September 1997 Volume 1 Issue 5
Tuesday - September 16
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Then one day I read an article by Luke Chan, "The Medicineless Hospital," and soon after attended a lecture given by him in NYC. I was very inspired and motivated to try Chi-Lel for myself. I purchased the videotape and started practicing at home. It was hard at first; I was so weak I could not hold my arms up to complete the form. But I really believed in Chi and kept trying. What I noticed immediately was a change in my mood. I was uplifted. I felt that I had tapped into a well of cosmic energy, a universal force, and I had hope for the first time in years. My breathing was no longer laborious, and slowly, little by little, I was able to complete "Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down" method. Last August I felt strong enough to attend a two-day workshop after which my energy level doubled. Every day now I practice and notice improvements. Everything resonates with a newfound clarity and I am convinced that my health is finally being restored. Chi-Lel Qigong has changed my life.
Somerset, New Jersey
I attended the three-day retreat at Omega in October 1996. On February 14, 1997, I completed my first 100 days of Chi-Lel practice.
My miracle is that I have great difficulty in learning any rhythmical movements (like dancing, aerobic exercise routines, yoga, etc.) because my mind does not hold the pattern. I used your video every day and did the movements with you. I was determined to keep using the video--even to the hundredth day if I had to--until I could do the three methods by myself. By day 60, I was able to remember how to do "Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down" and "Three Centers Merge Standing" methods without having to watch the tape--although I have since continued to use it. My average practice is 30 to 40 minutes a day.
A further sign of my success was that I completed my hundredth day of Chi-Lel practice in a Washington, DC hotel room at 10:30 in the evening. When I left for Washington that morning, I told myself I would complete my gong that evening, though I was tempted to begin my second gong after I'd returned home from my business trip. But after I experienced the joy of completing my hundredth day of practice I was determined that I would start my second gong the next day-- which I did.
As many other people have said about themselves, this is the first time that I have ever stuck to a practice and completed a commitment I made to myself. I do the practice because I know that the Chi is benefiting me in my body, mind, and spirit. Also, using the videotape, I feel that I have "an appointment with Luke" that I must keep each day.
Thank you for being the instrument of bringing this joy into my life.
My personal practice consists of two to four hours of daily practice, depending on my schedule; plus I've taught frequent one-day Chi-Lel workshops over the past year. Nevertheless, I was a little apprehensive and unsure of my own abilities, while simultaneously excited about the possibilities of learning more. Within a few hours of my arrival, my self-doubts were diminished because the students, Luke, and Frank were so excited, motivated, and compassionate. We all had a common goal: to extend our psyche beyond our present capacity, to fully accept our responsibility for self-healing, to absorb as much knowledge and information as possible during our stay, and to accept the challenges presented to us. The unbelievable fact is that we all achieved our goals according to our individual needs! The week consisted of breaking through personal barriers and sharing our experiences in order to help one another.
One student, a practicing physician, visualized the blue sky and brought it into his body so effectively that he could easily practice the hour-long "Lift Chi Up." This particular hour consists of close to fifty shoulder rolls. His ability to extend himself and bring the blue sky back within his body enabled him to move continuously without effort. Plus, he emphasized that he repeatedly reads the stories from the book, 101 Miracles of Natural Healing. He reads five stories a day to gain insight and support from the descriptions of those students who have successfully healed themselves. His vivid descriptions helped all of us to increase our abilities, and I began rereading the stories.
