SELECTION OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
JANUARY 2021 PART 2
I know you and your family are well and enjoying health and happiness. Because of the position on the globe and time of year, when we wake in the morning it is dark outside and by 4:30 pm it is like night time.
However, our family is still very happy, with this happiness emanating from the inside. Rin and I are often filled with great sense of gratitude and having a strong marriage, friendship and beautiful children. We are blessed.
Rin is the happiest she has been living in England. She is enjoying running her own business and being her own boss. Gabriel is very bright, intelligent and performs well at school and in outside activities. Jasmine is very pretty and bright and is one of the top in her class.
I am currently re-reading the "Complete Book of Zen" which is a masterpiece.
— Robin, England
AnswerIt is great to hear from you.
I am glad that you and your family are happy. It has to be so as you are a master in the arts we teach. I find there is truth in the saying that if one is accomplished in the Shaolin arts (and of course Taijiquan is a Shaolin art), it is better than changing stone into gold by touch. I still remember fondly the dinner you gave us in England.
I remember very clearly that England was already dark when I visited my daughter more than 20 years ago. It was in Brighton, a town we went to.
The "Complete Book of Zen" is a masterpiece. I used to carry it along during my intercontinental flight. I remember my editorial team told me to leave out a particular passage because they also published the books of an author. I can't remember that passage as it was about 25 years ago, but it concerned a well known psychologist mentioning a psychological issue. He said that was a Zen question, but I disagreed.
Please send my regards to Rin, Gabriel and Jasmine.
If you could only practise one Southern Shaolin form for the rest of your life what would it be? Why?
If you could only practise one Northern Shaolin form for the rest of your life what would it be? Why?
If you could only practise one Taijiquan form for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
If I were to practice just one Southern Shaolin form, it would be One-Finger Shooting Zen. It is a treasure of our school, Shaolin Wahnam. It trains both flowing force and consolidated force, and most importantly it contributes to good health, vitality, longevity, peak performance and spiritual joys.
If I were to practice just one Northern Shaolin form, it would be Five Elemental Fist of Xingyiquan. It is kungfu for generals, whereas Eagle Claw Kungfu, also founded by Yue Fei, the founder of Xingyiquan, is kungfu for ordinary soldiers. Yue Fei fought over 200 battles and he never lost a single one.
If I were to practice just one Taijiquan form, I would choose Wudang Taijiquan, the one I composed for our school. Wudang Taijiquan, or Wudang Shaolin Kungfu as it was known at that time, is the climax of Shaolin Kungfu, the greatest martial art in the world. When we practice Wudang Taijiquan, we develop "jing", "qi" and "shen", or essence, energy and mind, and contribute to daily life.
I am now 75 and I can still jump and roll about. This is due to our arts in Shaolin Wahnam. You are still very young, but when you reach 75 you will have good health, vitality, longevity, peak performance and spiritual joys. Our arts are better than changing stones into gold by touch.
I remembered that when I was younger and I had not had the fortune to meet you, I trained the "Small Universe" in a Taoist School from a well known master. It has no resemblance to the way you transmit the Small Universe to us.
We had to imagine every point along the "Small Universe" and imagine chi flow between the points for some time. It took very long and nothing happened, which was probably lucky, as I now think it is not a good method.
— Sifu Roeland Dijkema, Shaolin Wahnam Netherlands
The Small Universe is a wonderful art.
I knew a famous Taoist master who taught the method you mentioned. I don't know whether it was the same Taoist master. A risk in the method you mentioned if a practitioner is successful, in imagining every point along the Small Universe and chi flowing along the points, is that chi may be stagnant at a particular energy point. Most people, however, do not feel anything.
I achieved the Small Universe in about 2 and a half years, compared to about 10 years by most people. Recalling my practice of the Small Universe, I believe my sifu, Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, used the Forceful Small Universe to speed up the process, bringing chi up from the "hui yin" energy point to the "bai hui" energy point. I was a good student and I followed exactly what my sifu told me.
I have noticed on occasion that while Submerged Breathing makes ones sexual performance better, the Forceful Universe seems to sometimes make one less interested in it. Instead, I feel very peaceful and complete and I do not need anything. If I may ask, is this just a stage or a deviation?
"Forceful Small Universe", "Submerged Breathing" and other terms were coined by me for the sake of our students.
The reason why "Forceful Big Universe" makes a person not so interested in sex is because it brings the energy from around the external sexual organs to the head. It is every effective for intellectual activities.
Your is not a deviation, but very rapid progress. I am serious to say that what I could achieve in a year, Shaolin Wahnam students can achieve in a month. Therefore, you need to guard against over-training.
Achieving in a month what I would need a year in my students' days, and I was a fast student, is not necessarily a desirable thing. Many students in Shaolin Wahnam over-train. Many of the things we take for granted now in Shaolin Wahnam, are developed during my many years of teaching, not during my student's days.
