Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's

1. What is Qigong? Is it for everybody?

2. Where does Qigong come from?

3. What does "Qigong" mean?

4. What is the benefit of Qigong?

5. What is the goal of Qigong?

6. Who practices Qigong?

7. Is Qigong a religion?

8. What is the difference between Qigong and Yoga?

9. Is Qigong a healing art or a martial art?

10. You have quite a few exercises in your DVD, how should I arrange them in my daily life? Is there any practical guideline for them?

11. Qigong combines ancient Chinese medicine with Martials Arts or so, is that still true, or has it changed during the decades?

12. You are doing Qigong since you were a child, how has it influenced your life?

13. In what way do you think Qigong is beneficial for the modern people?

14. The Qigong movement looks so simple or some looks quite odd for somebody who is not accustomed to the technique like jumping like a puppet or punching your stomach slightly. Why do we do that? What does it to do with our benefit?

15. If somebody with no experience would want to start with Qigong, what would he do?

16. Nowadays people talk about burn-out a lot these days, does Qigong help against this syndrome?

17. What are the positive effects of Qigong on the mind and body?

18. If somebody has trouble going to sleep, is there a remedy with Qigong?

19. If somebody has low self-esteem, may Qigong help him?

20. In these days people are always busy, on the run, do not have time, how does Qigong fit in, when somebody is so occupied?

21. Breathing and looking at ones inner self, one should think everybody is able to do this, what can Qigong teach them anyhow?

22. People use the phrase "good health" all the time. What does this phrase mean to you?

23. With so many distractions in modern life, how do you cultivate focus?

24. If you could give one tip to people wanting to achieve their goals (health and wellness, professional, and/or personal life), what would it be?

25. What is Qigong Healing?

26. I am doing the JieQi empowerment for 2 months now and I want to ask: I follow your instructions to locate each vertebra, however since they are so small I am not 100% sure that I am concentrating on the correct vertebra each time...I mean I maybe concentrating a little bit below or above etc. What do you recommend for fixing this issue? Do I still benefit if I have in my mind the intention to concentrate on the specific vertebra each time? For example, today I was saying in mind concentrate on T11.

27. About Connecting Universe

28. Dear Master Peng, if your qi gong is strong enough to walk on water and survive sword stabbing - as described in your book - then why do you have to wear glasses? Can't you just fix your eyes with the qi power? This question is meant seriously and with all due respect.

TERMINOLOGY

If you want to become more familiar with some basic Qigong terminology check out the glossary below:

The Three Dantians
The word "Dantian" means elixir field in Chinese. The Three Dantians function as the main Energy Centers that manage the flow of Qi or bio-energy throughout the body. They are located deep inside and contain vast reserves of power that can be harnessed through Qigong practice.

The Upper Dantian
The Upper Dantian located in the center of the head, right behind the point midway between the eyebrows. When this energy center is healthy and strong we are able to tap our Wisdom Qi, the source of intuition, vision, insight, and guidance. When the Upper Dantian is weak or blocked we feel confused, and when it hardens we are prone to becoming deceitful and lying.

The Middle Dantian
The Middle Dantian is located behind the center of the chest. When this Energy Center is healthy and strong we are able to tap our Love Qi, the source of understanding, kindness, generosity and compassion. When the Middle Dantian is weak or blocked we feel depressed, unloved, and rejected, and when it hardens we are prone to becoming emotionally cruel and insensitive.

The Lower Dantian
The Lower Dantian is located inside the lower torso, around three finger widths below the navel. When this Energy Center is healthy and strong we are able to tap our Vitality Qi, the source of exuberance, personal magnetism, and gutsiness. When the Middle Dantian is weak or blocked we feel "gutless," impotent, and depleted, and when it hardens we are prone to becoming reckless, forceful, and violent.



The Central Meridian

The Central Meridian an energy channel that runs along the center of the body, extending down from the top of the head to the perineum between the genitals and the anus. Along the way, the Central Meridian passes through the Three Dantians, connecting them, and regulating the flow of Qi between them. When the Central Meridian is healthy and strong we become balanced and integrated, and express our thoughts, feelings, and actions harmoniously. The Central Meridian also extends up above the head into the sky and down below the feet into the Earth.

