1. Perception: while training Qi Gong, itís necessary to keep a profound
thought in order to achieve spiritual well-being and complete satisfaction.
The serene and bland way of thinking and the elegance of the movements
create a very special satisfaction. When, during training, things
turn up to be difficult, one must find them easy; when they are
hard, soft; when rough, smooth; when impossible, possible. One must
also use the best imagery and learn from its forms, such as beautiful
landscapes, paintings, sculpture, cultural relics, historical places,
that will provide one with artistic understanding. Thus, training
becomes more and more interesting every passing day.
2. Expanding: in everybodyís life thereís something that bothers them,
causing unbalance. To change this, the sensation of spreading, of
expanding. One can achieve such sensation when imagining a stride
at the top of a mountain, or to admire the greatness of sea and
joining with it. Thus, one acquires more trust, more courage to
live, waving fear of hardship. Thought, thus, knows no emotional
bounds or blocks. To be honest with others, with oneself, and with
the things one does is very important for spiritual growth. One
must not lie to other or to oneself. Honesty can eliminate fear,
both conscious and unconscious, and bring about tranquility, peace
of mind and relaxation.
3. Forgiveness: in life there always is some kind of frustration, which
causes hate, desire for revenge, anger, tension, sadness, envy.
In sum, painful emotions that are weakening. The best way to get
rid of these feelings is to forgive, for forgiving can restore balance
4. Filial Respect: one must have a great respect for oneís ancestor
(living and departed). One must meditate to recognize oneís mistakes
towards them and try and repair them. By using this system, one
develops oneís intelligence. All information about life has been
passed on to us, from generation to generation, by our ancestors.
The information of our ancestor is present throughout the universe
in the form of energy that helps us in our lives. Hence, by respecting
oneís ancestor, one purifies oneís heart.
5. Childlike innocence: in internal Gong Fu, thereís a system called
Tongzi Gong, which consists† of
keeping the same† energy
and thought of early childhood (previous to first dentition). When
one trains Qi Gong, one must keep in mind funny and happy memories
of oneís childhood. By thinking and acting in such fashion, a childlike
innocence will truly come forth in oneís being.
6. Sea of energy: one must picture the place where one lives a sea
of energy. This energy is in us and we live in it. When one trains,
one must forget oneself, who one is; one must not think if one is
pretty or ugly, good or bad. One must forget oneís very existence.
One then feels space and time in a different way, as if one were
inside another universe. Taoism calls this Huanghu. By being in
Huanghu state, one can connect to the energy of another and, thus,
obtain information about them. The universe contains all information
in the form of energy. Thus, one can feel what another is doing,
has done, if they are well or ill. However, there isnít a 100% precision,
and many times the connection cannot be established.
7. Three spaces and times: how can we understand the past, the present,
and the future?† We have
a tendency to remember past situations and forecast future ones.
The secret, according to Buddhism, is to remain on the here and
now. Living in the past creates attachment, as well as forecasting
the future. Those attachments bound us to past or future images,
preventing us from living the present time. They can be broken when
one keeps oneís focus on the present aspect