Qi Gong Ė Art of Life

 
 

Qi Gong is the art of life. For that reason, we cannot think we should train it only once a week. The universe gives us 24 hours every day. The ideal situation is to use all available time as we walk, seat, sleep, drink water, eat, raise children, work, study, relate to other people, and in every moment of our lives. Qi Gong is to feel; to live is to feel.

To train Qi Gong, itís necessary to keep in mind at all time seven basic rules that are known, but no easily followed. However, they are useful to make live easier and to show which way should be taken.


 

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 to life.

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 consistsof keeping the sameenergy 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