The Three Treasures
Heaven, Earth, and the Human Being make up the Three Treasures, and the energy fields of these three elements are interlinked by the Central Meridian which extends up into the sky and down into the ground. When we have a strong connection to Heaven we become inspired, imaginative, and our life is filled with meaning. When we have a strong connection to Earth we feel grounded and can materialize our dreams. When the Three Dantians and the Three Treasures are integrated energetically, we flow through life happily.

Awareness
Is the formless space in which all experience happens. Far from being an abstract and mystical idea, awareness is the root of all consciousness. The words you are reading right now are registering in your awareness. The story of our life is constantly playing out on the "screen" of awareness. By "awakening" awareness during Qigong practice, our Qi becomes an expression of our innermost Self.

FAQ's

1. What is Qigong? Is it for everybody?

Qigong is a Chinese healing art that uses breathing, movement, and visualization to circulate Qi energy, the life force that regulates health and wellbeing. Everyone can benefit from Qigong, no matter whether you are male or female, old or young, whether you are in good shape or want to improve your conditions, as long as you give it a try, you will start to get the benefit shortly in different aspect.

2. Where does Qigong come from?

Qigong is from China with a history of more than 3000 years. Through meditation and insightfulness, our ancestor of wisdom discovered the pathway of our life force in our body and when energy flows at different place of our body, it awakens that area and benefit us. We call that pathway meridian.

3. What does "Qigong" mean?

"Qi" refers to the life force that animates all living beings and "gong" means cultivation or practice. "Qigong" is the cultivation of the life force.

4. What is the benefit of Qigong?

As you refine your Qi energy and draw in more life force you feel more "alive" and deepen your connection to the people around you, to nature and the cosmos. The more Qi energy you circulate the healthier you feel and the more you can accomplish.

5. What is the goal of Qigong?

Peace and happiness are the twin goals of Qigong. Peace arises from deep stillness and happiness arises from the harmonious flow of vital energies. The seamless integration of peace and happiness is the mark of an accomplished Qigong practitioner.

6. Who practices Qigong?

People of all ages and cultures practice Qigong worldwide. Whether you are healthy or looking to get healthier, young or looking to feel younger Qigong is for you. Everyone can practice.

7. Is Qigong a religion?

Qigong can be integrated into any worldview. It is free of dogma and beliefs. Universal virtues such as kindness, courage, and compassion are the "side effects" of practice. Whatever your lifestyle or personal views, you can benefit from Qigong.

8. What is the difference between Qigong and Yoga?

Qigong comes from China while Yoga comes from India. Both systems seek to integrate the body, mind, and spirit. The gentle flowing movements of Qigong are it's distinguishing feature.

9. Is Qigong a healing art or a martial art?

Qigong is a broad term that embraces the healing arts, the martial arts, as well as the spiritual arts. Robert Peng emphasizes the healing and spiritual dimensions of Qigong and also teaches some martial exercises to strengthen the body and focus the mind.

10. You have quite a few exercises in your DVD, how should I arrange them in my daily life? Is there any practical guideline for them?

In my DVD there are four essentials exercises: Three Treasure Standing Meditation(TTSM), Four Golden Wheels Exercise(FGWE), Lotus Meditation(LM), and Connecting Universe(CU). You don't have to practice them all in one day. If you can arrange them wisely, you can get huge benefit without investing too much time. Here is some simple but practical guideline on a weekly basis:

  1. Decide how long a day you can commit for the practice. Normally 20-30 is a good start.
  2. Choose one of the exercises as the primary practice that you can do every day.
  3. Practice the other exercises that you can do once a week or twice a week or more.
  4. Keep this pattern for at least three months. Then choose another exercise as the primary exercise and the other exercises as the secondary practices.
  5. Within one year, you can cycle all these four exercises and are clear which is the one you like to do in the long term or your life time exercise.

