Why do we get ill? Why don’t we live to 100 or 150 years old? The answers to these questions may lead us to a very healthy existence. (Michael Tse)
Chinese medicine attempts to answer these questions in terms of Qi (vital energy). Qi is the energy which sustains us.
If you, don’t maintain your qi then maybe you will become tired and ill. For example, when you finish work. You go home, you might watch T.V, read a book, or even go to the pub and have a drink. Afterwards you feel tired, even though you’ve been relaxing.
Why? You feel tired because you have been using your energy, even reading a book uses energy!
When your energy is low you will start to feel weak and tired. In this condition you will easily become ill.
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So does Meditation really have the ability change the body internal temperature?
Let’s take a look at the following Mind and Body in extreme experiments done by Professor Benson.
During meditation, the monk’s body produces enough heat to dry cold, wet sheets put over his shoulders in a frigid room.
In a monastery in northern India, thinly clad Tibetan monks sat quietly in a room where the temperature was a chilly 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Using a yoga technique known as g Tum-mo, they entered a state of deep meditation. Other monks soaked 3-by-6-foot sheets in cold water (49 degrees) and placed them over the meditators’ shoulders.
For untrained people, such frigid wrappings would produce uncontrolled shivering.
If body temperatures continue to drop under these conditions, death can result. But it was not long before steam began rising from the sheets.
As a result of body heat produced by the monks during meditation, the sheets dried in about an hour. (more…)
Video footage of the Indonesian acupuncturist and qigong master known as John Chang.
Unlike the brief footage in the Ring of Fire documentary, this video was distributed with John’s permission. He puts on an unforgettable show for a handpicked group of American scientists, including:
Hanoi, Vietnam, Antonio Graceffo seeks out the original Vietnamese martial arts form, Vo Co Truyen. Vietnamese martial arts competitor, Le Trung Linh invites Antonio to Quan Thanh Temple, where Teacher Bui Dang Vang teaches him the fighting applications of Nam Hong Son, a local style of Vo Co Truyen.
In old China, the different schools of martial arts were passed down from generation to generation within the family. So was Taiji Quan within Chenjiagou, or Chen Village, Henan Province, until Chen Changxing of the 14 generation broke this tradition in the 20-30′s of the 19th century by teaching the skills to Yang Luchan, who later created the most popular Yang-Style.
Yang Luchan was born into a poor family in 1799 in Guangping (present-day Yongnian) County, Hebei Province. He made a living by selling fine-grained yellowish soil used for making briquettes.
A man of sturdy build, with broad shoulders and powerful arms, he was known far and wide for his great strength. His wheelbarrow was always loaded with no less than 800 catties (400 kg) of soil, which was quite enough to meet the needs of half a street in the county seat.
Hence his nicknames of “800 Catties” and “Half the Seat.” Toiling and moiling in this way, he could earn just enough to support his family.
The use of the mind in Qigong is a very controversial topic. Some teachings emphasise it and others do not. However, much of this debate could be over a misunderstanding of the Chinese concept of `the mind’.
There is a lot of debate in Qigong circles about the use of the mind in training and in Qigong practice in general. Various systems advertise the use of the mind to move energy through the microcosmic orbit (Ren and Du channels), or to guide energy through the acupuncture meridians to remove blockages. The opening of the Ren and Du Channels to form the energy circuit known as the ‘Small Circulation’ is one of the fundamental principles of Qigong practice.
Many popular systems (particularly in the West) advocate focusing one’s thoughts on focusing one’s thoughts on various acupuncture points along this route, sometimes working on one point for days, weeks or even months until it is felt to “open”. Likewise, ‘Meridian Meditation’ practises involve the practitioners learning the location of the various acupuncture channels and then mentally guiding the energy through the channels, until energy can be sensed flowing within them.
On the other hand, many Qigong systems, the Kunlun Dayan Qigong system included, are opposed to this method of using thought to induce energy flow. Does this mean that some Qigong systems believe in mind over matter and some do not? And what is really meant by the concept of ‘mind’ in Qigong philosophy? – Let us examine this point. (more…)