Ancient Chinese Human Energy Research
What is XingQiShu (QiGong)?
The origins of Chinese Human Energy practices are ancient and still practised today. One of the earliest terms used in energy practices in China is ‘XingQiShu’, which literally translates as ‘moving of the energy’. The earliest archaeological evidence for this term comes from a piece of jade carving XingQiYuPeiMing (Spring and Autumn period 771BC). There are 45 ancient characters describing breathing techniques TuNaShu carved on the surfaces of the stone. This is the origin of what is now known today as QiGong.
XingQiShu or QiGong is an ancient discipline that aims to cultivate human energy RenQi, initiating ‘self-healing’ and ‘health promotion’ benefits through systems of co-ordinated physical movements, breathing skills and meditation routines. These practices are found in many different aspects of traditional Chinese culture. There are detailed and clear theories that accompany the ACHE - AncientChinese Human Energy teachings, which include elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Daoist Medicine, where the health benefits are used to prevent and cure illnesses. XingQiShu (QiGong) is an important methodology of ‘self-cultivation’ and is vital to various traditional Chinese Philosophies, including Daoism and Confucianism. This learning has been formulated in what is known as ‘Internal NeiJia’ training methods. The methodology of ‘Internal NeiJia’ training’ would ‘mechanically’ manipulate inner muscle groups as exercises such as ‘stretching of the ligaments’ in order to ‘stimulate’ the central nervous system. The electric pain signals, such as aches would induce the body to release the natural ‘self-healing’ agents from our Endocrine system. However, successful ‘Internal NeiJia’ training could only be achieved through a higher level of ‘meditation ShouYi’ or ‘total concentration’ of thoughts aiming to change status of the mind from ‘consciousness’ to ‘sub-consciousness’. This is because ‘inner muscle groups’ such as ligaments and all other vital organs of the body are ‘sub-conscious’ muscles which we can consciously relax. Failure in ‘altering’ status of the mind to the ‘sub-conscious level’ would never improve the ‘vitality Shen’ of the mind and body.
Likewise, ‘breathing techniques TuNa’ are also important routines to increase the oxygen level within the blood. Science has confirmed that ‘Oxygen inside the blood equal to energy Qi’. In Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM, Oxygen is vital component of the ‘Integrated energy ZongQi’, which in turn, is one of the crucial life force in the vitality of internal organs.
Ancient Chinese Human Energy study is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medical science. It has nothing to do with ‘spiritualism’ and ‘religion’. The several thousand year-old metaphysical interpretations can mostly be justified by modern science of today. Misinterpretations and misunderstandings would lead to incorrect practices of this knowledge. Throughout the millennia, numerous psychological and physiological problems caused by malpractices were commonly recorded including some ‘fatalities’.
Statement of problems
Anyone who is further interested can log on www.acheresearch.org or www.shaolin.org.uk and would find many real-life DVD footage of clinical studies, where many are the victims of ‘mixing’ different styles of human energy works. Here, I must stress that all traditional cultures are good but should not be mixed as there is not always compatibility. This can and does lead to conflicts between the various practices with grave consequences to the paractioner. Ancient knowledge has been scrutinized by the test of time where damage would have occurred and mistakes have been rectified. Through many thousands of years of cultural evolution, the knowledge in ‘Cosmic-human energy study’ has been characterized by each culture’s own tradition and language, social and educational background. There is no need for any culture to change its own tradition in the light of another’s culture. Logical reasoning would remind us that the wise Indian ‘human energy’ teachers have no desire to learn from their Chinese counterparts. The same scenario would apply to the ancient Chinese human energy Daoist priests who have acquired several thousands of years of knowledge and experiences from their ancestors. Certainly no assistance is required. Why would any sane teacher decide to ‘undertake’ such a foolish act of ‘mixing’ different ancestral wisdoms?
African ‘Medicine Man’ or ‘Voodoo’, as labeled by many ignorant individuals , was and is still serving and providing their community with effective and low-cost medical care. Shamanistic Indians of the Amazon have long maintained their well-established ‘Cosmic-human energy’ works. They did not need to meddle with the Chinese methodology, which most probably would have been lost in translation. All ancient perceptions of ‘Cosmic-human energy’ studies, which have been passed down through many generations are precise and beneficial to their descendants. There is no need to ‘mix’ the various knowledge because every individual teaching would have its own experience and wisdom.