For example: If you decide Four Golden Wheels as the primary practice, the secondary practices will be Lotus Meditation, Connecting Universe and Three Treasures Standing Meditation, then every week the pattern will be like this:

Sunday:FGWE+LM Monday:FGWE+LM Tuesday:FGWE+CU Wednesday:FGWE+CU Thursday:FGWE+TTSM Friday:FGWE+TTSM Saturday:FGWE+TTSM

Three months later, if you decide to choose Connecting Unverse as your primary exercise, then the pattern will be like this:

Sunday:CU+FGWE Monday:CU+FGWE Tuesday:CU+FGWE Wednesday:CU+LM Thursday:CU+LM Friday:CU+TTSM Saturday:CU+TTSM

Have a try and you won't feel overloaded with a lot of exercises. I have learnt more than a hundred exercises from my Master and with this way of arrangement, I can still remember them all and practice them well, of course on two years basis.

11. Qigong combines ancient Chinese medicine with Martials Arts or so, is that still true, or has it changed during the decades?

Yes. There is a common understanding among Kungfu community, if you practice martial arts with Qigong, it is very hard for you to reach higher when you accomplish at some certain level. Qigong is the inner power that makes your every movement more powerful and penetrative. Moreover, it is also the way to make martial art as a spiritual path instead of just an “art”.
Is Qigong a healing art or a martial art?

12. You are doing Qigong since you were a child, how has it influenced your life?

It totally transformed my life. I was a sick boy when I met my master; practicing Qigong with my Mater not only healed me completely but also provides me with a spiritual but practical way of life. Thanks to Qigong practice, I don’t have to go to the temple or deep into the mountains to enjoy my peacefulness and happiness, but right in the center of the city. You can get inner peace anywhere.

13. In what way do you think Qigong is beneficial for the modern people?

In many ways, health, wellbeing, consciousness, wisdom, spiritual enlightenment, etc. Especially nowadays people are so attached to the material world and forget that human being is a spiritual being. Many people think spirituality has nothing to do with them. It is only the things of religion. They don't know that you don’t have to have religion to be spiritual. That’s a sad thing for modern world. Without spiritual life, we are only living half of our real life, the primitive half.

14. The Qigong movement looks so simple or some looks quite odd for somebody who is not accustomed to the technique like jumping like a puppet or punching your stomach slightly. Why do we do that? What does it to do with our benefit?

Good questions! That comes to the very topic of the difference of Qigong and Gym. Gym or sports is more focus on cardio and biological elements of our body, while Qigong is focus on harmonizing our body with our mind and spirit. It is the inner experience of our body and soul. Like what you called jumping like a puppet, in terms of cardio and muscle training, a rope jumping or weight lift will be much stronger than this, but they will never get close as to the sense of integrity and the sense of connecting with the universe. Also shaking your body up and down in a RELAXED position with inner smile will make you joints and muscle more supple, and your mind more joyful and in the end it will be much more beneficial for your heart and physical body. When you smile, the whole world smiles back to you, don't’ you think that will be good for your health?

As with some "odd" movement such as punching on your stomach, what does it do? You know our life force or energy stores in different centers of our body. The center near the stomach is strongly connected with our emotions. When slightly punching over there, you are awakening the energy there to serve your whole being.

15. If somebody with no experience would want to start with Qigong, what would he do?

Read the book, follow the DVDs, and watch your breath. Breathing in and breathing out. Breathing is the thing we do most of the time, but how many people are observing our breathing enough? Breathing is like our loyal employee. If you constantly ignore your staff with no attention or appreciation, how would you expect your them to help you thoroughly in the end.

16. Nowadays people talk about burn-out a lot these days, does Qigong help against this syndrome?

Absolutely! Why do they feel burn out? We have everything we need: food, car, movie, and travel, etc. But no matter how much you can possess materially and outwardly, you are just live half of your being, like I mentioned above. Half of life will of course be very likely to have of feeling of burn-out, tired, bored and depressed, which is so common in the modern now.

17. What are the positive effects of Qigong on the mind and body?

It enriches you insightful experience, it harmonizes your body and mind and it integrates your body, mind and spirit, so that your hands or your legs or your stomach are no longer just parts of your body, they are parts of the whole universe. You are part of universe! When you move, the whole universe are moving with you; when you cry, the whole universe shed tears with you.

