Qigong: Real or Fake?
I was reminded the other day of some comments made by my Qigong Master about whether Qigong is real or a placebo. The discussion came back to me after reading an article on some Qigong research being done.
Here in the West we have a great penchant for wanting to validate and prove the existence of everything through scientific research. I’m in favor of research as it brings great discoveries, but like all things there is a good and a bad side to it.
Some things in life we have to take on faith, not to to the point of excluding research, but based upon our own internal soul searching, quiet reflection, and self-discovery. For those of us that have been practicing Qigong for any length of time it would be hard to convince us that Qi is not real when we can actually feel energy moving through our body.
Is Qigong Real?
Master He had a unique and insightful perspective on this subject. He asked, “What does it matter of Qigong is real or a placebo effect if it works?”.
If Qigong helps us feel happier, healthier, less stressed, more balanced, energized, etc., than does it matter if it is real or a result of your mind being fooled into thinking it is real? At the very least it is an interesting way to look at things, and we should always be open to a new perspective if want to continue growing.
I found it fascinating that several years later Master He changed the name of his Medical Qigong system from Taiji Five Element Qigong to simply Nianli, which is pinyin for “Mind Power”. The most powerful internal change is created through Yi, our intention, and this is done by utilizing the power of the mind.
I will be making Master He’s teachings available online soon in the new Medical Qigong Mastery Program starting March 1st. The program will include a wide range of study topics which will help students establish and continue to build a stronger practice. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!