Whenever I felt the first sneeze, chill or sign of sore throat, i.e. the sign of catching a cold, I immediately do the level I exercise, (with the eyes closed!). There would be tears or running nose to get rid of the virus. Usually then I would be fine, or do it another time if not totally well within couple hours for non serious cold or flu. It had been working for me for more than ten years. But if I donot do it soon enough, then the cold may linger for several days. The key point is to do it ASAP!
Be sure to have light on and loud sound if doing it at night! Donot do it outside at night. You can do it while sitting, standing, or even lying on the bed, talking with eyes open. It finishs in 15 mins.
You can learn this exercise from searching the internet, any URL web's pictures, video or ask anyone who knows to show you. There are two levels known to the public. Donot believe any level 3 teaching. It is only taught to few selected people thru a secret kept channel and cannot be bought by money!
The master had passed away about ten years ago. You can search china internet for detail. This doesnot affect the effectiveness of this exercise though.
I have practiced qigong for more than 20 years. I taught almost 1000 students on level 1 & 2 world wide about ten years ago!
Great information and thanks to both of you. The first time I saw this and searched for info, I couldn't find any sites expaining the steps for Fragrant Qigong. The second time around, I had better results.
Here is a link to a site that shows the steps and talks you through it.
I looked at both sites...walked through the chart I found, and read the instructions; more sifficult. thank you for that link wish the animated gifs were better on that site...my excited head said, I can learn this myself! and then another part started to whisper that probably learning from charts and gifs isn't the correct way...
I looked at this qigong a while ago.
I decided not to practice it for several reasons.
Some of the movements as I remember don't make a lot of sense to me and their purpose is not really explained.
The difference between level one and two and their purpose also do not make much sense.
The Master reportedly died in his 60s of liver cancer despite having practiced for 50 years as he claimed.
Much of the ideas could have been taken from other qigongs previously revealed in the 80s
Many movements like this though, could have beneficial effects over time and with the addition of faith or the belief they work. Also they are probably derived somewhat from other qigong forms.
In any case I've looked at many qigong forms and this one doesn't appeal to me, but if it works for you that's good.
Since you know that the master was died from liver cancer, at least that was what it reported. I may want to disclose some detail. If he died from liver cancer, properly because he did too many mass group healing which depleted his energy too much, and/or from making too much money out of them.
This qigong is what it called information qigong, which means it has help from spritual force, i.e. Buddism related. The most important requirment is to do at least one good deed a day. Judging from the movements, etc are really not understanding it. As matter of facts, nowadays, lots of qigong are in this category.
One can learn it from just following an video if it is available, if you cannot find any instructor near by.
Yes I was quite interested in this qigong at the time and I had also looked very thoroughly into several other qigongs such as Yan Xin qigong and Falun gong.
The problem is the difficulty in discerning which are the fakes and there are many fakes despite their popularity.
Many still believe Falun gong is genuine which I find incredible, but some are less easy to figure out.
I may be wrong but that's my assessment of it and I'm aware of the Buddhist connection, something also claimed by falun gong supporters. This connection can of course be claimed by anyone and cannot be proved or disproved easily
It is also used by many fakes to ensure popularity
I don't think the excuse can be made that doing these mass healings, which are most likely, in my opinion, not brought about by the masters power but by the faith of the audience, results in such a disease as cancer. If the masters health becomes depleted then he should know that and remedy the situation.
After all the master in question was passed a high level qigong, according to him, which could only be passed to a chosen few.
I really don't know for sure but the doubt remains and I know enough about qigong after reading about it taking classes and practicing it to give me the impression that the movements in this qigong have dubious origins.
Then there is the instruction to watch tv or talk while practicing which to me is absurd and turns it into a gentle exercise rather than qigong
Of course gentle exercises have benefits and many hand movements around the chest level could disperse qi congestion in this area also
Also the chinese government has denouced this qigong as well as falun gong and others but still as far as I am aware supports the practice (though not in large gatherings) of those that it considers effective with genuine origins such as zhineng qigong, wild goose qigong etc which also rely on similar theories
His Holiness the XVI KARMAPA passed away from cancer, it's said. His heart was enlarged, also. If you would care to read the accounts of his final days, in the US, it will become very clear to you that not all is as it appears. There is, indeed, an element of taking on the "karma" of others, that can manifest as disease. It is not so black and white as 'he should have known better' or 'he should have been powerful enough to counteract these effects.' This is viewing things from a very body-centred position. I do not think, at the higher levels of any heartfelt practise the body is the locus of reality. There are a multitute of reasons any advanced being might go the way he goes. The body is merely the clothing one takes off. To look at death as some sort of failure is, I think, myopic.