18. If somebody has trouble going to sleep, is there a remedy with Qigong?

Playing Lotus Meditation like back ground music has helped many people with insomnia. There is a saying, you are rich to buy the best bed, but not necessary a good sleep. Why, because sleeping is about your inner peace. Lotus Meditation can quiet your mind and provide you with a high quality of sleep.

19. If somebody has low self-esteem, may Qigong help him?

Self-esteem also has something to do with inner awareness. When your inner awareness is contented, your self-esteem will reach yourself. Qigong can definitely make this connection.

20. In these days people are always busy, on the run, do not have time, how does Qigong fit in, when somebody is so occupied?

Qigong is not a drug pill or tablet. It is a life style and attitude. Of course, you can decide how strong you want to embed this style in your life. Some people feel just a few minutes of Qigong practice a day is good enough to balance their life, that is great. Some people feel like to spend half an hour or one hour to practice qigong, still well. Some people wants to learn not only to practice themselves but also heal other, like what I am doing and they are spending them their life time practicing it, all the best. It all depends, but as long as you are willing to try, you will feel from deep inside of you, a new window of life will be open. Your life will be much enriched. You might still do the same thing everyday, but the meaning is different. Like a famous Zen saying: Before enlightenment, chopping wood, carry water; after enlightenment, chopping wood, carry water. You are doing the same thing, but you are not doing the same thing. Nothing is changed, but everything is different.

21. Breathing and looking at ones inner self, one should think everybody is able to do this, what can Qigong teach them anyhow?

Breathing and look at inner self is just a beginning. Qigong is a mature and sophisticated practice with long history and there are many steps to develop us.

22. People use the phrase "good health" all the time. What does this phrase mean to you?

Good Health to me means not only healthy in a physival way, but also metally, emotionally and spiritually. In my Qigong practice, we focus on cultivating our energy in different energy centers.

The first energy center is near the lower torso. It is the center connecting with the energy of our physical health, birth power, and sexual energy. When the energy here is healthy and smooth, you feel charismatic and energetic and don’t get tired of get sick easily.

The second energy center is near your heart. It is the center associated with emotions and feelings. When the energy here is healthy and smooth, you feel happy; you feel loving and loved.

The third is energy center is located inside your head. It is the center that concentrates our wisdom and intelligence. When energy here is healthy and smooth, you are a wise person. You make right decisions and move in a right direction.

I reminds me of my master Xiao Yao’s answer when he was asked what is benefits of practicing Qigong- the art of energy cultivation. He used to say that enjoy your good heath when you have the six no-worries:

1. No worry eating - Appetite is strong and food tastes delicious.
2. No worry sleeping - You fall asleep easily and wake up well rested
3. No worry toilet - Digestion is smooth and bowel movements effortless.
4. No worry energy - There is enough energy to soar through the day.
5. No worry sex - sexual vitality is bountiful.
6. No worry emotions - Emotional resilience leads to calmness and good mental health.

23. With so many distractions in modern life, how do you cultivate focus?


There is a saying: “Small hermit lives in the mountain, big hermit lives in the city." It is true that the overpowering of information, while making us feel connected with other people, is making a lot of distraction for us. But we can still cultivate our focus and stay calm as long as you can be aware of the present moment.

Imagine a circle with a dot in the middle. The dot represents a clear priority. The rest of the universe is the circle around the dot. When you have a clear priority the entire universe goes into orbit around it. If you are very thirsty, then drinking is your priority. If you are hungry, then eating becomes your priority. The clearer you are about your priorities, the easier it is to maintain focus and for distractions to fall away. Being mindful of what matters most this very instant is the best way to cultivate focus. Present moment awareness is the key to leading a meaningful life. And the easiest and most profound present awareness is be aware of your breath. When you are focusing on your in-hale, and, ex-hale, you can instantly refresh your mind and cultivate your focus.

“Ocean Whispers” is s simple breath technique that helps focus. It is guided breath through waves of ocean at some certain interval, and by observing your breath a few times a day and each time just a few minutes, you will feel your body, your mind and spirit are harmonized in one and for sure the efficiency of work and play is much more balanced and enhanced.

