Words of Wisdom: some common questions about WHQ
Q: How many types of Qigong are there?
There are many forms and/or lineages of Qigong, each expressing different emphases and different aspects of Qigong. So we hope to help you perceive Qigong as a whole and very integrative practice. In its totality, it includes many different kinds of methods: breathing, visualization, sound, meditations, movement, ritual, and prayer. The wide breadth and depth of Qigong methods from all the different lineages, although organized in different ways, aim to move us toward the ultimate goal of immortality and enlightenment. So every branch of Qigong is basically coming out of that Whole system of intention.
There are many good systems representing the totality of Qigong, but most forms are concerned with a particular focus — such as the breath, or movement such as Tai Chi (which is another form of Qigong). So you can think of all of practices as expressions of one collective of Qigong with different dimensions.
Wisdom Healing Qigong is formulated on the complete expression of Qigong — plus some unique principles. As a comprehensive approach incorporated from many lineages throughout history, Wisdom Healing Qigong develops different stages of practice and incorporates all dimensions, including breathing, visualization, sound, meditations, movement, ritual, and prayer.
The vision of Wisdom Healing Qigong — as its founder, Dr. Pang presented — is a healing art, a new science, plus a profound ancient technology of human life in relationship to Nature
“Wisdom Healing (Zhineng) Qigong is: Use of the mind’s intelligence to direct chi to transform, perfect, and improve the conscious potential of the wholistic body, thereby uplifting the consciousness of the practitioner from an automated condition to that of autonomous wisdom.” ~ Dr. Pang
Q: How do we use qi (chi) to heal our body?
Looking into the human body as an energetic system, so that whenever and whatever we are encountering — whether it’s physical problems, illness, dis-ease, low energy, or depression — we direct chi to transform the energetic causes.
The beauty of working with energy is recognizing you can consciously change energy patterns. The more subtle the layers of energy you work with, the easier you can change it.
The more you perceive subtle energy, the more empowered you become to make a shift to a positive change. Conversely, the more solid you perceive the energy, the more challenging it will be to change it. So perceptions play a very important role when working with chi.
That’s why it is very important in the first stage of Qigong practice, you let go of old perceptions of your body as just a physical structure in a compromised, diseased, and/or physically solid stable condition.
When you start to open to the energy existing beyond the solid and tangible, you start to perceive the conditions beyond physical limitation and illness. In that big picture, you find the freedom to transform a dis-eased body into a healthy body.
Q: What I’m beginning to understand is that chi is in everything, and is everything… yet in modern life we basically don’t understand how to cultivate it.
Yes, we are living with chi and we are formed from chi but we don’t know how to consciously cultivate it. That is the difference between the non-Qigong way of life and the Qigong way of life. The Qigong way of life is to know how to consciously cultivate chi.
There are many pathways for you to recognize what exists beyond what you perceive as our limited existence. You could say there are many ways of “doing” qigong. For example, yoga is qigong and meditation is qigong, and any spiritual practice is qigong.
A simple example is, when we sleep we are engaging in qigong. The mind is totally relaxed and the body falls into a more relaxed state, so the energy body is not so contracted. The exchange of energy between the body and the remainder of the world can happen more fluidly and can promote more than just rest — actually recharging your batteries, so to speak. But that is more like an involuntary and habitual process.
When you practice or live Qigong — when you’re awake and using the conscious mind to guide the body to relax to that state without falling asleep — you amplify the state of energy in that totally relaxed state. Then you promote the well-balanced functions of the physical body, biologically, chemically, and so forth. The health benefits that come out of that state of awake relaxation are amplified .
When we’re consciously practicing Qigong, the most important aspect of Qigong is activated — that is the connection of your mind and body, and the connection of the conscious mind and subconscious mind.
So in Wisdom Healing Qigong we develop the capacity of our mind to participate with the process of life within our body, which goes far beyond just physiological functioning.