Nonetheless, the American ‘Macdonald’ fast food culture seems to have taken hold of today people’s attitudes and behaviors. People do not want to spend time to achieve good results now; everyone wants fast results and at a cheap cost. ‘Quality’ is no longer being appreciated generally today; instead, ‘Quantity’ is more important. Hence, we have now witnessed the ‘bits and pieces’ of the modern day learning culture. Today, it is so sad to see how a small group of people whose goal is mainly of personal and financial gain abusing ancient traditional knowledge. Without any concerns of other people’s well being, they simply take ‘bits and pieces’ of knowledge from each tradition and jumble it up and package it as a designer brand of healing. Without any proper qualification and training background, these incompetent individuals advertise themselves as ‘Master’ healers. The ‘alternative or complementary medicine’ industry runs into billions of US dollars every year. Indeed, it is very good financial news for the few heartless individuals who set out to exploit the vulnerable. The well-being of the poor ‘victim’ is of no consequence to these individuals. In some extreme cases, patients have actually died because of the ignorance and arrogance of these so-called ‘Master healers’, whose learning can only amount to one/two weekend seminars or a few short courses over a period of months.
Please be reminded that traditional wisdom has taken many thousands of years to evolve. It is illogical and foolish for anyone to think that such knowledge can be acquired in a short period. By now, readers may wonder how to avoid falling into the hands of these financially driven impostors. Actually, the telltale signs of these charlatans are everywhere if only one can take a step back to look at the whole picture. Whatever it is, medical knowledge is involved here, not spiritual nor religious superstitions. Furthermore, one can check the academic background of these so-called ‘Master healers’; what ‘medical’ recognition and qualifications do they possess in their ‘Learning curve’? Likewise, try tracing the ‘roots’ of their ‘Training curve’ or ask to see some ‘clinical case studies’. Technically, if there were ‘opening’ sequences but no ‘shutting’ down sequences, it would be similar to you opening your front door and not closing it afterward. Surely, you know you are inviting trouble by this action. Does it make sense that you open your body to cosmic forces but do not shut down your body? The powerful cosmic energy will in time, without doubt, ‘fry’ your brain. Such tragedies have been recorded all over the world for many thousands of years. When one plays with fire, it is only sensible to ensure safety procedures are in place. If the so-called ‘Master’ does not know this simple but crucial knowledge, do you still believe that he can ‘teach’ you? The most revealing clue is that these ‘play-actors’ do not have ‘in-depth’ knowledge of traditional cultures. Their products, therefore, are mostly the assimilation of various systems of energy practices. When confronted with ‘bits and pieces’ of Indian, Shamanistic and Chinese practices all mixed together, it would be in your own interest to simply - walk away. Such mixed practices are dangerous because basically, we do not know enough of how the various forces of the Universe ‘Interact’ with each other. Many adverse reports have been recorded in history and there have been ‘fatalities’. It is not worthwhile to risk anyone’s health and well-being. It may be time-consuming to do your own ‘detective work’, but it is your welfare and ultimately your own life at stake. Logic would remind you that before ‘playing with fire’, one should learn how to control or even put out the fire when necessary. The fact remains that it is dangerous to play with fire, as simple as that!
Another problem which we face is that there is a general misunderstanding whenever the term ‘Cosmic human energy’ work is used. Spiritual and religious practices immediately spring to mind. This is a controversial debate lasting for the past thousands of years. Indeed, it is still one of the most arguable subjects of today and no doubt. it will still be in the future. Therefore, how can anyone approach this challenge?
When we start to scrutinize the term ‘Cosmic connection’, the understanding of the Cosmos must not be ‘connected’ with abstract and misleading descriptions such as ‘infinity’; ‘unity between consciousness & energy’; ‘another dimension’; ‘a deeper level of consciousness’ or anything to do with ‘spirits in the sky’. This is because by simply closing one’s eyes, chanting, ‘imagining’ or ‘meditating’ towards some unknown is not helping to ‘connect’ the real Universe. The real Cosmos must be studied as the science of Cosmology; Astrology; Physics and Chemistry. When it comes to the ‘connection’, what is there to be ‘connected’? Obviously, we are looking at various types of Human energy. As regards to this topic, Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer very sound and scientific knowledge about different forms of human energy. The powerful ‘Cosmic human connection’ could be made only through the correct ‘methodology GongFa. Actually, to ‘connect’ is relatively easy; however, the bigger problem is usually to ‘disconnect’. The majority of people have never heard of ‘closing down’ sequences let alone practicing them. A logic analogy will remind everyone that when a door has been opened, it must be shut afterward. Failure would only invite trouble. Whatever the arguments are, one must study and practice under qualified and well-experienced ‘Energy’ teachers or physicians. Remember, be sensible , be careful.
How ‘ancient’ was the study of Chinese Human Energy?
