One of the Most Popular, Effective, and Highly
Regarded Healing Methods in China
Through thousands of years, ancient Qigong branched off into different schools. Zhineng Qigong is a branch of Qigong created by Grand-master Pang Ming, reverently known as Pang Lao Shi (Teacher) in China in the 1980s. A gifted Qigong teacher with training in Chinese and Western medicine and who had received tutelage from 19 Grand-masters in qigong and martial arts since his early childhood.
In 1958, Pang Ming graduated from Beijing Medical University and from 1958 to 1962, studied traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in acupuncture. From there, he began his research into Qigong, drawing on both his Western and Chinese medical background.
Zhineng Qigong created by Grand-master Pang Ming distills the wisdom of classical forms – traditional Qigong, martial arts, Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist Qigong – and adapts a rich legacy to modern science, medicine and contemporary needs. He simplified classical Qigong so that anyone, even those suffering from illnesses, can enjoy its benefits.
With the creation of Zhineng Qigong, he has combined the ancient Chinese internal cultivation of Qigong as a healing art with the modern science knowledge of the body and mind. Qigong practice which has been kept secret in China for over 5000 years within families and esoteric schools, has now been made available to the general public and benefiting millions of people around the world
In November 1991, grand-master Pang Ming founded Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Center in Qinhuangdao, China. Over a period of more than ten years, 200,000 patients (Pang Ming called them students) were treated at the Center, the largest medicine-free hospital in the world. All patients were tested and diagnosed, then put through intensive training in Zhineng Qigong for a month, after which the tests were repeated. The effective healing rate for patients was over 95% and encompassed over two hundred disease categories including cancers, liver disorders, heart disease, paralysis, diabetes, congenital defects etc.
Purpose of Qigong Practice
The purpose of qigong practice is to improve human life, such as improving physical fitness, enhancing creativity, uplifting emotion and uncovering hidden potential. Qigong offers a path to liberate us from our own limitations and social conditioning and rediscover a higher state of freedom based on consciousness and wisdom. Through qigong, we learn to cultivate chi in our daily practice to progressively synchronize the physical and spiritual elements of our being.
Qigong is different from other exercises such as sports. In qigong you direct your mind inwards while in most exercises the mind is directed externally upon the competitors instead of the activity within the body. Qigong emphasizes cultivating virtue, refining consciousness, regulating breath, and moving the body, while sports are mainly focused on bodily movement. In moving the body, qigong uses the mind to direct chi, chi to direct the body, the movement of the body to serve the spirit, mind and chi, and experience mystery of the body in total relaxation.
Zhineng Qigong consists of 3 parts: dynamic qigong, static qigong and spontaneous qigong. Though seemingly different, they are consistent with one another in that all three of them have their theoretical basis in Hunyuan qi, and progress in the order of external Hunyuan, internal Hunyuan, and central Hunyuan stages.
Zhineng Qigong has a series of movements (called “Methods”) performed in a state of relaxation. The methods range from the beginning to the advanced level. The most commonly practiced ones are Lift Qi Up and Pour Qi Down Method, Three Centers Merge Standing Form, Wall Squat, Body and Mind Method, Vibration Along Meridians, Wu Yuan Zhuang, and Genuine Zang Qi Converging into One Method.
Zhineng Qigong is a practice that utilizes our mind consciousness and body movements to cultivate “Qi” or vital energy. In learning to recognize, direct and circulate Qi, an individual can connect with the energy of the universe and “discover the natural healing powers in the human body and the nature.”
Zhineng Qigong is a type of Qigong that is “easy to learn and accessible to everyone.” Zhineng Qigong can help to relieve pain, strengthen the body, improve mental capacity, and help us to achieve a fundamental state of health and well-being.
In Zhineng Qigong, directing the internal activities of the mind-consciousness is as important as performing the actual physical movements. Students learn to regulate their internal Qi flow to improve their health and wellbeing, help recover from illnesses, enhance their mental faculties and “promote longevity.”
Practitioners can also use Qi to heal themselves and other people, drawing from the limitless reservoir of Qi from the universe. What distinguishes Zhineng Qigong from other disciplines is that it is “simple, effective, safe, and easy to practice.”
More than 3000 scientific reports about Zhineng Qigong have been published in China, and in 1998 grandmaster Pang Ming was the first person to receive a certificate of appreciation from the Chinese Ministry of Sports and Health. Of the eleven Qigong forms researched by the Government, Zhineng Qigong was recognized as “the most effective one for healing purposes.”
The Characteristics of Zhineng Qigong
1. Hún Yuán Holistic Theory.
The Hún Yuán Holistic Theory is the theoretical foundation of the Zhineng Qigong system. The Hún Yuán Holistic Theory states that the physical body, Qi, and mind of the human body are the manifestation or the different appearances of Qi. Qi can concentrate to become a physical body. It also can change into mind activities.
Qi nourishes both physical body and mind. It exists in every part of the Universe and permeates every level of matter. It is the energy source and the raw material for transmutations between different types of matter.
2. Zhineng Qigong has a complete system of methods.
The Zhineng Qigong system consists of three types of practice: Moving Forms; Stillness Forms; and Spontaneous Forms. These three types of practice follow the process from elementary to advanced.
The Zhineng Qigong Moving Forms consist of three stages and six progressive methods. The three stages are: External Hùn Yuán; Internal Hùn Yuán; and Central Hùn Yuán. The six progressive methods are the following.
The First Step Gong: Lift Qi Up and Pour Qi Down Method. It belongs to the External stage.
The Second Step Gong: The Body and Mind Method—the practice to merge the body and the mind.
The Third Step Gong: The Five Elements Method—the practice to merge the inner organs.
