ENTERING INTO A CHI KUNG STATE OF MIND
Why other practitioners do not know of entering into a chi kung state of mind?
— Mark, USA
More than 80% of chi kung practitioners all over the world, including some world known "masters", do not know that entering into a chi kung state of mind is necessary to practice chi kung.
Entering into a chi kung state of mind, or "qigong zhuang tai" in Romanized Chinese, is a modern term coined by the great chi kung master, Sifu Yan Xin, from China. In the past it was known as "entering silence". In Shaolin context, it was entering Zen; and in Taijiquan, it was entering Tao. In Western terms it is attaining a heightened state of consciousness.
Except attaining a heightened state of consciousness, I did not know of these terms when I was a student. But now every Shaolin Wahnam student knows what entering into a chi kung state of mind is.
Entering silence, entering Zen, entering Tao, and attaining a heightened state of consciousness are advanced, but all Shaolin Wahnam students not only know it but are able to do so, otherwise they will not be able to practice chi kung.
There are many levels in entering into a chi kung state of mind. But the most important is to be relaxed and focused at the same time. Many practitioners think that they are relaxed, but actually they aren't. Most practitioners are distracted, and they have difficulty to be focused.
It is also worthy of note that entering into a chi kung state of mind and practicing chi kung are different, but a practitioner cannot practice chi kung if he has not entered into a chi kung state of mind. He may perform chi kung techniques, but he only performs them as gentle physical exercise, and not as chi kung, which is energy exercise. He will, therefore, not derive any chi kung benefits, like overcoming illness, and enjoying good health, vitality and longevity.
Another reason why practitioners have not entered into a chi kung state of mind when practicing chi kung is that they do not differentiate between techniques and skills. Entering into a chi kung state of mind is a skill, and it has to be learned from a living teacher. Most chi kung practitioners perform chi kung techniques, but lack the skill to enter into a chi kung state of mind.
When I was a student, like most practitioners, I did not differentiate between techniques and skills. I thought wrongly that if I had the techniques I would eventually get the benefits. Chi kung and kungfu practitioners have the right techniques, but many chi kung practitioners are still weak and sickly, and most kungfu practitioners cannot defend themselves because they don't have the skills.
The above is taken from Question 2 January 2020 Part 1 of the Selection of Questions and Answers.
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