I recently visited Xi'an, China, to be with my parents. They are still living in the same complex where I grew up, and they have been there for the past 50 years.
My parents choose not to move elsewhere because the community is amazingly supportive. Friendly and warm-hearted neighbors are like families to each other. They keep an eye on the apartments and help each other when one is in need. They hang around, play, dance, or go out grocery shopping together.
Both of my parents are at their 80's, and most people living close-by are as old as them, so I watched how many others were using wheelchairs or walking with tremendous difficulty. But mom walked with me for a whole day on foot, and then we went back, she went up two steps at the time, going upstairs with ease. My father's skin is smooth and shining, and his hair is still pretty much all black. All of these convinced me how it is so important to take care of one's health, so one can grow older healthily and gracefully. Mom is still very active: she has organized two groups, one is about 20 people who play folk music instruments and do performances during the holidays; while another group is for healing and health. She started a new trigger point massage healing room, and trained seven volunteers who offer service to their community.
One of my important reasons for making the visit was to help my dad get a hearing-aid, since he could not hear me over the phone, but he told me he already got a hearing aid, but it makes so much static noises, he does not want to wear it. A week after I was there, I took a walk with him as we did everyday, and we chattered all along. To my surprise, without the hearing aid, he responded to my every word. His hearing is finally coming back clearly after mom had been working on him for one month and half. I decided to learn this new healing technique from her.
I was born and grew up in Xi'an until I was 18 years old. This gigantic ancient city still nourishes and holds my roots and basic understanding of a good life, healthy friendship, effective healing, and much more.
A self-proclaimed "Qigong grand-master" in China ordained for a suspect criminal case for killing his disciple. The ridiculous thing was that he claimed he has reached to the highest "Qigong state" which was to obtain snakes from far away. For example, he could do tricks to get snakes into his empty bowl which tons of Indians on the street can do that, right? And Indians honestly told people that was simply a trick. This guy called it Qigong, and thus he was the greatest "Qigong grand-master". The strange phenomenon was that dozens of celebrities and successful businessmen were becoming his followers and devotees, regardless this guy had a record in prison previously because of his multiple scams and sexual-misconducts towards women. When I was watching his video on "Qigong", I almost laughed out loud. The "grand master" certainly can play tricks on snakes but much more so on people, but all have nothing to do with Qigong. Who have helped to create this kind of "Qigong Masters" who never practice nor cultivate on themselves, get angry easily and curse and kill? It is because of human's blindness, unfortunately many people like tricks much more than repetitive and solid cultivation day after a day.
So what is real Qigong state levels?
Level I: cleanse out illness Qi and build a healthy foundation
That's why most Qigong masters were ill themselves and they can use Qigong practice to heal themselves and continue with the practice.
Cleansing out illness Qi, also means to cleanse our mind out the poisons thoughts (Yee Nien): greed, anger and jealousy ignorance and misconduct sexual energy.
( Practice Taoist Light Qigong Level I)
Level II. transcendental ability
It is a by-product of self-cultivation but not the purpose. Some can not eat anything for days or even walk on egg shells without break them, but this is not it. Because all these abilities without integrity, purpose and self discipline can go in vain especially when being misused.
(Practice Taoist Light Qigong level II)
Level III Heaven and Human are merged into oneness
The gate of universe Qi is open, practitioner's mind is peaceful and pure, thus it is in the alignment with the heavenly Qi, one's wisdom eye is open, we can receive the message we need to help others or not. When we understand the how the universe worked, we start to use our abilities to serve more on the earth and help others correctly.
(Practice Taoist Light Qigong stage II)
Level IV. Ultimate freedom
Our own soul become immortal and most masters live long full-filling life in fully awakened state. Yet they are more "normal", humble and comfortable to be with. Their hearts are full of compassion, mind is ever-clear, hands are very powerful. But they can let go all of these and just become a quiet observer at peace at all times.
(Practice Taoist Light Qigong stage III)
We want to give great thanks to the following patrons who have supported and donated funds to Taoist Light Wellness so we can move through the very difficult time after these horrific natural disasters in Santa Barbara.
Pro. George Singer
Elizabeth & Matthew Sperling
We have got to keep the space for Taoist Light Wellness center and many have been benefited from its peaceful healing energy and spacious practice room; and many more will gather here for healing and recovery.
Going to a new city, meeting new wonderful people!
Taoist Light workshop first stop- San Diego
The workshop was held at Foundation Yoga center at Solana beach, San Diego
“This practice is something I have been waiting all my life”
“ I have slept 11 hours straight last night (after first day workshop).”- participant suffered from insomnia
Thank Susan Dasch, psychotherapist, (No.six from right in picture) for organizing this workshop; Mimi Miller, acupuncturist, (No. seven from right) for her referrals and private healing treatment room; Diane Roberts, owner at Foundation Yoga for the workshop space; Dr. Peter A. Levine, Psychologist (No. four from right) and beautiful Laura Regalbuto, Trauma specialist, (No. 5 from right) for their special gift and inspiration, and all the participants for their amazing presence to the group Qi field.
Hope you are doing well.
We are continuing to study Taoism through Zhuang Tzu's fun and inspiring stories.
Zhuang Tzu is an enlightened and free-willed Taoism philosopher who received amazing and vivid images in his cultivated Qi State and his teaching is lively and unique. He lived up to about 84 years old about 2,400 years ago.
Next class March 27 Tuesday, 10-12 Noon $50/per class
Classes are on the second and fourth Tuesday morning of each month.
If you are interested, please let me know.
For the Tao (way) of wandering through life with ease...
I just wrote this today (2/15/2018), after our (Thursday group) practice. Hope you enjoy it!
Practicing Qi Gong:
On the Way to the Future
By Matthew Sperling
Laotsu was a wise old man who road his water buffalo
through the Western gate.
We enter from the East, with the rising sun, asking,
“In the name of democracy and of the spirit,
“how do we manage to do so much harm?”
How have we, following in the footsteps of wisdom,
managed to arrive at the destruction of nearly everything?
How did we bake people like burnt crumbs in the ovens of the dead?
How did we lower the known universe to our level,
to the level of our desire?
Of course the wealthy will say that everything is going just fine.
What needs to be changed when nearly everyone else wants to be you?
We are being killed by the things we want, because we feel
the alternatives are not good enough.
But no one needs bodyguards because they have so much gold
it will tear a hole in their pocket then fall out and break their foot.
We do not need clothing made at a price that would feed
a family of four for a year.
We need love and sleep and dreams.
We need the healing of our pain.
We need to connect with the rare life,
all that life as rare as we are, sharing this
one inhabited planet circling an average star.
We need to prepare ourselves not only
to learn more about what we are.
We need to prepare for the discovery
of what we will become.
The old man and his water buffalo
tried to teach us what they knew, and,
so far, we are not even as wise as that beast
lumbering into the future, centuries ago,
where we have barely begun to arrive.