Both the Second and the Third Step Gong belong to the Internal stage.
The Fourth Step Gong: Central Meridian Hùn Yuán.
The Fifth Step Gong: Central Line Hùn Yuán.
The Sixth Step Gong: Return to one.
The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Step Gongs belong to the Central stage. The first step Gong, Lift Qi Up and Pour Qi Down Method, is to cultivate the External Qi. Its purpose is to strengthen these innate functions and to ensure the venues for exchanging Qi with nature will remain open and uninterrupted. This will transmute the Qi in the skin and the membrane and the Qi in nature into one. This process mainly uses the mind intent and occurs mainly outside of the body; therefore, it is called External stage.
The Internal stage includes the second step Gong, The Body and Mind Method, and the third step Gong—The Five Elements Method. The Body and Mind Method stretches the tendons and loosens up the joints, ligaments, and bones. It focuses on the integration of the physical body and mental activities. Its purpose is to merge the Meridians’ Qi and the blood into one by opening the venues between the five layers of the physical body (skin, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and skeleton). This will strengthen the body functions, and become healthier.
The Five Elements Method cultivates Qi in the heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys. Practicing The Five Elements Method will make the Inner Organ Qi sufficient, strengthen the organs’ functions, and regulate the emotions and mental activities associated with the inner organs. It also strengthens one's ability to circulate Qi both inside and outside of the body.
[Since Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Step Gongs, Stillness Forms, and Spontaneous Forms have not been taught by Dr. Páng to general public, their introduction will be omitted from here.]
3. Zhineng Qigong contains many special/secretive practice techniques.
Zhineng Qigong methods were a collection of many special techniques from Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist, Medical, Martial Art, and Folk Qigongs. They were organized into one system. Zhineng Qigong contains many techniques that are simple and important. These techniques are from his teachers which took them decades to refine, and were not easily taught to outsiders. These techniques may not be the essence of the methods, but they are the keys and the shortcuts to the practice.
4. Zhineng Qigong uses three teaching systems.
The three teaching systems refer to teaching through the mind (intuitive transmission), verbal instructions, and physical demonstrations.
Teaching through intuitive transmission.
In Zhineng Qigong, teaching through intuitive transmission is mainly done by Organizing the Qi Field. “Organizing the Qi Field” refers to the teacher using his/her mind intent to gather and mobilize the natural Qi and the Qi of every participant, and to unite and transform them into one “Field.” When the teacher is visualizing the movements during teaching, then everyone can perform the movements better. The teacher is like a huge magnet and the students are like metal. Forming a Qi Field is like putting the magnet and metal together— the students will get "magnetized.”
Teaching through verbal instructions.
Teaching through physical demonstrations.
5. Zhineng Qigong does not use special consciousness activities.
The way that Zhineng Qigong uses the mind activities is that it does not pursue emptiness and tranquility, and does not use specific mind/consciousness activities. Zhineng Qigong primarily requires the practitioner to focus consciously on the execution of the movements, and to follow the movements’ requirement to focus the mind intent on each of the relevant areas during the practice. Besides this, there are no specific mind activities.
6. Zhineng Qigong uses the “Inducing Qi” method to activate Qi.
Practicing Qigong uses different methods to activate Qi’s concentrate/disperse and circulate functions to achieve smooth Qi flow in the body. The method Zhineng Qigong uses to activate Qi is the inducing/attracting Qi method. It contains three kinds of techniques.
Using the mind to induce/attract Qi.
Using the movements to induce Qi.
Using sound to induce Qi.
7. Zhineng Qigong belongs to an Open System.
The human being is a product of nature and is also a part of society. Therefore, “Opening” includes both opening to nature and opening to society. In other words, we must be part of nature and society. “Organizing a Qi Field” for teaching and healing demonstrates the characteristics of “Open System” methods.
In an organized Qi Field, everyone's mind and Qi are open and interact with each other. With all movements and intentions in unison, the resonant effect will form a powerful Qi Field. This Qi Field is formed by the participants in the field. In turn, this Qi Field will strengthen everyone's practice, and will improve the healing results.
“Organizing a Qi Field” for teaching and healing will benefit from improved results. One can benefit oneself and others at the same time. Based on these theories, the practices, and the applications, Zhineng Qigong has established a complete series of methods in an “Open System.”
8. Zhineng Qigong uses External Qi for healing without depleting one's own Qi.
In most Qigong practices, in order to use External Qi for healing, one must activate the Dāntián Qi first. The practitioner must cultivate Dāntián Qi until it becomes sufficient before he/she can emit Qi for healing. There is a risk it may harm or deplete his/her own Qi. In the past, people who practiced the Closed System specifically avoided sending Dāntián Qi outward. They feared that it would interfere with their progress.
Zhineng Qigong’s first step Gong is a collecting and permeating Qi method. Its purpose is to collect the Nature Qi, and to pour and permeate it into the body to achieve good health and healing. If one changes the target and pours the collected Qi into another person, one is emitting the External Qi to facilitate healing; therefore, emitting External Qi for healing is the most elementary practice in Zhineng Qigong. Because one uses the Nature Qi instead of his/her own Dāntián Qi, this practice will not deplete his/her own Qi.
9. Zhineng Qigong practice reactions (refers primarily to uncomfortable feelings) are noticeable.
When practicing Zhineng Qigong, one can accumulate Qi quickly. The effects are very obvious—one’s health improves continually, and the changes are noticeable. In the process of improving to a healthier state, the body will discharge the accumulated matter that is no longer beneficial to life activities. This accumulated matter can be either mental or physical, or both. When that happens, the practitioner may experience some discomfort or pain in the corresponding area. This is called a practice reaction or a Qi reaction.
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