I would agree that the idea of watching TV or chatting with a friend while you are doing this sounds absurd. I smiled at that... But I can see people doing it that way and still getting the benefits of "exercise". As has been said, 'each according to their capacities.' I believe it's all in how a person approaches it. For myself, I felt what I can only describe as a feeling of faith, or certainty, after reading the material I looked up, and seeing a picture of Master Tian. Despite any of the TV stuff. In the past, I've done some BaGua and a little qi gong, mainly circle-walking and some of the long form...but I'd let that go, since moving away from the teacher and losing my partner.
And this looks good. I don't get the feeling (I'm just learning it) that it's anywhere near as simple as it looks.
(I saw one youtube video that makes it look like exercise, very unfocussed, and far too swinging)
In the pdf available online, there are questions and answers by students, toward the end, and I found the master's voice was very clear, very present, in some of what was said -- particularly, that one should not practice this having any negative feelings, or lacking faith...
That being so, it doesn't sound as though this form of qi gong's for you.
I also liked what he had to say about it not being something for the head. I've heard that before in bagua too. These are internal arts, but again, he cautions always against directing the qi (hence the TV, for those that might be inclined). I think a lot of people are very attached to the idea of qi "powers", and this practice might look like it doesn't go there... My sense of the whole TV thing, is, that's to assist certain minds to bypass the usual thought system, which, as consideration will abley illustrate, is one that's very often 'in error'.
I really don't want to discourage anyone as I know I could be wrong. I myself practice CFQ qigong after reading the books by and about Yap Soon Yeong and also some medical qigong and also took classes from a lineage holder of a Taoist form of which there are countless but I have no proof it was genuine either . I do believe some qigongs can safely be mixed if you know the purpose of the movements.
I certainly don't believe this practice is detrimental but it dissallows the practice of other possibly more effective qigong
If you read the story of Yang Meijun who died recently at the age of 106 I believe, you may see a lot of similarities in her story and Dr Yan Xin also promoted the idea of doing good deeds and virtue being important in qigong. These were both very famous in China at the time this qigong was revealed.
The ability to do short practices and carry on other activity at the same time is appealing and likely adds to the popularity.
In CFQ the exercises are also fairly easy to learn but there is a strong theory behind them.
Also the mind is not too engaged in the process but should not be occupied in any other way either so in that sense there is a similarity.
If you have the tv on and it arouses thoughts or grabs attention then I feel this would reduce the benefit.
It could of course be entirely genuine but there must be some way of discerning the fakes.
Like the master says though if you practice it for 3 months and get no significant benefit then move onto another one
Please let me know how you get on and if you smell any fragrances. I found that part fascinating :)
Yesterday I drank some *fragrant water* and later got some waves of fragrance that kept arising. I still can smell itm faintly when I focus a little on my breathing. And this was not garlic! even though I've eaten a lot of kimchi/garlic the last few days. The smell is alot like mild detergent. powdery, flowery. (I don't use detergent)
I can't be sure it's a result of the fragrant water, but will have to see...
Another benefit that I experienced everytime is gettting more energy. It usually make me wild awake and cannot get to sleep if I do it at night, and so is reported by other students. When I am pretty tired, it usually can keep me alert for couple hours.
It made an american girl's breast lump disappear. She learned it from a friend of mine by just following the movements. An american old white guy joined the practice group in San Francisco North Beach area for just doing the exercise, without any understanding. A year later, he took off one of his hearing aid.
But nothing can prevent any karma if already ready to happen, not even the buddha himself, without any worthy exchange. I donot recommend to do energy healing for others, according to my experiences.
Smelling the fragant or not is not important. I only smelt it several times, lasting within seconds. But the preventing flu benefit works and the more energy works for me everytime, even this year.
The energy water is for external use mostly, need persistant though for chronic illnesses. You can use it to water your plants and see the differnce.
I also mediate since I am an buddhist, and do other exercises sometimes for the fun of it. To my experience, one can do other exercise, e.g. yoya, as long as not using your mind to direct or focus the qi for a habit. Since that would train the qi for determined path, while this exercise let the qi does it own works, similar to those spontaneous movement qigong.
