|> Issue 47||
|The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan|
Huichungong – effective rejuvenation
Huichungong has been taught publicly in China since the 1980s and has become one of the most popular Qigong methods, with the health-promoting effects confirmed in several studies. In this interview with Bing Luo-Eichhorn, Mok Zhuangming, who represents Huichungong in the 21st generation, talks about the special features of this Qigong style. In addition to standing, sitting and lying exercises, the system also includes crawling, rolling, kneeling and practice in a squatting posture. The structure and composition of the system is based on the Luoshu, a number assignment system transmitted through legend. The rejuvenating effect is achieved chiefly through a positive mental attitude, the development of the lower dan tian and stimulation of the endocrine system in the body.
The Eight Extraordinary Meridians and Their Significance for Qigong, Part 2
After describing the general significance of the eight extraordinary meridians in the previous issue, Ulla Blum now gives a more detailed account of their function and their mutual relationship. This clearly shows that, in terms of energy too, the human organism develops in a step-by-step differentiation that ensures the balance of yin and yang in the body. In the Eight Pieces of Brocade exercises, the opening points of the extraordinary meridians are stretched, thus allowing pre-natal Qi to flow into the twelve main meridians.
Taijiquan and Qigong as a Spiritual Path
In the previous issue, Dietlind Zimmermann attempted to create more clarity regarding the relationships between teachers and students, examining this from both perspectives. To this end she described the various teacher roles often encountered in our arts and the expectations attached to these. Now she broadens the perspective to examine spiritual guidance, an aspect which is sometimes offered or sought in relationship to Qigong and Taijiquan. To begin with she frees the term spirituality from the often nebulous position it occupies in our modern, supposedly rational world views. In her understanding, spiritual practice involves an independent and responsible investigation of one’s own path through life and a search for individual meaning. If guidance is provided on this path, it should always respect and maintain the self-determination of the individual. She regards any form of paternalism or dictation as a sign of insufficient personal maturity and spiritual experience that makes a person unsuitable for carrying out this important task.
The Body in Daoism
Since ancient times, the varied interplay of body, energy, spirit and soul(s) has been observed and investigated by Taoists, and this has resulted in a special perspective on the body. The theory of the four layers as transmitted in the Daoist Dragon Gate School provides an accessible way of understanding the effects of Qigong and Taijiquan. This approach distinguishes between the levels of "blood", "muscles", "tendons" and "bones", each of which performs specific functions in the body. Targeted training and an associated energizing of these levels can harmonize and strengthen the body and prepare it for more complex energy work.
The Question of “Double Weighting”
"Double weighting" is an important issue in all Taiji styles. Peter Ralston examines the question of what Wang Zongyue, who was the first to mention this problem, could have meant by the term. Since this obviously involves a problem that is difficult to overcome, it must go further than the obvious notion of evenly distributing the weight between both feet. According to Peter Ralston, the important thing is to overcome the habitual response to an applied force – namely to tense up – which we acquire in early childhood. This is only possible through very precise and research-based practice.
Shu Fa / Tao Shu – The Way of Writing
If we carefully examine the meaning of Chinese characters, we can learn much about the entirety of Chinese culture and how it developed. Using a few characters as examples, Wang Ning describes how the combination of simple images has led to ever new terms. Moreover, since no new characters are added to the Chinese script, the existing characters are assigned more and more meanings.