The different levels of Qigong
There are various types of qigong which serve different needs. However, what you may not know is that there are also different levels of attainment within the same type of qigong.
Form, Energy and Mind
Most people in the world today, including qigong practitioners, are not aware of the operational level at which one can practice qigong.
Even though there are thousands of qigong exercises, they all without exception involve three elements. These are: form, energy and mind. These are also known as the “three treasures" of a person. This is because every human has form, energy and mind. In qigong training you develop all three of these elements. Or at least you will if the training is done correctly.
Most qigong practitioners today (including in China) practice only the form aspect of the art, which means that the energy and the mind aspects are neglected. Form here, means the visible aspect - the physical movements.
Qigong is energy training, which means that when it is practiced at the form level only, it is no longer energy training. Therefore, it is no longer qigong at all.
As a physical exercise, it would give you less benefits than most conventional exercises like swimming and cycling.
For convenience, in our school we call this type of training Low Level Qigong.
High, Middle, and Low
As I said, qigong means energy training, so at the very least the practice should involve energy work.
When the energy aspect is involved and directly worked on, the health benefits will be superior to typical physical exercise, as the practitioner will be making a purposeful effort to influence his or her energy flow to clear energy blockages and increase energy levels.
In our school, we refer to this type as Middle Level Qigong.
Only when the mind is involved, can we have High Level Qigong.
By entering in to a heightened state of consciousness, which is known as a “Chi Kung State of Mind", the practitioner tap energy from the “cosmos" (above and around) and direct it where ever he or she chooses.
It is remarkable to see a simple movement being performed at the various levels. The movements are the same, but the results vary dramatically.
About the author:
Jordan Francis is an instructor for the Shaolin Wahnam Institute, and is personally guided and supervised by 4th Generation Shaolin Grandmaster - Wong Kiew Kit - who is one of the Worlds leading authorities, a best selling Author and teacher to literally thousands of students World Wide. You can learn more at Jordan's web site http://www.cosmosarts.com where you'll also be able to download a free guide to qigong.