According to Dr. Leung’s (Shi DeLon) 20 years of PhD doctoral and ‘hands-on’ clinical research of ‘Spontaneous XingQiShu’ through Archaeology and Etymology, the result pointed to 18,000 years ago. The following writings are extracted from Dr. Leung’s 250,000 words PhD dissertation:
In the book <Early man in China>,Professor Jia LanPo (贾蘭坡教授) describes the archaeological excavations made at the Upper Cave Man site near LongGuShan, BeiJing (北京龙骨山) in 1933.The bones were dated by Carbon 14 test to be approximately 18,000 years old. The interesting point of this finding was not only how the skeletons were positioned, but also why the bones were stained with red Hematite. This discovery revealed that people at the time could have believed that the ‘blood looking’ substance would bring back the dead. Relatives of the deceased may also have wished that the red mineral could provide the deceased with life after death. The most important point is that it suggested that the body was prepared and buried in a very specific way. This raises the question as to why the prehistoric Chinese had taken such trouble to perform this activity. The most appropriate answer would be that some form of ceremonial ancestral worship was performed. The host of this prehistoric ceremonial burial was the ‘Upper Cave Man’. This early species of Chinese Homo sapien would have been the first group of humans that began to practice ancestral worship or ‘Spiritualism WuShu’ in China. It is known that many rituals in spiritual practices bring both mental and physical influences on the participants. Therefore, it is logical to assume that the development of ceremonial worship continued beyond this period. The concepts of the living and the dead would have been developed at the time. Professor Jia LanPon’s view was shared by scholar XuShunZhan (許順湛). In Xu’s book <ZhongYuanYuanGuWenHua 中原遠古文化 he also mentioned that as early as 18000 BC, the remote ‘Upper Cave Man ShanDingDongRen 山頂洞人’ had left very strong evidence indicating that burial and dance ceremonies were an important part of their culture. Like many other ancient cultures around the world, the prehistoric Chinese worshipped the forces of Mother Nature (TianDiDao 天地道) before consolidating it into to ancestral worship (RenDao 人道). Spiritualism was created under superstitious traditions of what was later known as WuFa (巫法) or WuShu (巫术).
At this point, it is necessary to look into the background of Chinese ‘Spiritualism WuShu’, its structure and all the traditional ceremonial rituals. The ancient trance-like dancing known as WuWu (巫舞) can lead directly to the earliest practices of ‘Spiritual healing WuYi 巫医. Therefore, the ‘self-healing’ ability of the human mind and body can ‘connect’ the practices of ‘Spontaneous reactions ZhiFaGong 自发功 within the study of XingQiShu. Evidently, the ‘self-healing’ practice of XingQiShu can become one of the most powerful therapies in Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM. Recent clinical case studies have revealed that both mental and physical illnesses, in which acupuncture and herbalism failed, ZhiFaGong ‘self-healing’ therapy within the study of XingQiShu can provide extraordinary powerful and positive results in both psychological and physiological problems…’
Ancient XingQiShu (QiGong) and today’s state of affairs:
In the past, there have been many studies discussing the ancient Chinese practice known as XingQiShu (QiGong). Even today, there is a large body of researchers attempting to ‘decode’ the mysterious Chinese teaching, that aims to enhance a person’s connection with Heaven, Earth and the rest of Mankind. This cultivation of a human being’s connection with the energies inside and around him/her is not exclusive to just Chinese culture. Similar practices of a spiritual, ritual, or religious nature can be found in many ancient cultures across the world. The unusual, or supernatural phenomena in these cultures that are similar to those found in XingQiShu were often referred to as ‘Spirits’ and ‘Gods’, or in a more negative capacity – ‘Demons’. Although the basic underlying sentiments are conceivably the same, the different terminologies actually separate these practices. Emerging from many of these ancient traditions are the ‘gifted’ humans blessed with apparent so-called supernatural powers. In the less enlightened times, when such persons performed good deeds, mostly with healing, they were hailed as saints, prophets or even the only son of God.
On the other hand, if the works of those ‘gifted’ people were judged much different or at odds with the prevailing morality of the day, such folks would be classified as evil messengers from hell and definitely be condemned to lengthy imprisonment or even death. Sadly, due to a lack of understanding into the science behind these practices (among other fields, which will be explored in this work) in ancient times, these practices were also sometimes condemned and often suppressed leading to their decline and sometimes elimination. In China, occurrences of both these kinds took place while some individuals were hailed as Gods and Immortals, others were condemned as being mentally unstable, or possessed.
The ‘Objectivity’ of this research is to try and highlight that in ancient times, most documents recorded in relation to XingQiShu had been written in language and descriptions that suited the axioms of those times. Moreover, with the emergence of modern scientific, archaeological, and psychological research, a much clearer understanding of XingQiShu - and its effects on people - can be developed.
