Thursday, January 31, 2008

HUA XIA ZHINENG QIGONG CENTER

Hua Xia Zhineng Qigong Center

Grandmaster and Professor Pang Ming

Grandmaster and Dr. Pang Ming was born as Pang Heming in September, 1940 in Dingxing County, Hebei Province, China. In Chinese, his name literally means the crane making its sounds. He was the Chairman of the Hua Xia Qigong Center, Chairman of the Board and Assistant Editor of the magazine, “East Qigong”. He was also a Committee Member of the Qigong Research Center of China, Chairman of the Advisors Board of the Beijing Qigong Research Society.
Professor Pang was influenced by the practice of traditional Chinese medicine, qigong and martial arts since he was very young. After graduating from Beijing Medical College in 1958, he practiced western medicine. From 1958 to 1962 Pang Ming studied Chinese medicine at the Beijing Chinese Medicine Association. After his training, he worked as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, and it was during this time that he started to earnestly study qigong.
In the beginning, he studied Buddhism and learned a Buddhist style of qigong. Starting in 1964 he began to increase his training in martial arts. After 1970, he followed the teachings of various grandmasters of Daoist and traditional qigong, researching the many Daoist texts on qigong.
His knowledge into both Chinese and Western medicine provided a very strong foundation for his research with qigong. At the same time, his knowledge of qigong also greatly improved his medical practice.
In 1979 Pang Ming founded the first qigong organization for the public, the Beijing Qigong Research Society. Dr. Pang started to research the traditional forms of qigong and to make improvements, creating Zhineng Qigong. Since that time he has traveled to more than 20 provinces and cities in China to give lectures on qigong. He was widely accepted and highly respected by qigong practitioners.
In 1987 he became the Deputy Director of the Eastern Sports Facility of the Nanding Day University and gave lectures on qigong. In 1988 he created the Hebei Shijiazhuang Zhineng Qigong College. In November, 1991 he moved the Center to Hebei Qinhuandao and changed the name to the Hua Xia Zhineng Qigong Training Center. The Hua Xia Healing and Research Center is also located there. In May, 1996 the Hua Xia Zhineng Healing Center changed its location to Fengrun, Tangshan, Hebei.
In the spring of 1996, he started the construction of the Zhineng Qigong City at Beijing, Shunyi. Between 1992 and 1995, he set up the Hebei Hua Xia Zhineng Training Center of Hebei, Qihuangdao. Over the years the Center has treated more than 300,000 patients with 180 different diseases, and achieved an overall effectiveness rate of 95%. The use of qi has also been scientifically proved and documented to be effective in treating patients with various diseases. Research has also shown that the use of qi can improve the yield of various crops in agriculture, as well as improve poultry production with virtually no additional costs. More than 3,000 research papers have been published on this work in China. Between 1996 and 2001, Dr. Pang set up the Hua Xia Zhineng Qigong Training Center, the Healing Center, and Zhineng Qigong City all in one location.
Dr. Pang has written many books on Zhineng Qigong. He not only created Zhineng Qigong, which is easy to learn and highly effective, but has also written the “Integral Hun Yuan Theories” and introduced the use of the Qi-field to teach qigong and to treat patients.
Currently the Hua Xia Zhineng Qigong Center is closed. Grandmaster Pang is staying at home continuing his Zhineng Qigong research, practice, and writing.

Monday, January 28, 2008

BOND THROUGH SPIRITUAL FAMILY

January 28, 2008
I am on leave from work today. Stayed in bed a little longer than usual before getting up to do my gong. Still practicing zhi tui zuo to loosen my waist. After talking with my teacher about zhi tui zuo and about the feeling of qi pressure in the head, he adviced me to skip certain routines in the zhi tui zuo as they bring more qi up into the head which I do not need.
That was what I did this morning - skipped the unnecessary routines. After zhi tui zhuo, I did dantian meditation in crossed legged posture. When focusing on lower dantian I used the mudra of "holding qi ball" at navel level. When I remembered, I draw in hui yin and immediately felt qi rise up and soothe away the tense feeling in my chest and shoulders. Felt very relaxed thereafter and could focus deep within. After 20 minutes switched to focus on middle dantian with HYLT mudra at MDT. During meditation at middle dantian I started to feel qi trying to clear blockages in my pelvis (kua) - an increasingly aching sensation slowly building up. This later extended down to my legs. It was getting rather uncomfortable and I had to muster my mental strength to sit through another 20 minutes bearing with the discomfort while focusing into middle dantian at the same time. Realized that doing yang qi in crossed legged posture is much more effective and challenging. After a short rest to allow the numbness in my legs to go away I did wall squats for the next 20 minutes before ending practice and now settling down to write my journal.