We all have good days and bad days, but if you can be aware of your breath, every day can be a good day!

24. If you could give one tip to people wanting to achieve their goals (health and wellness, professional, and/or personal life), what would it be?

Watch your breath and nourish your energy. After you have done everything that you can to achieve an objective, release your attachment to it. Let go and trust that the benevolent forces of the universe are going to support you on the road to success. That belief is going to change the odds in your favor. Sit or lie down and feel your whole body is like a sponge soaking in a hot tub. The warm of the qi- the universal energy- is flowing and penetrating every single pore of your body and every single particle of your body is filled with energy and glowing brightly. Then tell yourself: I am in Qi, Qi is in me. And then watch your breath and enjoy the moment. All the energy to flow and work YOU! No other effort needed. In Taoism, it is called, WuWei- No action, but all action.

25. What is Qigong Healing?

Healing power is life force that stores in our body, in our organs, in our cells, as well as in our mind. When the energy flows well, we enjoy good health and good sense of well being both physically and mentally. When it is blocked or stagnated, we cannot function well and may appear sick or depressed.

Qigong healing a technique to restore that healing power and improve our own body/mind condition. Through breathing, meditation, body movement and working on certain energy points and channels, we help to quiet our mind, tackle away the blockages and to awaken our own healing power help to relieve ourselves of tension, pain, stress in a physical, mental and spiritual level, and we enjoy the better sense of well being and oneness.

It is not to cure any specific disease or illness but to awaken our own healing power and to make us as an integrative whole to enjoy ourselves more truly and fully.

26. I am doing the JieQi empowerment for 2 months now and I want to ask: I follow your instructions to locate each vertebra, however since they are so small I am not 100% sure that I am concentrating on the correct vertebra each time...I mean I maybe concentrating a little bit below or above etc. What do you recommend for fixing this issue? Do I still benefit if I have in my mind the intention to concentrate on the specific vertebra each time? For example, today I was saying in mind concentrate on T11.

No problem. There is no worries about the precision when it is about the mind focus. When you physically touch a point, it is always quite precise and you know that is the very point. But when it is the mind, when you try to locate the focus point, it is always that area or that direction. Like when you shoot with a fowling, the target is an area. As long as you say in your mind, like you did for this time, you were concentrating on T11, then you are making the full benefit of the practice.

27. About Connecting Universe


1.When are the best times of the day to practice CU?
A: Any time it fine depending on your schedule. But I like to do it in the morning after I finish my sitting meditation.

2.Is this the best practice(you recommend) for Expanding and making bigger the Central Meridian so as to become a lot bigger than a "pencil's diameter"?
A: Yes, and more than just making it bigger. As you expand your central medridian in the universe, you make through transformation of your energy pattern inside out.

3.Also, would you recommend practicing it with headphones following your voice or just by myself? (did you empower the instructions with your voice to have better results like in SHC or it doesn't matter?)
A: It doesn’t matter. I did do the empowerment in my voice but you can have alternative to do either way.

28. Dear Master Peng, if your qi gong is strong enough to walk on water and survive sword stabbing - as described in your book - then why do you have to wear glasses? Can't you just fix your eyes with the qi power? This question is meant seriously and with all due respect.

You raised a good question. In qigong, there are many levels of attainment. My Master, Xiao Yao, reached the highest levels and he was able to walk on water and resist the axe as described in the book. I witnessed this with my own eyes and I have trained with him for many years. I cannot say I reached the same level as my master but in some occasions, to demonstrate what is described above is not a big problem.

But my master said the purpose of Qigong is not for this. The purpose of Qigong is to let you realize your true self and lead a fuller and happier life. This is the most meaningful reason to practice qigong. It doesn’t mean that with Qigong, you are no more human being. You still eat, you still sleep, you get sick, and, you wear glasses, like any ordinary person. You may still get some problems that you cannot solve by yourself, or by others. But the difference you make from practicing Qigong is that you know you are ordinary, and you enjoy your state to be ordinary, which gives you the power to go beyond ordinary and lead a meaningful life journey.