In today’s world of medicine, there seems to be a repeat in history that echoes the WaiDianShu era in China. The primitive chemical products killed ancient Chinese in the tens of thousands. This ‘echo’ appears to have returned to haunt the modern world in the form of the pharmaceutical industry. In order to test new drugs, humans are used to inject or ingest potentially toxic experimental substances in a manner similar to the Daoist elixirs (JinDian) used in China over 3,000 years ago. Nonetheless, this is not entirely the case in modern medicine - mainly due to the results of animal testing. One of the negative aspects of modern drugs is that while they may kill problematic cells, they also may kill healthy cells in the process. For example, popular tablets used for preventing cardiac arrest whilst being successful in targeting the heart problem, the tablets also encourage the formation of kidney stones. Furthermore, it is now known that whilst powerful antibiotics are able to destroy many types of unwanted bacteria, they have also been shown to reduce the effectiveness of the immune system against new infections. The possibility that modern drugs can actually do more harm than good to a patient is therefore quite high, in that the side effects may trigger more complications than the original problem itself.
In the West today,more and more people are turning to ‘Alternative’ medicine for help. Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) has become seemingly the most popular among many other alternative therapies. Currently, there are two main medical practices YiXue in main stream TCM; these are herbalism and acupuncture. However, another very ancient ‘self-healing’ therapy exists, which may eventually prove to be more powerful than the combined effects of both herbalism and acupuncture. This therapy is known as the ancient natural ‘Spontaneous self-healing ZiFaGong’ therapy that is found in the study of XingQiShu, which are commonly addressed as QiGong. In fact, this practice is so dynamic that most people are actually frightened of it. Over time, this teaching has been slowly phased out of the ancient Chinese medicinal tradition and labelled as a superstitious or religious practice. This – as will be explored – is because of the lack of information in scientific, psychological, and physiological fields (among others) during ancient times.For many, many centuries, the Chinese have formulated a vast body of knowledge concentrating on enhancing a person’s mental (XiuXin) and physical health (XiuSheng) with XingQiShu being an integral part. Unfortunately, it is the ZiFaGong that was slowly being phased out of these systems and only being practiced on a small scale. Furthermore, in the West, using extremely powerful marketing strategies, so-called ‘New-Age healers’ have blurred the lines between genuine TCM and Chinese energy practice, with methods of ‘healing’ from mixing Shamanistic teachings of the Native Americans; Yogic from the Indians along with some Chinese QiGong. Through weekend or weeklong courses, complete beginners are able to become ‘healers’, giving them permission to ‘treat’ patients with ailments and illness.
In China, the situation is not any better. In one way or another, the practices of XingQiShu and its Methodology DaoFa, GongFa, QiFa or QiGong have been abused and misused. The Chinese government’s decision to ban the more ‘dubious’ QiGong groups are a result of this misuse. Dangerous teaching methods have led to terribletragedies where members have needed to undergo psychiatric treatment or in more extreme cases have died. These incorrect practices are known as, ‘the devilish fire is burning’ or ‘the wrong side-track’. In fact, these occurrences are not exclusive to theses current times , similar records can be found dating back many thousands of years, mostly describing these social movements as supernatural or religious cults. Over the millennia, many writers actually stopped short of discussing these extraordinary phenomena. The problem is that a big void has been created allowing the wrong types of information being available for interpretations. This dissertation will attempt to rectify the many misunderstandings of XingQiShu with scientific information. This may, in time, help to push the notion that the study and practice of XingQiShu should be viewed as a medical science rather than superstitions and religions. The physiological and psychological reactions that will be discussed in this work can, in short, be described as ‘Bio-chemical’ reactions – responses to external stimuli from deep inside the human ‘Sub-Consciousness’ mind, or from being in an ‘Altered state of Consciousness’.3 Since all the natural body medicines are stored inside the body, the ‘Explicitness’ of the study and practice is trying to tap into the ‘Sub-Consciousness’ in order to release them for the ‘self-healing’ ability in psychological and physiological problems. The ‘Reliability’ of the ZiFaGong self-healing therapy is absolute because the7re are no external medicines involved. Finally, thi dissertations research hopes to promote wider ‘Public availability’ allowing more people to gain better understanding and proper access to this extraordinary Chinese knowledge of ‘self-healing’.
The task is to investigate the direct clinical results of the ‘Interaction of Cosmic-human energy’ phenomenon. Unfortunately, the spontaneous ‘self-healing’ reactions which occur usually induce fear of the unknown because of ignorance.. Worse still, greedy teachers have covered the entire scenario with superstitious, religious and financial objectives. The results lead to a complete misunderstanding of the powerful and unique ‘self-healing’ therapy of the human mind and body. ACHE will try to rectify these misconceptions and to promote XingQiShu, which is commonly known today as QiGong via the Dao of Chinese and Western medical science.
<Early man in China>
Professor Jia LanPo, Published by foreign languages press, BeiJing, page 50-54 <ZhongYuanYuanGuWenHua>
中原遠古文化 XuShunZhan 許順湛 Hennan People’s publication 河南人民出 版社 Jonas: Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (c) 2005, Elsevier