In the previous article, I talked about how I began the process of learning how to do healing work.
I also mentioned that I was fortunate to begin that study in 1972 with Grandmaster Share K Lew. He preferred we call him Sifu. Sifu means “teacher / father”. He preferred this because he thought of us as his children as he oversaw our training.
And that training was rigorous. We stood in what is called “horse stance.” To give you an idea about it, when you first are learning this, within about 3 minutes your legs feel like they are on fire.
He had us practicing exercises in this stance for an hour a day. It was good training.
Very little of his teaching was verbal. He taught mostly by practice and example.
I recall one day when practicing a martial art form. I had just made a sweeping down and then punching movement. From across the courtyard he quickly walked over to me, saying, “No, no, no…” When he got to where I was, he moved my right hand 1/4 of an inch.
As you might imagine, this type of training was very different than I’d had before. It required a much different kind of focus. And over time, it was like stepping into another world. This world was one of being aware of the energy all around me.
This was especially true in the healing class. People would come to the class to have healing sessions with students. At the start of the class, he would invite one of them to sit in the center of a circle with all the students sitting around them. They were usually about 6 to 8 feet from us.
From that distance, we were to assess the person’s energy. He would ask, “How is their heart? How is their liver?” And we were expected to be able to know this at a distance. In the early days, he wouldn’t let us work on people until we could do this accurately.
It was an amazing time. After studying for many months, Sifu gave two of us permission to start teaching a class in Santa Barbara. My friend David Wells (now Dr. Wells) and I drove up every other week to teach qigong and the healing work. On at least one occasion, Sifu came up with us.
It was during this time that I discovered that I learned more by teaching than by just being a student. But there was more learning to come. Some of it surprised me because the experiences were so uncommon.
More to come…
All the best for your health and happiness,