For example, I didn't know entering into a chi kung state of mind during my students' days, but now in Shaolin Wahnam we learn it right at the beginning. But I remember clearly that my sifu once told me that if I was not relaxed and focused, which are the two conditions to enter into a chi kung state of mind, I might as well not practice our Shaolin arts for not only I didn't derive any benefit, I might also have adverse effects.
It has been almost a full year since I attended the Chi Kung Intensive in Penang last December.
I practice Carrying the Moon, Pushing Mountains, and Lifting the Sky twice a day for 15 mins each. I have noticed a magnetism between the hands when performing the internal force exercise after Pushing Mountains. I have noticed many spontaneous feelings of joy and happiness during practice as well as increased relaxation. I have felt very strong waves of energy washing over the body from head to toe that feel very pleasurable and calming. Smiling from the heart seems to intensify these feelings of energy.
Sometimes it feels like energy is moving from the back up to the top of the head. After practice I have noticed that the body does not sway very much and most times I just stand still.
Are these results good for a year of practice or should I change my routine? Also, if I want to achieve the Small Universe someday, is this routine sufficient?
— David, USA
Your result is good. Carry on with your practice, and you will have wonderful benefits.
The three days of Intensive Chi Kung Course correspond roughly to three levels of chi kung:
- Peak Performance.
- Spiritual Joys.
Not many people have these wonderful benefits. Indeed, most people are stressful and perform much below their potential. Most chi kung practitioners today practice gentle physical exercise, although they use chi kung techniques.
If you practice just the three chi kung exercises I taught at the Intensive Chi Kung Course last year, you could attain the Small Universe, but it would take a long time. My sifu, Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, the third generation successor of the Shaolin Monastery in China, sped up my progress by introducing the Forceful Small Universe. I took about 2.5 years to attain the Small Universe instead of the usual 10 years.
You can further speed up your progress if you take my Small and Big Universe Course when I offer it. To qualify, you must abide by the Ten Shaolin Laws and have sufficient chi, or energy, at your dan tian, or abdominal energy field. If you have attended my Intensive Chi Kung Course and have exhibited the progress you mentioned, you certainly qualify. But I am not sure when I shall offer the Small and Big Universe Course. Please look at my website.
My question is in regards to Qigong vs Neigung or inner alchemy cultivation. I have in addition to my Iron Wire qigong also practiced Neigung with a system called Kunlun.
— Corwyn, USA
Neigong (pronounced as /nei kung/) and qigong are the same, though there may be different shades of meaning.
Neigong means internal arts, and qigong means energy arts. There is a kungfu saying that internally we train a mouth of "qi", and externally we train "gen", "gu", "pi". "Qi" means "energy", "gen" means "tendons", "gu" means "bones", and "pi" means "skin".
When you train Iron Wire or Kunlun Neigong, you train internally. When you stretch yourself, hit a wooden dummy, or strike a sandbag, you train externally. Neigong concerns martial arts, and was popularly used in the past, whereas qigong concerns health, and is popularly used at present.
Both Kunlun Neigong and the Iron Wire Set are very powerful. They develop a lot of internal force.
The choice of practicing just one art depends on personal preference. Among the two arts, personally I prefer the Iron Wire Set because I do not know Kunlun Neigong. Because I know many other arts, if I were to choose an art to develop internal force, I would choose One-Finger Shooting Zen.
I've heard things about something called the golden dragon body, gold light body, celestial body, diamond body, etc. A kind of more energetic body, Taoist ascetics often mentioned something similar associated with inner cultivation alchemy. Can you give me some practical and wise guidance as to these matters?
The Chinese often describe emitting light as golden. It is also the best colour for light emitting from the body.
I am sorry I can't give you practical and wise guidance concerning golden dragon body, gold light body, celestial body and diamond body because I haven't trained in these arts.
Which of the qigong or Neigung would help me to realize my attainment or human nature -- a human nature that is more whole and cultivated with internal force for all applications?
If a person were to ask me which of the qigong or neigong to train, I would examine his (or her) need.
If he is sick and wants to recover, I would ask him to train qigong like Five-Animal Play, 18 Jewels and Self-Manifested Qi Movement. If he wants peak performance, I would ask him to develop internal force and mental clarity, like Three-Circle Stance and Lifting the Sky. If he wants to expand into the Cosmos, I would ask him to practice Sinew Metamorphosis.
It is worthwhile to note that the need of the sick person is most urgent. Peak performance and spiritual expansion can come later.
You have practiced the Iron Wire Set for many years and have developed a lot of internal force. I would suggest that you aim for good health, vitality and longevity, which internal force will contribute much.
Is practicing both neigung and qigong beneficial or counter-productive to each other?
Practicing neigong or qigong is beneficial. I believe it is one of the best things that can happen to any person.
Of course, we must ensure that the neigong or qigong is genuine. Most people today practice gentle physical exercise, and they don't realize it.
If you have any questions, please e-mail them to Grandmaster Wong via his Secretary at stating your name, country and e-mail address.
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