During Simon Blow’s recent Qigong workshop in Cygnet, we were briefly introduced to the ancient Wild Goose form.
The Wild Goose Qigong Practices are a complete healing system. It is one of the most famous and widely practiced Qigongs in China today. It is well known for its lovely and graceful movements and suggests the image of an innocent carefree wild goose. These special birds have been observed for centuries by the Kunlun Mountain School practitioners who sensed the beauty and harmony of freely flowing energy (Qi or Chi) in these soaring geese.
Contrary to the Western belief of "no pain, no gain," the circular and spiral movements of Wild Goose Qigongs are designed to be played effortlessly and with fluidity. As for the use of awareness, Wild Goose Qigong claims that there is no intentional movements without awareness. Therefore, using too strong an intentionality in one's awareness can only inhibit the gentle moving of Qi. Wild Goose Qigong advocates "wu-wei" (or "doing nothing") and "tuo-yi" ("reduce one's awareness to the minimum").
Over 1,800 years ago, during the Jin Dynasty, there were a group of Daoist monks who lived in the Kunlun mountains. These sacred mountains offered a retreat where the monks could cultivate the skills of longevity and live in harmony with nature. It was here that the Kunlun Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong skill was founded, by imitating the graceful movements and strength of wild geese and combining them with Chinese medical theories to delay ageing and prolong life.
The teachings of the Wild Goose Qigong were handed down as secret doctrine. Traditionally, one could not teach the system until the age of 70, and then only to a single student. Yang Mei Jun was the 27th generation lineage holder of the Kunlun System. She began her qigong training at the age of 13 when her 73 year old grandfather taught her. Although small in stature this remarkable woman worked for many years developing and preserving this unique system of Qigong. In 1978, after the death of her husband she made the decision to publicly teach her many systems of qigong, as she wanted to pass its many benefits on to others.
There are many remarkable stories about her life and abilities. Some examples include tales of her training nightly in secret with her grandfather at 3am, and even once being buried alive by Japanese soldiers during their occupation of Manchuria. According to witnesses, at 101 years old she was able to leap several feet in the air and had been known to cure terminally ill people with Qi from her hands.
To be continued…
Qigong classes run regularly in Cygnet, see the local classifieds for details..