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The Value of Tradition Training in Qigong

Not until recently did our society start to realize the value of tradition and experience.  This new society is beginning to understand that in order to have a happy life, you need not just material confort, but also, and more importantly, spiritual cultivation in peace and calmness. Many people are starting to believe that the traditional practices of the ancient spiritual societies hold the key to solving many mental problems and improving our lives. Traditional and spiritual science are being re-evaluated. This tendencey has become especially apparent in the last ten years with the increased cultural exchange between East and West.  Chinese Qigong has started to bloom in the West. More and more people are coming to believe that in addition to maintaining health and increasing longevity, Qigong can be one of the most effective ways to attain a peaceful, spiritual life.  Qigong is one of the greatest achievements of China. It was created from the accumulated experiences of countless generations by thousands of "wise men." These wise men, after learning the traditional knowledge, modified and added their own experiences to the practice.  Now, it is our responsibility to keep it and continue to develop it.  Many of the theories and training methods of Qigong were kept secret, and only recently made available to the general public. There are many reasons for this secrecy:

1. Every Qigong style considered its theory and methods to be precious treasures which offered something which could not be purchased with money - health and long life.

2. Many Qigong training theories are hard to understand, and the practices dangerous if done incorrectly.  For these reasons, it is unwise to use today's infant science to judge the acumulated experience and phenomena of the past. I believe that as long as we respect the traditions and experience of the past, and continue our study and research, we will eventually be able to understand all of these natural phenomena scientifically.  Following this reasoning, traditional Qigong theory and training methods should remain the main source and authority for your training. The correct attitude in practicing Qigong is to respect and understand the past, and to also examine everything from a modern, scientific point of view. In this way you can improve upon the knowledge and experience of the past.

What is Real Health Using Qigong?

A. Your body includes physical and mental parts. The physical body is considered to be Yang in Chinese Qigong, and the mental body, which is closely related to the Chi, thinking, and the spirit, is thought of as Yin. Only when these Yin and Yang parts of your body balance each other harmoniously do you have real health. In other words, to have true good health, you must have a strong physical body and a healthy Chi body and mind. When you have both, your spirit can be raised and your whole being will be vigorously alive.

B. In order to keep the physical part of your body strong, you must have smooth Chi circulation. Chi is the energy source for all of the body's activities. You also need to have healthy blood cells to carry nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. According to Ancient Chinese medicine, the blood cells need Chi to stay alive. Howeer, blood cells have also been traditionally considered to be carriers of Chi. They distribute Chi throughout the body, and also act as a battery, storing excess Chi and releasing it when needed. You can see that if the blood cells are not healthy, they will not transport nutrients and oxygen efficiently, and they will also not be able to carry out the function of regulating the Chi.

-Excerpt Copied from: YMAA Publication Center



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