The Chinese character for Qi combines the symbols for rice and steam, indicating the nourishing nature of Qi, which is often translated as “life force energy”, or simply “energy”.
There are two sources of Qi – the Qi of nature (external Qi), and the Qi of the human body (internal Qi), and these two are in continual interrelation and interpenetration – they transform, balance and benefit each other, and thus represent the very evolution and regeneration of life.
Grandmaster Dr Pang Ming, who developed Zhineng Qigong as a synthesis of many ancient lineages of Chinese healing practices, subdivides Qi into three groups:
- Primeval Hunyuan Qi – the most fundamental substrate of the universe. Everything in the universe evolved from this.
- Hunyuan Qi – the informational content of all objects in the universe. Everything in the universe has its own nonlocal, holistic information substructure.
- Yi Yuan Ti – the Qi of the central nervous system of humans, which can be thought of as the foundation of human consciousness. In contrast to the two other types of Qi, it has initiative (autonomy and intention) and selectivity. A person who learns to stay mindful and focused (as taught in Qigong training) has the ability to direct Qi to chosen targets, to effect healing for example.
Built on the holistic philosophy of life, Qigong is a practical approach to improve and strengthen vital functions of the human body and turn natural instincts into conscious intelligence through regulating the mind, the body, and breathing.
Qigong aims at an ever-greater integration of the body, mind and Qi contained in the meridian system, while also seeking to integrate humans and nature into a harmonious whole. Today scientists from Europe and America are conducting extensive research into this holistic theory.
Some benefits of Qigong:
- Improves fitness – Qigong practice helps practitioners regulate their Yin and Yang, makes their Qi and blood circulation gentle and pleasant, dredges their meridian systems, cultivates their genuine Qi, and strengthens their vital energy. In other words, Qigong practice makes weak people strong, rehabilitates patients, and rejuvenates the elderly.
- Prolongs life – There are many Zhineng Qigong practitioners in the 60 to 70 age range. Before practising Zhineng Qigong, most of them were pre-senile and weak. Taking up Zhineng Qigong rejuvenated them and they have become the backbone of Zhineng Qigong publicity. The Beijing Qigong Research Society once conducted an experiment on “fluid intelligence” involving 300 elderly people aged between 60 and 72 who practised Qigong, and 300 people in the same age range who didn’t practise it. Experimental results showed that the degeneration of the mental capacities in the former group was obviously proceeding at a much slower pace than in the latter, while a few members of the first group showed no signs of degeneration at all.
- Prevents and cures illness – Preventing and curing various diseases is one of the most remarkable effects of Qigong practice. It has a good curative effect not only on common illnesses, but also stubborn diseases. Many of the 4 million practitioners of Zhineng Qigong all over China were once afflicted with a great variety of ilnesses. In the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Training Centre – also known as the world’s first medicine-less hospital – among the 130 000 Qigong learners enrolled there from 1988 to 1994, sick people accounted for at least 80%. These people were afflicted with up to 180 types of diseases, including some diseases intractable to both Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The average cure rate was 85% during that period. Why is Qigong practice efficacious, and even miraculously so, in curing such a great variety of diseases? Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong science believe that diseases arise from Qi and blood deficiencies, disorders of Qi and blood circulation, and the consequent imbalance of various vital functions. Qigong practice increases Qi and blood to sufficient levels, and its teachings state: “A person will never fall sick if their Qi and blood are circulating smoothly” and “If there is sufficient intra-corporeal Qi, a person will never be invaded or troubled by pathogens”.
Zhineng Qigong utilises Qi as a form of information capable of effecting physical changes in targeted areas during Qi therapy.
Zhi means intelligence or wisdom, and can be literally translated as “knowing the source”. Neng means the power or ability to heal. Together, these terms encompass our highest human capacities, including brain functions and physical abilities. Zhineng Qigong is therefore a type of Qigong intended to develop intelligence and improve one’s competences and abilities to reach our full human potential. It is also an excellent method to activate the body’s self-healing abilities and increase overall life quality. Through regular practice, one can even develop paranormal intelligence.
In the science of Zhineng Qigong, the specific term Hunyuan refers to the merging of substances and their transformation into a whole entity (or holon). Everything in the universe is formed through at least two things merging and transforming – the universe consists of these innumerable holons. The famous yin-yang symbol represents this principle. Hunyuan Qi is formed by the unification of the three substances: physical matter, Qi and information. All material has Hunyuan Qi within and around it. The Hunyuan Qi around a physical entity is called the Qi field. The larger or denser the volume of material, the bigger and more concentrated the Hunyuan Qi field will be.
Hunyuan Qi Therapy
Not only can one activate one’s self-healing abilities by practising the methods and exercises of Zhineng Qigong on a daily basis, but one can also receive external Hunyuan Qi Therapy. A trained Hunyuan Qi Therapist can create a Qi field for you and send Qi and healing information for recovery and rejuvenation, while clearing blockages and helping you activate your self-healing process.
A Hunyuan Qi Therapy session includes a conversation about your intention and what issues you would like to resolve. The atmosphere of a session is very relaxed, open and natural, as this is the best environment for the healing Qi and information to create an effect. The Hunyuan Qi Therapist will work with you on these four levels to help you reach your healing intention:
- Strengthening the functions of your body Qi field
- Strengthening the functions of your membrane system
- Restoring and strengthening the functions of the Qi and blood-exchange pathways
- Changing and evolving negative emotional states, limiting thought processes and behavioural patterns
Hunyuan Qi Therapy involves healing the body’s membrane function and strengthening the membrane system. Improving the membrane system will improve health naturally, as all organs, cells, bones, etc. are connected by the membrane system. The membrane system functions as a pathway through which materials for survival are transported, and is also considered a “Qi-exchange pathway”.
Hunyuan Qi Therapy sessions can help you heal more effectively. They can also improve the efficacy of medication and other medical treatments such as surgery. After the therapy session most people report positive sensations such as feeling light, peaceful, relaxed and happy. Often symptoms are relieved straight away. Your Hunyuan Qi Therapist will also advise you on specific Zhineng Qigong methods and exercises to practice at home to progress more effectively. Hunyuan Qi Therapy, combined with your own Zhineng Qigong practice, will accelerate your progress and can also help with conditions where the support of Western medicine has been limited.
Hunyuan Qi Field Theory
The three levels of substances – information, energy and physical matter – are harmonized and integrated into One Hunyuan Whole Entity. This is also called the “Hunyuan Qi field”. Everything has its own Hunyuan Qi field. The Hunayun Qi field has all the information, characteristics, functions and abilities of the entity; it is the holistic life of the entity. Within the Hunyuan Qi field, information, energy and physical matter are always exchanging with one another, transforming into one another and balancing. Together, they contact and interact with other objects in the nature.
- Physical matter Qi field: The Hunyuan Qi field of physical matter has all the information, characteristics, functions and abilities of the matter itself – it can therefore be thought of as the “holistic life” of the matter. The Hunyuan Qi field of matter is stronger and powerful.
- Human body Qi field: The human body has three energy centres that represent the three layers of Qi-field activities of the human life: mental, emotional and physical. These three layers are always integrated and harmonized – they are together manifesting the Hunyuan whole entity of human life, and contact and interact with others in nature.