FORGIVENESS IN CHI KUNG
Some months ago my Sifu gave me some homework. Sifu told me to forgive -- myself or others, every day after morning Chi Kung session.
I have to honestly say that after a couple of months this practice changed me, and is still changing, way beyond my expectations.
Could Sigung be that kind and tell us about the importance of forgiveness in Chi Kung, and how does it influence deepening the fundamentals?
Firstly, congratulations for your success in implementing your sifu's advice. You may not realize it now, but you may realize it later when you look back, this is one of the best gifts you sifu has given you.
Forgiving is not only very important in chi kung training, but more significantly it is very important in daily life, though many people may not realize it. From my work in helping many patients overcome cancer, I have found quite convincingly that a main reason why they had cancer was because they could not forgive. Hence, in my chi kung healing, I always -- repeat: always -- ask cancer patients to forgive -- others and themselves. This leads to their recovery.
When a person does not forgive, the negative energy of subdued anger or frustration distorts his energy flow, thus disabling his natural ability to overcome disease. This applies not only to cancer but to all illness. Even if he is not ill, the locked up energy makes him less happy than he should be.
When he forgives, he clears this blockage, especially when he also knows chi flow. He overcome his illness naturally and has a better quality of life. It is a good reminder of the teaching of the greatest teachers, like Jesus and the Buddha, that goodness always results in goodness. The one who benefits the most when a person forgives, is he (or she) himself.
A main reason why our students can have such fantastic results when practicing chi kung is that we operate at the mind level. We have been so cost-effective that now I have to tell our students not to over-train. A good way is to aim at only 30% of what he obtained at a course with me or with his sifu -- not 30% of the potential benefit of the exercise.
If a person cannot forgive, it will affect his mind set and chi flow, thus affecting his results. In my advice to students to reduce over-training and subsequent over-cleansing, I have mentioned performing negative actions like purposely tensing and intellectualizing. Not forgiving is certainly not one of these negative actions.
The above article is reproduced from the thread Developing and Deepening the Fundamental Skills of Chi Kung in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum.
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