Contemplation:
I thought about Axel's suggestion of a spiritual family to keep the group together and Jane's response. I believe he meant well.... Grand father, grand mother, uncles, aunts, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, etc are what bind family members together. However in the face of TAO I am reminded of the need to balance what is truly spiritual binding and our illusion of a bond through familial relationship, spiritual or otherwise...

When we look within and find TAO do we still need a conceptual spiritual family to keep us together?

Hun yuan ling tong!
Kian Tee

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

NEW REVELATION IN MY ZQ

This post to capture new revelations in my zhineng qigong prectice...

January 22, 2008

Quote:
When a melting sensation in the head shows up, you will be more nervous.
Unquote.

Jane, I had a thought about what you said above and also about the sensations I have been having which I had said could not be adequately described... It would seem to me that "melting" seems to be the correct description of what I had felt.... "for example: when the qi moves strongly in my head I will feel as if my entire head including the skull (which is solid bone) is moving.. . rather feel like "the skull bone melts and also moves with the qi". The movement can be so strong until I feel the nerves in my teeth (slight pain in the root, I think) responding to the movement. Can you confirm if that is 'melting' sensation?PracticeI started practising ZBE together with the full set of "Zhi Tui Zuo" on Saturday and discover that it has loosened my waist a lot more (LCUPCD feels even more serene and paeceful. And "Fu sheng gong yao: My face is nearly able to touch my knees now.)

I had worked on two routine:
1) Start off with zhi tui zuo with the combined DMLD and RIMD CD that I have made and when done (which will be about 30 minutes or more) I will proceed to do my middle and lower dantian meditation for another hour or more.
2) Zhi tui zuo followed by ZBE1, ZBE2, ZBE3, THCMM and YQ - a total of 2-1/2 hours.
Effect: More profound sensation. Example when I do ZBE the breathing does not feel like breathing anymore. It feels more like opening and closing of the dantians. When massaging the head during THCMM, I could feel as if the entire head is a ball of qi responding to the massage.
I would appreciate your thoughts on what I have done, especially on incorporating zhi tui zuo into my routine.

Change subject:
Annual retreat in Montreal: I am afraid I won't be able to attend.
Your intended seclusion in China: Jane: I have a question: Is necessary for every one to go into seclusion in order to progress further?
Hun yuan ling tong!
Kian Tee

Janes' Reply:
Well, the melting sensation is like ice melt into water, whatever solid turns to nothing. Just a chi sensation not real happening. You are fine. The other ladies reported every cell was burning. Don't worry about fireworks on your advancement path.I can't figure out what Zhi Tui Zuo means in standard mandarin. "I have a question: Is necessary for every one to go into seclusion in order to progress further?"No, that's not for every one. It's only for very very rare people who wants to cross the very last pass in this life, one out of a billion. Don't worry about it, I don't expect any of you to follow me in this matter. I will keep the class connected spiritually, and as I advance with Master Liu, every one of you will benefit.
Life is more abundant!
Posted: 2008-01-21 21:46
ME:
Quote:
I have a question: Is necessary for every one to go into seclusion in order to progress further?" No, that's not for every one. It's only for very very rare people who wants to cross the very last pass in this life, one out of a billion. Don't worry about it, I don't expect any of you to follow me in this matter. I will keep the class connected spiritually, and as I advance with Master Liu, every one of you will benefit.
Unquote.
Thanks Jane. I appreciate your commitment to achieve this ultimate "Transformation". The world needs transformation in order to survive...
Zhi Tui Zuo
Sorry, Jane I should have explained instead of assuming that my hanyu pinyin is understandable. "Zui Tui Zuo" is the straight legs sitting method designed by Pang Laoshi to loosen the waist.
Melting
Thanks for your explanation on "melting". Does that mean when this melting happens, we will "feel" as if we have disappeared? And no I am not worried. With your assurance it has become an anticipation of more exciting things to come. But I am aware that I should not be carried away by such thoughts.Hun yuan ling tong!Kian Tee
Posted: 2008-01-21 22:33
Jane's Reply:
Your Pinyin was correct , it just did not occur to me. It's Okey to apply it into ZBE and THCMM. You may find it more helpful if you alternate it with sitting in lotus feet.Melting is a sort of sensation that part of the body just disappears in the consciousness.
Life is more abundant!
Posted: 2008-01-21 22:57

