Learn Chi Kung Safely
Many new students approach Chi Kung (Qigong, Chi Kung, and Energy Work are the same) instructors requesting specific techniques to attain specific goals. Sick people want to learn to heal their body, tired people want to wake up, and a fair number of guys want to sustain their erection until their partner faints from exhaustion.
All of these can be attained and controlled by the mind. Smart cosmonauts simply find the formula, practice it, and master the Chi Kung technique.
The Chi Kung instructors job is two-fold:
- We clearly train the student in the steps required to master the formula
- We prepare the student to handle the new knowledge. It is this second issue that will be addressed here
We understand that a sick person wants to heal quickly and may want to skip lectures or what appears to be preliminary training. We understand that they just want to feel better as soon as possible. It seems logical to simply learn the Chi Kung technique which will transform the current ailment. That being said, one cannot start a journey to a new place half way down the path. Rather, there is always a first step which leads to yet another, if one so chooses. With each leg of the journey, we experience a gradual change of landscape. We, too, gradually change our understanding of our environment and what it takes to navigate that terrain. With each leg of the journey, we slowly leave behind the old way of thinking and adopt the new Chi Kung tools necessary to continue toward the goal. Upon our arrival at our new destination, we carry the knowledge of the local animals, foliage, people, and customs. If a man had the ability to helicopter himself to the end of the road, he may arrive with skill sets and attitudes that do not work well in his new environment.
Such is the same when learning Chi Kung
The way we help prevent mis-use of power is to study one system in it’s entirety. We start at the beginning and hold the space for growth. We learn the secrets of the mind in slow, specific steps designed to facilitate transformation in preparation for the next phase of the journey. These steps may be formulas of meditation which contain pieces of the formula’s to come, or they may be lifestyle changes necessary to proceed successfully. Inner Alchemy has been charted and studied for thousands of years, and those pioneers who cultivated the skill created a curriculum designed to be experienced in a specific sequence. If we skip steps, we will not have the skill set necessary to to continue toward our goal.
So, be patient when studying Chi Kung. Enjoy each step of Chi Kung and stay in the moment, knowing you are walking the path which holds many adventures even before what you think is your destination.