What do energy demonstrations really show?
By Ömer Humbaraci
Spectacular demonstrations of “inner strength” or “Qi transmission” can frequently be seen at events or in the internet. Ömer Humbaraci has experimented a great deal with these effects and he recommends readers to stage such demonstrations for themselves, and thus to experience which factors lead to these impressive effects. Such experiments show that the positioning of the assistants is more significant than the energy applied by the demonstrator.
Shi Jian – Time
By Wang Ning
The Chinese term for time involves both temporal and spatial aspects. It comprises beginning, eternity and ending – whereby eternity because repeatable and time thus meaningless. However, the human wish to live a long life once more imbues time with great significance.
Daoism and wholeness in modern physics
By Dr. Imke Bock-Möbius
In the previous issue, the physicist and Qigong teacher Dr Imke Bock-Möbius showed how it can be possible to experience oneness with the Dao through mystic experiences and in Qigong – as an inner complement, so to speak, to the quest for scientific knowledge. In the second part of her article she summarises the implications that the results of quantum physics research over the last century have for the dominant world view, giving particular attention to the phenomenon of “entanglement” that in turn illuminates the unity of nature.
Neigong in Qigong
The inner principles according to the training system of Bruce Frantzis
By Ralph Heber
The term Neigong refers to the “inner work” in Qigong and the martial arts. Bruce Frantzis is one of the best-known teachers in the West who has compiled and teaches his own Neigong system. Ralph Heber describes the essential aspects of this system and demonstrates, on the basis of a simple exercise, how a subtle opening of specific regions in the body can be achieved.
Activating Qi in a playful manner
Interview with Zhou Yi on Xian Tian Qigong with the Taiji ruler
Practicing with objects has a long tradition in China’s martial and movement arts. One of these objects is known as the ‘Taiji ruler’, a specially shaped short stick. Zhou Yi teaches a training method with the Taiji ruler from the tradition of Zhao Zhongdao. In an interview with Silvia Sardag she explains the special features of this method which is intended to active original Qi in a playful manner. It derives from the Daoist alchemist Chen Tuan, who developed an entire system of different training forms and who holds a place in the ancestral line of Taijiquan.
Practicing the upright posture
The Book of Changes and the Taiji principles
By Dr Henrik Jaeger
In the previous issue Henrik Jaeger discussed the structure of the Yijing as a guide for a deeper understanding of life. Now he links this work to the practice of Taijiquan. It is not his concern here to assign individual movements to particular hexagrams, but instead to create an understanding of the interaction of yin and yang that can be experienced at the physical level in Taijiquan. In this way, practice can provide a lively avenue to the aspect of constant change and simultaneously provide the experience of being connected to the cosmos.
Being and nonbeing
A commentary on the first chapter of the Daodejing
By Jan Silberstorff
The Daodejing is the best-known work in the Daoist canon but due to its highly compressed, image-based mode it remains puzzling to many people. On the basis of his intensive experiences with Taijiquan and meditation, Jan Silberstorff is working on an extensive interpretation of this text. In this article and in the following issue we publish his commentary on the first chapter of the Daodejing. In his view, an “understanding” of the Dao as inexpressible whole that permeates everything, and in itself does not exist, can arise only through an inner experience of unity and its translation into action. Since there is nothing that stands outside the Dao, it cannot be described or named in its all-embracing wholeness.