Anaerobic exercise is not recommended since it can deplete one's energy fast.
The following google will give you fragrant qigong video search from chinese sites. The sites in China properly are blocked due to 99% of qigong practices are either banned due to FaLung Gong's event, or not allowed in public, nor forming any kind of organizations.
In 1988 a new form of chi kung, called Fragrant Qigong (Xiang Gong), began to be taught openly in China after being kept secret for centuries. It has been reported that those performing this particular chi-kung will begin to smell a sweet fragrance emanating from the body. I haven’t noticed it myself because this tends to occur more often when done in a group setting. To me, there are more important physical, mental and emotional benefits to be had from it.
From the Chinese Health Website:
“Fragrant Qigong (Xiang Gong) is one of the easiest yet most powerful styles of Qigong. Fifteen simple arm movements, twice a day, no concentration required, no special breathing, can be done sitting and watching TV or chatting, yet it is known to treat almost any disease humankind may suffer from. With the exception of late stage cancer, schizophrenia and emergencies like heart infarction, poisonous snake or spider bites or rabies, which are contraindicated, there are stacks of successful case histories to support this claim. Among them, stroke, cancer, allergies, asthma, diabetes, depression, ulcers, stones, epilepsy, even deafness and blindness (including congenital).”
Around 1938, at the age of twelve, Master Tian Ruisheng was diagnosed with an incurable skin disease. A Buddhist monk happened to knock on the door and requested to stay the night. The parents agreed but explained they couldn’t attend to his needs properly because of a family matter. He asked them what was wrong and when he found out he wished to take a look at their son. They agreed to let him do so.
After he diagnosed the son, the Buddhist monk asked permission if he could do a healing session. The monk treated their son with certain hand positions, sounds and a high level of the Fragrant Chi Kung practice. The monk successfully cured the son much to the delight of his parents. Later, the monk chose to make the boy his successor in one condition.
It has been said that, if he would keep the practice hidden for fifty years he would teach him the secrets of this ancient art. Only after a half a century has passed, he should come out and help others who were suffering. And this is just what happened. In 1988 Master Tian Ruisheng started teaching this form of chi-kung to the public.
There are three levels to this Fragrant Qigong. Each level has 15 different movements which takes about 10-15 minutes to execute. The practice is done once or twice a day but no more than three times a day. It also can be done either in a seated or standing position.
- On a purely functional level this practice will open up and adjust the spine.
- On an inner level it opens blockages in the body and organs.
- On the deepest level it churns the central channel in order to heal the broken channels (nadis) so that they realign and return to normal functioning.
These movements will unblock the spine in difficult or troublesome places such as the neck. It will also massage the stomach, liver and thyroid with simple arm swings. You can feel that right away. I would go on to infer that all the glands are activated within the seven chakras due to each twisting movement. This makes sense since the fragrance would be emitted from the pineal or pituitary glands.
The nadis are also healed and repaired in a unique way; as you may perceive from each movement. These nadis are energy channels in the body in which prana flows and connects to all the chakras like a network or web. Ayurveda mentions 72,000 different nadis and in Tibetan Buddhism it mentions 84,000 nadis.
Here, I found a wonderful copy of an Adobe file of the Fragrant Chi Kung with specific illustrations and explanation of all the moves. It goes hand in hand with watching the video as it fills in some remaining questions.
If you have been attuned to Reiki, the effects of this practice are multiplied greatly. This is due to the fact the palms of the hands are facing each other in most of these movements. Just as in Chinese Acupuncture, the hand can be used to diagnose disease; likewise it can be used to heal. Therefore, when the Reiki symbols in the palms activate as they face each other, all areas of the body can be infused with healing energy.
(1) There is an immediate increase of WARMTH in the body. Those that are depressed and suffering from a cold disease will be greatly benefited by it.
(2) Your auric field is fully CLEANSED of dirty, stagnant chi.
It is remarkable to experience this positive effect right away since we live in a time where we can more easily contract drib, or what the Tibetan Masters refer to as moral defilement, by associating with degenerate people. It will also cleanse you of computer, cell-phone or other harmful electronic frequencies that tend to mess up your natural energetic field.
It is always best to find a teacher to show you the movements directly in person in order to gather the transmission and correct any mistakes in your form. Nonetheless, here is a gentleman that shows the form fairly accurately: