In Chinese numerology the number nine symbolizes the end of a cycle as well as the beginning of a new cycle, it can be a time of great harmony.
About nine years ago, after many years training and practicing internal martial arts, qigong, yoga and meditation, Leonard and I went to China to immerse ourselves in the study of Zhineng Qigong (ZQ). We were very fortunate to be taught by several highly advanced, kind and dedicated teachers. For a month, nearly everyday, we practiced and listened to lectures from 7 am to sometimes as late as 10 pm, with only a few breaks.
By the time we headed home we realized that we had profoundly changed. We perceived ourselves and the world in a very new way; almost everything looked different. The idea, the feeling and an inner awareness that we are our own true master had awakened. Our Chinese teachers explained and demonstrated this idea over and over again, showing us with many different examples how it is our ability to master our own lives that creates true wellness and happiness. It does not come from external sources.
Shortly after our trip to China we were in Hawaii. Our friends noticed something different in us. People we met wanted to know why we seemed to be glowing. They wanted to learn what we were practicing. Even though I was about to complete a ZQ Teacher Training program, and had the blessing of the teachers in China to start teaching, I hadn’t intended to start so soon.
Dr. Pang’s directive which was handed down to me to share ZQ with family, friends and neighbors in order to help them become their own master, became alive for me. Those first classes were held at a beach point near our home. As the group grew and evolved we witnessed significant changes in our fellow practitioners.
Some of those folks along with others who joined over the years attended our recent 4-day workshop. We felt honored to continue practicing with our qigong friends in Hawaii for so many years. What a joy to be together, to share Dr. Pang’s teachings and continue discovering many benefits including more of our inner master. This has been an exciting and joyful time for me to realize that many of you have had so many awakenings over the years and that ZQ continues to provide you with a supportive and informative practice.
“We cultivate our own qi through accessing nature’s great store of qi. But cultivating qi is not the most fundamental; cultivating one’s spirit is. Mastery of qi is really achieved through mastery of consciousness.” – Dr. Pang
This story of awakening has also repeated itself on the mainland for over nine years for many, many students. As I continue learning different aspects of mastery and exploring ZQ on ever-new levels for myself, I know this will continue for all practitioners as well.
Like my teachers, I encourage you to always turn inward first to connect with your own wisdom, compassion and energy. Find the energetic information within you to support and guide yourself, while staying attuned to unlimited possibilities with an open mind and heart. Connect with and honor the real and true master: you.
Aloha and many blessings