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The Main Ingredient is LoveAre there secrets in qigong training and other internal skills? Yes and no. Altruistic love certainly seems to be under-emphasized in the market talk about qigong and its benefits. The bedrock of civilized culture is in the love for others, but somehow our day and age seems to promote it less and less in favor of erotic infatuation and other base desires. Where is the love? Even in the qigong market we in a similar fashion see abundant proposals of gaining vitality and health, but love is left in the side show. Yet love moistens and makes everything more enjoyable. In the context of internal cultivation, love opens the heart and frees the spirit to reach outside of limited self-concern.
You may have seen various self-help books and New Age themed commercial ventures that propose rational sounding niche solutions and even pitch credulous miracle cures to mankind's suffering crises like traumas and chronic health problems. Could it be that the real secret behind these rationalizations and the so-called placebo effect found in the Western medicine is that these make a valid connection of receiving care and attention, therefore unwittingly giving people a sense of unconditional love?
The most important thing a real traditional internal arts teacher can impart anyone is how to integrate altruistic love (or some working aspect of it) into one's daily life because strengthening unselfish love can only benefit in the long-term. Teaching calmness and emotional regulation are also important as they can be seen as specifically cultivated aspects of how love pacifies the mind's turbulence. On the solid foundation of inner peace and happiness, we then engage in the practice of qigong, internal kungfu, and higher meditation. This is why you should look into and listen well when teachers teach about altruistic love.
Teachings about love are often shaped up in casual talk outside of formal practice sessions, but some practices incorporate love directly. All Mahayana Buddhist training begins, consists of, and ends with the development of altruistic love (bodhicitta). Sleeping Qigong has at least two of its preliminary practices focused on cultivating childlike joy or opening the heart center on top of its virtuous instructions to do good daily, and Sifu John Dolic relentlessly talks in face-to-face meetings that love and forgiveness is all that we need and that we don't actually even need qigong for the benefits! Sifu Terry Dunn has publicly written that his Flying Phoenix Qigong doesn't work for people who have evil hearts and has also quoted Mencius in a number of occasions: "Do not seek in your vitality (your health/longevity practices) what you do not find in your heart." Therefore everyone should understand that gaining achievements in esoteric and advanced styles of qigong may very well depend on how deeply we accomplish in altruistic love.
Healing and keeping up health are the most sought after things in qigong practice. A lack of love can be an obstacle to this, which is a serious consideration people might not be aware. If the mind is contaminated by habitual judgments about oneself or others, often criticizing or accusing others, or easily angry or spiteful, then these indicate that real love is either being suppressed by a trauma or just neglected in the absence of living and credible examples of how wondeful and easy love truly is. In the terms of qigong culture, it's often remarked that negative emotions distort and injure vital energy, thus blocking inner progress or even ruining the already established welfare. True love will eschew harm and the intent to give any type of harm, so it's a powerful shield and antidote to getting sick also.
My wish is that everyone hoping for healing and welfare understands that love is the main ingredient that you should neither neglect nor overlook: A strong foundation in love requires a serious dedication into discovering about love and embodying it. Love gives meaning to life, but qigong and other internal practice can help life to have more vitality and power to work for good acts. Take love with you as you practice your qigong, kungfu, or meditation!
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