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The wonder of "Zhi Tui Zuo"

January 20, 2008

Since starting on the new CD's from my online practice teacher, Jane Jin, I have been experiencing very strong sensation of 'qi acitvity ' in my head. Jane thinks it is nothing to worry about as long as I monitor my blood pressure to make sure that it is normal. According to her it is a sign of abundant qi in the dantians and the sensations are due to qi doing what it naturally does. With that assurance I ignored the sensations and continued with my normal practice. The zhineng breathing exercises taught by Master Liu has given my ZQ practice tremendous improvement over a period of about one year (I am now into my 4th year and in the coming Chinese New Year on February 7, 2008 I can lay claim to five years of zhineng qigong experience). I have reached the stage of feeling my body being "fluid". However, I could feel that some parts of my energy channels are not cleared yet. The symptoms of this blockage or blockages are feelings of slight fatigue and aches in the shoulder joints when doing my gong. When doing zhineng breathing exercise (ZBE) I would also feel somewhere in the mid point of my spinal column a dull aching sensation. Sometimes I would even struggle through a practice session.

Yesterday, I found an article on "Zhi Tui Zuo" (straight legs sitting method) which I had saved in my computer and decided to try it out. The entire set of exercise comprises of three parts: Beginning, Doing, and Ending. It is an exercise to loosen the waist. As I started on it, I realized that the exercise is not easy to execute as it would need supreme discipline to tolerate the discomfort that I am feeling as qi tries to work it ways to clear the blockages in my spinal column. Having practiced my ZQ for nearly 5 years now, I was fortunately able to endure the discomfort and finished the entire set for the first time of practice. That was last night.

This morning I had a pleasant surprise when I got up. My body feels not only very fluid but when I walk I could feel as if I am supported by qi. The feeling of pressure and slight discomfort in my head that I had described to Jane about a week ago seems to have become a pleasant sensation. Instead of feeling pressure I feel instead the qi guiding the way I carry my head: "the tuck in chin and raise baihui" posture. The next surprise: When I did my first level gong: "peng qi guan ding fa" I was able to do it with total focus on the fluidity of my body and allow qi to guide me through the entire exercise. It was a beautiful experience. Exciting days ahead!

My intuition tells me that zhi tui zuo has loosened my waist further and hopefully the last major blockage is cleared and my gong will see another big leap in progress soon.

Below is the entire instruction for Zhi Tui Zuo which I copied from the site:

http://www.zhinengqigong.org/Methods/ztz.htm

STRAIGHT LEG SITTING METHOD (ZHI TUI ZUO)

The Straight Leg Sitting Method is specially designed to enable relaxation of the waist. There are a number of mental and physical activities comprising beginning, doing and ending activities. The sequence of activities are summarized below:

