As mind opening as it was to be around Sifu Lew, the changes brought about by the qigong and nui gong (aka neigong) were even more amazing.
At each Wednesday class those of us who were at about the same level of study would learn and practice exercises together. Again, there was little explanation. Mostly we got instruction in the position and technique, but nothing more. This way of teaching left us to experience for ourselves the effects of the exercise.
What he taught were the qigong and neigong exercises from his lineage. This school is called Tao Dan Pai (Tao Elixir School). He learned most of these during his 13 years at the Gee Lum (Yellow Dragon) monastery near Guangzhou (formerly Canton).
When new students began studying, he always gave them the secret to effective practice. It was simple. There were just 4 parts:
Even though they were simple, paying attention to all four at the same time was surprisingly hard. I found my mind wandering often. I sometimes couldn’t get my breath to coordinate with my movement. I wasn’t always sure where my eyes should be focused.
Only daily practice finally allowed me to pull all 4 parts together. And that’s when things really started to change.
The sensation of qi flow increased a lot. When I did healing work, people started feeling much better. I was hooked.
Personally things changed as well. I found myself changing what I ate. It wasn’t so much that I thought about it – it happened naturally. And my daily energy increased. No longer was I tired in the afternoon. I slept better, thought better and felt better.
But the hardest part for my busy mind was the quiet, seated meditation. Every qigong class ended with this. In the group I could sit there the 15 minutes or so. But at home it was the last thing I wanted to do.
Finally, after about a year of study, I decided that I had to do the meditation daily. If you’ve ever done this, you know that your mind seems to get extra active when you are meditating. This mental chatter is the opposite of the meditative state.
But I persisted. And one day, while trying to quiet my mind meditating, something totally unexpected happened…
But that’s a story for next time…
All the best for your health and happiness,