Consider Chapter 14 of the “Dao De Ching”:
Look, and it can’t be seen.
Listen, and it can’t be heard.
Reach, and it can’t be grasped.
This passage, of course, speaks of the mysterious source called “The Dao”. However, since Qigong and Daoism are inseparable since they developed together, this passage also relates to Qigong.
Qigong is something that has the be experienced and felt with your true being – not your over-examining mind. You must first relax your mind and understand that Qigong is a lifelong practice, and that speedy success will not be achieved.
The paradox is that if you don’t try to progress quickly, you will progress quickly. And if you try to progress quickly, then you will not progress quickly. “In the pursuit of knowledge, everyday something is added. In the pursuit of Qigong, everyday something is dropped”.
This can only happen through patient and persistent practice. Relax, let go, and let the understanding develop naturally.
Approach it, and there is no beginning;
Follow it, and there is no end.
You can’t know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.
Just realize where you come from,
this is the essence of wisdom.
So, maybe you’ve attended a few classes, you like the relaxing feeling it gives, but are not sure how to make it part of your daily routine? I’ve been there.
My advice is to take 3 minutes a day and practice one movement that you like. For me, it was “Using Water to Cool Fire”. I practiced it just about everyday for 3-10 minutes a day. Within a short time, I started to unlock the secrets of Qigong through that one simple movement, and you will too. That’s how I got hooked!
I can teach you how to practice Qigong, but ultimately you must be the one to practice and unlock the secrets for yourself. I will give you all the guidance you’d like, but you must walk the path and discover the magic for yourself.
And once you find it, the simple movements will never appear simple ever again.