Another woman, Anne, with systemic lupus, also had little difficulty with the movements. Here is an example of a student with disease who did not give up! She said she'd been practicing about an hour a day for several weeks with much effort. Yet, she continued. I could see her improving daily throughout the week. Watching her and listening to her stories reminded me of the instructors at the Center in China repeatedly saying to us, "like Nike...just do it!" Anne was an example of that philosophy. She facilitated her healing by visualizing expanding beyond the blue sky to the universe and from there, expanding even further to touch a golden netting of light, then pulling it back within herself and letting it float back outward and once again pulling it inward, over and over and over. Occasionally, she visualized Pang Lao-Shi, larger than life, gently pulling her arms, and pulling chi from her toward him. She also saw millions of arms supporting her lovingly, helping her to expand and push and pull with her, all the arms of the Chi-Lel practitioners from around the world. Thus, she never felt alone or unaided. Anne also mentioned reading the stories from 101 Miracles daily for support, insight, and motivation. So although I was still struggling, I was struggling less. Because everyone was openly sharing their experiences, I could incorporate bits and pieces of their visualizations into my own.
There were a handful of students at the retreat with no previous experience with Chi-Lel . Watching them struggle and achieve was exceptionally motivational for all of us. They were doing more than anyone could possibly imagine! The last day of the retreat, one of the students, Nancy, was able to complete the one-hour "Lift Chi Up," including the fifty shoulder rolls, effortlessly! After days of frustration and struggle, what a personal breakthrough! Luke and Frank kept challenging us to go beyond our limits and we succeeded--often through the examples of others. I too overcame my own weakness and reached beyond my self-limitations to a higher level of acceptance. It was an unbelievably rewarding experience!
What did I learn from the extended retreat? Every single individual has the capacity to expand beyond his or her self-limitations to facilitate natural healing. How do we get there? We learned three important facts:
2. The Chi-Lel retreat revealed that the students who practice diligently for a minimum of one hour or longer per day obtain dependable results. So, if we are ill, 16 minutes a day is simply inadequate. We need to intensity the effort in order to intensify the healing. It makes perfect sense!
3. Incorporating visualization is effective. Those students who are able to visualize the expansion of the blue sky and universe within and without the body are able to push beyond their self-limitations, which successfully opens them to increased healing. I believe we must strive to become a natural part of the undulating rhythmic expansion and contraction of the earth and universe so we can experience healing every moment.
Thus, the Chi-Lel Qigong retreat proved, both from my own experience and the stories shared by other students, that we all have the capacity to overcome our self-limitations and further enhance our own natural healing abilities. This occurs through practicing diligently, reading the stories from the book, visualizing, and sharing your experiences with other students. That's why I believe it's so important to consistently attend workshops and retreats to continually learn more and more. I look forward to my next learning experience and want to thank everyone at the retreat for their help in enhancing my own abilities. Lots of Chi!
Julie D. Kennicott, Houston, Texas
Last June before you came to Houston my brother came from California to see me because of my failing health. He was surprised to find me as well as I was. Previously I had gotten your video on Chi-Lel and had begun doing it daily. I then took your class at the end of June. By my birthday in August I was in better health than I have been in several years. We celebrated.
He has now achieved one gong (100 days of consecutive daily practice) and has moved back to Melbourne where he's been able to resume work as a bricklayer. In proofreading this letter, Britt added, "This is particularly remarkable since the orthopedic surgeon told me the only kind of job I would be able to hold was one where I would be able to sit down and walk away when I couldn't sit down any longer. And now I can return to being a bricklayer carrying weight, bending down and standing up as needed." Most people agreed with the surgeon, never expecting him to recover.
Britt has always had confidence in his body's ability to heal when encouraged. Chi-Lel , though new to him, gave him that encouragement. I am proud of his tenacity and consistent hard work on this! The doctors cannot explain how it is possible that there is no X-ray evidence of even hairline fractures. Britt's right leg is one inch shorter than his left; X-rays show the displacement and deformity but the bone tissue is completely healed.
After getting to one gong he quit doing Chi-Lel . But started again two days later when the pain returned. This time he is doing "Three Centers Merging" again and doing both sets together. He has been a bricky, which is what they call him in Aussie, for three weeks without missing a day. Because his bones no longer have any sign of fracture he can safely go scuba diving. While the fractures were still there he could not dive without serious--even life threatening--risk. He wants to make a long term career of being a scuba instructor, and Chi-Lel has again made this a possibility. Thank you.
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