Beginning

  1. Sit on floor with legs straight, back straight, pull in abdomen, feet touching. Try to bring knees together.
  2. Forward and reverse Crane Neck, then left and right Dragon Head (He Shou Long Tou) (do 3X)
  3. Place palms on ears, with fingers at the back of head. Tap head with fingers, index fingers first, followed by ring fingers, then middle fingers (do 3x)
  4. Tap head with index, middle and ring fingers at the same time (do 3x)
  5. Press both palms hard against ears. Pop out both palms suddenly
  6. Place right palm over left palm (ladies reverse) on top of head. Rotate clockwise (left-front-right-back) (3x) and anti clockwise (3x). Focus on Upper Dantian
  7. Press down on head (3x) and lift up (3x). Focus on upper Dantian
  8. Place middle fingers against back of ears. Rest index fingers on top of middle fingers. Use index fingers to tap ears three times. Return index fingers to top of middle fingers
  9. Move index fingers upwards around the ears, front and then plug into ear cavities. Twist fingers deep into cavities, with palms facing forward. Vibrate index fingers. Pop out both fingers
  10. Massage ears, pulling ear lobes downward
  11. Place clenched fists inward close to the face, with little fingers pointing upward and finger tips in front of eyes at Yintang (mid brow) level. Move outward slowly (to left and right) till little fingers disappear, then inward again (do 3X)
  12. Turn clenched fists and little fingers to horizontal position, with finger tips at eye position (palm facing inward). Move fingers upward till fingers are out of sight, then downward to eye level (do 3x). Move little fingers from eye level downward till out of sight, then upward to eye level (do 3x). Move outward about 30 cm, then inward (do 3x)
  13. Move index fingers downward along the nose to the cheeks (next to the nose). Using index fingers, massage (rotate) Yin Xiang inward (10x) and outward (10x).
  14. Move index fingers to nostrils. Massage the upper lip next to nostrils, inward (10x) and outward (10x)
  15. Interlock fingers of both hands, with left palm facing down and right palm up (called Hunyuan Palm) at Hunyuan Qiao position (upper abdomen, just below chest)
  16. Tap upper and lower teeth together: front teeth (50x), left teeth (50x), right teeth (50x), then front teeth again (50x)
  17. Using tip of tongue, rotate around gum (inner side of teeth) anti-clockwise ( left-down-right-up) (50x) and clockwise (50x ). Reverse direction for ladies
  18. With tip of tongue, tap lower palate (50x) (imagine tapping at Mingmen). Then tap upper palate (50x) (imagine tapping at Tianmen). Lastly, tap the slit between closed upper and lower front teeth (50x).
  19. Churn mouth to produce saliva. Divide saliva into 3 portions. Swallow first portion on left side down to Mingmen. Second portion swallow on right side down to Mingmen. Third portion swallow directly down to Mingmen
  20. Separate hunyuan palm, rub palms together fast till hot and place palms on navel quickly. Take a breath, lift up Huiyin and move navel toward Mingmen . Quietly vocalise "hong". Do 3X.
  21. Hold both hands with palms facing upward in front of chest. Breathe in, rotate shoulder backward and upward. Breathe out, rotate forward and downward (do 8x)

Doing

  1. Place hands on knees
  2. Breathe in slowly. When breathing in, pronounce "Yu-en" quietly, simultaneously lifting up Huiyin and pulling in the navel toward Mingmen. Imagine pulling shoulder joints down to Mingmen and pulling up hip joints to Mingmen. Second stage, pull knees and elbows to Mingmen. Final stage, pull palms and soles to Mingmen. All the above are done during breathing in.
  3. Breathe out and pronounce "Yi-e-ng" quietly. Relax the whole body.
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for 30 mins to 2 hrs

Ending

  1. Relax all joints from head to toe
  2. Lift qi up diagonally and pour qi down the body. (Do 3x)
  3. Use tips of fingers to comb hair. Then gently tap the head with fingers
  4. Use knuckles of both thumbs to rub upper eyelids outward towards temples (10x). Rub lower eyelids (10x). Then massage temples with lower palms (10x)
  5. Slowly pull up knees and stand up. Do three large waist turns, first to left, then to right. Do a set of Fu Shen Gong Yao (Step 5 Module II).

Sunday, January 13, 2008

January 13, 2008
Great class yesterday. Indeed I could feel the tao field more than when I am practicing alone. Admittedly I am a "rare student" as noted by Jane during class yesterday. Actually I would love to attend class on every Saturday but I have to balance my life between my on spiritual path and my family who are not travelling on the same path with me at the moment. I had mentioned that at times my wife said that I am married to qi gong and not to her.

Since walking the path of inner contemplation I am glad to share with the class that it has made me into a more sensitive person. Sensitive especially to the feelings of others and feeling compassion for the emotions (true or untrue) that afflicts them. Therefore a comment like I am married to qi gong and not to my wife carries a great deal of significance for me as far as my wife is concerned. Hence I cannot continue in my own selfish pursuit however noble it may be. Therefore my rare appearance in class .

