-Manifested Chi Movement to Flowing Water Floating Clouds to Flowing Breeze Swaying Willows, and eventually to Flowingly Still and Standing Meditation.

So it is a cycle. First there is little chi flow and bodily movement, then the flow and movement increase until they are vigorous. Then they gradually slow down to be quite still.

The initial stillness and the eventual stillness are different. Initially patients or students are still because they are tensed and have little energy. Eventually they are still because there is no blockage so that their energy, which is tremendous, flows smoothly.

This description is general; there may be exceptions.

The above is taken from Question 8 February 2013 Part 2 of the Selection of Questions and Answers.


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