HOW MUCH CONTROL OVER ENERGY AND MIND CAN I DEVELOP?
I have committed to start training Kung Fu again in the New Year, which coincides with my estimated time of recovery from my eczema affliction, if I keep progressing at the rate I am doing. How much control over my energy and mind can I expect to develop, if I were just to practice my current routine for the rest of my life? The benefits I have obtained in this short time are astonishing!
— Max, UK
While it is true that the benefits you have obtained in such a short time are astonishing by your and most other people's standard, you may be surprised to know that both your theoretical understanding as well as your practical control over energy and mind at the time you asked this question was little or nil. Had you have some understanding and control, you would not have done the unnecessary and unrewarding things you did to add on to the exercise Sifu Jordan had taught you.
For example, you did not understand that stretching your neck and arms the way you did was gentle physical exercise, and not chi kung. You did not have any control over energy or mind that enables you to loosen your neck or arms using chi flow instead of muscular movement.
Yet, you have astonishing results. This is because of the great art that Sifu Jordan taught you. It was the energy flow generated by the art itself, not by your understanding and control, that gave you the astonishing results.
If you had continued the way you did for the rest of your life, you would have developed some understanding and control of energy and mind that will enble you to have good health, vitality and longevity — results that many people would consider astonishing.
But these results, while very important and desirable, are not considered high-level by our Shaolin Wahnam standard. Understandably, and quite expectedly, many other people would accuse us of being boastful or talking non-sense. That is their opinion and their business, and we are not interested to convince them. But having attended the Intensive Chi Kung Course, you yourself would need no convincing. You have experienced the validity of my statement yourself.
For example, before the course you did not understand the difference between chi kung and gentle physical exercise, the three approaches and levels of chi kung practice, and why and how chi kung can give us good health, vitality and longevity, mental clarity and spiritual joys. You also could not tap energy from the Cosmos, regulate the speed and direction of chi flow, run round a hall a few times without feeling tired, develop tremendous internal force, have a cosmic shower to clear physical, emotional, mental and spiritual blockages, set your spirit free and expand into the Cosmos.
But after just three days of the Intensive Chi Kung Course, you have understood all this philosophy and have accomplished all these high-level feats. Just imagine how much more understanding and control of energy and mind you would attain if you continue practicing for a life-time. What we must remember clearly is that we must always use these incredible powers for good.
The above is taken from Question 5 of September 2007 Part 1 of the Selection of Questions and Answers.
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