Hun yuan ling tong!
Kian tee

p/s I am still monitoring my blood pressure and am glad to report that it is still normal. Feeling less pressure in the head now or perhaps getting used to it. Holding the mudra during meditation for long periods of time has given me a sore right shoulder and pain in certain spot when I lift my right arm. I believe that the mudra has opened up some meridians and qi is trying yo clear the blockage. Am I right Jane?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Story Behind Zhuge Liang's Famous Feather Fan

I found this inspiring story from this site:
http://clearharmony.net/articles/200507/27920.html

Ancient Cultivation Stories: Zhuge Liang’s Cultivation Practise

Zhuge Liang was the military strategist for the Han state in the Three Kingdoms period of China(220-280 A.D.). He was the most famous and ingenious military strategist in Chinese history. He was often pictured wearing a robe and holding a fan made of crane feathers.

When Zhuge Liang was 9 years old, he still was unable to speak. His family was poor and Zhuge Liang was asked by his father to herd the sheep at a nearby hill of a mountain. Up on the mountain there was a Taoist temple where an elderly Taoist with a full head of gray hair resided (A Taoist is one who studies the 'Tao' or 'Way of the Universe'). The Taoist took a leisurely stroll outside the Taoist temple every day. When he ran into Zhuge Liang, he would try to tease the boy with hand signs. Zhuge Liang also enjoyed “talking” back to the Taoist with hand signs. The Taoist grew very fond of the smart and adorable Zhuge Liang. He started to treat the boy’s muteness problem. Before long, Zhuge Liang was able to speak!

Zhuge Liang was delighted when he was finally able to speak. He went up to the Taoist temple and thanked the Taoist in person. The elderly Taoist told him, “When you return home, tell your parents that I am taking you as a disciple and I will teach you to read. I will also teach you the art of astronomy, geography and the applied theories of Yin and Yang in military strategies. If your parents agree, you must come attend the school every day and you must never skip a class!”

From that day on, Zhuge Liang became the elderly Taoist’s disciple. Come rain or shine, Zhuge Liang would climb up to the mountain to receive his education. He was a very smart and diligent boy who took his study seriously. He also had a photographic memory. The Taoist never had to teach him anything twice. Naturally, the Taoist became all the more fond of him.

Eight years passed quickly and Zhuge Liang became a teenager.

One day while Zhuge Liang was coming down the mountain as usual, he passed by a deserted nunnery located in the middle of the mountain. Suddenly there came a gusty wind, followed by a thunderstorm. Zhuge Liang had no choice but to flee to the deserted nunnery to escape the storm. There a young woman he had never met came out to meet him. She had a large pair of eyes and thin eyebrows. She was so beautiful that Zhuge Liang almost mistook her for a goddess. He was immediately attracted to the young woman.

When the storm stopped, the beautiful woman saw him off at the door and said to him with a grin, “Now that we have met each other. You are free to come by and have a cup of tea whenever you wish to take a break in your trip up or down the mountain.” As Zhuge Liang was walking out of the nunnery, he felt suspicious. “Why didn’t I notice that someone lived in this nunnery before?” he thought.

From that day on, Zhuge Liang began to frequent the nunnery. Each time the beautiful woman would entertain him with warm hospitality. She cooked him delectable meals and always encouraged him to stay longer. After dinner they would chat heartily and play chess. Compared to the Taoist temple, the nunnery appeared to be a paradise.

Thoughts about the woman often diverted his attention from his education and he began to lose interest in studying. He paid less and less attention to the Taoist’s lectures. He also became forgetful and had difficulty in learning new textbooks.

The elderly Taoist discovered his problem. One day he summoned Zhuge Liang and let out a long sigh. “It is easier to ruin a tree than grow a tree!” he said. “I have wasted many years on you!”

Zhuge Liang lowered his head in shame and said, “Master, I will never disappoint you again or waste your education!”

“I don’t believe you,” said the elderly Taoist. “I knew you are a very smart boy, so I wanted to treat your illness and give you a proper education. For the past eight years you have been very diligent in your study, so I thought it was worth the hard work of educating you. But now you are neglecting your education. No matter how smart you are, you will never get anywhere if you continue to carry on like this! You are now promising me to never disappoint me again. How can I trust your words?”

The elderly Taoist continued, “Everything has its cause.” Then he pointed at a tree wrapped up by many thick vines in the courtyard. “Look at the tree,” he said. “Why do you think the tree is half alive and is struggling in its growth?”

“The vines binding the tree are keeping it from growing!” answered Zhuge Liang.

“Precisely! This tree had a tough time growing up in this rocky mountain with little soil. But it keeps growing because it is determined to develop its roots and branches. It fears neither the heat nor the cold. However, when the vines wrap around it, it cannot grow up any taller. It is funny how ‘soft’ vines can defeat a tall, robust tree!”

Zhuge Liang was smart, so he immediately knew what his Master was referring to. He asked, “Master, you knew about my dates at the nunnery””

The elderly Taoist said, “Living near the water, a man will learn the fish’s nature. Living on the mountain, a man will learn the birds’ language. I have been observing you and your actions. How can your romantic affair escape my attention?”

He paused for a moment before telling his disciple with a stern look. “Let me tell you the truth about the beautiful woman. She is not a human being. She is a divine crane in heaven. She was kicked out of the heavenly palace as a punishment after she stole and ate the Queen of Heaven’s peaches. She came to the human realm and assumed the appearance of a beautiful woman. She is a depraved divine crane that knows only to seek pleasure. You have been beguiled by her appearance, but you have wasted more than your time. If you allow yourself to lose your will, you will become a loser! Moreover, if you refuse to comply with her wishes, she will hurt you eventually.”

It was not until then that Zhuge Liang realised the severity of his escapade. He anxiously asked his Master for a solution.

The elderly Taoist said, “The divine crane has a habit of returning to her original form at midnight and flying up to the heavenly river for a bath. While she is away from the nunnery, you will enter her room and burn her robe. She stole the robe from the Heavenly Palace. Without the robe, she can no longer assume the shape of a beautiful woman.”

Zhuge Liang promised to follow his Master’s instructions. Before he took off, his Master handed him a cane with the carving of a dragon’s head on the top. He told Zhuge Ling, “When the divine crane finds there is a fire in the nunnery, she will fly down from the heavenly river right away. She will realise that you have burned her robe and will attack you. When that happens, you must hit her with the cane! It is important that you remember and do what I have told you!”

At midnight, Zhuge Liang went to the nunnery quietly. He opened the woman’s room only to find her robe on the bed. He immediately set the robe on fire.

While the divine crane was bathing in the heavenly river, she felt a sudden heartache. She checked the direction of the nunnery and saw it was on fire. She immediately flew down and saw it was Zhuge Liang who had set her robe on fire. She came at Zhuge Liang and tried to attack his eyes with her beak. Zhuge Liang had quick reflexes. He raised the cane and knocked the divine crane down to the ground. Then he grabbed the crane by her tail. The divine crane struggled and was able to escape, but she lost her tail features to Zhuge Liang.

She became a crane with a bald tail. She was embarrassed by her looks, so she stopped bathing in the heavenly river. She dared not enter the Heavenly Palace to steal another robe either, so she had no choice but to remain in the human realm forever and live among ordinary cranes.

In order to remind himself of this lesson, Zhuge Liang kept the tail feathers of the crane.

From that day on, Zhuge Liang became even more diligent. He would memorise everything his Master taught him and every textbook. He truly absorbed what he had learnt and was able to apply it freely. Another year passed. On the very day he had burned the divine crane’s robe a year ago, the elderly Taoist told him with a big smile, “My disciple, you have been studying under my tutelage for nine years. I have taught you everything you need to learn and you have learnt every textbook here. There is an idiom, ‘Master takes you through the entrance, and it is up to you to practise cultivation.’ You are now 18 years old. It is time for you to leave your home and develop your career!”

When Zhuge Liang heard that he had completed his education, he begged his Master for more. “Master! The more I learn, the more humble I feel. I feel there is more I need to learn from you!”

“True education comes from real life. You must learn to apply your knowledge to life and design different solutions for different situations! For example, you have learnt an important lesson from the dates with the divine crane that one must not be tempted by lust or emotion. This is a practical lesson from a life experience. With that in mind, you must not be confused by this illusionary surface of the world. Take great caution in everything you do. You must see everything in its true form. This is my farewell advice to you! I will be leaving you today.”

“Master, where are you going?” Zhuge Liang asked in astonishment. “Where can I find you or visit you from now on?”

“I will wander around the world and will not settle down again.”

Suddenly Zhuge Liang found hot tears filling his eyes. He said to his Master, “Master! Before you leave, you must give me an opportunity to kowtow to you and thank you for giving me the education!”

Next Zhuge Liang kowtowed to his Master. When he got up, the Taoist had disappeared.

The Taoist left him with a robe with the print of the Eight Diagrams. Zhuge Liang thought of his Master regularly; therefore, he often wore his robe with the print of the Eight Diagrams because it gave him the feeling that his Master was right beside him.

Zhuge Liang never forgot his Master’s advice, especially his parting advice. He made a feather fan out of the divine crane’s tail feathers to remind himself to take great caution for the rest of his life. This is the story behind the famous feather fan that Zhuge Liang carried.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New developments in my practice

January 8, 2008
I wake up this morning with a strange feeling... My head is pulsing.... rather like it is expanding and contracting by itself. It is a rather uncomfortable feeling and as I am writing now I can still feel this strong sensation. My own believe is that there is too much qi in the head and I need to bring it down. Putting my tongue gently on the upper palatte and thinking of lower dantian does not seem to help.

I wonder if it is the change of practice routine that causes this. Last night I did about 1-1/2 hrs practice as follows:
First 20 minutes with dream melody in lower dantian: ZBE1 + THCMM _ Yang qi concentrating in lower dantian hands clasped in hunyuan ling tong mudra at lower dantian. When the romance in middle dantian music came on I moved the mudra to middle dantian for the next 20 minutes.

The next 20 minutes with dream melody in lower dantian I did ZBE2 + THCMM + Yang qi with hunyuan lingtong mudra at lower dantian. When music switched to romance in middle dantian I moved mudra to middle dantian and concentrated on middle dantian.

Jane, any advice on whether what I am doing is okay and how to reduce this "pulsing sensation in my head? Or should I just ignore it and continue as usual?

Hun yuan ling tong!
Kian Tee

Reply by Jane:

I 'd suggest you change the order, middle Dantian first, Lower Dantian and Yang Chi last.

Keeping the tongue touching the upper palate will cause chi going up to the head, you'd better keep the tongue touch the front teeth or the lower palate.

If it still does not work, just give up the mudra for a while.

Actually it is not a bad sensation with automatic expanding and contracting in any part of the body, you are just not used to it. It's a sign that the chi is really active and abundant and starts to do the job by itself. I'd rather congratulate you. But watch your blood pressure, if it is getting higher, chant HYLTin your Dazhui and Mingmen. If everything else is fine, you can leave it alone.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Master and disciple


I got this from Microsoft Reader... A touching and meaningful dialogue.

A Master and Disciple are next to a waterfall observing the scenery...




Disciple: Master, I feel drained. I have learned a great deal, but something is not right. I feel out of place. Out of sync with my surroundings. I feel uncomfortable.


Master: To obtain peace, your heart and mind must be in harmony.

Disciple: Yes, it is as though my mind is controlling my actions, but my heart is telling me that I don't like it. What am I to do in this situation?


Master: Follow your heart. For it is from the heart where you find true happiness.

Disciple: But it is fearful. To drop everything, to let go, and simply follow my heart? It might be painful, and may be a great risk.


Master: Would it be as painful as living in an illusion created by your mind

Disciple: Yes I understand what you mean. But in my mind at least I am planning ahead and accessing the risks. If I just follow my heart, it becomes the unknown; where I tread I do not know the outcome.


Master: It is where no one tread before, the unknown becomes the known. It is where the heart is tested for its wantings. It is where the truth beneath the veils of lies are revealed and the walls of ignorance can be taken down.


Upon hearing this, after a long silence, tears swells up in the disciples eyes...

Disciple: Master... I wish to experience the world... But...

Master takes a brief look at the disciple then narrows his eyes.

Master: You can continue to be here listening to me, but one day you will only know what I know. If you leave you can gain other knowledge, and in the future become my Master, for I shall want to learn from you as well.


Upon hearing this, the Disciple drops to his knees and bows to the Master.

Disciple: You have given me the greatest lesson in life. For I now know the true quality of a Master that you are. You have shown me that arrogance has no purpose in one's life. I shall be humble and learn from others as you have taught me. If one day I shall be a Master, I will strive to learn from others rather than feel proud or arrogant because of any knowledge I might have. I shall always seek for the unknown and follow my heart, rather than live an illusion of comfort or superiority created supposedly by my mind because of mastery of any limited subject.

The disciple bids farewell to his master and journeys onward to the path he is not familiar.


Hun yuan ling tong!
Kian Tee


[ 此贴被lkt在2007-12-31 21:24重新编辑 ]